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Catherine Chauvel receives AGU’s Norman L. Bowen Award and Lecture 2021

Catherine Chauvel receives AGU’s Norman L. Bowen Award and Lecture 2021

Publication date: 10/09/2021

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TheNorman L. Bowen Award and Lecture is presented annually to one or more scientists in recognition of their outstanding contributions to volcanology, geochemistry and petrology.

Catherine Chauvel is currently CNRS research director at the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, in the Cosmochemistry, Astrophysics and Experimental Geophysics team.

Her work focuses mainly on the geochemistry of mantle rocks, with the aim of understanding their origin, the composition of the Earth’s mantle, its heterogeneities and its evolution over time since the formation of the Earth 4.5 Ga ago.

Over the last ten years or so, it has also broadened its interests to include active processes in subduction zones, a key area where materials created at the level of oceanic rifts (basaltic crust) and on continental crust (overlying sediments) are returned to the mantle. The aim is to establish a quantitative assessment of the fate of subducted materials, particularly sediments. Indeed, whether they are returned to the Earth’s surface via volcanism in subduction zones or recycled into the mantle to affect its composition plays a decisive role in the evolution of our planet.

Catherine Chauvel is the winner of an ERC Advanced Grant, the SHRED project, which began in January 2020.

> Find out more on the AGU website.

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