Articles | Volume 13, issue 5
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 13, 525–529, 2006
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-13-525-2006

Special issue: Coherent structures and turbulence in geophysical media

Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 13, 525–529, 2006
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-13-525-2006

  04 Oct 2006

04 Oct 2006

On effect of precession-induced flows in the liquid core for early Earth's history

S. L. Shalimov1,2 S. L. Shalimov
  • 1Institute of Physics of the Earth, Moscow, Russia
  • 2Space Research Institute, Moscow, Russia

Abstract. Secondary and tertiary flow patterns seen in experiments simulating flow in the Earth's liquid core induced by luni-solar precession of the solid mantle (Vanyo et al., 1995) hint at the development of non-axisymmetric columnar periodic structures. A simple interpretation of the structure formation is presented in a hydrodynamic approach. It is suggested that if similar flow patterns can occur in the Earth's liquid core enclosed into precessing and rotating mantle then kinematic of the flows may be regarded as a possible geodynamo mechanism for early Earth's history (before the solid core formation).