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Experimental petrology

A significant proportion of the research conducted by CRITMAG is concerned with the exploration of magmatic phase relations at high pressures. Most of this work is conducted in the experimental laboratories at the University of Bristol. Using various high pressure apparata, it is possible to simulate the pressures and temperatures from those equivalent to conditions at the Earth’s surface to those at the core, and most places in between.


A sample capsule is prepared for use in a high pressure piston cyinder experiment. Here, a microwelder is used to seal the experimental charge in a noble metal capsule.

Read a broad summary of the range of activities carried out by the Petrology group at Bristol, or explore the range of CRITMAG-funded, published experimental petrology research.

Photos from the experimental petrology laboratories