Cliff Shaw



Earth Sciences

Forestry/Geology 222D

1 506 447 3195

Current research interests

I am interested in a wide variety of igneous processes. My current focus is on the kinetics of reaction between silicate and oxide minerals and silicate melts, the petrology of the upper mantle in the Quaternary West Eifel volcanic region in Germany; the dynamics of magmatic systems and the synthesis and characterization of new high pressure minerals.

Equipment available:

  • 2 piston cylinder presses (to 4 GPa and 2000 °C)
  • 1 atmosphere gas mixing oven (temperatures to 1600 °C and various oxygen fugacities)
  • Hydrothermal apparatus (to 0.3 GPa and 850°C)
  • Ultrahigh T furnace (to 1750°C)

Selected publications

Shaw, C.S.J. Evolution of the German mantle: Evidence from Hercynian to Recent igneous rocks and their xenoliths (submitted to a special volume of the Geological Society of London: European Lithosphere).

Shaw, C.S.J. An experimental study of amphibole breakdown reactions in peridotite: textures, reaction products and secondary reactions. Submitted to Lithos.

Shaw, C.S.J., Woodland, A.B., Trenholm, N.D. and Hopp, J. Volcanology of the Rockeskyller Kopf Volcano, Quaternary West Eifel Volcanic Field, Germany. Submitted to Bulletin of Volcanology.

Walton, W.L and Shaw, C.S.J Understanding the textures and origin of shock melt pockets in Martian meteorites from petrographic studies, comparisons with terrestrial mantle xenoliths, and experimental studies. In press Meteoritics & Planetary Science.

Shaw C.S.J and Dingwell, D.B (2008). Experimental peridotite-melt reaction at one atmosphere: a textural and chemical study. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology v155, 199-214.

Shaw C.S.J and Dingwell, D.B. Development of sieve texture in minerals in mantle peridotite xenoliths: an experimental study and applications to understanding mantle metasomatism. Submitted to Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology (March 2007).

Bureau, H., Menez, B., Malavergne, V., Somogyi, A., Simionvici, A., Massare, D., Khodja, H., Daudin, L., Gallien, J-P., Shaw, C. Bonnin-Mosbah, M. (2007) In situ mapping of high-pressure fluids using hydrothermal diamond anvil cells. In press: High Pressure Research.

Shaw, C.S.J., Heidelbach, F. And Dingwell, D.B. (2006) Origin of reaction textures in mantle peridotite xenoliths from Sal Island, Cape Verde: the case of “metasomatism” induced by the host lava during transport. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology v. 151, 681-697.

Shaw, C.S.J. (2006) Interface vs. diffusion control and the effects of melt viscosity on the dissolution rate of quartz in melts of the CMAS and CAS systems. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, v151, 665-680.

Walton, E., Shaw, C., Cogswell, S., Spray, J., (2006) Crystallization rates of shock melts in three Martian basalts: Experimental simulation with implications for meteoroid lofting dimensions. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta v.70, 1059-1075.

Shaw, C.S.J., Eyzaguirre, J., Fryer, B.J. and Gagnon, J. (2005) Regional variations in the mineralogy of metasomatic assemblages in mantle xenoliths from the West Eifel Volcanic Field, Germany. Journal of Petrology, v.46, 945-972.

Adams, M.G., Lentz, D.R., Shaw, C.S.J., Williams, P.F., Archibald, D.A. & Cousins, B. (2005) Petrogenesis Of A Suite Of Lamprophyre Dikes Related To The Eruption Of The Kamloops Volcanic Group, British Columbia, Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, v. 42, 11-24.

Shaw, C.S.J. (2004) Effects of composition and temperature on the dissolution rate of quartz in the CMAS system. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, v. 148, 180-200.

McEnroe, S.A., Langenhorst, F., Robinson, P., Bromiley, G.D. and Shaw, C.S.J. (2004) What’s magnetic in the lower crust? Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 226, 175-192.