EPIC is excited to announce our first experiments since the lab began construction! "Taylor" press was taken to 10 kbar (~30 km depth in the Earth) and temperatures between 1000 and 1300°C for two experiments the week of February 2, 2015, which included the melting of a basalt.
Fun factoid: The two "Kennedy-type" piston cylinders in our lab shown in the above pic.s began their life at UCLA where they were constructed by George C. Kennedy in the 1960's. Their names ("Taylor" (yellow) and "Hunter" (green)) originated with USGS scientist Steven R. Bohlen, when they were later in use at the US Geological Survey, and are named after his kids. Today, we have given these piston cylinders a new coat of paint and replaced a number of parts but is amazing to consider that they have been producing experiments for over 50 years!