publication . Article . 1991

Physics and Chemistry of Mantle Plumes

DePaolo, Donald J.; Stolper, Edward M.; Thomas, Donald M.;
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  • Published: 21 May 1991
  • Publisher: American Geophysical Union
  • Country: United States
Hot spot volcanic chains are a fundamental feature of the Earth's crust, but their origins are still poorly understood [Okal and Batiza, 1987]. The Hawaiian-Emperor volcanic chain, which dominates the topography of the central Pacific ocean floor, is the best developed and most intensely studied of the known hot spot tracks. It continues to be one of the world's most important field laboratories for the study of igneous processes, plate movements, mantle convection, structure, geochemical evolution, and the properties of the lithosphere. Despite continued effort, fundamental questions regarding the composition, structure, and evolution of Hawaiian volcanos and t...
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