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Recent papers & books relevant to the debate regarding the origin of hot spots
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last updated 15th April, 2014

Heydolph, Ken, David T. Murphy, Jörg Geldmacher, Irina V. Romanova, Andrew Greene, Kaj Hoernle, Dominique Weis, John Mahoney, Plume versus plate origin for the Shatsky Rise oceanic plateau (NW Pacific): Insights from Nd, Pb and Hf isotopes, Lithos, in press, available online 12 April 2014.

Crépisson, C., G. Morard, H. Bureau, G. Prouteau, Y. Morizet, S. Petitgirard, C. Sanloup, Magmas trapped at the continental lithosphere–asthenosphere boundary, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 393, 105-112, 2014.

Mallik, Ananya and Rajdeep Dasgupta, Effect of variable CO2 on eclogite-derived andesite and lherzolite reaction at 3 GPa: Implications for mantle source characteristics of alkalic ocean island basalts, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, accepted manuscript online: 27 MAR 2014 01:15AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014GC005251

Stein, C.A., Seth Stein, Miguel Merino, G. Randy Keller, Lucy M. Flesch and Donna M. Jurdy, Was the Midcontinent Rift part of a successful seafloor-spreading episode?, Geophysical Research Letters, 41, 1465–1470, 2014, article first published online: 5 MAR 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/2013GL059176

Maccaferri, Francesco, Eleonora Rivalta, Derek Keir and Valerio Acocella, Off-rift volcanism in rift zones determined by crustal unloading, Nature Geoscience, 7, 297-300, 2014, doi:10.1038/ngeo2110

Philippon, Melody, Giacomo Corti, Federico Sani, Marco Bonini, Maria-Laura Balestrieri, Paola Molin, Ernst Willingshofer, Dimitrios Sokoutis and Sierd Cloetingh, Evolution, distribution and characteristics of rifting in southern Ethiopia, Tectonics, Accepted manuscript online: 3 MAR 2014 03:18AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2013TC003430

Shen, Xuzhang, Xiaohui Yuan and Xueqing Li, A ubiquitous low-velocity layer at the base of the mantle transition zone, Geophys. Res. Lett., 41, 836-842, 2014, DOI: 10.1002/2013GL058918

Cordier, Patrick, Sylvie Demouchy, Benoît Beausir, Vincent Taupin, Fabrice Barou & Claude Fressengeas, Disclinations provide the missing mechanism for deforming olivine-rich rocks in the mantle, Nature, 507, 51–56, 2014, doi:10.1038/nature13043 News & Views: Hirth, G., Earth science: Missing link in mantle dynamics, Nature, 507, 42–43, 2014, doi:10.1038/nature13064

Cordier, Patrick, Sylvie Demouchy, Benoît Beausir, Vincent Taupin, Fabrice Barou & Claude Fressengeas, Disclinations provide the missing mechanism for deforming olivine-rich rocks in the mantle, Nature, 507, 51–56, doi:10.1038/nature13043. News & Views by Greg Hirth: Missing link in mantle dynamics

Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences Special issue:

John Tuzo Wilson

A man who moved mountains, and his contributions to Earth sciences

Volume: 51, Number: 3, 2014

Sheth, Hetu C., Kanchan Pande, Geological and 40Ar/39Ar age constraints on late-stage Deccan rhyolitic volcanism, inter-volcanic sedimentation, and the Panvel flexure from the Dongri area, Mumbai, Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 84, 167–175.

Sheth, Hetu C., Georg F. Zellmer, Elena I. Demonterova, Alexei V. Ivanoc, Rohit Kumar, Rakesh Kumar Patel, The Deccan tholeiite lavas and dykes of Ghatkopar–Powai area, Mumbai, Panvel flexure zone: Geochemistry, stratigraphic status, and tectonic significance, Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 84, 69–82.

Doglioni, Carlo, Eugenio Carminati, Mattia Crespi, Marco Cuffaro,*, Mattia Penati, Federica Riguzzi, Tectonically asymmetric Earth: From net rotation to polarized westward drift of the lithosphere, Geoscience Frontiers, in press.

Hydrous mantle transition zone indicated by ringwoodite included within diamond
Nature, 507, 221–224, 2014, doi:10.1038/nature13080
D. G. Pearson, F. E. Brenker, F. Nestola, J. McNeill, L. Nasdala, M. T. Hutchison, S. Matveev, K. Mather, G. Silversmit, S. Schmitz, B. Vekemans & L. Vincze

New & Views:

Geology: Earth's deep water reservoir
Nature, 507, 174–175, 2014, doi:10.1038/507174a
Hans Keppler

Lowenstern, J.B., W.C. Evans, D. Bergfeld & A.G. Hunt, Prodigious degassing of a billion years of accumulated radiogenic helium at Yellowstone, Nature, 506, 355–358, 2014, doi:10.1038/nature12992

Xu, Junyuan, Zvi Ben-Avraham, TomKeltc, Ho-Shing Yu, Origin of marginal basins of the NWPacific and their plate tectonic reconstructions, Earth-Science Reviews, 130, 154-196, 2014.

Ellis, D. & M.S. Stoker, The Faroe–Shetland Basin: a regional perspective from the Paleocene to the present day and its relationship to the opening of the North Atlantic Ocean, From: Cannon, S. J. C. & Ellis, D. (eds) Hydrocarbon Exploration to Exploitation West of Shetlands, Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 397,, 2014.

Plumes do that
Erik Lundin

from the book 52 Things You Should Know About Geology, Ed. Matt Hall, AgileLibre publisher.

Avanzinelli, Riccardo, Eleonora Braschi, Sara Marchionni, Luca Bindi, Mantle melting in within-plate continental settings: Sr–Nd–Pb and U-series isotope constraints in alkali basalts from the Sicily Channel (Pantelleria and Linosa Islands, Southern Italy), Lithos, 188, 113-129, 2014.

Cirrincione, R., P. Fiannacca, M. Lustrino, V. Romano, A. Tranchina, Late Triassic tholeiitic magmatism in Western Sicily: A possible extension of the Central Atlantic Magmatic Province (CAMP) in the Central Mediterranean area?, Lithos, 188, 60-71, 2014.

Bertrand, Hervé, Michel Fornari, Andrea Marzoli, Raúl García-Duarte, Thierry Sempere, The Central Atlantic Magmatic Province extends into Bolivia, Lithos, 188, 33-43, 2014.

Callegaro, Sara, Cedric Rapaille, Andrea Marzoli, Hervé Bertrand, Massimo Chiaradia, Laurie Reisberg, Giuliano Bellieni, Línia Martins, José Madeira, João Mata, Nassrrdine Youbi, Angelo De Min, Maria Rosário Azevedo, Mohamed Khalil Bensalah, Enriched mantle source for the Central Atlantic magmatic provin new supporting evidence from southwestern Europe, Lithos, 188, 15-32, 2014.

Cañón-Tapia, Edgardo, Volcanic eruption triggers: A hierarchical classification, Earth-Science Reviews, 129, 100-119, 2014.

Nomura, Ryuichi, Kei Hirose, Kentaro Uesugi, Yasuo Ohishi, Akira Tsuchiyama, Akira Miyake, Yuichiro Ueno, Low Core-Mantle Boundary Temperature Inferred from the Solidus of Pyrolite, Science, Published Online January 16 2014, 343, 522-525
DOI: 10.1126/science.1248186

Villagómez, Darwin R., Douglas R. Toomey, Dennis J. Geist, Emilie E. E. Hooft and Sean C. Solomon, Mantle flow and multistage melting beneath the Galápagos hotspot revealed by seismic imaging, Nature Geoscience, 7, 151 - 156, doi:10.1038/ngeo2062, 2014.

Panet, Isabelle, Gwendoline Pajot-Métivier, Marianne Greff-Lefftz, Laurent Métivier, Michel Diament et al., Mapping the mass distribution of Earth's mantle using satellite-derived gravity gradients, Nature Geoscience, 7, 131 - 135, doi:10.1038/ngeo2063, 2014.

Shellnutt, J. Gregory, Ghulam M. Bhat, Kuo-Lung Wang, Michael E. Brookfield, Bor-Ming Jahn, Jaroslav Dostal, Petrogenesis of the flood basalts from the Early Permian Panjal Traps, Kashmir, India: geochemical evidence for shallow melting of the mantle, Lithos, doi: 10.1016/j.lithos.2014.01.008, 2014.

Lundin, E.R., G. Peron-Pindivic, T.F. Redfield, Rifted Continental Margins: Geometric Influence on Crustal Architecture and Melting, Sedimentary Basins: Origin, Depositional Histories, and Petroleum Systems, 1-36, 2014. [Anyone interested in this work may contact Erik Lundin for more information]

Foulger, G.R., Hamilton, W.B., Earth science: Plume hypothesis challenged, Nature, 505, 618, 30 January 2014) doi:10.1038/505618c, Published online 29 January 2014.

Hofmann, Albrecht W. and Cinzia G. Farnetani, Two views of Hawaiian plume structure, Geochem, Geophys. Geosys., 14, 5308–5322, 2014.

Kuskov, O.L., V.A. Kronrod, A.A. Prokofyev, N.I. Pavlenkova, Thermo-chemical structure of the lithospheric mantle underneath the Siberian craton inferred from long-range seismic profiles, Tectonophysics, Available online 15 January 2014.

Coogan,L.A., A.D. Saunders, R.N. Wilson, Aluminum-in-olivine thermometry of primitive basalts: Evidence of an anomalously hot mantle source for large igneous provinces, Chemical Geology, Available online 16 January 2014.

Rychert, C.A., Nicholas Harmon, Cynthia Ebinger, Receiver function imaging of lithospheric structure and the onset of melting beneath the Galápagos Archipelago, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 388, 156-165, 2014.

Campbell, I.H., Ross W. Griffiths, Did the formation of D″ cause the Archaean–Proterozoic transition?, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 388, 1-8, 2014.

Adam, Claudia, Masaki Yoshida, Daisuke Suetsugu, Yoshio Fukao, Cecilia Cadio, Geodynamic modeling of the South Pacific superswell, PEPI, New Article in Press, 6 January-12 January 2014

Camp, V.E., 2013, Origin of the Columbia River Basalt: Passive rise of shallow mantle, or active upwelling of a deep-mantle plume?, in Reidel, S.P., Camp, V.E., Ross, M.E., Wolff, J.A., Martin, B.S., Tolan, TlL., and Wells, R.E., eds., The Columbia River Basalt Province: Geological Society of America Special Paper 497, doi: 10.1130/2013.2497(07).

Stica, Juliano Magalhães, Pedro Victor Zalánc, André Luiz Ferrari, The evolution of rifting on the volcanic margin of the Pelotas Basin and the contextualization of the Paraná–Etendeka LIP in the separation of Gondwana in the South Atlantic, Marine and Petroleum Geology, 50, 1–21, 2014.

Guillou, Hervé, René C. Maury, Gérard Guille, Catherine Chauvel, Philippe Rossi, Carlos Pallares, Christelle Legendre, Sylvain Blais, Céline Liorzou, Sébastien Deroussi, Volcanic successions in Marquesas eruptive centers: A departure from the Hawaiian mode J. Volc. Geotherm. Res., in press, 2014.

Gillis, Kathryn M., Jonathan E. Snow, Adam Klaus, Natsue Abe, Álden B. Adrião, Norikatsu Akizawa, Georges Ceuleneer, Michael J. Cheadle, Kathrin Faak, Trevor J. Falloon, Sarah A. Friedman, Marguerite Godard, Gilles Guerin, Yumiko Harigane, Andrew J. Horst, Takashi Hoshide, Benoit Ildefonse, Marlon M. Jean, Barbara E. John, Juergen Koepke, Sumiaki Machi, Jinichiro Maeda, Naomi E. Marks, Andrew M. McCaig, Romain Meyer et al., Primitive layered gabbros from fast-spreading lower oceanic crust, Nature, 505, 204–207, 2014, doi:10.1038/nature12778.

Métrich, Nicole, Vittorio Zanon, Laura Créon, Anthony Hildenbrand, Manuel Moreira, and Fernando Ornelas Marques, Is the ‘Azores Hotspot’ a Wetspot? Insights from the Geochemistry of Fluid and Melt Inclusions in Olivine of Pico Basalts, J. Petrology, 55, 377-393, 2014.

Hastie, W.W., Michael K.Watkeys and Charles Aubourg, Magma flow in dyke swarms of the Karoo LIP: Implications for the mantle plume hypothesis, Gondwana Research 25, 736–755, 2014.

Chavrit, D., E. Humler, O. Grasset, Mapping modern CO2 fluxes and mantle carbon content all along the mid-ocean ridge system, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 387, 229-239, 2014.

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