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Recent papers & books relevant to the debate regarding the origin of hot spots
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Nikishin, A.M., Petrov, E.I., Cloetingh, S., Korniychuk, A.V., Morozov, A.F., Petrov, O.V., Poselov, V.A., Beziazykov, A.V., Skolotnev, S.G., Malyshev, N.A., Verzhbitsky, V.E., Posamentier, H.W., Freiman, S.I., Rodina, E.A., Startseva, K.F. and Zhukov, N.N., 2021. Arctic Ocean Mega Project: Paper 1 - Data collection. Earth-Science Reviews, 217: 103559.

Nikishin, A.M., Petrov, E.I., Cloetingh, S., Malyshev, N.A., Morozov, A.F., Posamentier, H.W., Verzhbitsky, V.E., Freiman, S.I., Rodina, E.A., Startseva, K.F. and Zhukov, N.N., 2021. Arctic ocean mega project: Paper 2 – Arctic stratigraphy and regional tectonic structure. Earth-Science Reviews, 217: 103581.

Nikishin, A.M., Petrov, E.I., Cloetingh, S., Freiman, S.I., Malyshev, N.A., Morozov, A.F., Posamentier, H.W., Verzhbitsky, V.E., Zhukov, N.N. and Startseva, K., 2021. Arctic Ocean Mega Project: Paper 3 - Mesozoic to Cenozoic geological evolution. Earth-Science Reviews, 217: 103034.


Yoshida, M., Saito, S. and Yoshizawa, K., 2020. Dynamics of continental lithosphere extension and passive continental rifting from numerical experiments of visco-elasto-plastic thermo-chemical convection in 2-D Cartesian geometry. Tectonophysics, 796: 228659.

Zwaan, F., Corti, G., Keir, D. and Sani, F., 2020. Analogue modelling of marginal flexure in Afar, East Africa: Implications for passive margin formation. Tectonophysics, 796: 228595.

Capitanio, F.A., Nebel, O. and Cawood, P.A., 2020. Thermochemical lithosphere differentiation and the origin of cratonic mantle. Nature, 588(7836): 89-94.

Wang, Y. and Li, M., 2021. The interaction between mantle plumes and lithosphere and its surface expressions: 3-D numerical modelling. Geophys. J. Int., 225(2): 906-925.

Liu, X. and Zhao, D., 2021. Seismic evidence for a plume-modified oceanic lithosphere–asthenosphere system beneath Cape Verde. Geophys. J. Int., 225(2): 872-886.

Buff, L., Jackson, M.G., Konrad, K., Konter, J.G., Bizimis, M., Price, A., Rose-Koga, E.F., Blusztajn, J., Koppers, A.A.P. and Herrera, S., 2021. “Missing links” for the long-lived Macdonald and Arago hotspots, South Pacific Ocean. Geology, 49(5): 541-544.

Niu, Y., 2021. Lithosphere thickness controls the extent of mantle melting, depth of melt extraction and basalt compositions in all tectonic settings on Earth – A review and new perspectives. Earth-Science Reviews, 217: 103614.

Turner, S., Turner, M., Bourdon, B., Cooper, K. and Porcelli, D., 2021. Extremely young melt infiltration of the sub-continental lithospheric mantle. Phys. Earth Planet. Int., 313: 106325.

Naif, S., Selway, K., Murphy, B.S., Egbert, G. and Pommier, A., 2021. Electrical conductivity of the lithosphere-asthenosphere system. Phys. Earth Planet. Int., 313: 106661.

Gard, M. and Hasterok, D., 2021. A global Curie depth model utilising the equivalent source magnetic dipole method. Phys. Earth Planet. Int., 313: 106672.

Barreca, G., Branca, S., Corsaro, R.A., Scarfì, L., Cannavò, F., Aloisi, M., Monaco, C. and Faccenna, C., 2020. Slab Detachment, Mantle Flow, and Crustal Collision in Eastern Sicily (Southern Italy): Implications on Mount Etna Volcanism. Tectonics, 39(9): e2020TC006188.

McClellan, P. H., and G. R. Smith. 2020. Late Miocene fishes of the Cache Valley Member, Salt Lake Formation, Utah and Idaho. Miscellaneous Publications of the Museum of Zoology, No. 208:1-54.

Luo, Y. and Korenaga, J., 2020. Efficiency of eclogite removal from continental lithosphere and its implications for cratonic diamonds. Geology, 49(4): 438-441.

Ashwal, L.D., Ziegler, A., Glynn, S., Truebody, T. and Bolhar, R., 2021. Sr-enriched glassy picrites from the Karoo Large Igneous Province are evolved, not primitive magmatic rocks. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, n/a(n/a): e2020GC009561.

Dan, W., Wang, Q., White, W.M., Li, X.-H., Zhang, X.-Z., Tang, G.-J., Ou, Q., Hao, L.-L. and Qi, Y., 2020. Passive-margin magmatism caused by enhanced slab-pull forces in central Tibet. Geology, 49(2): 130-134.

Day, J.M.D. and Hilton, D.R., 2020. Heterogeneous mantle-derived helium isotopes in the Canary Islands and other ocean islands. Geology, 49(2): 120-124.

Wang, J., Zhou, H., Salters, V.J.M., Dick, H.J.B., Standish, J.J. and Wang, C., 2020. Trace Element and Isotopic Evidence for Recycled Lithosphere from Basalts from 48 to 53°E, Southwest Indian Ridge. J. Pet., 61(10).

Ma, Q. and Xu, Y.-G., 2021. Magmatic perspective on subduction of Paleo-Pacific plate and initiation of big mantle wedge in East Asia. Earth-Science Reviews, 213: 103473.

Hammouda, T., Manthilake, G., Goncalves, P., Chantel, J., Guignard, J., Crichton, W. and Gaillard, F., 2021. Is There a Global Carbonate Layer in the Oceanic Mantle? Geophys. Res. Lett., 48(2): e2020GL089752.

Anderson, M., Wanless, V.D., Perfit, M., Conrad, E., Gregg, P., Fornari, D. and Ridley, W.I., 2021. Extreme Heterogeneity in Mid-Ocean Ridge Mantle Revealed in Lavas From the 8°20′N Near-Axis Seamount Chain. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 22(1): e2020GC009322.

Stern, R.J., 2020. The Mesoproterozoic Single-Lid Tectonic Episode: Prelude to Modern Plate Tectonics. GSA Today, 30: 4-10.

Agius, M.R., Rychert, C.A., Harmon, N., Tharimena, S. and Kendall, J.M., 2021. A thin mantle transition zone beneath the equatorial Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Nature, 589(7843): 562-566.

Vinnik, L., Deng, Y., Kosarev, G., Oreshin, S. and Makeyeva, L., 2018. Permian plume beneath Tarim from receiver functions. Solid Earth, 9(5): 1179-1185.

Vinnik, L.P., Oreshin, S.I. and Makeyeva, L.I., 2017. Siberian traps: Hypotheses and seismology data. Izvestiya, Physics of the Solid Earth, 53(3): 332-340.

He, C. and Santosh, M., 2020. Formation of the North–South Seismic Zone and Emeishan Large Igneous Province in Central China: Insights from P-Wave Teleseismic Tomography. Bull. seismol. Soc. Am., 110(6): 3064-3076.

Estep, J., Reece, R., Kardell, D.A., Perez, N.D., Christeson, G.L. and Carlson, R.L., 2020. Intraplate deformation of oceanic crust near the Rio Grande Rise in the South Atlantic. Tectonophysics, 790: 228543.

McKenzie, D., 2020. Speculations on the Generation and Movement of Komatiites. J. Pet., 61(7).

Guest, I., Ito, G., Garcia, M.O. and Hellebrand, E., 2020. Extensive Magmatic Heating of the Lithosphere Beneath the Hawaiian Islands Inferred From Salt Lake Crater Mantle Xenoliths. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 21(12): e2020GC009359.

Wei, S.S., Shearer, P.M., Lithgow-Bertelloni, C., Stixrude, L. and Tian, D., 2020. Oceanic plateau of the Hawaiian mantle plume head subducted to the uppermost lower mantle. Science, 370(6519): 983.

Zwaan, F. and Schreurs, G., 2020. Rift segment interaction in orthogonal and rotational extension experiments: Implications for the large-scale development of rift systems. J. Str. Geol., 140: 104119.

Ponthus, L., de Saint Blanquat, M., Guillaume, D., Le Romancer, M., Pearson, N., O’Reilly, S. and Grégoire, M., 2020. Plutonic processes in transitional oceanic plateau crust: Structure, age and emplacement of the South Rallier du Baty laccolith, Kerguelen Islands. Terra Nova, 32(6): 408-414.

Davaille, A. and Romanowicz, B., 2020. Deflating the LLSVPs: Bundles of Mantle Thermochemical Plumes Rather Than Thick Stagnant “Piles”. Tectonics, 39(10): e2020TC006265.

White-Gaynor, A.L., Nyblade, A.A., Durrheim, R., Raveloson, R., van der Meijde, M., Fadel, I., Paulssen, H., Kwadiba, M., Ntibinyane, O., Titus, N. and Sitali, M., 2020. Lithospheric Boundaries and Upper Mantle Structure Beneath Southern Africa Imaged by P and S Wave Velocity Models. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 21(10): e2020GC008925.

Debayle, E., T. Bodin, S. Durand, and Y. Ricard (2020), Seismic evidence for partial melt below tectonic plates, Nature, 586, 555-559.

Yamamoto, J., N. Hirano, and M. D. Kurz (2020), Noble gas isotopic compositions of seamount lavas from the central Chile trench: Implications for petit-spot volcanism and the lithosphere asthenosphere boundary, Earth planet. Sci. Lett., 552, 116611.

Gallahue, M. M., S. Stein, C. A. Stein, D. Jurdy, M. Barklage, and T. O. Rooney (2020), A compilation of igneous rock volumes at volcanic passive continental margins from interpreted seismic profiles, Marine and Petroleum Geology, 122, 104635.


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