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The Easter Island – Sala y Gomez Volcanic Chain

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Session S-IT21: Do Plumes Exist?

Conveners: Hidehisa Mashima, Gillian R. Foulger, Dapeng Zhao


A primer on olivine control-line modelling

M. Lustrino


High water content in primitive continental flood basalts

Qun-Ke Xia, Yao Bi, Pei Li, Wei Tian, Xun Wei, Han-Lin Chen


(More than) fifty shades of plumes

M. Lustrino


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DI007: Heterogeneity in Earth's Deep Interior - from natural and laboratory observations to theoretical models

DI016: Understanding the interacting core-mantle system

DI007: Heterogeneity in Earth's Deep Interior

DI010: Pillars of Deep Earth Research: Accomplishments, Limitations, and the Road Ahead

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Manuel Curzi, University of Rome, provides the results of a natural laboratory experiment to demonstrate the development of plumes…


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Check out the Wikipedia Talk:Mantle plume controversy page and add your three ha'pence worth–or 10¢ if you work in bucks.–Gillian R. Foulger
Dear WM, A new gravity map shows thousands more of seamounts, mostly not in linear chains, as summarized in this news article. The great majority of seamounts are scattered across the oceans in independent groups and individual volcanoes. They are not part of linear volcanic chains, and we should note that magmas of most seamount volcanoes appear to be similar and must form the same way. This fact does not support the wildly generalized models in which intraplate volcanoes are created by narrow, deep mantle plumes. Instead, we must develop models that link lithospheric structures to linear volcanic chains where such exist, and also allow most volcanoes to form as individual features, all in a common origin from the upper mantle.–Greg McHone
Dear WM, in the recent paper by Courtillot & Fluteau, the 59th plume type is defined–the "killer plume".–Michele Lustrino

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