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Recent papers & books relevant to the debate regarding the origin of hot spots
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last updated 25th February, 2024

Abdelmalak, M.M., Gac, S., Faleide, J.I., Shephard, G.E., Tsikalas, F., Polteau, S., Zastrozhnov, D., Torsvik, T.H., 2023. Quantification and Restoration of the Pre-Drift Extension Across the NE Atlantic Conjugate Margins During the Mid-Permian-Early Cenozoic Multi-Rifting Phases. Tectonics 42, e2022TC007386.

Gernon, T.M., Jones, S.M., Brune, S., Hincks, T.K., Palmer, M.R., Schumacher, J.C., Primiceri, R.M., Field, M., Griffin, W.L., O’Reilly, S.Y., Keir, D., Spencer, C.J., Merdith, A.S., Glerum, A., 2023. Rift-induced disruption of cratonic keels drives kimberlite volcanism. Nature 620, 344-350.

Sarkar, S., Giuliani, A., Dalton, H., Phillips, D., Ghosh, S., Misev, S., Maas, R., 2023. Derivation of Lamproites and Kimberlites from a Common Evolving Source in the Convective Mantle: the Case for Southern African ‘Transitional Kimberlites’. J. Pet. 64, egad043.

Pilbeam, L.H., Rasmussen, T.M., Waight, T.E., Nielsen, T.F.D., 2023. Inverse Modeling to Constrain Composition of CO2-Rich Parental Melt of Kimberlite: Model Development and Application to the Majuagaa Dyke, Southern West Greenland. J. Pet. 64, egac127.

Romito, S., Mann, P., 2021. Tectonic terranes underlying the present-day Caribbean plate: their tectonic origin, sedimentary thickness, subsidence histories and regional controls on hydrocarbon resources. Geological Society, London, Special Publications 504, 343-377.

Restelli, F., Zaroli, C., Koelemeijer, P., 2024. Robust estimates of the ratio between S- and P-wave velocity anomalies in the Earth's mantle using normal modes. Phys. Earth Planet. Int. 347, 107135.

Doucet, L.S., Moine, B.N., Cottin, J.-Y., Paquette, J.-L., Renac, C., Li, Z.-X., 2023. Kerguelen carbonatite tuff sourced from deep recycled material. Earth planet. Sci. Lett. 621, 118375.

Timmerman, S., Stachel, T., Koornneef, J.M., Smit, K.V., Harlou, R., Nowell, G.M., Thomson, A.R., Kohn, S.C., Davies, J.H.F.L., Davies, G.R., Krebs, M.Y., Zhang, Q., Milne, S.E.M., Harris, J.W., Kaminsky, F., Zedgenizov, D., Bulanova, G., Smith, C.B., Cabral Neto, I., Silveira, F.V., Burnham, A.D., Nestola, F., Shirey, S.B., Walter, M.J., Steele, A., Pearson, D.G., 2023. Sublithospheric diamond ages and the supercontinent cycle. Nature 623, 752-756.

Horton, F., Asimow, P.D., Farley, K.A., Curtice, J., Kurz, M.D., Blusztajn, J., Biasi, J.A., Boyes, X.M., 2023. Highest terrestrial 3He/4He credibly from the core. Nature 623, 90-94.

Yang, A.Y., Langmuir, C.H., Michael, P.J., 2024. The significance of recycled oceanic mantle lithosphere beneath the Arctic Gakkel Ridge. Earth planet. Sci. Lett. 626, 118553.

Lv, M., Xu, X., Ding, Z., 2024. The structure of the mantle transition zone and its implications for mantle upwelling beneath the central Tibetan plateau from triplicated P-waveforms modeling. Tectonophysics 872, 230209.

Demonterova, E.I., Ivanov, A.V., Savatenkov, V.M., Chu, M.-F., Panteeva, S.V., Lee, H.-Y., Bindeman, I.N., 2023. Miocene Volcanism of the Baikal Rift Across the Boundary of the Siberian Craton: Evidence for Lithospheric Mantle Melting. J. Pet. 64, egad062.

Ahmad, Q., Wille, M., Labidi, J., König, S., Devey, C., Mezger, K., 2023. Heavy Mo isotope enrichment in the Pitcairn plume: Implications for the subduction cycle of anoxic sediments. Earth planet. Sci. Lett. 624, 118466.

Sarrionandia, F., Errandonea-Martin, J., Larrondo, E., Carracedo-Sánchez, M., Ábalos, B., Gil Ibarguchi, J.I., 2023. Low–Ti Continental Tholeiite Origin of Magmas With Calc-Alkaline Signature in Transcurrent Settings: The Mississippian Matachel Volcanic Field (SW Iberian Massif). Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 24, e2023GC011139.

Wong, P.W., Midtkandal, I., Faleide, J.I., 2023. Origin of paired extension-compression during rotational rifting: An early Paleogene example from the northeast Atlantic region and its implications. Geology 52, 27-32.

Lim, H., Nebel, O., Weinberg Roberto, F., Nebel-Jacobsen, Y., Barrote Vitor, R., Park, J., Myeong, B., Cawood Peter, A., 2024. Lower crustal hot zones as zircon incubators: Inherited zircon antecryts in diorites from a mafic mush reservoir. Geological Society, London, Special Publications 537, SP537-2021-2195.

Rojas-Agramonte, Y., et al. (2022), Zircon Dates Long-Lived Plume Dynamics in Oceanic Islands, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 23(11), e2022GC010485, doi:

Iles, K. A., A. V. Luttinen, C. Beier, J. S. Heinonen, M. J. Whitehouse, and S. T. Turunen (2023), The nature of the Karoo mantle source region from the perspective of olivine in the Luenha picrites: an oxygen isotopic and chemical study, Cont. Min. Pet., 178(5), 32, doi:10.1007/s00410-023-02014-y.

Schmitt Renata, S., A. J. Trouw Rudolph, A. Da Silva Evânia, M. de Jesus João Vitor, M. da Costa Luis Felipe, and R. Passarelli Claudia (2023), The role of crustal scale shear zones in Southwest Gondwana consolidation - Transatlantic correlation, Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 531(1), SP531-2022-2278, doi:10.1144/SP531-2022-278.


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