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Hotspots Come Unstuck

Stock, Joann M. (2003) Hotspots Come Unstuck. Science, 301 (5636). pp. 1059-1060. ISSN 0036-8075. doi:10.1126/science.1089049.

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Volcanic hotspots are widely believed to be caused by fixed volcanic sources deep in the mantle. In her Perspective, Stock highlights the report by Tarduno et al., whose paleomagnetic data cast doubt on the fixity of the hotspot underlying the Hawaiian-Emperor seamounts. The data suggest that not only plate motion but also mantle flow have determined the latitudes of the islands and seamounts in the chain. With current data, it is difficult to say whether the base of the hotspot has remained fixed or whether it is a third variable determining the motion of surface volcanism with time.

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Additional Information:© 2003 American Association for the Advancement of Science. This paper represents contribution number 8968, Division of Geological and Planetary Science, California Institute of Technology. The work was supported by NSF grant OPP 0126334.
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Official Citation:Stock, J. (2003). "Hotspots Come Unstuck." Science 301(5636): 1059-1060. [DOI:10.1126/science.1089049]
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