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Upper-Mantle Origin of the Yellowstone Hotspot

This online report describes a model in which the Yellowstone hotspot is caused by upper-mantle convection and regional tectonics, contradicting the deep-mantle plume model proposed by others. ...

Superplume Formation Beneath An Ancient Slab

Graduate student Eh Tan, working with Michael Gurnis at the California Institute of Technology, has recently discovered a plausible mechanism of generating superplumes at the core mantle boundary. ...

Superplume Concept Applies To Tharsis Area On Mars

This online article, published by the now defunct Daily University Science News (the article is still available in their archives), reports on the proposal of Victor Baker and Shigenori Maruyama, ...

Cretaceous Superplume and the Mississippi Embayment

In this abstract for the 2000 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Cox and Van Arsdale suggest that pronounced uplift of the Mississippi Valley Graben region associated with Bermuda ...

The Superswell and Darwin Rise: Thermal No Longer?

This short online article, from the mantleplumes.org website, reviews the evidence for a thermal plume-related cause of the large shallow region in the western Pacific Ocean containing the Darwin ...

Superplumes from the core-mantle boundary to the base of the lithosphere: evidence from Q tomography

This page at the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory summarizes the recent results of imaging the superplume beneath the Pacific superswell region by the method of Q-tomography. The page includes ...

Convection Plumes in the Lower Mantle

This is the classic 1971 Nature paper in which W.J. Morgan proposed deep mantle plumes for the origin of hotspots.

"Hotspots": Mantle Thermal Plumes

This website features the chapter on hotspots and mantle plumes in the online text "This Dynamic Earth: The Story of Plate Tectonics", published by the U.S. Geological ...

Evidence for moving mantle plumes...Is nothing stationary?

This webpage provides a basic summary of a 2003 paper published in the journal Science by John Tarduno supporting recent evidence for motion of the Hawaiian hotspot. This evidence is based on ...

Mantle plumes - both deep and shallow

This webpage summarizes a 2004 paper published in the journal Science by Montelli and others suggesting that some mantle plumes are "deep" (interpreted to originate ...

Beneath Yellowstone: Evaluating Plume and Nonplume Models Using Teleseismic Images of the Upper Mantle

In this online article published in GSA Today, the authors present recent teleseismic data bearing on the question of the depth of the mantle anomaly beneath Yellowstone, and the origin of hotspots ...

Isostasy

This website provides animations, static diagrams, and photos are depicting the isostatic adjustments associated with the emplacement and removal of ice sheets. The website addresses the question: ...

Geochemistry of the Solid Earth I: The Mantle and Core

This site is a chapter from a book on geochemistry by Dr. W. M. White that is used in a geochemistry course at Cornell University. The 39-page PDF document discusses the composition and evolution of ...

Mantle Plumes

This site provides a broad suite of information and resources about "hot spots" and the current debate as to their existence. The site features technical tutorials and publications on a variety of ...

Mantle Convection Movies On-Line at Caltech

This Caltech website contains movies and animations about mantle convection, along with brief summaries of the science behind it. Topics covered include supercontinents, superplumes, Australia, ...

Mantle Plumes and Mountain Building

This page presents an abstract from the American Scientist March-April 1999 issue. It discusses how the westward progress of the North American plate over the relatively stationary Yellowstone plume ...

Ultra-High-Pressure Experimentalist Who Studies the Deep Earth

This article profiles the work of Elise Knittle, whose research specialty is mineral physics. The essay gives an overview of the core, mantle, and crust of the Earth, including what we know about ...

Geol 202: The Earth's Interior

This beginning geophysics course is designed for geology majors. It provides a relatively rigorous and homework-intensive overview of the structure and evolution of the Earth and terrestrial planets, ...

Earth's Interior and Plate Tectonics

This web page describes the composition and structure of the Earth and the seismic methods used to distinguish the divisions of the Earth's interior. It describes the major characteristics of the ...

The tr660 Program

The tr660 program models the mineralogy and physical properties for various chemical compositions in the Earth's mantle where a transition occurs in these properties at about 660 km depth. The ...

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