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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Plate Tectonics and the Evolution of Central America and the Caribbean

A series of illustrations with explanatory text from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay showing the tectonic evolution of Central America and the Caribbean region from 170 Ma to present.

Cenozoic to Recent plate configurations in the Pacific Basin: Ridge subduction and slab window magmatism in western North America

These are figures show in an article from Geosphere by Madsen et al. Several of the figures show hypothetical reconstructions of the tectonic evolution in the area of the plate margin on the west ...

Tectonic Evolution of Western North America

This narrative set of cartoons illustrate a hypothesized sequence of events in Western North America's recent geologic history beginning at 30 Ma. Each cartoon is accompanied by explanatory text to ...

Mantle Convection

This page discusses thermal convection as it applies to the Earth's mantle and includes three QuickTime movies for three different cases of convection: heating from below, heating from within, and a ...

Thermal Structure from Models of Mantle Convection with Surface Plates, Temperature-dependent and Radially Stratified Viscosity

This animation shows the evolution of thermal structure within the mantle over a period of about 4 transit times (equivalent to ~200 Ma). The scale of thermal structure is controlled by surface ...

Farallon Plate Remnants

This image and short video from the NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio shows the remnants of the Farallon Plate based on seismic tomography studies. The studies were conducted by Hans-Peter Bunge ...

Geologic History of the San Andreas Fault System

This page from the USGS resource This Dynamic Earth (online edition) describes the evolution of the western coast of North America. A series of block diagrams shows how the subduction zone along the ...

The Farallon Plate

In this animation from NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio, the Farallon Plate sinks beneath North American Plate and scrapes along bottom of continent for 1,500 kilometers before sinking again.

Late Jurassic Tectonics and Paleogeography (145 Ma)

These side-by-side images from Northern Arizona University show tectonic conditions of Western margin of North America alongside a paleotopography map.

Numerical Models of the Geodynamo

This page from Peter Olson at Johns Hopkins University describes recent geomagnetic research. The page includes several illustrations and an animation of geomagnetic reversal.

Mantle Dynamics Research at RSES

This page from the Australian National University includes discussions (with figures) of research on mantle fluid dynamics and mantle evolution.

MIT Geophysics Seminar on Mantle Convection

MIT graduate geophysics course page including lecture notes and readings (.pdf) on a variety of topics related to mantle convection.

Visualization of 3D Mantle Data

A series of simulations from the Yuen Research group of the Minnesota Supercomputer Institute at the University of Minnesota. There are three animations showing models of temperature and velocity ...

Convection Movies

This page, on the website of Stephane Labrosse of ENS Lyon, presents some examples of flow motions resulting from convection calculations in different situations. All are for infinite Prandtl number ...

Magnetic Reversal video

This mpeg video shows the output of a magnetic field model during which a magnetic reversal occurs. The model is superimposed on a stationary Earth to highlight the field changes that would be ...

Numerical dynamo models

This page from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology explains current research modeling geomagnetic processes, including magnetic reversals and secular variation. Includes three supporting ...

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