The Hawaiian hotspot debate: an update

Sever Megan, American Geological Institute

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This article, published in Geotimes in 2003, follows up a previous article published earlier that year reporting on John Tarduno's theory that the bend in the Hawaiian-Emperor chain was caused by motion of the underlying hotspot itself. This article focuses on an alternative theory suggested by Pal Wessel that "true polar wander" may be a better explanation for the bend.

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