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Plate reconstructions and tomography reveal a fossil lower mantle slab below the Tasman Sea

Schellart, Wouter; Kennett, Brian; Spakman, W; Amaru, M

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The Southwest Pacific region is tectonically complex and is home to numerous fossil and active subduction zones. At the Earth's surface, there remains a geological controversy regarding the polarity and continuity of fossil subduction zones in New Zealand and New Caledonia, the origin of obducted ophiolites, the presence of high-pressure metamorphism, the occurrence of widespread Cenozoic magmatism, and the potential disappearance of one or more ocean basins. This controversy can be solved by...[Show more]

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Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/37618
Source: Earth and Planetary Science Letters
DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2008.11.004

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