Plume-slab interaction: The Samoa-Tonga system
Mantle plume behavior near subducting plates is still poorly understood and in fact varies significantly from the classical hotspot model. We investigate using 3D laboratory models how subduction-driven flow relates to the deformation and dispersal of a nearby plume. Results show slab-driven flow severely distorts plume-driven flow, entraining and passively advecting plume material despite its thermal buoyancy. Downdip sinking of the slab initially stalls vertical plume ascent while the...[Show more]
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