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The fate of subducted oceanic crust: A mineral segregation model

Sun, Weidong; Ding, Xing; Hu, Yanhua (Y. H.); Zartman, Robert; Arculus, Richard; Kamenetsky, Vadim S; Chen, Ming


Plate subduction and mantle plumes are two of the most important material transport processes of the silicate Earth. Currently, a debate exists over whether the subducted oceanic crust is recycled back to the Earth's surface through mantle plumes, and can explain their derivation and major characteristics. It is also puzzling as to why plume heads have huge melting capacities and differ dramatically from plume tails both in size and chemical composition. We present data showing that both ocean...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: International Geology Review
DOI: 10.1080/00206810903211930


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