Seismic evidence for hotspot-induced buoyant flow beneath the reykjanes ridge

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Volcanic hotspots and mid-ocean ridge spreading centers are the surface expressions of upwelling in Earth's mantle convection system, and their interaction provides unique information on upwelling dynamics. I investigated the influence of the Iceland hotspot on the adjacent mid-Atlantic spreading center using phase-delay times of seismic surface waves, which show anomalous polarization anisotropy - a delay-time discrepancy between waves with different polarizations. This anisotropy implies that the hotspot induces buoyancy-driven upwelling in the mantle beneath the ridge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1645-1647
Number of pages3
Issue number5535
StatePublished - Aug 31 2001
Externally publishedYes

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