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    Hydrous upwelling across the mantle transition zone beneath the Afar Triple Junction

    Thompson, D. A. and Hammond, James O.S. and Kendall, J.-M. and Stuart, G.W. and Helffrich, G.R. and Keir, D. and Ayele, A. and Goitom, B. (2015) Hydrous upwelling across the mantle transition zone beneath the Afar Triple Junction. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 16 (3), pp. 834-846. ISSN 1525-2027.

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    Abstract

    The mechanisms that drive the upwelling of chemical heterogeneity from the lower to upper mantle (e.g., thermal versus compositional buoyancy) are key to our understanding of whole mantle con- vective processes. We address these issues through a receiver function study on new seismic data from recent deployments located on the Afar Triple Junction, a location associated with deep mantle upwelling. The detailed images of upper mantle and mantle transition zone structure illuminate features that give insights into the nature of upwelling from the deep Earth. A seismic low-velocity layer directly above the mantle transition zone, interpreted as a stable melt layer, along with a prominent 520 km discontinuity sug- gest the presence of a hydrous upwelling. A relatively uniform transition zone thickness across the region suggests a weak thermal anomaly (<100 K) may be present and that upwelling must be at least partly driven by compositional buoyancy. The results suggest that the lower mantle is a source of volatile rich, chemically distinct upwellings that influence the structure of the upper mantle, and potentially the chemis- try of surface lavas.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Earth and Planetary Sciences
    Depositing User: James Hammond
    Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2015 17:06
    Last Modified: 17 Nov 2017 15:54
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/13399

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