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Formation of discrete islands in linear island chains

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Mantle convection studies indicate that large-scale shear beneath plates acts together with the buoyant uplift of the lower density plume material to produce a succession of discrete plumes and consequently island chains such as Hawaii. The spacing of the Hawaiian Islands requires that its low viscosity shear zone is less than 80 km thick.

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    • John N. Skilbeck

    Present address: Department of Geological Sciences, Science Laboratories, South Road, Durham, UK

    • John A. Whitehead Jr

    Present address: National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado, 80302


  1. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, 02543

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