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Mantle reservoirs and ocean island basalts

Nature volume 301, pages 229231 (20 January 1983) | Download Citation

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The mantle part of the continental lithosphere possesses in part Sr and Nd isotopic compositions similar to those of ocean island basalts. Here we investigate circumstances under which this mantle material may become detached from continental lithosphere, incorporated into the convective flow and thereby providing a source for some ocean island basalts.

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    • Dan McKenzie
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