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Mantle plumes persevere

The ocean floor is littered with hundreds of thousands of mostly extinct volcanoes. The origin of at least some of these seamounts seems to rest with mantle plumes.

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Figure 1: Models of ocean-island and seamount-trail formation: Courtillot's framework6 of three hotspot types.


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Koppers, A. Mantle plumes persevere. Nature Geosci 4, 816–817 (2011).

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