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When plumes tickle continents

Continental stability may be linked to a shallow, buoyant mantle layer, and the deepest craton roots can be destabilized and removed by mantle plumes.

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Fig. 1: Schematic illustration of the present-day lithosphere structure for South American and African cratons.

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Debayle, E. When plumes tickle continents. Nature Geosci 11, 150–151 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41561-018-0074-z

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