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Oceanic plateaus

Kerr, Andrew Craig ORCID: 2014. Oceanic plateaus. Holland, Heinrich D. and Turekian, Karl K., eds. Treatise on Geochemistry: Vol. 4: The crust. 2nd ed, Amsterdam: Elsevier, pp. 631-667. (10.1016/B978-0-08-095975-7.00320-X)

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Oceanic plateaus are vast areas (> 0.1 × 106 km2) of overthickened oceanic crust (up to, and sometimes > 30 km) that are widely interpreted to have formed by decompression melting of hot mantle plumes. Oceanic plateaus have formed throughout most of Earth's history and, due to their excess crustal thicknesses, are difficult to subduct; typically, their uppermost sections are accreted to continental margins. In addition to providing a means of preserving sections of these plateaus in the geological record, the accretion of oceanic plateaus has been an important contributor to crustal growth throughout Earth's history.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Earth and Environmental Sciences
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GC Oceanography
Q Science > QE Geology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Crust; Decompression; Hot mantle plumes; Oceanic plateaus
Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 9780080959757
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Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 09:52

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