Large Igneous Provinces and the Mantle Plume Hypothesis

  title={Large Igneous Provinces and the Mantle Plume Hypothesis},
  author={Ian H. Campbell},
Mantle plumes are columns of hot, solid material that originate deep in the mantle, probably at the core-mantle boundary. Laboratory and numerical models replicating conditions appropriate to the mantle show that mantle plumes have a regular and predictable shape that allows a number of testable predictions to be made. New mantle plumes are predicted to consist of a large head, 1000 km in diameter, followed by a narrower tail. Initial eruption of basalt from a plume head should be preceded by… Expand

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