Lithospheric topography , tilted plumes , and the track of the Snake River – Yellowstone hot spot

  title={Lithospheric topography , tilted plumes , and the track of the Snake River – Yellowstone hot spot},
  author={John W. Shervais and Barry B. Hanan},
[1] The trace of the Snake River–Yellowstone hot spot is the world’s best example of a mantle plume that has been overridden by continental lithosphere. The ‘‘standard model’’ calls for the plume head to rise under northern Nevada and be forced northward to form basalts of the Columbia Plateau; subsequent movement of North America to the southwest over the plume tail created a hot spot trace on the surface. We present a new conceptual model for the origin of this feature that resolves… CONTINUE READING


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