Mantle wedge control on back-arc crustal accretion

@article{Martnez2002MantleWC,
  title={Mantle wedge control on back-arc crustal accretion},
  author={Fernando Mart{\'i}nez and Brian Taylor},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2002},
  volume={416},
  pages={417-420}
}
At mid-ocean ridges, plate separation leads to upward advection and pressure-release partial melting of fertile mantle material; the melt is then extracted to the spreading centre and the residual depleted mantle flows horizontally away. In back-arc basins, the subducting slab is an important control on the pattern of mantle advection and melt extraction, as well as on compositional and fluid gradients. Modelling studies predict significant mantle wedge effects on back-arc spreading processes… 
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