Oxygen-isotope evidence for recycled crust in the sources of mid-ocean-ridge basalts

@article{Eiler2000OxygenisotopeEF,
  title={Oxygen-isotope evidence for recycled crust in the sources of mid-ocean-ridge basalts},
  author={John M. Eiler and Pierre Schiano and Nami E. Kitchen and Edward M. Stolper},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2000},
  volume={403},
  pages={530-534}
}
Mid-ocean-ridge basalts (MORBs) are the most abundant terrestrial magmas and are believed to form by partial melting of a globally extensive reservoir of ultramafic rocks in the upper mantle. MORBs vary in their abundances of incompatible elements (that is, those that partition into silicate liquids during partial melting) and in the isotopic ratios of several radiogenic isotope systems. These variations define a spectrum between ‘depleted’ and ‘enriched’ compositions, characterized by… CONTINUE READING
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