The importance of water to oceanic mantle melting regimes

  title={The importance of water to oceanic mantle melting regimes},
  author={Paul D. Asimow and Charles H. Langmuir},
The formation of basaltic crust at mid-ocean ridges and ocean islands provides a window into the compositional and thermal state of the Earth's upper mantle. But the interpretation of geochemical and crustal-thickness data in terms of magma source parameters depends on our understanding of the melting, melt-extraction and differentiation processes that intervene between the magma source and the crust. Much of the quantitative theory developed to model these processes has neglected the role of… 

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