2004 Seminar: Plumes versus Plates and the Nature of Mantle Hotspots
The marine geodynamics theme this year, plumes, plates and hotspots,
considers the origins of geochemical and bathymetric anomalies around
the globe. For many years, both geophysicists and geochemists have
relied upon the mantle plume paradigm to explain most of the anomalous
features on the globe unrelated to orogenic mountain belts and simple
plate tectonics as a consequence of deep mantle plumes, often postulated
to originate at the core-mantle boundary. In recent years an increasing
number of heretics led by the heretic-in-charge, Don Anderson of
Caltech, have questioned the plume hypothesis, particularly deep
core-mantle plumes as an explanation for every feature on the earth's
surface that could not be otherwise explained.
For more of this visit: http://www.mantleplumes.org/
One thing is certain, the plume paradigm has been overused. This seminar will focus on how plate-driven processes may explain a lot of features attributed to mantle plumes, how plates and plumes may interact together, and whether deep mantle plumes even exist. Speakers from both sides of the issue, and those in the middle will present evidence ranging from geology and geophysics, geochemistry, to the fluid dynamic basis for plumes.
Last updated: March 20, 2008