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The role of mantle plumes in continental breakup: case histories from Gondwanaland

Storey, Bryan C.. 1995 The role of mantle plumes in continental breakup: case histories from Gondwanaland. Nature, 377 (6547). 301-308. 10.1038/377301a0

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Abstract/Summary

After thirty years of plate-tectonic theory, the reasons why supercontinents disintegrate and disperse to form smaller continental plates remain enigmatic. Possible causes range from abnormally hot mantle upwellings, or plumes, to changes in plate-boundary driving forces. The breakup of the Gondwanaland super-continent, which started about 180 million years ago, provides an excellent case history against which to test models.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1038/377301a0
Programmes: BAS Programmes > Pre 2000 programme
ISSN: 0028-0836
Date made live: 16 Jan 2017 12:54 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/515854

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