Ontong Java and Kerguelen Plateaux: Cretaceous Icelands?

Coffin, M.F. and Gahagan, L.M. (1995) Ontong Java and Kerguelen Plateaux: Cretaceous Icelands? Journal of the Geological Society, 32, (1), 1-36.


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Together with Iceland, the two giant oceanic plateaux, Ontong Java in the western Pacific and Kerguelen/Broken Ridge in the Indian Ocean, are accumulations of mafic igneous rock which were not formed by ‘normal’ seafloor spreading. We compare published geochronological, crustal structure, and subsidence results with tectonic fabric highlighted in new satellite-derived free-air gravity data from the three igneous provinces, and conclude that existing evidence weighs lightly against the Ontong Java and Kerguelen plateaux originating at a seafloor spreading centre.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0016-7649 (print)
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Keywords: Iceland; Ontong Java Plateau; Kerguelen Plateau ;plumes; hot spots
Subjects: Q Science > QE Geology
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > National Oceanography Centre (NERC)
ePrint ID: 52421
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
November 1995Published
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:30
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/52421

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