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Sample records for active mid-ocean ridge

  1. Hydrothermal activity at the Arctic mid-ocean ridges

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    Pedersen, Rolf B.; Thorseth, Ingunn H.; Nygård, Tor Eivind; Lilley, Marvin D.; Kelley, Deborah S.

    Over the last 10 years, hydrothermal activity has been shown to be abundant at the ultraslow spreading Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridges (AMOR). Approximately 20 active and extinct vent sites have been located either at the seafloor, as seawater anomalies, or by dredge sampling hydrothermal deposits. Decreasing spreading rates and decreasing influence of the Icelandic hot spot toward the north along the AMOR result in a north-south change from a shallow and magmatically robust to a deep and magmatically starved ridge system. This contrast gives rise to large variability in the ridge geology and in the nature of the associated hydrothermal systems. The known vent sites at the southern part of the ridge system are either low-temperature or white smoker fields. At the deep, northern parts of the ridge system, a large black smoker field has been located, and seawater anomalies and sulfide deposits suggest that black smoker-type venting is common. Several of these fields may be peridotite-hosted. The hydrothermal activity at parts of the AMOR exceeds by a factor of 2 to 3 what would be expected by extrapolating from observations on faster spreading ridges. Higher fracture/fault area relative to the magma volume extracted seems a likely explanation for this. Many of the vent fields at the AMOR are associated with axial volcanic ridges. Strong focusing of magma toward these ridges, deep rifting of the ridges, and subsequent formation of long-lived detachment faults that are rooted below the ridges may be the major geodynamic mechanisms causing the unexpectedly high hydrothermal activity.

  2. Active convection and magma dynamics at mid-ocean ridges

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    Katz, Richard

    2010-05-01

    The role of buoyancy-driven, "active" upwelling beneath mid-ocean ridges has been long debated [1,2,3], with the naysayers holding sway in recent years. Recent work on tomographic imaging of the sub-ridge mantle has revealed patterns in velocity variation that seem inconsistent with what we expect of passive upwelling and melting [4]. The irregular distribution, asymmetry, and off-axis locations of slow regions in tomographic results are suggestive of time-dependent convective flow. Using 2D numerical simulations of internally consistent mantle and magmatic flow plus melting/freezing [5,6], I investigate the parametric subspace in which active convection is expected to occur. For low mantle viscosities, convection can break the symmetry of corner flow. This may help to explain the asymmetric distribution of shear-wave velocity beneath the MELT region of the East Pacific Rise. References: [1] Rabinowicz, et al., EPSL, 1984; [2] Buck & Su, GRL, 1989; [3] Scott & Stevenson, JGR, 1989; [4] Toomey et al., Nature, 2007; [5] McKenzie, J.Pet., 1984; [6] Katz, J.Pet., 2008;

  3. The Mid-Ocean Ridge.

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    Macdonald, Kenneth C.; Fox, Paul J.

    1990-01-01

    Described are concepts involved with the formation and actions of the Mid-Ocean Ridge. Sea-floor spreading, the magma supply model, discontinuities, off-axis structures, overlaps and deviation, and aquatic life are discussed. (CW)

  4. Magma plumbing system and seismicity of an active mid-ocean ridge volcano.

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    Schmid, Florian; Schlindwein, Vera; Koulakov, Ivan; Plötz, Aline; Scholz, John-Robert

    2017-02-20

    At mid-ocean ridges volcanism generally decreases with spreading rate but surprisingly massive volcanic centres occur at the slowest spreading ridges. These volcanoes can host unexpectedly strong earthquakes and vigorous, explosive submarine eruptions. Our understanding of the geodynamic processes forming these volcanic centres is still incomplete due to a lack of geophysical data and the difficulty to capture their rare phases of magmatic activity. We present a local earthquake tomographic image of the magma plumbing system beneath the Segment 8 volcano at the ultraslow-spreading Southwest Indian Ridge. The tomography shows a confined domain of partial melt under the volcano. We infer that from there melt is horizontally transported to a neighbouring ridge segment at 35 km distance where microearthquake swarms and intrusion tremor occur that suggest ongoing magmatic activity. Teleseismic earthquakes around the Segment 8 volcano, prior to our study, indicate that the current magmatic spreading episode may already have lasted over a decade and hence its temporal extent greatly exceeds the frequent short-lived spreading episodes at faster opening mid-ocean ridges.

  5. Magma plumbing system and seismicity of an active mid-ocean ridge volcano

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    Schmid, Florian; Schlindwein, Vera; Koulakov, Ivan; Plötz, Aline; Scholz, John-Robert

    2017-02-01

    At mid-ocean ridges volcanism generally decreases with spreading rate but surprisingly massive volcanic centres occur at the slowest spreading ridges. These volcanoes can host unexpectedly strong earthquakes and vigorous, explosive submarine eruptions. Our understanding of the geodynamic processes forming these volcanic centres is still incomplete due to a lack of geophysical data and the difficulty to capture their rare phases of magmatic activity. We present a local earthquake tomographic image of the magma plumbing system beneath the Segment 8 volcano at the ultraslow-spreading Southwest Indian Ridge. The tomography shows a confined domain of partial melt under the volcano. We infer that from there melt is horizontally transported to a neighbouring ridge segment at 35 km distance where microearthquake swarms and intrusion tremor occur that suggest ongoing magmatic activity. Teleseismic earthquakes around the Segment 8 volcano, prior to our study, indicate that the current magmatic spreading episode may already have lasted over a decade and hence its temporal extent greatly exceeds the frequent short-lived spreading episodes at faster opening mid-ocean ridges.

  6. Magma plumbing system and seismicity of an active mid-ocean ridge volcano

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    Schmid, Florian; Schlindwein, Vera; Koulakov, Ivan; Plötz, Aline; Scholz, John-Robert

    2017-01-01

    At mid-ocean ridges volcanism generally decreases with spreading rate but surprisingly massive volcanic centres occur at the slowest spreading ridges. These volcanoes can host unexpectedly strong earthquakes and vigorous, explosive submarine eruptions. Our understanding of the geodynamic processes forming these volcanic centres is still incomplete due to a lack of geophysical data and the difficulty to capture their rare phases of magmatic activity. We present a local earthquake tomographic image of the magma plumbing system beneath the Segment 8 volcano at the ultraslow-spreading Southwest Indian Ridge. The tomography shows a confined domain of partial melt under the volcano. We infer that from there melt is horizontally transported to a neighbouring ridge segment at 35 km distance where microearthquake swarms and intrusion tremor occur that suggest ongoing magmatic activity. Teleseismic earthquakes around the Segment 8 volcano, prior to our study, indicate that the current magmatic spreading episode may already have lasted over a decade and hence its temporal extent greatly exceeds the frequent short-lived spreading episodes at faster opening mid-ocean ridges. PMID:28218270

  7. Rapid cooling rates at an active mid-ocean ridge from zircon thermochronology

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    Schmitt, Axel K.; Perfit, Michael R.; Rubin, Kenneth H.; Stockli, Daniel F.; Smith, Matthew C.; Cotsonika, Laurie A.; Zellmer, Georg F.; Ridley, W. Ian

    2011-01-01

    Oceanic spreading ridges are Earth's most productive crust generating environment, but mechanisms and rates of crustal accretion and heat loss are debated. Existing observations on cooling rates are ambiguous regarding the prevalence of conductive vs. convective cooling of lower oceanic crust. Here, we report the discovery and dating of zircon in mid-ocean ridge dacite lavas that constrain magmatic differentiation and cooling rates at an active spreading center. Dacitic lavas erupted on the southern Cleft segment of the Juan de Fuca ridge, an intermediate-rate spreading center, near the intersection with the Blanco transform fault. Their U–Th zircon crystallization ages (29.3-4.6+4.8 ka; 1δ standard error s.e.) overlap with the (U–Th)/He zircon eruption age (32.7 ± 1.6 ka) within uncertainty. Based on similar 238U-230Th disequilibria between southern Cleft dacite glass separates and young mid-ocean ridge basalt (MORB) erupted nearby, differentiation must have occurred rapidly, within ~ 10–20 ka at most. Ti-in-zircon thermometry indicates crystallization at 850–900 °C and pressures > 70–150 MPa are calculated from H2O solubility models. These time-temperature constraints translate into a magma cooling rate of ~ 2 × 10-2 °C/a. This rate is at least one order-of-magnitude faster than those calculated for zircon-bearing plutonic rocks from slow spreading ridges. Such short intervals for differentiation and cooling can only be resolved through uranium-series (238U–230Th) decay in young lavas, and are best explained by dissipating heat convectively at high crustal permeability.

  8. Segmentation of mid-ocean ridges

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    Schouten, Hans; Klitgord, Kim D.; Whitehead, J.A.

    1985-01-01

    Studies of mid-ocean ridges in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans show that the volcanism that forms the oceanic crust along the spreading-plate boundaries is concentrated at regular intervals related to spreading rate. This observation and a new calculation for a Rayleigh-Taylor type of gravitational instability of a partially molten mantle region growing under spreading centres yield reasonable estimates of upper mantle viscosities. ?? 1985 Nature Publishing Group.

  9. Influence of mid-ocean ridges on Rossby waves

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    Wang, Liping; Koblinsky, C. J.

    1994-01-01

    Influence of mid-ocean ridges on Rossby wave activity is discussed in simple models. Ridges can influence Rossby waves in two ways, topographic scattering to model parameters such as frequency, ridge height, and ridge width in both barotropic and baroclinic models. In the barotropic model, for certain model parameters there is perfect transmission of Rossby waves, while for some other model parameters the transmission is rather weak. In a two-layer model, if the frequency is not low enough, trapping of baroclinic signals around topography will occur. The mid-ocean ridge is generally not as efficient as the eastern boundary in generating barotropic waves except at high frequencies in a barotropic model. It is much more efficient than the eastern boundary generating baroclinic waves when wind forcing has a very large zonal scale, while less efficient when wind forcing has a short zonal scale.

  10. Dynamical instability produces transform faults at mid-ocean ridges.

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    Gerya, Taras

    2010-08-27

    Transform faults at mid-ocean ridges--one of the most striking, yet enigmatic features of terrestrial plate tectonics--are considered to be the inherited product of preexisting fault structures. Ridge offsets along these faults therefore should remain constant with time. Here, numerical models suggest that transform faults are actively developing and result from dynamical instability of constructive plate boundaries, irrespective of previous structure. Boundary instability from asymmetric plate growth can spontaneously start in alternate directions along successive ridge sections; the resultant curved ridges become transform faults within a few million years. Fracture-related rheological weakening stabilizes ridge-parallel detachment faults. Offsets along the transform faults change continuously with time by asymmetric plate growth and discontinuously by ridge jumps.

  11. The timescales of magma evolution at mid-ocean ridges

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    Brandl, Philipp A.; Regelous, Marcel; Beier, Christoph; O'Neill, Hugh St. C.; Nebel, Oliver; Haase, Karsten M.

    2016-01-01

    Oceanic crust is continuously created at mid-ocean ridges by decompression melting of the upper mantle as it upwells due to plate separation. Decades of research on active spreading ridges have led to a growing understanding of the complex magmatic, tectonic and hydrothermal processes linked to the formation of new oceanic igneous crust. However, less is known about the timescales of magmatic processes at mid-ocean ridges, including melting in and melt extraction from the mantle, fractional crystallisation, crustal assimilation and/or magma mixing. In this paper, we review the timescales of magmatic processes by integrating radiometric dating, chemical and petrological observations of mid-ocean ridge basalts (MORBs) and geophysical models. These different lines of evidence suggest that melt extraction and migration, and crystallisation and mixing processes occur over timescales of 1 to 10,000 a. High-resolution geochemical stratigraphic profiles of the oceanic crust using drill-core samples further show that at fast-spreading ridges, adjacent flow units may differ in age by only a few 100 a. We use existing chemical data and new major- and trace-element analyses of fresh MORB glasses from drill-cores in ancient Atlantic and Pacific crust, together with model stratigraphic ages to investigate how lava chemistry changes over 10 to 100 ka periods, the timescale of crustal accretion at spreading ridges which is recorded in the basalt stratigraphy in drilled sections through the oceanic crust. We show that drilled MORBs have compositions that are similar to those of young MORB glasses dredged from active spreading ridges (lavas that will eventually be preserved in the lowermost part of the extrusive section covered by younger flows), showing that the dredged samples are indeed representative of the bulk oceanic crust. Model stratigraphic ages calculated for individual flows in boreholes, together with the geochemical stratigraphy of the drilled sections, show that at

  12. Migration of mid-ocean-ridge volcanic segments

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    Schouten, Hans; Dick, H.J.B.; Klitgord, Kim D.

    1987-01-01

    The propagation of small-offset volcanic spreading-centre segments along mid-ocean ridge crests may reflect absolute motion of the plate boundary relative to the underlying mesospheric frame. Such a relationship could be caused by a purely vertical flow of the mantle under spreading centres and would have value in constraining past plate motions from non-transform trends generated during along-ridge propagation and in linking the major-element variability of oceanic crust and upper mantle to the bulk composition and temperatures of mantle ascending under mid-ocean ridges. ?? 1987 Nature Publishing Group.

  13. Seismotectonics of mid-ocean ridge propagation

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    Floyd, Jacqueline Suzanne

    This dissertation investigates the rifting-spreading transition of two propagating mid-ocean spreading centers within actively rifting lithosphere, Woodlark Basin and Hess Deep. Hess Deep is a 5.4 km-deep oceanic rift basin at the westernmost tip of the Galapagos Spreading Center where it meets the East Pacific Rise at the Galapagos Triple Junction. Hydroacoustic seismicity data recorded over 200 earthquakes in Hess Deep that reveal earthquake and deformation patterns that are similar to those found in the process zone of laboratory-scale propagating tensile cracks. Seismicity and deformation patterns observed in Hess Deep are consistent with those from crack tip process zones Process zone deformation releases large crack tip stresses predicted by theoretical fracture mechanics and allows stable propagation to occur; thus, viscous suction or other forces are not required to balance the crack tip stress as proposed by previous investigators. The western Woodlark Basin of Papua New Guinea is the site of a major low-angle detachment fault immediately ahead of the westward propagating spreading center. We present the results of two studies of this fault: one using reflection seismology to image the fault zone velocity structure and composition, and one using deep crustal refraction seismology to image the large-scale velocity structure of the fault and surrounding crust. Results from genetic algorithm inversion of seismic reflection data show that the fault contains a frictionally weak fault gouge layer and fluids, while results from seismic tomography show that the fault is a major rift boundary between the northern and southern rift margins of the western Woodlark Basin. We conclude that favorable conditions exist for frictional slip at angles of 30° or less and that this will be the last fault to form before the crust completely rifts apart to create new oceanic crust and lithosphere. The morphology of the rifting-spreading transitions in Woodlark Basin and Hess

  14. Influence of continental growth on mid-ocean ridge depth

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    Sim, Shi J.; Stegman, Dave R.; Coltice, Nicolas

    2016-11-01

    The interconnectedness of life, water, and plate tectonics is strikingly apparent along mid-ocean ridges (MOR) where communities of organisms flourish off the disequilibrium of chemical potentials created by circulation of hydrothermal fluids driven by Earth's heat. Moreover, submarine hydrothermal environments may be critical for the emergence of life on Earth. Oceans were likely present in the Hadean but questions remain about early Earth's global tectonics, including when seafloor spreading began and whether mid-oceanic ridges were deep enough for maximum hydrothermal activities. For example, plate tectonics influences global sea level by driving secular variations in the volume of ocean basins due to continental growth. Similarly, variations in the distribution of seafloor age and associated subsidence, due to assembly and dispersal of supercontinents, explain the largest sea level variation over the past 140 Myr. Using synthetic plate configurations derived from numerical models of mantle convection appropriate for early Earth, we show that MOR have remained submerged and their depths potentially constant over geologic time. Thus, conditions in the early Earth existed for hydrothermal vents at similar depths as today, providing environments conducive for the development of life and allowing for processes such as hydrothermal alteration of oceanic crust to influence the mantle's geochemical evolution.

  15. The structure of mid-ocean ridges

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    Solomon, Sean C.; Toomey, Douglas R.

    1992-01-01

    Recent research results on the structure of midocean ridges are reviewed. The new view of ridge-axis crustal structure obtained from high-resolution seismology is reviewed, emphasizing the variation of that structure with spreading rate and along-axis at a given spreading rate. Recent results on upper mantle structure beneath ridges are examined, including variations with seafloor age, indications from anisotropy for directions of mantle flow, and long-wavelength along-axis variations in structure and their implications for lateral heterogeneity in mantle temperature and composition.

  16. The Galapagos Spreading Center. Galapagos Rifts Expedition--Grades 9-12. Mid-Ocean Ridges.

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    This activity introduces students to the basic concept of seafloor spreading, the processes involved in creating new seafloor at a mid- ocean ridge, the Galapagos Spreading Center system, and the different types of plate motion associated with ridge segments and transform faults. The activity provides learning objectives, a list of needed…

  17. Model of Methane Hydrate Formation in Mid-ocean Ridges

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    Dmitrievsky, A. N.; Balanyuk, I. E.; Sorokhtin, O. G.; Matveenkov, V. V.; Dongaryan, L. Sh.

    2003-04-01

    MODEL OF METHANE HYDRATE FORMATION IN MID-OCEAN RIDGES A.N. Dmitrievsky, I.E. Balanyuk, O.G.Sorokhtin, V.V. Matveenkov, and L.Sh. Dongaryan P.P.Shirshov Institute of Oceanology Russian Academy of Sciences Moscow, Russia, balanyuk@sio.rssi.ru One among the most perspective direction in studying the ocean floor is the research of hydrothermal fields within the most active zones — rift valleys, where the processes of spreading of the ocean floor, uplift of the deep matter to the surface of the ocean floor, and creation of the new oceanic crust occur. Volcanic activity in these zones is accompanied with the formation of the hydrothermal system executing separation, transfer, and precipitation of a series of chemical elements. It is known that ore deposits with high concentration of iron, manganese, copper, nickel, cobalt are formed as a result of hydrothermal activity. It is much less known that hydrothermal activity in these zones has important but not so evident result — the formation of hydrocarbons in the form of methane hydrates. We propose the hypothesis of formation of methane hydrate deposits over the shallow slopes of the mid-oceanic ridges as an outcome of the action of two factors: the thermal convection of water in fractured-porous rocks of the crust and the reaction of serpentinization of the crust. The intensive exhalation of hydrocarbons takes place in the process of serpentinization. The conditions of water convection in the porous media are favorable for the formation and accumulation of methane hydrates in the near-surface layers of the oceanic crust. The carbonic-acid gas dissolved in the seawater is involved into the process of methane hydrate formation. It was established that the most favorable conditions for this mechanism are over the slopes of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. All types of water areas where gas hydrates occur can be conditionally subdivided into following geodynamic zones: the abyssal basins of the inner and marginal seas, the

  18. Crustal structure near the Arctic Mid-Ocean ridge

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    Jackson, H.R.; Reid, I.; Falconer, R.K.H.

    1982-03-10

    Seismic reflection and crustal refraction studies were carried out at the FRAM I ice station near the Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge crust. This ridge is spreading at the very slow rate of 55 mm yr/sup -1/. Upper mantle P/sub n/ arrivals with apparent velocities averaging 7.9 km/s are observed at distance ranges less than 15 km, with corresponding intercept times of typically 1:1 s of which 0.5 can be attributed to the travel path through a sedimentary layer. Anisotropy of about 6% appears to be present. These early P/sub n/ arrivals are observed on seven of the eight refraction lines studied, but crustal velocities are not well constrained. Modeling was done by computing travel time curves for a number of possible velocity structures for comparison with the data and suggests a crustal thickness between 2 and 3 km. This thin crust is associated with low-amplitude magnetic anomalies. The remaining refraction line was shot within a region of enhanced magnetic anomaly amplitudes the Yermak H zone, where the data interpretation indicates a crustal thickness of about 8 km. This thicker crust and associated strong magnetic anomalies may be due to the 'Yermak hot spot,' a region of high magmatic activity. The generally thin crust is probably due to low basaltic productivity at the ridge crest, as a result of increased cooling at the very slow spreading rate.

  19. Hydrothermal activity in Tertiary Icelandic crust: Implication for cooling processes along slow-spreading mid-ocean ridges

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    Pałgan, D.; Devey, C. W.; Yeo, I. A.

    2015-12-01

    Known hydrothermal activity along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge is mostly high-temperature venting, controlled by volcano-tectonic processes confined to ridge axes and neotectonic zones ~15km wide on each side of the axis (e.g. TAG or Snake Pit). However, extensive exploration and discoveries of new hydrothermal fields in off-axis regions (e.g. Lost City, MAR) show that hydrothermalism may, in some areas, be dominated by off-axis venting. Little is known about nature of such systems, including whether low-temperature "diffuse" venting dominates rather than high-temperature black-smokers. This is particularly interesting since such systems may transport up to 90% of the hydrothermal heat to the oceans. In this study we use Icelandic hot springs as onshore analogues for off-shore hydrothermal activity along the MAR to better understand volcano-tectonic controls on their occurrence, along with processes supporting fluid circulation. Iceland is a unique laboratory to study how new oceanic crust cools and suggests that old crust may not be as inactive as previously thought. Our results show that Tertiary (>3.3 Myr) crust of Iceland (Westfjords) has widespread low-temperature hydrothermal activity. Lack of tectonism (indicated by lack of seismicity), along with field research suggest that faults in Westfjords are no longer active and that once sealed, can no longer support hydrothermal circulation, i.e. none of the hot springs in the area occur along faults. Instead, dyke margins provide open and permeable fluid migration pathways. Furthermore, we suggest that the Reykjanes Ridge (south of Iceland) may be similar to Westfjords with hydrothermalism dominated by off-axis venting. Using bathymetric data we infer dyke positions and suggest potential sites for future exploration located away from neotectonic zone. We also emphasise the importance of biological observations in seeking for low-temperature hydrothermal activity, since chemical or optical methods are not sufficient.

  20. Pressure of origin of primary mid-ocean ridge basalts

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    Elthon, Don

    1989-01-01

    Evidence bearing on the pressure of origin of primary mid-ocean ridge basalts (MORBs) is reviewed. Consideration is given to the constraints derived from pseudoliquidus phase diagrams, the importance of silica contents in primitive MORB glasses, and the mineral compositions in the residual mantle. It is noted that the least depleted abyssal periodotite orthopyroxenes show the dominance of melting and primary MORB genesis at pressures of about 20-25 kbar, a value substantially greater than that (10 kbar) predicted by high-pressure phase equilibrium studies of MORBs.

  1. Who cares about Mid-Ocean Ridge Earthquakes? And Why?

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    Tolstoy, M.

    2004-12-01

    Every day the surface of our planet is being slowly ripped apart by the forces of plate tectonics. Much of this activity occurs underwater and goes unnoticed except for by a few marine seismologists who avidly follow the creaks and groans of the ocean floor in an attempt to understand the spreading and formation of oceanic crust. Are marine seismologists really the only ones that care? As it turns out, deep beneath the ocean surface, earthquakes play a fundamental role in a myriad of activity centered on mid-ocean ridges where new crust forms and breaks on a regular basis. This activity takes the form of exotic geological structures hosting roasting hot fluids and bizarre chemosynthetic life forms. One of the fundamental drivers for this other world on the seafloor is earthquakes. Earthquakes provide cracks that allow seawater to penetrate the rocks, heat up, and resurface as hydrothermal vent fluids, thus providing chemicals to feed a thriving biological community. Earthquakes can cause pressure changes along cracks that can fundamentally alter fluid flow rates and paths. Thus earthquakes can both cut off existing communities from their nutrient source and provide new oases on the seafloor around which life can thrive. This poster will present some of the fundamental physical principals of how earthquakes can impact fluid flow, and hence life on the seafloor. Using these other-wordly landscapes and alien-like life forms to woe the unsuspecting passerby, we will sneak geophysics into the picture and tell the story of why earthquakes are so fundamental to life on the seafloor, and perhaps life elsewhere in the universe.

  2. Topography and tectonics of mid-oceanic ridge axes

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    Sleep, N. H.; Rosendahl, B. R.

    1979-01-01

    Numerical fluid dynamic models of mid-oceanic ridge axes were constructed using distributions of material properties constrained by seismic studies and thermal calculations. The calculations indicate that spreading is passive except for forces caused by density differences due to thermal expansion and partial melt. Except for geometric differences due to temperature distribution, one set of mechanical properties can adequately explain central rifts of slow ridges and central peaks of fast ridges. Viscous head loss in the upwelling material dominates at low spreading rates where material ascends through a narrow conduit. Thermal expansion and partial melting dominate at high spreading rates where a wide low viscosity crustal magma chamber is present. The preferred rheology is 10 to the 20th poise for the upwelling lithosphere; less than 5 x 10 to the 17th for the crustal magma chamber and axial intrusion zone at fast ridges, and a yield stress of 200 bars for the lithosphere. The calculation correctly predicts the existence of central peaks at 'hot-spot' ridges, where seismic evidence indicates a large magma chamber.

  3. Mid-ocean ridges: discontinuities, segments and giant cracks.

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    Macdonald, K C; Scheirer, D S; Carbotte, S M

    1991-08-30

    Geological observations reveal that mid-ocean ridges are segmented by numerous rigid and nonrigid discontinuities. A hierarchy of segmentation, ranging from large, long-lived segments to others that are small, migratory, and transient, determines the pattern and timing of creation of new ocean floor. To the extent that spreading segments behave like giant cracks in a plate, the crack propagation force at segment tips increases with segment length, which may explain why long segments tend to lengthen and prevail over shorter neighboring segments. Partial melting caused by decompression of the upper mantle due to plate separation and changes in the direction of spreading result in the spawning of new short segments so that a balance of long and short segments is maintained.

  4. The petrogenesis of primary mid-ocean ridge basalts

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    Elthon, Don

    1990-01-01

    The nature of primary mid-ocean ridge basalts (MORB) is reviewed from the primary-magma composition point of view. The concept of primary MORB magma used in the study stipulates that melting of the mantle produces a discrete identifiable magma that separates from the mantle and ascends toward the surface. Constraints from abyssal peridotites are considered along with constraints from high-pressure phase equilibria studies with emphasis on partial melting of mantle peridotites, basalt-peridotite sandwich techniques, high-pressure experiments on MORB-type compositions, and constraints on the pressure of origin from mineral compositions. Compositional variations in primitive MORB glasses are discussed, and possible models for the origin of these glasses are presented.

  5. Crustal processes of the Mid-Ocean Ridge

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    Ballard, Richard D.; Craig, H.; Edmond, J.; Einaudi, M.; Holcomb, R.; Holland, H.D.; Hopson, C.A.; Luyendyk, B.P.; Macdonald, K.; Morton, J.; Orcutt, J.; Sleep, N.

    1981-01-01

    Independent geological and geophysical investigations of the Mid-Ocean Ridge system have begun to focus on the nature of the magma chamber system underlying its central axis. Thermal models predict the existence of a steady-state chamber beneath a thin crustal lid ranging in thickness from 2 to 13 kilometers. The only aspect of the system that these models fail to account for is the extremely slow spreading rates. Seismological studies reveal the existence of a low-velocity zone beneath segments of the East Pacific Rise, which is thought to correspond to a chamber system having a half-width of approximately 5 to 10 kilometers. These estimates compare favorably with those derived separately through petrological investigations of deep-sea drilling results, various sampling programs, and field and laboratory studies of ophiolites. The chamber is thought to be wing-shaped and to remain continuously open; it is thought to be fed from the center while simultaneously solidifying at the sides as spreading carries the two halves apart. Progressive fractionation occurs by crystal settling coupled with repeated replenishment and magma mixing in an open steady-state system. Near-bottom studies reveal that the zone of extrusion above the chamber is narrow, but its eruptive history is cyclic in nature, in conflict with the predictions of a steady-state model. On-bottom gravity data at 21 ??N on the East Pacific Rise reveal a negative gravity anomaly that may be related to the uppermost part of the chamber. The anomaly is only 2 kilometers wide and 1 kilometer below the sea floor. This feature may be associated with a short-term upper magma reservoir. The cyclic volcanic activity is directly related to the active phase of hydrothermal circulation responsible for the observed negative thermal anomaly. The volume of water associated with this circulation is equal to the entire ocean volume passing through the accretion zone approximately every 8 million years. This is about 0

  6. Hydrothermal Exploration of Mid-Ocean Ridges: Where Might the Largest Sulfide Deposits Occur?

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    German, C. R.; Petersen, S.; Hannington, M. D.

    2015-12-01

    We review the distribution of modern-day seafloor hydrothermal activity along the global mid-ocean ridge crest (MOR) and the mineral deposits being formed at those sites. To date, one form of hydrothermal activity - "black smoker" venting - has been prospected for along >30% of the global mid ocean ridge crest and some important trends have emerged. Submarine venting can occur along all mid-ocean ridges, of all spreading rates, in all ocean basins. While the abundance of currently active venting (from water column signals), scales linearly with seafloor spreading rate (a proxy for magmatic heat-flux) there is an "excess" of high temperature venting along slow and ultra-slow spreading ridges when compared to early predictions. Consistent with this, no more than half of the sites responsible for "black smoker" plume signals along the slow spreading Mid Atlantic Ridge are associated with magmatic systems with the other half hosted under tectonic control. The latter appear both to be longer-lived than, and to give rise to much larger sulfide deposits than, their magmatic counterparts - presumably as a result of sustained fluid flow. Where these tectonic-hosted systems also involve water-rock interaction with ultramafic sources, seafloor massive sulfide deposits exhibit highly concentrated Cu and Au in surface samples (>10wt.% average Cu content and >3ppm average Au). Intriguingly, first detailed examinations of hydrothermally active sites along ultraslow-spreading ridges seems to indicate that they may depart beyond the slow-spreading Mid-Atlantic Ridge pattern. Hydrothermal plume distributions may follow the same (~50:50) distribution of "black smoker" plume signals between magmatic and tectonics settings, but the first three "black smoker" sites tracked to source have all revealed large polymetallic sulfide deposits - in both magmatic as well as tectonic settings. Could ultra-slow ridges represent the richest mineral resource potential along the global MOR?

  7. Hafnium isotope results from mid-ocean ridges and Kerguelen.

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    Patchett, P.J.

    1983-01-01

    176Hf/177Hf ratios are presented for oceanic volcanic rocks representing both extremes of the range of mantle Hf-Nd-Sr isotopic variation. Hf from critical mid-ocean ridge basalts shows that 176Hf/177Hf does indeed have a greater variability than 143Nd/144Nd and 87Sr/86Sr in the depleted mantle. This extra variation is essentially of a random nature, and can perhaps be understood in terms of known Rb/Sr-Sm/Nd-Lu/Hf fractionation relationships. At the other extreme of mantle isotopic compositions, 176Hf/177Hf ratios for igneous rocks from the Indian Ocean island of Kerguelen show a closely similar variation to published 143Nd/144Nd ratios for the same samples. Comparison of Hf-Nd-Sr isotopic relatonships for Tristan da Cunha, Kerguelen and Samoa reveals divergences in the mantle array for ocean-island magma sources, and perhaps suggests that these irregularities are largely the result of an extra component of 87Sr/86Sr variation.-G.R.

  8. Melt retention and segregation beneath mid-ocean ridges.

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    Faul, U H

    2001-04-19

    Geochemical models of melting at mid-ocean ridges-particularly those based on trace elements and uranium-decay-series isotopes-predict that melt segregates from the matrix at very low porosities, of order 0.1%. Some of these models also require that the melt ascends rapidly. But these predictions appear to conflict with seismic data obtained by the mantle electromagnetic and tomography (MELT) experiment. These data reveal, beneath the East Pacific Rise (at 17 degrees S), a region of low velocities several hundred kilometres wide, which is best explained by the presence of 1-2% melt, distributed on a grain scale in disk-shaped geometries. Here I show that these apparently contradictory constraints can be reconciled by taking into account the geometry and resulting permeability of the intergranular network of melt, together with the changing character of the melt as it ascends. A deep, volatile-rich melt with low viscosity and density is mobile at 0.1% porosity, but basaltic melt only becomes mobile at a porosity above 1%. While the volumetric contribution of the volatile-rich melt to the erupted basalts is small, the isotopic disequilibria (except for radium) generated by porous flow of this melt are preserved if melt transport is rapid at the onset of high-productivity melting. Also, because of incomplete extraction, some melt is retained in a broad zone, consistent with the MELT observations.

  9. Plume-ridge interaction: Shaping the geometry of mid-ocean ridges

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    Mittelstaedt, Eric L.

    Manifestations of plume-ridge interaction are found across the ocean basins. Currently there are interactions between at least 21 hot spots and nearby ridges along 15--20% of the global mid-ocean ridge network. These interactions produce a number of anomalies including the presence of elevated topography, negative gravity anomalies, and anomalous crustal production. One form of anomalous crustal production is the formation of volcanic lineaments between hotspots and nearby mid-ocean ridges. In addition, observations indicate that mantle plumes tend to "capture" nearby mid-ocean ridges through asymmetric spreading, increased ridge propagation, and discrete shifts of the ridge axis, or ridge jumps. The initiation of ridge jumps and the formation of off-axis volcanic lineaments likely involve similar processes and may be closely related. In the following work, I use theoretical and numerical models to quantify the processes that control the formation of volcanic lineaments (Chapter 2), the initiation of mid-ocean ridge jumps associated with lithospheric heating due to magma passing through the plate (Chapter 3), and the initiation of jumps due to an upwelling mantle plume and magmatic heating governed by melt migration (Chapter 4). Results indicate that lineaments and ridge jumps associated with plume-ridge interaction are most likely to occur on young lithosphere. The shape of lineaments on the seafloor is predicted to be controlled by the pattern of lithospheric stresses associated with a laterally spreading, near-ridge mantle plume. Ridge jumps are likely to occur due to magmatic heating alone only in lithosphere ˜1Myr old, because the heating rate required to jump increases with spreading rate and plate age. The added effect of an upwelling plume introduces competing effects that both promote and inhibit ridge jumps. For models where magmatic heating is controlled by melt migration, repeat ridge jumps are predicted to occur as the plume and ridge separate, but

  10. Plume capture by a migrating mid-ocean ridge

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    Farahat, N. X.; Hall, P.; Kingsley, R. H.

    2010-12-01

    Volcanic island chains associated with hotspot volcanism have long been held to reflect the motion of oceanic plates over the relatively stationary, long-lived conduits of mantle plumes, and hotspots have been used to provide a steady reference frame against which to measure the motions of Earth’s lithospheric plates. However, recently obtained paleomagnetic data from the Hawaii-Emperor Seamount Chain (HESC), the most iconic of all hotspot traces, suggests that the Hawaiian hotspot moved rapidly (~40 mm/yr) between 81 - 47 Ma. Tarduno et al. (2009) have suggested that this period of rapid motion might be the surface expression of a plume conduit returning to a largely vertical orientation after having been “captured” and tilted by a migrating mid-ocean ridge. Here we report on a series of numerical geodynamic experiments undertaken to test this hypothesis. Numerical experiments were conducted using the COMSOL Multiphysics finite element package to model mantle flow. The model domain corresponds to the uppermost 400 km of the mantle and extends >4000 km perpendicular to the strike of the ridge axis. The sides and bottoms of the model domain were open while a migrating, divergent velocity boundary condition was applied along the top boundary to simulate plate-scale flow associated with a migrating ridge. Plume flow is taken to be driven by thermal buoyancy, introduced into the model as an excess temperature applied at a fixed location along the bottom boundary of the model domain. We employ a diffusion creep rheology for dry olivine that includes both temperature and pressure dependence. Spreading rate, ridge migration rate and plume excess temperature are varied systematically in a series of experiments designed to fully characterize the behavior of the system. The intersection of the plume conduit with the base of the overriding lithosphere is taken as representative of the location of hotspot volcanism at the surface and is tracked as a function of time to

  11. A correlation between mid-ocean-ridge basalt chemistry and distance to continents.

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    Humler, Eric; Besse, Jean

    2002-10-10

    To fully understand the structure and dynamics of the Earth's convecting mantle, the origins of temperature variations within the mantle need to be resolved. Different hypotheses have been proposed to account for these temperature variations: for example, heat coming from the decay of radioactive elements or heat flowing out of the Earth's core. In addition, theoretical studies suggest that the thermal properties of continental masses can affect mantle convection, but quantitative data that could allow us to test these models are scarce. To address this latter problem, we have examined the chemistry of mid-ocean-ridge basalt--which reflects the temperature of the source mantle--as a function of the distance of the ridge from the closest continental margin. No correlation is observed for oceanic ridges close to subduction zones or hotspots; subduction zones probably inhibit thermal transfer between the mantle beneath continents and ocean, whereas hotspots influence the major-element chemistry of ridge basalts, which makes their interpretation with respect to mantle temperature more difficult. However, we do observe a significant correlation for mid-oceanic basalts from the Atlantic and Indian oceans. From this, we conclude that the location of continental masses relative to active ridges influences the large-scale thermal structure of the mantle and we estimate that the mantle cools by 0.05 to 0.1 degrees C per kilometre from the continental margins.

  12. Evidence of active ground deformation on the mid-ocean ridge: Axial seamount, Juan de Fuca Ridge, April-June 1988

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    Fox, C.G. )

    1990-08-10

    Since September 1987 a precision bottom pressure recorder (BPR) has been deployed within the summit caldera of Axial seamount. The instrument is capable of measuring pressure of 1 mbar resolution and recording these measurements at 64 samples per hour for up to 15 months. Any significant change in the pressure record should indicate a change of depth associated with vertical ground movement, commonly indicative of active inflation or deflation of underlying magma bodies. Results from the first 9 months of the BPR deployment revealed a significant change in pressure, which is interpreted to represent a 15-cm subsidence of the caldera floor during two 2- to 3-week periods in April-June 1988. Also during these periods, an anomalous decline in temperature at the site was recorded that is correlated with an apparent increase in current velocity at the Axial Seamount Hydrothermal Emissions Study (ASHES) vent field, suggesting vigorous advection of cold water into the caldera. Concurrent oceanographic data from Geosat and from current meter arrays do not indicate any large-scale oceanographic phenomena capable of generating these simultaneous events. One mechanism to explain simultaneous ground subsidence and temperature decline at the caldera center and increased bottom current at the caldera margin is the generation of a buoyant parcel of heated water in response to the intrusion or the eruption of magma associated with volcanic deflation. Similar volcanic events also may have generated large midwater plumes that have been described previously along the southern Juan de Fuca Ridge.

  13. Controls on melting at spreading ridges from correlated abyssal peridotite - mid-ocean ridge basalt compositions

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    Regelous, Marcel; Weinzierl, Christoph G.; Haase, Karsten M.

    2016-09-01

    Variations in the volume and major element composition of basalt erupted along the global mid-ocean ridge system have been attributed to differences in mantle potential temperature, mantle composition, or plate spreading rate and lithosphere thickness. Abyssal peridotites, the residues of mantle melting beneath mid-ocean ridges, provide additional information on the melting process, which could be used to test these hypotheses. We compiled a global database of abyssal peridotite compositions averaged over the same ridge segments defined by Gale et al. (2013). In addition, we calculated the distance of each ridge segment to the nearest hotspots. We show that Cr# in spinel in abyssal peridotites is negatively correlated with Na90 in basalts from the same ridge segments on a global scale. Ridge segments that erupt basalts apparently produced by larger degrees of mantle melting are thus underlain by peridotites from which large amounts of melt have been extracted. We find that near-ridge hotspots have a more widespread influence on mid-ocean ridge basalt (MORB) composition and ridge depth than previously thought. However, when these hotspot-influenced ridge segments are excluded, the remaining segments show clear relationships between MORB composition, peridotite composition, and ridge depth with spreading rate. Very slow-spreading ridges (<20 mm/yr) are deeper, erupt basalts with higher Na90, Al90, K90/Ti90, and lower Fe90, Ca90/Al90, and expose peridotites with lower Cr# than intermediate and fast-spreading ridges. We show that away from hotspots, the spreading-rate dependence of the maximum degree of mantle melting inferred from Cr# in peridotites (FM) and the bulk degree of melting inferred from Na90 in basalts (FB) from the same ridge segments is unlikely to be due to variations in mantle composition. Nor can the effects of dynamic mantle upwelling or incomplete melt extraction at low spreading rates satisfactorily explain the observed compositions of abyssal

  14. The influence of ridge migration on the magmatic segmentation of mid-ocean ridges.

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    Carbotte, S M; Small, C; Donnelly, K

    2004-06-17

    The Earth's mid-ocean ridges display systematic changes in depth and shape, which subdivide the ridges into discrete spreading segments bounded by transform faults and smaller non-transform offsets of the axis. These morphological changes have been attributed to spatial variations in the supply of magma from the mantle, although the origin of the variations is poorly understood. Here we show that magmatic segmentation of ridges with fast and intermediate spreading rates is directly related to the migration velocity of the spreading axis over the mantle. For over 9,500 km of mid-ocean ridge examined, leading ridge segments in the 'hotspot' reference frame coincide with the shallow magmatically robust segments across 86 per cent of all transform faults and 73 per cent of all second-order discontinuities. We attribute this relationship to asymmetric mantle upwelling and melt production due to ridge migration, with focusing of melt towards ridge segments across discontinuities. The model is consistent with variations in crustal structure across discontinuities of the East Pacific Rise, and may explain variations in depth of melting and the distribution of enriched lavas.

  15. Calcium isotopic compositions of mid-ocean ridge basalts

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    Zhu, H.; Zhang, Z.; Sun, W.; Wang, G. Q.

    2015-12-01

    Previous studies have demonstrated that Earth's mantle has heterogeneous calcium isotopic compositions. But the reason why mantle has its heterogeneity remains uncertain. In general, δ44/40Ca values of mantle xenolith samples have a variation of >0.45‰. While ultramafic rocks, especially dunites, have higher δ44/40Ca values than volcanic rocks, and there is a positive correlation between δ44/40Ca and Ca/Mg. These phenomena imply that the heterogeneity of Ca isotopic compositions of mantle xenolith samples might result from different degrees of melt extraction, as indicated by large Ca isotopic fractionation between co-existing clinopyroxene and orthopyroxene. However, because ancient marine carbonate has its own unique calcium isotopic characteristics, recycling of even a small amount of ancient marine carbonates into the mantle could also cause the heterogeneity of Ca isotopes in Earth's mantle. This could be the reason why oceanic island basalts (OIB) have lighter Ca isotopic compositions than the mantle xenolith. Thus, the lighter Ca isotopic compositions in the mantle source cannot only be ascribed to magmatic processes. Therefore, it is more important to know calcium isotopic characteristics during partial melting and oceanic crust contamination.Mid-ocean ridge basalts (MORB) are formed from the partial melts of the upper mantle and are rarely affected by crustal contamination. Different types of MORB, including D-MORB, N-MORB and E-MORB, have experienced different degrees of partial melting and contamination of enriched end-members. Here we report calcium isotopic characteristic of different types of MORB, we believe it will be very helpful to understand the behaviors of Ca isotopes during partial melting and it is possible to provide further information to discover the reason why calcium isotopic compositions is heterogeneous in Earth's mantle. This work was supported by Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 41373007, No. 41490632 and No. 91328204

  16. Mineralogy of the mid-ocean-ridge basalt source from neodymium isotopic composition of abyssal peridotites.

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    Salters, Vincent J M; Dick, Henry J B

    2002-07-04

    Inferring the melting process at mid-ocean ridges, and the physical conditions under which melting takes place, usually relies on the assumption of compositional similarity between all mid-ocean-ridge basalt sources. Models of mantle melting therefore tend to be restricted to those that consider the presence of only one lithology in the mantle, peridotite. Evidence from xenoliths and peridotite massifs show that after peridotite, pyroxenite and eclogite are the most abundant rock types in the mantle. But at mid-ocean ridges, where most of the melting takes place, and in ophiolites, pyroxenite is rarely found. Here we present neodymium isotopic compositions of abyssal peridotites to investigate whether peridotite can indeed be the sole source for mid-ocean-ridge basalts. By comparing the isotopic compositions of basalts and peridotites at two segments of the southwest Indian ridge, we show that a component other than peridotite is required to explain the low end of the (143)Nd/(144)Nd variations of the basalts. This component is likely to have a lower melting temperature than peridotite, such as pyroxenite or eclogite, which could explain why it is not observed at mid-ocean ridges.

  17. Geophysical evidence for reduced melt production on the Arctic ultraslow Gakkel mid-ocean ridge.

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    Jokat, W; Ritzmann, O; Schmidt-Aursch, M C; Drachev, S; Gauger, S; Snow, J

    2003-06-26

    Most models of melt generation beneath mid-ocean ridges predict significant reduction of melt production at ultraslow spreading rates (full spreading rates &<20 mm x yr(-1)) and consequently they predict thinned oceanic crust. The 1,800-km-long Arctic Gakkel mid-ocean ridge is an ideal location to test such models, as it is by far the slowest portion of the global mid-ocean-ridge spreading system, with a full spreading rate ranging from 6 to 13 mm x yr(-1) (refs 4, 5). Furthermore, in contrast to some other ridge systems, the spreading direction on the Gakkel ridge is not oblique and the rift valley is not offset by major transform faults. Here we present seismic evidence for the presence of exceptionally thin crust along the Gakkel ridge rift valley with crustal thicknesses varying between 1.9 and 3.3 km (compared to the more usual value of 7 km found on medium- to fast-spreading mid-ocean ridges). Almost 8,300 km of closely spaced aeromagnetic profiles across the rift valley show the presence of discrete volcanic centres along the ridge, which we interpret as evidence for strongly focused, three-dimensional magma supply. The traces of these eruptive centres can be followed to crustal ages of approximately 25 Myr off-axis, implying that these magma production and transport systems have been stable over this timescale.

  18. From mantle to crust: Tomographic image of a mid-ocean ridge volcano

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    Schmid, Florian; Koulakov, Ivan; Schlindwein, Vera

    2016-04-01

    Volcanoes are an integral part of mid-ocean ridges. At ultraslow spreading ridges, volcanic centres receive more melt than is produced locally and hence are centres of very efficient magmatism. The cause of melt focussing and the structure of the underlying magma plumbing systems at these volcanic centres are still enigmatic. We present microearthquake data and local earthquake tomography results, based on a one-year deployment of ocean bottom seismometers from 2012 to 2013 on a volcanic centre at the ultraslow Southwest Indian Ridge. In the period 1996-2001, several tectono-magmatic earthquake swarms including unusually strong teleseismically recorded events indicated recent magmatic activity at the experiment site. The distribution of recorded microearthquakes reveals a prominent gap in seismicity of approx. 20 km diameter immediately beneath the volcano indicating elevated temperatures. Tomography results show distinct velocity anomalies in the area of the seismicity gap. An eminent circular low Vs anomaly was found at 4-6 km depth beneath the volcano, imaging a potential crustal magma chamber. Another anomaly of high Vp/Vs-ratios is located at the eastern rim of the seismicity gap, capped by a cluster of microearthquakes and underlain by another low Vs anomaly in the upper mantle. We propose anomalies of reduced seismic velocity to result from recent magmatic activity that is further manifested in elevated temperatures beneath the volcano. Clustering microearthquake foci might be associated with steep temperature gradients and thermal fracturing, where hot upwelling material is confronted with a cold, rigid crust. Our results provide the first direct observation of a melt lens beneath the ultraslow type of mid-ocean ridge and give unprecedented insights to potential magma pathways from the upper mantle to the crust.

  19. Dynamical consequences of mantle heterogeneity in two-phase models of mid-ocean ridges

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    Katz, R. F.

    2010-12-01

    The mid-ocean ridge system, over 50,000 km in length, samples the magmatic products of a large swath of the asthenosphere. It provides our best means to assess the heterogeneity structure of the upper mantle. Interpretation of the diverse array of observations of MOR petrology, geochemistry, tomography, etc requires models that can map heterogeneity structure onto predictions testable by comparison with these observations. I report on progress to this end; in particular, I describe numerical models of coupled magma/mantle dynamics at mid-ocean ridges [1,2]. These models incorporate heterogeneity in terms of a simple, two-component thermochemical system with specified amplitude and spatial distribution. They indicate that mantle heterogeneity has significant fluid-dynamical consequences for both mantle and magmatic flow. Models show that the distribution of enrichment can lead to asymmetry in the strength of upwelling across the ridge-axis and channelised magmatic transport to the axis. Furthermore, heterogeneity can cause off-axis upwelling of partially molten diapirs, trapping of enriched melts off-axis, and re-fertilization of the mantle by pooled and refrozen melts. Predicted consequences of geochemical heterogeneity may also be considered. References: [1] Katz, RF, (2008); Magma dynamics with the Enthalpy Method: Benchmark Solutions and Magmatic Focusing at Mid-ocean Ridges. Journal of Petrology, doi: 10.1093/petrology/egn058. [2] Katz RF, (2010); Porosity-driven convection and asymmetry beneath mid-ocean ridges. Submitted to G3.

  20. Serpentinization of abyssal peridotites at mid-ocean ridges

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    Mével, Catherine

    2003-09-01

    Serpentinites are an important component of the oceanic crust generated in slow to ultraslow spreading settings. In this context, the MOHO likely corresponds to a hydration boundary, which could match the 500 °C isotherm beneath the ridge axis. Textures from serpentinites sampled in ridge environments demonstrate that most of the serpentinization occurs under static conditions. The typical mineralogical association consists of lizardite ± chrysotile + magnetite ± tremolite ± talc. Despite the widespread occurrence of lizardite, considered as the low temperature serpentine variety, oxygen isotope fractionation suggests that serpentinization starts at high temperature, in the range of 300-500 °C. The fluid responsible for serpentinization is seawater, possibly evolved by interaction with the crust. Compared with fresh peridotites, serpentinites are strongly hydrated (10-15% H 2O) and oxidized. Serpentinization, however, does not seem to be accompanied by massive leaching of major elements, implying that it requires a volume increase. It results in an increase in chlorine, boron, fluorine, and sulfur, but its effect on other trace elements remains poorly detailed. The presence of serpentinites in the oceanic crust affects its physical properties, in particular by lowering its density and seismic velocities, and modifying its magnetic and rheological properties. Serpentinization may activate hydrothermal cells and generate methane and hydrogen anomalies which can sustain microbial communities. Two types of hydrothermal field have been identified: the Rainbow type, with high temperature (360 °C) black smokers requiring magmatic heat; the low temperature (40-75 °C) Lost City type, by contrast, can be activated by serpenintization reactions. To cite this article: C. Mével, C. R. Geoscience 335 (2003).

  1. Hafnium isotope results from mid-ocean ridges and Kerguelen

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    Jonathan, Patchett P.

    1983-01-01

    176Hf/177Hf ratios are presented for oceanic volcanics representing both extremes of the range of mantle HfNdSr isotopic variation. Hf from critical mid-ocean ridgebasalts shows that 176Hf/177Hf does indeed have a greater variability than 143Nd/144Nd and 87Sr/86Sr in the depleted mantle. This extra variation is essentially of a random nature, and can perhaps be understood in terms of known Rb/SrSm/NdLu/Hf fractionation relationships. At the other extreme of mantle isotopic composition, 176Hf/177Hf ratios for igneous rocks from the Indian Ocean island of Kerguelen show a closely similar variation to published 143Nd/144Nd ratios for the same samples. Comparison of HfNdSr c relationships for Tristan da Cunha, Kerguelen and Samoa reveals divergences in the mantle array for ocean island magma sources, and perhaps suggests that these irregularities are largely the result of an extra component of 87Sr/86Sr variation. ?? 1983.

  2. Mid-ocean ridge dynamics - Observations and theory

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    Phipps morgan, J. )

    1991-01-01

    Recent observational and theoretical investigations of midocean-ridge extension and its relation to melting, magmatic, deformation, and hydrothermal processes are discussed in a critical review of U.S. research from the period 1987-1990. Topics examined include segmentation, along-axis crustal variations and gravity, axial crust and lithosphere structure and seismics, ophiolite studies, and the interaction of ridge and continental rift studies. Consideration is given to theoretical models of axial topography; mantle flow, melting, and melt migration; mantle rheology and flow beneath a midoceanic ridge; upwelling structure and segmentation; the role of the lithosphere in shaping ridge segmentation; thermal stress and the origin of fracture zones; and hydrothermal cooling. A comprehensive bibliography is provided.

  3. Modes of faulting at mid-ocean ridges.

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    Buck, W Roger; Lavier, Luc L; Poliakov, Alexei N B

    2005-04-07

    Abyssal-hill-bounding faults that pervade the oceanic crust are the most common tectonic feature on the surface of the Earth. The recognition that these faults form at plate spreading centres came with the plate tectonic revolution. Recent observations reveal a large range of fault sizes and orientations; numerical models of plate separation, dyke intrusion and faulting require at least two distinct mechanisms of fault formation at ridges to explain these observations. Plate unbending with distance from the top of an axial high reproduces the observed dip directions and offsets of faults formed at fast-spreading centres. Conversely, plate stretching, with differing amounts of constant-rate magmatic dyke intrusion, can explain the great variety of fault offset seen at slow-spreading ridges. Very-large-offset normal faults only form when about half the plate separation at a ridge is accommodated by dyke intrusion.

  4. Grain-Size Dynamics Beneath Mid-Ocean Ridges: Implications for Permeability and Melt Extraction

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    Turner, A. J.; Katz, R. F.; Behn, M. D.

    2014-12-01

    The permeability structure of the sub-ridge mantle plays an important role in how melt is focused and extracted at mid-ocean ridges. Permeability is controlled by porosity and the grain size of the solid mantle matrix, which is in turn controlled by the deformation conditions. To date, models of grain size evolution and mantle deformation have not been coupled to determine the influence of spatial variations in grain-size on the permeability structure at mid-ocean ridges. Rather, current models typically assume a constant grain size for the whole domain [1]. Here, we use 2-D numerical models to evaluate the influence of grain-size variability on the permeability structure beneath a mid-ocean ridge and use these results to speculate on the consequences for melt focusing and extraction. We construct a two-dimensional, single phase model for the steady-state grain size beneath a mid-ocean ridge. The model employs a composite rheology of diffusion creep, dislocation creep, dislocation accommodated grain boundary sliding, and a brittle stress limiter. Grain size is calculated using the "wattmeter" model of Austin and Evans [2]. We investigate the sensitivity of the model to global variations in grain growth exponent, potential temperature, spreading-rate, and grain boundary sliding parameters [3,4]. Our model predicts that permeability varies by two orders of magnitude due to the spatial variability of grain size within the expected melt region of a mid-ocean ridge. The predicted permeability structure suggests grain size may promote focusing of melt towards the ridge axis. Furthermore, the calculated grain size structure should focus melt from a greater depth than models that exclude grain-size variability. Future work will involve evaluating this hypothesis by implementing grain-size dynamics within a two-phase mid-ocean ridge model. The developments of such a model will be discussed. References: [1] R. F. Katz, Journal of Petrology, volume 49, issue 12, page 2099

  5. Redox heterogeneity in mid-ocean ridge basalts as a function of mantle source.

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    Cottrell, Elizabeth; Kelley, Katherine A

    2013-06-14

    The oxidation state of Earth's upper mantle both influences and records mantle evolution, but systematic fine-scale variations in upper mantle oxidation state have not previously been recognized in mantle-derived lavas from mid-ocean ridges. Through a global survey of mid-ocean ridge basalt glasses, we show that mantle oxidation state varies systematically as a function of mantle source composition. Negative correlations between Fe(3+)/ΣFe ratios and indices of mantle enrichment--such as (87)Sr/(86)Sr, (208)Pb/(204)Pb, Ba/La, and Nb/Zr ratios--reveal that enriched mantle is more reduced than depleted mantle. Because carbon may act to simultaneously reduce iron and generate melts that share geochemical traits with our reduced samples, we propose that carbon creates magmas at ridges that are reduced and enriched.

  6. Mantle segmentation along the Oman ophiolite fossil mid-ocean ridge.

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    Le Mée, Laurent; Girardeau, Jacques; Monnier, Christophe

    2004-11-11

    It has been difficult to relate the segmentation of mid-ocean ridges to processes occurring in the Earth's underlying mantle, as the mantle is rarely sampled directly and chemical variations observed in lavas at the surface are heavily influenced by details of their production as melt extracted from the mantle. Our understanding of such mantle processes has therefore relied on the analysis of pieces of fossil oceanic lithosphere now exposed at the Earth's surface, known as ophiolites. Here we present the phase chemistry and whole-rock major- and trace-element contents of 174 samples of the mantle collected along over 400 km of the Oman Sultanate ophiolite. We show that, when analysed along the fossil ridge, variations of elemental ratios sensitive to the melting process define a three-dimensional geometry of mantle upwellings, which can be related to the segmentation observed in modern mid-ocean ridge environments.

  7. Discovery of a black smoker vent field and vent fauna at the Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge.

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    Pedersen, Rolf B; Rapp, Hans Tore; Thorseth, Ingunn H; Lilley, Marvin D; Barriga, Fernando J A S; Baumberger, Tamara; Flesland, Kristin; Fonseca, Rita; Früh-Green, Gretchen L; Jorgensen, Steffen L

    2010-11-23

    The Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge (AMOR) represents one of the most slow-spreading ridge systems on Earth. Previous attempts to locate hydrothermal vent fields and unravel the nature of venting, as well as the provenance of vent fauna at this northern and insular termination of the global ridge system, have been unsuccessful. Here, we report the first discovery of a black smoker vent field at the AMOR. The field is located on the crest of an axial volcanic ridge (AVR) and is associated with an unusually large hydrothermal deposit, which documents that extensive venting and long-lived hydrothermal systems exist at ultraslow-spreading ridges, despite their strongly reduced volcanic activity. The vent field hosts a distinct vent fauna that differs from the fauna to the south along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The novel vent fauna seems to have developed by local specialization and by migration of fauna from cold seeps and the Pacific.

  8. Discovery of a black smoker vent field and vent fauna at the Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge

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    Pedersen, Rolf B.; Rapp, Hans Tore; Thorseth, Ingunn H.; Lilley, Marvin D.; Barriga, Fernando J. A. S.; Baumberger, Tamara; Flesland, Kristin; Fonseca, Rita; Früh-Green, Gretchen L.; Jorgensen, Steffen L.

    2010-01-01

    The Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge (AMOR) represents one of the most slow-spreading ridge systems on Earth. Previous attempts to locate hydrothermal vent fields and unravel the nature of venting, as well as the provenance of vent fauna at this northern and insular termination of the global ridge system, have been unsuccessful. Here, we report the first discovery of a black smoker vent field at the AMOR. The field is located on the crest of an axial volcanic ridge (AVR) and is associated with an unusually large hydrothermal deposit, which documents that extensive venting and long-lived hydrothermal systems exist at ultraslow-spreading ridges, despite their strongly reduced volcanic activity. The vent field hosts a distinct vent fauna that differs from the fauna to the south along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The novel vent fauna seems to have developed by local specialization and by migration of fauna from cold seeps and the Pacific. PMID:21119639

  9. Pb isotopes in sulfides from mid-ocean ridge hydrothermal sites

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    LeHuray, A.P.; Church, S.E.; Koski, R.A.; Bouse, R.M.

    1988-04-01

    The authors report Pb isotope ratios of sulfides deposited at seven recently active mid-ocean ridge (MOR) hydrothermal vents. Sulfides from three sediment-starved sites on the Juan de Fuca Ridge contain Pb with isotope ratios identical to their local basaltic sources. Lead in two deposits from the sediment-covered Escanaba Trough, Gorda Ridge, is derived from the sediments and does not appear to contain any basaltic component. There is a range of isotope ratios in a Guaymas Basin deposit, consistent with a mixture of sediment and MOR basalt Pb. Lead in a Galapagos deposit differs slightly from known Galapagos basalt Pb isotope values. The faithful record of Pb isotope signatures of local sources in MOR sulfides indicates that isotope ratios from ancient analogues ca be used as accurate reflections of ancient oceanic crustal values in ophiolite-hosted deposits and continental crustal averages in sediment-hosted deposits. The preservation of primary ophiolitic or continental crustal Pb isotope signatures in ancient MOR sulfides provides a powerful tool for investigation of crustal evolution and for fingerprinting ancient terranes.

  10. Segmentation of mid-ocean ridges attributed to oblique mantle divergence

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    Vanderbeek, Brandon P.; Toomey, Douglas R.; Hooft, Emilie E. E.; Wilcock, William S. D.

    2016-08-01

    The origin of mid-ocean ridge segmentation--the systematic along-axis variation in tectonic and magmatic processes--remains controversial. It is commonly assumed that mantle flow is a passive response to plate divergence and that between transform faults magma supply controls segmentation. Using seismic tomography, we constrain the geometry of mantle flow and the distribution of mantle melt beneath the intermediate-spreading Endeavour segment of the Juan de Fuca Ridge. Our results, in combination with prior studies, establish a systematic skew between the mantle-divergence and plate-spreading directions. In all three cases studied, mantle divergence is advanced with respect to recent changes in the plate-spreading direction and the extent to which the flow field is advanced increases with decreasing spreading rate. Furthermore, seismic images show that large-offset, non-transform discontinuities are regions of enhanced mantle melt retention. We propose that oblique mantle flow beneath mid-ocean ridges is a driving force for the reorientation of spreading segments and the formation of ridge-axis discontinuities. The resulting tectonic discontinuities decrease the efficiency of upward melt transport, thus defining segment-scale variations in magmatic processes. We predict that across spreading rates mid-ocean ridge segmentation is controlled by evolving patterns in asthenospheric flow and the dynamics of lithospheric rifting.

  11. Numerical model of crustal accretion and cooling rates of fast-spreading mid-ocean ridges

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    Machetel, P.; Garrido, C. J.

    2013-10-01

    We designed a thermo-mechanical numerical model for fast-spreading mid-ocean ridge with variable viscosity, hydrothermal cooling, latent heat release, sheeted dyke layer, and variable melt intrusion possibilities. The model allows for modulating several accretion possibilities such as the "gabbro glacier" (G), the "sheeted sills" (S) or the "mixed shallow and MTZ lenses" (M). These three crustal accretion modes have been explored assuming viscosity contrasts of 2 to 3 orders of magnitude between strong and weak phases and various hydrothermal cooling conditions depending on the cracking temperatures value. Mass conservation (stream-function), momentum (vorticity) and temperature equations are solved in 2-D cartesian geometry using 2-D, alternate direction, implicit and semi-implicit finite-difference scheme. In a first step, an Eulerian approach is used solving iteratively the motion and temperature equations until reaching steady states. With this procedure, the temperature patterns and motions that are obtained for the various crustal intrusion modes and hydrothermal cooling hypotheses display significant differences near the mid-ocean ridge axis. In a second step, a Lagrangian approach is used, recording the thermal histories and cooling rates of tracers travelling from the ridge axis to their final emplacements in the crust far from the mid-ocean ridge axis. The results show that the tracer's thermal histories are depending on the temperature patterns and the crustal accretion modes near the mid-ocean ridge axis. The instantaneous cooling rates obtained from these thermal histories betray these discrepancies and might therefore be used to characterize the crustal accretion mode at the ridge axis. These deciphering effects are even more pronounced if we consider the average cooling rates occurring over a prescribed temperature range. Two situations were tested at 1275-1125 °C and 1050-850 °C. The first temperature range covers mainly the crystallization range

  12. Widespread strombolian eruptions of mid-ocean ridge basalt

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    Clague, David A.; Paduan, Jennifer B.; Davis, Alice S.

    2009-03-01

    Glassy lava fragments were collected in pushcores or using a small suction-sampler from over 450 sites along the Juan de Fuca Ridge, Blanco Transform Fault, Gorda Ridge, northern East Pacific Rise, southern East Pacific Rise, Fiji back-arc basin, and near-ridge seamounts in the Vance, President Jackson, Taney, and a seamount off southern California. The samples consist of angular glass fragments, limu o Pele, Pele's hair, and other fluidal fragments formed during pyroclastic eruptions. Since many of the sites are deeper than the critical point of seawater, fragmentation cannot be hydrovolcanic and caused by expansion of seawater to steam. The glass fragments have a wide range of MORB compositions, ranging from fractionated to primitive and from depleted to enriched. Enriched magmas, which have higher volatile contents, may form more abundant pyroclasts than depleted magmas. Eruptions with high effusion rates produce sheet flows and abundant pyroclasts whereas those with low effusion rates produce pillow ridges and few pyroclasts. This relation suggests that high effusion and conduit rise rates are coupled to high magmatic gas contents. The eruptions are mainly effusive with a minor strombolian bubble burst component. We propose that the gas phase is an added component of variable amounts of magmatic foam from the top of the magma reservoir. As the mixture of resident magma and foam rises in the conduit, the larger bubbles in the foam rise more quickly and sweep up the smaller bubbles nucleating and growing from the resident magma. On eruption, the process of bubble coalescence is more complete for the slower rising, gas-poor lavas that erupt as pillow lavas whereas the limu o Pele associated with sheet flow eruptions commonly contain several percent vesicles that avoided coalescence during ascent. The spatter erupted at the vent is quench granulated in seawater above the vent, reducing the pyroclast grainsize. The granulated spatter and limu o Pele fragments are

  13. Seismotectonics of mid-ocean ridge propagation in Hess Deep.

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    Floyd, Jacqueline S; Tolstoy, Maya; Mutter, John C; Scholz, Christopher H

    2002-11-29

    Hydroacoustic data from the eastern equatorial Pacific reveal low-magnitude seismicity concentrated at the propagating tip of the Galapagos Rise in Hess Deep. The patterns of seismicity and faulting are similar to those observed in the process zone of laboratory-scale propagating tensile cracks. Because the fracture energy required for propagation scales with crack length and process zone size, it follows that ridges can propagate stably in the brittle crust without exceptional resisting forces as proposed by previous models based on linear elastic fracture mechanics.

  14. Sea level forcing of mid-ocean ridge magmatism on Milankovitch timescales

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    Lund, D.; Asimow, P.

    2008-12-01

    It is well-documented that Iceland experienced a pulse of elevated volcanism immediately following the last deglaciation (Maclennan et al., 2002). Modeling results suggest ice sheet retreat depressurized the mantle thus enhancing melt production and the supply of magma to the surface (Jull and McKenzie, 1996). Here we take a similar approach, but instead model the effect of glacial-interglacial changes in sea level on mantle melting at mid-ocean ridges. Loading rates reaching ±2 cm/year of water are comparable to the tectonic unloading rate of ~2 cm/year of mantle rock that drives magmatic activity at a slow-spreading ridge. Although the magnitude of sea level forcing is smaller than subglacial forcing, the sea level effect is globally distributed and could have significant consequences for ocean crust architecture and geothermal heat delivery to the deep ocean. We use a model of melt production based on analytical corner flow velocities coupled to the pMELTS model (Ghiorso et al. 2002; Asimow et al. 2004) of melting of the Workman and Hart (2006) depleted upper mantle source composition. For simplicity we assume that the hydrostatic pressure signal from sea-level variation is felt instantaneously by the entire melting regime, and that melts migrate from source to ridge axis at a constant rate. We neglect crustal magmatic and hydrothermal processes that might damp or delay the signal. We examined mid-ocean ridge systems with half-spreading rates from 30 mm/yr to 100 mm/yr and melt migration rates from 2.5 to 50 m/yr. For the case of 30 mm/yr half-spreading rate and 10 m/yr melt migration, we find that the rate of melt delivery to the crust varies ±30% relative to steady state conditions when the model is driven by a record of sea-level variability for the last 140 kyr. Notably, we simulate that melt delivery increased by ~30% beginning at 75 kyr BP, coincident with a rapid decrease in sea level of approximately 60 m. We also estimate a ~30% increase in melt

  15. Towards improved understanding of the diversity and abundance patterns of the mid-ocean ridge macro- and megafauna

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    Bergstad, O. A.; Falkenhaug, T.; Astthorsson, O. S.; Byrkjedal, I.; Gebruk, A. V.; Piatkowski, U.; Priede, I. G.; Santos, R. S.; Vecchione, M.; Lorance, P.; Gordon, J. D. M.

    2008-01-01

    Mid-ocean ridges are vast features of all oceans but their fauna and ecological significance remain poorly understood. Ridge studies in recent decades were understandably biased in favour of the newly discovered chemosynthetic ecosystems. Investigations of photosynthesis-based systems and communities associated with ridges were scattered and few despite their much larger scale and significance for ocean productivity patterns and biogeography and for the management of human activities on the high seas. This knowledge gap was recognised by the Census of Marine Life (CoML) programme and led to the initiation of a dedicated field project on non-chemosynthetic systems and communities of a mid-ocean ridge. The present collection of articles highlights results from the project 'Patterns and Processes of the Ecosystems of the northern Mid-Atlantic' (MAR-ECO), the CoML field project that aims to explore the diversity and distribution patterns of photosynthesis-based communities of mid-ocean ridges by a range of classical and new technologies and methods. In 2003-2005, comprehensive investigations were conducted on pelagic and epibenthic macro- and megafauna of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge between Iceland and the Azores. Several research vessels participated in the first field phase of the project, but the majority of the results were from a 2-month international expedition on the Norwegian vessels R.V. G.O. Sars and the chartered fishing vessel M.S. Loran in 2004. This introduction explains the background and goals of MAR-ECO, summarizes the strategies and sampling efforts, and briefly introduces future plans as the project enters a second field phase in 2007-2009.

  16. Recycled dehydrated lithosphere observed in plume-influenced mid-ocean-ridge basalt.

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    Dixon, Jacqueline Eaby; Leist, Loretta; Langmuir, Charles; Schilling, Jean-Guy

    2002-11-28

    A substantial uncertainty in the Earth's global geochemical water cycle is the amount of water that enters the deep mantle through the subduction and recycling of hydrated oceanic lithosphere. Here we address the question of recycling of water into the deep mantle by characterizing the volatile contents of different mantle components as sampled by ocean island basalts and mid-ocean-ridge basalts. Although all mantle plume (ocean island) basalts seem to contain more water than mid-ocean-ridge basalts, we demonstrate that basalts associated with mantle plume components containing subducted lithosphere--'enriched-mantle' or 'EM-type' basalts--contain less water than those associated with a common mantle source. We interpret this depletion as indicating that water is extracted from the lithosphere during the subduction process, with greater than 92 per cent efficiency.

  17. Abiogenic methane in deep-seated mid-ocean ridge environments: Insights from stable isotope analyses

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    Kelley, Deborah S.; Früh-Green, Gretchen L.

    1999-05-01

    In this paper we examine geochemical processes that control volatile chemistry at depth in mid-ocean ridge environments by focusing on CO2-CH4-H2O-H2 fluids entrapped in plutonic rocks from the Southwest Indian Ridge (SWIR), Ocean Drilling Program Hole 735B. Compositional and isotopic analyses of CO2-CH4-H2O and CH4-H2O-H2 fluids show that methane production involved two phases of magma-hydrothermal activity, which spanned supersolidus to greenschist facies metamorphic conditions. The first phase of methane generation is characterized by fluid inclusions that contain up to 30-50 mol % CO2 and 43 mol % CH4. Isotopic analyses of CO2, CH4, and H2O released at >900°C yields δ13C(CO2) values of -24‰ to -2‰, δ13C(CH4) values of -30‰ to -19‰, δD(CH4) values of -244‰ to -128‰, and average δD(H2O) values of -43±6‰. Phase equilibria and isotopic data strongly indicate that the CO2-CH4-H2O fluids reflect Rayleigh distillation of evolved magmatic CO2, subsequent closed-system respeciation, and attendant graphite precipitation at temperatures of ˜500-800°C, and at fO2 from -3 log units below, to close to quartz-fayalite-magnetite oxygen fugacity (QFM) conditions. The second phase of CH4 production involves CH4-H2O±H2±C-fluids that contain >40 mol % CH4. Phase equilibria indicate that the CH4-H2O fluids were trapped under equilibrium conditions at 400°C, very near to QFM conditions. Our study suggests that in the absence of CO2 as a stable fluid component, extensive distillation fractionation or alteration processes are required to form this later generation of methane. The mean δ13C values of methane extracted at 500°C from the gabbros (-25±4.4‰) are remarkably similar to the range of light carbon observed in studies of mantle rocks. We conclude that the presence of reduced carbon species in oceanic gabbros and mantle peridotites is a potential source of carbon in hydrothermal fluids and that serpentinization processes play a key role in the

  18. Permeability of asthenospheric mantle and melt extraction rates at mid-ocean ridges.

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    Connolly, James A D; Schmidt, Max W; Solferino, Giulio; Bagdassarov, Nikolai

    2009-11-12

    Magmatic production on Earth is dominated by asthenospheric melts of basaltic composition that have mostly erupted at mid-ocean ridges. The timescale for segregation and transport of these melts, which are ultimately responsible for formation of the Earth's crust, is critically dependent on the permeability of the partly molten asthenospheric mantle, yet this permeability is known mainly from semi-empirical and analogue models. Here we use a high-pressure, high-temperature centrifuge, at accelerations of 400g-700g, to measure the rate of basalt melt flow in olivine aggregates with porosities of 5-12 per cent. The resulting permeabilities are consistent with a microscopic model in which melt is completely connected, and are one to two orders of magnitude larger than predicted by current parameterizations. Extrapolation of the measurements to conditions characteristic of asthenosphere below mid-ocean ridges yields proportionally higher transport speeds. Application of these results in a model of porous-media channelling instabilities yields melt transport times of approximately 1-2.5 kyr across the entire asthenosphere, which is sufficient to preserve the observed (230)Th excess of mid-ocean-ridge basalts and the mantle signatures of even shorter-lived isotopes such as (226)Ra (refs 5,11-14).

  19. Circumventing shallow air contamination in Mid Ocean Ridge Basalts

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    Mukhopadhyay, Sujoy; Parai, Rita; Tucker, Jonathan; Middleton, Jennifer; Langmuir, Charles

    2016-04-01

    Noble gases in mantle-derived basalts provide a rich portrait of mantle degassing and surface-interior volatile exchange. However, the ubiquity of shallow-level air contamination frequently obscures the mantle noble gas signal. In a majority of samples, shallow air contamination dominates the noble gas budget. As a result, reconstructing the variability in heavy noble gas mantle source compositions and inferring the history of deep recycling of atmospheric noble gases is difficult. For example, in the gas-rich popping rock 2ΠD43, 129Xe/130Xe ratios reach 7.7±0.23 in individual step-crushes, but the bulk composition of the sample is close to air (129Xe/130Xe of 6.7). Here, we present results from experiments designed to elucidate the source of shallow air contamination in MORBs. Step-crushes were carried out to measure He, Ne, Ar and Xe isotopic compositions on two aliquots of a depleted popping glass that was dredged from between the Kane and Atlantis Fracture Zones of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge in May 2012. One aliquot was sealed in ultrapure N2 after dredge retrieval, while the other aliquot was left exposed to air for 3.5 years. The bulk 20Ne/22Ne and 129Xe/130Xe ratios measured in the aliquot bottled in ultrapure N2 are 12.3 and 7.6, respectively, and are nearly identical to the estimated mantle source values. On the other hand, step crushes in the aliquot left exposed to air for several years show Ne isotopic compositions that are shifted towards air, with a bulk 20Ne/22Ne of 11.5; the bulk 129Xe/130Xe, however, was close to 7.6. These results indicate that lighter noble gases exchange more efficiently between the bubbles trapped in basalt glass and air, suggesting a diffusive or kinetic mechanism for the incorporation of the shallow air contamination. Importantly, in Ne-Ar or Ar-Xe space, step-crushes from the bottled aliquot display a trend that can be easily fit with a simple two-component hyperbolic mixing between mantle and atmosphere noble gases. Step

  20. High Tech High School Interns Develop a Mid-Ocean Ridge Database for Research and Education

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    Staudigel, D.; Delaney, R.; Staudigel, H.; Koppers, A. A.; Miller, S. P.

    2004-12-01

    Mid-ocean ridges (MOR) represent one of the most important geographical and geological features on planet Earth. MORs are the locations where plates spread apart, they are the locations of the majority of the Earths' volcanoes that harbor some of the most extreme life forms. These concepts attract much research, but mid-ocean ridges are still effectively underrepresented in the Earth science class rooms. As two High Tech High School students, we began an internship at Scripps to develop a database for mid-ocean ridges as a resource for science and education. This Ridge Catalog will be accessible via http://earthref.org/databases/RC/ and applies a similar structure, design and data archival principle as the Seamount Catalog under EarthRef.org. Major research goals of this project include the development of (1) an archival structure for multibeam and sidescan data, standard bathymetric maps (including ODP-DSDP drill site and dredge locations) or any other arbitrary digital objects relating to MORs, and (2) to compile a global data set for some of the most defining characteristics of every ridge segment including ridge segment length, depth and azimuth and half spreading rates. One of the challenges included the need of making MOR data useful to the scientist as well as the teacher in the class room. Since the basic structure follows the design of the Seamount Catalog closely, we could move our attention to the basic data population of the database. We have pulled together multibeam data for the MOR segments from various public archives (SIOExplorer, SIO-GDC, NGDC, Lamont), and pre-processed it for public use. In particular, we have created individual bathymetric maps for each ridge segment, while merging the multibeam data with global satellite bathymetry data from Smith & Sandwell (1997). The global scale of this database will give it the ability to be used for any number of applications, from cruise planning to data

  1. Unraveling the unusual morphology of the Cretaceous Dirck Hartog extinct mid-ocean ridge

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    Watson, S. J.; Whittaker, J. M.; Halpin, J.; Williams, S.; Milan, L. A.; Daczko, N. R.; Wyman, D. A.

    2015-12-01

    The Perth Abyssal Plain (PAP), offshore southwest Australia formed during Mesozoic East Gondwana breakup and Kerguelen plume activity. This study combines petrographic and geochemical data from the first samples ever to be dredged from the flanks of the Dirck Hartog Ridge (DHR), a prominent linear bathymetric feature in the central PAP, with new bathymetric profiles across the PAP to better constrain the formation of the early Indian Ocean floor. The DHR exhibits high relief and distinctive asymmetry that is unusual compared to most active or extinct spreading centres and likely results from compression and deformation of the recently extinct DHR during changes in relative motion of the Indian plate (110 - 100 Ma). Exhumation of gabbros in the southern DHR and an increase in seafloor roughness towards the centre of the PAP, likely result from a half spreading rate decrease from 35 mm/yr (based on magnetic reversals) to 24 mm/yr at ~114 Ma. The results support a slowdown of spreading prior to full cessation at ~102 Ma. The composition of basaltic samples varies along the DHR: from sub-alkaline dolerites with incompatible element concentrations most similar to depleted-to-normal mid-ocean ridge basalts in the south, to alkali basalts similar to ocean island basalts in the north. Therefore, magma sources and degrees of partial melting varied in space and time, a result supporting the interpretation that the DHR is an extinct spreading ridge rather than a pseudofault. The enriched alkali basalt signatures may be attributed to melting of a heterogeneous mantle or to the influence of the Kerguelen plume over distances greater than 1000 km. The results demonstrate the significance of regional tectonic plate motions on the formation and deformation of young ocean crust, and provide insight into the unique DHR morphology.

  2. Imaging the deep seismic structure beneath a mid-ocean ridge: the MELT experiment

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    1998-05-22

    The Mantle Electromagnetic and Tomography (MELT) Experiment was designed to distinguish between competing models of magma generation beneath mid-ocean ridges. Seismological observations demonstrate that basaltic melt is present beneath the East Pacific Rise spreading center in a broad region several hundred kilometers across and extending to depths greater than 100 kilometers, not just in a narrow region of high melt concentration beneath the spreading center, as predicted by some models. The structure of the ridge system is strongly asymmetric: mantle densities and seismic velocities are lower and seismic anisotropy is stronger to the west of the rise axis.

  3. Comment on 'Podiform chromitites do form beneath mid-ocean ridges' by Arai, S. and Miura, M.

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    Rollinson, Hugh; Adetunji, Jacob

    2016-06-01

    We note with interest the recent paper by Arai and Miura entitled 'Podiform chromitites do form beneath mid-ocean ridges' (Arai and Miura, 2015) written, we presume, in response to our paper which sought to represent the opposing view and was entitled 'Mantle podiform chromitites do not form beneath mid-ocean ridges: a case study from the Moho Transition Zone of the Oman ophiolite' (Rollinson and Adetunji, 2013). Here we take the opportunity to further clarify our views.

  4. Volatiles beneath mid-ocean ridges: Deep melting, channelised transport, focusing, and metasomatism

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    Keller, Tobias; Katz, Richard F.; Hirschmann, Marc M.

    2017-04-01

    Deep-Earth volatile cycles couple the mantle with near-surface reservoirs. Volatiles are emitted by volcanism and, in particular, from mid-ocean ridges, which are the most prolific source of basaltic volcanism. Estimates of volatile extraction from the asthenosphere beneath ridges typically rely on measurements of undegassed lavas combined with simple petrogenetic models of the mean degree of melting. Estimated volatile fluxes have large uncertainties; this is partly due to a poor understanding of how volatiles are transported by magma in the asthenosphere. Here, we assess the fate of mantle volatiles through numerical simulations of melting and melt transport at mid-ocean ridges. Our simulations are based on two-phase, magma/mantle dynamics theory coupled to an idealised thermodynamic model of mantle melting in the presence of water and carbon dioxide. We combine simulation results with catalogued observations of all ridge segments to estimate a range of likely volatile output from the global mid-ocean ridge system. We thus predict global MOR crust production of 66-73 Gt/yr (22-24 km3/yr) and global volatile output of 52-110 Mt/yr, corresponding to mantle volatile contents of 100-200 ppm. We find that volatile extraction is limited: up to half of deep, volatile-rich melt is not focused to the axis but is rather deposited along the LAB. As these distal melts crystallise and fractionate, they metasomatise the base of the lithosphere, creating rheological heterogeneity that could contribute to the seismic signature of the LAB.

  5. Microbial diversity of Loki's Castle black smokers at the Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge.

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    Jaeschke, A; Jørgensen, S L; Bernasconi, S M; Pedersen, R B; Thorseth, I H; Früh-Green, G L

    2012-11-01

    Hydrothermal vent systems harbor rich microbial communities ranging from aerobic mesophiles to anaerobic hyperthermophiles. Among these, members of the archaeal domain are prevalent in microbial communities in the most extreme environments, partly because of their temperature-resistant and robust membrane lipids. In this study, we use geochemical and molecular microbiological methods to investigate the microbial diversity in black smoker chimneys from the newly discovered Loki's Castle hydrothermal vent field on the Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge (AMOR) with vent fluid temperatures of 310-320 °C and pH of 5.5. Archaeal glycerol dialkyl glycerol tetraether lipids (GDGTs) and H-shaped GDGTs with 0-4 cyclopentane moieties were dominant in all sulfide samples and are most likely derived from both (hyper)thermophilic Euryarchaeota and Crenarchaeota. Crenarchaeol has been detected in low abundances in samples derived from the chimney exterior indicating the presence of Thaumarchaeota at lower ambient temperatures. Aquificales and members of the Epsilonproteobacteria were the dominant bacterial groups detected. Our observations based on the analysis of 16S rRNA genes and biomarker lipid analysis provide insight into microbial communities thriving within the porous sulfide structures of active and inactive deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Microbial cycling of sulfur, hydrogen, and methane by archaea in the chimney interior and bacteria in the chimney exterior may be the prevailing biogeochemical processes in this system.

  6. Geophysical and geochemical evidence for deep temperature variations beneath mid-ocean ridges.

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    Dalton, Colleen A; Langmuir, Charles H; Gale, Allison

    2014-04-04

    The temperature and composition of Earth's mantle control fundamental planetary properties, including the vigor of mantle convection and the depths of the ocean basins. Seismic wave velocities, ocean ridge depths, and the composition of mid-ocean ridge basalts can all be used to determine variations in mantle temperature and composition, yet are typically considered in isolation. We show that correlations among these three data sets are consistent with 250°C variation extending to depths >400 kilometers and are inconsistent with variations in mantle composition at constant temperature. Anomalously hot ridge segments are located near hot spots, confirming a deep mantle-plume origin for hot spot volcanism. Chemical heterogeneity may contribute to scatter about the global trend. The coherent temperature signal provides a thermal calibration scale for interpreting seismic velocities located distant from ridges.

  7. Sensitivity of seafloor bathymetry to climate-driven fluctuations in mid-ocean ridge magma supply

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    Olive, Jean-Arthur; Behn, Mark; Ito, Garrett; Escartin, Javier; Buck, Roger; Howell, Samuel

    2016-04-01

    Abyssal hills are the most common topographic feature on the surface of the solid Earth, yet the detailed mechanisms through which they are formed remain a matter of debate. Classical seafloor observations suggest hills acquire their shape at mid-ocean ridges through a combination of normal faulting and volcanic accretion. However, recent studies have proposed that the fabric of the seafloor reflects rapid fluctuations in ridge magma supply caused by oscillations in sea level modulating the partial melting process beneath the ridge [Crowley et al., 2015, Science]. In order to move this debate forward, we propose a modeling framework relating the magma supply of a mid-ocean ridge to the morphology of the seafloor it produces, i.e., the spacing and amplitude of abyssal hills. We specifically assess whether fluctuations in melt supply of a given periodicity can be recorded in seafloor bathymetry through (1) static compensation of crustal thickness oscillations, (2) volcanic extrusion, and (3) fault growth modulated by dike injection. We find that topography-building processes are generally insensitive to fluctuations in melt supply on time scales shorter than ~50-100 kyr. Further, we show that the characteristic wavelengths found in seafloor bathymetry across all spreading rates are best explained by simple tectono-magmatic interaction models, and require no periodic (climatic) forcing. Finally, we explore different spreading regimes where a smaller amplitude sea-level signal super-imposed on the dominant faulting signal could be most easily resolved.

  8. Crustal Assimilation and the Petrogenesis of Mid-Ocean Ridge Dacites

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    Wanless, V.; Perfit, M. R.; Ridley, W. I.; Klein, E. M.; Grimes, C. B.; Valley, J. W.

    2010-12-01

    The majority of eruptions at spreading centers produce lavas with relatively homogeneous mid-ocean ridge basalt (MORB) compositions, but andesitic and dacitic lavas have been sampled at several different mid-ocean ridges (MOR). Eruption of high-silica lavas are commonly associated with ridge discontinuities, examples being propagating ridge tips at ridge-transform intersections on the Juan de Fuca Ridge and eastern Galápagos spreading center, and at the 9°N overlapping spreading center on the East Pacific Rise. Although these lavas are found at different ridges, the dacites show remarkably similar major element trends and incompatible trace element enrichments, suggesting that similar processes control their formation. Although most geochemical variability in the MOR series basalts -ferrobasalts - FeTi basalts is consistent with low-pressure fractional crystallization, modeling suggests that extreme fractional crystallization accompanied by partial melting and assimilation of amphibole-bearing altered oceanic crust is important in the petrogenesis of high-silica differentiates. Such a complex process is consistent with dacites showing: 1) elevated U, Th, Zr, and Hf; 2) relatively low Nb and Ta; 3) Al2O3, K2O, Cl, H2O concentrations that are higher than expected from fractional crystallization; 4) relatively low δ18O glass values of ~5.6 compared to values ~6.9 ‰ expected from fractional crystallization. This suggests that crustal assimilation is an important process in the formation of highly evolved MOR lavas (i.e., andesites and dacites) and may be significant in formation of MORB in general. Although basaltic material at MOR is much more voluminous than high-silica lavas, the eruption of dacites at numerous ridges, and the seemingly ubiquitous presence of plagiogranite veins in exposed and drilled sections of gabbroic Layer 3 indicate that high-silica lavas are an intrinsic component of the ocean crust, though their petrogenesis may involve various

  9. Osmium isotope heterogeneity in the constituent phases of mid-ocean ridge basalts.

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    Gannoun, Abdelmouhcine; Burton, Kevin W; Thomas, Louise E; Parkinson, Ian J; Van Calsteren, Peter; Schiano, Pierre

    2004-01-02

    Radiogenic isotope variations in mid-ocean ridge basalts (MORB) are commonly attributed to compositional variations in Earth's upper mantle. For the rheniumosmium isotope system, constituent MORB phases are shown to possess exceptionally high Re/Os (parent/daughter) ratios, consequently radiogenic 187Os is produced from the decay of 187Re over short periods of time. Thus, in the absence of precise age constraints, Os isotope variations cannot be unambiguously attributed to their source, although Re-Os isotope data for constituent minerals can yield crystallization ages, details of equilibration, and initial Os isotope values that relate directly to the mantle source.

  10. Sediment distribution on the mid-ocean ridges with respect to spreading of the sea floor.

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    Ewing, J; Ewing, M

    1967-06-23

    An abrupt change in sediment thickness between the crests and flanks of the mid-ocean ridges can be interpreted as a major discontinuity in the rates either of spreading of the sea floor or of accumulation of sediment. The preferable interpretation of the data is that the process of spreadig of the sea floor is intermittent and that the present cycle of spreading commenced around 10 million years ago. following a long period Of quiescence during which most of the observed sediments were deposited.

  11. Quantifying melt production and degassing rate at mid-ocean ridges from global mantle convection models with plate motion history

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    Li, Mingming; Black, Benjamin; Zhong, Shijie; Manga, Michael; Rudolph, Maxwell L.; Olson, Peter

    2016-07-01

    The Earth's surface volcanism exerts first-order controls on the composition of the atmosphere and the climate. On Earth, the majority of surface volcanism occurs at mid-ocean ridges. In this study, based on the dependence of melt fraction on temperature, pressure, and composition, we compute melt production and degassing rate at mid-ocean ridges from three-dimensional global mantle convection models with plate motion history as the surface velocity boundary condition. By incorporating melting in global mantle convection models, we connect deep mantle convection to surface volcanism, with deep and shallow mantle processes internally consistent. We compare two methods to compute melt production: a tracer method and an Eulerian method. Our results show that melt production at mid-ocean ridges is mainly controlled by surface plate motion history, and that changes in plate tectonic motion, including plate reorganizations, may lead to significant deviation of melt production from the expected scaling with seafloor production rate. We also find a good correlation between melt production and degassing rate beneath mid-ocean ridges. The calculated global melt production and CO2 degassing rate at mid-ocean ridges varies by as much as a factor of 3 over the past 200 Myr. We show that mid-ocean ridge melt production and degassing rate would be much larger in the Cretaceous, and reached maximum values at ˜150-120 Ma. Our results raise the possibility that warmer climate in the Cretaceous could be due in part to high magmatic productivity and correspondingly high outgassing rates at mid-ocean ridges during that time.

  12. Lava Cones and Shields on Intermediate-Rate Mid-Ocean Ridges

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    Clague, D. A.; Paduan, J. B.; Caress, D. W.

    2014-12-01

    Most eruptions of basalt along mid-ocean ridges produce either sheet flows or pillow mounds and ridges. Rare eruptions on the Juan de Fuca and Gorda Ridges and on the Alarcon Rise (northern East Pacific Rise) produce volcanic cones or shields from point sources. Bathymetric maps at 1-m resolution from an autonomous underwater vehicle enabled classification of these ~circular features. The most common are 290-510m across and <50m tall cones with craters or tumulus-like inflated flows on their summits. There are 8 of these on the upper south rift, caldera floor, and southwest caldera rim on Axial Seamount; one on North Cleft segment near the 1986 pillow mounds; and one in the axial graben on northern Endeavour Segment. Hundreds of smaller pillow mounds lack craters or tumulus-like inflated flows at their summits. Three 660-1300m across circular cones have either a crater or an inflated tumulus-like structure at their flat to slightly domed summits. One in the axial graben on the northern Endeavour Segment is dissected by extensional faulting. Cage Seamount on the Coaxial Segment south of the 1993 pillow ridge is the most voluminous at 1100m across and >200m tall. Two flat-topped cones are located near the center of Alarcon Rise. A low-relief shield volcano on the northern Alarcon Rise is ~1700m across and only ~45m tall, and is cut by numerous faults and fissures. Two other shields, 860m and 1700m across and 50-70m tall, occur south of the 1996 North Gorda pillow mounds. These shields are decorated with small pillow mounds. Five 100-250m across and 15-30m deep pits collapsed on the northern shield. These constructional cones and shields form during eruptions where the initial fissure consolidated to a point, indicative of long duration activity. They are constructed during uncommon eruptions with flux larger than produces pillow mounds and smaller than produces sheet flows. They are a submarine equivalent of subaerial shield-building eruptions.

  13. Rapid hydrothermal cooling above the axial melt lens at fast-spreading mid-ocean ridge.

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    Zhang, Chao; Koepke, Juergen; Kirchner, Clemens; Götze, Niko; Behrens, Harald

    2014-09-11

    Axial melt lenses sandwiched between the lower oceanic crust and the sheeted dike sequences at fast-spreading mid-ocean ridges are assumed to be the major magma source of oceanic crust accretion. According to the widely discussed "gabbro glacier" model, the formation of the lower oceanic crust requires efficient cooling of the axial melt lens, leading to partial crystallization and crystal-melt mush subsiding down to lower crust. These processes are believed to be controlled by periodical magma replenishment and hydrothermal circulation above the melt lens. Here we quantify the cooling rate above melt lens using chemical zoning of plagioclase from hornfelsic recrystallized sheeted dikes drilled from the East Pacific at the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Hole 1256D. We estimate the cooling rate using a forward modelling approach based on CaAl-NaSi interdiffusion in plagioclase. The results show that cooling from the peak thermal overprint at 1000-1050°C to 600°C are yielded within about 10-30 years as a result of hydrothermal circulation above melt lens during magma starvation. The estimated rapid hydrothermal cooling explains how the effective heat extraction from melt lens is achieved at fast-spreading mid-ocean ridges.

  14. Water-rich basalts at mid-ocean-ridge cold spots.

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    Ligi, Marco; Bonatti, Enrico; Cipriani, Anna; Ottolini, Luisa

    2005-03-03

    Although water is only present in trace amounts in the suboceanic upper mantle, it is thought to play a significant role in affecting mantle viscosity, melting and the generation of crust at mid-ocean ridges. The concentration of water in oceanic basalts has been observed to stay below 0.2 wt%, except for water-rich basalts sampled near hotspots and generated by 'wet' mantle plumes. Here, however, we report unusually high water content in basaltic glasses from a cold region of the mid-ocean-ridge system in the equatorial Atlantic Ocean. These basalts are sodium-rich, having been generated by low degrees of melting of the mantle, and contain unusually high ratios of light versus heavy rare-earth elements, implying the presence of garnet in the melting region. We infer that water-rich basalts from such regions of thermal minima derive from low degrees of 'wet' melting greater than 60 km deep in the mantle, with minor dilution by melts produced by shallower 'dry' melting--a view supported by numerical modelling. We therefore conclude that oceanic basalts are water-rich not only near hotspots, but also at 'cold spots'.

  15. Rapid hydrothermal cooling above the axial melt lens at fast-spreading mid-ocean ridge

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    Zhang, Chao; Koepke, Juergen; Kirchner, Clemens; Götze, Niko; Behrens, Harald

    2014-01-01

    Axial melt lenses sandwiched between the lower oceanic crust and the sheeted dike sequences at fast-spreading mid-ocean ridges are assumed to be the major magma source of oceanic crust accretion. According to the widely discussed “gabbro glacier” model, the formation of the lower oceanic crust requires efficient cooling of the axial melt lens, leading to partial crystallization and crystal-melt mush subsiding down to lower crust. These processes are believed to be controlled by periodical magma replenishment and hydrothermal circulation above the melt lens. Here we quantify the cooling rate above melt lens using chemical zoning of plagioclase from hornfelsic recrystallized sheeted dikes drilled from the East Pacific at the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Hole 1256D. We estimate the cooling rate using a forward modelling approach based on CaAl-NaSi interdiffusion in plagioclase. The results show that cooling from the peak thermal overprint at 1000–1050°C to 600°C are yielded within about 10–30 years as a result of hydrothermal circulation above melt lens during magma starvation. The estimated rapid hydrothermal cooling explains how the effective heat extraction from melt lens is achieved at fast-spreading mid-ocean ridges. PMID:25209311

  16. Sensitivity of seafloor bathymetry to climate-driven fluctuations in mid-ocean ridge magma supply.

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    Olive, J-A; Behn, M D; Ito, G; Buck, W R; Escartín, J; Howell, S

    2015-10-16

    Recent studies have proposed that the bathymetric fabric of the seafloor formed at mid-ocean ridges records rapid (23,000 to 100,000 years) fluctuations in ridge magma supply caused by sealevel changes that modulate melt production in the underlying mantle. Using quantitative models of faulting and magma emplacement, we demonstrate that, in fact, seafloor-shaping processes act as a low-pass filter on variations in magma supply, strongly damping fluctuations shorter than about 100,000 years. We show that the systematic decrease in dominant seafloor wavelengths with increasing spreading rate is best explained by a model of fault growth and abandonment under a steady magma input. This provides a robust framework for deciphering the footprint of mantle melting in the fabric of abyssal hills, the most common topographic feature on Earth.

  17. Sensitivity of seafloor bathymetry to climate-driven fluctuations in mid-ocean ridge magma supply

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    Olive, J.-A.; Behn, M. D.; Ito, G.; Buck, W. R.; Escartín, J.; Howell, S.

    2015-10-01

    Recent studies have proposed that the bathymetric fabric of the seafloor formed at mid-ocean ridges records rapid (23,000 to 100,000 years) fluctuations in ridge magma supply caused by sealevel changes that modulate melt production in the underlying mantle. Using quantitative models of faulting and magma emplacement, we demonstrate that, in fact, seafloor-shaping processes act as a low-pass filter on variations in magma supply, strongly damping fluctuations shorter than about 100,000 years. We show that the systematic decrease in dominant seafloor wavelengths with increasing spreading rate is best explained by a model of fault growth and abandonment under a steady magma input. This provides a robust framework for deciphering the footprint of mantle melting in the fabric of abyssal hills, the most common topographic feature on Earth.

  18. Oceanic phosphorus imbalance: Magnitude of the mid-ocean ridge flank hydrothermal sink

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    Wheat, C. Geoffrey; McManus, James; Mottl, Michael J.; Giambalvo, Emily

    2003-09-01

    We present a new estimate for the crustal phosphorous sink that results from reactions among seawater, basalt, and sediment blanketing low temperature mid-ocean ridge flank hydrothermal systems. New estimates for global hydrothermal power output, sediment thickness, and the dissolved phosphate concentrations in basement formation fluids indicate that fluid flow through ridge flanks removes 2.8 × 1010 mol P yr-1. This value is larger (130%) than the riverine dissolved flux of inorganic phosphate and is as much as 35% of the sedimentary P sink. The concordant seawater flux (2.1 × 1016 kg yr-1) is 65% of the riverine fluid flux and circulates a fluid volume equivalent to the entire ocean in about 70,000 yr. Additional sampling of seafloor springs is required to further constrain the range of calculated phosphate fluxes; nevertheless the modern phosphorus budget is clearly unbalanced with total sinks outpacing sources.

  19. Grain Size as a Control for Melt Focusing Beneath Mid-Ocean Ridges

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    Turner, A.; Katz, R. F.; Behn, M. D.

    2015-12-01

    Grain size is a fundamental control on both the rheology and permeability of the mantle. These properties, in turn, affect the transport of melt beneath mid-ocean ridges. Previous models of grain size beneath ridges have considered only the single-phase problem of dynamic recrystallisation and the resultant pattern of grain-size variation [1,2]. These models have not coupled the spatially variable grain-size field to two-phase (partially molten) mechanics to investigate the implications of spatially variable grain size on melt transport. Here, we present new results from numerical models that investigate the consequences of this coupling. In our two-dimensional, two-phase model the grain-size is coupled to both the permeability and rheology. The rheology is strain-rate and grain-size dependent. For simplicity, however, the grain-size field is not computed dynamically — rather, it is imposed from a single-phase, steady-state model [1] that is based on the "wattmeter" theory [3]. Our calculations predicts that a spatially variable grain size field can promote focusing of melt towards the ridge axis. This focusing is distinct from the commonly discussed, sub-lithospheric decompaction channel [4]. Furthermore, our model predicts that the shape of the partially molten region is sensitive to rheological parameters associated with grain size. The comparison of this shape with observations [5] may help to constrain the rheology of the upper mantle beneath mid-ocean ridges. References: [1] Turner et al., Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 16, 925-946, 2015. [2] Behn et al., EPSL, 282, 178-189, 2009. [3] Austin and Evans, Geology, 35:343-346, 2007. [4] Sparks and Parmentier, EPSL, 105, 368-377, 1991. [5] Key et al., Nature, 495, 499-502, 2013.

  20. Variations in mid-ocean ridge magmatism and carbon emissions driven by glacial cycles

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    Katz, R. F.; Burley, J. M.; Huybers, P. J.; Langmuir, C. H.; Crowley, J. W.; Park, S. H.; Carbotte, S. M.; Ferguson, D.; Proistosescu, C.; Boulahanis, B.

    2015-12-01

    Glacial cycles transfer ˜5×10^19 kg of water between the oceans and ice sheets, causing pressure changes in the upper mantle with consequences for the melting of Earth's interior. Forced with Plio-Pleistocene sea-level variations, theoretical models of mid-ocean ridge magma/mantle dynamics predict temporal variations up to 10% in melt supply to the base of the crust. Moreover, a transport model for a perfectly incompatible element suggests that CO2 emissions from mid-ocean ridges could vary by a similar proportion, though with a longer time-lag.Bathymetry from the Australian-Antarctic ridge shows statistically significant spectral energy near the Milankovitch periods of 23, 41, and 100 thousand years, which is consistent with model predictions. These results suggest that abyssal hills record the magmatic response to changes in sea level. The mechanism by which variations in the rate of melt supply are expressed in the bathymetry is not understood.The same pressure variations that modulate the melting rate could also modulate the depth of the onset of silicate melting. As ice sheets grow and sea level drops, this onset deepens, causing melting at the base of the silicate melting regime. Excess highly incompatible elements like CO2 enter the melt and begin their journey to the ridge axis. Tens of thousands of years later, this additional CO2 flux is emitted into the climate system. Because of its delay with respect to sea-level change, the predicted variation in CO2 emissions could represent a restoring force on climate (and sea-level) excursions. This mechanism has a response time determined by the time scale of melt transport; it potentially introduces a resonant frequency into the climate system.

  1. Dacite petrogenesis on mid-ocean ridges: Evidence for oceanic crustal melting and assimilation

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    Wanless, V.D.; Perfit, M.R.; Ridley, W.I.; Klein, E.

    2010-01-01

    Whereas the majority of eruptions at oceanic spreading centers produce lavas with relatively homogeneous mid-ocean ridge basalt (MORB) compositions, the formation of tholeiitic andesites and dacites at mid-ocean ridges (MORs) is a petrological enigma. Eruptions of MOR high-silica lavas are typically associated with ridge discontinuities and have produced regionally significant volumes of lava. Andesites and dacites have been observed and sampled at several locations along the global MOR system; these include propagating ridge tips at ridge-transform intersections on the Juan de Fuca Ridge and eastern Gal??pagos spreading center, and at the 9??N overlapping spreading center on the East Pacific Rise. Despite the formation of these lavas at various ridges, MOR dacites show remarkably similar major element trends and incompatible trace element enrichments, suggesting that similar processes are controlling their chemistry. Although most geochemical variability in MOR basalts is consistent with low-pressure fractional crystallization of various mantle-derived parental melts, our geochemical data for MOR dacitic glasses suggest that contamination from a seawater-altered component is important in their petrogenesis. MOR dacites are characterized by elevated U, Th, Zr, and Hf, low Nb and Ta concentrations relative to rare earth elements (REE), and Al2O3, K2O, and Cl concentrations that are higher than expected from low-pressure fractional crystallization alone. Petrological modeling of MOR dacites suggests that partial melting and assimilation are both integral to their petrogenesis. Extensive fractional crystallization of a MORB parent combined with partial melting and assimilation of amphibole-bearing altered crust produces a magma with a geochemical signature similar to a MOR dacite. This supports the hypothesis that crustal assimilation is an important process in the formation of highly evolved MOR lavas and may be significant in the generation of evolved MORB in

  2. The Cobb-Eickelberg seamount chain: Hotspot volcanism with mid-ocean ridge basalt affinity

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    Desonie, D.L.; Duncan, R.A. )

    1990-08-10

    Cobb hotspot, currently located beneath Axial seamount on the Juan de Fuca ridge, has the temporal but not the isotopic characteristics usually attributed to a mantle plume. The earlier volcanic products of the hotspot, form eight volcanoes in the Cobb-Eickelberg seamount (CES) chain, show a westward age progression away from the hotspot and a westward increase in the age difference between the seamounts and the crust on which they formed. These results are consistent with movement of the Pacific plate over a fixed Cobb hotspot and eventual encroachment by the westwardly migrating Juan de Fuca ridge. CES lavas are slightly enriched in alkalies and incompatible elements relative to those of the Juan de Fuca ridge but they have Sr, Nd, and Pb isotopic compositions virtually identical to those found along the ridge. Therefore, Cobb hotspot is a stationary, upper mantle melting anomaly whose volcanic products show strong mid-ocean ridge basalt (MORB) affinity. These observations can be explained by low degrees of partial melting of entrained heterogeneous upper mantle MORB source material within a thermally driven lower mantle diapir or by an intrinsic MORB-like composition of the deeper mantle source region from which northeast Pacific plumes rise.

  3. Long-term Seismicity Comparisons from Oceanic Transforms Bounded by Slow, Intermediate, and Fast Mid-ocean Ridge Spreading Segments

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    Haxel, J. H.; Dziak, R. P.; Matsumoto, H.; Fowler, M. J.; Lau, T. K.

    2007-12-01

    Long-term observations of seismicity along oceanic transform faults have traditionally been difficult due to limited coverage provided by land based seismic networks. More recently, hydroacoustically recorded earthquakes have been catalogued along the East Pacific Rise (EPR), Mid Atlantic Ridge (MAR), and in the northeast Pacific by the NOAA/PMEL and Oregon State University Acoustic Monitoring Program. These catalogs reduce earthquake detection thresholds by nearly 2 orders of magnitude for the slow spreading MAR, the intermediate spreading Juan de Fuca system, and the fast spreading EPR allowing for a more complete long-term time series of seismic activity along the associated transforms in each spreading regime. Using these hydroacoustically derived earthquake catalogs from 1996-2005, this study examines the long-term temporal and spatial seismicity rate patterns of oceanic transform faults bounded by slow, intermediate, and fast mid-ocean ridge spreading. Our analysis includes 5 MAR transforms, 1 northeast Pacific, and 7 EPR tranform faults. Using standard time series analysis techniques in addition to empirical orthogonal functions (EOF), we describe time space patterns along each transform, characterize seismic behavior between transforms within each spreading regime, and finally compare seismicity time series between transforms bounded by different spreading rates. Through our analysis we anticipate the development of an oceanic tranform fault index parameterized by background seismicity rate, seismicity rate variability during seismic events, fault length, degree of tranform segmentation, and rate of spreading along bounding ridge segments. Utilizing a more complete hydroacoustically derived earthquake catalog provides an unprecedented and comprehensive approach for examining long-term seismicity patterns in transform faulting within these 3 mid-ocean ridge settings.

  4. Noble metals in mid-ocean ridge volcanism: A significant fractionation of gold with respect to platinum group metals

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    Crocket, James H.

    1988-01-01

    Hydrothermal precipitates, black smoker particulate, and massive sulphide dredge samples from the Explorer Ridge on the Juan de Fuca Plate and the TAG hydrothermal area on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge were analyzed for selected noble metals including Au, Ir and Pd by radiochemical neutron activation analysis. The preliminary results indicate that gold contents may reach the ppm range although values in the neighborhood of 100 to 200 ppb are more typical. The platinum group elements (PGE) represented by Ir and Pd are typically less than 0.02 ppb and less than 2 ppb respectively. These abundances represent a significant enrichment of gold relative to the PGE in comparison with average noble metal abundances in mid-ocean ridge basalts (MORB). A partial explanation of this distinctive fractionation can be found in the concepts of sulfur-saturation of basic magma in mid-ocean ridge (MOR) settings, and the origin of MOR hydrothermal fluids. Experimental and petrological data suggest that MORBs are sulfur-saturated at the time of magma generation and that an immiscible sulfide component remains in the mantle residue. Hence, MORBs are noble metal-poor, particularly with respect to PGE. Consequently, black smoker fluids can be expected to reflect the low Ir and Pd contents of the rock column. The average Au content of MORB is 1.3 ppb, and so the rock column is not significantly enriched in Au. The generation of fluids which precipitate solids with 200 ppb Au is apparently dependent on highly efficient fluid chemistry to mobilize Au from the rock column, high Au solubility in seawater hydrothermal fluids and efficient precipitation mechanisms to coprecipitate Au on Fe, Zn and Cu sulfides. Significant differences in these parameters appear to be the ultimate cause of the strong Au-PGE fractionation in the MOR setting. It does not appear from the current data base that MOR hydrothermal fluids are significant contributors to the Ir enrichment seen in Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary

  5. Seismic structure of the lithosphere beneath the ocean islands near the mid-oceanic ridges

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    Haldar, C.; Kumar, P.; Kumar, M. Ravi

    2013-10-01

    Deciphering the seismic character of the young lithosphere near the mid-oceanic ridges (MOR) is a challenging endeavor. In this study, we determine the seismic structure of the oceanic plate near the MORs, using the P-to-s conversions isolated from good quality data recorded at 5 broadband seismological stations situated on the ocean Islands in their vicinity. Estimates of the crustal and lithospheric thickness values from waveform modeling of the P receiver function stacks reveal that the crustal thickness varies between 6 and 8 km with the corresponding depths to the lithosphere asthenosphere boundary (LAB) varying between 43 and 68 km. However, the depth to the LAB at Macquire Island is intriguing in view of the observation of a thick (~ 87 km) lithosphere beneath a relatively young crust. At three other stations i.e., Ascension Island, Sao Jorge and Easter Island, we find evidence for an additional deeper low velocity layer probably related to the presence of a hotspot.

  6. The structure and dynamics of mid-ocean ridge hydrothermal systems.

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    Coumou, D; Driesner, T; Heinrich, C A

    2008-09-26

    Sub-seafloor hydrothermal convection at mid-ocean ridges transfers 25% of the Earth's heat flux and can form massive sulfide ore deposits. Their three-dimensional (3D) structure and transient dynamics are uncertain. Using 3D numerical simulations, we demonstrated that convection cells self-organize into pipelike upflow zones surrounded by narrow zones of focused and relatively warm downflow. This configuration ensures optimal heat transfer and efficient metal leaching for ore-deposit formation. Simulated fluid-residence times are as short as 3 years. The concentric flow geometry results from nonlinearities in fluid properties, and this may influence the behavior of other fluid-flow systems in Earth's crust.

  7. Hydrothermal activity and core complex formation at the Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge: An overview of preliminary results of the H2DEEP expedition to the southern Knipovich Ridge at 73N

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    Pedersen, R. B.; Thorseth, I. H.; Olson, E.; Hellevang, H.; Okland, I.; Baumberger, T.; Lilley, M.; Bruvoll, V.; Mjelde, R.; Haflidason, H.

    2007-12-01

    The oblique spreading Mohns Ridge passes into the highly oblique spreading Knipovich Ridge through a near 90 degree bend in the ridge axis at 73-74N. Multibeam mapping of this area shows that a 30 km long axial volcanic ridge (AVR) with a 500m high summit occupy the rift valley floor in the central part of the bend where the axis is perpendicular to the spreading direction. The volcanic activity decreases northwards as the obliquity of the spreading increases and this is associated with an increase in the water depth from 2000-2500 m to 3000-3500 m. A hydrothermal plume was located at the eastern side of the AVR with methane values reaching 260 nmol/l and hydrogen values 53 nmol/l. These anomalies are associated with small positive temperature anomaly, but no significant particle anomaly could be detected. The rift valley in the area is partly filled with sediments derived from the nearby Bjornoya fan, and reflection seismic profiles across the ridge demonstrate that sediments thicknesses in the rift valley locally exceeds several hundred meters. Gravity cores of the upper 4 m of these sediments show multiple glass- and iron-rich laminas and layers, demonstrating that these sediments represent a record of hydrothermal and volcanic activity in the area. Seamounts at the western flank of the ridge extend to 600 m below sea level and are limited by low angle detachment faults to the east. A flat summit area suggests that one of the seamounts has been at or close to sea level. Gabbros, troctolites and serpentinites were sampled from the fault surfaces, demonstrating that lower crust and mantle rocks have been exhumed in the area, and bathymetry data indicates that this oceanic core complex cover an area of about 500 km2. A younger detachment fault appears to develop at the inner rift wall just west of the AVR. The rift valley sediments are affected by the faulting and the seismic stratigraphy of these sediments constrain the history of core complex formation.

  8. The subsurface biosphere at Mid-Ocean Ridges: Issues and challenges

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    Baross, John A.; Wilcock, William S. D.; Kelley, Deborah S.; DeLong, Edward F.; Craig Cary, S.

    A recent growth of interest in subsurface microbiology has been fueled by the recognition that the subsurface may have played an important role in the origin and early evolution of life, and may presently sustain a substantial fraction of Earth's biomass. The uppermost igneous oceanic crust is likely to be one of the most habitable subsurface environments because it is porous and the locus of extensive hydrothermal circulation. This circulation is most vigorous at spreading centers where it is driven by the volcanic accretion of oceanic crust. Hot reduced hydrothermal fluids created by water-rock reactions above magma bodies mix with cold seawater in the subsurface and the resulting chemical disequilibria provide energy and carbon sources that support diverse microbial communities. These communities can be sampled in chronic low-temperature hydrothermal vents and in the hydrothermal fluids released following volcanic eruptions. Investigations of the subseafloor environment at mid-ocean ridges integrate biological and geological approaches to understand the characteristics of hydrothermal circulation and how they are modulated by geological events; the sources of carbon, nutrients and energy; and the types and functions of subsurface organisms. They also utilize analogies with accessible sulfide edifices and comparisons with similar subsurface environments elsewhere. Future studies will combine increasingly sophisticated shore-based studies with data from long-term observatories comprising networks of instruments for measuring key physical, chemical and microbial parameters. They will require the development of technology to drill bare rock mid-ocean ridge sites, collect uncontaminated subsurface samples and deploy instruments at different depths in the crust.

  9. Grain-size dynamics beneath mid-ocean ridges: Implications for permeability and melt extraction

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    Turner, Andrew J.; Katz, Richard F.; Behn, Mark D.

    2015-03-01

    Grain size is an important control on mantle viscosity and permeability, but is difficult or impossible to measure in situ. We construct a two-dimensional, single phase model for the steady state mean grain size beneath a mid-ocean ridge. The mantle rheology is modeled as a composite of diffusion creep, dislocation creep, dislocation accommodated grain boundary sliding, and a plastic stress limiter. The mean grain size is calculated by the paleowattmeter relationship of Austin and Evans (2007). We investigate the sensitivity of our model to global variations in grain growth exponent, potential temperature, spreading-rate, and mantle hydration. We interpret the mean grain-size field in terms of its permeability to melt transport. The permeability structure due to mean grain size may be approximated as a high permeability region beneath a low permeability region. The transition between high and low permeability regions occurs across a boundary that is steeply inclined toward the ridge axis. We hypothesize that such a permeability structure generated from the variability of the mean grain size may focus melt toward the ridge axis, analogous to Sparks and Parmentier (1991)-type focusing. This focusing may, in turn, constrain the region where significant melt fractions are observed by seismic or magnetotelluric surveys. This interpretation of melt focusing via the grain-size permeability structure is consistent with MT observation of the asthenosphere beneath the East Pacific Rise.

  10. Trace element and isotopic effects arising from magma migration beneath mid-ocean ridges

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    Kenyon, Patricia M.

    1990-01-01

    The trace element concentrations and isotopic ratios in the magma erupted on mid-ocean ridges may differ from those in the source material due to physical effects such as porous flow dispersion, exchange of trace elements between the fluid and solid phases during magma migration, and convective mixing in magma chambers. These differences are in addition to those produced by better known processes such as fractional crystallization and partial melting. The effects of the three former processes are described. It is predicted that magma typically reaches the subridge magma chambers with a spatial heterogeneity only slightly reduced from that of the source material, but with a subdued variation in time. Convective mixing then further reduces the spatial heterogeneity. Application of the results for convective mixing to a recent Fourier analysis of Sr-87/Sr-86 variations along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge suggests that the falloff in amplitude of variation observed with decreasing wavelength in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge data cannot be explained by convective mixing in magma chambers. Instead, it is postulated that this falloff is due to the mechanics of the production and/or the solid-state convective mixing of chemical and isotopic heterogeneities in the solid mantle.

  11. Grain-size dynamics beneath mid-ocean ridges: Implications for permeability and melt extraction.

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    Turner, Andrew J; Katz, Richard F; Behn, Mark D

    2015-03-01

    Grain size is an important control on mantle viscosity and permeability, but is difficult or impossible to measure in situ. We construct a two-dimensional, single phase model for the steady state mean grain size beneath a mid-ocean ridge. The mantle rheology is modeled as a composite of diffusion creep, dislocation creep, dislocation accommodated grain boundary sliding, and a plastic stress limiter. The mean grain size is calculated by the paleowattmeter relationship of Austin and Evans (2007). We investigate the sensitivity of our model to global variations in grain growth exponent, potential temperature, spreading-rate, and mantle hydration. We interpret the mean grain-size field in terms of its permeability to melt transport. The permeability structure due to mean grain size may be approximated as a high permeability region beneath a low permeability region. The transition between high and low permeability regions occurs across a boundary that is steeply inclined toward the ridge axis. We hypothesize that such a permeability structure generated from the variability of the mean grain size may focus melt toward the ridge axis, analogous to Sparks and Parmentier (1991)-type focusing. This focusing may, in turn, constrain the region where significant melt fractions are observed by seismic or magnetotelluric surveys. This interpretation of melt focusing via the grain-size permeability structure is consistent with MT observation of the asthenosphere beneath the East Pacific Rise.

  12. Estimation of S, F, Br, Cl, and P Fluxes at Mid Ocean Ridges

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    Kagoshima, T.; Sano, Y.; Takahata, N.; Jung, J.; Amakawa, H.; Kumagai, H.

    2011-12-01

    It is known that superficial volatile elements have been accumulated by degassing from the solid Earth. Studies that use noble gases as tracers have been conducted to investigate the degassing history of the Earth, which suggests that the significant degassing occurred in the early Earth. C and N fluxes were well documented in literatures. In order to estimate the other fluxes of volatile elements from mantle, we measured S, F, Br, Cl, and P concentrations trapped in vesicles in mid-ocean ridge basalts (MORBs) and back-arc basin basalts (BABBs). Highly reactive elements such as sulfur and fluorine in the sample were extracted into the alkali solution at the crushing: crush leaching. We selected fresh glassy aliquots from MORBs and BABBs and put them in a crusher with an iron ball and 1-2 cm^{3} of 4M aqueous sodium hydroxide. Then, we crushed the samples with the solution kept frozen at the liquid nitrogen temperature to avoid the adhesion of the solution to the inside of the crusher. After crushing, we froze the solution again, and introduced volatiles in the gas phase into the purification vacuum line. At first, we removed volatile elements except He and Ne by a U-tube and activated charcoals at the temperature of liquid nitrogen and hot Ti-getters. We measured ^{4}He/^{20}Ne ratio of the gas by a quadrupole mass spectrometer and removed Ne by a cryogenic charcoal trap at 40K. Then, the He fraction was introduced into VG5400 mass spectrometer and the ^{3}He/^{4}He ratio was measured. Immediately after the sample analysis, we measured HESJ (He standard of Japan; 20.4 R_{A}) for calibration. For sulfur measurement, 1-2 cm^{3} of 30% hydrogen peroxide were added into the filtered sodium hydroxide solutions. Thus all sulfur compounds were quantified as sulfate ions and F, Br, Cl, and P were measured by ion chromatography (Dionex-320). We collected fine powders of basalt glass by filtering through a stainless steel sieve and measured their weight to estimate the

  13. Vapour undersaturation in primitive mid-ocean-ridge basalt and the volatile content of Earth's upper mantle.

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    Saal, Alberto E; Hauri, Erik H; Langmuir, Charles H; Perfit, Michael R

    2002-10-03

    The analysis of volatiles in magmatic systems can be used to constrain the volatile content of the Earth's mantle and the influence that magmatic degassing has on the chemistry of the oceans and the atmosphere. But most volatile elements have very low solubilities in magmas at atmospheric pressure, and therefore virtually all erupted lavas are degassed and do not retain their primary volatile signatures. Here we report the undersaturated pre-eruptive volatile content for a suite of mid-ocean-ridge basalts from the Siqueiros intra-transform spreading centre. The undersaturation leads to correlations between volatiles and refractory trace elements that provide new constraints on volatile abundances and their behaviour in the upper mantle. Our data generate improved limits on the abundances of carbon dioxide, water, fluorine, sulphur and chlorine in the source of normal mid-ocean-ridge basalt. The incompatible behaviour of carbon dioxide, together with the CO(2)/Nb and CO(2)/Cl ratios, permit estimates of primitive carbon dioxide and chlorine to be made for degassed and chlorine-contaminated mid-ocean-ridge basalt magmas, and hence constrain degassing and contamination histories of mid-ocean ridges.

  14. Serpentinization-assisted deformation processes and characterization of hydrothermal fluxes at mid-ocean ridges

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    Genc, Gence

    Seafloor hydrothermal systems play a significantly important role in Earth’s energy and geochemical budgets and support the existence and development of complex biological ecosystems by providing nutrient and energy to microbial and macrafaunal ecosystems through geochemical fluxes. Heat output and fluid flow are key parameters which characterize hydrothermal systems at oceanic spreading centers by constraining models of hydrothermal circulation. Although integrated measurements of heat flux in plumes are critically important as well, quantification of heat flux at discrete sources (vent orifices versus patches of seafloor shimmering diffuse flow) from direct measurements is particularly essential for examining the partitioning of heat flow into focused and diffuse components of venting and determining geochemical fluxes from these two modes of flow. Hydrothermal heat output also constrains the permeability of young oceanic crust and thickness of the conductive boundary layer that separates magmatic heat source from overlying hydrothermal circulation. This dissertation will be fundamentally focused on three main inter-connected topics: (1) the design and development of direct high- or low-temperature heat flow measuring devices for hydrothermal systems, (2) the collection of new heat output results on four cruises between 2008 and 2010 at several distinct hydrothermal sites along mid-ocean ridges (MORs) to estimate total heat output from individual vent structures such as Dante, Hulk or the whole vent field (e.g., Main Endeavour Vent Field (MEF)), the partitioning between focused and diffuse hydrothermal venting in MEF, and determination of initial estimates of geochemical flux from diffuse hydrothermal fluids which may be influenced by the activity in subsurface biosphere and finally (3) the deformation and uplift associated with serpentinization at MORs and subduction zones. Despite extensive efforts spent for the last couple of decades on heat flow measurement

  15. The Depth of Detachment Faulting at Mid-Ocean Ridges : Evidence From Zircon Geo- and Thermochronometry

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    Grimes, C. B.; John, B. E.; Cheadle, M. J.; Reiners, P. W.; Wooden, J. L.

    2008-12-01

    Pb/U and (U-Th)/He zircon ages determined from evolved samples of gabbroic crust exposed in the footwalls of large-offset, low-angle normal faults near the Atlantis and Fifteen-Twenty Transforms on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR; ODP Holes 1275D and 1270D, IODP Hole U1309D), provide new constraints on the depth of detachment faulting at mid-ocean ridges. Ti-in-zircon crystallization temperatures, taken with the closure temperature of the (U-Th)/He system in zircon bracket the acquisition temperature of magnetic remanence; collectively these three chronometers define a cooling history for footwall gabbro sections over the temperature range of ~900°-220° C. Time-averaged cooling rates over 900°- 220° C from all holes investigated range from 1025(+645, -330)° C/m.y. to 2110(+1600, -720)° C/m.y. Assuming the gabbroic footwall was denuded along a single, continuous fault system, the time interval defined by the difference in Pb/U and (U-Th)/He ages for zircon from rocks beneath the fault can be used to estimate the distance between the 900° and 200° C isotherms along the fault system, and therefore the length-scale of the fault system while it was active, if the fault slip rate is known. As these large-offset faults serve as the plate boundary, the fault slip rate is equivalent to the plate-spreading rate during formation of the footwall. During formation of the Atlantis Massif core complex (30° N, MAR), accretion was asymmetric, with spreading partitioned on the North American plate at a rate approaching the full spreading rate of 24 mm/yr. This rate, along with a cooling time interval of 0.42±0.09 Ma implies that a single, continuous fault system would have had a length of 10±2.3 km between the 900° and 200° C isotherms while active. Lengths of fault systems determined at ODP Holes 1275D and 1270D are 9.5±3.2 km and 5.0±2.9 km, respectively, assuming a fault slip rate equivalent to 65% of the full plate spreading rate (consistent with asymmetric accretion

  16. Segment-Scale Melt Extraction at Mid-Ocean Ridges: A Play in Three Acts

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    Montesi, L. G.; Hebert, L. B.; Behn, M. D.

    2011-12-01

    At mid-ocean ridges, the lithosphere is created through a combination of melt extraction, metasomatism, and cooling, and the oceanic crust forms as melt collects near the surface. As the presence of melt also has rheological and geochemical consequences, a better understanding of the mechanisms that control melt migration and extraction at mid-ocean ridges is necessary to constrain the processes that form oceanic lithosphere and plate boundaries. Melt migration is described rigorously by two-phase transport equations in porous or fractured media. However, scaling considerations and geological constraints typically lead to certain simplifications when incorporated into geodynamical models. It is possible to capture the essence of melt migration and extraction by considering three principal stages: Stage 1. Vertical migration: Melt is generated by adiabatic decompression and rises nearly vertically from the zone of melt production to a melt-impermeable boundary, or permeability barrier, at the base of the thermal lithosphere. Stage 2. Focusing: Melt travels along a permeability barrier. The barrier is associated with a crystallization front and is slightly inclined toward the ridge axis following the thermal structure of the plate. At this stage melt focusing occurs toward and along the strike of the ridge. Stage 3. Extraction: Melt enters a melt extraction zone (MEZ) and is extracted to the surface. The MEZ represents the combined effect of faults and/or dikes that promote rapid lateral and vertical melt migration and eventual eruption on the seafloor. Stage 1 is expected based on scaling arguments of buoyancy and permeability [e.g., Zhu et al., Science, 2011]. Stages 2 and 3 are directly influenced by the structure of the lithosphere, which is itself controlled by the segmentation of the ridge axis, spreading rate, and mantle potential temperature. Thus, it is possible to use along-strike variations in melt delivery in well-studied geological settings to constrain

  17. Incorporation of seawater into mid-ocean ridge lava flows during emplacement

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    Soule, S.A.; Fornari, D.J.; Perfit, M.R.; Ridley, W.I.; Reed, M.H.; Cann, J.R.

    2006-01-01

    Evidence for the interaction between seawater and lava during emplacement on the deep seafloor can be observed in solidified flows at a variety of scales including rapid quenching of their outer crusts and the formation of lava pillars through the body of the flow. Recently, an additional interaction, incorporation of heated seawater (vapor) into the body of a flow, has been proposed. Large voids and vesicles beneath the surface crusts of mid-ocean ridge crest lobate and sheet lava flows and lava drips found within those cavities have been cited as evidence for this interaction. The voids resulting from this interaction contribute to the high porosity of the shallow ocean crust and play an important role in crustal permeability and hydrothermal circulation at mid-ocean ridges, and thus it is important to understand their origin. We analyze lava samples from the fast-spreading East Pacific Rise and intermediate-spreading Galapagos Spreading Center to characterize this process, identify the source of the vapor, and investigate the implications this would have on submarine lava flow dynamics. We find that lava samples that have interacted with a vapor have a zone of increased vesicularity on the underside of the lava crust and a coating of precipitate minerals (i.e., crystal fringe) that are distinct in form and composition from those crystallized from the melt. We use thermochemical modeling to simulate the reaction between the lava and a vapor and find that only with seawater can we reproduce the phase assemblage we observe within the crystal fringes present in the samples. Model results suggest that large-scale contamination of the lava by mass exchange with the vapor is unlikely, but we observe local enrichment of the lava in Cl resulting from the incorporation of a brine phase separated from the seawater. We suggest that high eruption rates are necessary for seawater incorporation to occur, but the mechanism by which seawater enters the flow has yet to be

  18. A novel microbial habitat in the mid-ocean ridge subseafloor.

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    Summit, M; Baross, J A

    2001-02-27

    The subseafloor at the mid-ocean ridge is predicted to be an excellent microbial habitat, because there is abundant space, fluid flow, and geochemical energy in the porous, hydrothermally influenced oceanic crust. These characteristics also make it a good analog for potential subsurface extraterrestrial habitats. Subseafloor environments created by the mixing of hot hydrothermal fluids and seawater are predicted to be particularly energy-rich, and hyperthermophilic microorganisms that broadly reflect such predictions are ejected from these systems in low-temperature ( approximately 15 degrees C), basalt-hosted diffuse effluents. Seven hyperthermophilic heterotrophs isolated from low-temperature diffuse fluids exiting the basaltic crust in and near two hydrothermal vent fields on the Endeavour Segment, Juan de Fuca Ridge, were compared phylogenetically and physiologically to six similarly enriched hyperthermophiles from samples associated with seafloor metal sulfide structures. The 13 organisms fell into four distinct groups: one group of two organisms corresponding to the genus Pyrococcus and three groups corresponding to the genus Thermococcus. Of these three groups, one was composed solely of sulfide-derived organisms, and the other two related groups were composed of subseafloor organisms. There was no evidence of restricted exchange of organisms between sulfide and subseafloor habitats, and therefore this phylogenetic distinction indicates a selective force operating between the two habitats. Hypotheses regarding the habitat differences were generated through comparison of the physiology of the two groups of hyperthermophiles; some potential differences between these habitats include fluid flow stability, metal ion concentrations, and sources of complex organic matter.

  19. Effects of axially variable diking rates on faulting at slow spreading mid-ocean ridges

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    Tian, Xiaochuan; Choi, Eunseo

    2017-01-01

    Magma supply for dike injection can be highly variable within a segment of a slow-spreading mid-ocean ridge but the tectonic impact of this variability is not fully understood. Here, we use three-dimensional numerical models to quantify the effects of variable diking rates on the faulting mode at a 20 km-long slow spreading ridge segment. In addition to end-member faulting modes in which long-lived detachment faults or short-lived normal faults form along the whole segment, we newly identify a transitional mode in which a detachment and a short-lived normal fault form simultaneously but in respective domains separated by a transfer fault. Different faulting modes can be better correlated with the average dike intrusion rate, rather than the highest or lowest rate along the segment. Along-axis stress coupling tends to homogenize fault offset along the segment, inhibiting the domination of a particular faulting mode associated with an extreme local diking rate. This homogenizing effect explains why detachment faults can sometimes form even in the regions previously considered as unfavorable. Our results further suggest that a long (>15 km) and continuous detachment, partially overlain by younger faults, can create an oceanic core complex when faults weaken fast and diking rate is low. When faults weaken slow and diking rate is moderate, however, faulting occurs in the transitional mode, producing a detachment over only a part of the segment length.

  20. Grain-size dynamics beneath mid-ocean ridges: Implications for permeability and melt extraction

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    Turner, Andrew J; Katz, Richard F; Behn, Mark D

    2015-01-01

    Grain size is an important control on mantle viscosity and permeability, but is difficult or impossible to measure in situ. We construct a two-dimensional, single phase model for the steady state mean grain size beneath a mid-ocean ridge. The mantle rheology is modeled as a composite of diffusion creep, dislocation creep, dislocation accommodated grain boundary sliding, and a plastic stress limiter. The mean grain size is calculated by the paleowattmeter relationship of Austin and Evans (2007). We investigate the sensitivity of our model to global variations in grain growth exponent, potential temperature, spreading-rate, and mantle hydration. We interpret the mean grain-size field in terms of its permeability to melt transport. The permeability structure due to mean grain size may be approximated as a high permeability region beneath a low permeability region. The transition between high and low permeability regions occurs across a boundary that is steeply inclined toward the ridge axis. We hypothesize that such a permeability structure generated from the variability of the mean grain size may focus melt toward the ridge axis, analogous to Sparks and Parmentier (1991)-type focusing. This focusing may, in turn, constrain the region where significant melt fractions are observed by seismic or magnetotelluric surveys. This interpretation of melt focusing via the grain-size permeability structure is consistent with MT observation of the asthenosphere beneath the East Pacific Rise. Key Points: The grain-size field beneath MORs can vary over orders of magnitude The grain-size field affects the rheology and permeability of the asthenosphere The grain-size field may focus melt toward the ridge axis PMID:26693211

  1. Does presence of a mid-ocean ridge enhance biomass and biodiversity?

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    Priede, Imants G; Bergstad, Odd Aksel; Miller, Peter I; Vecchione, Michael; Gebruk, Andrey; Falkenhaug, Tone; Billett, David S M; Craig, Jessica; Dale, Andrew C; Shields, Mark A; Tilstone, Gavin H; Sutton, Tracey T; Gooday, Andrew J; Inall, Mark E; Jones, Daniel O B; Martinez-Vicente, Victor; Menezes, Gui M; Niedzielski, Tomasz; Sigurðsson, Þorsteinn; Rothe, Nina; Rogacheva, Antonina; Alt, Claudia H S; Brand, Timothy; Abell, Richard; Brierley, Andrew S; Cousins, Nicola J; Crockard, Deborah; Hoelzel, A Rus; Høines, Åge; Letessier, Tom B; Read, Jane F; Shimmield, Tracy; Cox, Martin J; Galbraith, John K; Gordon, John D M; Horton, Tammy; Neat, Francis; Lorance, Pascal

    2013-01-01

    In contrast to generally sparse biological communities in open-ocean settings, seamounts and ridges are perceived as areas of elevated productivity and biodiversity capable of supporting commercial fisheries. We investigated the origin of this apparent biological enhancement over a segment of the North Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR) using sonar, corers, trawls, traps, and a remotely operated vehicle to survey habitat, biomass, and biodiversity. Satellite remote sensing provided information on flow patterns, thermal fronts, and primary production, while sediment traps measured export flux during 2007-2010. The MAR, 3,704,404 km(2) in area, accounts for 44.7% lower bathyal habitat (800-3500 m depth) in the North Atlantic and is dominated by fine soft sediment substrate (95% of area) on a series of flat terraces with intervening slopes either side of the ridge axis contributing to habitat heterogeneity. The MAR fauna comprises mainly species known from continental margins with no evidence of greater biodiversity. Primary production and export flux over the MAR were not enhanced compared with a nearby reference station over the Porcupine Abyssal Plain. Biomasses of benthic macrofauna and megafauna were similar to global averages at the same depths totalling an estimated 258.9 kt C over the entire lower bathyal north MAR. A hypothetical flat plain at 3500 m depth in place of the MAR would contain 85.6 kt C, implying an increase of 173.3 kt C attributable to the presence of the Ridge. This is approximately equal to 167 kt C of estimated pelagic biomass displaced by the volume of the MAR. There is no enhancement of biological productivity over the MAR; oceanic bathypelagic species are replaced by benthic fauna otherwise unable to survive in the mid ocean. We propose that globally sea floor elevation has no effect on deep sea biomass; pelagic plus benthic biomass is constant within a given surface productivity regime.

  2. Vertical Seafloor Geodesy at Two Mid-ocean Ridge Sites: Recent Results and Lessons Learned (Invited)

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    Nooner, S. L.; Chadwick, B.; Webb, S. C.

    2013-12-01

    Precise measurements of ambient seawater pressure can be used as a proxy for seafloor depth and can be used to track vertical movements of the seafloor with time. We have employed two measurement techniques simultaneously to track both episodic and long-term deformation signals at active volcanic sites on mid-ocean ridges. The first technique is through the use of Bottom Pressure Recorders (BPRs), which are instruments that sit on the seafloor recording pressure continuously for 1-3 years until they are recovered for data download and battery replacement. BPRs are essential for measuring episodic events but suffer from slow instrument drift that is indistinguishable from long-term deformation. To track the long-term deformation signals and quantify drift in the BPRs, we developed a technique using ROV deployed Mobile Pressure Recorders (MPRs). In 2000 we began making MPR measurements on top of seafloor benchmarks at Axial Seamount on the Juan de Fuca Ridge after it's 1998 eruption. The combined BPR and MPR measurements have allowed us to observe and quantify an entire eruption cycle at the intermediate spreading Axial Seamount. From 2008-2011 we established another geodetic network at the fast spreading East Pacific Rise (EPR) at the site of a 2005/2006 eruption near 9°50' N. Here we show the results to date from both Axial Seamount and the EPR, and discuss lessons learned during the last 14 years. Measurements at Axial Seamount were all made using ROVs, while measurements at the EPR were made using the manned submersible Alvin in 2008 and 2009 and the Jason ROV in 2011. Our observations at Axial Seamount have enabled us to characterize its eruption cycle into 4 distinct phases: 1.) pre-eruption short-term rapid inflation, 2.) co-eruption deflation, 3.) rapid post-eruption reinflation, and 4.) subsequent long-term steady inflation. The transition between the phases 3 and 4 was not captured after the 1998 eruption and is an important impetus for continued

  3. Earthquake-induced changes in a hydrothermal system on the Juan de Fuca mid-ocean ridge

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    Johnson; Hutnak; Dziak; Fox; Urcuyo; Cowen; Nabelek; Fisher

    2000-09-14

    Hydrothermal vents on mid-ocean ridges of the northeast Pacific Ocean are known to respond to seismic disturbances, with observed changes in vent temperature. But these disturbances resulted from submarine volcanic activity; until now, there have been no observations of the response of a vent system to non-magmatic, tectonic events. Here we report measurements of hydrothermal vent temperature from several vents on the Juan de Fuca ridge in June 1999, before, during and after an earthquake swarm of apparent tectonic origin. Vent fluid temperatures began to rise 4-11 days after the first earthquake. Following this initial increase, the vent temperatures oscillated for about a month before settling down to higher values. We also observed a tenfold increase in fluid output from the hydrothermal system over a period of at least 80 days, extending along the entire ridge segment. Such a large, segment-wide thermal response to relatively modest tectonic activity is surprising, and raises questions about the sources of excess heat and fluid, and the possible effect on vent biological communities.

  4. Using submarine lava pillars to record mid-ocean ridge eruption dynamics

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    Gregg, Tracy K.P.; Fornari, Daniel J.; Perfit, Michael R.; Ridley, W. Ian; Kurz, Mark D.

    2000-01-01

    Submarine lava pillars are hollow, glass-lined, basaltic cylinders that occur at the axis of the mid-ocean ridge, and within the summit calderas of some seamounts. Typically, pillars are ~1-20 m tall and 0.25-2.0 m in diameter, with subhorizontal to horizontal glassy selvages on their exterior walls. Lava pillars form gradually during a single eruption, and are composed of lava emplaced at the eruption onset as well as the last lava remaining after the lava pond has drained. On the deep sea floor, the surface of a basaltic lava flow quenches to glass within 1 s, thereby preserving information about eruption dynamics, as well as chemical and physical properties of lava within a single eruption. Investigation of different lava pillars collected from a single eruption allows us to distinguish surficial lava-pond or lava-lake geochemical processes from those operating in the magma chamber. Morphologic, major-element, petrographic and helium analyses were performed on portions of three lava pillars formed during the April 1991 eruption near 9°50'N at the axis of the East Pacific Rise. Modeling results indicate that the collected portions of pillars formed in ~2-5 h, suggesting a total eruption duration of ~8-20 h. These values are consistent with observed homogeneity in the glass helium concentrations and helium diffusion rates. Major-element compositions of most pillar glasses are homogeneous and identical to the 1991 flow, but slight chemical variations measured in the outermost portions of some pillars may reflect post-eruptive processes rather than those occurring in subaxial magma bodies. Because lava pillars are common at mid-ocean ridges (MORs), the concepts and techniques we present here may have important application to the study of MOR eruptions, thereby providing a basis for quantitative comparisons of volcanic eruptions in geographically and tectonically diverse settings. More research is needed to thoroughly test the hypotheses presented here. (C) 2000

  5. Melting and Reactive Flow of Carbonated Peridotite Beneath Mid-Ocean Ridges

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    Keller, T.; Katz, R. F.

    2015-12-01

    The mantle carbon reservoir is four orders of magnitude more massive than that of the atmosphere and ocean combined. The behaviour of carbon in the mantle, especially its transport and extraction, is thus of crucial importance to understanding the coupling between the deep interior and the surface environment of Earth. Laboratory experiments indicate that even small concentrations of carbon dioxide (and other volatiles like H2O) in the upper mantle significantly affect silicate melting [HK96,DH06] by stabilising carbon-rich melt at high pressure. The presence of carbon in the mantle substantially extends the region where partial melt is stable and has important consequences for the dynamics of magma transport and chemical differentiation [H10,DH10]. We have developed theory and numerical implementation to simulate thermo-chemically coupled magma/mantle dynamics in terms of a two-phase (rock+melt), three component (dunite+MORB+carbonated MORB) physical model. The fluid dynamics is based on McKenzie's equations [McK84]. The thermo-chemical formulation of the system is represented by a novel, disequilibrium, multi-component melting model based on thermodynamic theory [RBS11]. This physical model is implemented as a parallel, two-dimensional, finite-volume code that leverages tools from the PETSc toolkit. First results show that carbon and other volatiles cause a qualitative difference to the style of melt transport, potentially enhancing its extraction efficiency - measured in the carbon mass flux arriving at the mid-ocean ridge axis - by at least an order of magnitude. The process that controls magma transport in our models is a volatile flux-induced reactive infiltration instability, causing carbonated melt to rise from depth in localized channels. These results add to our understanding of melt formation and transport at mid-ocean ridges (the most important magmatic system in the mantle) and may have important implications for subduction zones. REFERENCESHK96 Hirth

  6. Reactive Transport of Carbonated Magma Beneath a Mid-Oceanic Ridge: Theory and Numerical Models

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    Keller, T.; Katz, R. F.; Hirschmann, M. M.

    2014-12-01

    Laboratory experiments indicate that even small concentrations of CO2 in the upper mantle significantly affect the silicate melting behavior [DH06]. CO2 stabilizes carbon-rich melt at high pressure, thus vastly increasing the volume of the upper mantle expected to be partially molten [H10,DH10]. These small-degree melts have important consequences for chemical differentiation and could affect the dynamics of mantle flow. We have developed theory and numerical implementation to simulate thermo-chemically coupled magma/mantle dynamics in terms of a two-phase (rock+melt), three component (dunite+basalt+volatiles) physical model. The fluid dynamics is based on McKenzie's equations [McK84], while the thermo-chemical formulation of the system is represented by a novel, disequilibrium approach to volatile-bearing mantle melting. An experimentally constrained ternary phase diagram, based on an effective solid solution, is used to characterize the equilibrium state in the system. This physical model is implemented as a parallel, two-dimensional finite-volume code that leverages tools from the PETSc library. Early application of this simulation code to a mid-ocean ridge system suggests that the methodology captures some of the first order features of carbonated mantle melting, including deep, low-degree, volatile-rich melt formation. Melt segregation leads to continuous dynamic thermo-chemical dis-equilibration, while phenomenologically derived reaction rates continually move the system towards re-equilibration. The simulations will be used to first characterize carbon extraction from the MOR system assuming chemically homogeneous mantle, and will subsequently be extended to investigate the consequences of heterogeneity in lithology [KW12] and volatile content. Such studies will advance our understanding of the role that the mid-ocean ridge system plays in the deep carbon cycle. REFERENCESDH06 Dasgupta & Hirschmann (2006), doi:10.1038/nature04612.H10 Hirschmann (2010), doi

  7. Magma dynamics at mid-ocean ridges by noble gas kinetic fractionation: Assessment of magmatic ascent rates

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    Paonita, A.; Martelli, M.

    2006-01-01

    Despite its impact in understanding oceanic crust formation and eruptive styles of related volcanism, magma dynamics at mid-ocean ridges are poorly known. Here, we propose a new method to assess ascent rates of mid-ocean ridge basalt (MORB) magmas, as well as their pre- and sin-eruptive dynamics. It is based on the idea that a rising magma can reach a variable degree of both CO2 supersaturation in melt and kinetic fractionation among noble gases in vesicles in relation to its ascent rate through the crust. To quantify the relationship, we have used a model of multicomponent bubble growth in MORB melts, developed by extending the single-component model of Proussevitch and Sahagian [A.A. Proussevitch, D.L. Sahagian, Dynamics and energetics of bubble growth in magmas: analytical formulation and numerical modeling, J. Geophys. Res. 103 (1998), 18223-18251.] to CO2-He-Ar gas mixtures. After proper parameterization, we have applied it to published suites of data having the required features (glasses from Pito Seamount and mid-Atlantic ridges). Our results highlight that the investigated MORB magmas display very different ranges of ascent rates: slow rises of popping rock forming-magmas that cross the crust (0.01-0.5 m/s), slightly faster rates of energetic effusions (0.1-1 m/s), up to rates of 1-10 m/s which fall on the edge between lava effusion and Hawaiian activity. Inside a single plumbing system, very dissimilar magma dynamics highlight the large differences in compressive stress of the oceanic crust on a small scale. Constraints on how the systems of ridges work, as well as the characteristics of the magmatic source, can also be obtained. Our model shows how measurements of both the dissolved gas concentration in melt and the volatile composition of vesicles in the same sample are crucial in recognizing the kinetic effects and definitively assessing magma dynamics. An effort should be made to correctly set the studied samples in the sequence of volcanic submarine

  8. Energy landscapes shape microbial communities in hydrothermal systems on the Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge.

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    Dahle, Håkon; Økland, Ingeborg; Thorseth, Ingunn H; Pederesen, Rolf B; Steen, Ida H

    2015-07-01

    Methods developed in geochemical modelling combined with recent advances in molecular microbial ecology provide new opportunities to explore how microbial communities are shaped by their chemical surroundings. Here, we present a framework for analyses of how chemical energy availability shape chemotrophic microbial communities in hydrothermal systems through an investigation of two geochemically different basalt-hosted hydrothermal systems on the Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge: the Soria Moria Vent field (SMVF) and the Loki's Castle Vent Field (LCVF). Chemical energy landscapes were evaluated through modelling of the Gibbs energy from selected redox reactions under different mixing ratios between seawater and hydrothermal fluids. Our models indicate that the sediment-influenced LCVF has a much higher potential for both anaerobic and aerobic methane oxidation, as well as aerobic ammonium and hydrogen oxidation, than the SMVF. The modelled energy landscapes were used to develop microbial community composition models, which were compared with community compositions in environmental samples inside or on the exterior of hydrothermal chimneys, as assessed by pyrosequencing of partial 16S rRNA genes. We show that modelled microbial communities based solely on thermodynamic considerations can have a high predictive power and provide a framework for analyses of the link between energy availability and microbial community composition.

  9. Geochemistry of Andaman Ophiolite: Evidence for a Mid-Oceanic Ridge origin

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    Bhattacharya, S.; Ray, J. S.

    2015-12-01

    "Ophiolite conundrum" deals with the unresolved puzzle of the origin of ophiolite, whether they have primarily formed in mid-oceanic ridge (MOR) or supra subduction zone (SSZ) settings. This attracts considerable debate because most of the ophiolites are located along the present day suture zones. The Andaman Ophiolite is a Cretaceous complex that occurs on the Andaman accretionary prism of the Indian-Eurasian convergent plate boundary. Here, we present whole rock trace element and isotope (Sr-Nd) data from the crustal section of the ophiolite comprising of pillow basalt, basalt, dolerite and gabbro from Rutland Island, south and middle Andaman Islands. Trace element patterns for a majority of our samples show N-MORB affinity barring enrichments in Rb and Ba, which could be attributed to secondary alteration. Comparison of trace element patterns and isotopic compositions of these rocks (eNd (t = 95 Ma) = 7.5 to 9.4; 87Sr/86Sri = 0.703 to 0.704) with that of the 127- 64 Ma Indian Ocean MORB suggest strong similarities thus, implying that a large section of Andaman Ophiolite represents the subducting Indian Oceanic Plate. If so, then this ophiolite complex possibly represents an obducted Indian oceanic lithosphere that formed at the Indian Ocean MOR.

  10. Interaction of sea water and lava during submarine eruptions at mid-ocean ridges

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    Perfit, M.R.; Cann, J.R.; Fornari, D.J.; Engels, J.; Smith, D.K.; Ridley, W.I.; Edwards, M.H.

    2003-01-01

    Lava erupts into cold sea water on the ocean floor at mid-ocean ridges (at depths of 2,500 m and greater), and the resulting flows make up the upper part of the global oceanic crust. Interactions between heated sea water and molten basaltic lava could exert significant control on the dynamics of lava flows and on their chemistry. But it has been thought that heating sea water at pressures of several hundred bars cannot produce significant amounts of vapour and that a thick crust of chilled glass on the exterior of lava flows minimizes the interaction of lava with sea water. Here we present evidence to the contrary, and show that bubbles of vaporized sea water often rise through the base of lava flows and collect beneath the chilled upper crust. These bubbles of steam at magmatic temperatures may interact both chemically and physically with flowing lava, which could influence our understanding of deep-sea volcanic processes and oceanic crustal construction more generally. We infer that vapour formation plays an important role in creating the collapse features that characterize much of the upper oceanic crust and may accordingly contribute to the measured low seismic velocities in this layer.

  11. Interaction of sea water and lava during submarine eruptions at mid-ocean ridges.

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    Perfit, Michael R; Cann, Johnson R; Fornari, Daniel J; Engels, Jennifer; Smith, Deborah K; Ridley, W Ian; Edwards, Margo H

    2003-11-06

    Lava erupts into cold sea water on the ocean floor at mid-ocean ridges (at depths of 2,500 m and greater), and the resulting flows make up the upper part of the global oceanic crust. Interactions between heated sea water and molten basaltic lava could exert significant control on the dynamics of lava flows and on their chemistry. But it has been thought that heating sea water at pressures of several hundred bars cannot produce significant amounts of vapour and that a thick crust of chilled glass on the exterior of lava flows minimizes the interaction of lava with sea water. Here we present evidence to the contrary, and show that bubbles of vaporized sea water often rise through the base of lava flows and collect beneath the chilled upper crust. These bubbles of steam at magmatic temperatures may interact both chemically and physically with flowing lava, which could influence our understanding of deep-sea volcanic processes and oceanic crustal construction more generally. We infer that vapour formation plays an important role in creating the collapse features that characterize much of the upper oceanic crust and may accordingly contribute to the measured low seismic velocities in this layer.

  12. Energy landscapes shape microbial communities in hydrothermal systems on the Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge

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    Dahle, Håkon; Økland, Ingeborg; Thorseth, Ingunn H; Pederesen, Rolf B; Steen, Ida H

    2015-01-01

    Methods developed in geochemical modelling combined with recent advances in molecular microbial ecology provide new opportunities to explore how microbial communities are shaped by their chemical surroundings. Here, we present a framework for analyses of how chemical energy availability shape chemotrophic microbial communities in hydrothermal systems through an investigation of two geochemically different basalt-hosted hydrothermal systems on the Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge: the Soria Moria Vent field (SMVF) and the Loki's Castle Vent Field (LCVF). Chemical energy landscapes were evaluated through modelling of the Gibbs energy from selected redox reactions under different mixing ratios between seawater and hydrothermal fluids. Our models indicate that the sediment-influenced LCVF has a much higher potential for both anaerobic and aerobic methane oxidation, as well as aerobic ammonium and hydrogen oxidation, than the SMVF. The modelled energy landscapes were used to develop microbial community composition models, which were compared with community compositions in environmental samples inside or on the exterior of hydrothermal chimneys, as assessed by pyrosequencing of partial 16S rRNA genes. We show that modelled microbial communities based solely on thermodynamic considerations can have a high predictive power and provide a framework for analyses of the link between energy availability and microbial community composition. PMID:25575309

  13. Melting Processes and Mantle Heterogeneity Recorded by Individual Phases from Mid-Ocean Ridge Basalts

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    Burton, K. W.; Parkinson, I. J.

    2014-12-01

    Isotope and elemental studies of mantle rocks and oceanic basalts demonstrate that Earth's mantle is heterogeneous, comprising distinct components that have experienced isolated long-term evolution, on both global and local scales. In principle, such heterogeneity will control the onset of melting and at least some of the chemical variation seen in Mid-Ocean Ridge Basalts (MORB) (e.g. [1]). But, the high degrees of melting that generate MORB, together with magma mixing and assimilation, have the effect of homogenising the compositions of lavas erupted at the surface, concealing the true extent of the variability in the mantle source. This study presents high-precision double-spike Pb isotope data for the consituent phases of MORB from a single ridge segment from the FAMOUS region (36°50'N) on the Mid-Atlantic ridge. Separated phases from individual basalts show a remarkable variation in Pb isotope composition, greater than that seen for all samples previously analysed from this ridge segment, and encompassing >70% of the variation seeen globally in MORB. These variations cannot be explained by assimilation of seawater altered oceanic crust or by contamination from the Azores, both of which carry a radiogenic Pb isotope siganture. Rather they indicate mixing between an early extremely unradiogenic melt, from which plagioclase, clinopyroxene and sulphide crystallised, sourced by material showing long-term depletion of U, and a later more radiogenic melt that produced the final glass host. Elemental and isotope data suggest that the source of this early melt was ancient, enriched, with a crust-like chemical signature, producing a relatively volatile-rich melt. This study confirms that signficant information may be preserved in the early crystallising minerals at slow spreading ridges, either phenocryst phases or the melt inclusions that they host (e.g. [2]). Overall, these results suggest that there is a simple relationship between the scale and nature of mantle

  14. Xenon isotopic composition of the Mid Ocean Ridge Basalt (MORB) source

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    Peto, M. K.; Mukhopadhyay, S.

    2012-12-01

    Although convection models do not preclude preservation of smaller mantle regions with more pristine composition throughout Earth's history, it has been widely assumed that the moon forming giant impact likely homogenizes the whole mantle following a magma ocean that extended all the way to the bottom of the mantle. Recent findings of tungsten and xenon heterogeneities in the mantle [1,2,3,4], however, imply that i) the moon forming giant impact may not have homogenized the whole mantle and ii) plate tectonics was inefficient in erasing early formed compositional differences, particularly for the xenon isotopes. Therefore, the xenon isotope composition in the present day mantle still preserves a memory of early Earth processes. However, determination of the xenon isotopic composition of the mantle source is still scarce, since the mantle composition is overprinted by post-eruptive atmospheric contamination in basalts erupted at ocean islands and mid ocean ridges. The xenon composition of the depleted upper mantle has been defined by the gas rich sample, 2πD43 (also known as "popping rock"), from the North Atlantic (13° 469`N). However, the composition of a single sample is not likely to define the composition of the upper mantle, especially since popping rock has an "enriched" trace element composition. We will present Ne, Ar and Xe isotope data on MORB glass samples with "normal" helium isotope composition (8±1 Ra) from the Southeast Indian Ridge, the South Atlantic Ridge, the Sojourn Ridge, the Juan de Fuca, the East Pacific Rise, and the Gakkel Ridge. Following the approach of [1], we correct for syn- and post-eruptive atmosphere contamination, and determine the variation of Ar and Xe isotope composition of the "normal" MORB source. We investigate the effect of atmospheric recycling in the variation of MORB mantle 40Ar/36Ar and 129Xe/130Xe ratios, and attempt to constrain the average upper mantle argon and xenon isotopic compositions. [1] Mukhopadhyay, Nature

  15. Waveform modeling of the seismic response of a mid-ocean ridge axial melt sill

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    Xu, Min; Stephen, R. A.; Canales, J. Pablo

    2017-02-01

    Seismic reflections from axial magma lens (AML) are commonly observed along many mid-ocean ridges, and are thought to arise from the negative impedance contrast between a solid, high-speed lid and the underlying low-speed, molten or partially molten (mush) sill. The polarity of the AML reflection (P AML P) at vertical incidence and the amplitude vs offset (AVO) behavior of the AML reflections (e.g., P AML P and S-converted P AML S waves) are often used as a diagnostic tool for the nature of the low-speed sill. Time-domain finite difference calculations for two-dimensional laterally homogeneous models show some scenarios make the interpretation of melt content from partial-offset stacks of P- and S-waves difficult. Laterally heterogeneous model calculations indicate diffractions from the edges of the finite-width AML reducing the amplitude of the AML reflections. Rough seafloor and/or a rough AML surface can also greatly reduce the amplitude of peg-leg multiples because of scattering and destructive interference. Mid-crustal seismic reflection events are observed in the three-dimensional multi-channel seismic dataset acquired over the RIDGE-2000 Integrated Study Site at East Pacific Rise (EPR, cruise MGL0812). Modeling indicates that the mid-crustal seismic reflection reflections are unlikely to arise from peg-leg multiples of the AML reflections, P-to-S converted phases, or scattering due to rough topography, but could probably arise from deeper multiple magma sills. Our results support the identification of Marjanović et al. (Nat Geosci 7(11):825-829, 2014) that a multi-level complex of melt lenses is present beneath the axis of the EPR.

  16. A Climactic Feedback? Variations in Mid-Ocean Ridge CO2 Emissions Driven by Glacial Cycles

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    Burley, J. M.; Katz, R. F.; Huybers, P. J.

    2015-12-01

    Changes in sea level associated with glacial cycles affect the pressure beneath a mid-ocean ridge (MOR) [1,2,3]. Pressure controls the depth of first melting, and therefore the rate of change of pressure controls the rate of change of the depth of first melting. The changing depth of first melting alters the effective rate at which mantle, and thus CO2, enters the melting region. Melt then transports CO2 to the ridge axis, where it enters the climate system. We calculate that the lag between sea level change and consequent variation in MOR CO2 emissions is 40-120 kyrs[4], similar to the timescale of glacial cycles. Could these variations in MOR CO2 emissions feed back on climate and lead to ice-age pacing at a small multiple of the obliquity period? [5]To test this hypothesis we begin with a climate model comprised of a global energy balance and a 1D ice sheet. The ice sheet flows under its own weight, accumulates due to precipitation, and melts in response to the local energy balance[6]. This model broadly replicates Early Pleistocene 40 kyr glacial cycles. We extend the model to include a variable greenhouse effect, according to atmospheric CO2, and variable MOR CO2 emissions driven by sea level. The lag between sea level change and MOR CO2 emissions is controlled by mantle permeability. If this model does not demonstrate MOR CO2 emissions altering glacial cycles, it would suggest this hypothesised feedback mechanism can be rejected. References[1] Huybers & Langmuir 2009; 10.1016/j.epsl.2009.07.014[2] Lund & Asimow 2011; 10.1029/2011GC003693[3] Crowley et al 2015; 10.1126/science.1261508[4] Burley & Katz 2015; 10.1016/j.epsl.2015.06.031[5] Huybers (in prep.)[6] Huybers & Tziperman 2008; 10.1029/2007PA001463

  17. Thermal response of mid-ocean ridge hydrothermal systems to perturbations

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    Singh, Shreya; Lowell, Robert P.

    2015-11-01

    Mid-ocean ridges are subject to episodic disturbances in the form of magmatic intrusions and earthquakes. Following these events, the temperature of associated hydrothermal vent fluids is observed to increase within a few days. In this paper, we aim to understand the rapid thermal response of hydrothermal systems to such disturbances. We construct a classic single-pass numerical model and use the examples of the 1995 and 1999 non-eruptive events at East Pacific Rise (EPR) 9°50‧N and Main Endeavour Field (MEF), respectively. We model both the thermal effects of dikes and permeability changes that might be attributed to diking and/or earthquake swarms. We find that the rapid response of vent temperatures results from steep thermal gradients close to the surface. When the perturbations are accompanied by an increase in permeability, the response on the surface is further enhanced. For EPR9°50‧N, the observed ~7 °C rise can be obtained for a ~50% increase in permeability in the diking zone. The mass flow rate increases as a result of change in permeability deeper in the system, and, therefore, the amount of hot fluid in the diffused flow also increases. Using a thermal energy balance, we show that the ~10 °C increase in diffuse flow temperatures recorded for MEF after the 1999 event may result from a 3-4 times increase in permeability. The rapid thermal response of the system resulting from a change in permeability also occurs for cases in which there is no additional heat input, indicating that hydrothermal systems may respond similarly to purely seismic and non-eruptive magmatic events.

  18. The Thermal Response of Mid-Ocean Ridge Hydrothermal Systems to Perturbations

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    Singh, S.; Lowell, R. P.

    2014-12-01

    Mid-ocean ridges are subject to episodic disturbances in the form of magmatic intrusions and earthquakes. Following these events, the temperature of associated hydrothermal vent fluids is observed to increase within a few days. In this paper, we aim to understand the rapid thermal response of hydrothermal systems to such disturbances. We construct a classic single-pass numerical model and use the examples of the 1995 and 1999 non-eruptive events at East Pacific Rise 9⁰50' N and Main Endeavour Field, respectively. We model both the thermal effects of dikes and permeability changes that might be attributed to diking and/or earthquake swarms. We find that the rapid response of vent temperatures results from steep thermal gradients close to the surface. When the perturbations are accompanied by an increase in permeability, the response on the surface is enhanced further. For East Pacific Rise 9⁰50' N, the observed ~7°C rise can be obtained for a ~ 50% increase in permeability in the diking zone. The mass flow rate increases as a result of change in permeability deeper in the system, and, therefore, the amount of hot fluid in the diffused flow also increases. Using a thermal energy balance, we show that the ~ 10 ⁰C increase in diffuse flow temperatures recorded for MEF after the 1999 event may result from a 3-4 times increase in permeability. The rapid thermal response of the system resulting from a change in permeability also occurs for cases in which there is no additional heat input, indicating that hydrothermal systems may respond similarly to purely seismic and non-eruptive magmatic events.

  19. Serpentinization Rates at Slow-Spreading Mid-Ocean Ridges: From Sample Scale to Plate-Boundary

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    Cannat, M.; Rouméjon, S.

    2015-12-01

    About 25% of the crust formed at slow spreading mid-ocean ridges includes a component of tectonically exhumed and partially serpentinized mantle-derived peridotites. Exhumation occurs along large offset normal faults (detachment faults). In this presentation we outline a conceptual and testable model for serpentinization at slow-spreading ridges, based on petrological observations of samples of variably serpentinized peridotites from the Mid Atlantic and Southwest Indian ridges, on tectonic and geophysical data and on current interpretations of plate-boundary processes at slow spreading ridges. Serpentinization at mid-ocean ridges is a heterogeneous and multistage process occurring along fractures, in the footwall of axial detachments. The initial and most pervasive stage of serpentinization results in the typical serpentine mesh texture. We propose that it occurs when hydrothermal fluids reach extensively microfractured fresh peridotite. Subsequent stages of serpentinization appear to involve higher fluid-rock ratio along larger fractures and veins that are spaced by at least a few decimeters. Experimental data indicate that each stage of serpentinization identified in a given sample may have occurred at very high rates relative to the rates of tectonic exhumation. However, serpentinization (initial and later stages) may be a protracted process at the km-scale, associated with complex fracturation of the detachment's footwall due to combined tectonic and reaction-induced stresses. We outline possible consequences of this conceptual model in terms of crustal structure, hydrogen production and of the relations between serpentinization and black smoker-type hydrothermal circulation at slow-spreading ridges.

  20. Strontium alteration in the Troodos ophiolite: implications for fluid fluxes and geochemical transport in mid-ocean ridge hydrothermal systems

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    Bickle, Mike J.; Teagle, Damon A. H.

    1992-09-01

    New and published strontium isotope analyses from the Troodos ophiolite constrain fluid-solid exchange processes, and the magnitude and circulation paths of the hydrothermal fluids. The 87Sr/ 86Sr profile reflects alteration in the recharge zone of an evolving hydrothermal system. Fluid-rock strontium isotope exchange in the upper ˜ 1.5 km of extrusive lavas was kinetically limited and seawater-derived fluids emitted from the base of this zone were buffered to 87Sr/ 86Sr ratios between ˜ 0.7047 and 0.7059. In contrast, over the next ˜ 1 km depth interval of sheeted dykes and the uppermost plutonics, 87Sr/ 86Sr values cluster about0.7054 ± 7 (2σ) and fluid flow is inferred to have been pervasive with near-equilibrium fluid-rock exchange. Quartz-chlorite and epidosite zones, the probable pathways of the concentrated, high-temperature upwelling fluids, have identical 87Sr/ 86Sr ratios to adjacent diabase dykes. On Troodos a time-integrated fluid flux in excess of2.9 × 10 7 kg m -2 is required to transport the strontium isotope composition of ˜ 0.7054, set in the kinetically controlled exchange zone, through the ˜ 1 km of sheeted dykes and into the zones of concentrated upwelling. The uniformity of the 87Sr/ 86Sr ratios in the diabase sheeted dykes and high-temperature epidosite and quartz-chlorite rocks indicate that the strontium isotopic alteration took place during the high temperature phase of hydrothermal circulation. The inferred minimum time-integrated fluid flux of2.9 × 10 7 kg m -2 substantially exceeds that of˜ 5 × 10 6 kg m -2 inferred from thermal models of high temperature circulation, but is comparable with estimates of the hydrothermal flux from oceanic budgets of 3He, Mg and 87Sr. The high flux estimate for Troodos is consistent with the ophiolite venting fluids, with 87Sr/ 86Sr elevated significantly above rock values, which contrasts with the near-MORB 87Sr/ 86Sr ratios of fluids from active high-temperature vents at mid-ocean ridges and

  1. Geochemical Systematics of Hotspots and Mid-Ocean Ridges Arising from Melting of a Non-Layered Heterogeneous Mantle

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    Ito, G.; Mahoney, J. J.

    2003-12-01

    Many fundamental geochemical differences between ocean island basalts (OIBs) and mid-ocean ridge basalts (MORBs) are often explained by a chemically layered mantle, with lower mantle material delivered to the surface by mantle plumes forming ocean islands, and a compositionally distinct upper mantle feeding mid-ocean ridges. A dilemma arises from geophysical evidence for whole mantle convection, which is predicted to efficiently stir the mantle and prevent any long-lasting, global chemical layering. We present models of decompression melting in which mantle heterogeneities are present as veins or small blobs, equally numerous in plume mantle as they are in the ambient mantle. Three different components are considered. Enriched mantle (EM) is highly concentrated in the most incompatible trace elements, has isotopic characteristics reflecting long-term enrichment, and begins melting deepest. Pyroxenite (PX) is relatively depleted in the most incompatible trace elements, has Pb isotope compositions reflecting a high U/Pb ratio, and begins melting at intermediate depths. Depleted mantle (DM), the most abundant (90%) component, is depleted in the most incompatible elements, has corresponding isotope signatures, and begins melting shallowest. Models predict the deeper melting, EM and PX components to be preferentially extracted at intraplate settings where thick lithosphere limits melting to large depths and low extents. In contrast, DM is more heavily sampled at mid-ocean ridges where thinner lithosphere allows for shallower and more extensive melting. Besides lithospheric thickness, differences in mantle flow also contribute to compositional contrasts between OIBs and MORBs. Plume-driven upwelling is most rapid at depth, decreases to the base of the lithosphere, and therefore enhances the extraction of EM and PX. In contrast, seafloor spreading at mid-ocean ridges allows for more uniform upwelling with depth and more even sampling of all mantle components, including DM

  2. Insights on the Nature of the Geophysical Crust at a Melt-starved Slow-spreading Mid-oceanic Ridge

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    Momoh, E. I.; Cannat, M.; Leroy, S. D.; Watremez, L.; Singh, S. C.

    2015-12-01

    Of the 7200 km long very slow-spreading (14 mm/yr) Southwest Indian ridge (SWIR), which forms the plate boundary between Africa and the Antarctic, the easternmost portion represents an endmember of the global mid-ocean ridge system in terms of low melt supply. It is characterized by 30 to 70 km-wide corridors of nearly amagmatic spreading, separating domains of focused volcanic activity. Our study concerns one of these amagmatic corridors. Volcanic features that typically characterize other ridge systems are scarce and the seafloor is mostly made of exhumed mantle-derived sepentinized periodotites. Long-offset detachment faults are proposed to be responsible for exhumation, and provide the context for serpentinization. In this poster presentation, we use seismic constraints to discuss the kilometer-scale characteristics of the geophysical crust formed at the melt-poor divgergent plate boundaries. To supply these constraints, we use seismic data acquired during the recent Sismosmooth cruise (2014; E64o20' to E65o). We show seismic reflection results from three 2D coincident across-axis lines, and two 2D axis-parallel lines processed in a self-similar manner and merged to improve the information content. From these, we show evidence for the expression of the active detachment fault responsible for mantle exhumation. This fault can be followed to ~ 7.7 km at depth. To give an insight to the nature of the subsurface, we examine tomography results from wide-angle seismic refraction data, which suggests a thin geophysical crust. This is similar to models of geophysical crust proposed from gravity studies in the study area.

  3. Interlaboratory Comparison of PGE and Re in a Mid-Ocean Ridge Basalt

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    Kingsley, R. H.; Bézos, A.; Bézos, A.; Escrig, S.; Gannoun, A.; Humayun, M.; Meisel, T.; Peucker-Ehrenbrink, B.; Puchtel, I.; Sharma, M.; Schilling, J.

    2004-05-01

    An interlaboratory comparison of PGE (Os, Ir, Ru, Pt, Pd) and Re contents in a mid-ocean ridge basalt has been carried out. The purpose of the study was to address long-standing analytical problems for analyzing low-level PGE contents in basalts. The reference material (RM) used was EN026 10D-3, which is a MORB dredged from the Mohns Ridge (Greenland Sea). It was prepared at URI and was distributed to seven laboratories in Europe and the United States. More than 30 analyses have been completed using various methods of dissolution/leaching (i.e. Carius tube reverse aqua regia attack with and without an HF attack step; high pressure asher reverse aqua regia attack; NiS fusion; and hot plate closed-PFA beaker HF attack). All laboratories used isotope dilution - ICP-MS in their analytical protocol, but they differed in spike calibration methods, interference corrections, and blank levels. The interlaboratory range of values obtained were (in ppt): Os = 12 to 18; Ir = 17 to 36; Ru = 41 to 64; Pt = 320 to 830; Pd = 716 to 1745; Re = 516 to 1643. The Os 187/188 ratio measured ranged from 0.1449 to 0.1603. These results so far indicate that there appear to be some systematic analytical differences between laboratories. Although progress is being made on understanding problems of low-level PGE analyses in basalts it is still difficult to separate interlaboratory bias related to various sources of error such as:(a) mass interference correction or elimination during analysis; (b) spike calibrations; (c) dissolution/equilibration/leaching methods; (d) procedure blank levels; and (e) differences between splits of the RM. Also, it is not yet clear whether a desilicification step (i.e. HF attack) is required for low-PGE-level basalts, however, the evidence presented here points to this need. An additional and more rigorous and detailed analytical study in progress will resolve this issue. Thus, more work is needed on this RM and other, more widely distributed RM basalts such as

  4. Extreme incompatibility of helium during mantle melting: Evidence from undegassed mid-ocean ridge basalts

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    Graham, David W.; Michael, Peter J.; Shea, Thomas

    2016-11-01

    We report total helium concentrations (vesicles + glass) for a suite of thirteen ultradepleted mid-ocean ridge basalts (UD-MORBs) that were previously studied for volatile contents (CO2, H2O) plus major and trace elements. The selected basalts are undersaturated in CO2 + H2O at their depths of eruption and represent rare cases of undegassed MORBs. Sample localities from the Atlantic (2), Indian (1) and Pacific (7) Oceans collectively show excellent linear correlations (r2 = 0.75- 0.92) between the concentrations of helium and the highly incompatible elements C, K, Rb, Ba, Nb, Th and U. Three basalts from Gakkel Ridge in the Arctic were also studied but show anomalous behavior marked by excess lithophile trace element abundances. In the Atlantic-Pacific-Indian suite, incompatible element concentrations vary by factors of 3-4.3, while helium concentration varies by a factor of 13. The strong correlations between the concentrations of helium and incompatible elements are explained by helium behavior as the most incompatible element during mantle melting. Partial melting of an ultradepleted mantle source, formed as a residue of earlier melt extraction, accounts for the observed concentrations. The earlier melting event involved removal of a small degree melt (∼1%) at low but non-zero porosity (0.01-0.5%), leading to a small amount of melt retention that strongly leveraged the incompatible element budget of the ultradepleted mantle source. Equilibrium melting models that produce the range of trace element and helium concentrations from this source require a bulk solid/melt distribution coefficient for helium that is lower than that for other incompatible elements by about a factor of ten. Alternatively, the bulk solid/melt distribution coefficient for helium could be similar to or even larger than that for other incompatible elements, but the much larger diffusivity of helium in peridotite leads to its more effective incompatibility and efficient extraction from a

  5. Fluid composition of the sediment-influenced Loki's Castle vent field at the ultra-slow spreading Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge

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    Baumberger, Tamara; Früh-Green, Gretchen L.; Thorseth, Ingunn H.; Lilley, Marvin D.; Hamelin, Cédric; Bernasconi, Stefano M.; Okland, Ingeborg E.; Pedersen, Rolf B.

    2016-08-01

    The hydrothermal vent field Loki's Castle is located in the Mohns-Knipovich bend (73°N) of the ultraslow spreading Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge (AMOR) close to the Bear Island sediment fan. The hydrothermal field is venting up to 320° C hot black smoker fluids near the summit of an axial volcanic ridge. Even though the active chimneys have grown on a basaltic ridge, geochemical fluid data show a strong sedimentary influence into the hydrothermal circulation at Loki's Castle. Compelling evidence for a sediment input is given by high alkalinity, high concentrations of NH4+, H2, CH4, C2+ hydrocarbons as well as low Mn and Fe contents. The low δ13C values of CO2 and CH4 and the thermogenic isotopic pattern of the C2+ hydrocarbons in the high-temperature vent fluids clearly point to thermal degradation of sedimentary organic matter and illustrate diminution of the natural carbon sequestration in sediments by hydrothermal circulation. Thus, carbon-release to the hydrosphere in Arctic regions is especially relevant in areas where the active Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge system is in contact with the organic matter rich detrital sediment fans.

  6. Evidence from gabbro of the Troodos ophiolite for lateral magma transport along a slow-spreading mid-ocean ridge.

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    Abelson, M; Baer, G; Agnon, A

    2001-01-04

    The lateral flow of magma and ductile deformation of the lower crust along oceanic spreading axes has been thought to play a significant role in suppressing both mid-ocean ridge segmentation and variations in crustal thickness. Direct investigation of such flow patterns is hampered by the kilometres of water that cover the oceanic crust, but such studies can be made on ophiolites (fragments of oceanic crust accreted to a continent). In the Oman ophiolite, small-scale radial patterns of flow have been mapped along what is thought to be the relict of a fast-spreading mid-ocean ridge. Here we present evidence for broad-scale along-axis flow that has been frozen into the gabbro of the Troodos ophiolite in Cyprus (thought to be representative of a slow-spreading ridge axis). The gabbro suite of Troodos spans nearly 20 km of a segment of a fossil spreading axis, near a ridge-transform intersection. We mapped the pattern of magma flow by analysing the rocks' magnetic fabric at 20 sites widely distributed in the gabbro suite, and by examining the petrographic fabric at 9 sites. We infer an along-axis magma flow for much of the gabbro suite, which indicates that redistribution of melt occurred towards the segment edge in a large depth range of the oceanic crust. Our results support the magma plumbing structure that has been inferred indirectly from a seismic tomography experiment on the slow-spreading Mid-Atlantic Ridge.

  7. Lava Flow Ages and Geologic Mapping on Mid-ocean Ridges

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    Clague, D. A.; Paduan, J. B.; Dreyer, B. M.; Caress, D. W.

    2010-12-01

    Geologic mapping of mid-ocean ridges has been hindered by a lack of high-resolution bathymetry and age data. Autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) with multibeam sonars now produce maps with 1-m resolution. MBARI has collected data since 2006 along the Juan de Fuca and Gorda Ridges, including the 1998 eruptions in summit caldera and upper south rift zone on Axial Seamount, the 1993 and 1982-1991 eruptions on the CoAxial segment, the 1986 pillow mounds and “young sheet flow” on the north Cleft segment, the 1996 eruption on the North Gorda segment, and part of the Endeavour Ridge. The 1-m data allows identification of flow internal structure, boundaries, and emplacement sequences using superposition and abundance of fissures. Geologic maps of young volcanoes on land are constructed using the same principles, constrained by observations of flow contacts and 14C age dates on charcoal from beneath flow margins. In the deep sea, we collect sediment on top of the flows that contains planktic and benthic foraminifera that can be dated using AMS 14C dating. We sampled sediment on flows from the Axial, CoAxial, and North Cleft areas using 30-cm long pushcores deployed from remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). The coring is done with collection of flow samples for chemistry and video observations to confirm contact locations and flow superposition. Cores are inserted until they hit the underlying lava and can be recovered between pillow lobes when the sediment is >~10 cm thick. We recover the basal 1 cm of sediment, sieve to recover foraminifera, and hand-pick for 14C dating. The North Gorda neovolcanic zone at ~3150 m lacks carbonate sediment and therefore ages. Ages of planktic foraminifera are marine calibrated in years before present (aBP). Benthic foraminifera are calibrated against planktic foraminifera from 5 samples. 14C ages obtained from basal sediment from over 40 sites represent minimum ages as there is probably a small amount of unrecovered basal sediment. Ages

  8. Biogenic iron oxyhydroxide formation at mid-ocean ridge hydrothermal vents: Juan de Fuca Ridge

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    Toner, Brandy M.; Santelli, Cara M.; Marcus, Matthew A.; Wirth, Richard; Chan, Clara S.; McCollom, Thomas; Bach, Wolfgang; Edwards, Katrina J.

    2008-05-22

    Here we examine Fe speciation within Fe-encrusted biofilms formed during 2-month seafloor incubations of sulfide mineral assemblages at the Main Endeavor Segment of the Juan de Fuca Ridge. The biofilms were distributed heterogeneously across the surface of the incubated sulfide and composed primarily of particles with a twisted stalk morphology resembling those produced by some aerobic Fe-oxidizing microorganisms. Our objectives were to determine the form of biofilm-associated Fe, and identify the sulfide minerals associated with microbial growth. We used micro-focused synchrotron-radiation X-ray fluorescence mapping (mu XRF), X-ray absorption spectroscopy (mu EXAFS), and X-ray diffraction (mu XRD) in conjunction with focused ion beam (FIB) sectioning, and highresolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The chemical and mineralogical composition of an Fe-encrusted biofilm was queried at different spatial scales, and the spatial relationship between primary sulfide and secondary oxyhydroxide minerals was resolved. The Fe-encrusted biofilms formed preferentially at pyrrhotite-rich (Fe1-xS, 0<_ x<_ 0.2) regions of the incubated chimney sulfide. At the nanometer spatial scale, particles within the biofilm exhibiting lattice fringing and diffraction patterns consistent with 2-line ferrihydrite were identified infrequently. At the micron spatial scale, Fe mu EXAFS spectroscopy and mu XRD measurements indicate that the dominant form of biofilm Fe is a short-range ordered Fe oxyhydroxide characterized by pervasive edge-sharing Fe-O6 octahedral linkages. Double corner-sharing Fe-O6 linkages, which are common to Fe oxyhydroxide mineral structures of 2-line ferrihydrite, 6-line ferrihydrite, and goethite, were not detected in the biogenic iron oxyhydroxide (BIO). The suspended development of the BIO mineral structure is consistent with Fe(III) hydrolysis and polymerization in the presence of high concentrations of Fe-complexing ligands. We hypothesize that

  9. Halogen and trace element geochemistry in Mid-Ocean Ridge basalts from the Australian-Antarctic Ridge (AAR)

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    Yang, Y. S.; Seo, J. H.; Park, S. H.; Kim, T.

    2015-12-01

    Australian-Antarctic Ridge (AAR) is an extension of easternmost SE Indian Mid-Ocean Ridge (MOR).We collected volcanic glasses from the "in-axis" of the KR1 and KR2 MOR, and the overlapping zones of the KR1 MOR and the nearby seamounts ("KR1 mixing"). We determined trace and halogen elements in the glasses. Halogen concentrations and its ratios in the glasses are important to understand the mantle metasomatism and volatile recycling. 52 of the collected glasses are "primitive" (higher than 6 wt% MgO), while 3 of them have rather "evolved" composition (MgO wt% of 1.72, 2.95 and 4.15). K2O concentrations and Th/Sc ratios in the glasses show a negative correlation with its MgO concentration. Incompatible element ratios such as La/Sm are rather immobile during a magma differentiation so the ratios are important to understand mantle composition (Hofmann et al. 2003). La/Sm ratios in the glasses are 0.95 ~ 3.28 suggesting that the AAR basalts can be classified into T-MORB and E-MORB (Schilling et al., 1983). La/Sm ratios are well-correlated with incompatible elements such as U, Ba, Nb, and negatively correlated with compatible elements such as Sc, Eu2+, Mg. The AAR glasses contain detectable halogen elements. The "KR1 mixing" glasses in halogen elements are more abundant than "in-axis" the glasses. Cl is the least variable element compared to the other halogens such as Br and I in the AAR. The "KR1 mixing" glasses have the largest variations of Br/Cl ratios compared to the "in-axis" glasses. The Cl/Br and Th/Sc ratios in the "in-axis" glasses and in the "KR1 mixing" glasses show positive and negative correlations, respectively. The Br-rich glasses in the "KR1 mixing" zone might be explained by a recycled Br-rich oceanic slab of paleo-subduction or by a hydrothermal alteration in the AAR. I composition in the glasses does not show a correlation other trace elements. The K/Cl and K/Ti ratios in the AAR glasses are similar to the basalts from the Galapagos Spreading Center

  10. Low temperature hydrothermal oil and associated biological precursors in serpentinites from Mid-Ocean Ridge

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    Pasini, Valerio; Brunelli, Daniele; Dumas, Paul; Sandt, Christophe; Frederick, Joni; Benzerara, Karim; Bernard, Sylvain; Ménez, Bénédicte

    2013-09-01

    The origin of light hydrocarbons discovered at serpentinite-hosted mid-ocean hydrothermal fields is generally attributed to the abiogenic reduction of carbon (di)oxide by molecular hydrogen released during the progressive hydration of mantle-derived peridotites. These serpentinization by-products represent a valuable source of carbon and energy and are known to support deep microbial ecosystems unrelated to photosynthesis. In addition, the pool of subsurface organic compounds could also include materials derived from the thermal degradation of biological material. We re-investigate the recently described relics of deep microbial ecosystems hosted in serpentinites of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (4-6°N) in order to study the ageing and (hydro)thermal degradation of the preserved biomass. An integrated set of high resolution micro-imaging techniques (Scanning Electron Microscopy, High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy, Raman and Fourier Transform Infra-Red microspectroscopy, Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy, and Scanning Transmission X-ray Microscopy at the carbon K-edge) has been applied to map the distribution of the different organic components at the micrometer scale and to characterize their speciation and structure. We show that biologically-derived material, containing aliphatic groups, along with carbonyl and amide functional groups, has experienced hydrothermal degradation and slight aromatization. In addition, aliphatic compounds up to C6-C10 with associated carboxylic functional groups wet the host bastite and the late serpentine veins crosscutting the rock. These compounds represent a light soluble organic fraction expelled after biomass degradation through oxidation and thermal cracking. The detected complex organic matter distribution recalls a typical petroleum system, where fossil organic matter of biological origin maturates, expelling the soluble fraction which then migrates from the source to the reservoir. Ecosystem-hosting serpentinites

  11. The Complex History of Alarcon Rise Mid-Ocean Ridge Rhyolite Revealed through Mineral Chemistry

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    Dreyer, B. M.; Portner, R. A.; Clague, D. A.; Daczko, N. R.; Castillo, P.; Bindeman, I. N.

    2014-12-01

    enrichments in zircon 176Hf/177Hf and whole rock 207,206Pb/204Pb may indicate an enriched MORB mantle component. In conclusion, mid-ocean rhyolite at Alarcon formed from a variety of petrogenetic processes including magma-mixing, assimilation, and crystallization following partial melting of slightly heterogeneous mantle source(s).

  12. Degassing of Mid-Ocean Ridge Basalts during Magma Ascent and Lava Emplacement

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    Gardner, J. E.; Jackson, B. A.; Clow, T. W.; Soule, S. A.

    2014-12-01

    Mid-ocean ridge basalt (MORB) glasses are often supersaturated in CO2. Indeed, volatile saturation pressures, estimated from dissolved CO2 and H2O concentrations, exceed eruption pressures (seafloor collection depths) by up to 45-50 MPa. It is thought that rapid ascent to the surface promotes disequilibrium degassing by kinetically limiting bubble nucleation and growth. This study uses supersaturated MORB glasses to experimentally investigate degassing kinetics in order to constrain magma ascent and flow rates. Glasses used were recovered at the fissure of the 2005-06 eruption of the East Pacific Rise, and are supersaturated by about 38 MPa and contain ~105 bubbles/cm3, the largest of which are ~35 µm in size. Away from the fissure, CO2 concentrations decrease as bubble sizes increase dramatically along the flow length, with bubbles reaching 94 µm in size. Nucleation is being studied by heating samples at 1225 °C and 200 MPa, and then rapidly decompressing them to low pressures, holding them at low pressure for various amounts of time, and then rapidly quenching them. Samples quenched at 200 MPa are bubble free and contain about 550 ppm CO2, indicating that all original bubbles resorb. Preliminary results show that samples decompressed to 12-21 MPa nucleate ~105 bubbles/cm3 after two minutes, but nucleate many orders of magnitude more after ten minutes, number densities that far exceed those in the natural samples. Samples decompressed to 52 MPa nucleate ~105 bubbles/cm3 after 10 minutes. These preliminary results suggest that bubble nucleation in MORB occurs at relatively high pressures, and then bubble growth suppresses further nucleation at lower pressures. Such a scenario suggests that MORB magmas may not ascend as rapidly as predicted. Bubble growth at low pressure is being studied by rapidly heating glassy vent samples to 1225 °C at 70 MPa, then decompressing and holding them at ~25 MPa for various amounts of time. Mean bubble size increases steadily by

  13. Evidence from three-dimensional seismic reflectivity images for enhanced melt supply beneath mid-ocean-ridge discontinuities

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    Kent; Singh; Harding; Sinha; Orcutt; Barton; White; Bazin; Hobbs; Tong; Pye

    2000-08-10

    Quantifying the melt distribution and crustal structure across ridge-axis discontinuities is essential for understanding the relationship between magmatic, tectonic and petrologic segmentation of mid-ocean-ridge spreading centres. The geometry and continuity of magma bodies beneath features such as overlapping spreading centres can strongly influence the composition of erupted lavas and may give insight into the underlying pattern of mantle flow. Here we present three-dimensional images of seismic reflectivity beneath a mid-ocean ridge to investigate the nature of melt distribution across a ridge-axis discontinuity. Reflectivity slices through the 9 degrees 03' N overlapping spreading centre on East Pacific Rise suggest that it has a robust magma supply, with melt bodies underlying both limbs and ponding of melt beneath large areas of the overlap basin. The geometry of melt distribution beneath this offset is inconsistent with large-scale, crustal redistribution of melt away from centres of upwelling. The complex distribution of melt seems instead to be caused by a combination of vertical melt transport from the underlying mantle and subsequent focusing of melt beneath a magma freezing boundary in the mid-crust.

  14. Spreading-rate dependence of melt extraction at mid-ocean ridges from mantle seismic refraction data.

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    Lizarralde, Daniel; Gaherty, James B; Collins, John A; Hirth, Greg; Kim, Sangmyung D

    2004-12-09

    A variety of observations indicate that mid-ocean ridges produce less crust at spreading rates below 20 mm yr(-1) (refs 1-3), reflecting changes in fundamental ridge processes with decreasing spreading rate. The nature of these changes, however, remains uncertain, with end-member explanations being decreasing shallow melting or incomplete melt extraction, each due to the influence of a thicker thermal lid. Here we present results of a seismic refraction experiment designed to study mid-ocean ridge processes by imaging residual mantle structure. Our results reveal an abrupt lateral change in bulk mantle seismic properties associated with a change from slow to ultraslow palaeo-spreading rate. Changes in mantle velocity gradient, basement topography and crustal thickness all correlate with this spreading-rate change. These observations can be explained by variations in melt extraction at the ridge, with a gabbroic phase preferentially retained in the mantle at slower spreading rates. The estimated volume of retained melt balances the approximately 1.5-km difference in crustal thickness, suggesting that changes in spreading rate affect melt-extraction processes rather than total melting.

  15. Loki's Castle: A sediment-influenced hydrothermal vent field at the ultra-slow spreading Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge

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    Baumberger, T.; Frueh-Green, G. L.; Pedersen, R.; Thorseth, I. H.; Lilley, M. D.; Moeller, K.

    2010-12-01

    The chemical composition as well as the stable and radiogenic isotope signatures of hydrothermal fluids from the Loki’s Castle vent field, located at the Mohns-Knipovich bend in the Norwegian-Greenland Sea (73°N), are substantially different from sediment-starved mid-ocean ridge hydrothermal systems. Geochemical studies of the hydrothermal vent fluids and the adjacent rift valley sediments provide insights into the influence of sediments on the hydrothermal fluid composition and provide constraints on acting redox conditions. Additionally, they reflect the degree of fluid-rock-sediment interaction at this arctic hydrothermal vent field. Here we present an overview of the geochemical characteristics of the hydrothermal and sedimentary components at Loki’s Castle, obtained during expeditions in 2008, 2009 and 2010, with emphasis on the stable and radiogenic isotope signatures. We compare these data with other sediment-influenced and sediment-starved mid-ocean ridge hydrothermal systems. The hydrothermal vent fluids are characterized by a pH of ˜ 5.5 and by elevated concentrations of methane, hydrogen and ammonia, which reflect a sedimentary contribution. δ13CDIC (dissolved inorganic carbon) are depleted relative to mantle carbon values, consistent with an organic carbon input. The δ18OH2O values of the vents fluids are enriched compared to background bottom seawater, whereas the δD values are not. 87Sr/86Sr ratios are more radiogenic than those characteristic of un-sedimented mid-ocean ridge vent fluids. S-isotope data reflect mixing of a MORB source with sulphide derived from reduced seawater sulphate. To document the background sediment input of the ridge system, short gravity cores and up to 18 m long piston cores were recovered from various localities in the rift valley. The pore-fluid isotope chemistries of the sediments show vertical gradients that primarily reflect diagenesis and degradation of organic matter. The vertical gradient is locally enhanced

  16. Physical inter-relationships between hydrothermal activity, faulting and magmatic processes at the center of a slow-spreading, magma-rich mid-ocean ridge segment: A case study of the Lucky Strike segment (MAR, 37°03'-37‧N)

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    Fontaine, F. J.; Cannat, M.; Escartin, J.; Crawford, W. C.; Singh, S. C.

    2012-12-01

    The modalities and efficiency of hydrothermal heat evacuation at mid-ocean ridges (25% of the global heat loss) are controlled by the lithosphere thermal and permeability structures for which we had robust constraints only for fast/intermediate spreading axis until the last past few years during which integrated geophysical, geological and geochemical studies focused on some hydrothermal sites at slow-spreading ridges. At the Lucky Strike vent field of the mid-atlantic ridge - a hydrothermal complex composed of high-temperature (maximum T=340°C), smoker-like vents and associated diffuse flow and extracting a few hundreds MW from the oceanic lithosphere - a seafloor observatory which installation started in 2005 highlights local interactions between hydrothermal, tectonic and magmatic processes. Detailed geophysical and geological investigations stress the role of the local axial fault system on localizing high- and low-temperature ventings around the faulted rim of a paleo lava lake. Microseismic studies bring constraints on the subseafloor hydrology and suggest an along-axis flow pattern, with a privileged recharge area located about a kilometer north off the active discharges. Seismic reflection studies image a central magma chamber fueling the hydrothermal sites and also reveal its along-axis depth variations likely influencing hydrothermal cell organization and flow focusing. Such linkages among hydrothermal dynamics, heat source and crustal permeability geometries usually lack quantitative constraints at mid-ocean ridges in general, and the Lucky Strike segment settings offers a unique opportunity to couple high-resolution geophysical data to hydrodynamic model. Here we develop a series of original two- and three-dimensional numerical and physical models of hydrothermal activity, tailored to this slow-spreading environment. Our results highlight physical linkages among magmatism, tectonics and crustal hydrology stressing the key role of faulting and magma

  17. Investigating Earthquake Stress Drops on Mid-Ocean Ridge Transform Faults (Invited)

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    Boettcher, M. S.; Moyer, P. A.; McGuire, J. J.; Collins, J. A.

    2013-12-01

    A key question concerning the development of mid-ocean ridge transform faults (RTFs) is why have full fault ruptures not been observed in the historic record? Similarly, why do the rupture areas of the largest earthquakes on RTFs not scale directly with area above the 600°C isotherm? Recent studies have shown that Blanco, Discovery, Gofar, Heezen, Tharp, and Hollister RTFs all have multiple rupture patches on a single fault segment that repeatedly fail in characteristic largest (Mc) earthquakes. We develop a scaling relation for the stress drop of repeating Mc earthquakes assuming full-coupling on Mc rupture patches, such that slip (Dc) in Mc earthquakes is given by the product of the repeat time (tR) and plate tectonic slip (V), and assuming that slip scales with the square root of rupture area (Ac), Dc = ΔσAc1/2μ-1, where μ is the shear modulus. Using the definition of seismic moment, Mc = μAcDc, we directly solve for stress drop given observed repeat times: Δσ = μVtR3/2Mc-1/2. For stress drops in the range of 1-2 MPa, slip in repeating Mc earthquakes on each of the RTFs noted above is approximately equal to the accumulated plate tectonic motion. We analyze the source parameters of 3.0 < Mw < 5.0 earthquakes recorded in 2008 during a yearlong ocean bottom seismic (OBS) experiment on Gofar transform fault to determine the stress drop of earthquakes in both repeating Mc patches and the rupture barriers between the rupture patches. The OBS deployment captured the end of a seismic cycle, including a foreshock sequence that was both extensive (~20,000 earthquakes within the week prior to the mainshock) and localized (within a ~10 km region), as well as the Mw 6.0 mainshock and its aftershock sequence [McGuire et. al, 2012]. The foreshocks occurred in a rupture barrier on the western segment of Gofar and the aftershocks occurred in the rupture patch. Using waveforms recorded with a sample rate of 50 Hz on OBS accelerometers, we investigate the corner

  18. Investigating Earthquake Stress Drops on Mid-Ocean Ridge Transform Faults (Invited)

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    Boettcher, M. S.; Moyer, P. A.; McGuire, J. J.; Collins, J. A.

    2011-12-01

    A key question concerning the development of mid-ocean ridge transform faults (RTFs) is why have full fault ruptures not been observed in the historic record? Similarly, why do the rupture areas of the largest earthquakes on RTFs not scale directly with area above the 600°C isotherm? Recent studies have shown that Blanco, Discovery, Gofar, Heezen, Tharp, and Hollister RTFs all have multiple rupture patches on a single fault segment that repeatedly fail in characteristic largest (Mc) earthquakes. We develop a scaling relation for the stress drop of repeating Mc earthquakes assuming full-coupling on Mc rupture patches, such that slip (Dc) in Mc earthquakes is given by the product of the repeat time (tR) and plate tectonic slip (V), and assuming that slip scales with the square root of rupture area (Ac), Dc = ΔσAc1/2μ-1, where μ is the shear modulus. Using the definition of seismic moment, Mc = μAcDc, we directly solve for stress drop given observed repeat times: Δσ = μVtR3/2Mc-1/2. For stress drops in the range of 1-2 MPa, slip in repeating Mc earthquakes on each of the RTFs noted above is approximately equal to the accumulated plate tectonic motion. We analyze the source parameters of 3.0 < Mw < 5.0 earthquakes recorded in 2008 during a yearlong ocean bottom seismic (OBS) experiment on Gofar transform fault to determine the stress drop of earthquakes in both repeating Mc patches and the rupture barriers between the rupture patches. The OBS deployment captured the end of a seismic cycle, including a foreshock sequence that was both extensive (~20,000 earthquakes within the week prior to the mainshock) and localized (within a ~10 km region), as well as the Mw 6.0 mainshock and its aftershock sequence [McGuire et. al, 2012]. The foreshocks occurred in a rupture barrier on the western segment of Gofar and the aftershocks occurred in the rupture patch. Using waveforms recorded with a sample rate of 50 Hz on OBS accelerometers, we investigate the corner

  19. Geodynamic modeling of the capture and release of a plume conduit by a migrating mid-ocean ridge

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    Hall, P. S.

    2011-12-01

    plates over the relatively stationary, long-lived conduits of mantle plumes. However, paleomagnetic data from the Hawaii-Emperor Seamount Chain suggests that the Hawaiian hotspot moved rapidly (~40 mm/yr) between 81 - 47 Ma [Tarduno et al., 2003]. Recently, Tarduno et al. [2009] suggested that this period of rapid motion might be the surface expression of a plume conduit returning to a largely vertical orientation after having been captured and tilted as the result of being "run over" by migrating mid-ocean ridge. I report on a series of analog geodynamic experiments designed to characterize the evolution of a plume conduit as a mid-ocean ridge migrates over. Experiments were conducted in a clear acrylic tank (100 cm x 70 cm x 50 cm) filled with commercial grade high-fructose corn syrup. Plate-driven flow is modeled by dragging two sheets of Mylar film (driven by independent DC motors) in opposite directions over the surface of the fluid. Ridge migration is achieved by moving the point at which the mylar sheets diverge using a separate motor drive. Buoyant plume flow is generated using a small electrical heater placed at the bottom of the tank. Plate velocities and ridge migration rate are controlled and plume temperature monitored using LabView software. Experiments are recorded using digital video which is then analyzed using digital image analysis software to track the position and shape of the plume conduit throughout the course of the experiment. The intersection of the plume conduit with the surface of the fluid is taken as an analog for the locus of hotspot volcanism and tracked as a function of time to obtain a hotspot migration rate. Results show that the plume conduit experiences significant tilting immediately following the passage of the migrating ridge.

  20. Advanced Seismic Studies of the Endeavour Ridge: Understanding the Interplay among Magmatic, Hydrothermal, and Tectonic Processes at Mid-Ocean Ridges

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    Arnoux, G. M.; VanderBeek, B. P.; Morgan, J. V.; Hooft, E. E. E.; Toomey, D. R.; Wilcock, W. S. D.; Warner, M.

    2014-12-01

    At mid-ocean ridges magmatic, hydrothermal, and tectonic processes are linked. Understanding their interactions requires mapping magmatic systems and tectonic structures, as well as their relationship to hydrothermal circulation. Three-dimensional seismic images of the crust can be used to infer the size, shape, and location of magma reservoirs, in addition to the structure of the thermal boundary layer that connects magmatic and hydrothermal processes. Travel time tomography has often been used to study these processes, however, the spatial resolution of travel time tomography is limited. Three-dimensional full waveform inversion (FWI) is a state-of-the art seismic method developed for use in the oil industry to obtain high-resolution models of the velocity structure. The primary advantage of FWI is that it has the potential to resolve subsurface structures on the order of half the seismic wavelength—a significant improvement on conventional travel time tomography. Here, we apply anisotropic FWI to data collected on the Endeavour segment of the Juan de Fuca Ridge. Starting models for anisotropic P-wave velocity were obtained by travel time tomography [Weekly et al., 2014]. During FWI, the isotropic velocity model is updated and anisotropy is held constant. We have recovered low-velocity zones approximately 2-3 km beneath the ridge axis that likely correspond to a segmented magma-rich body and are in concert with those previously resolved using multi-channel seismic reflection methods. The segmented crustal magma body underlies all five known high-temperature hydrothermal vent fields along the Endeavour segment. A high-velocity zone, shallower than the observed low-velocity zones, underlies the southernmost hydrothermal vent field. This may be indicative of waning hydrothermal activity in which minerals are crystallizing beneath the vent field. Our FWI study of the Endeavour Ridge will provide the most detailed three-dimensional images of the crustal structure to

  1. Correlating microbial community profiles with geochemical data in highly stratified sediments from the Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge.

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    Jorgensen, Steffen Leth; Hannisdal, Bjarte; Lanzén, Anders; Baumberger, Tamara; Flesland, Kristin; Fonseca, Rita; Ovreås, Lise; Steen, Ida H; Thorseth, Ingunn H; Pedersen, Rolf B; Schleper, Christa

    2012-10-16

    Microbial communities and their associated metabolic activity in marine sediments have a profound impact on global biogeochemical cycles. Their composition and structure are attributed to geochemical and physical factors, but finding direct correlations has remained a challenge. Here we show a significant statistical relationship between variation in geochemical composition and prokaryotic community structure within deep-sea sediments. We obtained comprehensive geochemical data from two gravity cores near the hydrothermal vent field Loki's Castle at the Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge, in the Norwegian-Greenland Sea. Geochemical properties in the rift valley sediments exhibited strong centimeter-scale stratigraphic variability. Microbial populations were profiled by pyrosequencing from 15 sediment horizons (59,364 16S rRNA gene tags), quantitatively assessed by qPCR, and phylogenetically analyzed. Although the same taxa were generally present in all samples, their relative abundances varied substantially among horizons and fluctuated between Bacteria- and Archaea-dominated communities. By independently summarizing covariance structures of the relative abundance data and geochemical data, using principal components analysis, we found a significant correlation between changes in geochemical composition and changes in community structure. Differences in organic carbon and mineralogy shaped the relative abundance of microbial taxa. We used correlations to build hypotheses about energy metabolisms, particularly of the Deep Sea Archaeal Group, specific Deltaproteobacteria, and sediment lineages of potentially anaerobic Marine Group I Archaea. We demonstrate that total prokaryotic community structure can be directly correlated to geochemistry within these sediments, thus enhancing our understanding of biogeochemical cycling and our ability to predict metabolisms of uncultured microbes in deep-sea sediments.

  2. Investigation of Icelandic rift zones reveals systematic changes in hydrothermal outflow in concert with seismic and magmatic events: Implications for investigation of Mid-Ocean Ridge hydrothermal systems

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    Curewitz, D.; Karson, J. A.

    2010-12-01

    Co-registration of several generations of geological data was carried out for hydrothermal fields along active rift zones of the Iceland plate boundary zone. Significant short- and long-term changes in vent locations, flow rates and styles, and fluid characteristics over short periods take place in concert with recorded earthquakes, dike intrusions, and fissure eruptions. Higher resolution, more detailed analysis of the Icelandic hydrothermal sites will inform investigation of similar data from mid-ocean ridge hydrothermal systems along the RIDGE 2000 focus sites. Initial results from the Hengill and Krafla geothermal areas covering a time-span of nearly 40 years at ~10 year intervals reveal limited changes in the surface expression of fault populations, with the exception of local fault and fracture systems. The location and population density of individual vents and groups of vents underwent significant changes over the same time period, with either vents shifting location, or new vents opening and old vents closing. Registration of changes in vent fluid temperatures, vent field ground temperatures, fluid flow rates, and vent eruptive styles reveal changes in hydrothermal flow systematics in concert with the observed changes in vent location and vent population density. Significant local seismic and volcanological events (earthquakes, earthquake swarms, dike intrusions, eruptions, inflation/deflation) that are potential triggers for the observed changes take place in intervening years between production of successive maps. Changes in modeled stress intensities and local fracture/fault density and geometry associated with these tectono-magmatic events correspond well to inferred locations of increased or decreased shallow permeability thought to control hydrothermal outflow behavior. Recent seismic events are strongly linked to well-mapped changes in fracture/fault population and hydrothermal flow behavior in the Hveragerdi region, near Hengill, and provide higher

  3. Crustal accretion along the global mid-ocean ridge system based on basaltic glass and olivine-hosted melt inclusion compositions

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    Wanless, V. D.; Behn, M. D.

    2015-12-01

    The depth and distribution of crystallization at mid-ocean ridges controls the overall architecture of the oceanic crust, influences hydrothermal circulation, and determines geothermal gradients in the crust and uppermost mantle. Despite this, there is no overall consensus on how crystallization is distributed within the crust/upper mantle or how this varies with spreading rate. Here, we examine crustal accretion at mid-ocean ridges by combining crystallization pressures calculated from major element barometers on mid-ocean ridge basalt (MORB) glasses with vapor-saturation pressures from melt inclusions to produce a detailed map of crystallization depths and distributions along the global ridge system. We calculate pressures of crystallization from >11,500 MORB glasses from the global ridge system using two established major element barometers (1,2). Additionally, we use vapor-saturation pressures from >400 olivine-hosted melt inclusions from five ridges with variable spreading rates to constrain pressures and distributions of crystallization along the global ridge system. We show that (i) crystallization depths from MORB glasses increase and become less focused with decreasing spreading rate, (ii) maximum glass pressures are greater than the maximum melt inclusion pressure, which indicates that the melt inclusions do not record the deepest crystallization at mid-ocean ridges, and (iii) crystallization occurs in the lower crust/upper mantle at all ridges, indicating accretion is distributed throughout the crust at all spreading rates, including those with a steady-state magma lens. Finally, we suggest that the remarkably similar maximum vapor-saturation pressures (~ 3000 bars) in melt inclusion from all spreading rates reflects the CO2 content of the depleted upper mantle feeding the global mid-ocean ridge system. (1) Michael, P. & W. Cornell (1998), Journal of Geophysical Research, 103(B8), 18325-18356; (2) Herzberg, C. (2004), Journal of Petrology, 45(12), 2389.

  4. Mantle properties and the MOR process: a new and versatile model for mid-ocean ridges

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    Osmaston, Miles

    2014-05-01

    Introduction. First I summarize the reasons why a radical departure from the current MOR model is now essential. I then outline the new model and its apparent versatility, not only in providing the observed contrasting spreading-rate-dependent characteristics but also some of the other common features of the MOR system which warrant clearer explanation. Ophiolites have been thought to provide on-land guidance but turn out to be a non-mid-ocean variant, outside the scope of this presentation. Seismic anisotropy and mantle mobility. Ever since the 1969 discovery [1] of seismic anisotropy in the uppermost oceanic mantle, this has been attributed to the shearing of olivine in a convectively driven MOR-divergent flow beneath the flanks. This would imply a high degree of rheological mobility of this mantle, but new constraints on its rheological properties and dynamical behaviour have come from two directions and need to be taken into account in forming a model. 1. Contrary to the seismologists' rule-book, the oceanic seismological Low Velocity Zone (LVZ) is no longer to be thought of as mobile, because the presence of interstitial melt strips out the water-weakening of the mineral structure [2, 3]. So we require a substitute for the divergent-flow model for MORs which, we find, also has other, apparently unrecognized, dynamical inconsistencies. One of these [4] is that there are in the record many rapid changes of spreading rate and direction, and ridge jumps. This cannot happen with a process driven by slow-to-change body forces, such as thermal convection. 2. My work on the global dynamic pattern for the past 150Ma (I will show examples) has shown [4 - 7] that the tectospheres of cratons must extend to very close to the bottom of the upper mantle (660km). The metasomatism of kimberlite xenoliths from >180km depth suggests that the reason for this downwards extent of 'keels' is the same as [3]. Phase changes. Another geodynamically important property apparently

  5. Inferring the width of the upwelling region at mid-ocean ridges from the throttling effect of small-offset transforms: Implications for the dynamics of `normal' and plume-influenced mid- ocean ridges

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    Phipps Morgan, J.; Ranero, C. R.

    2006-12-01

    The fundamental question "How wide is the upwelling and melting region beneath mid-ocean ridges (MORs)?" remains a subject of ongoing debate after 4 decades of intensive study. The basic observational difficulty is that lateral melt migration has the potential to bring melt produced within a wide subaxial region to the ~2km- wide neovolcanic zone that has been observed to be the site of almost all oceanic crustal emplacement. Here we use an indirect approach to infer this width from the minimum length of the ridge-offsets that mark the limits of the `region of influence' of on-ridge plumes on the axial relief, axial morphology, and crustal thickness along the ridge — e.g. as seen along ridge segments influenced by the Galapagos and Iceland plumes, and at the terminations of fossil volcanic rifted margins and the paleo-Azores plume-ridge interaction. We adopt Vogt's [1972] hypothesis for along-ridge asthenospheric flow in a narrow vertical slot beneath the axis of plume- influenced `macro-segments'. We find that: (1) There is a threshold distance to the lateral offsets that bound plume-influenced macrosegments; all such `barrier offsets' are greater than ~30km, while smaller offsets do not appear to be a barrier to along-axis flow. (2) Recent seismic and E-M observations along the southern EPR are consistent with a narrow westward-dipping subaxial slot. (3) A similar pattern is seen in the often abrupt transitions between volcanic and non-volcanic rifted margins, which is discussed in a companion presentation by Ranero and Phipps Morgan (this meeting). (4) A ~30km width for the region of ridge upwelling and melting offers a simple conceptual explanation for the apparent ~30km threshold length for the existence of strike-slip transform faults and the occurrence of non-transform offsets at smaller ridge offset-distances. (5) It also offers a simple conceptual explanation for the largest scale of segmentation of axial relief seen at fast-spreading ridges; these 500

  6. Magma storage beneath Axial volcano on the Juan de Fuca mid-ocean ridge.

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    West, M; Menke, W; Tolstoy, M; Webb, S; Sohn, R

    2001-10-25

    Axial volcano, which is located near the intersection of the Juan de Fuca ridge and the Cobb-Eickelberg seamount chain beneath the northeast Pacific Ocean, is a locus of volcanic activity thought to be associated with the Cobb hotspot. The volcano rises 700 metres above the ridge, has substantial rift zones extending about 50 kilometres to the north and south, and has erupted as recently as 1998 (ref. 2). Here we present seismological data that constrain the three-dimensional velocity structure beneath the volcano. We image a large low-velocity zone in the crust, consisting of a shallow magma chamber and a more diffuse reservoir in the lower crust, and estimate the total magma volume in the system to be between 5 and 21 km3. This volume is two orders of magnitude larger than the amount of melt emplaced during the most recent eruption (0.1-0.2 km3). We therefore infer that such volcanic events remove only a small portion of the reservoir that they tap, which must accordingly be long-lived compared to the eruption cycle. On the basis of magma flux estimates, we estimate the crustal residence time of melt in the volcanic system to be a few hundred to a few thousand years.

  7. The quantum event of oceanic crustal accretion: impacts of diking at mid-ocean ridges.

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    Delaney, J R; Kelley, D S; Lilley, M D; Butterfield, D A; Baross, J A; Wilcock, W S; Embley, R W; Summit, M

    1998-07-10

    Seafloor diking-eruptive events represent the irreducible, quantum events of upper oceanic crustal accretion. They record events by which a large portion of the oceanic crust has formed through geological history. Since 1993, the U.S. Navy's real-time Sound Surveillance System has allowed location of ongoing acoustic signatures of dike emplacement and basalt eruptions at ridge crests in the northeast Pacific. These diking-eruptive events trigger a sequence of related, rapidly evolving physical, chemical, and biological processes. Magmatic volatiles released during these events may provide nutrients for communities of subsea-floor microorganisms, some of which thrive in high-temperature anaerobic environments. Many of the organisms identified from these systems are Archaea. If microorganisms can thrive in the water-saturated pores and cracks within deep, volcanically active portions of our planet, other hydrothermally active planets may harbor similar life forms.

  8. The Quantum Event of Oceanic Crustal Accretion: Impacts of Diking at Mid-Ocean Ridges

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    Delaney; Kelley; Lilley; Butterfield; Baross; Wilcock; Embley; Summit

    1998-07-10

    Seafloor diking-eruptive events represent the irreducible, quantum events of upper oceanic crustal accretion. They record events by which a large portion of the oceanic crust has formed through geological history. Since 1993, the U.S. Navy's real-time Sound Surveillance System has allowed location of ongoing acoustic signatures of dike emplacement and basalt eruptions at ridge crests in the northeast Pacific. These diking-eruptive events trigger a sequence of related, rapidly evolving physical, chemical, and biological processes. Magmatic volatiles released during these events may provide nutrients for communities of subseafloor microorganisms, some of which thrive in high-temperature anaerobic environments. Many of the organisms identified from these systems are Archaea. If microorganisms can thrive in the water-saturated pores and cracks within deep, volcanically active portions of our planet, other hydrothermally active planets may harbor similar life forms.

  9. Osmium isotopic constraints on the nature of the DUPAL anomaly from Indian mid-ocean-ridge basalts.

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    Escrig, S; Capmas, F; Dupré, B; Allègre, C J

    2004-09-02

    The isotopic compositions of mid-ocean-ridge basalts (MORB) from the Indian Ocean have led to the identification of a large-scale isotopic anomaly relative to Pacific and Atlantic ocean MORB. Constraining the origin of this so-called DUPAL anomaly may lead to a better understanding of the genesis of upper-mantle heterogeneity. Previous isotopic studies have proposed recycling of ancient subcontinental lithospheric mantle or sediments with oceanic crust to be responsible for the DUPAL signature. Here we report Os, Pb, Sr and Nd isotopic compositions of Indian MORB from the Central Indian ridge, the Rodriguez triple junction and the South West Indian ridge. All measured samples have higher (187)Os/(188)Os ratios than the depleted upper-mantle value and Pb, Sr and Nd isotopic compositions that imply the involvement of at least two distinct enriched components in the Indian upper-mantle. Using isotopic and geodynamical arguments, we reject both subcontinental lithospheric mantle and recycled sediments with oceanic crust as the cause of the DUPAL anomaly. Instead, we argue that delamination of lower continental crust may explain the DUPAL isotopic signature of Indian MORB.

  10. Interaction of a mantle plume and a segmented mid-ocean ridge: Results from numerical modeling

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    Georgen, Jennifer E.

    2014-04-01

    Previous investigations have proposed that changes in lithospheric thickness across a transform fault, due to the juxtaposition of seafloor of different ages, can impede lateral dispersion of an on-ridge mantle plume. The application of this “transform damming” mechanism has been considered for several plume-ridge systems, including the Reunion hotspot and the Central Indian Ridge, the Amsterdam-St. Paul hotspot and the Southeast Indian Ridge, the Cobb hotspot and the Juan de Fuca Ridge, the Iceland hotspot and the Kolbeinsey Ridge, the Afar plume and the ridges of the Gulf of Aden, and the Marion/Crozet hotspot and the Southwest Indian Ridge. This study explores the geodynamics of the transform damming mechanism using a three-dimensional finite element numerical model. The model solves the coupled steady-state equations for conservation of mass, momentum, and energy, including thermal buoyancy and viscosity that is dependent on pressure and temperature. The plume is introduced as a circular thermal anomaly on the bottom boundary of the numerical domain. The center of the plume conduit is located directly beneath a spreading segment, at a distance of 200 km (measured in the along-axis direction) from a transform offset with length 100 km. Half-spreading rate is 0.5 cm/yr. In a series of numerical experiments, the buoyancy flux of the modeled plume is progressively increased to investigate the effects on the temperature and velocity structure of the upper mantle in the vicinity of the transform. Unlike earlier studies, which suggest that a transform always acts to decrease the along-axis extent of plume signature, these models imply that the effect of a transform on plume dispersion may be complex. Under certain ranges of plume flux modeled in this study, the region of the upper mantle undergoing along-axis flow directed away from the plume could be enhanced by the three-dimensional velocity and temperature structure associated with ridge-transform-ridge

  11. Mid-ocean-ridge seismicity reveals extreme types of ocean lithosphere.

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    Schlindwein, Vera; Schmid, Florian

    2016-07-14

    Along ultraslow-spreading ridges, where oceanic tectonic plates drift very slowly apart, conductive cooling is thought to limit mantle melting and melt production has been inferred to be highly discontinuous. Along such spreading centres, long ridge sections without any igneous crust alternate with magmatic sections that host massive volcanoes capable of strong earthquakes. Hence melt supply, lithospheric composition and tectonic structure seem to vary considerably along the axis of the slowest-spreading ridges. However, owing to the lack of seismic data, the lithospheric structure of ultraslow ridges is poorly constrained. Here we describe the structure and accretion modes of two end-member types of oceanic lithosphere using a detailed seismicity survey along 390 kilometres of ultraslow-spreading ridge axis. We observe that amagmatic sections lack shallow seismicity in the upper 15 kilometres of the lithosphere, but unusually contain earthquakes down to depths of 35 kilometres. This observation implies a cold, thick lithosphere, with an upper aseismic zone that probably reflects substantial serpentinization. We find that regions of magmatic lithosphere thin dramatically under volcanic centres, and infer that the resulting topography of the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary could allow along-axis melt flow, explaining the uneven crustal production at ultraslow-spreading ridges. The seismicity data indicate that alteration in ocean lithosphere may reach far deeper than previously thought, with important implications towards seafloor deformation and fluid circulation.

  12. Chlorine in mid-ocean ridge magmas: Evidence for assimilation of seawater-influenced components

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    Michael, P.J. ); Schilling, J.G. )

    1989-12-01

    Suites of depleted MORB glasses from the fast-spreading Pacific-Nazca Ridge at 28{degree}S and 32{degree}S and the slow-spreading eastern boundary of the Juan Fernandez microplate were analyzed for chlorine by electron microprobe. The Cl concentrations in FeTi basalts exceed by a factor of 5 to 10 the amounts that can be generated by fractional crystallization of the primitive magmas. Selective melting or breakdown of amphibole and incorporation of Cl-rich brine contained in the wall rocks may be important processes. A magmatic source for the additional Cl and H{sub 2}O cannot be ruled out on geochemical grounds but is physically unrealistic because it requires that large volumes of magma have crystallized and exsolved a Cl-rich vapor phase that has somehow migrated to a small magma chamber. Excess Cl in evolved magmas is best developed in evolved MORB from propagating or overlapping spreading centers such as the Galapagos Spreading Center at 85{degree}W and 95{degree}W and the west ridge of the Juan Fernandez microplate. Cl overenrichment has not been observed on slow-spreading ridges including the eastern ridge of the Juan Fernandez microplate, the Southwest Indian Ridge, and the mid-Atlantic Ridge. The assimilation of hydrothermally altered material could influence the concentration and isotopic ratios of other elements which have low abundances in MORB relative to seawater.

  13. Mid-ocean-ridge seismicity reveals extreme types of ocean lithosphere

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    Schlindwein, Vera; Schmid, Florian

    2016-07-01

    Along ultraslow-spreading ridges, where oceanic tectonic plates drift very slowly apart, conductive cooling is thought to limit mantle melting and melt production has been inferred to be highly discontinuous. Along such spreading centres, long ridge sections without any igneous crust alternate with magmatic sections that host massive volcanoes capable of strong earthquakes. Hence melt supply, lithospheric composition and tectonic structure seem to vary considerably along the axis of the slowest-spreading ridges. However, owing to the lack of seismic data, the lithospheric structure of ultraslow ridges is poorly constrained. Here we describe the structure and accretion modes of two end-member types of oceanic lithosphere using a detailed seismicity survey along 390 kilometres of ultraslow-spreading ridge axis. We observe that amagmatic sections lack shallow seismicity in the upper 15 kilometres of the lithosphere, but unusually contain earthquakes down to depths of 35 kilometres. This observation implies a cold, thick lithosphere, with an upper aseismic zone that probably reflects substantial serpentinization. We find that regions of magmatic lithosphere thin dramatically under volcanic centres, and infer that the resulting topography of the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary could allow along-axis melt flow, explaining the uneven crustal production at ultraslow-spreading ridges. The seismicity data indicate that alteration in ocean lithosphere may reach far deeper than previously thought, with important implications towards seafloor deformation and fluid circulation.

  14. Magma Dynamics at Mid-Ocean Ridges by Noble Gas Kinetic Fractionation: Assessment of Magmatic Ascent Rates and Mantle Composition

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    Paonita, A.; Martelli, M.

    2007-12-01

    Topical scientific literature on magma degassing at mid-ocean ridges more and more focuses on exsolution processes occurring under conditions that are far from thermodynamic equilibrium between bubbles and silicate melt. Indeed, the dynamics of magma ascent and decompression can be faster than that of CO2 diffusion into bubbles, in which case the diffusivity ratios among volatiles are the main control of the composition of the exsolving gas phase. We have developed a model of bubble growth in silicate melts that calculates the extent of both CO2 supersaturation and kinetic fractionation among noble gases in vesicles in relation to the decompressive rate of basaltic melts. The model predicts that, due to comparable Ar and CO2 diffusivity, magma degassing at low pressure fractionates both He/Ar and He/CO2 ratios by a similar extent, while the slower CO2 diffusion at high pressure causes early kinetic effects on Ar/CO2 ratio and dramatically changes the degassing paths. By using this tool, we have reviewed the global He-Ar-CO2 dataset of fluid inclusions in mid-ocean-ridge glasses. We display that non-equilibrium fractionations among He, Ar and CO2, driven by their different diffusivities in silicate melts, are common in most of the natural conditions of magma decompression and their signature strongly depends on pressure of degassing. The different geochemical signatures among suites of data coming from different ridge segments mainly depend on the depth of the magma chamber where the melt was stored. Moreover, variations inside a single suite emerge due to the interplay between variable ascent speed of magma and cooling rate of the emplaced lava. As a result, two data groups coming from the Pito Seamount suite (Easter Microplate East ridge), showing different degree of CO2 supersaturation and He/Ar fractionation, provide ascent rates which differ by ten folds or even more. The large variations in both the He/CO2 and Ar/CO2 ratios at almost constant He/Ar, displayed

  15. Water in Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge Basalts: Evidence for a Wet Recycled Crustal Component in the Jan Mayen Plume

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    Rau, C.; Monsalve, M. L.; Dixon, J. E.; Kingsley, R.; Schilling, J.

    2007-12-01

    We present H2O concentrations in fresh mid-ocean ridge basalt (MORB) glasses dredged from 3 contiguous Arctic MAR ridge segments (Kolbeinsey, Mohns, and Knipovich Ridges) to determine the volatile content of the Jan Mayen plume end-member within this low 3He/4He region. Water concentrations (0.15-1.30 wt%) correlate with other indicators of mantle enrichment. H2O/Ce ratios vary from 208 to 428, consistent with high H2O/Ce of North Atlantic basalts (regional means of 240-280±50; Michael, EPSL, 131, 1995), but extend to values higher than previously reported. Previous Pb-Sr-Nd-Hf-H isotope studies of basalts from the Mohns Ridge confirm a strong binary mixing relationship along this ridge segment, grading from the Jan Mayen platform (enriched) eastward to the Greenland FZ where the Mohns Ridge meets the more depleted Knipovich Ridge. We model trace element concentrations in these basalts as binary mixing between depleted mantle and an enriched Jan Mayen component, followed by 7% batch melting of the mixed source using variable mineralogies. Depleted compositions are consistent with melting of a spinel lherzolite mantle, whereas the most enriched Jan Mayen lavas are best modeled by deeper melting of a mantle assemblage richer in clinopyroxene (>50%) and garnet suggesting involvement of a recycled crustal (eclogite) component. Moderately enriched lavas require intermediate mineralogies. Involvement of a recycled crustal component is consistent with the positive Nb and Ta and negative Pb anomalies in enriched samples. Water concentration in the Jan Mayen mantle component is estimated to be ~3000 ppm, significantly higher than previous estimates of water in other mantle plumes. The H2O/Ce of melts derived from melting of this component is ~300. A possible origin for the enriched component is subducted oceanic lithosphere retained in the shallow mantle during formation of the Caledonian suture at ~410-410 Ma as proposed for Iceland by Foulger and others (JVGR, 141, 2005

  16. Temporal changes in archaeal diversity and chemistry in a mid-ocean ridge subseafloor habitat.

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    Huber, Julie A; Butterfield, David A; Baross, John A

    2002-04-01

    The temporal variation in archaeal diversity in vent fluids from a midocean ridge subseafloor habitat was examined using PCR-amplified 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis and most-probable-number (MPN) cultivation techniques targeting hyperthermophiles. To determine how variations in temperature and chemical characteristics of subseafloor fluids affect the microbial communities, we performed molecular phylogenetic and chemical analyses on diffuse-flow vent fluids from one site shortly after a volcanic eruption in 1998 and again in 1999 and 2000. The archaeal population was divided into particle-attached (>3-microm-diameter cells) and free-living fractions to test the hypothesis that subseafloor microorganisms associated with active hydrothermal systems are adapted for a lifestyle that involves attachment to solid surfaces and formation of biofilms. To delineate between entrained seawater archaea and the indigenous subseafloor microbial community, a background seawater sample was also examined and found to consist only of Group I Crenarchaeota and Group II Euryarchaeota, both of which were also present in vent fluids. The indigenous subseafloor archaeal community consisted of clones related to both mesophilic and hyperthermophilic Methanococcales, as well as many uncultured Euryarchaeota, some of which have been identified in other vent environments. The particle-attached fraction consistently showed greater diversity than the free-living fraction. The fluid and MPN counts indicate that while culturable hyperthermophiles represent less than 1% of the total microbial community, the subseafloor at new eruption sites does support a hyperthermophilic microbial community. The temperature and chemical indicators of the degree of subseafloor mixing appear to be the most important environmental parameters affecting community diversity, and it is apparent that decreasing fluid temperatures correlated with increased entrainment of seawater, decreased concentrations of

  17. Experimental and theoretical constraints on the origin of mid-ocean ridge geothermal fluids

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    Berndt, M.E.

    1987-01-01

    Hydrothermal experiments were performed using basalt, diabase, and two synthetic plagioclase bearing assemblages and Na-Ca-K-Cl fluids of seawater chlorinity at conditions from 350 to 425/sup 0/C and 250 to 400 bars. Dissolved Ca, Na, SiO/sub 2/, and pH appear to be controlled by equilibrium with plagioclase and epidote. Fluids reacting with diabase at low fluid/rock ratios (0.5-1) remain undersaturated with respect to quartz due to formation of olivine hydration products, whereas fluids reacting with basalt become supersaturated with respect to quartz due to breakdown of fractionated glass and formation of amphibole. High SiO/sub 2/ activities during basalt alteration, leads to high Ca and base metal concentrations and low pH compared to diabase alteration at the same conditions. Dissolved Li, K, Rb, and Ba concentrations reach higher levels during basalt alteration than during diabase alteration. Since these elements avoid incorporation into crystalline phases during solidification of magmas they are concentrated in the glass which is easily altered by fluids and explains their increased mobility during basalt alteration. Na-Ca-pH-SiO/sub 2/ relationships in vent fluids can be used to constrain reaction zone conditions assuming the fluids are equilibrated with plagioclase and epidote. The temperatures predicted by such models are higher than measured vent fluid temperatures. Dissolved Sr/Ca ratios for ridge crest fluids are similar to those produced during diabase alteration and higher than those produced during basalt alteration. This observation supports deep-seated reaction of the hydrothermal fluids with diabase dikes and/or gabbro for vent fluid origin. Only 4% of the Sr initially present in basalt is mobilized during hydrothermal alteration even after 800 hours of reaction.

  18. Some Approaches to Modeling Diffuse Flow at Mid-Ocean Ridges

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    Farough, A.; Lowell, R. P.; Craft, K.; Germanovich, L. N.

    2011-12-01

    To obtain a sound understanding of subsurface temperatures and the extent of the subsurface biosphere in young oceanic crust, one must understand the mechanisms of diffuse flow at oceanic spreading centers. Mathematical modeling of diffuse flow at oceanic spreading centers has received relatively little attention compared to high-temperature black smoker discharge, in part because the temperature and fluid flow data required to constrain the models are scarce. We review a number of different approaches to modelling diffuse flow: (1) The simplest method considers 1-D steady-state uniform upflow from below subject to a heat transfer boundary condition at the surface, which represents the effects of mixing of hydrothermal fluid with seawater. These models, in which the heat transfer coefficient and the velocity of the ascending fluid are constrained by observed diffuse flow vent temperature and heat flux, typically result in a steep temperature gradient near the seafloor and subsurface biological activity may be limited to the upper few cm of the crust. (2) A related method uses data on the partitioning of heat flux between focused and diffuse flow and chemical data from the focused and diffuse flow components in a two-limb single pass modeling approach to determine the fraction of high-temperature fluid that is incorporated in the diffuse flow. Using data available from EPR 950', the Main Endeavour Field, and ASHES vent field at Axial Volcano on the Juan de Fuca Ridge in conjunction with Mg as a passive tracer, we find that the mixing ratio of high temperature in diffuse flow is <10%. The high-temperature contribution to the diffuse heat flux remains large, however, and high-temperature vent fluid ultimately contributes ~ 90% of the total heat output from the vent field. In these models mixing between high-temperature fluid and seawater may occur over a considerable depth, and the subsurface biosphere may be ~ 100 m deep beneath diffuse flow sites. (3) Finally, in

  19. Mid-ocean ridge basalt trace element evolution controlled by melt-rock reaction in the lower oceanic crust

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    Lissenberg, C.; MacLeod, C. J.

    2013-12-01

    Mid-ocean ridge basalt (MORB) is the most abundant magma on Earth, and is the main geochemical window into the mantle. When evolution in crustal magma chambers is accounted for, its composition reflects a combination of mantle composition, melting processes and melt migration mechanisms. However, this approach assumes that modification of melts in crustal magma chambers can be corrected for. Recently, it has emerged that the trace element distributions in MORB do not follow fractional crystallization trends, being characterized by a relative over-enrichment of incompatible elements acquired during crustal processing (O'Neill and Jenner, 2012). This implies that it is no longer appropriate to use fractional crystallization models alone to correct for intra-crustal evolution. In order to continue using MORB as messenger from the mantle, it is critical to fully understand the origin of its trace element distributions. O'Neill and Jenner (2012) posit that the trace elements in MORB are the result of repeated replenishment-tapping-fractionation cycles in oceanic magma chambers. Here we explore the alternative hypothesis that the trace elements are instead controlled by melt-rock reaction in the lower oceanic crust. Our hypothesis is based on observations from a suite of lower crustal gabbroic rocks from the East Pacific Rise exposed in Hess Deep (equatorial Pacific Ocean). These gabbros preserve evidence for extensive reactions between ascending melts and a gabbroic framework in the crystal mush that forms the bulk of the lower crust (Lissenberg et al. 2013). In this contribution we compare the trace element distributions generated by melt-rock reaction with those documented in MORB. We treat MORB as mixtures between rapidly transported melts that escape melt-rock reaction and melts that ascend slowly by reactive porous flow, with the trace element enrichment for the latter constrained by the Hess Deep gabbro data. Our results display an excellent correlation with the

  20. Enhanced volcanic CO2 degassing at oceanic hotspots and mid-ocean ridges in response to falling sea level

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    Hasenclever, Jörg; Knorr, Gregor; Rüpke, Lars; Köhler, Peter; Morgan, Jason; Garofalo, Kristin; Barker, Stephen; Lohmann, Gerrit; Hall, Ian

    2016-04-01

    Evidence from paleo-climate proxy data as well as results from geodynamical and biogeochemical modelling point to complex interactions between sea level variations, pressure-release melting of oceanic mantle, associated volcanic degassing, and atmospheric CO2 concentrations. Ice core data shows that the orbital component in global temperature records gradually declined between ˜85,000-70,000 yr BP, while atmospheric CO2 - instead of continuing its long-term correlation with Antarctic temperatures - remained relatively stable for several thousand years. Based on 2-D and 3-D geodynamical models we show that the massive (60-100 m) sea level drop during this period of Earth history led to a significant increase in magma and possibly CO2 fluxes along mid-ocean ridges (MOR) and especially oceanic hotspot volcanoes. We assess the MOR magma and CO2 fluxes using 2-D thermo-mechanical models that solve for wet melting of the mantle and the partitioning of highly incompatible carbon dioxide into the melt. These models have been run at various MOR opening rates, and we integrate these results with the global distribution of spreading rates to compute baseline fluxes as well as enhanced fluxes during the sea level fall. Furthermore we conducted more than 120 3-D simulations of rising and melting mantle plumes to construct a four-dimensional parameter space that covers a wide range of plume buoyancy fluxes, plume excess temperatures, lithosphere thicknesses and plate speeds. Using published data on 43 oceanic hotspots and locating them in the parameter space we derive a global hotspot-melting model that predicts magma and CO2 fluxes before and during the sea level drop. We find that, during a 80 m sea level drop over 10 kyr, global degassing at MOR and oceanic hotspots increases by 26 % and 36 %, respectively. Biogeochemical carbon cycle modelling further shows that the combined predicted increase in volcanic emissions along the global mid-ocean ridge system and at oceanic

  1. Along-strike magma mixing beneath mid-ocean ridges - Effects on isotopic ratios

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    Kenyon, P. M.; Turcotte, D. L.

    1987-01-01

    The effects of mixing processes on the isotopic variability of midocean ridge basalts are studied. The processes considered are porous flow dispersion and convective mixing in magma chambers. Porous flow dispersion is capable of mixing magmas over distances of only a few tens of meters. Convective mixing, on the other hand, is found to produce continuous magma chambers, where mixing is limited by convective processes, and for discontinuous chambers, where mixing is limited by chamber size. Preliminary comparison of the calculations with observations along the midocean ridges shows that the calculations are consistent with the existence of a correlation between bathymetry and isotopic ratio at long, but not at short, wavelengths. They are also capable of explaining a decrease in isotopic variability with increasing spreading rate.

  2. Lucky Strike seamount: Implications for the emplacement and rifting of segment-centered volcanoes at slow spreading mid-ocean ridges

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    Escartín, J.; Soule, S. A.; Cannat, M.; Fornari, D. J.; Düşünür, D.; Garcia, R.

    2014-11-01

    history of emplacement, tectonic evolution, and dismemberment of a central volcano within the rift valley of the slow spreading Mid-Atlantic Ridge at the Lucky Strike Segment is deduced using near-bottom sidescan sonar imagery and visual observations. Volcano emplacement is rapid (<1 Myr), associated with focused eruptions, and with effusion rates feeding lava flows that bury tectonic features developed prior to and during volcano construction. This volcanic phase likely requires efficient melt pooling and a long-lived crustal magma chamber as a melt source. A reduction in melt supply triggers formation of an axial graben rifting the central volcano, and the onset of seafloor spreading may eventually split it. At Lucky Strike, this results in two modes of crustal construction. Eruptions and tectonic activity focus at a narrow graben that bisects the central volcano and contains the youngest lava flows, accumulating a thick layer of extrusives. Away from the volcano summit, deformation and volcanic emplacement is distributed throughout the rift valley floor, lacking a clear locus of accretion and deformation. Volcanic emplacement on the rift floor is characterized by axial volcanic ridges fed by dikes that propagate from the central axial magma chamber. The mode of rapid volcano construction and subsequent rifting observed at the Lucky Strike seamount is common at other central volcanoes along the global mid-ocean ridge system.

  3. Loki's Castle: Discovery and geology of a black smoker vent field at the Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge

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    Pedersen, R.; Thorseth, I. H.; Lilley, M. D.; Barriga, F. J.; Früh-Green, G.; Nakamura, K.

    2010-12-01

    Previous attempts to locate hydrothermal vent fields and unravel the nature of venting at the ultraslow spreading and magma starved parts of the Arctic Mid Ocean Ridge (AMOR) have been unsuccessful. A black smoker vent field was eventually discovered at the Mohns-Knipovich bend at 73.5°N in 2008, and the field was revisited in 2009 and 2010. The Loki’s Castle vent field is located on the crest of an axial volcanic ridge that is bordered by a tectonic terrain dominated by core complexes to the NW, and a ridge flank that is buried by sediments from the Bear Island Fan to the SE. Fluid compositions are anomalous to other basalt-hosted fields and indicate interactions with sediments at depths. The vent field is associated with an unusually large hydrothermal deposit, which documents that extensive venting occurs at ultraslow spreading ridges despite the strongly reduced magmatic heat budget. ROV surveys have shown that venting occurs in two areas separated by around 100 m. Micro-bathymetry acquired by a Hugin AUV documents that two 20-30 tall mounds that coalesce at the base have developed around the vent sites. The micro-bathymetry also shows that the venting is located above two normal faults that define the NW margin of a rift that runs along the crest of the volcano. The black smoker fluids reach 317 °C, with an end-member SiO2 content of 16 mmol/kg. End-member chlorinity is around 85% of seawater suggesting that the fluids have phase-separated at depth. The fluid compositions indicate that the rock-water reactions occur around 2 km below the seafloor. The crustal thickness is estimated to be 4 +/- 0.5 km in the area. Whereas the depth of the reaction zone is comparable with faster spreading ridges, the fraction of crust cooled convectively by hydrothermal circulation is two times that of vent fields at ridges with normal crustal thickness.

  4. Mantle rock exposures at oceanic core complexes along mid-ocean ridges

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    Ciazela, Jakub; Koepke, Juergen; Dick, Henry J. B.; Muszynski, Andrzej

    2015-12-01

    The mantle is the most voluminous part of the Earth. However, mantle petrologists usually have to rely on indirect geophysical methods or on material found ex situ. In this review paper, we point out the in-situ existence of oceanic core complexes (OCCs), which provide large exposures of mantle and lower crustal rocks on the seafloor on detachment fault footwalls at slow-spreading ridges. OCCs are a common structure in oceanic crust architecture of slow-spreading ridges. At least 172 OCCs have been identified so far and we can expect to discover hundreds of new OCCs as more detailed mapping takes place. Thirty-two of the thirty-nine OCCs that have been sampled to date contain peridotites. Moreover, peridotites dominate in the plutonic footwall of 77% of OCCs. Massive OCC peridotites come from the very top of the melting column beneath ocean ridges. They are typically spinel harzburgites and show 11.3-18.3% partial melting, generally representing a maximum degree of melting along a segment. Another key feature is the lower frequency of plagioclase-bearing peridotites in the mantle rocks and the lower abundance of plagioclase in the plagioclase-bearing peridotites in comparison to transform peridotites. The presence of plagioclase is usually linked to impregnation with late-stage melt. Based on the above, OCC peridotites away from segment ends and transforms can be treated as a new class of abyssal peridotites that differ from transform peridotites by a higher degree of partial melting and lower interaction with subsequent transient melt.

  5. Seismic structure of the lithosphere and upper mantle beneath the ocean islands near mid-oceanic ridges

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    Haldar, C.; Kumar, P.; Kumar, M. Ravi

    2014-05-01

    Deciphering the seismic character of the young lithosphere near mid-oceanic ridges (MORs) is a challenging endeavor. In this study, we determine the seismic structure of the oceanic plate near the MORs using the P-to-S conversions isolated from quality data recorded at five broadband seismological stations situated on ocean islands in their vicinity. Estimates of the crustal and lithospheric thickness values from waveform inversion of the P-receiver function stacks at individual stations reveal that the Moho depth varies between ~ 10 ± 1 km and ~ 20 ± 1 km with the depths of the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary (LAB) varying between ~ 40 ± 4 and ~ 65 ± 7 km. We found evidence for an additional low-velocity layer below the expected LAB depths at stations on Ascension, São Jorge and Easter islands. The layer probably relates to the presence of a hot spot corresponding to a magma chamber. Further, thinning of the upper mantle transition zone suggests a hotter mantle transition zone due to the possible presence of plumes in the mantle beneath the stations.

  6. Poroelastic response of mid-ocean ridge hydrothermal systems to ocean tidal loading: Implications for shallow permeability structure

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    Barreyre, Thibaut; Sohn, Robert A.

    2016-02-01

    We use the time delay between tidal loading and exit-fluid temperature response for hydrothermal vents to model the poroelastic behavior and shallow upflow zone (SUZ) effective permeability structure of three mid-ocean ridge (MOR) sites with different spreading rates. Hydrothermal vents at Lucky Strike field exhibit relatively small phase lags corresponding to high SUZ effective permeabilities of ≥ ~10-10 m2, with variations that we interpret as resulting from differences in the extrusive layer thickness. By contrast, vents at East Pacific Rise site exhibit relatively large phase lags corresponding to low SUZ effective permeabilities of ≤ ~10-13 m2. Vents at Main Endeavour field exhibit both high and low phase lags, suggestive of a transitional behavior. Our results demonstrate that tidal forcing perturbs hydrothermal flow across the global MOR system, even in places where the tidal amplitude is very low, and that the flow response can be used to constrain variations in SUZ permeability structure beneath individual vent fields.

  7. Lunar mare versus terrestrial mid-ocean ridge basalts - Planetary constraints on basaltic volcanism

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    Papike, J. J.; Bence, A. E.

    1978-01-01

    Major differences which exist between terrestrial midocean ridge basalts (MORBs) and lunar mare basalts reflect the different planetary characteristics of earth and moon. MORBs are enriched in aluminum and have higher Mg/(Mg + Fe(2+)). These features reflect a more aluminum- and magnesium-rich mantle source for MORBs. Mare basalts are depleted in sodium and potassium relative to MORBs and, consequently, mare feldspars are depleted in the albite component relative to MORB feldspars; these features are a reflection of the alkali-depleted nature of the moon relative to earth. The oxygen fugacities that obtained during MORB petrogenesis follow the quartz-magnetite-fayalite buffer curve very closely, while those of mare basalts are several orders of magnitude lower. This results in reduced valence states for Fe, Cr, and Ti in mare basalts, which, in turn, has a significant effect on mineral-melt partitioning.

  8. Geochemical Evidence for Crustal Assimilation at Mid-Ocean Ridges Using Major and Trace Elements, Volatiles and Oxygen Isotopes

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    Wanless, V.; Perfit, M. R.; Ridley, W. I.; Wallace, P. J.; Valley, J. W.; Grimes, C. B.; Klein, E. M.

    2009-12-01

    Geochemical analyses and petrologic modeling of dacites erupted at three spreading centers suggest that crustal melting and assimilation may be an important process in the petrogenesis of high-silica lavas on mid-ocean ridges (MOR). Experimental results and textural observations of ophiolites suggest that assimilation could be important at MOR, but observational and geochemical evidence of this process are obscured at MOR because of lack of exposure and similar wall rock and magma compositions. Although most geochemical variability on MOR is consistent with low-pressure fractional crystallization of various mantle-derived parental melts, our geochemical investigations of MOR dacitic glasses suggest that there is a seawater-altered component involved in their petrogenesis. If assumed to reflect primary magmatic compositions, the measured high Cl, H2O and relatively low oxygen isotope ratios (~5.6 vs. expected values ~7) in MOR dacite glasses can be explained by assimilation of altered ocean crust, which has lower oxygen isotope ratios, and elevated Cl and H2O concentrations due to alteration/metamorphism by hydrothermal fluids. Petrologic modeling of MOR dacites also suggests assimilation of an altered crustal component. During AFC processes, ascending MORB magma undergoes extreme crystal fractionation (Ol+Plag+Cpx+Fe-oxides) coupled with melting and assimilation of altered ocean crust. Crystallization of silicate phases and Fe-oxides causes an increase in delta18O in the residual magma but assimilation of material altered at high temperatures causes a decrease in delta18O. Lower delta18O values have been observed in evolved volcanics at the East Pacific Rise, Juan de Fuca Ridge, and Galapagos Spreading Center, but coexisting refractory minerals have not yet been analyzed. These dacitic glasses support the hypothesis that crustal assimilation is an important process in the formation of highly evolved MOR lavas.

  9. Homogeneous superchondritic 142Nd/144Nd in the mid-ocean ridge basalt and ocean island basalt mantle

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    Jackson, Matthew G.; Carlson, Richard W.

    2012-06-01

    146Sm decays to 142Nd with a relatively short half-life (˜68 Ma). The142Nd/144Nd of modern terrestrial mantle-derived lavas is 18 ± 5 ppm higher than the chondrite reservoir. The difference in142Nd/144Nd between Earth and chondrites likely owes to Sm/Nd ratios 6% higher in the accessible Earth that arose within the first 30 million years following accretion. In order to constrain the early history of the mantle domains sampled by ocean island basalts (OIB) and mid-ocean ridge basalts (MORB), we present high-precision142Nd/144Nd measurements on 11 different lavas from five hot spots, and one lava each from the Indian and Atlantic ridges. The lavas examined in this study bracket much of the known Sr-Nd-Pb-He isotopic variability the in mantle. These data complement existing high-precision142Nd/144Nd data on MORB and OIB lavas. In agreement with previous studies, we find that MORB and OIB lavas examined for high-precision142Nd/144Nd exhibit ratios that are indistinguishable from the terrestrial standard and are 15-20 ppm higher than the average obtained for ordinary and enstatite chondrites. The uniform, superchondritic 142Nd/144Nd data in OIB and MORB are consistent with derivation from a common, early formed (<30 Ma after accretion) progenitor reservoir with Sm/Nd ˜6% higher than chondrites. If there exists any variability in 142Nd/144Nd in the OIBs and MORBs examined to date, it is too small to be resolved with the precision currently available.

  10. The effects of magmatic processes and crustal recycling on the molybdenum stable isotopic composition of Mid-Ocean Ridge Basalts

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    Bezard, Rachel; Fischer-Gödde, Mario; Hamelin, Cédric; Brennecka, Gregory A.; Kleine, Thorsten

    2016-11-01

    Molybdenum (Mo) stable isotopes hold great potential to investigate the processes involved in planetary formation and differentiation. However their use is currently hampered by the lack of understanding of the dominant controls driving mass-dependent fractionations at high temperature. Here we investigate the role of magmatic processes and mantle source heterogeneities on the Mo isotope composition of Mid-Ocean Ridges Basalts (MORBs) using samples from two contrasting ridge segments: (1) the extremely fast spreading Pacific-Antarctic (66-41°S) section devoid of plume influence and; (2) the slow spreading Mohns-Knipovich segment (77-71°N) intercepted by the Jan Mayen Plume (71°N). We show that significant variations in Mo stable isotope composition exist in MORBs with δ98/95Mo ranging from - 0.24 ‰ to + 0.15 ‰ (relative to NIST SRM3134). The absence of correlation between δ98/95Mo and indices of magma differentiation or partial melting suggests a negligible impact of these processes on the isotopic variations observed. On the other hand, the δ98/95Mo variations seem to be associated with changes in radiogenic isotope signatures and rare earth element ratios (e.g., (La/Sm)N), suggesting mantle source heterogeneities as a dominant factor for the δ98/95Mo variations amongst MORBs. The heaviest Mo isotope compositions correspond to the most enriched signatures, suggesting that recycled crustal components are isotopically heavy compared to the uncontaminated depleted mantle. The uncontaminated depleted mantle shows slightly sub-chondritic δ98/95Mo, which cannot be produced by core formation and, therefore, more likely result from extensive anterior partial melting of the mantle. Consequently, the primitive δ98/95Mo composition of the depleted mantle appears overprinted by the effects of both partial melting and crustal recycling.

  11. Experimental Constraints on Thermal Cracking of Peridotite at Mid-Ocean Ridges

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    Demartin, B.; Hirth, G.; Evans, B.

    2002-12-01

    Fluid flow at oceanic spreading centers controls the cooling and rheology of oceanic lithosphere, the biological and chemical evolution of hydrothermal systems, and serpentinization of mantle peridotite. Faults provide conduits for focused flow at the ridges and likely provide the channels necessary to sustain high-temperature hydrothermal vents. However, dispersed fluid flow can be accommodated though a zone of thermally fractured rock and promote distributed serpentinization of the lithosphere at slow spreading ridges. Thermal fractures form in upwelling mantle peridotite due to both thermal expansion anisotropy and thermal expansion mismatch between mineral grains. To test the applicability of micromechanical models for thermal cracking in peridotite and determine the critical stress intensity factor necessary to initiate thermal cracking in the oceanic lithosphere, we have run controlled cooling rate experiments on hot-pressed olivine aggregates. During the experiments, we use a pore fluid monitoring technique to determine when cracking proceeds to an extent where an interconnected microcrack network develops. By varying grain size, cooling rate, and confining pressure during the experiments, we can either enhance or suppress thermal cracking within the olivine samples. Larger grain sizes (38 - 60 microns) or faster cooling rates (1oC/s) enhance microcrack formation. Based on our experiments, we estimate a critical stress intensity factor of ~0.65-0.75 MPa m1/2. The laboratory experiments can be scaled to the Earth using micromechanical models for the influence of grain size and cooling rate on the freezing temperature for viscous dissipation of thermal stresses (Evans and Clarke, 1980). The depth extent of thermal cracking can be estimated by coupling micromechanical models of stress intensity resulting from anisotropic thermal contraction with thermal models for upwelling mantle at oceanic spreading centers. Our analysis indicates that thermal cracking of

  12. Novel microbial assemblages inhabiting crustal fluids within mid-ocean ridge flank subsurface basalt.

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    Jungbluth, Sean P; Bowers, Robert M; Lin, Huei-Ting; Cowen, James P; Rappé, Michael S

    2016-08-01

    Although little is known regarding microbial life within our planet's rock-hosted deep subseafloor biosphere, boreholes drilled through deep ocean sediment and into the underlying basaltic crust provide invaluable windows of access that have been used previously to document the presence of microorganisms within fluids percolating through the deep ocean crust. In this study, the analysis of 1.7 million small subunit ribosomal RNA genes amplified and sequenced from marine sediment, bottom seawater and basalt-hosted deep subseafloor fluids that span multiple years and locations on the Juan de Fuca Ridge flank was used to quantitatively delineate a subseafloor microbiome comprised of distinct bacteria and archaea. Hot, anoxic crustal fluids tapped by newly installed seafloor sampling observatories at boreholes U1362A and U1362B contained abundant bacterial lineages of phylogenetically unique Nitrospirae, Aminicenantes, Calescamantes and Chloroflexi. Although less abundant, the domain Archaea was dominated by unique, uncultivated lineages of marine benthic group E, the Terrestrial Hot Spring Crenarchaeotic Group, the Bathyarchaeota and relatives of cultivated, sulfate-reducing Archaeoglobi. Consistent with recent geochemical measurements and bioenergetic predictions, the potential importance of methane cycling and sulfate reduction were imprinted within the basalt-hosted deep subseafloor crustal fluid microbial community. This unique window of access to the deep ocean subsurface basement reveals a microbial landscape that exhibits previously undetected spatial heterogeneity.

  13. Novel microbial assemblages inhabiting crustal fluids within mid-ocean ridge flank subsurface basalt

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    Jungbluth, Sean P; Bowers, Robert M; Lin, Huei-Ting; Cowen, James P; Rappé, Michael S

    2016-01-01

    Although little is known regarding microbial life within our planet's rock-hosted deep subseafloor biosphere, boreholes drilled through deep ocean sediment and into the underlying basaltic crust provide invaluable windows of access that have been used previously to document the presence of microorganisms within fluids percolating through the deep ocean crust. In this study, the analysis of 1.7 million small subunit ribosomal RNA genes amplified and sequenced from marine sediment, bottom seawater and basalt-hosted deep subseafloor fluids that span multiple years and locations on the Juan de Fuca Ridge flank was used to quantitatively delineate a subseafloor microbiome comprised of distinct bacteria and archaea. Hot, anoxic crustal fluids tapped by newly installed seafloor sampling observatories at boreholes U1362A and U1362B contained abundant bacterial lineages of phylogenetically unique Nitrospirae, Aminicenantes, Calescamantes and Chloroflexi. Although less abundant, the domain Archaea was dominated by unique, uncultivated lineages of marine benthic group E, the Terrestrial Hot Spring Crenarchaeotic Group, the Bathyarchaeota and relatives of cultivated, sulfate-reducing Archaeoglobi. Consistent with recent geochemical measurements and bioenergetic predictions, the potential importance of methane cycling and sulfate reduction were imprinted within the basalt-hosted deep subseafloor crustal fluid microbial community. This unique window of access to the deep ocean subsurface basement reveals a microbial landscape that exhibits previously undetected spatial heterogeneity. PMID:26872042

  14. The axial melt lens as a processor of evolved melts at fast-spreading mid-ocean ridges

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    Loocke, M. P.; Lissenberg, J. C. J.; MacLeod, C. J.

    2015-12-01

    The axial melt lens is a steady-state, generally magma-rich body located at the dyke-gabbro transition at mid-crustal levels beneath intermediate- and fast-spreading ridges. It is widely believed to be the reservoir from which mid-ocean ridge basalt (MORB) erupts. Using a remotely-operated vehicle, cruise JC21 to the Hess Deep Rift recovered the first comprehensive sample suite of the uppermost plutonics from a fast-spreading ridge. We present the results of a detailed microanalytical investigation of 23 samples (8 dolerites, 14 gabbronorites, and 1 gabbro) recovered by ROV dive 78 from a section traversing the transition from the uppermost gabbros into the sheeted dykes. With the exception of a single olivine-bearing sample (78R-6), dive 78 is dominated by evolved, varitextured (both in hand sample and thin section) oxide gabbronorites. Full thin section quantitative element maps were acquired on serial thin sections from each sample using the analytical scanning electron microscope in the at Cardiff University. The resulting maps were post-processed in MatlabTM to determine the full distribution of plagioclase compositions across entire thin sections (typically 500,000 analyses per sample); an approach we term 'quantitative assessment of compositional distribution' (QACD). By so doing we are able to conduct the first fully rigorous assessment of gabbro compositions, and, by extension, melt compositions present at this level beneath the ridge axis. Critically, we only found 2 grains of high-An plagioclase (An>80) in all of the samples (N = 51). These occur as cores within a sample dominated by lower-An plagioclase. Instead, the vast majority (75%) of plagioclase within the samples have compositions of An65 or lower; compositions too evolved to be in equilibrium with MORB. The most primitive sample, 78R-6, is an olivine-bearing gabbronorite with Fo67 olivine, and plagioclase ranging from An52-77 (median An = 65). These data are difficult to reconcile with models in

  15. Cooling rates of mid-ocean ridge lava deduced from clinopyroxene spherulites

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    Gardner, James E.; Befus, Kenneth S.; Miller, Nathan R.; Monecke, Thomas

    2014-08-01

    We present a compositional analysis of spherulites and their surrounding groundmass in basaltic andesite lava samples collected from the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge. The spherulites consist of radiating dendritic branches of clinopyroxene, and contain abundant vesicles that are stretched parallel to the branches. Stretched vesicles require that the spherulites grew when the groundmass was liquid, and thus while it was hotter than its glass transition. Although chemical components incompatible in clinopyroxene should have been enriched in the melt by spherulite growth, no compositional variations occur at a scale larger than the 10 μm-wide slit aperture used for laser ablation ICP-MS. The absence of large-scale gradients implies that the spherulites grew faster than the elements could diffuse ~ 10 μm. Because diffusion is temperature controlled, cooling must have been rapid enough to prevent movement. If the spherulites nucleated when the melt was at between 1380 and 1223 K (i.e., undercooled by 0 to 157 K), then the constant concentrations of Li, Na, and K, the fastest diffusing elements analyzed, require temperature to have cooled faster than 106-7 K min- 1. If, instead, the spherulites nucleated at undercoolings of 357 to 465 K (or as cold as 915 K, equal to the glass transition temperature), then the cooling rate could have been as slow as those inferred for glassy rinds on submarine lavas by relaxation geospeedometry. At all possible cooling rates, however, the spherulites must have grown as fast as ~ 103-5 μm s- 1 to reach their final sizes of 1.4 to 3.2 mm. We speculate that the rapid growth resulted from low kinetic barriers to clinopyroxene growth in the basaltic andesite melt.

  16. Macrofauna of shallow hydrothermal vents on the Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge at 71N

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    Schander, C.; Rapp, H. T.; Pedersen, R. B.

    2007-12-01

    Deep-sea hydrothermal vents are usually associated with a highly specialized fauna and since their discovery in 1977, more than 400 species of animals have been described. Specialized vent fauna includes various animal phyla, but the most conspicuous and well known are annelids, mollusks and crustaceans. We have investigated the fauna collected around newly discovered hydrothermal vents on the Mohns Ridge north of Jan Mayen. The venting fields are located at 71°N and the venting takes place within two main areas separated by 5 km. The shallowest vent area is at 500-550 m water depth and is located at the base of a normal fault. This vent field stretches approximately 1 km along the strike of the fault, and it is composed of 10-20 major vent sites each with multiple chimney constructions discharging up to 260°C hot fluids. A large area of diffuse, low- temperature venting occurs in the area surrounding the high-temperature field. Here, partly microbial mediated iron-oxide-hydroxide deposits are abundant. The hydrothermal vent sites do not show any high abundance of specialized hydrothermal vent fauna. Single groups (i.e. Porifera and Mollusca) have a few representatives but groups otherwise common in hydrothermal vent areas (e.g. vestimentifera, Alvinellid worms, mussels, clams, galathaeid and brachyuran crabs) are absent. Up until now slightly more than 200 species have been identified from the vent area. The macrofauna found in the vent area is, with few exceptions, an assortment of bathyal species known in the area. One endemic, yet undescribed, species of mollusc has been found so far, an gastropod related to Alvania incognita Warén, 1996 and A. angularis Warén, 1996 (Rissoidae), two species originally described from pieces of sunken wood north and south of Iceland. It is by far the most numerous mollusc species at the vents and was found on smokers, in the bacterial mats, and on the ferric deposits. A single specimen of an undescribed tanaidacean has also

  17. HIMU-type Mid-Ocean Ridge Basalts Incorporate a Primitive Component

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    Tucker, J.; Mukhopadhyay, S.; Schilling, J. E.

    2011-12-01

    Ne than MORBs. Additionally, the enriched MORB samples also constrain the HIMU mantle 40Ar/36Ar to ~20,000 and 129Xe/130Xe ~7.3-7.5, significantly lower than the depleted MORBs. Like the HIMU basalts from the Cook and Austral Islands, a less degassed reservoir than the MORB source must be invoked to explain the He and Ne systematics in the HIMU-type MORBs. If HIMU represents recycled crust, then it must have entrained or been entrained by a less degassed mantle from the deep interior. This less degassed reservoir would also explain the good correspondence between low 21Ne/22Ne, low 40Ar/36Ar and low 129Xe/130Xe in the HIMU-type samples. While we cannot rule out recycling of atmospheric noble gases to explain the low 40Ar/36Ar and 129Xe/130Xe, involvement of a source less degassed in He and Ne would also be accompanied by a less degassed Ar and Xe isotopic signature. Therefore the simplest explanation of the covariation between the noble gases and lithophile isotopes involves a mixture of a less processed and hence more primitive component, a degassed recycled component, and depleted MORB mantle beneath the equatorial Mid-Atlantic Ridge.

  18. Interaction of mantle plumes and migrating mid-ocean ridges: Implications for the Gal{acute a}pagos plume-ridge system

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    Ito, G.; Lin, J.; Gable, C.W.

    1997-07-01

    We investigate the three-dimensional interaction of mantle plumes and migrating mid-ocean ridges with variable viscosity numerical models. Numerical models predict that along-axis plume width W and maximum distance of plume-ridge interaction x{sub max} scale with (Q/U){sup 1/2}, where Q is plume source volume flux and U is ridge full spreading rate. Both W and x{sub max} increase with buoyancy number {Pi}{sub b} which reflects the strength of gravitational- versus plate-driven spreading. Scaling laws derived for stationary ridges in steady-state with near-ridge plumes are consistent with those obtained from independent studies of {ital Ribe} [1996]. In the case of a migrating ridge, the distance of plume-ridge interaction is reduced when a ridge migrates toward the plume because of the excess drag of the faster moving leading plate and enhanced when a ridge migrates away from the plume because of the reduced drag of the slower moving trailing plate. Given the mildly buoyant and relatively viscous plumes investigated here, the slope of the lithospheric boundary and thermal erosion of the lithosphere have little effect on plume flow. From observed plume widths of the Gal{acute a}pagos plume-migrating ridge system, our scaling laws yield estimates of Gal{acute a}pagos plume volume flux of 5{endash}16{times}10{sup 6}km{sup 3}m.y.{sup {minus}1} and a buoyancy flux of {minus}2{times}10{sup 3}kgs{sup {minus}1}. Model results suggest that the observed increase in bathymetric and mantle-Bouguer gravity anomalies along Cocos Plate isochrons with increasing isochron age is due to higher crustal production when the Gal{acute a}pagos ridge axis was closer to the plume several million years ago. The anomaly amplitudes can be explained by a plume source with a relatively mild temperature anomaly (50{degree}{endash}100{degree}C) and moderate radius (100{endash}200 km). (Abstract Truncated)

  19. Quantitative and phylogenetic study of the Deep Sea Archaeal Group in sediments of the Arctic mid-ocean spreading ridge.

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    Jørgensen, Steffen L; Thorseth, Ingunn H; Pedersen, Rolf B; Baumberger, Tamara; Schleper, Christa

    2013-01-01

    In marine sediments archaea often constitute a considerable part of the microbial community, of which the Deep Sea Archaeal Group (DSAG) is one of the most predominant. Despite their high abundance no members from this archaeal group have so far been characterized and thus their metabolism is unknown. Here we show that the relative abundance of DSAG marker genes can be correlated with geochemical parameters, allowing prediction of both the potential electron donors and acceptors of these organisms. We estimated the abundance of 16S rRNA genes from Archaea, Bacteria, and DSAG in 52 sediment horizons from two cores collected at the slow-spreading Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge, using qPCR. The results indicate that members of the DSAG make up the entire archaeal population in certain horizons and constitute up to ~50% of the total microbial community. The quantitative data were correlated to 30 different geophysical and geochemical parameters obtained from the same sediment horizons. We observed a significant correlation between the relative abundance of DSAG 16S rRNA genes and the content of organic carbon (p < 0.0001). Further, significant co-variation with iron oxide, and dissolved iron and manganese (all p < 0.0000), indicated a direct or indirect link to iron and manganese cycling. Neither of these parameters correlated with the relative abundance of archaeal or bacterial 16S rRNA genes, nor did any other major electron donor or acceptor measured. Phylogenetic analysis of DSAG 16S rRNA gene sequences reveals three monophyletic lineages with no apparent habitat-specific distribution. In this study we support the hypothesis that members of the DSAG are tightly linked to the content of organic carbon and directly or indirectly involved in the cycling of iron and/or manganese compounds. Further, we provide a molecular tool to assess their abundance in environmental samples and enrichment cultures.

  20. Degassing of Noble Gases in Mid-Ocean Ridge and Ocean-Island Basalts: A Self- Consistent Model

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    Gonnermann, H. M.; Mukhopadhyay, S.

    2006-12-01

    We present results from numerical degassing models for H2O, CO2, He, Ne, and Ar during ascent-driven decompression of mid-ocean ridge basalts (MORBs) and ocean island basalts (OIBs). Degassing is modeled for a range of decompression rates, encompassing equilibrium through disequilibrium, and for open-system loss of exsolved gas ranging from 100% through 0% (closed-system). Our calculations predict the abundances and elemental ratios of noble gases dissolved in the melt during ascent to the sea floor. The resultant degassing trajectories are compared against measured volatiles in oceanic basalt glasses. We also calculate abundances and elemental ratios of the exsolved volatiles forming bubbles within the magma and compare them against measured values from crushed basalt glasses. From a comprehensive compilation of published analyses we find that concentrations and elemental ratios of CO2, He, Ne and Ar in MORB and OIB glasses are consistent with varying degrees of open-system degassing during magma ascent. Exsolution of He and Ne are primarily controlled by their solubilities. Because solubilities are dependent on fugacities via Henry's law, exsolution of He and Ne is dependent on the CO2 content of the magma. In contrast, Ar exsolution appears to be kinetically controlled, consistent with its relatively low diffusivity. CO2 and H2O concentrations of the modeled parental magma are within the range of observed values (1000 to 5000 ppm). We find that noble gases in MORBs are explained self-consistently by degassing of a parental magma with initial noble gas concentrations that fall within the range of values derived from hydrothermal 3He/CO2 ratios and measured values in popping rock 2ΠD43. Most OIBs are best explained by degassing of a parental magma with similar radiogenic and nucleogenic noble-gases, but an enrichment in primordial 3He and ^{22}Ne, relative to MORB.

  1. Degassing history of a mid-ocean ridge rhyolite dome on the Alarcon Rise, Gulf of California

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    Portner, R. A.; Dreyer, B. M.; Clague, D. A.; Lowenstern, J. B.; Head, J. W., III; Saal, A. E.

    2014-12-01

    A 2350 meter deep rhyolite lava dome and surrounding intermediate-mafic complex on the Alarcon Rise mid-ocean ridge in the Gulf of California was sampled extensively during a 2012 MBARI expedition. The dome is predominantly composed of sparsely vesicular (<10%) obsidian with local deposits of pumiceous breccia. Pumiceous lapilli comprise highly vesicular (40-60%) fracture networks that separate non-vesicular obsidian "pseudoclasts". Textures and major element geochemistry suggest that both lithologies originated from the same magma that formed the majority of the dome. This is corroborated by comparable major element compositions (~75% SiO2) and near-equilibrium phenocryst assemblages including olivine (Fo10) and plagioclase (An17). Attenuated total reflectance (ATR) and transmission FTIR spectroscopy was used to measure H2O concentrations in olivine and plagioclase melt inclusions as well as host glasses (CO2 was below detection, <30 ppm). Rhyolite host glass contains 1.5-2.0 wt% H2O, similar to nearby andesite and dacite. These concentrations agree with saturation limits for H2O (1.7%) at the depth of Alarcon Rise, but are slightly less than what is predicted by fractional crystallization modeling. Melt inclusions from plagioclase and olivine in rhyolite contain a maximum of 3.5-4.5% H2O suggesting that up to 3.0% H2O exsolved into bubbles during a 3 km ascent. Hydrostatic pressures (23 MPa) at the eruptive vent would have permitted 53% vesiculation in agreement with petrographic observations. Although ~50% vesiculation and exsolved H2O contents of 3.0 wt% are less than the ideal threshold for magmatic fragmentation, the presence of highly vesicular ash particles representing fragmented pumiceous breccia argues otherwise. We posit that decoupled volatiles from a deeper magma body migrated through fracture networks to the surface causing mild explosivity.

  2. Zinc, copper, and lead in mid-ocean ridge basalts and the source rock control on Zn/Pb in ocean-ridge hydrothermal deposits

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    Doe, B.R.

    1994-01-01

    The contents of Zn, Cu, and Pb in mid-ocean ridge basalts (MORB) and the MORB source-rock control on Zn/Pb in ocean-ridge hydrothermal deposits are examined. The values of Zn, Cu, and Pb for submarine mid-ocean ridge basalts (MORB) are, respectively (in ppm): average MORB-75, 75, and 0.7; West Valley, Juan de Fuca Ridge (JFR)-87, 64, and 0.5; southern JFR-120 and 0.5; and 21??N, East Pacific Rise (EPR)-73, 78, and 0.5. Values of Zn/Pb range from about 100-240 and Cu/ Pb from 100-156. In this study, Zn is found to correlate positively with TiO2 + FeO (mean square of weighted deviates, MSWD, of 1.6 for JFR basalt), and inversely with Mg number (MSWD of 3.5). Therefore, contrary to statements in the literature that Zn should be compatible in MORB, Zn is a mildly incompatible element and must be enriched in the glass phase relative to olivine as Zn does not fit into the other major phenocryst phase, plagioclase. In the source of MORB, Zn likely is most enriched in oxides: spinel, magnetite, and titanomagnetite. Copper generally does not correlate well with other elements in most MORB data examined. When differentiation is dominated by olivine, Cu has a tendency to behave incompatibly (e.g., at Mg numbers > 70), but, overall, Cu shows some tendency towards being a compatible element, particularly along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a behavior presumably due to separation of sulfides in which Cu (but not Zn) is markedly enriched. Copper thus may be in dispersed sulfides in the source of MORB. Ocean ridges provide important data on source-rock controls for sulfide deposits because, in sediment-starved ridges, much is known about the possible source rocks and mineralization is presently occurring. In contrast to Zn/Pb ~5 in continental hot Cl-rich brines, Zn/Pb in the hottest sediment-starved ridge black smoker hydrothermal fluids at 21 ??N, EPR is about 110, similar to local MORB (145), but Cu/Pb is closer to 30, possibly due to subsurface deposition of Cu. At the JFR, the best

  3. Seismic Structure of Malpelo and Cocos Volcanic Ridges and Implications for Hotspot - Mid-Oceanic Ridge Interaction

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    Sallares, V.; Charvis, P.; Flueh, E.; Walther, C.; Bialas, J.

    2001-12-01

    In this work we investigate the seismic structure of the Cocos and Malpelo Volcanic Ridges along three wide-angle profiles acquired during the PAGANINI-1999 experiment. The 2D velocity field and Moho geometry have been obtained using a joint refraction/reflection traveltime inversion method. Uncertainty and robustness of the results have been estimated by performing a Monte Carlo-type analysis. The results show that maximum crustal thickness along the three profiles range between 16 km (Southern Cocos) and 19 km (Northern Cocos and Malpelo). Oceanic Layer 2 thickness is quite uniform regardless of the crustal thickness variations, and thus crustal thickening is mainly accomodated in Layer 3. Seismic velocities of Layer 3 are similar in all profiles. We found several low velocity anomalies in the long-wavelength structure (up to ~6.8 km/s), which lead to an overall anticorrelation between crustal thickness and bulk lower crustal velocities. The Moho geometry of the Southern Cocos profile is highly asymmetric. The steep transition into a normal oceanic crust in the easternmost segment of this profile can be associated with the presence of the Inca Fracture Zone at the Cocos-Nazca Spreading Center. The rapid thinning of the northernmost segment of Malpelo Ridge can be most likely related with a rifting process that splitted the ancient Malpelo Ridge into Regina and Malpelo Ridges after the initiation of the movement along the Panam Fracture Zone.

  4. Investigations of a novel fauna from hydrothermal vents along the Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge (AMOR) (Invited)

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    Rapp, H.; Schander, C.; Halanych, K. M.; Levin, L. A.; Sweetman, A.; Tverberg, J.; Hoem, S.; Steen, I.; Thorseth, I. H.; Pedersen, R.

    2010-12-01

    The Arctic deep ocean hosts a variety of habitats ranging from fairly uniform sedimentary abyssal plains to highly variable hard bottoms on mid ocean ridges, including biodiversity hotspots like seamounts and hydrothermal vents. Deep-sea hydrothermal vents are usually associated with a highly specialized fauna, and since their discovery in 1977 more than 400 species of animals have been described. This fauna includes various animal groups of which the most conspicuous and well known are annelids, mollusks and crustaceans. The newly discovered deep sea hydrothermal vents on the Mohns-Knipovich ridge north of Iceland harbour unique biodiversity. The Jan Mayen field consists of two main areas with high-temperature white smoker venting and wide areas with low-temperature seepage, located at 5-700 m, while the deeper Loki Castle vent field at 2400 m depth consists of a large area with high temperature black smokers surrounded by a sedimentary area with more diffuse low-temperature venting and barite chimneys. The Jan Mayen sites show low abundance of specialized hydrothermal vent fauna. Single groups have a few specialized representatives but groups otherwise common in hydrothermal vent areas are absent. Slightly more than 200 macrofaunal species have been identified from this vent area, comprising mainly an assortment of bathyal species known from the surrounding area. Analysis of stable isotope data also indicates that the majority of the species present are feeding on phytodetritus and/or phytoplankton. However, the deeper Loki Castle vent field contains a much more diverse vent endemic fauna with high abundances of specialized polychaetes, gastropods and amphipods. These specializations also include symbioses with a range of chemosynthetic microorganisms. Our data show that the fauna composition is a result of high degree of local specialization with some similarities to the fauna of cold seeps along the Norwegian margin and wood-falls in the abyssal Norwegian Sea

  5. Quantitative estimate of heat flow from a mid-ocean ridge axial valley, Raven field, Juan de Fuca Ridge: Observations and inferences

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    Salmi, Marie S.; Johnson, H. Paul; Tivey, Maurice A.; Hutnak, Michael

    2014-09-01

    A systematic heat flow survey using thermal blankets within the Endeavour segment of the Juan de Fuca Ridge axial valley provides quantitative estimates of the magnitude and distribution of conductive heat flow at a mid-ocean ridge, with the goal of testing current models of hydrothermal circulation present within newly formed oceanic crust. Thermal blankets were deployed covering an area of 700 by 450 m in the Raven Hydrothermal vent field area located 400 m north of the Main Endeavour hydrothermal field. A total of 176 successful blanket deployment sites measured heat flow values that ranged from 0 to 31 W m-2. Approximately 53% of the sites recorded values lower than 100 mW m-2, suggesting large areas of seawater recharge and advective extraction of lithospheric heat. High heat flow values were concentrated around relatively small "hot spots." Integration of heat flow values over the Raven survey area gives an estimate of conductive heat output of 0.3 MW, an average of 0.95 W m-2, over the survey area. Fluid circulation cell dimensions and scaling equations allow calculation of a Rayleigh number of approximately 700 in Layer 2A. The close proximity of high and low heat flow areas, coupled with previous estimates of surficial seafloor permeability, argues for the presence of small-scale hydrothermal fluid circulation cells within the high-porosity uppermost crustal layer of the axial seafloor.

  6. Biosignatures in chimney structures and sediment from the Loki's Castle low-temperature hydrothermal vent field at the Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge.

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    Jaeschke, Andrea; Eickmann, Benjamin; Lang, Susan Q; Bernasconi, Stefano M; Strauss, Harald; Früh-Green, Gretchen L

    2014-05-01

    We investigated microbial life preserved in a hydrothermally inactive silica–barite chimney in comparison with an active barite chimney and sediment from the Loki's Castle low-temperature venting area at the Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge (AMOR) using lipid biomarkers. Carbon and sulfur isotopes were used to constrain possible metabolic pathways. Multiple sulfur (dδ34S, Δ33S) isotopes on barite over a cross section of the extinct chimney range between 21.1 and 22.5 % in δ34S, and between 0.020 and 0.034 % in Δ33S, indicating direct precipitation from seawater. Biomarker distributions within two discrete zones of this silica–barite chimney indicate a considerable difference in abundance and diversity of microorganisms from the chimney exterior to the interior. Lipids in the active and inactive chimney barite and sediment were dominated by a range of 13C-depleted unsaturated and branched fatty acids with δ13C values between -39.7 and -26.7 %, indicating the presence of sulfur-oxidizing and sulfate-reducing bacteria. The majority of lipids (99.5 %) in the extinct chimney interior that experienced high temperatures were of archaeal origin. Unusual glycerol monoalkyl glycerol tetraethers (GMGT) with 0–4 rings were the dominant compounds suggesting the presence of mainly (hyper-) thermophilic archaea. Isoprenoid hydrocarbons with δ13C values as low as -46 % also indicated the presence of methanogens and possibly methanotrophs.

  7. Geomagnetic Paleointensity Variations as a Cheap, High-Resolution Geochronometer for Recent Mid-Ocean Ridge Processes

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    DYMENT, J.; HEMOND, C.

    2001-12-01

    of the data confirms the quality of the oceanic crust as a recorder of the geomagnetic variations. Future work in the framework of Project GIMNAUT include 1) the processing and interpretation of the available magnetic signals to obtain a detailed sequence of the geomagnetic fluctuations for the last 800 ka; 2) the dating of collected samples with different radiochronologic methods such as K-Ar and Ar-Ar for samples older than 100-150 ka and 230Th-238U for samples aged between 300-10 ka; and 3) the calibration of the geomagnetic intensity variation sequence as a high resolution geochronometer for the last 800 ka. Such a magnetic geochronometer would present an obvious interest for mid-ocean ridge studies, because of its low cost and simplicity of operation: it would only require the addition of a deep-sea magnetometer onto existing means of investigation such as submersibles, ROVs or AUVs. Beyond this application, this magnetic geochronometer could also be used for accurate dating of pelagic sedimentary sequences, through the analysis of relative paleointensities on cores, or of continental or island volcanic flows, through the determination of absolute paleointensities by the Thellier-Thellier method. (*) N. Arnaud, C. Bassoullet, M.. Benoit, A. Briais, F. Chabaux, A.K. Chaubey, A. Chauvin, P. Gente, H. Guillou, H. Horen, M. Kitazawa, B. Le Gall, M. Maia, M. Ravilly

  8. Temporal variations of the segmentation of slow to intermediate spreading mid-ocean ridges 1. Synoptic observations based on satellite altimetry data

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    Briais, Anne; Rabinowicz, Michel

    2002-05-01

    The high-resolution geoid and gravity maps derived from ERS-1 and Geosat satellite geodetic missions reveal a set of small-scale lineations on the flanks of slow to intermediate spreading mid-ocean ridges. Assuming that these lineations reflect the variations in crustal structure induced by mid-ocean ridge axial discontinuities, we use them to investigate how the discontinuities, and the segments they bound, appear, migrate, and disappear. We provide a synoptic description of the main characteristics of the crustal structure variations, as well as their evolution in time, over the flanks of the Mid-Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific-Antarctic Ridges. The second-order segment length does not appear to vary with the spreading rate for the slow to intermediate spreading ridges investigated here. The amplitude of the gravity signal associated with off-axis discontinuity traces increases with the obliquity of the ridge to spreading and decreases with spreading rate and with the proximity of a ridge section to a hot spot. The patterns of the gravity lineations appear to be very homogeneous over 500- to 1000-km-large corridors bounded by large fracture zones. Far from hot spots, corridors are characterized either by segments bounded by discontinuities migrating back and forth along the axis, implying a lifetime of 10-30 Myr for the segments, or by segments and discontinuities very stable in space and time, surviving for 40-50 Myr. Closer to hot spots, the segmentation is affected in two ways. First, segments tend to migrate along axis away from hot spots, or toward cold spots. Second, asymmetric spreading tends to keep sections of ridges closer to hot spots than normal spreading would. These observations support the hypothesis that ridge segmentation and its evolution are controlled by mantle dynamics. Our analysis provides observational constraints for further models of crustal production along ridges, which are presented in the companion paper by Rabinowicz and Briais [2002].

  9. Insights into mantle heterogeneities: mid-ocean ridge basalt tapping an ocean island magma source in the North Fiji Basin

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    Brens, R., Jr.; Jenner, F. E.; Bullock, E. S.; Hauri, E. H.; Turner, S.; Rushmer, T. A.

    2015-12-01

    The North Fiji Basin (NFB), and connected Lau Basin, is located in a complex area of volcanism. The NFB is a back-arc basin (BAB) that is a result of an extinct subduction zone, incorporating the complicated geodynamics of two rotating landmasses: Fiji and the Vanuatu island arc. Collectively this makes the spreading centers of the NFB the highest producing spreading centers recorded. Here we present volatile concentrations, major, and trace element data for a previously undiscovered triple junction spreading center in the NFB. We show our enrichment samples contain some of the highest water contents yet reported from (MORB). The samples from the NFB exhibit a combination of MORB-like major chemical signatures along with high water content similar to ocean island basalts (OIB). This peculiarity in geochemistry is unlike other studied MORB or back-arc basin (to our knowledge) that is not attributed to subduction related signatures. Our results employ the use of volatiles (carbon dioxide and water) and their constraints (Nb and Ce) combined with trace element ratios to indicate a potential source for the enrichment in the North Fiji Basin. The North Fiji Basin lavas are tholeiitic with similar major element composition as averaged primitive normal MORB; with the exception of averaged K2O and P2O5, which are still within range for observed normal MORB. For a mid-ocean ridge basalt, the lavas in the NFB exhibit a large range in volatiles: H2O (0.16-0.9 wt%) and CO2 (80-359 ppm). The NFB lavas have volatile levels that exceed the range of MORB and trend toward a more enriched source. In addition, when compared to MORB, the NFB lavas are all enriched in H2O/Ce. La/Sm values in the NFB lavas range from 0.9 to 3.8 while, Gd/Yb values range from 1.2 to 2.5. The NFB lavas overlap the MORB range for both La/Sm (~1.1) and Gd/Yb (~1.3). However, they span a larger range outside of the MORB array. High La/Sm and Gd/Yb ratios (>1) are indications of deeper melting within the

  10. Melting and reactive flow of a volatilized mantle beneath mid-ocean ridges: theory and numerical models

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    Keller, Tobias; Katz, Richard F.

    2015-04-01

    Laboratory experiments indicate that even small concentrations volatiles (H2O or CO2) in the upper mantle significantly affect the silicate melting behavior [HK96,DH06]. The presence of volatiles stabilizes volatile-rich melt at high pressure, thus vastly increasing the volume of the upper mantle expected to be partially molten [H10,DH10]. These small-degree melts have important consequences for chemical differentiation and could affect the dynamics of mantle flow. We have developed theory and numerical implementation to simulate thermo-chemically coupled magma/mantle dynamics in terms of a two-phase (rock+melt), three component (dunite+MORB+volatilized MORB) physical model. The fluid dynamics is based on McKenzie's equations [McK84], while the thermo-chemical formulation of the system is represented by a novel disequilibrium multi-component melting model based on thermo-dynamic theory [RBS11]. This physical model is implemented as a parallel, two-dimensional, finite-volume code that leverages tools from the PETSc toolkit. Application of this simulation code to a mid-ocean ridge system suggests that the methodology captures the leading-order features of both hydrated and carbonated mantle melting, including deep, low-degree, volatile-rich melt formation. Melt segregation leads to continuous dynamic thermo-chemical dis-equilibration, while phenomenological reaction rates are applied to continually move the system towards re-equilibration. The simulations will be used first to characterize volatile extraction from the MOR system assuming a chemically homogeneous mantle. Subsequently, simulations will be extended to investigate the consequences of heterogeneity in lithology [KW12] and volatile content. These studies will advance our understanding of the role of volatiles in the dynamic and chemical evolution of the upper mantle. Moreover, they will help to gauge the significance of the coupling between the deep carbon cycle and the ocean/atmosphere system. REFERENCES

  11. Modeling Post-Entrapment Modification of Volatile Contents in Olivine-Hosted Melt Inclusions from Mid-Ocean Ridges

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    Bucholz, C. E.; Gaetani, G. A.; Behn, M. D.

    2014-12-01

    The presence of small amounts of H2O in the mantle beneath mid-ocean ridges (MORs) critically affects melting dynamics, resulting in increased depth of melting, total melt production, and crustal thickness. One method for estimating the amount of H2O and other volatiles in the oceanic mantle is analysis of olivine-hosted melt inclusions. Recent studies, however, demonstrate the efficiency of post-entrapment diffusive modification of H2O, so that caution must be taken when interpreting volatile concentrations of included melts. In addition, diffusive loss of H2O results in a decrease in the internal pressure of the melt inclusion, exsolution of CO2 from the included melt, and formation of a mixed-volatile vapor bubble. Although studies examining diffusive modification of melt inclusion volatile contents have focused on high-H2O melt inclusions from subduction zones, low-H2O melt inclusions from MORs are also potentially susceptible to post-entrapment diffusive modification if the external magma experiences degassing upon ascent. In order to quantitatively assess this process, we present results from a holistic numerical model, which incorporates the effects of post-entrapment modification on H2O and CO2 within the melt inclusion. The numerical model incorporates time-dependent external boundary conditions (e.g., H2O contents of the host melt), temperature, and pressure to reproduce conditions during magma ascent, cooling, and crystallization in the oceanic crust. In contrast to initially high-H2O melt inclusions from subduction zones, we demonstrate that low-H2O melt inclusions tend to preserve their pre-entrapment H2O and CO2 concentrations and provide reliable estimates for the depth of entrapment. The presence of a vapor bubble, however, may indicate that either diffusive H2O loss or post-entrapment crystallization has occurred, in which case the included melt must be corrected for exsolved CO2. Even small vapor bubbles can result in significant decreases in the

  12. High-temperature metamorphism of the Yushugou ophiolitic slice: Late Devonian subduction of seamount and mid-oceanic ridge in the South Tianshan orogen

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    Zhang, Li; Jin, Zhenmin

    2016-12-01

    The South Tianshan Orogenic Belt (STOB), representing the southern segment of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt (CAOB), underwent a long-lived and subduction-related accretionary orogenic process. Revealing the petrogenesis of high-pressure (HP) metamorphic ophiolitic slices within this orogen is of crucial importance to understanding the geodynamic evolution of the STOB. In this study, we carry out a petrological, geochemical and geochronological study of HP mafic granulites from the Yushugou ophiolitic slice within the South Tianshan Accretionary Complex. Our results combined with previously published data suggest that the Yushugou mafic granulites, including garnet-clinopyroxene granulite, garnet two-pyroxene granulite and garnet-orthopyroxene granulite, are generally subalkaline to alkaline basalts, and show geochemical characteristics of MORB and OIB. The nominally anhydrous minerals of the mafic granulites contain certain but trace amounts of water in the manner of structural OH and sub-microscopic fluid inclusions. The granulites have a possible protolith age of ca. 400 Ma and metamorphic age of 390-360 Ma, and underwent HP and high-temperature (HT) granulite-facies metamorphism under conditions of 12-14 kbar and 840-950 °C and low H2O activity. Our study indicates that the Yushugou ophiolitic slice was probably derived from seamount that formed at mid-oceanic ridge closing to the oceanic trench and subduction zone during the Early Devonian, and then underwent metamorphism and deformation as a result of the subduction of the seamount and associated spreading ridge during the Middle to Late Devonian. Therefore, the Yushugou HP ophiolitic slice provides an important information of the Paleozoic tectonic evolutionary of the STOB.

  13. Volatile Content of the Mid-ocean Ridge Mantle Inferred from Off-axis Seamounts and Intra-transform Lavas

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    Shimizu, K.; Saal, A. E.; Hauri, E. H.; Nagle, A.; Forsyth, D. W.; Niu, Y.

    2011-12-01

    H2O/Ce ratios in our samples positively correlate with Th/La, Sm/Yb, and isotope ratios suggesting that the enriched mantle component is also enriched in volatile contents. S/Dy ratios are the exception, with relatively constant values in both enriched, and depleted basalts. Although it has been argued that correlation between Sr, Nd and Pb isotope ratios and fractionation corrected major element in seamount samples indicate different mantle lithologies under the mid-ocean ridges, we will show that such correlation might be an artifact of ignoring the effect of water during the correction for fractional crystallization. [1] Dixon et al. (1995) J. Pet., 36, 1607-1631. [2] Liu et al. (2007) Geochim Cosmochim Ac., 71, 1783-1799.

  14. Partial Melt Systems in Plate-Driven Corner Flow: Evaluating the Formation of Porosity Bands as a Mechanism for Magma Focusing at Mid-Ocean Ridges

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    Gebhardt, D.; Butler, S. L.

    2015-12-01

    The imposition of an external shear on a system of partial melt will result in compaction of the solid matrix and concentration of the interstitial liquid melt leading to the formation of regions of contrasting high and low porosity. In experiments, direct and torsional shear geometries have demonstrated that these regions of varying porosity form in bands orientated at low angles relative to the shear plane. A variety of numerical models have been employed to recreate these experimental results. Simple shear, pure shear and torsional shear geometries have been used in both linear and nonlinear numerical settings to model the formation of the porosity bands. In this contribution the numerical models utilize a shear geometry derived from the velocity field of the plate-driven corner flow of a mid-ocean ridge. Motivation for using the velocity field of a mid-ocean ridge comes from evidence that suggests the existence of lateral melt channeling from either side of the ridge axis. Imposing the shear from a mid-ocean ridge corner flow allows for the evaluation of the resulting porosity bands in terms of suitability for channeling melt laterally toward the ridge axis. This is done using both slow and fast spreading ridge geometries. The degree of similarity between previous numerical and experimental results has been found to be greatly influenced by the imposed viscosity law of the solid matrix phase. In order to keep this in mind, the numerical models in this contribution use three different matrix viscosity laws: strain-rate independent, strain-rate dependent and anisotropic. Of these rheologies, strain-rate independence results in the poorest orientation for channeling melt directly to the ridge axis. The strain-rate dependent and anisotropic viscosities present more favorable direct-channeling orientations for the fastest growing porosity bands, but in both cases the background flow will rotate bands to less ideal orientations over time. However, these less

  15. Geodynamic and Geochemical Modeling of Mantle Processes along the Southwest Indian Ridge at 35°-40°E: A Hotspot-Mid-Ocean Ridge Interaction Region

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    Larson, M. O.; Okino, K.; Montesi, L.

    2014-12-01

    Mantle convection can be regarded as the superposition of two convective models: aplate mode and a plume mode. Geodynamic modeling of these regimes has grantedinsight into surface features, and tells us about the mantle processes in a system largelydevoid of observables. Our study of the 35°-40°E segment of the Southwest Indian Ridge(SWIR) seeks to link geochemical and geological observations with the underlying mantleprocesses.Both plate and plume modes interact and combine at the SWIR 35°-40°E segment. Themid-ocean ridge itself is a manifestation of the plate tectonics mode of mantle convection.The slow opening rate and obliquity of this segment should lead to low volcanic activityalong this segment. However, this segment is the point along the SWIR closest to theMarion hotspot, a manifestation of the plume mode of mantle convection. When interactingwith the mid-ocean ridges, hotspots like the Azores, Iceland, Galápagos, and Rodriguezproduce distinctive patterns, such as propagating rifts, triple junctions, and enriched MORBsignatures. The Marion hotspot does not have a similar effect on the SWIR even thoughit is associated with a bathymetric high and residual mantle Bouguer anomaly low. Anotable feature along the ridge is a V-shaped bathymetric anomaly around one of the non-transform discontinuities (NTD).As for the SWIR 10°-16°E area (Montési et al., 2011) geodynamics modeling predictsmagma focusing to highly segmented non-transform oblique segments (NTOS) along theridge. However, geophysical observations show a thinning crust at these regions. Modelingwithout the segmentation along the oblique segments shows much better agreement withthe observations. So either the NTOS are a crustal structure that does not influence mantleupwelling, melt extraction parameters vary along the ridge, or the density of the crust isanomalous in NTOS due to a different fractionation history.We will incorporate whole rock chemistry (including trace element, & REEs

  16. Results from a 14-month hydroacoustic monitoring of the three mid-oceanic ridges in the Indian Ocean

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    Royer, J.-Y.; Dziak, R. P.; Delatre, M.; Chateau, R.; Brachet, C.; Haxel, J. H.; Matsumoto, H.; Goslin, J.; Brandon, V.; Bohnenstielh, D. R.

    2009-04-01

    From October 2006 to January 2008, an hydroacoustic experiment in the Indian Ocean was carried out by the CNRS/University of Brest and NOAA/Oregon State University to monitor the low-level seismic activity associated with the three contrasting spreading ridges and deforming zones in the Indian Ocean. Three autonomous hydrophones were moored in the SOFAR channel by R/V Marion Dufresne for 14 months in the Madagascar Basin, and northeast and southwest of Amsterdam Island, complementing the two permanent hydroacoustic stations of the Comprehensive nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) located near Diego Garcia Island and off Cape Leeuwin. The three instruments successfully collected 14 month of continuous acoustic records. Combined with the records from the permanent stations, the array detected 1780 acoustic events consisting mostly of earthquake generated T-waves, but also of iceberg tremors from Wilkes Land, Antarctica. Within the triangle defined by the temporary array, the three ridges exhibit contrasting seismicity patterns. Along the Southeast Indian ridge (SEIR), the 272 acoustic events (vs 24 events in the NEIC catalog) occur predominantly along the transform faults ; only one ridge segment (76˚E) displays a continuous activity for 10 months. Along the Central Indian Ridge (CIR), seismicity is distributed along fracture zones and ridge segments (269 events vs 45 NEIC events), with two clusters of events near the triple junction (24-25S) and south of Marie-Celeste FZ (18.5S). Along the Southwest Indian Ridge (SWIR), the 222 events (vs 31 NEIC events) are distributed along the ridge segments with a larger number of events west of Melville FZ and a cluster at 58E. The immediate vicinity of the Rodrigues triple junction shows periods of quiescence and of intense activity. Some large earthquakes (Mb>5) near the triple junction (SEIR and CIR) seem to be preceded by several acoustic events that may be precursors. Finally, off-ridge seismicity is mostly

  17. Volcanic accretion, tectonic extension and the second-order segmentation of slow and ultraslow-spreading mid-ocean ridges

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    Cannat, M.; Sauter, D.; Escartin, J.

    2011-12-01

    In this presentation we compare the segmentation and seafloor geology record of slow and ultraslow ridges with variable volcanic input. The easternmost Southwest Indian Ridge (SWIR), where long stretches of the axis lack volcanism is our volcanism-poor end-member, which we contrast with volcanically more active parts of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR). Keeping the differences of spreading rates in perspective, we use this comparison to analyze and discuss the respective roles of tectonic extension, which ultimately leads to the exhumation of deeply-derived rocks (ultramafics and gabbros), and of volcanic accretion, in shaping the geometry of the plate boundary. Second-order segments at slow and ultraslow ridges are typically 30 to 100 km-long, and separated by transform, or so-called "non-transform" discontinuities. Segment centers typically have a thicker crust, and in most cases have a thinner axial lithosphere, than segment ends. Although we do not resolve the controversy of whether these characteristics are produced by discrete melt and/or mantle diapirs in the subaxial asthenosphere (eg Lin et al. 1990), or by melt channeling toward regions of thinner axial lithosphere (eg Magde and Sparks, 1997), we show that melt supply and volcanism are needed to initiate second-order ridge segmentation. Axial valley bounding faults in our SWIR volcanism-poor end-member go un-segmented for up to 170 km along-axis.

  18. High-grade contact metamorphism in the Reykjanes geothermal system: Implications for fluid-rock interactions at mid-oceanic ridge spreading centers

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    Marks, Naomi; Schiffman, Peter; Zierenberg, Robert A.

    2011-08-01

    Granoblastic hornfels identified in cuttings from the Reykjanes seawater-dominated hydrothermal system contains secondary pyroxene, anorthite, and hornblendic amphibole in locally equilibrated assemblages. Granoblastic assemblages containing secondary orthopyroxene, olivine, and, locally, cordierite and spinel occur within groups of cuttings that show dominantly greenschist facies hydrothermal alteration. Granoblastic plagioclase ranges continuously in composition from An54 to An96, in contrast with relict igneous plagioclase that ranges from An42 to An80. Typical hydrothermal clinopyroxene compositions range from Wo49En3Fs48 to Wo53En30Fo17; clinopyroxene from the granoblastic grains is less calcic with an average composition of Wo48En27Fs25. The hornfels is interpreted to form during contact metamorphism in response to dike emplacement, resulting in local recrystallization of previously hydrothermally altered basalts. Temperatures of granoblastic recrystallization estimated from the 2-pyroxene geothermometer range from 927°C to 967°C. Redox estimates based on the 2-oxide oxybarometer range from log fO2 of -13.4 to -15.9. Granoblastic hornfels comprised of clinopyroxene, orthopyroxene, and calcic plagioclase have been described in a number of ancient hydrothermal systems from the conductive boundary layer between the hydrothermal system and the underlying magma source, most notably in Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Hole 1256D, Ocean Drilling Program Hole 504B, and in the Troodos and Oman ophiolites. To our knowledge, this is the first evidence of high-grade contact metamorphism from an active geothermal system and the first description of equilibrated amphibole-absent pyroxene hornfels facies contact metamorphism in any mid-ocean ridge (MOR) hydrothermal system. This contribution describes how these assemblages develop through metamorphic reactions and allows us to predict that higher-temperature assemblages may also be present in MOR systems.

  19. Diversity of microbial communities of Loki's Castle black smoker field at the ultra-slow spreading Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge

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    Jaeschke, A.; Bernasconi, S. M.; Thorseth, I. H.; Pedersen, R.; Früh-Green, G.

    2010-12-01

    Here we present an organic geochemical study of Loki’s Castle, a black smoker field recently discovered at the Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge (AMOR) in the Norwegian-Greenland Sea at around 73.2°N. Located at the Mohn-Knipovich Ridge, which is one of the slowest spreading ridge segments on Earth, Loki’s Castle is the most northerly major hydrothermal vent field known to date. The vent field is composed of five actively venting (320°C) black-smoker chimneys that tower on top of a large mound of hydrothermal sulfide deposits. Loki’s Castle is a basalt-hosted hydrothermal system, but high methane and ammonium contents in the vent fluids strongly indicate a sedimentary component below the volcanic ridge. In 2009, another site of low-temperature hydrothermal venting hosting numerous barite chimneys was discovered in the vicinity of the black smokers, which probably results from subsurface mixing of diffuse hydrothermal fluid with seawater. In our study, variations in microbial communities associated with the formation of actively venting, sulfide and sulfate chimneys in this essentially unexplored ultraslow spreading ridge system are assessed based on biomarker lipid and compound-specific carbon isotope analyses. Lipid extracts from an active, high-temperature sulfide chimney yielded abundant archaeal di- and tetraether lipids as well as irregular isoprenoidal hydrocarbons (PMIs) that are associated with archaeal methanogens and methanotrophs. Predominant archaeal biomarker lipids include archaeol, sn-2-hydroxyarchaeol as well as glycerol dialkyl glycerol tetraethers (GDGTs) containing 0-4 cyclopentyl moieties. In addition, GDGTs with an additional covalent bond between the isoprenoid hydrocarbon chains, so-called H-shaped GDGTs, containing 0-4 cyclopentyl rings were also found to be abundant components and are indicative of hyperthermophilic methanogens. Biomarkers characteristic of eukaryotes (sterols) and bacteria (fatty acids and hopanoids) were less prevalent in

  20. Spatial and temporal distribution of the seismicity along two mid-oceanic ridges with contrasted spreading rates in the Indian Ocean

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    Tsang-Hin-Sun, E.; Perrot, J.; Royer, J. Y.

    2015-12-01

    The seismicity of the ultra-slow spreading Southwest (14 mm/y) and intermediate spreading Southeast (60 mm/y) Indian ridges was monitored from February 2012 to March 2013 by the OHASISBIO array of 7 autonomous hydrophones. A total of 1471 events were located with 4 instruments or more, inside the array, with a median location uncertainty < 5 km and a completeness magnitude of mb = 3. Both ridges display similar average rates of seismicity, suggesting that there is no systematic relationship between seismicity and spreading rates. Accretion modes do differ, however, by the along-axis distribution of the seismic events. Along the ultra-slow Southwest Indian Ridge, events are sparse but regularly spaced and scattered up to 50 km off-axis. Along the fast Southeast Indian Ridge, events are irregularly distributed, focusing in narrow regions near the ridge axis at segment ends and along transform faults, whereas ridge-segment centers generally appear as seismic gaps (at the level of completeness of the array). Only two clusters, 6 months apart, are identified in a segment-center at 29°S. From the temporal distribution of the clustered events and comparisons with observations in similar mid-oceanic ridge setting, both clusters seem to have a volcanic origin and to be related to a dike emplacement or a possible eruption on the seafloor. Their onset time and migration rate are comparable to volcanic swarms recorded along the Juan de Fuca Ridge. Overall, the rate of seismicity along the two Indian spreading ridges correlates with the large-scale variations in the bathymetry and shear-wave velocity anomaly in the upper mantle, suggesting that the distribution of the low-magnitude seismicity is mainly controlled by along-axis variations in the lithosphere rheology and temperature.

  1. Two-dimensional numerical models of open-top hydrothermal convection at high Rayleigh and Nusselt numbers: Implications for mid-ocean ridge hydrothermal circulation

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    Fontaine, Fabrice J.; Wilcock, William S. D.

    2007-07-01

    Mid-ocean ridges host vigorous hydrothermal systems that remove large quantities of heat from the oceanic crust. Inferred Nusselt numbers (Nu), which are the ratios of the total heat flux to the heat flux that would be transported by conduction alone, range from 8 to several hundred. Such vigorous convection is not fully described by most numerical models of hydrothermal circulation. A major difficulty arises at high Nu from the numerical solution of the temperature equation. To avoid classical numerical artifacts such as nonphysical oscillatory behavior and artificial diffusion, we implement the Multidimensional Positive Definite Advection Transport Algorithm (MPDATA) technique, which solves the temperature equation using an iterated upwind corrected scheme. We first validate the method by comparing results for models with uniform fluid properties in closed- and open-top systems to existing solutions with Nu ≤ ˜20. We then incorporate realistic fluid properties and run models for Nu up to 50-60. Solutions are characterized by an unstable bottom thermal boundary layer where thermal instabilities arise locally. The pattern of heat extraction is periodic to chaotic. At any Nu > ˜13 the venting temperatures in a given plume are chaotic and oscillate from ˜350° to 450°C. Individual plumes can temporarily stop short of the surface for intervals ranging from tens to hundreds of years at times when other plumes vent with an increased flow rate. The solutions also display significant recirculation, and as a result large areas of downflow are relatively warm with temperatures commonly exceeding 150°C at middepths. Our results have important implications for mid-ocean ridge hydrothermal systems and suggest the following: (1) The reaction zones of mid-ocean ridge hydrothermal systems are enlarged by thermal instabilities that migrate laterally toward upflow zones. This will substantially increase the volume of rock involved in chemical reactions compared to steady

  2. Plagiogranites as late-stage immiscible liquids in ophiolite and mid-ocean ridge suites - An experimental study

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    Dixon, S.; Rutherford, M. J.

    1979-01-01

    A study of relationships between basic and acidic rocks was made by fractionating primitive basalt at low pressure anhydrous conditions at various fugacities. Fractionally crystallized basalt became increasingly enriched in iron which became silicate liquid immiscible, producing Fe-enriched basaltic and granitic liquids. The latter is similar to plagiogranites found in mid-oceanic rift (MOR) regions, showing that silicate liquid immiscibility could be the petrogenic process which produces plagiogranites in some MOR regions and ophiolites. The major problem in considering plagiogranites as products of silicate liquid immiscibility is absence of any description of the Fe-enriched conjugate liquid in the ophiolite or MOR literature, and the identification of this magma is essential for a definite case of silicate liquid immiscibility.

  3. Petrology and geochemistry of Abyssal Peridotites from the Manipur Ophiolite Complex, Indo-Myanmar Orogenic Belt, Northeast India: Implication for melt generation in mid-oceanic ridge environment

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    Krishnakanta Singh, A.

    2013-04-01

    The Manipur Ophiolite Complex (MOC) located in the Indo-Myanmar Orogenic Belt (IMOB) of Northeast India forms a section of the Tethyan Ophiolite Belt of the Alpine-Himalayan orogenic system. Whole rock compositions and mineral chemistry of mantle peridotites from the MOC show an affinity to the abyssal peridotites, characterized by high contents of Al2O3 (1.28-3.30 anhydrous wt.%); low Cr# of Cr-spinel (0.11-0.27); low Mg# of olivine (˜Fo90) and high Al2O3 in pyroxenes (3.71-6.35 wt.%). They have very low REE concentrations (∑REE = 0.48-2.14 ppb). Lherzolites display LREE-depleted patterns (LaN/SmN = 0.14-0.45) with a flat to slightly fractionated HREE segments (SmN/YbN = 0.30-0.65) whereas Cpx-harburgites have flat to upward-inflected LREE patterns (LaN/SmN = 0.13-1.23) with more fractionated HREE patterns (SmN/YbN = 0.13-0.65) than the lherzolite samples. Their platinum group elements (PGE) contents (<50 ppb) and distinct mantle-normalised PGE patterns with the Pd/Ir values (1.8-11.9) and Pt/Pt* values (0.2-1.1) show an affinity to the characteristic of the residual mantle material. Evaluation of mineralogical and petrological characteristics of these peridotites suggests that they represent the residues remaining after low degree of partial melting (˜2-12%) in the spinel stability field of a mid-oceanic ridge environment. The well-preserved mid-oceanic ridge characteristics of these peridotites further suggest that the mantle section was subsequently trapped in the forearc region of the subduction zone without undergoing significant modification in their chemistry by later subduction-related tectonic and petrological processes before its emplacement to the present crustal level.

  4. Plagioclase and epidote buffering of cation ratios in mid-ocean ridge hydrothermal fluids: Experimental results in and near the supercritical region

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    Berndt, M.E.; Seyfried, W.E. Jr. ); Janecky, D.R. )

    1989-09-01

    Experiments have been performed with Na-Ca-K-Cl fluids of seawater chlorinity and diabase, basalt, and plagioclase bearing mineral mixtures at 350-425{degree}C and 250-400 bars to help constrain hydrothermal alteration processes at mid-ocean ridges. Dissolved Ca, Na, and pH for all experiments responded systematically to differences in dissolved SiO{sub 2} concentrations and the compositions of plagioclase reactants. Diabase alteration at low fluid/rock mass ratios (0.5 to 1) produces fluids undersaturated with respect to quartz during hydration of primary olivine and orthopyroxene, whereas basalt alteration under similar conditions yields fluids slightly supersaturated with respect to quartz during breakdown of glass to smectite and amphibole. Fluid chemistry in all experiments appears to approach a partial equilibrium state with the albite and anorthite components in plagioclase and approaches a pH consistent with plagioclase alteration to epidote. Trace element data from vent fluids, specifically B and Sr, together with major element chemistry, provides evidence that the reaction zone for black-smoker fluids at mid-ocean ridges is composed of only slightly altered diabase and is characterized by small amounts of epidote, nearly fresh plagioclase and clinopyroxene, and partially to completely hydrated olivine and orthopyroxene. Using equilibrium between plagioclase, the dominant reactant, and epidote, the dominant reaction product in experiments, the authors estimate that temperatures in reaction zones are in excess of 375{degree}C for most vent systems. These temperatures are higher than measured vent temperatures, suggesting that hot spring fluids commonly loose heat during ascent to the sea floor.

  5. Permeability changes due to mineral diagenesis in fractured crust: implications for hydrothermal circulation at mid-ocean ridges

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    Fontaine, Fabrice Jh.; Rabinowicz, Michel; Boulègue, Jacques

    2001-01-01

    black or white 'smokers'. We show that the development of this front is independent of the Rayleigh number of the hydrothermal flow, indicating that the mineral precipitation causes cold, diffusive vents. Finally, we present a model suggesting that the development of smokers is possible when successive tectonic/volcanic events produce a network of new permeable fissures that can overcome the permeability decrease caused by mineral precipitation. Such a model is consistent with recent seismic data showing hydrothermal vents located at seismologically active ridge segments.

  6. Hydrothermal Exploration of the Mid-Cayman Spreading Center: Isolated Evolution on Earth’s Deepest Mid-Ocean Ridge?

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    German, C. R.; Bowen, A.; Coleman, M. L.; Huber, J. A.; Seewald, J.; van Dover, C.; Whitcomb, L. L.; Yoerger, D.; Connelly, D.; Honig, D. L.; Jakuba, M.; Kinsey, J. C.; McDermott, J.; Nakamura, K.; Sands, C.; Smith, J.; Sylva, S.

    2009-12-01

    We report the first systematic exploration for and characterization of hydrothermal vents and vent ecosystems on the short (~110 km), deep (> 5000 m), ultra-slow-spreading (<20 mm yr-1) Mid-Cayman Rise in the Caribbean Sea. This work was carried out aboard the RV Cape Hatteras in October-November 2009 as part of the ChEss Project of the Census of Marine Life, funded through NASA’s ASTEP program and represents the first scientific field program funded to use WHOI’s new hybrid deep submergence vehicle, Nereus, first in AUV mode then in ROV mode. Prior to this work, evidence for hydrothermal venting had been found on every active spreading center investigated, including the comparably ultra-slow spreading ridges in the SW Indian Ocean and in the Arctic (Mohns, Knipovich & Gakkel Ridges). The organisms colonizing vents are renowned for their endemicity, their adaptations to the extreme chemical and physical conditions encountered and for differences in species level from one ocean basin to another. Consequently, the identification of any organisms colonizing vents of the Mid-Cayman Spreading Center offers a critical opportunity to build upon our understanding of the dispersion of vent species and the potential role of the rise of the Isthmus of Panama (dating from ~5 Ma) as a vicariant event leading to the evolutionary divergence of Atlantic and Pacific vent faunas. Further, the MCSC is so deep that any vents present may occur at depths greater than all previously known vent systems, extending the known limits to life on our planet in terms of pressure, temperature, and vent-fluid chemistry. Finally, hydrothermal circulation through ultramafic rocks can generate abiotic synthesis of organic matter: an analog for the prebiotic basis for the origin of life on early Earth and Mars. In future years of this 4-year study, therefore, we will also aim to assess the relative importance of abiotic organic synthesis versus recycling of bio-organic material and/or chemical

  7. Delayed CO2 emissions from mid-ocean ridge volcanism as a possible cause of late-Pleistocene glacial cycles

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    Huybers, Peter; Langmuir, Charles H.

    2017-01-01

    The coupled 100,000 year variations in ice volume, temperature, and atmospheric CO2 during the late Pleistocene are generally considered to arise from a combination of orbital forcing, ice dynamics, and ocean circulation. Also previously argued is that changes in glaciation influence atmospheric CO2 concentrations through modifying subaerial volcanic eruptions and CO2 emissions. Building on recent evidence that ocean ridge volcanism responds to changes in sea level, here it is suggested that ocean ridges may play an important role in generating late-Pleistocene 100 ky glacial cycles. If all volcanic CO2 emissions responded immediately to changes in pressure, subaerial and ocean-ridge volcanic emissions anomalies would oppose one another. At ocean ridges, however, the egress of CO2 from the mantle is likely to be delayed by tens-of-thousands of years, or longer, owing to ascent time. A simple model involving temperature, ice, and CO2 is presented that oscillates at ∼100 ky time scales when incorporating a delayed CO2 contribution from ocean ridge volcanism, even if the feedback accounts for only a small fraction of total changes in CO2. Oscillations readily become phase-locked with insolation forcing associated with changes in Earth's orbit. Under certain parameterizations, a transition from ∼40 ky to larger ∼100 ky oscillations occurs during the middle Pleistocene in response to modulations in orbital forcing. This novel description of Pleistocene glaciation should be testable through ongoing advances in understanding the circulation of carbon through the solid earth.

  8. How the growth and freeboard of continents may relate to geometric and kinematic parameters of mid-ocean spreading ridges

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    Howell, D.G.

    1989-01-01

    If the volume of continents has been growing since 4 Ga then the area of the ocean basins must have been shrinking. Therefore, by inferring a constant continental freeboard, in addition to constant continental crustal thicknesses and seawater volume, it is possible to calculate the necessary combinations of increased ridge lengths and spreading rates required to displace the seawater in the larger oceans of the past in order to maintain the constant freeboard. A reasonable choice from the various possibilities is that at 4 Ga ago, the ridge length and spreading rates were ca. 2.5 times greater than the averages of these parameters during the past 200 Ma. By 2.5 Ga ago the ridge length and spreading rate decreased to about 1.8 times the recent average and by 1 Ga ago these features became reduced to approximately 1.4 times recent averages. ?? 1989.

  9. Experimental investigation of the stability of clinopyroxene in mid-ocean ridge basalts: The role of Cr and Ca/Al

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    Voigt, Martin; Coogan, Laurence A.; von der Handt, Anette

    2017-03-01

    The change in the stability field of clinopyroxene in mid-ocean ridge basalt (MORB) as a function of pressure has been used widely as a geobarometer. Based on results from crystallization experiments using MORB-like compositions it has been suggested that MORB differentiation occurs at relatively high pressures at ultraslow- and slow-spreading ridges. However, differentiation requires the loss of substantial heat and it is unclear how this is possible at elevated pressures. To better understand the controls on the stability field of clinopyroxene in MORB-like compositions we report a series of experiments performed at 0.1 MPa in which the temperature of clinopyroxene saturation was determined in melts with variable Cr, Ca/Al and fO2. The results show that increased Cr and Ca/Al lead to an expansion of the clinopyroxene stability field. Incorporating these results into a new model of MORB differentiation shows that realistic parental melt Cr contents can increase the temperature at which clinopyroxene saturation occurs relative to assuming a Cr-free melt (as is commonly the case). Likewise, high Ca/Al melts will saturate clinopyroxene earlier than low Ca/Al melts and their crystallization may provide an explanation for high Mg# clinopyroxene in oceanic gabbros. The newly calibrated geobarometer gives lower crystallization pressures for MORB at the slow-spreading SWIR than previous calibrations, but still suggests relatively higher pressures of crystallization with decreasing spreading rate.

  10. Marinitoga arctica sp. nov., a thermophilic, anaerobic heterotroph isolated from a Mid-Ocean Ridge vent field.

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    Steinsbu, Bjørn O; Røyseth, Victoria; Thorseth, Ingunn H; Steen, Ida H

    2016-12-01

    A thermophilic, anaerobic, heterotrophic bacterium, designated 2PyrY55-1T, was isolated from the wall of an active hydrothermal white-smoker chimney in the Soria Moria vent field (71° N) at the Mohns Ridge in the Norwegian-Greenland Sea. Cells of the strain were Gram-negative, motile rods that possessed a polar flagellum and a sheath-like outer structure ('toga'). Growth was observed at 45-70 °C (optimum 65 °C), at pH 5.0-7.5 (optimum pH 5.5) and in 1.5-5.5 % (w/v) NaCl (optimum 2.5 %). The strain grew on pyruvate, complex proteinaceous substrates and various sugars. Cystine and elemental sulfur were used as electron acceptors, and sulfide was then produced. The G+C content of the genomic DNA was 27 mol% (Tm method). Cellular fatty acids included C16 : 0, C14 : 0, C16 : 1ω7c and/or iso-C15 : 0 2-OH, C16 : 1ω9c, C18 : 1ω9c, C18 : 0, C18 : 1ω7c and C12 : 0. Phylogenetic analyses of the 16S rRNA gene showed that the strain belonged to the genus Marinitoga in the family Petrotogaceae. Based on the phylogenetic and chemotaxonomic data, strain 2PyrY55-1T (=DSM 29778T=JCM 30566T) is the type strain of a novel species of the genus Marinitoga, for which the name Marinitoga arctica sp. nov. is proposed.

  11. Comment on "Sensitivity of seafloor bathymetry to climate-driven fluctuations in mid-ocean ridge magma supply".

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    Huybers, Peter; Langmuir, Charles; Katz, Richard F; Ferguson, David; Proistosescu, Cristian; Carbotte, Suzanne

    2016-06-17

    Olive et al (Reports, 16 October 2015, p. 310) argue that ~10% fluctuations in melt supply do not produce appreciable changes in ocean ridge bathymetry on time scales less than 100,000 years and thus cannot reflect sea level forcing. Spectral analysis of bathymetry in a region they highlight as being fault controlled, however, shows strong evidence for a signal from sea level variation.

  12. Response to Comment on "Sensitivity of seafloor bathymetry to climate-driven fluctuations in mid-ocean ridge magma supply".

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    Olive, J-A; Behn, M D; Ito, G; Buck, W R; Escartín, J; Howell, S

    2016-07-15

    Tolstoy reports the existence of a characteristic 100 thousand year (ky) period in the bathymetry of fast-spreading seafloor but does not argue that sea level change is a first-order control on seafloor morphology worldwide. Upon evaluating the overlap between tectonic and Milankovitch periodicities across spreading rates, we reemphasize that fast-spreading ridges are the best potential recorders of a sea level signature in seafloor bathymetry.

  13. Lava accretion system around mid-ocean ridges: Volcanic stratigraphy in the Wadi Fizh area, northern Oman ophiolite

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    Kusano, Yuki; Adachi, Yoshiko; Miyashita, Sumio; Umino, Susumu

    2012-05-01

    Detailed lithological study combined with geochemical variations of lavas reveals the across-axis accretionary process at Wadi Fizh in the northern Oman ophiolite. The >900 m thick V1 sequence is divided into the lower V1 (LV1), middle V1 (MV1) and upper V1 (UV1) sequence by 0.4 m and 0.8 m thick umbers at 410 mab (meters above the base of the extrusive rocks) and 670 mab, respectively. The lowest part of the LV1 (LV1a) consists of lobate sheet and pillow lava flows extruded on the relatively flat ridge crest. Elongate pillows at 230 mab are flows draping downslope from the ridge crest and characterize the lithofacies on the ridge flank. Just above a jasper layer at 270 mab, 130 m thick evolved lavas were transported from the crest and emplaced on the ridge flank (LV1b). Off-axial accretionary processes recorded in the MV1 resulted in alternating flows of less evolved, depleted lava and evolved lava, suggesting that the MV1 off-axial lava sequence comprises flows emanated from both on- and off-axis source vents. The less evolved and depleted UV1 flows suggest independent sources distinct from the axial lavas. The Lasail Unit is regarded as a subunit of the V1 because it is comparable to the UV1 in the geological, petrological, and geochemical characteristics. The broad compositional range of the V1 sequence endorses a view that the Wadi Fizh area corresponds to a segment end of the Oman paleospreading system accompanied by off-axis volcanism as in segment boundaries of the present East Pacific Rise.

  14. Comment on “Sensitivity of seafloor bathymetry to climate-driven fluctuations in mid-ocean ridge magma supply”

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    Huybers, Peter; Langmuir, Charles; Katz, Richard F.; Ferguson, David; Proistosescu, Cristian; Carbotte, Suzanne

    2016-06-01

    Olive et al. (Reports, 16 October 2015, p. 310) argue that ~10% fluctuations in melt supply do not produce appreciable changes in ocean ridge bathymetry on time scales less than 100,000 years and thus cannot reflect sea level forcing. Spectral analysis of bathymetry in a region they highlight as being fault controlled, however, shows strong evidence for a signal from sea level variation.

  15. Response to Comment on "Sensitivity of seafloor bathymetry to climate-driven fluctuations in mid-ocean ridge magma supply".

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    Olive, J-A; Behn, M D; Ito, G; Buck, W R; Escartín, J; Howell, S

    2016-06-17

    Huybers et al present new bathymetric spectra from an intermediate-spreading ridge as evidence for a primary contribution of sea level cycles to the morphology of the seafloor. Although we acknowledge the possibility that sea level-modulated magmatic constructions may be superimposed on a first-order tectonic fabric, we emphasize the difficulty of deciphering these different contributions in the frequency domain alone.

  16. Directional dispersal between mid-ocean ridges: deep-ocean circulation and gene flow in Ridgeia piscesae.

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    Young, C R; Fujio, S; Vrijenhoek, R C

    2008-04-01

    This study examined relationships between bathymetrically induced deep-ocean currents and the dispersal of the hydrothermal vent tubeworm Ridgeia piscesae along the northeast Pacific ridge system. A robust diagnostic model of deep-ocean circulation in this region predicted strong southeasterly currents following contours of the Blanco Transform Fault, a 450-km lateral offset that separates the Gorda and Juan de Fuca ridge systems. Such currents should facilitate the southward dispersal of R. piscesae larvae. Immigration rates for populations north and south of the Blanco Transform Fault were estimated from molecular population genetic data. Mitochondrial DNA evidence revealed population subdivision across the Blanco Transform Fault, and a strong directional bias in gene flow that was consistent with predictions of the circulation model. The distribution of mitochondrial diversity between the northern and southern populations of R. piscesae suggests that the Gorda Ridge tubeworms have maintained larger effective population sizes than the northern populations, a pattern that also exists in co-occurring limpets. Together, these data suggest that the northern vent fields may experience a higher frequency of habitat turnover and consequently more rapid losses of genetic diversity.

  17. MeltMigrator: A MATLAB-based software for modeling three-dimensional melt migration and crustal thickness variations at mid-ocean ridges following a rules-based approach

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    Bai, Hailong; Montési, Laurent G. J.; Behn, Mark D.

    2017-01-01

    MeltMigrator is a MATLAB®-based melt migration software developed to process three-dimensional mantle temperature and velocity data from user-supplied numerical models of mid-ocean ridges, calculate melt production and melt migration trajectories in the mantle, estimate melt flux along plate boundaries, and predict crustal thickness distribution on the seafloor. MeltMigrator is also capable of calculating compositional evolution depending on the choice of petrologic melting model. Programmed in modules, MeltMigrator is highly customizable and can be expanded to a wide range of applications. We have applied it to complex mid-ocean ridge model settings, including transform faults, oblique segments, ridge migration, asymmetrical spreading, background mantle flow, and ridge-plume interaction. In this technical report, we include an example application to a segmented mid-ocean ridge. MeltMigrator is available as a supplement to this paper, and it is also available from GitHub and the University of Maryland Geodynamics Group website.

  18. Palagonitization of Basalt Glass in the Flanks of Mid-Ocean Ridges: Implications for the Bioenergetics of Oceanic Intracrustal Ecosystems.

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    Türke, Andreas; Nakamura, Kentaro; Bach, Wolfgang

    2015-10-01

    When basalt is exposed to oxygenated aqueous solutions, rims of palagonite form along fractures at the expense of glass. We employed electron microprobe and laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) analyses of fresh glass and adjacent palagonite crusts to determine the geochemical changes involved in palagonite formation. Samples were retrieved from drill cores taken in the North Pond Area, located on the western flank of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge at 22°45'N and 46°05'W. We also analyzed whole rock powders to determine the overall crust-seawater exchange in a young ridge flank. Radioactive elements are enriched in palagonite relative to fresh glass, reaching concentrations where radiolytic production of molecular hydrogen (H2) may be a significant energy source. Based on these results, we hypothesize that microbial ecosystems in ridge flank habitats undergo a transition in the principal energy carrier, fueling carbon fixation from Fe oxidation in very young crust to H2 consumption in older crust. Unless the H2 is swept away by rapid fluid flow (i.e., in young flanks), it may easily accumulate to levels high enough to support chemolithoautotrophic life. In older flanks, crustal sealing and sediment accumulation have slowed down seawater circulation, and the significance of radiolytically produced H2 for catalytic energy supply is expected to increase greatly. Similar habitats on other planetary surfaces are theoretically possible, as accumulation of radiolytically produced hydrogen merely requires the presence of H2O molecules and a porous medium, from which the hydrogen is not lost.

  19. Ultramafic-hosted Hydrothermal Systems at Mid-Ocean Ridges: Serpentinization, Chloritization and Geochemical Controls on Mass-Transfer Processes

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    Seyfried, W. E.; Pester, N. J.; Ding, K.

    2012-12-01

    Recent studies of seafloor hydrothermal systems associated with the slow spreading Mid-Atlantic Ridge have provided a wealth of information on the complex interplay between tectonic and magmatic processes that ultimately govern the chemical and physical evolution of these systems. The Lost City hydrothermal field (LCHF)(30°N) and the Rainbow hydrothermal system (36°N), for example, provide contrasting styles of heat and mass transfer that result in very different constraints on the composition of hydrothermal fluids. Hydrothermal fluids were sampled and analyzed during a series of ROV (Jason II) supported dives in 2008 to these and related vent sites along the northern MAR. In addition to deployment of conventional vent fluid sampling devices, in-situ chemical sensor systems were also used to better constrain pH and redox reactions. The general characteristics of the Lost City hydrothermal field, which is offset approximately 15km from the MAR owing to tectonic effects imposed by the emplacement of the Atlantis Massif, have been extensively reviewed in recent years. Vent fluids issuing from this peridotite-hosted system reveal temperatures of approximately 90-100°C, high concentrations of dissolved hydrogen and methane, and pH measured (25°C) values that exceed 10. The relatively low vent fluid temperatures notwithstanding, phase equilibria constraints imposed by dissolved Ca and sulfate suggest temperatures of approximately 200°C at depth, below the seafloor. New data for dissolved silica indicate a hydrothermal "root zone" lacking brucite, but where fluid chemistry and pH is buffered by serpentine-diopside-fluid equilibria. Consistent with previously published strontium and boron isotope measurements, data reported here for trace alkali elements (Cs, Rb, Li) indicate high fluid/rock mass ratios. Variably low dissolved Fe concentrations are broadly consistent with constraints imposed by magnetite-fluid equilibria at the high measured dissolved H2

  20. Microbial Life in the Subseafloor at Mid-Ocean Ridges: A Key to Understanding Ancient Ecosystems on Earth and Elsewhere?

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    Baross, J. A.; Delaney, J. R.

    2001-12-01

    Some planets and moons in our solar system were similar to Earth in their geological properties during the first few hundred million years after accretion. This is the period when life arose and became established on Earth. It follows that understanding the geophysical and geochemical characteristics of early Earth could provide insight into life-supporting environments on other solar bodies that have not evolved "Garden of Eden" conditions. Hydrothermal systems are primordial and their emergence coincided with the accumulation of liquid water on Earth. The interactions of water and rock associated with hydrothermal systems result in predictable suites of dissolved elements and volatiles. While the concentrations of these chemicals vary at different vent locations and were certainly different during the early Archaean, the overall chemical composition of aqueous hydrothermal fluid is likely to be the same because of the basaltic nature of oceanic crust. In present-day hydrothermal systems, those environments not contaminated by electron acceptors produced from pelagic photosynthesis would most closely mimic the earliest conditions on Earth. These conditions include the subseafloor and high temperature, anaerobic environments associated with hydrothermal systems. The microorganisms associated with these environments derive energy from sulfur, iron, hydrogen and organic compounds. New seafloor eruptions and diffuse flow vents provide unprecedented access to deep subseafloor microbial communities. For example, 12 new eruptions have occurred in the past 15 years including five in the Northeast Pacific. Hyperthermophiles were isolated from 5-30oC diffuse vent fluids from new eruption sites at CoAxial within months of the June, 1993 eruption and from the 1998 eruption at Axial Volcano, and from plume fluids within days of the February, 1996 eruption at the N. Gorda Ridge. The presence of such organisms in fluids that are 20 to 50°C below their minimum growth temperature

  1. Mechanisms of magma generation beneath hawaii and mid-ocean ridges: uranium/thorium and samarium/neodymium isotopic evidence.

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    Sims, K W; Depaolo, D J; Murrell, M T; Baldridge, W S; Goldstein, S J; Clague, D A

    1995-01-27

    Measurements of uranium/thorium and samarium/neodymium isotopes and concentrations in a suite of Hawaiian basalts show that uranium/thorium fractionation varies systematically with samarium/neodymium fractionation and major-element composition; these correlations can be understood in terms of simple batch melting models with a garnet-bearing peridotite magma source and melt fractions of 0.25 to 6.5 percent. Midocean ridge basalts shows a systematic but much different relation between uranium/thorium fractionation and samarium/neodymium fractionation, which, although broadly consistent with melting of a garnet-bearing peridotite source, requires a more complex melting model.

  2. Lutibacter profundi sp. nov., isolated from a deep-sea hydrothermal system on the Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge and emended description of the genus Lutibacter.

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    Le Moine Bauer, Sven; Roalkvam, Irene; Steen, Ida Helene; Dahle, Hakon

    2016-04-26

    A bacterial strain, designated LP1T, was isolated from a microbial mat growing on the surface of a black smoker chimney at the Loki's Castle hydrothermal system, which is located on the Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge. Phylogenetic analyses based on the 16S rRNA gene sequences positioned strain LP1T within the family Flavobacteriaceae with Lutibacter holmesii as the closest relative (97.5 % 16S rRNA gene similarity). Strain LP1T was rod-shaped, Gram-staining negative and non-motile. It grew in a modified artificial seawater medium supplemented with tryptone and vitamins at pH 5.5-7.5 (optimum at 6 - 6.5), within a temperature range of 13-34 °C (optimum at 23 °C), and under microaerophilic or aerobic conditions. The most abundant fatty acids (>10%) were iso-C15:0 (25.2%) and iso-C15:0 3-OH (14.5%). The genome has a DNA G+C content of 29.8 mol%. Based on the results of the polyphasic characterization presented here, strain LP1T is considered to represent a novel species of the genus Lutibacter, for which the name Lutibacter profundi sp. nov. is proposed. The type strain is LP1T (=DSM 100437T =JCM 30585 T). The genus Lutibacter has been amended to fit the description of strain LP1T.

  3. Mathematical modeling of diffuse flow in seafloor hydrothermal systems: The potential extent of the subsurface biosphere at mid-ocean ridges

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    Lowell, R. P.; Houghton, J. L.; Farough, A.; Craft, K. L.; Larson, B. I.; Meile, C. D.

    2015-09-01

    We describe a variety of one- and two-dimensional mathematical modeling approaches to characterizing diffuse flow circulation at mid-ocean ridge hydrothermal systems. The goal is to estimate the potential extent of the sub-seafloor microbial biosphere based on subsurface contours of the 120 °C isotherm as determined from the various models. The models suggest that the sub-seafloor depth for microbial life may range from less than 1 m in some places to the thickness of crustal layer 2A of ∼ 500 m in others. This depth depends primarily on how diffuse flow is driven. The 120 °C isotherm tends to be much deeper if diffuse flow is induced as boundary layer flow near high-temperature plumes, than if it results from conductive cooling or mixing near the seafloor. Because the heat flow alone may not allow identification of the flow regime in the subsurface, we highlight the use of chemical tracers as an additional constraint that sheds light into the flow and reaction patterns associated with vents. We use thermodynamic modeling, which connects the temperature of the diffuse fluid to its chemical composition. As the temperature-composition relationships differ for mixing versus conductive heating and cooling, the fluid geochemistry can shed light on subsurface transport. Using methane as an example, the geochemical models indicate subsurface microbial methane production and consumption in different regions of the vent field near EPR 9 °50‧ N.

  4. Plume-proximal mid-ocean ridge origin of Zhongba mafic rocks in the western Yarlung Zangbo Suture Zone, Southern Tibet

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    He, Juan; Li, Yalin; Wang, Chengshan; Dilek, Yildirim; Wei, Yushuai; Chen, Xi; Hou, Yunling; Zhou, Aorigele

    2016-05-01

    The >2000 km-long Yarlung Zangbo Suture Zone (YZSZ) in southern Tibet includes the remnants of the Mesozoic Neotethyan oceanic lithosphere, and is divided by the Zhada-Zhongba microcontinent into northern and southern branches in its western segment. Zircon U-Pb dating of a doleritic rock from the northern branch has revealed a concordant age of 160.5 ± 1.3 Ma. All of the doleritic samples from the northern branch and the pillow basalt and gabbro samples from the southern branch display consistent REE and trace element patterns similar to those of modern OIB-type rocks. The geochemical and Sr-Nd-Pb isotopic signatures of these OIB-type rocks from the western segment are identical with those of OIB-type and alkaline rocks from other ophiolite massifs along the central and eastern segments of the YZSZ, suggesting a common mantle plume source for their melt evolution. The enriched Sr-Nd-Pb isotopic character of the gabbroic dike rocks from the southern branch points to a mantle plume source, contaminated by subducted oceanic crust or pelagic sediments. We infer that the mafic rock associations exposed along the YZSZ represent the remnants of a Neotethyan oceanic lithosphere, which was developed as part of a plume-proximal seafloor-spreading system, reminiscent of the seamount chains along-across the modern mid-ocean ridges in the Pacific Ocean.

  5. Reconstructing past seawater Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca from mid-ocean ridge flank calcium carbonate veins.

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    Coggon, Rosalind M; Teagle, Damon A H; Smith-Duque, Christopher E; Alt, Jeffrey C; Cooper, Matthew J

    2010-02-26

    Proxies for past seawater chemistry, such as Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca ratios, provide a record of the dynamic exchanges of elements between the solid Earth, the atmosphere, and the hydrosphere and the evolving influence of life. We estimated past oceanic Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca ratios from suites of 1.6- to 170-million-year-old calcium carbonate veins that had precipitated from seawater-derived fluids in ocean ridge flank basalts. Our data indicate that before the Neogene, oceanic Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca ratios were lower than in the modern ocean. Decreased ocean spreading since the Cretaceous and the resulting slow reduction in ocean crustal hydrothermal exchange throughout the early Tertiary may explain the recent rise in these ratios.

  6. Magma mixing at mid-ocean ridges - Evidence from legs 45 and 46-DSDP. [petrologic and geochemical study of basalts

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    Dungan, M. A.; Long, P. E.; Rhodes, J. M.

    1978-01-01

    An integrated petrologic and geochemical study of basalts recovered in Legs 45 and 46 (DSDP) has indicated, on the basis of disequilibrium mineralogy, that these moderately evolved basalts are mixtures of primitive mantle-derived tholeiites with more evolved magmas. Plagioclase phenocrysts are characterized by substantial diversity in composition and zoning pattern. Many olivine and plagioclase phenocrysts are too refractory to be in equilibrium with liquids of the host basalt composition but possess a composition consistent with crystallization from a primitive mantle-derived basalt liquid. On the basis of melt inclusions trapped in the olivine phenocrysts, features of the primitive melt are estimated. It is suggested that subvolcanic magma chambers beneath midocean ridges receive periodic injections of this primitive melt and its attendant phenocrysts which mix with fractionated chamber-bound magmas, resulting in observed moderately evolved lavas.

  7. Geology of the Early Archean Mid-Ocean Ridge Hydrothermal System in the North Pole Dome, Pilbara Craton, Western Australia

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    Kitajima, K.; Maruyama, S.

    2007-12-01

    An Archean hydrothermal system in the North Pole Dome, Pilbara Craton is associated with extensive fluid circulation driven by numerous extensional fracture systems and the underlying heat source. The fracture system is now occupied by abundant fine-grained quartz aggregate, hence we call this as silica dikes. Some of the fracture system extends deeper structural levels as listric normal faults down to 1000 m depth in the MORB crust. Barite-bearing fine-grained quartz predominant mineralogy indicates the extensive development of fracturing and quenching in a short time. Accompanying the fluid circulation, the extensive metasomatism proceeded to form the four different chemical courses, (1) silicification, (2) carbonation, (3) potassium-enrichment, and (4) Fe- enrichment. Silicification occurs along the silica dikes, carbonated greenstones are distributed relatively shallower level. Potassium-enriched (mica-rich) greenstones occur at the top of the greenstone sequence, and Fe-enriched (chlorite-rich) greenstones are distributed at lower part of the basaltic greenstones. The down going fluid precipitated carbonate-rich layer at shallow levels, whereas depleted in SiO2. Then, the fluid went down to more deeper level, and was dissolved SiO2 at high temperature (~350°C) and chlorite-rich greenstone was formed by water-rock interaction. The upwelling fluid precipitated dominantly SiO2 and formed silica dikes. Silica dikes cement the fractures formed by extensional faulting at earliest stage of development of oceanic crust. Therefore, the hydrothermal system must have related to normal fault system simultaneously with MORB volcanism. Particularly the greenish breccia with cherty matrix (oregano chert) was formed at positions by upwelling near ridge axis. After the horizontal removal of MORB crust from the ridge-axis with time, the propagating fracture into deeper levels, transports hydrothermal fluids into 500-1000 m depth range where metasomatic element exchange between

  8. Noble gas isotope signals of mid-ocean ridge basalts and their implication for upper mantle structure

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    Stroncik, Nicole A.; Niedermann, Samuel

    2016-04-01

    The geochemical structure of the upper mantle in general and its noble gas isotopic structure in particular have been the subject of countless studies, as both provide important insights into mantle dynamic processes and are essential for the formulation of mantle geodynamic models. This contribution presents a noble gas study of basaltic glasses derived from the Mid-Atlantic-Ridge (MAR) between 4 and 12° S, an area well known for its high degree of lithophile isotope heterogeneity and exhibiting anomalous crustal thickness. The Sr, Nd, Pb and Hf isotopies along this segment of the MAR range from ultra-depleted (more than NMORB) to highly enriched, and different concepts have been proposed to explain the observed isotopic signatures. Here we show that the high degree of heterogeneity is not confined to the isotopes of the lithophile elements, but is also shown by the noble gas isotopes and noble gas interelement ratios, such as e.g. 3He/22NeM or 4He/40Ar*. 3He/4He, 21Ne/22Neextra and 40Ar/36Ar range from 7.3 to 9.3 RA, from 0.05 to 0.08, and from 346 to 37,400, respectively. Nevertheless, the majority of the Ne isotope data are clearly aligned along a single mixing line in the Ne-three-isotope diagram, represented by the equation 20Ne/22Ne=70.5 x 21Ne/22Ne + 7.782, with a slope distinctly different from that of the MORB line, indicating that the ultra-depleted material is characterised by a significantly more nucleogenic 21Ne/22Ne isotopy than the normal depleted mantle. We show, based on covariations between 3He/4He and 21Ne/22Neextra with 206Pb/204Pb and 178Hf/177Hf, that the ultra-depleted material erupted at this MAR segment was most likely produced by an ancient, deep melting event. This implies that isotopic heterogeneities in the upper mantle are not solely caused by the injection of enriched materials from deep-seated mantle plumes or by crustal recycling but may also be due to differences in the depth and degree of melting of upper mantle material within

  9. Lithium isotope evidence for subduction-enriched mantle in the source of mid-ocean-ridge basalts.

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    Elliott, Tim; Thomas, Alex; Jeffcoate, Alistair; Niu, Yaoling

    2006-10-05

    'Recycled' crustal materials, returned from the Earth's surface to the mantle by subduction, have long been invoked to explain compositional heterogeneity in the upper mantle. Yet increasingly, problems have been noted with this model. The debate can be definitively addressed using stable isotope ratios, which should only significantly vary in primitive, mantle-derived materials as a consequence of recycling. Here we present data showing a notable range in lithium isotope ratios in basalts from the East Pacific Rise, which correlate with traditional indices of mantle heterogeneity (for example, 143Nd/144Nd ratios). Such co-variations of stable and radiogenic isotopes in melts from a normal ridge segment provide critical evidence for the importance of recycled material in generating chemical heterogeneity in the upper mantle. Contrary to many models, however, the elevated lithium isotope ratios of the 'enriched' East Pacific Rise lavas imply that subducted ocean crust is not the agent of enrichment. Instead, we suggest that fluid-modified mantle, which is enriched during residency in a subduction zone, is mixed back into the upper mantle to cause compositional variability.

  10. Coupled major and trace elements as indicators of the extent of melting in mid-ocean-ridge peridotites.

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    Hellebrand, E; Snow, J E; Dick, H J; Hofmann, A W

    2001-04-05

    Rocks in the Earth's uppermost sub-oceanic mantle, known as abyssal peridotites, have lost variable but generally large amounts of basaltic melt, which subsequently forms the oceanic crust. This process preferentially removes from the peridotite some major constituents such as aluminium, as well as trace elements that are incompatible in mantle minerals (that is, prefer to enter the basaltic melt), such as the rare-earth elements. A quantitative understanding of this important differentiation process has been hampered by the lack of correlation generally observed between major- and trace-element depletions in such peridotites. Here we show that the heavy rare-earth elements in abyssal clinopyroxenes that are moderately incompatible are highly correlated with the Cr/(Cr + Al) ratios of coexisting spinels. This correlation deteriorates only for the most highly incompatible elements-probably owing to late metasomatic processes. Using electron- and ion-microprobe data from residual abyssal peridotites collected on the central Indian ridge, along with previously published data, we develop a quantitative melting indicator for mantle residues. This procedure should prove useful for relating partial melting in peridotites to geodynamic variables such as spreading rate and mantle temperature.

  11. Variation in melting conditions beneath a hotspot influenced mid-ocean ridge revealed by rare earth elements in melt inclusions from the western Galapagos Spreading Center

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    Russo, C. J.; Graham, D. W.; Kent, A.; Sinton, J. M.

    2010-12-01

    The western Galapagos Spreading Center (GSC) provides a unique region to investigate how mantle melting varies along a mid-ocean ridge at constant spreading rate, due to the magma supply gradient produced by a nearby mantle hotspot. We have analyzed rare earth element (REE) concentrations by laser ablation ICP-MS in 74 individual melt inclusions, trapped in olivine and plagioclase phenocrysts, from 8 dredged basalts recovered along the western GSC between 91.8-97.2°W. Concentrations of the REEs closely mimic measured values in host and associated basalt glasses, but show a significantly wider compositional range. Melt inclusions from the eastern section of the study area, closest to the Galapagos archipelago, are dominantly E-MORB, while melt inclusions from the western portion are dominantly N-MORB. The most diverse melt inclusions occur in the central region, where previous work has shown that the chemistry of the lavas and axial morphology are transitional between hotspot-influenced, inflated ridge segments in the east and depleted-mantle influenced, magmatically less robust ridge segments in the west. Geochemical modeling of the REE concentrations and ratios support an increased contribution of deep, smaller degree melts beneath the eastern area closer to the hotspot, as suggested previously from basalt glass analyses (Cushman et al., 2004; Ingle et al. 2010). N-MORBs along the GSC are derived from a depleted, upper mantle source by moderate degrees of melting of spinel lherzolite (average F ~9%, maximum F ~20%), assuming constant melt productivity of 0.3-0.4%/km during mantle upwelling. In contrast, E-MORBs along the GSC are generated by mixing of small degree melts of spinel lherzolite (F~1-4%) with small degree melts of garnet lherzolite (F≤ 2.5%); these latter melts may contribute up to ~50% to the mixture. If melt productivity is significantly lower during melting in the garnet stability field, e.g., due to enhanced H20 content in the mantle closer to

  12. High Precision Xenon Measurements Reveal the Presence of Solar Xenon in the Mantle Source of Mid Ocean Ridge Basalts

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    Mukhopadhyay, S.; Langmuir, C. H.

    2006-12-01

    Xenon isotopes provide unique insights into the sources of volatile material for planet Earth, the degassing of the mantle, and the chemical evolution of the mantle. Whether the Earth's mantle has solar or planetary heavy noble gases has remained a fundamental and outstanding question. Resolving this issue is crucial for planet accretion models and understanding how volatiles were incorporated into the solid Earth. Here we report the detection of solar, or possibly chondritic (Q), xenon in a gas-rich basalt glass. The sample was collected from the Hotu Matua seamount chain, located south of the Sojourn Ridge, during the 2001 Cook16MV expedition. Xenon was extracted by step crushing fresh basalt glass in vacuum, and xenon isotopes were measured using the Nu multicollector noble gas mass spectrometer at Harvard. Based on reproducibility of standards run over a period of 3 days, which were similar in size (3.5 x 10^{-14}cc of ^{130}Xe) to the sample, external precision for ^{124,126}Xe/^{130}Xe ratios are better than 2%, for ^{128}Xe/^{130}Xe is 7‰, and for ^{129}Xe/^{130}Xe and ^{136}Xe/^{130}Xe ratios are 4‰. These uncertainties are only marginally larger than predicted from counting statistics. A clear excess in ^{124,126,128}Xe was observed. The anomalies in non-radiogenic isotopes of xenon cannot result from instrumental mass fractionation or other experimental artifacts since excesses in ^{128}Xe are correlated with excesses in ^{129}Xe. In addition, the ^{129}Xe/^{130}Xe and ^{136}Xe/^{130}Xe ratios fall on the MORB line. Thus, we conclude that the anomalies in the non-radiogenic isotopes of xenon are a real feature of the mantle source of MORBs. Excesses in ^{124,126,128}Xe/^{130}Xe ratios plot on the air solar mixing line and indicate the presence of a solar xenon component in the MORB source. Since the non-radiogenic isotopic composition of solar and Q xenon are similar, a chondritic xenon component cannot be ruled out. Krypton isotopes can potentially

  13. Two-component mantle melting-mixing model for the generation of mid-ocean ridge basalts: Implications for the volatile content of the Pacific upper mantle

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    Shimizu, Kei; Saal, Alberto E.; Myers, Corinne E.; Nagle, Ashley N.; Hauri, Erik H.; Forsyth, Donald W.; Kamenetsky, Vadim S.; Niu, Yaoling

    2016-03-01

    We report major, trace, and volatile element (CO2, H2O, F, Cl, S) contents and Sr, Nd, and Pb isotopes of mid-ocean ridge basalt (MORB) glasses from the Northern East Pacific Rise (NEPR) off-axis seamounts, the Quebrada-Discovery-GoFar (QDG) transform fault system, and the Macquarie Island. The incompatible trace element (ITE) contents of the samples range from highly depleted (DMORB, Th/La ⩽ 0.035) to enriched (EMORB, Th/La ⩾ 0.07), and the isotopic composition spans the entire range observed in EPR MORB. Our data suggest that at the time of melt generation, the source that generated the EMORB was essentially peridotitic, and that the composition of NMORB might not represent melting of a single upper mantle source (DMM), but rather mixing of melts from a two-component mantle (depleted and enriched DMM or D-DMM and E-DMM, respectively). After filtering the volatile element data for secondary processes (degassing, sulfide saturation, assimilation of seawater-derived component, and fractional crystallization), we use the volatiles to ITE ratios of our samples and a two-component mantle melting-mixing model to estimate the volatile content of the D-DMM (CO2 = 22 ppm, H2O = 59 ppm, F = 8 ppm, Cl = 0.4 ppm, and S = 100 ppm) and the E-DMM (CO2 = 990 ppm, H2O = 660 ppm, F = 31 ppm, Cl = 22 ppm, and S = 165 ppm). Our two-component mantle melting-mixing model reproduces the kernel density estimates (KDE) of Th/La and 143Nd/144Nd ratios for our samples and for EPR axial MORB compiled from the literature. This model suggests that: (1) 78% of the Pacific upper mantle is highly depleted (D-DMM) while 22% is enriched (E-DMM) in volatile and refractory ITE, (2) the melts produced during variable degrees of melting of the E-DMM controls most of the MORB geochemical variation, and (3) a fraction (∼65% to 80%) of the low degree EMORB melts (produced by ∼1.3% melting) may escape melt aggregation by freezing at the base of the oceanic lithosphere, significantly enriching it in

  14. Arctic Ocean: hydrothermal activity on Gakkel Ridge.

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    Jean-Baptiste, Philippe; Fourré, Elise

    2004-03-04

    In the hydrothermal circulation at mid-ocean ridges, sea water penetrates the fractured crust, becomes heated by its proximity to the hot magma, and returns to the sea floor as hot fluids enriched in various chemical elements. In contradiction to earlier results that predict diminishing hydrothermal activity with decreasing spreading rate, a survey of the ultra-slowly spreading Gakkel Ridge (Arctic Ocean) by Edmonds et al. and Michael et al. suggests that, instead of being rare, the hydrothermal activity is abundant--exceeding by at least a factor of two to three what would be expected by extrapolation from observation on faster spreading ridges. Here we use helium-3 (3He), a hydrothermal tracer, to show that this abundance of venting sites does not translate, as would be expected, into an anomalous hydrothermal 3He output from the ridge. Because of the wide implications of the submarine hydrothermal processes for mantle heat and mass fluxes to the ocean, these conflicting results call for clarification of the link between hydrothermal activity and crustal production at mid-ocean ridges.

  15. Comparison between the magnetic and petrological characteristics of the peridotites from the gorringe ridge and the peridotites from the mid-ocean ridges

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    Popov, K. V.; Bazylev, B. A.; Shcherbakov, V. P.; Gapeev, A. K.

    2011-02-01

    The purpose of our work was to obtain the most possible detailed information about the composition, concentration, and structural features of the magnetic minerals contained in the rock to reveal the differences in the magnetic properties of the peridotites under various circumstances of the mantle magmatism and different conditions of metamorphism. To do this, we examined and analyzed the magnetic and petrographic characteristics of four collections of oceanic and alpinotype spinel peridotites. The main object for comparing the magnetic characteristics was the Gorringe ridge, which lies in the eastern part of the Atlantic Ocean. The peridotite samples from the Gorringe ridge differ from the other collections in many magnetic parameters: I n , χ, Q, I rs / I s , H c , H cr , and H m . The principal question of our work was to clarify the nature of the Earth's crust where the Gorringe ridge formed. This subject was studied many times in the literature, but the researchers did not reach a common opinion. In accordance with our data, the spinel peridotites from the Gorringe ridge represent a subcontinental lithosphere mantle of the Iberian continental margin. During the metamorphism, the formation of magnetite occurred in the peridotites of the Gorringe ridge in several stages and had a regressive character. Our investigations explain the results of the analysis of the anomalous magnetic field over the Gorringe ridge, which is characterized by sharp roughness and high intensity of the local signchanging anomalies.

  16. Modeling mid-ocean ridge hydrothermal response to earthquakes, tides, and ocean currents: a case study at the Grotto mound, Endeavour Segment, Juan de Fuca Ridge

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    Xu, G.; Bemis, K. G.

    2014-12-01

    Seafloor hydrothermal systems feature intricate interconnections among oceanic, geological, hydrothermal, and biological processes. The advent of the NEPTUNE observatory operated by Ocean Networks Canada at the Endeavour Segment, Juan de Fuca Ridge enables scientists to study these interconnections through multidisciplinary, continuous, real-time observations. The multidisciplinary observatory instruments deployed at the Grotto Mound, a major study site of the NEPTUNE observatory, makes it a perfect place to study the response of a seafloor hydrothermal system to geological and oceanic processes. In this study, we use the multidisciplinary datasets recorded by the NEPTUNE Observatory instruments as observational tools to demonstrate two different aspects of the response of hydrothermal activity at the Grotto Mound to geological and oceanic processes. First, we investigate a recent increase in venting temperature and heat flux at Grotto observed by the Benthic and Resistivity Sensors (BARS) and the Cabled Observatory Vent Imaging Sonar (COVIS) respectively. This event started in Mar 2014 and is still evolving by the time of writing this abstract. An initial interpretation in light of the seismic data recorded by a neighboring ocean bottom seismometer on the NEPTUNE observatory suggests the temperature and heat flux increase is probably triggered by local seismic activities. Comparison of the observations with the results of a 1-D mathematical model simulation of hydrothermal sub-seafloor circulation elucidates the potential mechanisms underlying hydrothermal response to local earthquakes. Second, we observe significant tidal oscillations in the venting temperature time series recorded by BARS and the acoustic imaging of hydrothermal plumes by COVIS, which is evidence for hydrothermal response to ocean tides and currents. We interpret the tidal oscillations of venting temperature as a result of tidal loading on a poroelastic medium. We then invoke poroelastic

  17. A Dual-Porosity, In Situ Crystallisation Model For Fast-Spreading Mid-Ocean Ridge Magma Chambers Based Upon Direct Observation From Hess Deep

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    MacLeod, C. J.; Lissenberg, C. J.

    2014-12-01

    We propose a revised magma chamber model for fast-spreading mid-ocean ridges based upon a synthesis of new data from a complete section of lower crust from the East Pacific Rise, reconstructed from samples collected from the Hess Deep rift valley during cruise JC21. Our investigation includes detailed sampling across critical transitions in the upper part of the plutonic section, including the inferred axial melt lens (AML) within the dyke-gabbro transition. We find that an overall petrological progression, from troctolite and primitive gabbro at the base up into evolved (oxide) gabbro and gabbronorite at the top of the lower crustal section, is mirrored by a progressive upward chemical fractionation as recorded in bulk rock and mineral compositions. Crystallographic preferred orientations measured using EBSD show that the downward increase in deformation of mush required in crystal subsidence models is not observed. Together these observations are consistent only with a model in which crystallisation of upward migrating evolving melts occurs in situ in the lower crust. Over-enrichment in incompatible trace element concentrations and ratios above that possible by fractional crystallisation is ubiquitous. This implies redistribution of incompatible trace elements in the lower crust by low porosity, near-pervasive reactive porous flow of interstitial melt moving continuously upward through the mush pile. Mass balance calculations reveal a significant proportion of this trace element enriched melt is trapped at mid-crustal levels. Mineral compositions in the upper third to half of the plutonic section are too evolved to represent the crystal residues of MORB. Erupted MORB therefore must be fed from melts sourced in the deeper part of the crystal mush pile, and which must ascend rapidly without significant modification in the upper plutonics or AML. From physical models of mush processes we posit that primitive melts are transported through transient, high porosity

  18. A possible difference in cooling rates recorded in REE in coexisting pyroxenes in peridotites from supra-subduction ophiolites and mid-ocean ridges

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    Dygert, N. J.; Liang, Y.; Kelley, K. A.

    2013-12-01

    Recently a REE-in-two-pyroxene thermometer was developed for mafic and ultramafic rocks [1]. This new thermometer is based on temperature sensitive REE partition coefficients between coexisting pyroxenes and calibrated against laboratory partitioning data. Because REE diffusion rates in pyroxene are relatively slow, the thermometer reads a higher temperature than major element based pyroxene thermometers. The difference between major and trace element derived temperatures depends primarily on cooling rate. Here we report new trace element data for peridotites from Trinity and Josephine ophiolites and a modern supra-subduction zone (SSZ) ophiolite analogue (the Mariana trench) determined by laser ablation ICP-MS. We inverted temperatures from the new data and globally distributed ophiolitic peridotite from eight literature studies (Figure 1). Data quality was carefully monitored leaving temperatures from 65 samples. Individual ophiolites usually have temperatures clustered within a range of a few hundred degrees, but the temperature range for the global dataset is greater than 700°C (688-1401°C). Temperatures calculated for the same samples using the two pyroxene thermometer of Brey and Köhler [2] are considerably lower (564-1049°C). REE temperatures are plotted against the major element temperatures [2] in Figure 1. Abyssal peridotites reported in [1] are shown by the peach field. Much of the ophiolite data plots farther from the blue 1:1 line than the abyssal peridotites, suggesting SSZ lithospheric mantle may cool more rapidly at those ophiolites. Fast cooling can be attributed to one or more dynamic differences between mid-ocean ridge (MOR) environments and supra-subduction environments, such as enhanced hydrothermal circulation, thinner oceanic crust, or rapid cooling due to basin closure and obduction. We note that several ophiolites appear to cool more slowly than the abyssal peridotites, however in those samples geochemical evidence suggests secondary

  19. Effects of Magma Supply on Mid-Ocean Ridge Magma Reservoirs, as Sampled by Individual Eruptions on the Galápagos Spreading Center

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    Colman, A.; Sinton, J. M.; Rubin, K. H.

    2014-12-01

    Petrologic study of eight individual eruptive units in each of two locations along the Galápagos Spreading Center allows spatial and temporal variability in magma reservoir properties and processes to be constrained, providing insight into how the rate of magma supply affects crustal magma reservoirs at mid-ocean ridges. Low- and high-magma supply study areas at 95°W and 92°W have similar spreading rates (53 and 55 mm/yr), but differ by 30% in the time-averaged rate of magma supply (0.3×106 and 0.4×106 m3/km/yr) as a result of varying proximity to the Galápagos hotspot. We use major and trace element analyses of glass and whole rock samples, chemical analyses of mineral phases, and observations of rock microstructure to characterize fractional crystallization, assimilation, magma mixing, and the timescales of magmatic recharge events relative to eruptions. At 92°W, high magma supply sustains a shallow melt lens ~1.7 km below the seafloor, within which the competing effects of fractional crystallization, assimilation, and frequent magmatic recharge result in eruption of lavas with low crystal contents and highly variable MgO (2.7-8.2 wt. %). Resident magma can be repeatedly tapped by low-volume fissure eruptions between magmatic recharge events. In contrast, at 95°W melt-rich bodies are likely only present intermittently, and at greater depths (3.0-3.4 km) below the seafloor. Magmatic evolution at this location is dominated by processes involving crystal-rich mush, which is co-mingled in varying proportions with hotter, more melt-rich magma during recharge events that closely precede volumetrically larger and probably less frequent eruptions. Erupted lavas are generally more phyric than those at 92°W, with higher and less variable MgO (6.2-9.1 wt. %). Limited residence within melt-rich reservoirs allows mixing trends to be preserved in erupted lavas.

  20. Effects of hydrothermal alteration on the magnetic mineralogy of mid-ocean ridge basalts, IODP Site 1301B, Juan de Fuca Ridge

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    Linville, L. M.; Housen, B.; Sager, W.

    2005-12-01

    Pairs of young (3.5 Ma) altered and unaltered MORB from the Juan de Fuca Ridge collected from IODP Expedition 301, Hole 1301B were studied to better understand how hydrothermal alteration affects the magnetization of oceanic crust. Thermomagnetic analysis (performed with both a VSM and Kappabridge) revealed characteristically different Curie temperatures and degree of non-reversibility between altered and unaltered samples. Magnetic contributions outlined by these methods, in addition to IRM and hysteresis parameters, indicate that samples are dominated by single domain titanomagnetite and titanomaghemite, with a titanium content of approximately TM45. Petrological analysis with a SEM confirmed the presence of abundant Fe-Ti oxides. Despite the preponderance of titanomagnetite in unaltered samples, shrinkage cracks, which offer direct evidence of maghemitization, were seen in both altered and unaltered samples, indicating (as do irreversible cooling curves for all samples) that even supposedly unaltered samples have undergone some degree of low temperature oxidation. Preliminary paleomagnetic data in related samples indicates normal polarity and inclinations that are approximately what is expected for this site. The samples also exhibit both streaked and well defined, non-streaked magnetizations. This study intends to utilize the information obtained by procedures described above to test for correlations between characteristic magnetization directions and degree of oxidation, in order to further our understanding of the effect maghemitization has on the paleomagnetism of oceanic rocks.

  1. Igneous Cooling Rate constraints on the Accretion of the lower Oceanic Crust in Mid-ocean Ridges: Insights from a new Thermo-mechanical Model

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    Garrido, C. J.; Machetel, P.

    2005-12-01

    We report the results of a new thermo-mechanical model of crustal flow beneath fast spreading mid-ocean ridges to investigate both the effect of deep, near off-axis hydrothermal convection on the thermal structure of the magma chamber and the role of variable number of melt intrusions on the accretion of the oceanic crust. In our model the melt is injected at the center of the axial magma chamber with a 'needle' with adjustable porosity at different depths allowing the simulation of different arrangements of melt injection and supply within the magma chamber. Conversely to previous models, the shape of the magma chamber -defined as the isotherm where 95% solidification of the melt occurs- is not imposed but computed from the steady state reached by the thermal field considering the heat diffusion and advection and the latent heat of crystallization. The motion equation is solved for a temperature and phase dependent viscosity. The thermal diffusivity is also dependent on temperature and depth, with a higher diffusivity in the upper plutonic crust to account for more efficient hydrothermal cooling at these crustal levels. In agreement with previous non-dynamic thermal models, our results show that near, deep off-axis hydrothermal circulation strongly affects the shape of the axial magma by tightening isotherms in the upper half of the plutonic oceanic crust where hydrothermal cooling is more efficient. Different accretion modes have however little effect on the shape of the magma chamber, but result in variable arrangements of flow lines ranging from tent-shape in a single-lens accretion scenario to sub-horizontal in "sheeted-sill" intrusion models. For different intrusion models, we computed the average Igneous Cooling Rates (ICR) of gabbros by dividing the crystallization temperature interval of gabbros by the integrated time, from the initial intrusion to the point where it crossed the 950 °C isotherm where total solidification of gabbro occurs, along individual

  2. Active convection beneath ridges: a new spin

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    Katz, R. F.

    2009-12-01

    The role of buoyancy-driven, "active" upwelling beneath mid-ocean ridges has been long debated [1,2,3], with the naysayers holding sway in recent years. Recent work on tomographic imaging of the sub-ridge mantle has revealed patterns in velocity variation that seem inconsistent with what we expect of passive upwelling and melting [4]. The irregular distribution, asymmetry, and off-axis locations of slow regions in tomographic results are suggestive of time-dependent convective flow. Using 2D numerical simulations of internally consistent mantle and magmatic flow plus melting/freezing [5,6], I investigate the parametric subspace in which active convection is expected to occur. For low mantle viscosities, interesting symmetry-breaking behavior is predicted. References: [1] Rabinowicz, et al., EPSL, 1984; [2] Buck & Su, GRL, 1989; [3] Scott & Stevenson, JGR, 1989; [4] Toomey et al., Nature, 2007; [5] McKenzie, J.Pet., 1984; [6] Katz, J.Pet., 2008;

  3. Mid-ocean microseisms

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    Bromirski, Peter D.; Duennebier, Fred K.; Stephen, Ralph A.

    2005-04-01

    The Hawaii-2 Observatory (H2O) is an excellent site for studying the source regions and propagation of microseisms since it is located far from shorelines and shallow water. During Leg 200 of the Ocean Drilling Program, the officers of the JOIDES Resolution took wind and wave measurements for comparison with double-frequency (DF) microseism data collected at nearby H2O. The DF microseism band can be divided into short-period and long-period bands, SPDF and LPDF, respectively. Comparison of the ship's weather log with the seismic data in the SPDF band from about 0.20 to 0.45 Hz shows a strong correlation of seismic amplitude with wind speed and direction, implying that the energy reaching the ocean floor is generated locally by ocean gravity waves. Nearshore land seismic stations see similar SPDF spectra, also generated locally by wind seas. At H2O, SPDF microseism amplitudes lag sustained changes in wind speed and direction by several hours, with the lag increasing with wave period. This lag may be associated with the time necessary for the development of opposing seas for DF microseism generation. Correlation of swell height above H2O with the LPDF band from 0.085 to 0.20 Hz is often poor, implying that a significant portion of this energy originates at distant locations. Correlation of the H2O seismic data with NOAA buoy data, with hindcast wave height data from the North Pacific, and with seismic data from mainland and island stations, defines likely source areas of the LPDF signals. Most of the LPDF energy at H2O appears to be generated by high-amplitude storm waves impacting long stretches of coastline nearly simultaneously, and the Hawaiian Islands appear to be a significant source of LPDF energy in the North Pacific when waves arrive from particular directions. The highest levels observed at mid-ocean site H2O occur in the SPDF band when two coincident nearby storm systems develop. Deep water, mid-ocean-generated DF microseisms are not observed at

  4. Source mechanisms of earthquakes near mid-ocean ridges from body waveform inversion - Implications for the early evolution of oceanic lithosphere

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    Bergman, E. A.; Solomon, S. C.

    1984-01-01

    An evaluation is presented of the tectonics of the near-ridge environment based on the source mechanisms of earthquakes in young oceanic lithosphere. A catalog of near-ridge earthquakes is presented, and source parameters are determined from body waveform inversions. Source parameter-age relations are examined, and the near-ridge seismicity of the Indian Ocean is discussed. Deep normal faulting in young oceanic lithosphere is addressed, as is the relationship between thermoelastic stress and near-ridge earthquakes. The possibility of secondary convection beneath young oceanic lithosphere is considered. Finally, the broader tectonic implications of these results for the evolution of young oceanic lithosphere are discussed.

  5. Experimental study on weathering of seafloor volcanic glass by bacteria (Pseudomonas fluorescens) - Implications for the contribution of bacteria to the wate-rock reaction at the Mid-Oceanic Ridge setting

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    Chen, Shun; Wu, Zijun; Peng, Xiaotong

    2014-08-01

    biogeochemical cycling process in the Mid-Oceanic Ridge setting.

  6. Sub-km HIMU-type Enriched Mantle at a Mid-ocean Ridge Far From a Plume: Endeavour, JdFR

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    Gill, J. B.; Michael, P. J.; Dreyer, B. M.; Clague, D. A.; Ramos, F. C.

    2015-12-01

    The Endeavour segment of the Juan de Fuca Ridge is characterized by abundant enriched (E) MORB since the currently inflated axial ridge formed <105 years ago, and by the full range of depleted (D) to E-MORB during the last 2300 years in the km-wide axial graben. Two different styles of enrichment of moderately incompatible elements are present. The first characterized basalts across the ~5 km-wide ridge from >10,000 to ~4000 years ago, whereas the second characterizes more recent basalts erupted in the axial graben. We attribute the first to a higher proportion of pyroxenite to enriched peridotite in the mantle source during ridge inflation. The more recent style reflects the reduced role of pyroxenite after the axial graben formed. The enriched component for both styles is a HIMU-type because it has low 87Sr/86Sr and 176Hf/177Hf relative to 143Nd/144Nd, lower 3He/4He (~8.1 RA) than in the more depleted basalts, shallow slopes on Pb isotope diagrams, and high Nb/LREE ratios. It is regionally widespread and shared with the West Valley and Explorer segments to the north. At least 14 different samplings of mantle components occurred within <1 km of ridge length and width during a time when <1 km of upwelling occurred, indicating that the scale of mantle heterogeneity is <1 km in this setting that is far from a plume.

  7. Southwestern limits of Indian Ocean Ridge mantle and the origin of low Pb-206/Pb-204 mid-ocean ridge basalt - Isotope systematics of the central Southwest Indian Ridge (17 deg - 50 deg E)

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    Mahoney, J.; Le Roex, A. P.; Peng, Z.; Fisher, R. L.; Natland, J. H.

    1992-12-01

    The isotopic characteristics of the Indian Ocean Ridge midocean ridge basalts (MORBs) and of the Atlantic and the Pacific MORBs (north of 25 deg S) were determined in order to estimate the southwestern limits of the Indian Ocean Ridge mantle and the origin of low Pb-206/Pb-204 MORB. In view of the possible importance of a Marion-type mantle along portions of the ridge, lavas from several Marion Island, Prince Edward Island, and Funk Seamount were also analyzed isotopically. The isotopic results include analyses of fields for the Indian Ocean triple junction area, the entire Central Indian and southern Carlsberg ridges, for several oceanic islands, and Pacific and/or North Atlantic MORBs.

  8. Constrains on Crustal Accretion Obtained from Cooling Rate Calculations with a Thermo-Mechanical Model of Fast-Spreading Mid-Ocean Ridges

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    Garrido, C. J.; Machetel, P.

    2012-12-01

    We have used a thermo-mechanical model designed to find steady-state solutions of motion and temperature with variable viscosity, heat diffusion, heat advection, hydrothermal cooling and latent heat release. Cases analogous to the "gabbro glacier" (G accretion structure), "sheeted sills" (S structure) and "mixed shallow and MTZ lenses" (M structure) were computed with and without sheeted dyke level modeling. The results show that thermal patterns near the ridge mainly depend on hydrothermal cooling. Several hydrothermal cooling cracking temperature have been used in order to illustrate the present scientific debate on the penetration depth and efficiency of hydrothermal flows. Second, higher cooling rates are obtained for the G structures. Third, whereas the subsolidus cooling rates, SCR, decrease monotonically with depth, the igneous cooling rates, ICR, display local minima at the merging levels of the upper and lower lenses. It appears that ICR reveal the near-ridge thermal and mechanical structures, whereas the lower value of the initial-to-closure temperature ranges used for SCR cause shifts farther from the ridge that reduces the ability of SCR to discriminate the ridge thermo-mechanical configuration. It also indicates that the common assumption that ICR and SCR should be similar is probably over-simplified. Finally, the cooling rates obtained bears the clear signature of the three intrusion hypothesis. The results show that numerical modeling of the lower crust's thermo-mechanical properties may provide new insights to discriminate among hypotheses related to G, M and S structures for fast-spreading ridges.; Thermal history obtained for the Gabro Glacier (top panels), Mixed shallow and MTZ zone (middle panels) and Sheeted Sills hypothesis (bottom panels)for the magma intrusion at ridge. Columns corresponds to various hydrothermal cooling and viscosity hypothesis.

  9. Diversity of Microorganisms Associated With low Temperature Iron Deposits at the 71°N Hydrothermal Vent Field Along the Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge

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    Ovreas, L.; Johannessen, T.; Jorgensen, S.; Thorseth, I. H.; Pedersen, R. B.

    2007-12-01

    Rust coloured mounds and chimney-like deposits of the newly discovered71°N hydrothermal vent fields at the south-western part of the Mohns Ridge have been investigated. Iron is the fourth most abundant element in the Earth's crust and thus represents one of the most abundant redox active metals widely available for microbial energy generation. Microbial Fe-oxidation is a widespread process in the deep-sea environments, but only recently have studies begun to elucidate these processes and describe the phylogenetic and physiological diversity of the microbial communities that mediate them. Therefore studying the process by which iron is oxidised and how this influence these cold deep-sea communities is of significant importance. We have studied the microbial communities present in these low-temperature rust coloured deposits in order to elucidate the phylogenetic and physiological diversity of the microbial populations inhabiting these deep-sea environments. Polyphasic characterisations by using geochemical and biological analyses have been performed. The deposited material has a highly porous microtexture of branching, twisted filaments resembling stalks of the iron- oxidising Gallionella sp, but numerous other unidentified filamentous structures were also found to be present. Phylogenetic analysis of clone libraries has so far demonstrated that the bacterial community is dominated by members of the Proteobacteria, Planctomycetes and Chloroflexi. The archaeal community consists of both Crenarchaeota and Euryarchaeota. The Crenarchaeota sequences affiliates with other reported uncultivated Deep-Sea archaeal sequences. To further investigate the ecological impact of these iron mounds and their interaction with microorganisms cultivation experiments have been applied. We are specifically focusing on enrichment of iron oxidizing bacteria. Preliminary results indicates that iron oxidizers related to the newly described Mariprofundus ferrooxidans as well as iron reducers

  10. Rare earth element-SiO2 systematics of mid-ocean ridge plagiogranites and host gabbros from the Fournier oceanic fragment, New Brunswick, Canada: a field evaluation of some model predictions

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    Brophy, James G.; Pu, Xiaofei

    2012-08-01

    The two most commonly invoked processes for generating plagiogranites in mid-ocean ridge environments are extended fractional crystallization of mid-ocean ridge basalt (MORB) magma and "hydration melting" of hot, dry MOR gabbro initiated by the influx of seawater-derived hydrothermal fluids within localized zones of shear. Brophy (Contrib Mineral Petrol 158:99-111, 2009) has proposed on theoretical grounds that, for liquids greater than ~62 wt. % SiO2, hydration melting should yield, among other features, a negative correlation between rare earth element (REE) abundances and increasing SiO2, while fractional crystallization should yield a positive correlation. If correct, the REE-SiO2 systematics of natural systems might be used to distinguish between the two processes. The Ordovician Fournier oceanic fragment, New Brunswick, Canada, contains MOR gabbro-hosted plagiogranite veins and dikes that are believed to have formed from hydration melting, thus forming an appropriate location for field verification of the proposed REE-SiO2 systematics for such a process. In addition to a negative correlation between liquid SiO2 and REE abundance for liquids in excess of ~62% SiO2, other important model features include the following: (1) relative to a gabbro source rock, the degree of enrichment at liquids of 62 and 75% SiO2 decreases from the LREE to the HREE; (2) the degree of enrichment at 75% SiO2 approaches 1 for the HREE; (3) the rate of change of the degree of enrichment with increasing liquid SiO2 (i.e., the slope) diminishes from the LREE to the HREE. All of these predicted features are observed in the Fournier plagiogranites. Assuming an initial source rock equivalent to the host gabbro, an additional strongly LREE-enriched component must be added prior to melting in order to make the absolute REE abundances agree with the model values. The most likely candidates are the very seawater-derived hydrothermal fluids that triggered hydration melting in the first place.

  11. Response to Comment on “Sensitivity of seafloor bathymetry to climate-driven fluctuations in mid-ocean ridge magma supply”

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    Olive, J.-A.; Behn, M. D.; Ito, G.; Buck, W. R.; Escartín, J.; Howell, S.

    2016-07-01

    Tolstoy reports the existence of a characteristic 100 thousand year (ky) period in the bathymetry of fast-spreading seafloor but does not argue that sea level change is a first-order control on seafloor morphology worldwide. Upon evaluating the overlap between tectonic and Milankovitch periodicities across spreading rates, we reemphasize that fast-spreading ridges are the best potential recorders of a sea level signature in seafloor bathymetry.

  12. Response to Comment on “Sensitivity of seafloor bathymetry to climate-driven fluctuations in mid-ocean ridge magma supply”

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    Olive, J.-A.; Behn, M. D.; Ito, G.; Buck, W. R.; Escartín, J.; Howell, S.

    2016-06-01

    Huybers et al. present new bathymetric spectra from an intermediate-spreading ridge as evidence for a primary contribution of sea level cycles to the morphology of the seafloor. Although we acknowledge the possibility that sea level-modulated magmatic constructions may be superimposed on a first-order tectonic fabric, we emphasize the difficulty of deciphering these different contributions in the frequency domain alone.

  13. Complete genome sequence of the heavy metal resistant bacterium Altererythrobacter atlanticus 26DY36(T), isolated from deep-sea sediment of the North Atlantic Mid-ocean ridge.

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    Wu, Yue-Hong; Cheng, Hong; Zhou, Peng; Huo, Ying-Yi; Wang, Chun-Sheng; Xu, Xue-Wei

    2015-12-01

    Altererythrobacter atlanticus 26DY36(T) (CGMCC 1.12411(T)=JCM 18865(T)) was isolated from the North Atlantic Mid-Ocean Ridge. The strain is resistant to heavy metals, such as Mn(2+) (200 mM), Co(2+) (2.0mM), Cu(2+) (1mM), Zn(2+) (1mM), Hg(2+) (0.1mM) and Cd(2+) (0.5mM). Here we describe the genome sequence and annotation, as well as the features of the organism. A. atlanticus 26DY36(T) harbors a chromosome (3,386,291 bp) and a circular plasmid (88,815 bp). The genome contains 3322 protein-coding genes (2483 with predicted functions), 47 tRNA genes and 6 rRNA genes. A. atlanticus 26DY36(T) encodes dozens of genes related to heavy metal resistance and has potential applications in the bioremediation of heavy metal-contaminated environments.

  14. Fault rotation and core complex formation: Significant processes in seafloor formation at slow-spreading mid-ocean ridges (Mid-Atlantic Ridge, 13°-15°N)

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    Smith, Deborah K.; EscartíN, Javier; Schouten, Hans; Cann, Johnson R.

    2008-03-01

    The region of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR) between the Fifteen-Twenty and Marathon fracture zones displays the topographic characteristics of prevalent and vigorous tectonic extension. Normal faults show large amounts of rotation, dome-shaped corrugated detachment surfaces (core complexes) intersect the seafloor at the edge of the inner valley floor, and extinct core complexes cover the seafloor off-axis. We have identified 45 potential core complexes in this region whose locations are scattered everywhere along two segments (13° and 15°N segments). Steep outward-facing slopes suggest that the footwalls of many of the normal faults in these two segments have rotated by more than 30°. The rotation occurs very close to the ridge axis (as much as 20° within 5 km of the volcanic axis) and is complete by ˜1 My, producing distinctive linear ridges with roughly symmetrical slopes. This morphology is very different from linear abyssal hill faults formed at the 14°N magmatic segment, which display a smaller amount of rotation (typically <15°). We suggest that the severe rotation of faults is diagnostic of a region undergoing large amounts of tectonic extension on single faults. If faults are long-lived, a dome-shaped corrugated surface develops in front of the ridges and lower crustal and upper mantle rocks are exposed to form a core complex. A single ridge segment can have several active core complexes, some less than 25 km apart that are separated by swales. We present two models for multiple core complex formation: a continuous model in which a single detachment surface extends along axis to include all of the core complexes and swales, and a discontinuous model in which local detachment faults form the core complexes and magmatic spreading forms the intervening swales. Either model can explain the observed morphology.

  15. Diversity of Planctomycetes in iron-hydroxide deposits from the Arctic Mid Ocean Ridge (AMOR) and description of Bythopirellula goksoyri gen. nov., sp. nov., a novel Planctomycete from deep sea iron-hydroxide deposits.

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    Storesund, Julia E; Øvreås, Lise

    2013-10-01

    Planctomycetes form a deep branching and distinct phylum of the domain Bacteria, and represent a fascinating group due to their unusual features such as intracellular compartmentalization and lack of peptidoglycan in their cell walls. The phylum Planctomycetes was described already in 1924, but still the diversity of this phylum represents an enigma and unexploited resource. In this study the diversity of the phylum Planctomycetes in low temperature iron-hydroxide deposits at the Mohns Ridge, a part of the Arctic Mid Ocean Ridge (AMOR), was characterised by descriptive analysis of 16S rRNA gene sequences in combination with isolation of planctomycetes strains. The 16S rRNA gene sequences were affiliated with three order within the phylum Planctomycetes namely the (i)Planctomycetales, (ii) "Candidatus Brocadiales" and (iii) Phycisphaerae in addition to sequences affiliating to hitherto unknown Planctomycetes. The majority of the sequences were affiliated with the CCM11a group (Phycisphaerae), and with the Pir4 group (Planctomycetaceae). Two strains from the order Planctomycetales were isolated. One strain (Plm2) showed high similarity to the previously isolated Planctomyces maris (99 % 16S rRNA sequence identity). The other strain (Pr1d) belonged to the Pir4 group, and showed highest identity with Rhodopirellula baltica (86 %), Blastopirellula marina (86 %) and Pirellula staleyi (85 %). Based on its physiological and biochemical properties, strain Pr1d(T) is considered to represent a new genus of the order Planctomycetales. We propose to classify the novel planctomycete in a new genus and species, Bythoypirellula goksoyri gen. nov., sp. nov., the type strain being Pr1d(T).

  16. Phase equilibria in subseafloor hydrothermal systems: A review of the role of redox, temperature, pH and dissolved Cl on the chemistry of hot spring fluids at mid-ocean ridges

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    Seyfried, W. E., Jr.; Ding, Kang

    Time series measurements of the chemistry of hot spring fluids at mid-ocean ridges (MOR) have revealed steady state concentrations of dissolved species that indicate solubility control by mineral phases in subseafloor reaction zones [Campbell et al., 1988a; Bowers et al., 1988; Butterfield et al. 1994]. That MOR hot spring fluids have relatively low measured pH values (3.1 to 3.9), and are variably depleted in Mg and SO4, while enriched in Ca, K, and Si [Von Damm, 1990] relative to seawater, is entirely consistent with heterogeneous equilibria involving feldspar, chlorite, epidote ± quartz and NaCl fluids at temperatures in the vicinity of 375-400°C [Seyfried et al., 1991]. The high concentrations of so-called "soluble" elements, such as Li, Rb, Cs, and B [Von Damm et al., 1985; Spivack and Edmond, 1987], however, require an abundance of fresh rock (basalt/diabase) relative to the mass of seawater (i.e., low fluid/rock ratio). That these elements also fall to reveal significant compositional changes in fluids from specific hot springs sampled several times over a six year period [Campbell et al., 1985a; Butterfield et al. 1994; Butterfield and Massoth 1994] indicates a non-static and expanding reaction zone caused by penetration of seawater into previously unaltered portions of a solidified magma chamber. Although most vent fluids reveal short term stability [Campbell et al. 1988a; Butterfield and Massoth 1994], this is not always the case, as evidenced by the temporal evolution of the composition of vent fluids at the North Cleft segment of the Juan de Fuca Ridge [Butterfield et al. 1991; Butterfield and Massoth, 1994], and at 9-10degN EPR [Von Damm et al. 1991].

  17. In-Situ pH Measurements in Mid-Ocean Ridge Hydrothermal Vent Fluids: Constraints on Subseafloor Alteration Processes at Crustal Depths

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    Schaen, A. T.; Ding, K.; Seyfried, W. E.

    2013-12-01

    Developments in electrochemistry and material science have facilitated the construction of ceramic (YSZ) based chemical sensor systems that can be used to measure and monitor pH and redox in aqueous fluids at elevated temperatures and pressures. In recent years, these sensor systems have been deployed to acquire real-time and time series in-situ data for high-temperature hydrothermal vent fluids at the Main Endeavour Field (Juan de Fuca Ridge), 9oN (East Pacific Rise), and at the ultramafic-hosted Rainbow field (36oN, Mid-Atlantic Ridge). Here we review in-situ pH data measured at these sites and apply these data to estimate the pH of fluids ascending to the seafloor from hydrothermal alteration zones deeper in the crust. In general, in-situ pH measured at virtually all vent sites is well in excess of that measured shipboard owing to the effects of temperature on the distribution of aqueous species and the solubility of metal sulfides, especially Cu and Zn, originally dissolved in the vent fluids. In situ pH measurements determined at MEF (Sully vent) and EPR 9oN (P-vent) in 2005 and 2008 were 4.4 ×0.02 and 5.05×0.05, respectively. The temperature and pressure (seafloor) of the vent fluids at each of the respective sites were 356oC and 220 bar, and 380oC and 250 bar. Plotting these data with respect to fluid density reveals that the in-situ pH of each vent fluid is approximately 1.5 pH units below neutrality. The density-pH (in-situ) correlation, however, is important because it provides a means from which the vent fluids were derived. Using dissolved silica and chloride from fluid samples at the MEF (Sully) suggest T/P conditions of approximately 435oC, 380 bar, based on quartz-fluid and NaCl-H2O systems. At the fluid density calculated for these conditions, pH (in-situ) is predicted to be ~6.2. Attempts are presently underway to assess the effect of the calculated pH on metal sulfide and silicate (e.g., plagioclase, chlorite) solubility in comparison with

  18. Volcanic eruption of the mid-ocean ridge along the East Pacific Rise crest at 9°45-52'N: Direct submersible observations of seafloor phenomena associated with an eruption event in April, 1991

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    Haymon, R. M.; Fornari, D. J.; Von Damm, K. L.; Lilley, M. D.; Perfit, M. R.; Edmond, J. M.; Shanks, W. C.; Lutz, R. A.; Grebmeier, J. M.; Carbotte, S.; Wright, D.; McLaughlin, E.; Smith, M.; Beedle, N.; Olson, E.

    1993-08-01

    In April, 1991, we witnessed from the submersible Alvin a suite of previously undocumented seafloor phenomena accompanying an in-progress eruption of the mid-ocean ridge on the East Pacific Rise crest at 9°45'N-52'N. The volume of the eruption could not be precisely determined, although comparison of pre- and post-eruption SeaBeam bathymetry indicate that any changes in ridge crest morphology resulting from the eruption were < 10 m high. Effects of the eruption included: (1) increased abundance and redistribution of hydrothermal vents, disappearance of numerous vent communities, and changes in characteristics of vent fauna and mineral deposits within the eruption area since December, 1989; (2) murkiness of bottom waters up to tens of meters above the seafloor due to high densities of suspended mineral and biogenic particulates; (3) destruction of a vent community by lava flows, mass wasting, and possible hydrovolcanic explosion at a site known as 'Tubeworm Barbecue' in the axial summit caldera (ASC) at 9°50.6'N; (4) near-critical temperatures of hydrothermal vent fluids, ranging up to 403°C; (5) temporal variations over a 2 week interval in both temperatures and chemical/isotopic compositions of hydrothermal fluids; (6) unusual compositions of end-member vent fluids, with pH values ranging to a record low of 2.5, salinities ranging as low as 0.3 wt% NaCl (one-twelfth that of seawater), and dissolved gases reaching high concentrations (> 65 mmol/l for both CO 2 and H 2S); (7) venting at temperatures above 380°C of visually detectable white vapor that transformed to plumes of gray smoke a few centimeters above vent orifices; (8) disorganized venting of both high-temperature fluids (black and gray smoke) and large volumes of cooler, diffuse hydrothermal fluids directly from the basaltic seafloor, rather than from hydrothermal mineral constructions; (9) rapid and extensive growth of flocculent white bacterial mats (species unknown) on and under the seafloor in

  19. Temporal variations of the segmentation of slow to intermediate spreading mid-ocean ridges 2. A three-dimensional model in terms of lithosphere accretion and convection within the partially molten mantle beneath the ridge axis

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    Rabinowicz, Michel; Briais, Anne

    2002-06-01

    We present three-dimensional numerical models of convection within the partially molten mantle beneath the ridge axis. The modeling takes into account the cavity flow driven by plate spreading, the diffuse upwelling due to plate accretion, and the shearing movement generated by large-scale mantle flow. The ridge axis is free to move in the spreading direction to adjust to the maxima of tension at the lithosphere-mantle interface induced by the convective circulation. The melt distribution in the mantle and the crustal production at the ridge axis are estimated using the formalism of McKenzie and Bickle [1988]. During the experiments the record of the ridge axis positions and crustal production is used to compute synthetic maps of the isochrons and oceanic crustal thickness. Close to the ridge, the ascending convective flow consists of 80- to 100-km-long hot sheets oriented either roughly parallel or orthogonal to spreading. Most ridge segments fit with the top of hot upwelling sheets, while transient transform faults coincide with the top of cold downwelling flows. The crustal maps display lineations subparallel or slightily oblique to spreading, a few tens of million years long, and separated by ~60-50 km, resulting from the lithospheric record of the excess crust produced at the junction of hot sheets. When a junction of two hot sheets migrates outside the ridge axial plane, the crustal thickness maximum splits into two maxima along axis, and the induced lineation in the crustal map splits into two branches. The merging of lineations occurs when the ridge plane traps the junction of hot sheets. When the large-scale mantle circulation moves parallel to the ridge crest, it slowly pushs the spreading-parallel convective sheets. The resulting lineations form V shapes pointing in the same direction as the large-scale flow. When the large-scale flow parallels spreading, it slowly pushes the ridge-parallel hot sheets in the upflow direction. Thus the ridge segments

  20. Central anomaly magnetization high: constraints on the volcanic construction and architecture of seismic layer 2A at a fast-spreading mid-ocean ridge, the EPR at 9°30'-50'N

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    Schouten, Hans; Tivey, Maurice A.; Fornari, Daniel J.; Cochran, James R.

    1999-05-01

    The central anomaly magnetization high (CAMH) is a zone of high crustal magnetization centered on the axis of the East Pacific Rise (EPR) and many other segments of the global mid-ocean ridge (MOR). The CAMH is thought to reflect the presence of recently emplaced and highly magnetic lavas. Forward models show that the complicated character of the near-bottom CAMH can be successfully reproduced by the convolution of a lava deposition distribution with a lava magnetization function that describes the variation in lava magnetization intensity with age. This lava magnetization function is the product of geomagnetic paleofield intensity, which has increased by a factor of 2 over the last 40 kyr, and low-temperature alteration which decreases the remanence of lava with exposure to seawater. The success of the forward modeling justifies the inverse approach: deconvolution of the magnetic data for lava distribution and integration of that distribution for magnetic layer thickness. This approach is tested on two near-bottom magnetic profiles AL2767 and AL2771, collected using Alvin across the EPR axis at 9°31'N and 9°50'N. Our analysis of these data produces an estimate of the relative thickness of the magnetic lava layer which is remarkably consistent with existing multichannel estimates of layer 2A thickness from lines CDP31 and CDP27. The similarity between magnetic layer and seismic layer 2A at the 9°-10°N segment of the EPR crest provides independent support to the notion that seismic layer 2A in young oceanic crust represents the highly magnetic lava layer, and that the velocity gradient at the base of layer 2A is related to the increasing number of higher-velocity dikes with depth in the lava-dike transition zone. The near-bottom magnetic anomaly character of the CAMH is a powerful indicator of the emplacement history of upper crust at MORs which allows prediction of the relative thickness and architecture of the extrusive lavas independent of other constraints.

  1. Anhydrite Solubility and Ca Isotope Fractionation in the Vapor-Liquid Field of the NaCl-H2O System: Implications for Hydrothermal Vent Fluids at Mid-ocean Ridges

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    Scheuermann, P.; Syverson, D. D.; Higgins, J. A.; Seyfried, W. E., Jr.

    2015-12-01

    mid-ocean ridges.

  2. Carbon and its isotopes in mid-oceanic basaltic glasses

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    Des Marais, D. J.; Moore, J. G.

    1984-01-01

    Sample surface carbon, mantle carbon dioxide in vesicles, and mantle carbon dissolved in glasses, are the three carbon components evident in the 11 mid-oceanic basalts presently analyzed. The total carbon content may be controlled by the depth of the shallowest ridge magma chamber, and carbon isotopic fractionation accompanies magma degassing. Using He-3 and carbon data for submarine hydrothermal fluids, the present day midoceanic ridge carbon flux is approximately estimated to be 1.0 x 10 to the 13th g C/yr, requiring 8 Gyr to accumulate the earth's present crustal carbon inventory.

  3. Modeling of Perturbations in Mid-Ocean Hydrothermal Systems

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    Singh, S.; Lowell, R. P.

    2013-12-01

    Mid-ocean ridge hydrothermal systems are complex fluid circulation systems straddling the locations of formation of oceanic crust. Due to the dynamic nature of the crust building process, these systems are episodically subject to magmatic and seismic perturbations. Magma may be emplaced deep or shallow in the oceanic crust thereby changing the thermal structure and permeability of the system. Such events would enhance hydrothermal venting resulting in an increase in vent temperature and heat output along with a decrease in vent salinity in a phase separating system. Event plumes, which may be associated with dike intrusions into the shallow crust, are an important class of such perturbations. In this case, the formation of low salinity vapor may add to the thermal buoyancy flux and allow the plume to rise rapidly to a considerable height above the seafloor. Additionally, seismic or tectonic disturbances may occur both deep and shallow in the crust, changing the fluid-flow structure in the system. Upon knowledge of a major magmatic or seismotectonic event, temporary surveillance at the respective mid ocean ridge site is often increased as a result of rapid response cruises. One of the most common observations made after such events is the temperature of vent fluids, which is then correlated to time of observed activity and used to estimate the residence time of fluids in the system. However, our numerical results indicate that for deep-seated perturbations, surface salinity may show quicker response than temperature. This result serves as our motivation to seek better understanding of propagation mechanism of perturbations through hydrothermal systems. We construct analytical models for fluid flow, heat and salt transfer in both single cracks and through porous media to investigate how perturbations affect both heat and salt transfer to the surface. Our preliminary results for simplified fluid circulation systems tend to support the results from numerical modeling

  4. Carbon and its isotopes in mid-oceanic basaltic glasses

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    Des Marais, D.J.; Moore, J.G.

    1984-01-01

    Three carbon components are evident in eleven analyzed mid-oceanic basalts: carbon on sample surfaces (resembling adsorbed gases, organic matter, or other non-magmatic carbon species acquired by the glasses subsequent to their eruption), mantle carbon dioxide in vesicles, and mantle carbon dissolved in the glasses. The combustion technique employed recovered only reduced sulfur, all of which appears to be indigenous to the glasses. The dissolved carbon concentration (measured in vesicle-free glass) increases with the eruption depth of the spreading ridge, and is consistent with earlier data which show that magma carbon solubility increases with pressure. The total glass carbon content (dissolved plus vesicular carbon) may be controlled by the depth of the shallowest ridge magma chamber. Carbon isotopic fractionation accompanies magma degassing; vesicle CO2 is about 3.8??? enriched in 13C, relative to dissolved carbon. Despite this fractionation, ??13CPDB values for all spreading ridge glasses lie within the range -5.6 and -7.5, and the ??13CPDB of mantle carbon likely lies between -5 and -7. The carbon abundances and ??13CPDB values of Kilauea East Rift glasses apparently are influenced by the differentiation and movement of magma within that Hawaiian volcano. Using 3He and carbon data for submarine hydrothermal fluids, the present-day mid-oceanic ridge mantle carbon flux is estimated very roughly to be about 1.0 ?? 1013 g C/yr. Such a flux requires 8 Gyr to accumulate the earth's present crustal carbon inventory. ?? 1984.

  5. He, Ne and Ar isotope signatures of mid-ocean ridge basalts and their implications for upper mantle structure: A case study from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge at 4-12°S

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    Stroncik, Nicole A.; Niedermann, Samuel

    2016-06-01

    The geochemical structure of the upper mantle in general and its noble gas isotopic structure in particular have been the subject of countless studies, as both provide important insights into mantle dynamic processes and are essential for the formulation of mantle geodynamic models. This contribution presents a noble gas study of basaltic glasses derived from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR) between 4° and 12°S, an area well known for its high degree of lithophile isotope heterogeneity and its anomalous crustal thickness. The Sr, Nd, Pb and Hf isotopic systematics along this segment of the MAR range from strongly depleted (i.e. more depleted than N-MORB) to highly enriched. Different concepts have been proposed to explain the observed isotopic signatures. Here we show that the high degree of heterogeneity is not confined to the isotopes of the lithophile elements, but is also shown by the noble gas isotopes and noble gas interelement ratios, such as 3He/22NeM or 4He/40Ar∗. Helium isotopic ratios (3He/4He), 21Ne/22Neextra and 40Ar/36Ar range from 7.34 ± 0.06 to 9.38 ± 0.08 RA, from 0.039 ± 0.020 to 0.075 ± 0.007, and from 346 ± 5 to 37,400 ± 1300, respectively. However, the majority of the Ne isotope data are clearly aligned along a single mixing line in the Ne three-isotope diagram, represented by the equation 20Ne/22Ne = 70.5 × 21Ne/22Ne + 7.782, with a slope distinctly less than that of the MORB line. This indicates that the strongly depleted material is characterised by a significantly more nucleogenic Ne isotopic composition than the normal depleted mantle. We show, based on covariations between 3He/4He and 21Ne/22Neextra with 206Pb/204Pb and 178Hf/177Hf that the strongly depleted material erupted at this MAR segment was most likely produced by an ancient melting event. This implies that isotopic heterogeneities in the upper mantle are not solely caused by the injection of enriched materials from deep-seated mantle plumes or by crustal recycling but may

  6. Axial Magma System Geometry beneath a Fast-Spreading Mid-Ocean Ridge: Insight from Three-Dimensional Seismic Reflection Imaging on the East Pacific Rise 9º42' to 9º57'N

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    Carton, H. D.; Carbotte, S. M.; Mutter, J. C.; Canales, J. P.; Nedimovic, M. R.

    2014-12-01

    The fast-spreading East Pacific Rise at the 9º50'N Ridge 2000 Integrated Study Site was the focus of the first academic 3D, multi-source, multi-streamer seismic survey, carried out aboard R/V Langseth in summer 2008. The main area of 3D coverage extends from 9º42-57'N, spanning the seafloor extent of two documented volcanic eruptions. There, the 3D geometry of the mid-crustal axial magma lens (AML), located ~1.5 km below the seafloor, was initially investigated using a best 1D stacking velocity function hung from the seafloor and two-pass post-stack time migration. Preliminary results suggested a relatively narrow (~0.5-1.8 km wide) AML showing fingering and overlap of individual magma bodies, particularly in association with several small-scale ridge-axis discontinuities identified from seafloor morphology and structure of the axial summit trough. A westward-dipping limb of the AML was imaged near 9º51'N, where the AML attains its largest width. From 9º53-56'N, the AML was seen to veer slightly westward, in accordance with a shift in orientation of the ridge. Sub-axial magma lenses (SAMLs) have been recently imaged between 9º20' and 9º56'N on along-axis reflection profiles from the same survey, with the suggestion that these deeper lenses may have contributed melts to the 2005/06 eruption. In the cross-axis dataset, SAML events are observed down to ~600-700 ms (~1.7-2 km) below the AML. They sometimes appear slightly offset with respect to the center of the AML. They are generally less bright than the AML reflection, some of them display prominent diffraction tails on un-migrated sections, and the deeper events have a distinctly lower frequency content than the shallower ones. New images for the 9º42-57'N area are currently being generated from a suite of detailed stacking velocities for the AML and SAML events and 3D post-stack time migration, which will provide insight into the width and along-axis continuity of individual magma bodies at multiple levels

  7. Volcanic eruption of the mid-ocean ridge along the East Pacific Rise crest at 9°45-52'N: direct submersible observations of seafloor phenomena associated with an eruption event in April, 1991

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    Haymon, R.M.; Fornari, D.J.; Von Damm, Karen L.; Lilley, M.D.; Perfit, M.R.; Edmond, J.M.; Shanks, Wayne C.; Lutz, R.A.; Grebmeier, J.M.; Carbotte, S.; Wright, D.; McLaughlin, E.; Smith, M.; Beedle, N.; Olson, E.

    1993-01-01

    We suggest that, in April, 1991, intrusion of dikes in the eruption area to < 200 m beneath the ASC floor resulted in phase separation of fluids near the tops of the dikes and a large flux of vapor-rich hydrothermal fluids through the overlying rubbly, cavernous lavas. Low salinities and gas-rich compositions of hydrothermal fluids sampled in the eruption area are appropriate for a vapor phase in a seawater system undergoing subcritical liquid-vapor phase separation (boiling) and phase segregation. Hydrothermal fluids streamed directly from fissures and pits that may have been loci of lava drainback and/or hydrovolcanic explosions. These fissures and pits were lined with white mats of a unique fast-growing bacteria that was the only life associated with the brand-new vents. The prolific bacteria, which covered thousands of square meters on the ridge crest and were also abundant in subseafloor voids, may thrive on high levels of gases in the vapor-rich hydrothermal fluids initially escaping the hydrothermal system. White bacterial particulates swept from the seafloor by hydrothermal vents swirled in an unprecedented biogenic ‘blizzard’ up to 50 m above the bottom. The bacterial proliferation of April, 1991 is likely to be a transient bloom that will be checked quickly either by decline of dissolved gas concentrations in the fluids as rapid heat loss brings about cessation of boiling, and/or by grazing as other organisms are re-established in the biologically devastated area.

  8. Reaction of seawater with fresh mid-ocean ridge gabbro creates ';atypical' REE pattern and high REE fluid fluxes: Experiments at 425 and 475 °C, 400 and 1000 bar

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    Beermann, O.; Garbe-Schönberg, D.; Holzheid, A. D.

    2013-12-01

    High-temperature MOR hydrothermalism significantly affects ocean chemistry. The Sisters Peak (SP) hydrothermal field at 5°S on the slow-spreading Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR) emanates fluids >400°C [1] that have high concentrations of H2, transition metals, and rare earth elements (REE) exhibiting ';atypical' REE pattern characterized by depletions of LREE and HREE relative to MREE and no Eu anomaly [2]. This is in contrast to the ';typical' LREE enrichment and strong positive Eu anomaly known from many MOR vent fluids observed world-wide [e.g., 3]. Besides temperature, the seawater-to-rock ratio (w/r ratio) has significant control on the fluid chemistry [e.g., 4, 5]. To understand how vent fluid REE-signatures are generated during water-rock interaction processes we reacted unaltered gabbro with natural bottom seawater at 425 °C and 400 bar and at 425 and 475 °C at 1000 bar at variable w/r (mass) ratios ranging from 0.5-10 by using cold seal pressure vessels (CSPV). The run durations varied from 3-72 h. Reacted fluids were analysed for major and trace elements by ICP-OES and ICP-MS. In our experiments, ';atypical' REE fluid pattern similar to those of SP fluids were obtained at high w/r ratio (5 and 10) that might be characteristic for focused fluid-flow along e.g., detachment faults at slow-spreading MOR [6]. In contrast, more ';typical'-like REE pattern with elevated LREE and slightly positive Eu anomalies have been reproduced at low w/r ratio (0.5-1). Results of numerical simulations imply that strong positive Eu anomalies of fluids and altered gabbro from high temperature MOR hydrothermal systems can be created by intense rock leaching processes at high w/r ratio (5-10). This suggests that hydrothermal circulation through the ocean crust creates ';typical' REE fluid pattern with strong positive Eu anomalies if seawater reacts with gabbroic host rock that has been already leached in REE at high fluid fluxes. Simulations of the temporal chemical evolution of

  9. Microearthquake activity, lithospheric structure, and deformation modes at an amagmatic ultraslow spreading Southwest Indian Ridge segment

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    Schmid, Florian; Schlindwein, Vera

    2016-07-01

    While nascent oceanic lithosphere at slow to fast spreading mid-ocean ridges (MOR) is relatively well studied, much less is known about the lithospheric structure and properties at ultraslow MORs. Here we present microearthquake data from a 1 year ocean bottom seismometer deployment at the amagmatic, oblique supersegment of the ultraslow spreading Southwest Indian Ridge. A refraction seismic experiment was performed to constrain upper lithosphere P-velocities and results were used to construct a 1D velocity model for earthquake location. Earthquake foci were located individually and subsequently relocated relative to each other to sharpen the image of seismically active structures. Frequent earthquake activity extends to 31 km beneath the seafloor, indicating an exceptionally thick brittle lithosphere and an undulating brittle-ductile transition that implies significant variations in the along-axis thermal structure of the lithosphere. We observe a strong relation between petrology, microseismicity distribution, and topography along the ridge axis: Peridotite-dominated areas associate with deepest hypocenters, vast volumes of lithosphere that deforms aseismically as a consequence of alteration, and the deepest axial rift valley. Areas of basalt exposure correspond to shallower hypocenters, shallower and more rugged axial seafloor. Focal mechanisms deviate from pure extension and are spatially variable. Earthquakes form an undulating band of background seismicity and do not delineate discrete detachment faults as common on slow spreading ridges. Instead, the seismicity band sharply terminates to the south, immediately beneath the rift boundary. Considering the deep alteration, large steep boundary faults might be present but are entirely aseismic.

  10. The First-ever Detection and Tracking of a Mid-Ocean Ridge Volcanic Eruption Using the Recently Completed, NSF-Funded, Submarine Fiber-Optic Network in the Juan de Fuca Region.

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    Delaney, J. R.

    2015-12-01

    The most scientifically diverse and technologically advanced component of the Ocean Observatories Initiative involves 900 km of electro-optical fiber, extending from Pacific City, OR, across active portions of the JDF tectonic plate, and upward into the overlying ocean. Completed in 2014, on time and under budget, this network enables real-time, high-bandwidth, 2-way communication with seafloor/water-column sensor arrays across: 1. the Cascadia accretionary prism, 2. the JdF spreading center, and, 3. portions of the overlying NE Pacific. Oceanographic processes in coastal environments, the California Current, and 400 km offshore, are captured by six remote-controlled, profiling moorings covering full-ocean depths. In August, 2015, all sections of cable, all six operational primary nodes, all 17 junction boxes, and 97% of all 146 instruments are transmitting data ashore to the Internet via the Pacific Northwest Gigapop (http://www.pnwgp.net/). All data are archived at the U of Washington, pending completion of the OOI CyberInfrastructure System in October 2015. In 2014, community requests to access seismic and seafloor deformational information for assessment of progressive inflation at Axial Seamount (Chadwick et al, 2012), resulted in NSF releasing, through IRIS (http://www.iris.edu/hq/), real-time data from 7 seismometers and 3 pressure sensors. At a community-initiated meeting on April 20-22, 90 participants covering the spectrum of Ocean Sciences, met in Seattle to explore scientific responses in the event Axial actually erupted (http://novae.ocean.washington.edu). On April 24, Axial did erupt; seismic event counts rose dramatically to many hundreds/hour (Wilcock, AGU-2015), the Axial caldera floor dropped 2.2 m in ~20 hours (Nooner et al, AGU-2015), and water temperatures in the caldera rose slowly by ~0.7°C, then declined in 3 weeks to normal values. Unusual water-bourn acoustic signals indicated ongoing seafloor activity along the rift zone extending north

  11. Rhabdothermus arcticus gen. nov., sp. nov., a member of the family Thermaceae isolated from a hydrothermal vent chimney in the Soria Moria vent field on the Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge.

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    Steinsbu, Bjørn O; Tindall, Brian J; Torsvik, Vigdis L; Thorseth, Ingunn H; Daae, Frida L; Pedersen, Rolf B

    2011-09-01

    A novel thermophilic member of the family Thermaceae, designated strain 2M70-1(T), was isolated from the wall of an active white smoker chimney collected in the Soria Moria vent field at 71 °N in the Norwegian-Greenland Sea. Cells of the strain were Gram-negative, non-motile rods. Growth was observed at 37-75 °C (optimum 65 °C), at pH 6-8 (optimum pH 7.3) and in 1-5 % (w/v) NaCl (optimum 2.5-3.5 %). The isolate was aerobic but could also grow anaerobically using nitrate or elemental sulfur as electron acceptors. The strain was obligately heterotrophic, growing on complex organic substrates like yeast extract, Casamino acids, tryptone and peptone. Pyruvate, acetate, butyrate, sucrose, rhamnose and maltodextrin were used as complementary substrates. The G+C content of the genomic DNA was 68 mol%. Cells possessed characteristic phospholipids and glycolipids. Major fatty acids constituted saturated and unsaturated iso-branched and saturated anteiso-branched forms. Menaquinone 8 was the sole respiratory lipoquinone. Phylogenetic analysis of 16S rRNA gene sequences placed the strain in the family Thermaceae in the phylum 'Deinococcus-Thermus', which is consistent with the chemotaxonomic data. On the basis of phenotypic and phylogenetic data, strain 2M70-1(T) ( = JCM 15963(T)  = DSM 22268(T)) represents the type strain of a novel species of a novel genus, for which the name Rhabdothermus arcticus gen. nov., sp. nov. is proposed.

  12. Vesicularity and CO2 in mid-ocean ridge basalt

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    Moore, J.G.

    1979-01-01

    Vesicles and included CO2are enriched in deep-sea basalts that are also enriched in light rare earth and incompatible elements. This enrichment probably results from a unique deep mantle origin of such melts but may have been modified by CO2 bubbles rising in shallow magma chambers. ?? 1979 Nature Publishing Group.

  13. Widespread active detachment faulting and core complex formation near 13 degrees N on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.

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    Smith, Deborah K; Cann, Johnson R; Escartín, Javier

    2006-07-27

    Oceanic core complexes are massifs in which lower-crustal and upper-mantle rocks are exposed at the sea floor. They form at mid-ocean ridges through slip on detachment faults rooted below the spreading axis. To date, most studies of core complexes have been based on isolated inactive massifs that have spread away from ridge axes. Here we present a survey of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge near 13 degrees N containing a segment in which a number of linked detachment faults extend for 75 km along one flank of the spreading axis. The detachment faults are apparently all currently active and at various stages of development. A field of extinct core complexes extends away from the axis for at least 100 km. Our observations reveal the topographic characteristics of actively forming core complexes and their evolution from initiation within the axial valley floor to maturity and eventual inactivity. Within the surrounding region there is a strong correlation between detachment fault morphology at the ridge axis and high rates of hydroacoustically recorded earthquake seismicity. Preliminary examination of seismicity and seafloor morphology farther north along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge suggests that active detachment faulting is occurring in many segments and that detachment faulting is more important in the generation of ocean crust at this slow-spreading ridge than previously suspected.

  14. Explosive volcanism on the ultraslow-spreading Gakkel ridge, Arctic Ocean.

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    Sohn, Robert A; Willis, Claire; Humphris, Susan; Shank, Timothy M; Singh, Hanumant; Edmonds, Henrietta N; Kunz, Clayton; Hedman, Ulf; Helmke, Elisabeth; Jakuba, Michael; Liljebladh, Bengt; Linder, Julia; Murphy, Christopher; Nakamura, Ko-Ichi; Sato, Taichi; Schlindwein, Vera; Stranne, Christian; Tausenfreund, Maria; Upchurch, Lucia; Winsor, Peter; Jakobsson, Martin; Soule, Adam

    2008-06-26

    Roughly 60% of the Earth's outer surface is composed of oceanic crust formed by volcanic processes at mid-ocean ridges. Although only a small fraction of this vast volcanic terrain has been visually surveyed or sampled, the available evidence suggests that explosive eruptions are rare on mid-ocean ridges, particularly at depths below the critical point for seawater (3,000 m). A pyroclastic deposit has never been observed on the sea floor below 3,000 m, presumably because the volatile content of mid-ocean-ridge basalts is generally too low to produce the gas fractions required for fragmenting a magma at such high hydrostatic pressure. We employed new deep submergence technologies during an International Polar Year expedition to the Gakkel ridge in the Arctic Basin at 85 degrees E, to acquire photographic and video images of 'zero-age' volcanic terrain on this remote, ice-covered ridge. Here we present images revealing that the axial valley at 4,000 m water depth is blanketed with unconsolidated pyroclastic deposits, including bubble wall fragments (limu o Pele), covering a large (>10 km(2)) area. At least 13.5 wt% CO(2) is necessary to fragment magma at these depths, which is about tenfold the highest values previously measured in a mid-ocean-ridge basalt. These observations raise important questions about the accumulation and discharge of magmatic volatiles at ultraslow spreading rates on the Gakkel ridge and demonstrate that large-scale pyroclastic activity is possible along even the deepest portions of the global mid-ocean ridge volcanic system.

  15. Earthquake swarms on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge - Products of magmatism or extensional tectonics?

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    Bergman, Eric A.; Solomon, Sean C.

    1990-01-01

    The spatial and temporal patterns and other characteristics of earthquakes in 34 earthquake swarms on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge were compared with those of well-studied earthquake swarms which accompany terrestrial volcanic eruptions, to test the assumption that the teleseismically observed earthquake swarms along mid-ocean ridges are indicators of volcanism. Improved resolution of these patterns for the mid-ocean ridge events was achieved by a multiple-event relocation technique. It was found that the teleseismically located earthquake swarms on the mid-ocean ridge system have few features in common with swarms directly associated with active magmatism in terrestrial volcanic rift zones such as Hawaii and Iceland. While the possibility that some of the mid-ocean earthquake swarms might be directly associated with a current episode of eruptive activity on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge cannot be excluded, none of the 34 swarms studied in this work was found to be a conspicuously attractive candidate for such a role.

  16. Formation of Hydrothermal nontronite associated with microbial activity at the South Atlantic Ridge

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    Ta, Kaiwen; Peng, Xiaotong; Chen, Shun; Xu, Hengchao; Li, Jiwei; Jiang, Lei; Du, Mengran

    2015-04-01

    Nontronite is an ubiquitous clay minerals in marine sediments, microbial mediation of hydrothermal nontronite have been increasing. The deposits collected from Southern Atlantic Ridge were very friable with an obvious laminated to stromatolitic to highly porous structure, varying from red, black to light yellow indicate redox condition may undergo range from micro-oxidizing to reducing. Although microbial activity are revealed to play an important role in the formation of clay minerals in sediment, little is currently known about microbial communities that reside in nontronite associated with hydrothermal activity. Here, we used Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), nano secondary ion mass spectrometer (nanoSIMS) and molecular techniques to focus on potential mediation role of microbial in the nontronite formation of low-temperature hydrothermal deposits in South Atlantic Mid-ocean ridge. Our data suggest that the presences of abundant lamellar nontronite structures, as well as microbe-like mineralized morphologies similar to consistent with a biogenic origin. Nontronite in the lower zone of Fe-Mn oxyhydroxides are inferred to have been suboxic environment and their formation appear to be significantly controlled by the locus of redox conditions. Keywords: Nontronite, Microbial activity, Hydrothermal deposits, Biogenic origin.

  17. Hydrothermal activity on the Gorda Ridge

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    Rona, Peter A.

    Near-bottom plumes of materials indicative of discharge of metal-rich hot springs were discovered at sites on the Gorda Ridge by a research team of government and university scientists on a cruise of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ship Surveyor during May 1985 as part of the NOAA Vents Program. The Gorda Ridge, off northern California and Oregon, is the only seafloor spreading center within the proclaimed 200-mile U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (370 km wide) of the conterminous United States and is one of the last oceanic ridges to be explored for metal-rich hot springs. One reason for this neglect is that the Gorda Ridge is slow spreading, with half-rates ranging from 1.1 cm/yr in the southern portion to 2.2 cm/yr in the northern portion. Slow spreading centers have not been fully evaluated with regard to hydrothermal activity by many members of the research community, who have concentrated their attention on the faster spreading East Pacific Rise to the south and the Juan de Fuca Ridge to the north of the Gorda Ridge.

  18. Evidence of recent volcanic activity on the ultraslow-spreading Gakkel ridge.

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    Edwards, M H; Kurras, G J; Tolstoy, M; Bohnenstiehl, D R; Coakley, B J; Cochran, J R

    2001-02-15

    Seafloor spreading is accommodated by volcanic and tectonic processes along the global mid-ocean ridge system. As spreading rate decreases the influence of volcanism also decreases, and it is unknown whether significant volcanism occurs at all at ultraslow spreading rates (<1.5 cm yr(-1)). Here we present three-dimensional sonar maps of the Gakkel ridge, Earth's slowest-spreading mid-ocean ridge, located in the Arctic basin under the Arctic Ocean ice canopy. We acquired this data using hull-mounted sonars attached to a nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Hawkbill. Sidescan data for the ultraslow-spreading (approximately 1.0 cm yr(-1)) eastern Gakkel ridge depict two young volcanoes covering approximately 720 km2 of an otherwise heavily sedimented axial valley. The western volcano coincides with the average location of epicentres for more than 250 teleseismic events detected in 1999, suggesting that an axial eruption was imaged shortly after its occurrence. These findings demonstrate that eruptions along the ultraslow-spreading Gakkel ridge are focused at discrete locations and appear to be more voluminous and occur more frequently than was previously thought.

  19. Hydrothermal activity at slow-spreading ridges: variability and importance of magmatic controls

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    Escartin, Javier

    2016-04-01

    Hydrothermal activity along mid-ocean ridge axes is ubiquitous, associated with mass, chemical, and heat exchanges between the deep lithosphere and the overlying envelopes, and sustaining chemiosynthetic ecosystems at the seafloor. Compared with hydrothermal fields at fast-spreading ridges, those at slow spreading ones show a large variability as their location and nature is controlled or influenced by several parameters that are inter-related: a) tectonic setting, ranging from 'volcanic systems' (along the rift valley floor, volcanic ridges, seamounts), to 'tectonic' ones (rift-bounding faults, oceanic detachment faults); b) the nature of the host rock, owing to compositional heterogeneity of slow-spreading lithosphere (basalt, gabbro, peridotite); c) the type of heat source (magmatic bodies at depth, hot lithosphere, serpentinization reactions); d) and the associated temperature of outflow fluids (high- vs.- low temperature venting and their relative proportion). A systematic review of the distribution and characteristics of hydrothermal fields along the slow-spreading Mid-Atlantic Ridge suggests that long-lived hydrothermal activity is concentrated either at oceanic detachment faults, or along volcanic segments with evidence of robust magma supply to the axis. A detailed study of the magmatically robust Lucky Strike segment suggests that all present and past hydrothermal activity is found at the center of the segment. The association of these fields to central volcanos, and the absence of indicators of hydrothermal activity along the remaining of the ridge segment, suggests that long-lived hydrothermal activity in these volcanic systems is maintained by the enhanced melt supply and the associated magma chamber(s) required to build these volcanic edifices. In this setting, hydrothermal outflow zones at the seafloor are systematically controlled by faults, indicating that hydrothermal fluids in the shallow crust exploit permeable fault zones to circulate. While

  20. Constrained circulation at Endeavour ridge facilitates colonization by vent larvae.

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    Thomson, Richard E; Mihály, Steven F; Rabinovich, Alexander B; McDuff, Russell E; Veirs, Scott R; Stahr, Frederick R

    2003-07-31

    Understanding how larvae from extant hydrothermal vent fields colonize neighbouring regions of the mid-ocean ridge system remains a major challenge in oceanic research. Among the factors considered important in the recruitment of deep-sea larvae are metabolic lifespan, the connectivity of the seafloor topography, and the characteristics of the currents. Here we use current velocity measurements from Endeavour ridge to examine the role of topographically constrained circulation on larval transport along-ridge. We show that the dominant tidal and wind-generated currents in the region are strongly attenuated within the rift valley that splits the ridge crest, and that hydrothermal plumes rising from vent fields in the valley drive a steady near-bottom inflow within the valley. Extrapolation of these findings suggests that the suppression of oscillatory currents within rift valleys of mid-ocean ridges shields larvae from cross-axis dispersal into the inhospitable deep ocean. This effect, augmented by plume-driven circulation within rift valleys having active hydrothermal venting, helps retain larvae near their source. Larvae are then exported preferentially down-ridge during regional flow events that intermittently over-ride the currents within the valley.

  1. A reduced crustal magnetization zone near the first observed active hydrothermal vent field on the Southwest Indian Ridge

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    Zhu, Jian; Lin, Jian; Chen, Yongshun J.; Tao, Chunhui; German, Christopher R.; Yoerger, Dana R.; Tivey, Maurice A.

    2010-09-01

    Inversion of near-bottom magnetic data reveals a well-defined low crustal magnetization zone (LMZ) near a local topographic high (37°47‧S, 49°39‧E) on the ultraslow-spreading Southwest Indian Ridge (SWIR). The magnetic data were collected by the autonomous underwater vehicle ABE on board R/V DaYangYiHao in February-March 2007. The first active hydrothermal vent field observed on the SWIR is located in Area A within and adjacent to the LMZ at the local topographic high, implying that this LMZ may be the result of hydrothermal alteration of magnetic minerals. The maximum reduction in crustal magnetization is 3 A/M. The spatial extent of the LMZ is estimated to be at least 6.7 × 104 m2, which is larger than that of the LMZs at the TAG vent field on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR), as well as the Relict Field, Bastille, Dante-Grotto, and New Field vent-sites on the Juan de Fuca Ridge (JdF). The calculated magnetic moment, i.e., the product of the spatial extent and amplitude of crustal magnetization reduction is at least -3 × 107 Am2 for the LMZ on the SWIR, while that for the TAG field on the MAR is -8 × 107 Am2 and that for the four individual vent fields on the JdF range from -5 × 107 to -3 × 107 Am2. Together these results indicate that crustal demagnetization is a common feature of basalt-hosted hydrothermal vent fields at mid-ocean ridges of all spreading rates. Furthermore, the crustal demagnetization of the Area A on the ultraslow-spreading SWIR is comparable in strength to that of the TAG area on the slow-spreading MAR.

  2. Discovery of abundant hydrothermal venting on the ultraslow-spreading Gakkel ridge in the Arctic Ocean.

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    Edmonds, H N; Michael, P J; Baker, E T; Connelly, D P; Snow, J E; Langmuir, C H; Dick, H J B; Mühe, R; German, C R; Graham, D W

    2003-01-16

    Submarine hydrothermal venting along mid-ocean ridges is an important contributor to ridge thermal structure, and the global distribution of such vents has implications for heat and mass fluxes from the Earth's crust and mantle and for the biogeography of vent-endemic organisms. Previous studies have predicted that the incidence of hydrothermal venting would be extremely low on ultraslow-spreading ridges (ridges with full spreading rates <2 cm x yr(-1)-which make up 25 per cent of the global ridge length), and that such vent systems would be hosted in ultramafic in addition to volcanic rocks. Here we present evidence for active hydrothermal venting on the Gakkel ridge, which is the slowest spreading (0.6-1.3 cm x yr(-1)) and least explored mid-ocean ridge. On the basis of water column profiles of light scattering, temperature and manganese concentration along 1,100 km of the rift valley, we identify hydrothermal plumes dispersing from at least nine to twelve discrete vent sites. Our discovery of such abundant venting, and its apparent localization near volcanic centres, requires a reassessment of the geologic conditions that control hydrothermal circulation on ultraslow-spreading ridges.

  3. Geo-Morphological Analyses of the Gakkel Ridge and the Southwest Indian Ridge

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    Dorschel, B.; Schlindwein, V. S. N.; Eagles, G.

    2014-12-01

    The Gakkel Ridge in the Arctic Ocean and the Southwest Indian Ridge in the Southwest Indian Ocean between Africa and Antarctica are ultraslow-spreading (<20 mm yr-1) mid ocean ridges. This type of mid ocean ridge has distinct geo-morphologies that are influenced by the slow rate of plate divergence and by mantle potential temperature, which control the processes (peridotite diapirism and intersticial melt migration) by which material rises to fill the space vacated by plate divergence. These ridges are characterised by non-orthogonal spreading. Transform faults, typical of faster spreading mid ocean ridges, are far less common at ultraslow spreading mid ocean ridges. Thus in return, detailed geo-statistical analyses of the geo-morphology of ultraslow-spreading mid ocean ridges can provide valuable information towards a better understanding of these slowest of spreading ridges. We have generated high resolution bathymetric grids for the Gakkel and Southwest Indian ridges based on high resolution multibeam echosounder data from various expeditions with RV Polarstern. On the basis of these grids, geo-statistical analyses allow for an assessment of the geo-morphological elements of the ridges on various scales. The results of these analyses show that, approximately 200 km long medium-scale sections of the ridges can be characterised by the lengths and orientations of the short-scale (hundreds of meters to tens of kilometres) ridges and troughs. The geomorphologies of short-scale ridges and troughs situated at the junctions between medium scale sections often exhibit a mixture of the geomorphological elements seen in the neighbouring sections. These geo-morphological patterns provide insights into the overall spreading-geometry along the Gakkel Ridge and the Southwest Indian Ridge.

  4. CO2-filled vesicles in mid-ocean basalt

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    Moore, J.G.; Batchelder, J.N.; Cunningham, C.G.

    1977-01-01

    Volatile-filled vesicles are present in minor amounts in all samples of mid-ocean basalt yet collected (and presumably erupted) down to depths of 4.8 km. When such vesicles are pierced in liquid under standard conditions, the volume expansion of the gas is 0.2 ?? 0.05 times the eruption pressure in bars or 20 ?? 5 times the eruption depth in km. Such expansion could be used as a measure of eruption depth. A variety of techniques: (1) vacuum crushing and gas chromatographic, freezing separation, and mass spectrographic analyses; (2) measurements of phase changes on a freezing microscope stage; (3) microscopic chemical and solubility observations; and (4) volume change measurements, all indicate that CO2 comprises more than 95% by volume of the vesicle gas in several submarine basalt samples from the Atlantic and Pacific. The CO2 held in vesicles is present in quantities about equal to or greater than that presumed to be dissolved in the glass (melt) and amounts to 400-900 ppm of the rock. The rigid temperature of the glass is 800-1000??C and increases for shallower samples. A sulfur gas was originally present in subordinate amounts in the vesicles, but has largely reacted with iron in the vesicle walls to produce sulfide spherules. ?? 1977.

  5. Volcanic and Tectonic Setting of Hydrothermal Activity on the Southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge, 4° - 11°S

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    Melchert, B.; Devey, C. W.; German, C. R.; Haase, K. M.; Koschinsky, A.; Lackschewitz, K.; Yoerger, D. R.

    2006-12-01

    The recurrence rate of volcanism at mid-ocean ridges should drop with spreading rate. Although the southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge, with a spreading full rate of ~3.6 cm/yr, might therefore be expected to show only sporadic magmatic activity, we present information on recently-discovered volcanically, tectonically and hydrothermally active areas south of the equator (at 4°48'S and 9°33'S, see also German et al. 2005; Haase et al. 2005 EOS Trans. AGU 86 (52) Fall Meet. Suppl. Abstr. OS21C-04 & -05). Around the 4°48'S area the median valley floor forms a ~10 km wide, hour-glass shaped, plateau with water depths of around 3000 m. Four closely-spaced vent fields (the high-temperature sites Turtle Pits, Red Lion and Comfortless Cove and the diffuse low-temperature Wideawake site) occur along a flat (total relief 50 m), volcanically and tectonically active 2 km section of this plateau (see German et al. 2005, Haase et al. 2005 op. cit. also Koschinsky et al. this meeting). The Turtle Pits site lies within a small depression associated with a fracture marked by aligned collapse pits. This central depression is surrounded by laminated sheet flows to the north and northwest, whereas jumbled flows are more prevalent to the east. Comfortless Cove is also associated with young volcanics and shows strong tectonic influence on vent location. Red Lion in contrast shows no clear tectonic control - it is characterised by four active chimneys which sit directly on a pillow lava floor. The 9°33'S area is situated on 11 km-thick crust (Bruguier et al. 2003 JGR 108 2093) at 1490 m water depth and is marked by fresh pillow lavas, sheet flows, lava lakes and collapse structures. Low- temperature, diffuse hydrothermal activity is abundant in the area (Haase et al. 2005; Koschinsky et al. 2006 op. cit.) as are larger extinct hydrothermal mounds suggesting more vigourous hydrothermalism in the past. All sites are located east of a large NNW trending escarpment flanking horst and graben

  6. Geochemical Diversity of Near-Ridge Seamounts: Insights into Oceanic Magmatic Processes and Sources

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    Baxter, N. L.; Perfit, M. R.; Wendt, R. E.; Lundstrom, C.; Clague, D. A.

    2009-12-01

    Geochemical studies of lavas erupted at seamounts that form in close proximity to active mid-ocean ridges provide an opportunity to better understand the composition of shallow mantle underneath spreading ridges and how it melts in order to form new oceanic crust. This is because while on-axis samples mostly reflect homogenization of melts within the axial magma lens, seamount lavas bypass this process providing a window into the diversity of melts produced in the melting column. We have analyzed lavas from small near-axis seamounts and two larger near-ridge seamount chains for trace elements and Sr-Nd-Pb isotopes: the Lamont Seamounts adjacent to the East Pacific Rise (EPR) ~ 10°N and the Vance Seamounts next to the Juan de Fuca Ridge (JdFR) ~45°N. One purpose of the study is to test the hypothesis that near ridge seamount chains reflect focusing of melts by dunite channels in the upwelling asthenospheric mantle and that such conduits might affect melting in the shallow mantle (Lundstrom et al., 2000). Our results indicate that lavas from these seamounts have incompatible trace element patterns varying from very depleted to moderately enriched (found at the oldest, most distant Vance seamounts) relative to typical mid-ocean ridge basalts (MORB). Trace element compositions and Sr-Nd-Pb isotope data show that lava compositions vary significantly between seamounts in the chain as well as within individual seamounts. Overall, the Vance and Lamont seamount lavas are more primitive and diverse than associated ridge samples. These variations can be explained by multiple sources as well as different extents of melting, and are unlikely to reflect shallow level fractional crystallization. Sr-Nd-Pb isotope data also indicate some mixing between mantle end members. The significant variations in incompatible trace element and isotopic compositions that are somewhat correlated suggest that the mantle underneath the seamounts is heterogeneous on a small scale. The fact that

  7. The sound generated by mid-ocean ridge black smoker hydrothermal vents.

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    Crone, Timothy J; Wilcock, William S D; Barclay, Andrew H; Parsons, Jeffrey D

    2006-12-27

    Hydrothermal flow through seafloor black smoker vents is typically turbulent and vigorous, with speeds often exceeding 1 m/s. Although theory predicts that these flows will generate sound, the prevailing view has been that black smokers are essentially silent. Here we present the first unambiguous field recordings showing that these vents radiate significant acoustic energy. The sounds contain a broadband component and narrowband tones which are indicative of resonance. The amplitude of the broadband component shows tidal modulation which is indicative of discharge rate variations related to the mechanics of tidal loading. Vent sounds will provide researchers with new ways to study flow through sulfide structures, and may provide some local organisms with behavioral or navigational cues.

  8. Compilation of Rare Earth Element Analyses from US Geothermal Fields and Mid Ocean Ridge Hydrothermal Vents

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    Andrew Fowler

    2015-10-01

    Compilation of rare earth element and associated major and minor dissolved constituent analytical data for USA geothermal fields and global seafloor hydrothermal vents. Data is in original units. Reference to and use of this data should be attributed to the original authors and publications according to the provisions outlined therein.

  9. Basalt Petrogenesis Beneath Slow - and Ultraslow-Spreading Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridges

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2009-02-01

    0.70274-0.70301), εHf (16.59-19.56), and Pb isotopes (e.g. 208Pb/206Pb = 2.043-2.095). This suggests a homogeneous mantle source and a long peridotite ...number of upper mantle rocks can contain Gt, the stability of Gt in peridotite depends on pressure. Thus if the host of Gt is peridotite , the dominant... peridotite , I have measured U and Th partition coefficients in silica-poor garnet pyroxenite, a minor mantle lithology for which such measurements

  10. Constraints on the lithospheric structure of mid ocean ridges from oceanic core complex morphology

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    Lakshminarayan, Inchara

    The focus of this thesis is on the use of analytical redundancy to improve the reliability of low-cost unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Specifically, a model-based fault detection algorithm is designed and tested for one critical UAV component: a servo-actuator. As the name suggests, a key requirement to developing this type of fault detection algorithm on actuators is the availability of an accurate actuator model. This is accomplished by developing a dedicated Arduino based experimental test-bed to analyze servos. Using input-output data from these experiments, a second/third-order dynamic model is identified for healthy actuators using system identification methods in MATLAB software. Using the identified model, a fault detection filter is designed based on polynomial basis vectors to generate a residual proportional to fault. The performance of the fault detection algorithm is experimentally tested on both healthy and faulty actuators and the detection thresholds are set. Finally, the actuator model and the fault detection filter are validated using actuator commands from recent flight tests conducted at the University of Minnesota.

  11. Gondwana subduction-modified mantle domain prevents magmatic seafloor generation in the Central Indian Ridge

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    Morishita, T.; Nakamura, K.; Senda, R.; Suzuki, K.; Kumagai, H.; Sato, H.; Sato, T.; Shibuya, T.; Minoguchi, K.; Okino, K.

    2013-12-01

    The creation of oceanic crust at mid-ocean ridges is essential to understanding the genesis of oceanic plate and the evolution of the Earth. Detailed bathymetric measurements coupled with dense sample recovery at mid-ocean ridge revealed a wide range of variations in the ridge and seafloor morphologies, which cannot be simply explained by a spreading rate, but also by ridge geometry, mantle compositions and thermal structure (Dick et al., 2003 Nature; Cannat et al. 2006 Geology). It is now widely accepted that very limited magmatic activity with tectonic stretching generates oceanic core complex and/or smooth seafloor surface in the slow to ultraslow-spreading ridges, where serpentinized peridotite and gabbros are expected to be exposed associated with detachment faults (Cann et al., 1997 Nature; Cannat et al., 2006), although magmatism might be an essential role for the formation of oceanic core complexes (Buck et al., 2005 Nature; Tucholke et al 2008 JGR). A rising question is why magmatic activity is sometimes prevented during the oceanic plate formation. Ancient melting domain, that are too refractory to melt even in adiabatically upwelling to the shallow upper mantle, might cause the amagmatic spreading ridges (Harvey et al., 2006 EPSL, Liu et al.,2008 Nature). Its origin and effect on seafloor generations are, however, not well understood yet. We report an oceanic hill as an example of an ancient subduction-modified mantle domain, probably formed at continental margin of the Gondwanaland~Pangea supercontinent, existing beneath the Central Indian Ridge. This domain is the most likely to have prevented magmatic seafloor generation, resulting in creation of very deep oceanic valley and serpentine diaper (now the studied oceanic hill) at the present Central Indian ridge.

  12. Carlsberg Ridge and Mid-Atlantic Ridge: Comparison of slow spreading centre analogues

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    Murton, Bramley J.; Rona, Peter A.

    2015-11-01

    Eighty per cent of all mid-ocean spreading centres are slow. Using a mixture of global bathymetry data and ship-board multibeam echosounder data, we explore the morphology of global mid-ocean ridges and compare two slow spreading analogues: the Carlsberg Ridge in the north-west Indian Ocean between 57°E and 60°E, and the Kane to Atlantis super-segment of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge between 21°N and 31°N. At a global scale, mid-ocean spreading centres show an inverse correlation between segment length and spreading rate with segmentation frequency. Within this context, both the Mid-Atlantic Ridge super-segment and Carlsberg Ridge are similar: spreading at 22 and 26 mm/yr full rates respectively, being devoid of major transform faults, and being segmented by dextral, non-transform, second-order discontinuities. For these and other slow spreading ridges, we show that segmentation frequency varies inversely with flank height and ridge axis depth. Segments on both the Mid-Atlantic Ridge super-segment and Carlsberg Ridge range in aspect ratio (ridge flank height/axis width), depth and symmetry. Segments with high aspect ratios and deeper axial floors often have asymmetric rift flanks and are associated with indicators of lower degrees of melt flux. Segments with low aspect ratios have shallower axial floors, symmetric rift flanks, and evidence of robust melt supply. The relationship between segmentation, spreading rate, ridge depth and morphology, at both a global and local scale, is evidence that rates of melting of the underlying mantle and melt delivery to the crust play a significant role in determining the structure and morphology of slow spreading mid-ocean ridges.

  13. Ultraslow Ridges through Binoculars: Teleseismic Earthquake Characteristics Illuminate Accretion Processes

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    Schlindwein, V.; Laederach, C.; Korger, E.

    2011-12-01

    Ultraslow spreading ridges with full spreading rates < 20 mm/y constitute the largest portion of the global mid-ocean ridge system, yet 85% of these ridges are still unexplored. Understanding the structure and dynamics of crustal production and the associated hydrothermal systems including their biota has become a major challenge of modern mid-ocean ridge research. The complex interplay between tectonic, magmatic and hydrothermal processes that governs lithospheric accretion at ultraslow-spreading ridges is so poorly investigated because their main representatives, the Arctic ridge system and the Southwest Indian Ridge (SWIR), are situated in remote areas with difficult working conditions. While local seismicity studies with ocean bottom seismometers on slow and fast spreading ridges have greatly contributed to our understanding of active accretion processes, comparable studies are lacking for ultraslow spreading ridges forcing to fall back on studies of larger earthquakes recorded on land. Using teleseismic data from the Bulletin of the International Seismological Centre between the years 1976 and 2010, we performed a systematic analysis of the ridge related seismicity (M > 4) of the ultraslow spreading Arctic ridge system and the SWIR. These ridges were divided in 11 sections of uniform seismological, topographic and geological characteristics, totalling a length of 7200 km with the rift axis defined as a multisegment line along the topographic low of the rift valley. Only events within 30 km of the rift axis were included in our study. We found that magmatic and amagmatic accretion sections cannot be distinguished neither by event rate, moment release rate, maximum earthquake magnitude, nor by the b-value. Yet using single link cluster analysis for identification of swarms of 8 or more earthquakes, small clusters of 2-7 earthquakes and single events, we found that sections with amagmatic accretion lack swarms and show consistently a high percentage of single

  14. Enhanced East Pacific Rise hydrothermal activity during the last two glacial terminations.

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    Lund, D C; Asimow, P D; Farley, K A; Rooney, T O; Seeley, E; Jackson, E W; Durham, Z M

    2016-01-29

    Mid-ocean ridge magmatism is driven by seafloor spreading and decompression melting of the upper mantle. Melt production is apparently modulated by glacial-interglacial changes in sea level, raising the possibility that magmatic flux acts as a negative feedback on ice-sheet size. The timing of melt variability is poorly constrained, however, precluding a clear link between ridge magmatism and Pleistocene climate transitions. Here we present well-dated sedimentary records from the East Pacific Rise that show evidence of enhanced hydrothermal activity during the last two glacial terminations. We suggest that glacial maxima and lowering of sea level caused anomalous melting in the upper mantle and that the subsequent magmatic anomalies promoted deglaciation through the release of mantle heat and carbon at mid-ocean ridges.

  15. Enhanced East Pacific Rise hydrothermal activity during the last two glacial terminations

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    Lund, D. C.; Asimow, P. D.; Farley, K. A.; Rooney, T. O.; Seeley, E.; Jackson, E. W.; Durham, Z. M.

    2016-01-01

    Mid-ocean ridge magmatism is driven by seafloor spreading and decompression melting of the upper mantle. Melt production is apparently modulated by glacial-interglacial changes in sea level, raising the possibility that magmatic flux acts as a negative feedback on ice-sheet size. The timing of melt variability is poorly constrained, however, precluding a clear link between ridge magmatism and Pleistocene climate transitions. Here we present well-dated sedimentary records from the East Pacific Rise that show evidence of enhanced hydrothermal activity during the last two glacial terminations. We suggest that glacial maxima and lowering of sea level caused anomalous melting in the upper mantle and that the subsequent magmatic anomalies promoted deglaciation through the release of mantle heat and carbon at mid-ocean ridges.

  16. Malaguana-Gadao Ridge: Identification and implications of a magma chamber reflector in the southern Mariana Trough

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    Becker, Nathan C.; Fryer, Patricia; Moore, Gregory F.

    2010-04-01

    Six-channel seismic reflection data reveal a magma chamber reflector beneath the Malaguana-Gadao Ridge, the southernmost segment of the spreading center in the Mariana Trough. For most of its length the spreading center in this active back-arc basin is morphologically similar to slow spreading mid-ocean ridges, having a deep central graben flanked by a zone of abyssal hill fabric. This southernmost segment, however, has a broad, smooth cross section, lacks a deep central graben, and is thus similar in morphology to fast spreading ridges (e.g., the East Pacific Rise). We identify a magma chamber at 1.5 s two-way travel time below the crest of the ridge. Observations from remotely operated vehicles along the ridge reveal not only fresh pillows, lobate, and sheet lava flows but also an abundance of volcaniclastic debris and intense hydrothermal activity. These observations, together with the "fast spreading" morphology of the ridge, suggest that this segment has a considerably higher magma supply than is typical in the Mariana Trough. We suggest that the volcanic arc or enhanced melting of a hydrated mantle is supplying volatile-rich magma as evidenced by a highly negative coefficient of reflection, -0.42, for this MCR and the presence of evolved, highly vesicular lava and volcaniclastic materials. The southeastern Mariana back-arc basin spreading ridge does not compare readily with mechanical models for global mid-ocean ridge data sets because of marked asymmetry in both volcanism and deformation that may be the consequence of slab-related geometry in this part of the convergent margin system.

  17. Enabling Integration and Synthesis through the Ridge 2000 Data Portal

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    Ryan, W. B.; Ferrini, V.; Carbotte, S. M.; O'Hara, S.; Arko, R. A.; Bonczkowski, J.; Chan, S.

    2009-12-01

    Achieving an integrated, holistic understanding of global mid-ocean ridge (MOR) processes through the Ridge 2000 Program relies heavily on the sharing of data across disciplinary boundaries. Although most Ridge 2000 research has been focused on three Integrated Study Sites (ISSs), data from throughout the global mid-ocean ridge (MOR) system will also be important in the integration and synthesis phase of the program. The Ridge 2000 Data Portal (www.marine-geo.org/portals/ridge2000) is a resource established to facilitate the sharing, discovery, and integration of Ridge 2000-relevant data by providing data documentation and access. The Data Portal includes an inventory of field programs and activities, raw and derived data files, and access to publications and remote data sets in specialized data systems (e.g. PetDB, www.petdb.org; GenBank, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov; NGDC, www.ngdc.noaa.gov). Access to the R2K database is provided through several pathways, including a web-based search interface (www.marine-geo.org/tools/search) that now includes basic and advanced search functionality. New versions of our data exploration and visualization tool GeoMapApp (www.geomapapp.org) includes a newly designed menu system with cascading and tear-off menus, a new Layer Manager that lists selected layers and enables re-ordering and rendering with variable transparency, a Go To option that allows direct zooming to areas of interest, and an Add Image Overlay option for importing georeferenced images. New data sets are continually added to both GeoMapApp and Virtual Ocean (www.virtualocean.org), a 3D virtual globe with GeoMapApp functionality. Several Ridge 2000 data sets are also bundled for viewing in Google Earth (www.marine-geo.org/tools/kmls.php). This poster will highlight new functionality and data sets relevant to Ridge 2000 Integration and Synthesis, and will provide comparisons of several data sets that exist for each ISS.

  18. A History of Classified Activities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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    Quist, A.S.

    2001-01-30

    The facilities that became Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) were created in 1943 during the United States' super-secret World War II project to construct an atomic bomb (the Manhattan Project). During World War II and for several years thereafter, essentially all ORNL activities were classified. Now, in 2000, essentially all ORNL activities are unclassified. The major purpose of this report is to provide a brief history of ORNL's major classified activities from 1943 until the present (September 2000). This report is expected to be useful to the ORNL Classification Officer and to ORNL's Authorized Derivative Classifiers and Authorized Derivative Declassifiers in their classification review of ORNL documents, especially those documents that date from the 1940s and 1950s.

  19. Where are the undiscovered hydrothermal vents on oceanic spreading ridges?

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    Beaulieu, Stace E.; Baker, Edward T.; German, Christopher R.

    2015-11-01

    In nearly four decades since the discovery of deep-sea vents, one-third of the length of global oceanic spreading ridges has been surveyed for hydrothermal activity. Active submarine vent fields are now known along the boundaries of 46 out of 52 recognized tectonic plates. Hydrothermal survey efforts over the most recent decade were sparked by national and commercial interests in the mineral resource potential of seafloor hydrothermal deposits, as well as by academic research. Here we incorporate recent data for back-arc spreading centers and ultraslow- and slow-spreading mid-ocean ridges (MORs) to revise a linear equation relating the frequency of vent fields along oceanic spreading ridges to spreading rate. We apply this equation globally to predict a total number of vent fields on spreading ridges, which suggests that ~900 vent fields remain to be discovered. Almost half of these undiscovered vent fields (comparable to the total of all vent fields discovered during 35 years of research) are likely to occur at MORs with full spreading rates less than 60 mm/yr. We then apply the equation regionally to predict where these hydrothermal vents may be discovered with respect to plate boundaries and national jurisdiction, with the majority expected to occur outside of states' exclusive economic zones. We hope that these predictions will prove useful to the community in the future, in helping to shape continuing ridge-crest exploration.

  20. Comment on "Eddy/wind interactions stimulate extraordinary mid-ocean plankton blooms".

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    Mahadevan, Amala; Thomas, Leif N; Tandon, Amit

    2008-04-25

    McGillicuddy et al. (Reports, 18 May 2007, p. 1021) proposed that eddy/wind interactions enhance the vertical nutrient flux in mode-water eddies, thus feeding large mid-ocean plankton blooms. We argue that the supply of nutrients to ocean eddies is most likely affected by submesoscale processes that act along the periphery of eddies and can induce vertical velocities several times larger than those due to eddy/wind interactions.

  1. Hydrothermal Activity on the Southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

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    German, C. R.; Connelly, D. P.; Evans, A. J.; Parson, L. M.

    2002-12-01

    We present evidence for high-temperature hydrothermal venting along the southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR) 2-14S. The MAR south of the equator has been identified as a key target for hydrothermal exploration because the large-offset Romanche and Chain fracture zones may act as important barriers to biological communication along the ridge-axis (Van Dover et al., Science, 2002). During RRS James Clark Ross cruise JR65 (Sept-Oct. 2001) we occupied a series of 13 CTD hydrocast stations, one each at the centre of a series of 2nd-order ridge-segments, close to and away from the influence of the Ascension Island "hotspot". Post-cruise laboratory analyses have revealed TDMn anomalies of >2nmol/litre (background = 0.5 nmol/litre) at stations within each of four segments located between the Chain and Ascension Fracture Zones (away from the "hotspot") and in the two northernmost "hot-spot influenced" segments to the south, between the Ascension and Boca Verde Fracture Zones. Strongest anomalies were observed in the segment closest to Ascension Island itself, where TDMn anomalies measured in bottle-samples coincided with optical back-scatter anomalies measured in situ using a SeaTech LSS light scattering sensor. A weaker TDMn anomaly was also observed adjacent to the Boca Verde Fracture Zone and coincident with a WOCE section which has previously reported evidence for primordial 3He release from the MAR-crest (Ruth et al., Deep Sea Res., 2000). Our survey covered a large section of ridge-crest, comparable to that investigated by Klinkhammer et al. (Nature, 1985) on the northern MAR. Multiple offset segments have been investigated and the data support the presence of multiple discrete hydrothermal sources. To-date, the best positional information we have for any one vent-site is in the segment immediately south of the Ascension Fracture Zone. Water depth in this segment is >3000m yet it is situated <100km from the port of Georgetown, Ascension. We believe this station to be

  2. Slow-Spreading Oceanic Crust Formed By Steady-State Axial Volcanic Ridges

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    Murton, B. J.; Schroth, N.; LeBas, T.; Van Calsteren, P. W.; Yeo, I. A.; Achenbach, K. L.; Searle, R. C.

    2012-12-01

    Oceanic crust originates at mid-ocean spreading ridges (MORs), covers almost three quarters of the earth's surface and dominates the global magmatic flux. Axial volcanic ridges (AVRs) are almost ubiquitous features of orthogonal slow-spreading ridges, which account for three quarters of the global mid-ocean spreading ridge system today. Typically 3-6 km wide, 200-500 m high and 10-20 km long, AVRs are the loci of recent volcanic activity and form the most prominent topography rising above the otherwise flat-lying Median Valley floor. Previous studies indicate that AVRs, and their related crustal magma reservoirs are episodic, on a time scale of 150-300 ka. Yet their near ubiquitous occurrence at slow-spreading ridge segments provides us with a paradox: if AVRs have a life cycle of formation and degradation, does their near ubiquitous presence at slow spreading ridges imply their life-cycles are synchronised? In this contribution, we report the findings from a high-resolution study of a well-developed axial volcanic ridge (AVR) at 45°N on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR). Here, the MAR is typical of most slow-spreading ridges: it spreads generally symmetrically and orthogonally, at a full rate of 23.6 mm per year, has second and third-order segmentation, and contains a typical AVR. Using a combination of detailed micro-bathymetry, sidescan sonar, visual surveying and petrology, we suggest that the AVR is the product of quasi-steady state volcanotectonic processes. Small volume lava flows, originating at or near the crest and with short run-out lengths, form ~60 m high hummocky pillow-lava mounds that dominate the construction of the AVR. The lavas are the product of moderate degrees of mantle melting that are typical for normal mid-ocean ridge basalt. Synchronous with these eruptions the flanks of the AVR subside forming a structural horst. Subsidence is partially accommodated by a series of outward-facing volcanic growth faults that step-down and away from the AVR

  3. Magmatic and amagmatic seafloor generation at the ultraslow-spreading Gakkel ridge, Arctic Ocean.

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    Michael, P J; Langmuir, C H; Dick, H J B; Snow, J E; Goldstein, S L; Graham, D W; Lehnert, K; Kurras, G; Jokat, W; Mühe, R; Edmonds, H N

    2003-06-26

    A high-resolution mapping and sampling study of the Gakkel ridge was accomplished during an international ice-breaker expedition to the high Arctic and North Pole in summer 2001. For this slowest-spreading endmember of the global mid-ocean-ridge system, predictions were that magmatism should progressively diminish as the spreading rate decreases along the ridge, and that hydrothermal activity should be rare. Instead, it was found that magmatic variations are irregular, and that hydrothermal activity is abundant. A 300-kilometre-long central amagmatic zone, where mantle peridotites are emplaced directly in the ridge axis, lies between abundant, continuous volcanism in the west, and large, widely spaced volcanic centres in the east. These observations demonstrate that the extent of mantle melting is not a simple function of spreading rate: mantle temperatures at depth or mantle chemistry (or both) must vary significantly along-axis. Highly punctuated volcanism in the absence of ridge offsets suggests that first-order ridge segmentation is controlled by mantle processes of melting and melt segregation. The strong focusing of magmatic activity coupled with faulting may account for the unexpectedly high levels of hydrothermal activity observed.

  4. Beryllium 10 in hydrothermal vent deposits from the East Pacific Ridges: Role of sediments in the hydrothermal processes

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    Valette-Silver, J.N.; Tera, F.; Klein, J.; Middleton, R.

    1987-10-10

    Beryllium 10 concentrations were determined for 31 handpicked hydrothermal sulfides, six oxyhydroxides, seven basalts, and five sediments collected from the hydrothermally active areas of the East Pacific ridges. The samples includes specimens from the East Pacific Rise (EPR) at 21 /sup 0/N and 13 /sup 0/N, the Galapagos Rift, the Guaymas Basin, and the Gorda and the Juan de Fuca ridges. Additional samples from massive sulfides associated with the Oman ophiolites were studied. In all samples, we obtained values ranging from 0.04 x 10/sup 6/ atoms/g to 125 x 10/sup 6/ atoms/g, with the lowest values being very close to our blank (0.015 x 10/sup 6/ atoms/g). The data show systematic variations with sample location and type. The /sup 10/Be concentrations measured for the mid-ocean basalts are of the order of 0.3 x 10/sup 6/ atoms/g and reach 3800 x 10/sup 6/ atoms/g for the pelagic deep-sea sediments collected near the EPR 21 /sup 0/N. Based on their /sup 10/Be concentrations, we can clearly distinguish two categories of sulfides: sulfides containing low /sup 10/Be concentration (<10 /sup 6/ atoms/g) sitting directly on the mid-ocean basalt (EPR of Juan de Fuca), and sulfides with high /sup 10/Be concentration (>10/sup 6/ atoms/g) located atop of a thick pile of young sediments (Guaymas Basin or Gorda Ridge).

  5. Epithermal Neutron Activation Analysis of Some Geological Samples of Different Origin

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    Duliu, O. G.; Cristache, C. I.; Oaie, G.; Ricman, C.; Culicov, O. A.; Frontasyeva, M. V.

    2010-01-21

    Instrumental Epithermal Neutron Activation Analysis was used to investigate the distribution of six major elements and 34 trace elements in a set of eight igneous and metamorphic rocks collected from Carpathian and Macin Mountainsas well as unconsolidated sediments collected from anoxic zone of the Black Sea. All experimental data were interpreted within the Upper Continental Core and Mid Ocean Ridge Basalt model system that allowed getting more information concerning samples origin as well as the environmental peculiarities.

  6. Revisiting the Ridge-Push Force Using the Lithospheric Geoid

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    Richardson, R. M.; Coblentz, D. D.

    2014-12-01

    The geoid anomaly and driving force associated with the cooling oceanic lithosphere ("ridge push") are both proportional to dipole moment of the density-depth distribution, and allow a reevaluation of the ridge push force using the geoid. The challenge with this approach is to isolate the "lithospheric geoid" from the full geoid signal. Our approach is to use a band-pass spherical harmonic filter on the full geoid (e.g., EGM2008-WGS84, complete to spherical harmonic degree and order 2159) between orders 6 and 80. However, even this "lithospheric geoid" is noisy, and thus we average over 100 profiles evenly spaced along the global ridge system to obtain an average geoid step associated with the mid-ocean ridges. Because the positive ridge geoid signal is largest near the ridge (and to capture fast-spreading ridges), we evaluate symmetrical profiles extending ±45 m.y. about the ridge. We find an average ridge geoid anomaly of 4.5m, which is equivalent to a 10m anomaly for 100 m.y. old oceanic lithosphere. This geoid step corresponds to a ridge push force of ~2.4 x1012N/m for old oceanic lithosphere of 100 m.y., very similar to earlier estimates of ~2.5 x1012N/m based on simple half-space models. This simple half-space model also predicts constant geoid slopes of about 0.15 m/m.y. for cooling oceanic lithosphere. Our observed geoid slopes are consistent with this value for ages up to 40-50 m.y., but drop off to lower values at greater ages. We model this using a plate cooling model (with a thickness of the order of 125km) to fit the observation that the geoid anomaly and ridge driving force only increase slowly for ages greater than 40 m.y. (in contrast to the half-space model where the linear dependence on age holds for all ages). This reduction of the geoid slope results in a 20% decrease in the predicted ridge push force. This decrease is due to the combined effects of treating the oceanic lithosphere as a cooling plate (vs. a half-space), and the loss of geoidal

  7. Structural processes at slow-spreading ridges.

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    Mutter, J C; Karson, J A

    1992-07-31

    Slow-spreading (<35 millimeters per year) mid-ocean ridges are dominated by segmented, asymmetric, rifted depressions like continental rifts. Fast-spreading ridges display symmetric, elevated volcanic edifices that vary in shape and size along axis. Deep earthquakes, major normal faults, and exposures of lower crustal rocks are common only along slow-spreading ridges. These contrasting features suggest that mechanical deformation is far more important in crustal formation at slow-spreading ridges than at fast-spreading ridges. New seismic images suggest that the nature and scale of segmentation of slow-spreading ridges is integral to the deformational process and not to magmatic processes that may control segmentation on fast-spreading ridges.

  8. Evidence for microbial carbon and sulfur cycling in deeply buried ridge flank basalt.

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    Lever, Mark A; Rouxel, Olivier; Alt, Jeffrey C; Shimizu, Nobumichi; Ono, Shuhei; Coggon, Rosalind M; Shanks, Wayne C; Lapham, Laura; Elvert, Marcus; Prieto-Mollar, Xavier; Hinrichs, Kai-Uwe; Inagaki, Fumio; Teske, Andreas

    2013-03-15

    Sediment-covered basalt on the flanks of mid-ocean ridges constitutes most of Earth's oceanic crust, but the composition and metabolic function of its microbial ecosystem are largely unknown. By drilling into 3.5-million-year-old subseafloor basalt, we demonstrated the presence of methane- and sulfur-cycling microbes on the eastern flank of the Juan de Fuca Ridge. Depth horizons with functional genes indicative of methane-cycling and sulfate-reducing microorganisms are enriched in solid-phase sulfur and total organic carbon, host δ(13)C- and δ(34)S-isotopic values with a biological imprint, and show clear signs of microbial activity when incubated in the laboratory. Downcore changes in carbon and sulfur cycling show discrete geochemical intervals with chemoautotrophic δ(13)C signatures locally attenuated by heterotrophic metabolism.

  9. New Frontiers in Arctic Exploration: Autonomous Location and Sampling of Hydrothermal Vents Under the Ice at Earth's Slowest Spreading Ridge (IPY Project 173)

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    Edmonds, H. N.; Reves-Sohn, R.; Singh, H.; Shank, T. M.; Humphris, S.; Seewald, J.; Akin, D.; Bach, W.; Nogi, Y.; Pedersen, R.

    2006-12-01

    As part of IPY project #173, we are planning an international expedition for 2007 to locate and study hydrothermal vents on the ultraslow-spreading Gakkel Ridge, at depths greater than 4000 m beneath the permanent ice cap. This effort necessitates the development of novel exploration technologies, because the Gakkel Ridge rift valley is inaccessible to traditional deep submergence tools. With funding from NASA, NSF, and the private sector we have developed two new autonomous underwater vehicles that will find and map hydrothermal plumes in the water column, trace the buoyant plume stem to the seafloor source, and then map, photograph, and collect samples from the vent sites. The Gakkel Ridge is a key target for hydrothermal exploration not only because of its spreading rate but also because its geographic and hydrographic isolation from other portions of the mid-ocean ridge system have important implications for novel endemic vent fauna. Our major scientific themes are the geological diversity and biogeography of hydrothermal vents on the Arctic mid-ocean ridge system. Our major technology theme is autonomous exploration and sample return with an explicit mandate to develop techniques and methods for eventual use in astrobiology missions to search for life under the ice covered oceans of Europa, a moon of Jupiter. In addition to the US-led Gakkel Ridge expedition, a Norway-led expedition will target sites in seasonally ice-free water over the Mohns Ridge. The results of these two expeditions will be combined to reveal systematic patterns regarding biogeography (through both community-level and genetic-level investigations) of vent-endemic fauna, to study the differences between basalt vs. peridotite hosted vent fields, and to improve our understanding of hydrothermal circulation at ultra- slow spreading plate boundaries where amagmatic extension and long-lived faulting predominate. The expeditions will provide educational and outreach activities through the award

  10. Sustained volcanically-hosted venting at ultraslow ridges: Piccard Hydrothermal Field, Mid-Cayman Rise

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    Kinsey, James C.; German, Christopher R.

    2013-10-01

    At slow spreading mid-ocean ridges sustained submarine venting and the deposition of large seafloor massive sulfide deposits have previously been ascribed to tectonically-controlled hydrothermal circulation unrelated to young volcanic activity. Here, by contrast, we show that the Piccard Hydrothermal Field (PHF), on the ultraslow spreading Mid-Cayman Rise, represents a site of sustained fluid flow and sulfide formation hosted in a neovolcanic setting. The lateral extent and apparent longevity associated with the PHF are comparable to some of the largest tectonically-hosted vent sites known along the slow-spreading Mid-Atlantic Ridge. If such systems recur along all ultraslow ridges, which comprise ˜20% of the ˜55,000 km global ridge crest, potential implications would include (i) a higher probability of locating large, economically valuable, mineral deposits along ultraslow ridges together with (ii) larger fluxes than previously anticipated of chemicals released from high-temperature venting entering the oceans along the Atlantic-Indian Ocean sectors of the deep-ocean thermohaline conveyor.

  11. Ancient, highly heterogeneous mantle beneath Gakkel ridge, Arctic Ocean.

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    Liu, Chuan-Zhou; Snow, Jonathan E; Hellebrand, Eric; Brügmann, Gerhard; von der Handt, Anette; Büchl, Anette; Hofmann, Albrecht W

    2008-03-20

    The Earth's mantle beneath ocean ridges is widely thought to be depleted by previous melt extraction, but well homogenized by convective stirring. This inference of homogeneity has been complicated by the occurrence of portions enriched in incompatible elements. Here we show that some refractory abyssal peridotites from the ultraslow-spreading Gakkel ridge (Arctic Ocean) have very depleted 187Os/188Os ratios with model ages up to 2 billion years, implying the long-term preservation of refractory domains in the asthenospheric mantle rather than their erasure by mantle convection. The refractory domains would not be sampled by mid-ocean-ridge basalts because they contribute little to the genesis of magmas. We thus suggest that the upwelling mantle beneath mid-ocean ridges is highly heterogeneous, which makes it difficult to constrain its composition by mid-ocean-ridge basalts alone. Furthermore, the existence of ancient domains in oceanic mantle suggests that using osmium model ages to constrain the evolution of continental lithosphere should be approached with caution.

  12. The Cocos and Carnegie Ridges: A Record of Long-term Galapagos Plume-Ridge Interaction

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    Harpp, K. S.; Wanless, V.; Hoernle, K.

    2001-12-01

    The present-day Galapagos Archipelago exhibits an astonishingly wide variety of geochemical compositions, from enriched, hotspot-like signatures in the west and south to MORB-like lavas in the central and northern regions. The distinctive spatial zonation has been attributed to a heterogeneous plume and its extensive interaction with the asthenosphere. One of the controversial questions about the Galapagos system is whether the geochemical zonation in the present-day archipelago is a long-term phenomenon due to inherent plume heterogeneity or only the recent result of short-lived mantle contamination. The aseismic Cocos and Carnegie Ridges record the last 20 Ma of plume activity as the Cocos and Nazca plates, respectively, have moved over the hotspot. During the 1999 PAGANINI expedition, we collected over 80 dredge samples from the ridges to explore the temporal variations of the Galapagos plume. Preliminary results suggested that lavas dredged off the west coast of Central America preserve the geochemical zonation observed in the Galapagos Archipelago today. Trace element determinations from dredge sites along the Cocos and Carnegie Ridges indicate, however, that the situation is (not surprisingly) more complex. Instead, the geochemical variations observed along the ridges may be controlled predominantly by the relative positions of the Galapagos plume and the Galapagos Spreading Center (GSC). The GSC has been migrating to the NE relative to the hotspot. For the oldest portions of the Cocos Ridge, the plume was located beneath the Nazca plate and did not interact with the GSC. Lavas produced during this time therefore represent pristine plume, with compositions more enriched than those of the present-day Galapagos; these are observed NE of Cocos Island. As the ridge migrates closer to the hotspot, plume-mid-ocean ridge interaction intensifies, resulting in the dilution of hotspot lavas by entrained, depleted asthenosphere. Consistently, younger lavas along the

  13. Minimum speed limit for ocean ridge magmatism from 210Pb-226Ra-230Th disequilibria.

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    Rubin, K H; van der Zander, I; Smith, M C; Bergmanis, E C

    2005-09-22

    Although 70 per cent of global crustal magmatism occurs at mid-ocean ridges-where the heat budget controls crustal structure, hydrothermal activity and a vibrant biosphere-the tempo of magmatic inputs in these regions remains poorly understood. Such timescales can be assessed, however, with natural radioactive-decay-chain nuclides, because chemical disruption to secular equilibrium systems initiates parent-daughter disequilibria, which re-equilibrate by the shorter half-life in a pair. Here we use 210Pb-226Ra-230Th radioactive disequilibria and other geochemical attributes in oceanic basalts less than 20 years old to infer that melts of the Earth's mantle can be transported, accumulated and erupted in a few decades. This implies that magmatic conditions can fluctuate rapidly at ridge volcanoes. 210Pb deficits of up to 15 per cent relative to 226Ra occur in normal mid-ocean ridge basalts, with the largest deficits in the most magnesium-rich lavas. The 22-year half-life of 210Pb requires very recent fractionation of these two uranium-series nuclides. Relationships between 210Pb-deficits, (226Ra/230Th) activity ratios and compatible trace-element ratios preclude crustal-magma differentiation or daughter-isotope degassing as the main causes for the signal. A mantle-melting model can simulate observed disequilibria but preservation requires a subsequent mechanism to transport melt rapidly. The likelihood of magmatic disequilibria occurring before melt enters shallow crustal magma bodies also limits differentiation and heat replenishment timescales to decades at the localities studied.

  14. Comment on "Sensitivity of seafloor bathymetry to climate-driven fluctuations in mid-ocean ridge magma supply".

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    Tolstoy, Maya

    2016-07-15

    Olive et al (Reports, 16 October 2015, p. 310) and Goff (Technical Comment, 4 September 2015, p. 1065) raise important concerns with respect to recent findings of Milankovitch cycles in seafloor bathymetry. However, their results inherently support that the Southern East Pacific Rise is the optimum place to look for such signals and, in fact, models match those observations quite closely.

  15. Oceanic Lithosphere Magnetization: Marine Magnetic Investigations of Crustal Accretion and Tectonic Processes in Mid-Ocean Ridge Environments

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    2007-09-01

    the four sampled lithologies (basalts, diabase , gabbros and serpentinized peridotites) are defined and quantified. Both normal and reverse polarity...1978; Kent and Gee, 1994]. In contrast, our understanding of how the lower lithologic units, including diabase dikes, gabbros and serpentinized...and 69 dredged from the seafloor. Over 1600 rocks were collected in total, including basalts, diabases , gabbros and altered peridotites (peridotites

  16. Comment on “Sensitivity of seafloor bathymetry to climate-driven fluctuations in mid-ocean ridge magma supply”

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    Tolstoy, Maya

    2016-07-01

    Olive et al. (Reports, 16 October 2015, p. 310) and Goff (Technical Comment, 4 September 2015, p. 1065) raise important concerns with respect to recent findings of Milankovitch cycles in seafloor bathymetry. However, their results inherently support that the Southern East Pacific Rise is the optimum place to look for such signals and, in fact, models match those observations quite closely.

  17. Mid-oceanic carbonate platforms as oceanic dipsticks: examples from the Pacific

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    Wheeler, Christopher W.; Aharon, Paul

    1991-06-01

    Framebuilders of Cenozoic coral reefs are limited by their photic requirements to the contemporaneous sea-level, and therefore shallow water reef facies are reliable paleo sea-level indicators. Sea-level lowstands leave no record on coral reefs in areas subject to tectonic uplift, such as the Huon Peninsula, New Guinea, but are recorded by coral reefs in areas subject to tectonic subsidence. A eustatic sea-level fall which exceeds the rate of subsidence subaeriallyexposes the upper section of the reef complex, creating a meteoric ground water system whose diagenetic imprint on the reef carbonates offers a good indicator of a sea-level stillstand. Cenozoic reef platforms thus may contain records of sea-level fluctuations, whether eustatic and global, or tectonic and local. Those reef platforms which developed on seamounts formed in mid-oceanic plate settings are particularly useful for the study of eustatic sea-level changes because their subsidence history is relatively simple, and the tectonic factor can be accounted for when estimating the eustatic sea-level component. Conventional petrographic and biostratigraphic methods used to delineate erosional unconformities in Cenozoic carbonate sections are often deficient. We demonstrate here that stable oxygen and carbon isotopes of the carbonates can reveal the location of both the exposure surface and the paleo water table with greater confidence on account of the specific imprint of meteoric diagenesis. In addition, the87Sr/86Sr isotope technique offers a promising dating tool of disconformities linked to sea-level lowstands with a resolution superior to the conventional biostratigraphic techniques. Although oxygen, carbon, and strontium isotopes monitor different aspects of global sea-level changes, when used in conjunction they provide deeper insights into the past than either one could achieve alone. Examples from previous and ongoing studies of Pacific mid-oceanic carbonate platforms illustrate the potential of

  18. Annual report on surveillance and maintenance activities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, fiscal year 1996

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    1996-11-01

    In fiscal year (FY) 1995, the sites and facilities from both the Remedial Action (RA) and Decontamination and Decommissioning (D and D) programs were combined to form the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Environmental Restoration (ER) Surveillance and Maintenance (S and M) Program. Surveillance and Maintenance activities were conducted throughout FY 1996 at the RA facilities. Overall, the RA S and M Program consists of approximately 650 acres that include 14 waste area groupings with approximately 200 sites. These sites include 46 major facilities, several leak and contaminated soil sites, 38 inactive tanks, approximately 50 environmental study areas and approximately 2,973 wells and boreholes. Site inspections were conducted at established frequencies on appropriate sites in the RA S and M Program in accordance with the established S and M FY 1996 Incentive Task Order (ITO).

  19. Newly Discovered Hydrothermal Plumes Along the Furious Fifties, South East Indian Ridge (SEIR; 128°E-140°E)

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    Boulart, C.; Chavagnac, V.; Briais, A.; Revillon, S.; Donval, J. P.; Guyader, V.

    2015-12-01

    We report on the first evidence for hydrothermal activity along the intermediate-spreading South-East Indian Ridge (SEIR) between Australia and Antarctica (128°E-140°E), discovered during the STORM cruise of R/V L'Atalante. This section of the SEIR is located east of the low-magma Australian-Antarctic Discordance (AAD), where the ridge has the morphology of a slow-spreading mid-ocean ridge despite its intermediate spreading rate of 75 mm/yr. The axial depth decreases eastward, reflecting an eastward increase in magma budget.Using in-situ geochemical tracers based on optical backscatter, temperature, redox potential sensor and in situ mass spectrometer (ISMS) anomalies, we establish the existence of several distinct hydrothermal plumes within the water column along the 500 nautical miles ridge section. At one site, the combination of near-bottom temperature anomalies of 0.1°C together with strong dissolved methane and dissolved carbon dioxide anomalies revealed by the ISMS provides the precise location of an active vent in the Deep Southern Indian Ocean off Tasmania. Hydrothermal venting along the 128°E-140°E section of the SEIR appears to be significant, an observation consistent with the global link between spreading rate and plume occurrence (Baker and German, 2004). Moreover, the plume incidence increases westward and, in the eastern part, hydrothermal venting seems to be less significant, suggesting a possible influence of the high magma budget, as observed in mid-ocean ridge sections affected by hotspots. Future investigation will focus on the direct identification of venting sources and the study of hydrothermal circulation within the specific settings of the AAD. The observation of new venting sites at the frontier between Pacific and Indian Oceans may also provide new insights on the biogeography (diversity and distribution) of hydrothermal fauna. Baker, E. T., and C. R. German (2004), On the global distribution of hydrothermal vent fields, in Mid-Ocean

  20. Mantle Partial Melting Beneath Gakkel Ridge Reflected in the Petrography of Spinel Lherzolites

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    Snow, J. E.; Dick, H.; Buechl, A.; Michael, P.; Hellebrand, E.; Ship Sc Parties HEALY 102-POLARSTERN 59,; Ship Sc Parties HEALY 102-POLARSTERN 59,; Ship Sc Parties HEALY 102-POLARSTERN 59,

    2001-12-01

    One of the main aims of the AMORE expedition to Gakkel Ridge was to investigate the nature of mantle residues of low-degree partial melting. Previous results from a single sample of highly serpentinized Gakkel peridotite were unable to conclusively resolve many of the issues of mantle melting and mantle veining involved (1). We have made a preliminary examination of 46 thin sections and hundreds of hand samples of mantle peridotites made on board PFS POLARSTERN and HEALY in the course of the expedition. Most of these peridotites are altered 60-90%, like most abyssal peridotites. Some however are stunningly fresh, containing no detectable serpentine in thin section. The distribution of mantle rock types is similar to that from other mid-ocean ridges. Dunites are present but rare, in contrast to the SW Indian Ridge oblique spreading center at 12° E, as are plagioclase peridotites, in contrast to their abundance at Molloy Ridge further south on the arctic ridge system. There are two differences between this sample set and those commonly observed on mid-ocean ridges that are of particular note. First is the relative abundance of clinopyroxene. The mean clinopyroxene content and size observed in thin section are both qualitatively greater than is commonly observed in abyssal peridotites. Second, the spinels are more nearly euhedral, more abundant and commonly very pale in color. The pale color is well known to be a sign of low Cr content (and thus high activity of Al) in the residual system. All of these observations suggest a low degree of partial melting in the Gakkel Ridge mantle, in accordance with theoretical predictions. What has not been observed to date in even the largest and freshest samples is any evidence of significant mantle veining. It may be that mantle veins have sufficiently low solidi that they melt out completely without a trace even at the lowest degrees of partial melting. The petrographic evidence however suggests that there never was significant

  1. Hydrothermal venting on the Juan de Fuca Ridge over the last 600,000 years

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    Costa, K.; McManus, J. F.; Winckler, G.; Huybers, P. J.; Langmuir, C. H.; Giosan, L.; Middleton, J. L.; Mukhopadhyay, S.

    2015-12-01

    Mid-ocean ridges provide a unique chemical, physical, and biological environment on the seafloor. They are a significant source of dissolved Fe, a critical micronutrient in the ocean, and they are a primary source of CO2 from the mantle, Earth's largest carbon reservoir. Although more than a hundred modern hydrothermal systems have been discovered, few records of their variation through geological time have been obtained. Sediments near ocean ridges hold the potential to provide such records, and here we investigate sediments near the Juan de Fuca Ridge through continuous XRF scans coupled with oxygen isotope temporal constraints to explore hydrothermal activity over the past 600,000 years. These are the first records over multiple glacial-interglacial cycles and permit investigation of potential feedbacks between glacial-interglacial climate change and hydrothermal activity. Today, hydrothermal activity on the Juan de Fuca Ridge is characterized by hydrothermal particles with high concentrations of Fe, Cu, and Zn (Feely et. al., 1987). Over longer time scales, Fe concentrations are positively correlated with Ti (r2≥0.75), so that the dominant variability in Fe is due to the input of lithogenic material. Additional Fe inputs from hydrothermal activity increase the Fe/Ti ratio above the lithogenic value of 11.7 wt%/wt%. Intense hydrothermal activity (Fe/Ti > 25 wt%/wt%) is observed on the Juan de Fuca Ridge from ~375-430ka, and less intense but still elevated hydrothermal activity (Fe/Ti > 17 wt%/wt%) recurs at near 100kyr cyclicity, from 80-120ka, 180-220ka, 290-330ka, and 470-520ka. These time periods correspond to times of sea level fall owing to expanding ice volume, supporting a link between sea level changes and ridge crest activity

  2. Age distribution of Ocean Drill sites across the Central Walvis Ridge indicates plate boundary control of plume volcanism in the South Atlantic

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    O'Connor, John M.; Jokat, Wilfried

    2015-08-01

    The Tristan-Gough hotspot trail on the African plate consists of the Walvis Ridge and a younger province of seamounts and islands. In order to determine the relative motion between the African plate and the Tristan-Gough hotspot it is essential to resolve changes in the age and morphology of the Walvis Ridge. A significant problem is, however, to establish how the vigor and flow of hotspot material to the mid-ocean ridge constructed the Walvis Ridge. We have addressed this issue by measuring an 40Ar/39Ar stratigraphy at three sites across the central Walvis Ridge sampled by Ocean Drilling (DSDP Leg 74). The age-distance relation of volcanism, together with geophysical, geochemical and paleodepth information, suggests collectively that hotspot volcanism was occurring locally c. 72 Ma on an elevated segment of the mid-ocean ridge located close to the Tristan-Gough hotspot. As the mid-ocean ridge migrated away from the hotspot (c. 36 km/Ma) between c. 72 Ma and 68 Ma, hotspot material continued flowing to the mid-ocean ridge and the Walvis Ridge shoaled rapidly (c. 500 m/Ma) to the west, on seafloor that might have been subsiding at a rate consistent with normal crustal cooling. This apparent correlation points to the possibility of an inverse relation between the volume flux of hotspot volcanism and the distance between the mid-ocean ridge and the Tristan-Gough hotspot. We infer that since c. 93 Ma the geometry and motion of the mid-ocean ridge determined where the hotspot material that built the Walvis Ridge was channeled to the plate surface. Furthermore, interplay between hotspot flow, and the changing geometry of the mid-ocean ridge as it migrated relative to the Tristan-Gough hotspot, might explain the age and morphology of the Walvis Ridge. Our finding provides further evidence that the distribution of hotspot volcanism in the southeast Atlantic expresses interaction between deep mantle (plume) and shallow plate tectonic and asthenosphere processes.

  3. Guadalupian-Lopingian (Middle-Upper Permian) boundary of mid-oceanic paleo-atoll limestone in Japan

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    Ota, A.; Isozaki, Y.

    2003-12-01

    The Guadalupian-Lopingian (G-L) boundary sections of mid-oceanic origin were first examined in Japan by detail fusulinacean biostratigraphy. The Middle to Upper Permian reef-type limestone at Kamura and Akasaka in Southwest Japan occurs as allochthonous block in the Jurassic accretionary complex in Southwest Japan. These limestone blocks were derived from ancient mid-oceanic (paleo-Pacific or Panthalassa) atolls on seamount. The 36 m thick limestone section at Kamura and the 124 m thick one at Akasaka span across the G-L boundary as demonstrated by fusulinacean faunal change; both the Kamura and Akasaka sections are divided into 3 fossil zones, i.e., Lepidolina-Yabeina Interval Zone + barren interval of the Guadalupian (Middle Permian) and overlying Codonofusiella-Reichelina Interval Zone of the Wuchiapingian (Late Permian). The base of the Wuchiapingian is defined by the FAD of the Codonofusiella and Reichelina assemblage without any neoschwagerinids, verbeekinids, and schwagerinids. The results of this study suggest that extinction of large fusulinaceans such as neoschwagerinids, verbeekinids, and schwagerinids at the G-L boundary occurred also in mid-ocean in addition to continental shelf areas. Both at the two study sections, a sharp lithologic change is recognized at the G-L boundary; the Lepidolina-Yabeina Interval Zone and barren interval is composed of black limestone, while the overlying Codonofusiella-Reichelina Interval Zone of light gray dolomitic limestone. This lithologic change suggests a remarkable paleoenvironment change in mid-ocean around the G-L boundary. Besides the lithofacies change, a sharp decline of δ 13Ccarb values is detected just below the G-L boundary at the Kamura section. The sharp changes both in δ 13Ccarb values and in lithofacies across the G-L boundary support that the environmental change was global in extent, and this may have led the G-L boundary mass extinction.

  4. Drainage systems associated with mid-ocean channels and submarine Yazoos: Alternative to submarine fan depositional systems

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    Hesse, R. )

    1989-12-01

    Submarine drainage systems associated with mid-ocean channels and Yazoo River-type tributaries in small ocean basins represent a contrast to deep-sea fan depositional systems. Deep-sea fans are diverging sediment-dispersal systems of distributary fan valleys. Deep-sea channel-submarine-yazoo systems, on the other hand, form centripetally converging patterns of tributaries and yazoo-type satellite channels that join a major basin-draining (mid-ocean) channel. The facies model for such systems is characterized by randomly stacked fining-upward, gravelly, and sandy channel-fill and submarine point-bar sequences of the main channel encased in fine-grained overbank deposits. Second-order channels contain sandy proximal overbank deposits, whereas the levees of the main channel are predominantly composed of silt and clay. Second-order channels may be braided and may broaden into braid plains. Morphology and surficial sediment distribution have been studied within the Northwest Atlantic Mid-Ocean Channel of the Labrador Sea and its associated levees and yazoo-type (and other) tributaries.

  5. ­­­­Submarine Mass Wasting on Hovgaard Ridge, Fram Strait, European Arctic

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    Forwick, M.; Laberg, J. S.; Husum, K.; Gales, J. A.

    2015-12-01

    Hovgaard Ridge is an 1800 m high bathymetric high in the Fram Strait, the only deep-water gateway between the Arctic Ocean and the other World's oceans. The slopes of the ridge provide evidence of various types of sediment reworking, including 1) up to 12 km wide single and merged slide scars with maximum ~30 m high headwalls and some secondary escarpments; 2) maximum 3 km wide and 130 m deep slide scars with irregular internal morphology, partly narrowing towards the foot of the slope; 3) up to 130 m deep, 1.5 km wide and maximum 8 km long channels/gullies originating from areas of increasing slope angle at the margins of a plateau on top of the ridge. Most slide scars result presumably from retrogressive failure related to weak layers in contourites or ash. The most likely trigger mechanism is seismicity related to tectonic activity within the nearby mid-ocean fracture zone. Gully/channel formation is suggested to result from cascading water masses and/or from sediment gravity flows originating from failure at the slope break after winnowing on the plateau of the ridge.

  6. The East Pacific Rise: An Active Not Passive Spreading System

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    Rowley, D. B.; Rowan, C. J.; Forte, A. M.; Moucha, R.; Grand, S. P.; Simmons, N. A.

    2011-12-01

    Traditional plate tectonic interpretations of mid-oceanic ridges regard spreading as an entirely passive phenomenon. From this one would assume that the oceanic ridges will move over the mantle in response to the geodynamics of the diverging plates, and do not remain fixed spatially over any protracted period of time. An analysis of the kinematics of ridge motions in the Indo-Atlantic hotspot frame of reference since 83 Ma generally supports this view, with the notable exception of the East Pacific Rise (EPR). The Pacific-Nazca/Farallon segment of the EPR north of Easter Island (27°S) is oriented essentially N-S, and has produced more than 9500km of E-W spreading in the past 80 Ma, making it the dominant ridge in the world's plate system over this interval of time. Yet despite the large amount of E-W divergence, the spreading center has maintained its longitudinal position to within <±250 km of the current ridge axis. Global mantle convective flow modeling indicates that the EPR, unlike any other extensive segment of the mid-oceanic ridge system, is underlain by an active upwelling system extending from the core-mantle boundary to the surface. We suggest that the lack of E-W motion of the EPR apparent from the kinematics is a consequence of these mantle dynamics; this ridge is thus not behaving as a passive plate boundary, but is actively and directly linked to, and controlled by, whole mantle upwelling. This observation overturns the notion that ridges are always entirely passive features of the plate system. Subduction of the northern EPR beneath western North America has thus resulted in the overriding of an active upwelling system that has contributed significantly to the evolution of Basin and Range kinematics and superimposed dynamics, including significant contributions from dynamic topography.

  7. Alkalic Basalt in Ridge Axis of 53˚E Amagmatic Segment Center, Southwest Indian Ridge

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    Zhou, H.; Wang, J.; Liu, Y.; Ji, F.; Dick, H. J.

    2014-12-01

    Mid-ocean ridge basalt (MORB) is key tracer of composition and process in the mantle. It is interesting to notice that some alkalic basalts occur in amagmatic spreading center of ultraslow spreading ridges, for examples, 9-16˚E of the Southwest Indian ridge (Standish et al., 2008) and Lena Trough of Arctic Ocean (Snow et al., 2011). The latter is interpreted as the result of the pre-existence of continental transform fault or the especially cold thermal structure of ancient continental lithosphere. 53˚E segment, east of the Gallieni transform fault, was discovered as an amagmatic segment (Zhou and Dick, 2013). On both sides of the ridge axis, peridotites with a little gabbro are exposed in an area more than 3200 km2. Basalts exist in the southern portion of 53˚E segment, indicating the transformation from magmatic to amagmatic spreading about 9.4 million years ago. In April of 2014, Leg 4 of the RV Dayang Yihao cruise 30, basaltic glasses was dredged at one location (3500 m water depth) in the ridge axis of 53˚E segment center. It is shown by electric probe analysis that the samples have extremely high sodium content (4.0-4.49 wt% Na­2O ), relative higher potassium content (0.27-0.32 wt% K2O) and silica (50.67-51.87 wt% SiO2), and lower MgO content (5.9-6.4 wt% MgO). Mg-number is 0.55-0.59. It is distinctly different from the N-MORB (2.42-2.68 wt% Na2O, 0.03-0.06 wt% K2O, 48.6-49.6 wt% Si2O, 8.8-9.0 wt% MgO, Mg-numbers 0.63) distributed in the 560-km-long supersegment, west of the Gallieni transform fault, where the active Dragon Flag hydrothermal field was discovered at 49.6˚E in 2007. The reasons for the alkalic basalt in the ridge axis of 53˚E amagmatic segment center, either by low melting degree of garnet stability field, by melting from an ancient subcontinental lithospheric mantle, or by sodium-metasomatism or even other mantle processes or their combination in the deep mantle, are under further studies.

  8. Segment-scale volcanic episodicity: Evidence from the North Kolbeinsey Ridge, Atlantic

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    Yeo, I. A.; Devey, C. W.,; LeBas, T. P.; Augustin, N.; Steinführer, A.

    2016-04-01

    The upper oceanic crust is produced by magmatism at mid-ocean ridges, a process thought to be characterized by cyclic bouts of intense magmatic activity, separated by periods when faulting accommodates most or even all of the plate motion. It is not known whether there is a distinct periodicity to such magmatic-tectonic cycles. Here we present high-resolution sidescan sonar data from the neovolcanic zone of the North Kolbeinsey Ridge, a shallow slow-spreading ridge where high glacial and steady post-glacial sedimentation rates allow relative flow ages to be determined with a resolution of around 2 kyr using backscatter amplitude as a proxy for sediment thickness and hence age. We identify 18 lava flow fields covering 40% of the area surveyed. A group of 7 flow fields showing the highest (and similar) backscatter intensity are scattered along 75 km of axial valley surveyed, suggesting that at least this length of the segment was magmatically active within a 1.2 kyr time window. Based on conservative age estimates for all datable flows and estimated eruption volumes, the post-glacial volcanic activity imaged is insufficient to maintain crustal thickness, implying that episode(s) of enhanced activity must have preceded the volcanism we image.

  9. Data sharing report characterization of population 7: Personal protective equipment, dry active waste, and miscellaneous debris, surveillance and maintenance project Oak Ridge National Laboratory Oak Ridge, Tennessee

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    Harpenau, Evan M.

    2013-10-10

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (EM-OR) requested that Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), working under the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) contract, provide technical and independent waste management planning support under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Specifically, DOE EM-OR requested that ORAU plan and implement a sampling and analysis campaign targeting certain URS|CH2M Oak Ridge, LLC (UCOR) surveillance and maintenance (S&M) process inventory waste. Eight populations of historical and reoccurring S&M waste at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have been identified in the Waste Handling Plan for Surveillance and Maintenance Activities at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, DOE/OR/01-2565&D2 (WHP) (DOE 2012) for evaluation and processing to determine a final pathway for disposal. Population 7 (POP 7) consists of 56 containers of aged, low-level and potentially mixed S&M waste that has been staged in various locations around ORNL. Several of these POP 7 containers primarily contain personal protective equipment (PPE) and dry active waste (DAW), but may contain other miscellaneous debris. This data sharing report addresses the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA) specified waste in a 13-container subpopulation (including eight steel boxes, three 55-gal drums, one sealand, and one intermodal) that lacked sufficient characterization data for possible disposal at the Environmental Management Waste Management Facility (EMWMF) using the approved Waste Lot (WL) 108.1 profile.

  10. Jurassic zircons from the Southwest Indian Ridge.

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    Cheng, Hao; Zhou, Huaiyang; Yang, Qunhui; Zhang, Lingmin; Ji, Fuwu; Dick, Henry

    2016-05-17

    The existence of ancient rocks in present mid-ocean ridges have long been observed but received less attention. Here we report the discovery of zircons with both reasonably young ages of about 5 Ma and abnormally old ages of approximate 180 Ma from two evolved gabbroic rocks that were dredged from the Southwest Indian Ridge (SWIR) in the Gallieni fracture zone. U-Pb and Lu-Hf isotope analyses of zircons were made using ion probe and conventional laser abrasion directly in petrographic thin sections. Young zircons and their host oxide gabbro have positive Hf isotope compositions (εHf = +15.7-+12.4), suggesting a highly depleted mantle beneath the SWIR. The spread εHf values (from-2.3 to-4.5) of abnormally old zircons, together with the unradiogenic Nd-Hf isotope of the host quartz diorite, appears to suggest an ancient juvenile magmatism along the rifting margin of the southern Gondwana prior to the opening of the Indian Ocean. A convincing explanation for the origin of the unusually old zircons is yet to surface, however, an update of the theory of plate tectonics would be expected with continuing discovery of ancient rocks in the mid-oceanic ridges and abyssal ocean basins.

  11. Jurassic zircons from the Southwest Indian Ridge

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    Cheng, Hao; Zhou, Huaiyang; Yang, Qunhui; Zhang, Lingmin; Ji, Fuwu; Dick, Henry

    2016-05-01

    The existence of ancient rocks in present mid-ocean ridges have long been observed but received less attention. Here we report the discovery of zircons with both reasonably young ages of about 5 Ma and abnormally old ages of approximate 180 Ma from two evolved gabbroic rocks that were dredged from the Southwest Indian Ridge (SWIR) in the Gallieni fracture zone. U–Pb and Lu–Hf isotope analyses of zircons were made using ion probe and conventional laser abrasion directly in petrographic thin sections. Young zircons and their host oxide gabbro have positive Hf isotope compositions (εHf = +15.7–+12.4), suggesting a highly depleted mantle beneath the SWIR. The spread εHf values (from‑2.3 to‑4.5) of abnormally old zircons, together with the unradiogenic Nd-Hf isotope of the host quartz diorite, appears to suggest an ancient juvenile magmatism along the rifting margin of the southern Gondwana prior to the opening of the Indian Ocean. A convincing explanation for the origin of the unusually old zircons is yet to surface, however, an update of the theory of plate tectonics would be expected with continuing discovery of ancient rocks in the mid-oceanic ridges and abyssal ocean basins.

  12. Jurassic zircons from the Southwest Indian Ridge

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    Cheng, Hao; Zhou, Huaiyang; Yang, Qunhui; Zhang, Lingmin; Ji, Fuwu; Dick, Henry

    2016-01-01

    The existence of ancient rocks in present mid-ocean ridges have long been observed but received less attention. Here we report the discovery of zircons with both reasonably young ages of about 5 Ma and abnormally old ages of approximate 180 Ma from two evolved gabbroic rocks that were dredged from the Southwest Indian Ridge (SWIR) in the Gallieni fracture zone. U–Pb and Lu–Hf isotope analyses of zircons were made using ion probe and conventional laser abrasion directly in petrographic thin sections. Young zircons and their host oxide gabbro have positive Hf isotope compositions (εHf = +15.7–+12.4), suggesting a highly depleted mantle beneath the SWIR. The spread εHf values (from−2.3 to−4.5) of abnormally old zircons, together with the unradiogenic Nd-Hf isotope of the host quartz diorite, appears to suggest an ancient juvenile magmatism along the rifting margin of the southern Gondwana prior to the opening of the Indian Ocean. A convincing explanation for the origin of the unusually old zircons is yet to surface, however, an update of the theory of plate tectonics would be expected with continuing discovery of ancient rocks in the mid-oceanic ridges and abyssal ocean basins. PMID:27185575

  13. An extensive region of off-ridge normal-faulting earthquakes in the southern Indian Ocean

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    Bergman, E. A.; Nabelek, J. L.; Solomon, S. C.

    1984-01-01

    A verified prediction of the theory of plate tectonics is that the focal mechanisms of earthquakes on the mid-ocean ridge system indicate either normal faulting on ridge segments or strike-slip faulting on transform faults. A broad region in the southern Indian Ocean which differs from typical ridge and intraplate regimes has been identified. In this region a number of large off-ridge earthquakes have occurred in the last 20 years. The mechanisms for these events, where known, all involve normal faulting. Nine of these earthquakes have been studied in detail using a formal inversion technique based on matching synthetic body waves to observed seismograms.

  14. Human factors activities in teleoperator development at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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    Draper, J.V.; Herndon, J.N.

    1986-01-01

    The Consolidated Fuel Reprocessing Program (CFRP) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory is developing advanced teleoperator systems for maintenance of future nuclear reprocessing facilities. Remote maintenance systems developed by the CFRP emphasize man-in-the-loop teleoperation. Consequently, human factors issues which affect teleoperator performance must be addressed. This papers surveys research and development activities carried out by the human factors group within the Remote Control Engineering Task of the CFRP.

  15. Are Axial Volcanic Ridges where all the (volcanic) action is?

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    Searle, R. C.

    2012-12-01

    Although axial volcanic ridges (AVRs) are generally recognised as the main loci for lithospheric generation at slow-spreading mid-ocean ridges, various recent studies have suggested that axial volcanism is not confined to them. Here I present evidence from three studies for significant amounts of off-AVR volcanism at three slow-spreading ridges. 1) Near-bottom side-scan sonar (TOBI) images of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge near 13°N show a complex pattern of closely-spaced, active oceanic core complexes (OCCs) where plate separation is largely a-volcanic, separated by short segments of vigorous volcanic spreading. In one such volcanic segment, the brightest sea floor and therefore inferred youngest volcanism occurs not on the topographic axis (an apparently 'old' AVR) but at the edge of a broad axial valley. 2) A similar TOBI survey of the Mid-Cayman Spreading Centre reveals AVRs in the north and south flanking an OCC (Mt. Dent) and a non-volcanic ridge interpreted as tectonically extruded peridotite ('smooth' sea floor). In both AVR segments there are clear, young lava flows that have erupted from perched sources part way up the median valley walls and have partly flowed down into the valley. 3) The third case is from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge at 45°N, where we conducted a detailed geophysical and geological study of an AVR and surrounding median valley floor. The AVR is largely surrounded by flat sea floor composed mainly of lobate and sheet flows, whereas the AVR comprises predominantly pillow lavas. Although we have no firm dates, various indicators suggest most lavas on the AVR are around 10ka old or somewhat less. The apparently youngest (brightest acoustic returns, thinnest sediment cover) of the flat-lying lava flows appears to have a similar age from its degree of sediment cover. Contact relations between these lavas and the AVR flanks show no evidence of a clear age difference between the two, and we think both types of eruption may have occurred roughly

  16. Numerical and laboratory experiments on the dynamics of plume-ridge interaction. Progress report

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    Kincaid, C.; Gable, C.W.

    1995-09-01

    Mantle plumes and passive upwelling beneath ridges are the two dominant modes of mantle transport and thermal/chemical fluxing between the Earth`s deep interior and surface. While plumes and ridges independently contribute to crustal accretion, they also interact and the dispersion of plumes within the upper mantle is strongly modulated by mid-ocean ridges. The simplest mode of interaction, with the plume centered on the ridge, has been well documented and modeled. The remaining question is how plumes and ridges interact when the plume is located off-axis; it has been suggested that a pipeline-like flow from the off-axis plume to the ridge axis at the base of the rigid lithosphere may develop. Mid-ocean ridges migrating away from hot mantle plumes can be affected by plume discharges over long times and ridge migration distances. Salient feature of this model is that off-axis plumes communicate with the ridge through a channel resulting from the refraction and dispersion of an axi-symmetric plume conduit along the base of the sloping lithosphere. To test the dynamics of this model, a series of numerical and laboratory dynamic experiments on the problem of a fixed ridge and an off-axis buoyant upwelling were conducted. Results are discussed.

  17. The Morphology, Structure and Origin of Seamounts on the South-West Indian Ocean Ridge

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    Muller, L. A.; Watts, A. B.; JC066 shipboard scientific party

    2012-04-01

    The South-West Indian Ridge (SWIR) between longitude 46 and 57° East is an ultra-slow spreading (~16 mm/a) mid-ocean ridge system with a highly oblique (>50°) spreading direction and a large number of closely spaced transform faults. Previous swath bathymetry surveys onboard R/V Dr. Fridtjof Nansen in 2009 show that the ridge crest is characterised by a number of irregularly shaped seamounts which rise about 2500 m above the mean depth of the surrounding seafloor. However, the origin of these seamounts and whether they reflect passive cracking of the lithosphere or deep mantle processes is not clear. In November/December, 2011 we re-surveyed 5 of these seamounts onboard RRS James Cook using an EM120 swath bathymetry system, a Lacoste-Romberg air-sea gravimeter and a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). Preliminary results show that the seamounts are highly fractured, with fault trends parallel and orthogonal to the spreading direction. There is evidence of both growth and collapse structures, including head scars, chutes and debris flows. We present here a preliminary analysis of the morphology, gravity field and rock sample data and its implications for tectonics, mass wasting and eruptive processes at young seamounts that have formed in an active extensional setting.

  18. Major off-axis hydrothermal activity on the northern Gorda Ridge

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    Rona, Peter A.; Denlinger, Roger P.; Fisk, M. R.; Howard, K. J.; Taghon, G. L.; Klitgord, Kim D.; McClain, James S.; McMurray, G. R.; Wiltshire, J. C.

    1990-01-01

    The first hydrothermal field on the northern Gorda Ridge, the Sea Cliff hydrothermal field, was discovered and geologic controls of hydrothermal activity in the rift valley were investigated on a dive series using the DSV Sea Cliff. The Sea Cliff hydrothermal field was discovered where predicted at the intersection of axis-oblique and axis-parallel faults at the south end of a linear ridge at mid-depth (2700 m) on the east wall. Preliminary mapping and smpling of the field reveal: a setting nested on nearly sediment-free fault blocks 300 m above the rift valley floor 2.6 km from the axis; a spectrum of venting types from seeps to black smokers; high conductive heat flow estimated to be equivalent to the convective flux of multiple black smokers through areas of the sea floor sealed by a caprock of elastic breccia primarily derived from basalt with siliceous cement and barite pore fillings; and a vent biota with Juan de Fuca Ridge affinites. These findings demonstrate the importance of off-axis hydrothermal activity and the role of the intersection of tectonic lineations in controlling hydrothermal sites at sea-floor spreading centers.

  19. Geochemistry of Rift Valley Sediments at the Ultra-slow Spreading Mohns-Knipovich Ridge

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    Flesland, K.; Pedersen, R.; Haflidason, H.; Thorseth, I. H.

    2010-12-01

    Submarine volcanic and hydrothermal activity is mainly located in close vicinity of the mid-ocean spreading ridges where limited amounts of sediment is accumulated. The ultra-slow spreading Mohns-Knipovich Ridges in the Norwegian-Greenland Sea (73° N) are however located close to the Norwegian-Greenland continental margins. At the Mohns-Knipovich bend the rift valley has been partially covered by thick layers of glacigenic and post-glacial sediments that represent the distal parts of the Bear Island Fan system, off N-Norway. These sediments represent a unique record of hydrothermal, tectonic and volcanic activity at an ultraslow spreading ridge. A number of 3-4 metres long sediment cores were retrieved from the ocean floor in the area around the recently discovered black smoker vent field Loki’s Castle during the H2Deep cruise of 2008. Optical, radiographic and elemental variations from splitted sediment core sections have been recorded using a non-destructive ITRAX XRF core scanner system while magnetic susceptibility, bulk density and fractional porosity were recorded using a multi sensor core logger (MSCL) from GEOTEK. Additionally the pore water chemistry (ammonium, sulphide, sulphate and major elements) of selected layers in the cores have been analysed. The sediment cores are in general quite stratified with layers of hydrothermal and volcanic origin containing sulphide minerals and basaltic glass indicating several volcanic eruptions at the ridge during the last 10 000 years. Preliminary results show several manganese peaks which may indicate incidents of hydrothermal influence. Also the red-brown colouring of the sediments proposes a hydrothermal and/or volcanic influence and an elevated iron content compared to deep sea sediments. These geochemical studies of the rift valley sediments and sediment pore water from locations close to the Loki’s Castle provide a uniqe insight into the temporal and spatial evolution of the volcanic and hydrothermal

  20. Hydrological response to a seafloor spreading episode on the Juan de Fuca ridge.

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    Davis, Earl; Becker, Keir; Dziak, Robert; Cassidy, John; Wang, Kelin; Lilley, Marvin

    2004-07-15

    Seafloor hydrothermal systems are known to respond to seismic and magmatic activity along mid-ocean ridges, often resulting in locally positive changes in hydrothermal discharge rate, temperature and microbial activity, and shifts in composition occurring at the time of earthquake swarms and axial crustal dike injections. Corresponding regional effects have also been observed. Here we present observations of a hydrological response to seafloor spreading activity, which resulted in a negative formation-fluid pressure transient during and after an earthquake swarm in the sediment-sealed igneous crust of the Middle Valley rift of the northernmost Juan de Fuca ridge. The observations were made with a borehole seal and hydrologic observatory originally established in 1991 to study the steady-state pressure and temperature conditions in this hydrothermally active area. The magnitude of the co-seismic response is consistent with the elastic strain that would be expected from the associated earthquakes, but the prolonged negative pressure transient after the swarm is surprising and suggests net co-seismic dilatation of the upper, permeable igneous crust. The rift valley was visited four weeks after the onset of the seismic activity, but no signature of increased hydrothermal activity was detected in the water column. It appears that water, not magma, filled the void left by this spreading episode.

  1. Manganese distribution in the water column near the Azores Triple Junction along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and in the Azores domain

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    Aballéa, Martine; Radford-Knoery, J.; Appriou, P.; Bougault, H.; Charlou, J. L.; Donval, J. P.; Etoubleau, J.; Fouquet, Y.; German, C. R.; Miranda, M.

    1998-08-01

    As part of a multidisciplinary research effort aimed at quantifying mid-ocean ridge processes near the Azores, we conducted a survey of the water column above the mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR) in the vicinity of the Azores Triple Junction. Manganese is a tracer of hydrothermal activity intimately related to mid-ocean ridge processes. This paper reports on 23 vertical depth profiles that were analyzed for total dissolvable manganese (TDM). TDM inputs attributable to hydrothermal circulation could be observed along the MAR in all of the southern Amar (36°15'N), Famous (36°45'N), and Lucky Strike (37°03'N and 37°17'N) segments and south of the Kurchatov fracture zone (40°10'N). To date, seafloor observations of hydrothermal activity on the seabed have been confirmed at Lucky Strike (37°17'N) and at the Rainbow site (36°14'N). Large-scale TDM distribution features along the axial valley of the MAR include a decrease in TDM concentrations from south to north (36°N to 38°30'N), followed by an increase to 40°N. In the basins within the Azores archipelago, we found the lowest TDM background levels of this study (0.4-0.6 nmol l -1) and, based on our data, no firm evidence for hydrothermal inputs of TDM. In the MAR axial valley, we observe both a more elevated TDM background (0.5-1.0 nmol l -1) and evidence for probable hydrothermal TDM inputs. This suggests that hydrothermal inputs contribute to a low-level chronic TDM plume throughout the axial valley of the MAR between 36° and 40°N.

  2. Sulphur Cycling at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge: Isotopic Evidence From the Logatchev and Turtle Pits Hydrothermal Fields

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    Eickmann, B.; Strauss, H.; Koschinsky, A.; Kuhn, T.; Petersen, S.; Schmidt, K.

    2005-12-01

    Mid-ocean ridges and associated hydrothermal vent systems represent a unique scenario in which the interaction of hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere and the related element cycling can be studied. Sulphur participates in inorganic and microbially driven processes and plays, thus, an important role at these vent sites. The sulphur isotopic compositions of different sulphur-bearing minerals as well as dissolved sulphur compounds provide a tool for identifying the sulphur source and pertinent processes of sulphur cycling. Here, we present sulphur isotope data from an ongoing study of the Logatchev hydrothermal field at 14°45' N and the Turtle Pits hydrothermal field at 4°48' S. The former is located in 2900 to 3060 m water depth, hosted by ultramafic rocks, while the latter is situated in 2990 m water depth, hosted by basaltic rocks. Different metal sulphides (chalcopyrite, pyrite, pyrrhotite, various copper sulphides), either particles from the emanating hot fluid itself or pieces of active and inactive black smokers, display δ34S values between +2 and +9 ‰. So far, no significant difference is discernible between mineral precipitates from both hydrothermal fields. However, differences exist between different generations of sulphide precipitates. Based on respective data from other sites of hydrothermal activity at mid-ocean ridges, this sulphur isotope range suggests that sulphur in the hydrothermal fluid and mineral precipitates represents a mixture between mantle sulphur and reduced seawater sulphate. Anhydrite precipitates from hydrothermal chimneys, located inside sulphide conduits, and obvious late stage gypsum needles from voids, yielded sulphur isotope values between +17.5 and +20.0 ‰. This clearly identifies seawater sulphate as the principal sulphur source. Variable, but generally low abundances of sulphide and sulphate in differently altered mafic and ultramafic rocks point to a complex fluid-rock interaction. Sulphur isotope values for total

  3. Investigating the Relationship between Fin Whales, Zooplankton Concentrations and Hydrothermal Venting on the Juan de Fuca Ridge

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    2014-09-30

    1992). Composition of a deep scattering layer overlying a mid - ocean ridge hydrothermal plume, Mar. Biol. 113, 517-526. Croll, D. A., Clark, C. W...Endeavour segment of the Juan de Fuca Ridge (Weekly et al., 2013) that included a network of eight ocean bottom seismometers (OBSs) that operated from... mid -1990s, the Institute of Ocean Sciences in Sidney, BC conducted summer cruises to the Endeavour to collect a series of plankton net tows in

  4. Repeat ridge jumps associated with plume-ridge interaction, melt transport, and ridge migration

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    Mittelstaedt, Eric; Ito, Garrett; van Hunen, Jeroen

    2011-01-01

    Repeated shifts, or jumps, of mid-ocean ridge segments toward nearby hot spots can produce large, long-term changes to the geometry and location of the tectonic plate boundaries. Ridge jumps associated with hot spot-ridge interaction are likely caused by several processes including shear on the base of the plate due to expanding plume material as well as reheating of lithosphere as magma passes through it to feed off-axis volcanism. To study how these processes influence ridge jumps, we use numerical models to simulate 2-D (in cross section) viscous flow of the mantle, viscoplastic deformation of the lithosphere, and melt migration upward from the asthenospheric melting zone, laterally along the base of the lithosphere, and vertically through the lithosphere. The locations and rates that magma penetrates and heats the lithosphere are controlled by the time-varying accumulation of melt beneath the plate and the depth-averaged lithospheric porosity. We examine the effect of four key parameters: magmatic heating rate of the lithosphere, plate spreading rate, age of the seafloor overlying the plume, and the plume-ridge migration rate. Results indicate that the minimum value of the magmatic heating rate needed to initiate a ridge jump increases with plate age and spreading rate. The time required to complete a ridge jump decreases with larger values of magmatic heating rate, younger plate age, and faster spreading rate. For cases with migrating ridges, models predict a range of behaviors including repeating ridge jumps, much like those exhibited on Earth. Repeating ridge jumps occur at moderate magmatic heating rates and are the result of changes in the hot spot magma flux in response to magma migration along the base of an evolving lithosphere. The tendency of slow spreading to promote ridge jumps could help explain the observed clustering of hot spots near the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Model results also suggest that magmatic heating may significantly thin the lithosphere

  5. Abundant Hydrothermal Venting in the Southern Ocean Near 62°S/159°E on the Australian-Antarctic Ridge

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    Baker, E. T.; Hahm, D.; Rhee, T. S.; Park, S. H.; Lupton, J. E.; Walker, S. L.; Choi, H.

    2014-12-01

    Circum-Antarctic Ridges (CARs) comprise almost one-third of the global Mid-Ocean Ridge, yet remain terra incognita for hydrothermal activity and chemosynthetic ecosystems. The InterRidge Vents Database lists only 3 confirmed (visualized) and 35 inferred (plume evidence) active sites along the ~21,000 km of CARs. Here, we report on a multi-year effort to locate and characterize hydrothermal activity on two 1st-order segments of the Australian-Antarctic Ridge that are perhaps more isolated from other known vent fields than any other vent site on the Mid-Ocean Ridge. KR1 is a 300-km-long segment near 62°S/159°E, and KR2 a 90-km-long segment near 60°S/152.5°E. We used profiles collected by Miniature Autonomous Plume Recorders (MAPRs) on rock corers in March and December of 2011 to survey each segment, and an intensive CTD survey in Jan/Feb 2013 to pinpoint sites and sample plumes on KR1. Optical and oxidation-reduction potential (ORP, aka Eh) anomalies indicate multiple active sites on both segments. Seven profiles on KR2 found 3 sites, each separated by ~25 km. Forty profiles on KR1 identified 13 sites, some within a few km of each other. The densest site concentration on KR1 occurred along a relatively inflated, 90-km-long section near the segment center. CTD tows covered 20 km of the eastern, most inflated portion of this area, finding two 6-km-long zones centered near 158.6°E and 158.8°E with multiple plume anomalies. Three ORP anomalies within 50 m of the seafloor indicate precise venting locations. We call this area the Mujin "Misty Harbor" vent field. Vent frequency sharply decreases away from Mujin. 3He/heat ratios determined from 20 plume samples in the Mujin field were mostly <0.015 fM/J, indicative of chronic venting, but 3 samples, 0.021-0.034 fM/J, are ratios typical of a recent eruption. The spatial density of hydrothermal activity along KR1 and KR2 is similar to other intermediate-rate spreading ridges. We calculate the plume incidence (ph) along

  6. Significant Centers of Tectonic Activity as Identified by Wrinkle Ridges for the Western Hemisphere of Mars

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    Anderson, R.C.; Haldemann, A. F. C.; Golombek, M. P.; Franklin, B. J.; Dohm, J. M.; Lias, J.

    2000-01-01

    The western hemisphere region of Mars has been the site of numerous scientific investigations regarding its tectonic evolution. For this region of Mars, the dominant tectonic region is the Tharsis province. Tharsis is characterized by an enormous system of radiating grabens and a circumferential system of wrinkle ridges. Past investigations of grabens associated with Tharsis have identified specific centers of tectonic activity. A recent structural analysis of the western hemisphere region of Mars which includes the Tharsis region, utilized 25,000 structures to determine the history of local and regional centers of tectonic activity based primarily on the spatial and temporal relationships of extensional features. This investigation revealed that Tharsis is more structurally complex (heterogeneous) than has been previously identified: it consists of numerous regional and local centers of tectonic activity (some are more dominant and/or more long lived than others). Here we use the same approach as Anderson et al. to determine whether the centers of tectonic activity that formed the extensional features also contributed to wrinkle ridge (compressional) formation.

  7. Crevasse-squeeze ridge corridors: Diagnostic features of late-stage palaeo-ice stream activity

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    Evans, David J. A.; Storrar, Robert D.; Rea, Brice R.

    2016-04-01

    A 200-km-long and 10-km-wide linear assemblage of till-filled geometrical ridges on the bed of the Maskwa palaeo-ice stream of the late Wisconsinan southwest Laurentide Ice Sheet are interpreted as crevasse-squeeze ridges (CSR) developed during internal flow unit reorganization, immediately prior to ice stream shutdown. Ridge orientations are predominantly orientated WNW-ESE, with a subordinate WSW-ENE alignment, both indicative of ice fracture development transverse to former ice stream flow, as indicated by NNE-SSW aligned MSGL. Subglacial till injection into basal and/or full depth, mode I and II crevasses occurred at the approximate centreline of the ice stream, in response to extension and fracturing. Landform preservation indicates that this took place during the final stages of ice streaming, immediately prior to ice stream shutdown. This linear zone of ice fracturing therefore likely represents the narrowing of the fast-flowing trunk, similar to the plug flow identified in some surging valley glaciers. Lateral drag between the final active flow unit and the slower moving ice on either side is likely recorded by the up-ice bending of the CSR limbs. The resulting CSR corridor, here related to an individual ice stream flow unit, constitutes a previously unreported style of crevasse infilling and contrasts with two existing CSR patterns: (1) wide arcuate zones of CSRs related to widespread fracturing within glacier surge lobes; and (2) narrow concentric arcs of CSRs and recessional push moraines related to submarginal till deformation at active temperate glacier lobes.

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  9. Geochemistry, mineralogy, and petrogenesis of basalt from the Gorda Ridge ( Pacific).

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    Davis, A.S.; Clague, D.A.

    1987-01-01

    Basalt pillow lava with glossy rims was dredged from 17 sites along the Gorda Ridge between latitudes 43oN and 40.8oN. All samples are low-K2O mid-ocean ridge tholeiitic basalt having a narrow compositional range with Mg numbers clustered around 60-62; more primitive and evolved compositions are present but rare. Magma chambers under the Gorda Ridge appear to be small, discontinuous in time and space and possibly at greater depth than those beneath other Pacific spreading centers.-from Authors

  10. Data Sharing Report for the Quantification of Removable Activity in Various Surveillance and Maintenance Facilities at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Oak Ridge TN

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    King, David A.

    2013-12-12

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OR-EM) requested that Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), working under the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) contract, provide technical and independent waste management planning support using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds. Specifically, DOE OR-EM requested that ORAU plan and implement a sampling and analysis campaign targeting potential removable radiological contamination that may be transferrable to future personal protective equipment (PPE) and contamination control materials—collectively referred to as PPE throughout the remainder of this report—used in certain URS|CH2M Oak Ridge, LLC (UCOR) Surveillance and Maintenance (S&M) Project facilities at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Routine surveys in Bldgs. 3001, 3005, 3010, 3028, 3029, 3038, 3042, 3517, 4507, and 7500 continuously generate PPE. The waste is comprised of Tyvek coveralls, gloves, booties, Herculite, and other materials used to prevent worker exposure or the spread of contamination during routine maintenance and monitoring activities. This report describes the effort to collect and quantify removable activity that may be used by the ORNL S&M Project team to develop radiation instrumentation “screening criteria.” Material potentially containing removable activity was collected on smears, including both masselin large-area wipes (LAWs) and standard paper smears, and analyzed for site-related constituents (SRCs) in an analytical laboratory. The screening criteria, if approved, may be used to expedite waste disposition of relatively clean PPE. The ultimate objectives of this effort were to: 1) determine whether screening criteria can be developed for these facilities, and 2) provide process knowledge information for future site planners. The screening criteria, if calculated, must be formally approved by Federal Facility Agreement parties prior to use for

  11. Using Hydrothermal Plumes and Their Chemical Composition to Identify and Understand Hydrothermal Activity at Explorer Ridge

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    Resing, J.; Lebon, G.; Baker, E.; Walker, S.; Nakamura, K.; Silvers, B.

    2002-12-01

    During June and July, 2002, an extensive survey of the hydrothermal systems of the Explorer Ridge was made aboard the R/V Thomas Thompson. This survey employed hydrocasts and the Autonomous Benthic Explorer (ABE) to locate and map hydrothermal vent fields. A total of 28 hydrocasts (17 verticals and 11 tow-yos) were used to search for hydrothermal activity from 49.5°N to 50.3°N on the Explorer Ridge. During the hydrocasts continuous measurements were made of conductivity, temperature, pressure, light backscatter, eH, Fe, Mn, and pH. Discrete samples were collected for total dissolved Fe and Mn, methane, pH, total CO2, and particulate matter. Most of the strong hydrothermal venting was near the Magic Mountain area of the Explorer Ridge at ~49.76° N, 130.26° W, where strong particulate backscatter signals (~0.130 NTUs) and moderate temperature anomalies (~ 0.05 °C) were detected. The particulate matter causing the backscatter was made up primarily of volatile particulate sulfur (PS) with little to no hydrothermal PFe. PS:PFe ratios exceeded 25 in the areas of most intense venting, . These PFe and PS data suggest that the hydrothermal Fe, if any, is deposited as sulfide minerals beneath the sea floor and that S is far in excess of Fe in the hydrothermal fluids. In the most intense plumes,total dissolvable Fe and Mn were between 20 and 30 nM, pH anomalies exceeded 0.025 pH units (indicating an increase of ~10uM CO2), and methane reached 16nM. These results suggest that the fluids exiting the sea floor are metal-poor and moderately gas-rich.

  12. Pleiotropic patterning response to activation of Shh signaling in the limb apical ectodermal ridge.

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    Wang, Chi-Kuang Leo; Tsugane, Mizuyo H; Scranton, Victoria; Kosher, Robert A; Pierro, Louis J; Upholt, William B; Dealy, Caroline N

    2011-05-01

    Sonic hedgehog (Shh) signaling in the limb plays a central role in coordination of limb patterning and outgrowth. Shh expression in the limb is limited to the cells of the zone of polarizing activity (ZPA), located in posterior limb bud mesoderm. Shh is not expressed by limb ectoderm or apical ectodermal ridge (AER), but recent studies suggest a role for AER-Shh signaling in limb patterning. Here, we have examined the effects of activation of Shh signaling in the AER. We find that targeted expression of Shh in the AER activates constitutive Shh signaling throughout the AER and subjacent limb mesoderm, and causes a range of limb patterning defects with progressive severity from mild polydactyly, to polysyndactyly with proximal defects, to severe oligodactyly with phocomelia and partial limb ventralization. Our studies emphasize the importance of control of the timing, level and location of Shh pathway signaling for limb anterior-posterior, proximal-distal, and dorsal-ventral patterning.

  13. An off-axis hydrothermal vent field near the Mid-Atlantic Ridge at 30 degrees N.

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    Kelley, D S; Karson, J A; Blackman, D K; Früh-Green, G L; Butterfield, D A; Lilley, M D; Olson, E J; Schrenk, M O; Roe, K K; Lebon, G T; Rivizzigno, P

    2001-07-12

    Evidence is growing that hydrothermal venting occurs not only along mid-ocean ridges but also on old regions of the oceanic crust away from spreading centres. Here we report the discovery of an extensive hydrothermal field at 30 degrees N near the eastern intersection of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and the Atlantis fracture zone. The vent field--named 'Lost City'--is distinctly different from all other known sea-floor hydrothermal fields in that it is located on 1.5-Myr-old crust, nearly 15 km from the spreading axis, and may be driven by the heat of exothermic serpentinization reactions between sea water and mantle rocks. It is located on a dome-like massif and is dominated by steep-sided carbonate chimneys, rather than the sulphide structures typical of 'black smoker' hydrothermal fields. We found that vent fluids are relatively cool (40-75 degrees C) and alkaline (pH 9.0-9.8), supporting dense microbial communities that include anaerobic thermophiles. Because the geological characteristics of the Atlantis massif are similar to numerous areas of old crust along the Mid-Atlantic, Indian and Arctic ridges, these results indicate that a much larger portion of the oceanic crust may support hydrothermal activity and microbial life than previously thought.

  14. Geochemical Characterization of Hydrothermal Plume Fluids From Peridotite- and Basalt- Dominated Regions of the Ultra-Slow Spreading Gakkel Ridge

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    Upchurch, L.; Edmonds, H. N.; Resing, J.; Nakamura, K.; Buck, N.; Liljebladh, B.; Stranne, C.; Tupper, G.; Winsor, P.

    2007-12-01

    Geochemical characterization of hydrothermal plumes initially located during the 2001 AMORE cruise to the Gakkel Ridge was undertaken as part of the 2007 Arctic Gakkel Vents Expedition (AGAVE). One peridotite- and one basalt-dominated area were targeted for this exploration to constrain the range of venting environments found on the Gakkel Ridge, the ultra-slow spreading endmember of the global mid-ocean ridge. CTD hydrocasts at the 7 E peridotite-hosted site relocated the plumes found initially on the AMORE cruise. The target plume was located between 2800 and 2950 meters and exhibited a localized signal in temperature and light scattering. While shipboard analysis of dissolved gases was unavailable at the 7 E site, samples were preserved for manganese and helium measurements. No Eh signal was found at the 7 E site. The 85 E basalt-hosted site has experienced recent volcanic activity and was more extensively studied relative to the 7 E site during the AGAVE cruise. CTD casts detected numerous temperature, light scattering, and Eh plumes at 85 E indicative of multiple hydrothermal sources. Three of the plumes sampled exhibited methane concentrations ranging from 20 nM to greater than 250 nM and hydrogen concentrations ranging from 10nM to 100nM. In situ Eh measurements recorded negative excursions of at least 25 mV in each plume. Associated manganese and particle chemistry samples collected at both sites will be analyzed in time for this meeting.

  15. Active slivering of oceanic crust along the Molucca ridge (Indonesia-Philippine): Implication for ophiolite incorporation in a subduction wedge?

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    Bader, Anne GaëLle; Pubellier, Manuel; Rangin, Claude; Deplus, Christine; Louat, RéMy

    1999-08-01

    A recent marine geophysical survey in the northern Molucca Sea revealed the structure to be that of a classical active convergent margin. We observe from west to east a volcanic arc (Sangihe), a forearc basin resting on an outer ridge (the Molucca ridge), which serves as a buttress for an accretionary wedge, and a composite downgoing plate (Snellius Ridge and Philippine Sea Basin). Gravity modeling indicates a strong negative anomaly above the wedge, which cannot be explained with reasonable density values. Modeling imposes a basement deepening and a rupture of the 700-km-long subducting lithosphere. This process individualized the lithospheric slab from the Snellius Ridge, which in turn was separated recently from the south Philippine Basin by the incipient Philippine Trench. This induces a deformation of the forearc region with backthrusting of the outer ridge and forearc basin, visible on bathymetry and seismic data. We extrapolate the tectonic emplacement of such oceanic blocks to the Oligocene times in order to explain the origin of the Pujada Miangas outer ridge as a sliver previously incorporated to the margin, and we discuss the possibility of this deformation process being fabric for terrane accretion.

  16. Tracking the Tristan-Gough Mantle Plume Using Discrete Chains of Intraplate Volcanic Centers Buried in the Walvis Ridge

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    O'Connor, J. M.; Jokat, W.; Wijbrans, J. R.

    2015-12-01

    Explanations for hotspot trails range from deep mantle plumes rising from the core-mantle boundary (CMB) to shallow plate cracking. Such mechanisms cannot explain uniquely the scattered hotspot trails distributed across a 2,000-km-wide swell in the sea floor of the southeast Atlantic Ocean. While these hotspot trails formed synchronously, in a pattern consistent with movement of the African Plate over plumes rising from the edge of the African LLSVP, their distribution is controlled by the interplay between plumes and the motion and structure of the African Plate (O'Connor et al., 2012). A significant challenge is to establish how the vigor and flow of hotspot material to the mid-ocean ridge constructed the Walvis Ridge. 40Ar/39Ar ages for three sites across the central Walvis Ridge sampled by Ocean Drilling (DSDP Leg 74) (Rohde et al., 2013; O'Connor and Jokat, 2015a) indicate an apparent inverse relation between the volume flux of hotspot volcanism and the distance between the mid-ocean ridge and the Tristan-Gough hotspot. Moreover, since ca. 93 Ma the geometry and motion of the mid-ocean ridge determined where hotspot material was channeled to the plate surface to build the Walvis Ridge. Interplay between hotspot flow, and the changing geometry of the mid-ocean ridge as it migrated relative to the Tristan-Gough hotspot, might explain much of the age and morphology of the Walvis Ridge. Thus, tracking the location of the Tristan-Gough plume might not be practicable if most of the complex morphology of the massive Walvis Ridge is related to the proximity of the South Atlantic mid-ocean ridge. But 40Ar/39Ar basement ages for the Tristan-Gough hotspot track (Rohde et al., 2013; O'Connor and Jokat, 2015b), together with information about morphology and crustal structure from new swath maps and seismic profiles, suggest that separated age-progressive intraplate segments track the location of the Tristan-Gough mantle plume. The apparent continuity of the inferred age

  17. Tracking the Tristan-Gough Mantle Plume Using Discrete Chains of Intraplate Volcanic Centers Buried in the Walvis Ridge

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    O'Connor, John; Jokat, Wilfried; Wijbrans, Jan

    2016-04-01

    Explanations for hotspot trails range from deep mantle plumes rising from the core-mantle boundary (CMB) to shallow plate cracking. Such mechanisms cannot explain uniquely the scattered hotspot trails distributed across a 2,000-km-wide swell in the sea floor of the southeast Atlantic Ocean. While these hotspot trails formed synchronously, in a pattern consistent with movement of the African Plate over plumes rising from the edge of the African LLSVP, their distribution is controlled by the interplay between plumes and the motion and structure of the African Plate (O'Connor et al. 2012). A significant challenge is to establish how the vigor and flow of hotspot material to the mid-ocean ridge constructed the Walvis Ridge. 40Ar/39Ar stratigraphy for three sites across the central Walvis Ridge sampled by Ocean Drilling (DSDP Leg 74) (Rohde et al., 2013; O'Connor & Jokat 2015a) indicates an apparent inverse relation between the volume flux of hotspot volcanism and the distance between the mid-ocean ridge and the Tristan-Gough hotspot. Moreover, since ˜93 Ma the geometry and motion of the mid-ocean ridge determined where hotspot material was channeled to the plate surface to build the Walvis Ridge. Interplay between hotspot flow, and the changing geometry of the mid-ocean ridge as it migrated relative to the Tristan-Gough hotspot, might explain much of the age and morphology of the Walvis Ridge. Thus, tracking the location of the Tristan-Gough plume might not be practicable if most of the complex morphology of the massive Walvis Ridge is related to the proximity of the South Atlantic mid-ocean ridge. But 40Ar/39Ar basement ages for the Tristan-Gough hotspot track (Rohde et al., 2013; O'Connor & Jokat 2015b), together with information about morphology and crustal structure from new swath maps and seismic profiles, suggest that separated age-progressive intraplate segments track the location of the Tristan-Gough mantle plume. The apparent continuity of the inferred age

  18. Tidal Triggering and Statistical Patterns of Microseismicity at Axial Volcano on the Juan de Fuca Ridge

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    Bohnenstiehl, D. R.; Dziak, R. P.; Caplan-Auerbach, J.; Haxel, J. H.; Mann, M. E.; Pennington, C.; Weis, J.; Womack, N.; Levy, S.

    2015-12-01

    Tidal stress changes are known to modulate the timing of microearthquakes within many mid-ocean ridge volcanic systems. At Axial Volcano, located on the Juan de Fuca Ridge, earthquakes occur preferentially when volumetric extension peaks near times of low ocean tide. Autonomous ocean-bottom hydrophone (OBH, 2007-2011) and cabled ocean bottom seismometer (OBS, Nov. 2014-) data are used to quantify the strength of tidal triggering in time periods before the April 2011 and April 2015 eruptions at Axial Volcano. The mean percent excess at times of low ocean-tide is ~14% (16% std) in the four years prior to the 2011 eruption and ~18% (17% std) in the five months prior to the 2015 eruption. The sensitivity of earthquakes to tidal stress does not evolve systematically prior to either eruption; however, this pattern is disturbed by much larger stress changes associated with the onset of dike intrusion. Following dike injection and eruption, seismicity rates drop sharply. As seismicity rates continue to rise in the months following the 2015 eruption, real-time data available from the cabled OBS network will be used quantify temporal patterns in microearthquake activity as dike induced stresses are relaxed and the magma chamber inflates.

  19. Ridge suction drives plume-ridge interactions

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    Niu, Y.; Hékinian, R.

    2003-04-01

    Deep-sourced mantle plumes, if existing, are genetically independent of plate tectonics. When the ascending plumes approach lithospheric plates, interactions between the two occur. Such interactions are most prominent near ocean ridges where the lithosphere is thin and the effect of plumes is best revealed. While ocean ridges are mostly passive features in terms of plate tectonics, they play an active role in the context of plume-ridge interactions. This active role is a ridge suction force that drives asthenospheric mantle flow towards ridges because of material needs to form the ocean crust at ridges and lithospheric mantle in the vicinity of ridges. This ridge suction force increases with increasing plate separation rate because of increased material demand per unit time. As the seismic low-velocity zone atop the asthenosphere has the lowest viscosity that increases rapidly with depth, the ridge-ward asthenospheric flow is largely horizontal beneath the lithosphere. Recognizing that plume materials have two components with easily-melted dikes/veins enriched in volatiles and incompatible elements dispersed in the more refractory and depleted peridotitic matrix, geochemistry of some seafloor volcanics well illustrates that plume-ridge interactions are consequences of ridge-suction-driven flow of plume materials, which melt by decompression because of lithospheric thinning towards ridges. There are excellent examples: 1. The decreasing La/Sm and increasing MgO and CaO/Al_2O_3 in Easter Seamount lavas from Salas-y-Gomez Islands to the Easter Microplate East rift zone result from progressive decompression melting of ridge-ward flowing plume materials. 2. The similar geochemical observations in lavas along the Foundation hotline towards the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge result from the same process. 3. The increasing ridge suction force with increasing spreading rate explains why the Iceland plume has asymmetric effects on its neighboring ridges: both topographic and

  20. Rare earth abundances and Rb-Sr systematics of basalts, gabbro, anorthosite and minor granitic rocks from the Indian Ocean Ridge System, Western Indian Ocean

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    Hedge, C.E.; Futa, K.; Engel, C.G.; Fisher, R.L.

    1979-01-01

    Basalts dredged from the Mid-Indian Ocean Ridge System have rare earth, Rb, and Sr concentrations like those from other mid-ocean ridges, but have slightly higher Sr87/Sr86 ratios. Underlying gabbroic complexes are similar to the basalts in Sr87/Sr86, but are poorer K, Rb, and in rare earths. The chemical and isotopic data, as well as the geologic relations suggest a cumulate origin for the bulk of the gabbroic complexes. ?? 1979 Springer-Verlag.

  1. An analysis of ridge axis gravity roughness and spreading rate

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    Small, Christopher; Sandwell, David T.

    1992-01-01

    Fast and slow spreading ridges have radically different morphologic and gravimetric characteristics. In this study, altimeter measurements from the Geosat Exact Repeat Mission are used to investigate spreading rate dependence of the ridge axis gravity field. Gravity roughness provides an estimate of the amplitude of the gravity anomaly and is robust to small errors in the location of the ridge axis. Gravity roughness as a weighted root mean square of the vertical deflection at 438 ridge crossings on the mid-ocean ridge system is computed. Ridge axis gravity anomalies show a decrease in amplitude with increasing spreading rate up to an intermediate rate of about 60-80 mm/yr and almost no change at higher rates; overall the roughness decreases by a factor of 10 between the lowest and highest rates. In addition to the amplitude decrease, the range of roughness values observed at a given spreading rate shows a similar order of magnitude decrease with transition between 60 and 80 mm/yr. The transition of ridge axis gravity is most apparent at three relatively unexplored locations on the Southeast Indian Ridge and the Pacific-Antarctic Rise; on these intermediate rate ridges the transition occurs abruptly across transform faults.

  2. Characterization of nutrients, amino acids, polyphenols and antioxidant activity of Ridge gourd (Luffa acutangula) peel.

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    Swetha, M P; Muthukumar, S P

    2016-07-01

    Ridge gourd (Luffa acutangula) is consumed as a vegetable after peeling off the skin which is a domestic waste. Luffa acutangula peel (LAP) was observed to be a good source of fiber (20.6 %) and minerals (7.7 %). Amino acid analysis revealed presence of the highest content of Carnosine followed by aspartic acid and aminoadipic acid. Antioxidant activity of different extracts showed that ethyl acetate extract was more potent when compared to other solvent extractions. It exhibited a significant amount of phenolic acids like p-coumaric acid (68.64 mg/100 g of dry weight) followed by gallic acid (34.98 mg/100 g of dry weight), protocatechuic acid (30.52 mg/100 g of dry weight) in free form and ferulic acid (13.04 mg/100 g of dry weight) in bound form.

  3. Hot Springs in a Cold Ocean: Evidence for Abundant Hydrothermal Venting on the Ultra-Slow Spreading Gakkel Ridge.

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    Edmonds, H. N.; Michael, P. J.; Baker, E. T.; Graham, D. W.; Vock, M.; Snow, J.; Muhe, R.; Connelly, D. P.; German, C. R.

    2001-12-01

    The Gakkel Ridge, extending through the Eurasian Basin of the Arctic Ocean from north of Greenland to the Laptev Sea, is the slowest spreading mid-ocean ridge on the planet. There has been extensive speculation about crustal generation processes, the presence or absence of extrusive volcanic activity, and high temperature hydrothermal venting and associated fauna on the Gakkel Ridge, but data have remained scarce due to the relative inaccessibility of the ridge. From the end of July to early October, 2001, a team of scientists aboard the new icebreaker USCGC Healy and the RV Polarstern undertook the first systematic sampling of the Gakkel Ridge, largely for petrological studies. Miniature Autonomous Plume Recorders (MAPRs) were deployed on the trawl wire during dredging and rock coring operations, in order to identify sites of hydrothermal venting through light scattering and temperature anomalies associated with hydrothermal plumes. As of August 26, we have surveyed over 200 km of the ridge, from 8 degrees West to 15 degrees East, and identified at least four distinct areas of hydrothermal activity: the first ever found on the Gakkel Ridge. The extent of evident hydrothermal activity is remarkable, and unexpected in light of previous observations of the covariance between plume incidence (percent of ridge overlain by plumes) and spreading rate. Of 47 successful MAPR deployments so far, 36 show layers of high light scattering, with clearly defined upper and lower boundaries, well above the seafloor. Of these, 14 are large enough to have corresponding temperature anomalies (on the order of 0.01 degrees). Sulfide chimneys have been dredged at one site, on the flank of an axial volcanic edifice located near the intersection of the western Gakkel Ridge and Lena Trough. A single CTD cast, performed in a second area identified through three MAPR deployments, reveals that neutrally buoyant hydrothermal plumes in the Arctic Ocean exhibit negative anomalies of both

  4. Transient Hotspot Motion Induced by Plume-Migrating Ridge Interaction

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    Hall, P. S.; Farahat, N. X.; Kundargi, R.

    2013-12-01

    Paleomagnetic data obtained from the Emperor Seamount Chain shows that the Hawaiian hotspot moved rapidly (~40 mm/yr) southward relative to the Earth's magnetic poles during the period of 81- 47 Ma before coming to rest at its present latitude, suggesting that this abrupt change in the motion of the hotspot created the prominent bend in the Hawaii-Emperor Seamount Chain (HESC) [Tarduno et al., 2003]. Tarduno et al. [2009] proposed that this period of rapid hotspot motion might have been the surface expression of the conduit of the presumed Hawaiian plume being entrained and tilted by the passage of a migrating mid-ocean ridge (the Pacific-Kula ridge system) over the plume. While geophysical and geochemical observations have suggested that ridges can influence the dispersion of plumes in the upper mantle at great distances (>1000 km), much about the interaction between mantle plumes and mid-ocean ridges remains poorly understood. We report on a series of 2-D numerical and 3-D analog geodynamic experiments in which a mid-ocean ridge migrates over a mantle plume. These experiments were undertaken to characterize variations in the location of plume-derived melt as the system evolves through time. A range of values for plume excess temperature, plume conduit width, spreading rate and ridge migration rate were investigated so as to fully evaluate the behavior of the system. We find that both the location of the maximum flux of plume-derived melt and the total area over which plume melt is generated vary systemically over the course of the experiments. Most notably, as the ridge moves away from the plume conduit, the area from which plume-derived melts are generated gradually expands in the direction of ridge migration until it reaches a maximum extent, after which it rapidly collapses back towards the plume conduit. The edge of this zone of plume-derived melting can extend as much as 1500 km from the plume conduit, and upon reaching its maximum extent it retreats towards

  5. The Pine Ridge-Mayo National Aeronautics and Space Administration Telemedicine Project: Program Activities and Participant Reactions

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    Kottke, T. E.; Little Finger, L.; Trapp, M. A.; Panser, L. A.; Novotny, P. J.

    1996-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To determine the response of participants to the Pine Ridge-Mayo National Aeronautics and Space Administration telemedicine project. DESIGN: We describe a 3-month demonstration project of medical education and clinical consultations conducted by means of satellite transmission. Postparticipation questionnaires and a postproject survey were used to assess the success of the activity. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Patients and employees at the Pine Ridge Indian Health Service Hospital in southwestern South Dakota and employees at Mayo Clinic Rochester participated in a telemedicine project, after which they completed exit surveys and a postproject questionnaire to ascertain the acceptability of this mode of health care. RESULTS: Almost all Pine Ridge and Mayo Clinic participants viewed the project as beneficial. The educational sessions received favorable evaluations, and almost two-thirds of the patients who completed evaluations thought the consultation had contributed to their medical care. More than 90% of the respondents from Pine Ridge and more than 85% of the respondents from Mayo Clinic Rochester said that they would recommend participation in this project to others. More than 90% of respondents from Pine Ridge and 80% of Mayo respondents agreed with the statement that the project should continue. CONCLUSION: These data suggest that a program of clinical consultation services, professional education, and patient education available by telemedicine might be viewed as beneficial.

  6. Hydrothermal activity along the slow-spreading Lucky Strike ridge segment (Mid-Atlantic Ridge): Distribution, heatflux, and geological controls

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    Escartin, J.; Barreyre, T.; Cannat, M.; Garcia, R.; Gracias, N.; Deschamps, A.; Salocchi, A.; Sarradin, P.-M.; Ballu, V.

    2015-12-01

    We have reviewed available visual information from the seafloor, and recently acquired microbathymetry for several traverses across the Lucky Strike segment, to evaluate the distribution of hydrothermal activity. We have identified a new on-axis site with diffuse flow, Ewan, and an active vent structure ∼1.2 km from the axis, Capelinhos. These sites are minor relative to the Main field, and our total heatflux estimate for all active sites (200-1200 MW) is only slightly higher than previously published estimates. We also identify fossil sites W of the main Lucky Strike field. A circular feature ∼200 m in diameter located on the flanks of a rifted off-axis central volcano is likely a large and inactive hydrothermal edifice, named Grunnus. We find no indicator of focused hydrothermal activity elsewhere along the segment, suggesting that the enhanced melt supply and the associated melt lenses, required to form central volcanoes, also sustain hydrothermal circulation to form and maintain large and long-lived hydrothermal fields. Hydrothermal discharge to the seafloor occurs along fault traces, suggesting focusing of hydrothermal circulation in the shallow crust along permeable fault zones.

  7. Evidence of recent, off-axis volcanism on Gakkel Ridge, Arctic Ocean

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    Edwards, M.; Cochran, J. R.; Dick, H. J.

    2010-12-01

    In 1998 and 1999 the Science and Ice Exercise (SCICEX) programs used interferometric sonars installed on a U.S. Navy nuclear-powered submarine to map the morphology, texture and crustal structure of Gakkel Ridge from 6° E to 96° E with coverage out to ~50 km from the ridge axis (Edwards et al., 2001; Cochran et al., 2003). This effort represented the most comprehensive, systematic survey of this important end-member ridge on the spreading rate spectrum (Cochran et al., 2003). The SCICEX programs were followed by the Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge Expedition (AMORE) in 2001 which used both the USCGC Healy and PFS Polarstern to map the axial valley floor and walls along Gakkel Ridge at high resolution (Michael et al., 2003; Jokat et al., 2003) from the Lena Trough to an inferred active volcanic construrct at 85°E (Müller and Jokat, 2000; Edwards et al., 2001). We have used the GPS-navigated AMORE data to refine the navigation of the SCICEX data, extending the coverage of both the SCICEX and AMORE datasets and improving the resolution and positional accuracy of the SCICEX data. The integrated dataset allows identification of several reflective, and thus relatively recent, off-axis lava flows. These flows are analogous to off-axis eruptions that have been reported on the Southwest Indian Ridge [Standish and Sims, 2010]. Several of the flows on Gakkel Ridge originate along fissures located at or near the top of the axial valley walls and spill down onto the axial valley floors. Other flows are associated with small (a few hundred meter or less in diameter) constructs contained entirely within the axial valley. We present a comparison of the integrated topographic and textural data with the results of dredge samples recovered during the AMORE expedition to document the petrology and relative age of these flow features. We further use the morphology of the reflective flow features, in combination with tectonic interpretations of the local terrain, to demonstrate the eruptive

  8. Ecology and biogeography of megafauna and macrofauna at the first known deep-sea hydrothermal vents on the ultraslow-spreading Southwest Indian Ridge

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    Copley, J. T.; Marsh, L.; Glover, A. G.; Hühnerbach, V.; Nye, V. E.; Reid, W. D. K.; Sweeting, C. J.; Wigham, B. D.; Wiklund, H.

    2016-12-01

    The Southwest Indian Ridge is the longest section of very slow to ultraslow-spreading seafloor in the global mid-ocean ridge system, but the biogeography and ecology of its hydrothermal vent fauna are previously unknown. We collected 21 macro- and megafaunal taxa during the first Remotely Operated Vehicle dives to the Longqi vent field at 37° 47‧S 49° 39‧E, depth 2800 m. Six species are not yet known from other vents, while six other species are known from the Central Indian Ridge, and morphological and molecular analyses show that two further polychaete species are shared with vents beyond the Indian Ocean. Multivariate analysis of vent fauna across three oceans places Longqi in an Indian Ocean province of vent biogeography. Faunal zonation with increasing distance from vents is dominated by the gastropods Chrysomallon squamiferum and Gigantopelta aegis, mussel Bathymodiolus marisindicus, and Neolepas sp. stalked barnacle. Other taxa occur at lower abundance, in some cases contrasting with abundances at other vent fields, and δ13C and δ15N isotope values of species analysed from Longqi are similar to those of shared or related species elsewhere. This study provides baseline ecological observations prior to mineral exploration activities licensed at Longqi by the United Nations.

  9. Ecology and biogeography of megafauna and macrofauna at the first known deep-sea hydrothermal vents on the ultraslow-spreading Southwest Indian Ridge

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    Copley, J. T.; Marsh, L.; Glover, A. G.; Hühnerbach, V.; Nye, V. E.; Reid, W. D. K.; Sweeting, C. J.; Wigham, B. D.; Wiklund, H.

    2016-01-01

    The Southwest Indian Ridge is the longest section of very slow to ultraslow-spreading seafloor in the global mid-ocean ridge system, but the biogeography and ecology of its hydrothermal vent fauna are previously unknown. We collected 21 macro- and megafaunal taxa during the first Remotely Operated Vehicle dives to the Longqi vent field at 37° 47′S 49° 39′E, depth 2800 m. Six species are not yet known from other vents, while six other species are known from the Central Indian Ridge, and morphological and molecular analyses show that two further polychaete species are shared with vents beyond the Indian Ocean. Multivariate analysis of vent fauna across three oceans places Longqi in an Indian Ocean province of vent biogeography. Faunal zonation with increasing distance from vents is dominated by the gastropods Chrysomallon squamiferum and Gigantopelta aegis, mussel Bathymodiolus marisindicus, and Neolepas sp. stalked barnacle. Other taxa occur at lower abundance, in some cases contrasting with abundances at other vent fields, and δ13C and δ15N isotope values of species analysed from Longqi are similar to those of shared or related species elsewhere. This study provides baseline ecological observations prior to mineral exploration activities licensed at Longqi by the United Nations. PMID:27966649

  10. Ecology and biogeography of megafauna and macrofauna at the first known deep-sea hydrothermal vents on the ultraslow-spreading Southwest Indian Ridge.

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    Copley, J T; Marsh, L; Glover, A G; Hühnerbach, V; Nye, V E; Reid, W D K; Sweeting, C J; Wigham, B D; Wiklund, H

    2016-12-14

    The Southwest Indian Ridge is the longest section of very slow to ultraslow-spreading seafloor in the global mid-ocean ridge system, but the biogeography and ecology of its hydrothermal vent fauna are previously unknown. We collected 21 macro- and megafaunal taxa during the first Remotely Operated Vehicle dives to the Longqi vent field at 37° 47'S 49° 39'E, depth 2800 m. Six species are not yet known from other vents, while six other species are known from the Central Indian Ridge, and morphological and molecular analyses show that two further polychaete species are shared with vents beyond the Indian Ocean. Multivariate analysis of vent fauna across three oceans places Longqi in an Indian Ocean province of vent biogeography. Faunal zonation with increasing distance from vents is dominated by the gastropods Chrysomallon squamiferum and Gigantopelta aegis, mussel Bathymodiolus marisindicus, and Neolepas sp. stalked barnacle. Other taxa occur at lower abundance, in some cases contrasting with abundances at other vent fields, and δ(13)C and δ(15)N isotope values of species analysed from Longqi are similar to those of shared or related species elsewhere. This study provides baseline ecological observations prior to mineral exploration activities licensed at Longqi by the United Nations.

  11. Intraplate compressional deformation in West-Congo and the Congo basin: related to ridge-puch from the South Atlantic spreading ridge?

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    Delvaux, Damien; Everaerts, Michel; Kongota Isasi, Elvis; Ganza Bamulezi, Gloire

    2016-04-01

    After the break-up and separation of South America from Africa and the initiation of the South-Atlantic mid-oceanic ridge in the Albian, at about 120 Ma, ridge-push forces started to build-up in the oceanic lithosphere and were transmitted to the adjacent continental plates. This is particularly well expressed in the passive margin and continental interior of Central Africa. According to the relations of Wiens and Stein (1985) between ridge-push forces and basal drag in function of the lithospheric age of oceanic plates, the deviatoric stress reaches a compressional maximum between 50 and 100, Ma after the initiation of the spreading ridge, so broadly corresponding to the Paleocene in this case (~70-20 Ma). Earthquake focal mechanism data show that the West-Congo margin and a large part of the Congo basin are still currently under compressional stresses with an horizontal compression parallel to the direction of the active transform fracture zones. We studied the fracture network along the Congo River in Kinshasa and Brazzaville which affect Cambrian sandstones and probably also the late Cretaceous-Paleocene sediments. Their brittle tectonic evolution is compatible with the buildup of ridge-push forces related to the South-Atlantic opening. Further inland, low-angle reverse faults are found affecting Jurassic to Middle Cretaceous cores from the Samba borehole in the Congo basin and strike-slip movements are recorded as a second brittle phase in the Permian cores of the Dekese well, at the southern margin of the Congo basin. An analysis of the topography and river network of the Congo basin show the development of low-amplitude (50-100 m) long wavelengths (100-300 km) undulations that can be interpreted as lithospheric buckling in response to the compressional intraplate stress field generated by the Mid-Atlantic ridge-push. Wiens, D.A., Stein, S., 1985. Implications of oceanic intraplate seismicity for plate stresses, driving forces and theology. Tectonophysics

  12. Seismic evidence for hotspot-induced buoyant flow beneath the Reykjanes Ridge.

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    Gaherty, J B

    2001-08-31

    Volcanic hotspots and mid-ocean ridge spreading centers are the surface expressions of upwelling in Earth's mantle convection system, and their interaction provides unique information on upwelling dynamics. I investigated the influence of the Iceland hotspot on the adjacent mid-Atlantic spreading center using phase-delay times of seismic surface waves, which show anomalous polarization anisotropy-a delay-time discrepancy between waves with different polarizations. This anisotropy implies that the hotspot induces buoyancy-driven upwelling in the mantle beneath the ridge.

  13. Lateral variation in upper mantle temperature and composition beneath mid-ocean ridges inferred from shear-wave propagation, geoid, and bathymetry. Ph.D. Thesis

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    Sheehan, Anne Francis

    1991-01-01

    Resolution of both the extent and mechanism of lateral heterogeneity in the upper mantle constraints the nature and scales of mantle convection. Oceanic regions are of particular interest as they are likely to provide the closest glimpse at the patterns of temperature anomalies and convective flow in the upper mantle because of their young age and simple crustal structure relative to continental regions. Lateral variations were determined in the seismic velocity and attenuation structure of the lithosphere and astenosphere beneath the oceans, and these seismological observations were combined with the data and theory of geoid and bathymetry anomalies in order to test and improve current models for seafloor spreading and mantle convection. Variations were determined in mantle properties on a scale of about 1000 km, comparable to the thickness of the upper mantle. Seismic velocity, geoid, and bathymetry anomalies are all sensitive to variations in upper mantle density, and inversions were formulated to combine quantitatively these different data and to search for a common origin. Variations in mantle density can be either of thermal or compositional origin and are related to mantle convection or differentiation.

  14. Volatile abundances and oxygen isotopes in basaltic to dacitic lavas on mid-ocean ridges: The role of assimilation at spreading centers

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    Wanless, V.D.; Perfit, M.R.; Ridley, W.I.; Wallace, P.J.; Grimes, Craig B.; Klein, E.M.

    2011-01-01

    Most geochemical variability in MOR basalts is consistent with low- to moderate-pressure fractional crystallization of various mantle-derived parental melts. However, our geochemical data from MOR high-silica glasses, including new volatile and oxygen isotope data, suggest that assimilation of altered crustal material plays a significant role in the petrogenesis of dacites and may be important in the formation of basaltic lavas at MOR in general. MOR high-silica andesites and dacites from diverse areas show remarkably similar major element trends, incompatible trace element enrichments, and isotopic signatures suggesting similar processes control their chemistry. In particular, very high Cl and elevated H2O concentrations and relatively light oxygen isotope ratios (~ 5.8‰ vs. expected values of ~ 6.8‰) in fresh dacite glasses can be explained by contamination of magmas from a component of ocean crust altered by hydrothermal fluids. Crystallization of silicate phases and Fe-oxides causes an increase in δ18O in residual magma, but assimilation of material initially altered at high temperatures results in lower δ18O values. The observed geochemical signatures can be explained by extreme fractional crystallization of a MOR basalt parent combined with partial melting and assimilation (AFC) of amphibole-bearing altered oceanic crust. The MOR dacitic lavas do not appear to be simply the extrusive equivalent of oceanic plagiogranites. The combination of partial melting and assimilation produces a distinct geochemical signature that includes higher incompatible trace element abundances and distinct trace element ratios relative to those observed in plagiogranites.

  15. Magma flow directions in the sheeted dike complex at superfast spreading mid-ocean ridges: Insights from IODP Hole 1256D, Eastern Pacific

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    Veloso, Eugenio E.; Hayman, Nicholas W.; Anma, Ryo; Tominaga, Masako; González, Rodrigo T.; Yamazaki, Toshitsugu; Astudillo, Natalia

    2014-04-01

    Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Hole 1256D successfully sampled a complete section of an intact oceanic crustal sheeted dike complex (SDC) (from 1061 to 1320 meters below seafloor; mbsf) on a 15 Ma old Cocos Plate. A series of rock magnetic measurements were carried out to understand the magmatic processes that accreted this end-member, superfast-spread (200 mm/yr full rate) oceanic crust. Results indicate that main ferromagnetic minerals are predominantly pseudo single-domain (titano)magnetite crystals, responsible for both anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility (AMS) and magnetic remanence signals. AMS fabrics were reoriented into a geographic reference frame using magnetic remanence data, and corrected for a counterclockwise rotation of the Cocos Plate relative to the East Pacific Rise (EPR) ca. 15 Ma. Corrected AMS fabrics were then compared with the orientations of chilled margins previously obtained from Formation MicroScanner (FMS) images of the SDC at Hole 1256D. For some samples taken from close to dike margins, a dike-normal orientation of the minimum AMS axes (Kmin) of prolate AMS ellipsoids mean that the long axis (Kmax) can be used to infer magma flow directions. Subvertical Kmin orientations in the interior of the dikes, however, may have required settling or compaction of the magma shortly after intrusion, thus rearranging the AMS fabric. Despite this orientation of Kmin axes, orientation of Kmax axes indicate a rather constant subhorizontal paleo-flow direction, suggesting that magmas most probably traveled to the surface considerable distances from source regions within the EPR system.

  16. Coupled Porosity and Chemical Evolution of Hydrothermal Circulation: Implications for the Morphology of Vents and Recharge Zones at Mid-Ocean Ridges

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    Montesi, L.; Liao, Y.; Bai, H.; Ma, Z.; Tao, R.; Syverson, D. D.; Lowell, R. P.; Fischer, T. P.

    2015-12-01

    While the clearest evidence for hydrothermal circulation resides in focused upwellings at high-temperature vents, which form chimneys, circulation also features less-understood low-temperature diffuse flow and recharge zones. Flow focusing depends on the subsurface porosity and permeability structure, which, in the reactive environment of hydrothermal circulation, is likely influenced by mineral dissolution and precipitation from hydrothermal fluids. We developed two-dimensional Finite Element models of coupled reactive flow and porosity evolution and discuss how reactions may influence flow focusing and the morphology of upwellings and downwellings. This work can also address the chemical and thermal flux provided to the ocean, and the grade and volume of metal sulfide deposition. Our coupled system (See image) considers 1) Darcy flow driven by fluid buoyancy; 2) Heat transport in a porous medium; 3) Evolution of dissolved mineral concentration; 4) Evolution of porosity and permeability in response to mineral precipitation or dissolution. We also include an "ocean" layer, which allows hot fluid to escape the system without being forced to cool dramatically as they approach the seafloor. Absent porosity evolution, hydrothermal circulation forms flame-like upwellings that bend to avoid downdrafts. The circulation varies at the time scale of decades. Assuming thermodynamic equilibrium is maintained, precipitation of amorphous silica takes place in the upwellings as they rise and cool down. When coupled with porosity and permeability evolution, silicate precipitation forces the upwellings to flatten and become diffuse. Localized recharge zones stabilize and develop an armor of low porosity rocks where high temperature fluids cooled rapidly and deposited silica as they approach the recharge zone. This morphology of localized, armored recharge zone and diffuse upwellings does not match observations at natural vent fields, which implies that a critical element of the hydrothermal system is missing from our models. Future models will also consider anhydrite which precipitates as seawater is heated and hence may counteract the effects of silica and may form localized upwellings and diffuse downwellings.

  17. Hydrothermal Activity and Volcanism on the Southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

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    Haase, K. M.; Scientific Party, M.

    2005-12-01

    In April 2005 four recently discovered different hydrothermal fields on the slow-spreading Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR) south of the Equator were studied and sampled using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) during cruise METEOR 64/1. Three of these hydrothermally active fields (called Turtle Pits, Red Lion, and Wideawake) occur at about 3000 m water depth in the centre of a MAR segment at 4° 48'S which appears to be volcanically very active. The youngest lava flow partly covers the low-temperature, diffuse flow Wideawake mussel field and is thus probably only a few years old. The high-temperature Turtle Pits hydrothermal field with four active vent structures lies some 300 m west of the diffuse vent field and is characterized by boiling fluids with temperatures close to 400° C. The mineral assemblage recovered from inactive hydrothermal mounds includes massive magnetite+hematite+sulfate and differs from that of the presently active vents and indicates more oxidizing conditions during the earlier activity. The vent fluids at Turtle Pits contain relatively high contents of hydrogen which may have formed during iron oxidation processes when basaltic magmas crystallized. The high fluid temperatures, the change to more reducing conditions, and the relatively high hydrogen contents in the fluids are most likely due to the ascent of magmas from the mantle that fed the very recent eruption. The high-temperature Red Lion hydrothermal field lies some 2 km north of the Turtle Pits field and consists of at least four active black smokers surrounded by several inactive sulfide mounds. The composition of the Red Lion fluids differs significantly from the Turtle Pits fluids, possibly owing largely to a difference in the temperature of the two systems. The fourth hydrothermally active field on the southern MAR, the Liliput field, was discovered near 9° 33'S in a water depth of 1500 m and consists of several low-temperature vents. A shallow hydrothermal plume in the water column

  18. Annual report of decommissioning and remedial action S&M activities for the Environmental Management Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee

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    1997-11-01

    The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Surveillance and Maintenance (S&M) Program performs a variety of activities to ensure that sites and facilities within its responsibility remain in a safe condition and in compliance with applicable regulations. All S&M Program activities during fiscal year (FY) 1997 were accomplished safely, with no health and safety incidents, no lost work days, and no environmental noncompliances. In addition, all activities were performed within schedule thresholds and under budget. Many remedial action (RA) sites and decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) facilities are inspected and maintained by the S&M Program. RA sites encompass approximately 650 acres and 33 D&D facilities, including 4 inactive reactors. During FY 1997, routine, preventative, and emergency maintenance activities were performed as needed at these sites and facilities. Stabilization activities were also performed to reduce risks and reduce future S&M costs. Major activities at the RA sites during FY 1997 included maintaining proper liquid levels in surface impoundments and inactive -liquid low-level waste storage tanks as well as installing a new cover at the tumulus pads in Waste Area Grouping (WAG) 6, planting trees in the First Creek Riparian Corridor, and performing over 900 well inspections. Postremediation monitoring was conducted at the 3001 Canal, Core Hole 8, the WAG 6 Resource Conservation and Recovery caps, and WAG 5 Seeps C and D; groundwater monitoring was performed in WAGs 4, 5, and 6 and at the 3001 Canal Well. At ORNL D&D facilities, significant accomplishments included contaminated lead brick removal, asbestos abatement, contaminated equipment and debris removal, and radiologically contaminated area painting.

  19. Chemosynthetic microbial activity at Mid-Atlantic Ridge hydrothermal vent sites

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    Wirsen, Carl O.; Jannasch, Holger W.; Molyneaux, Stephen J.

    1993-06-01

    Chemosynthetic production of microbial biomass, determined by 14CO2 fixation and enzymatic (RuBisCo) activity, at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR) 23° and 26°N vent sites was found in various niches: warm water emissions, loosely rock-attached flocculent material, dense morphologically diverse bacterial mats covering the surfaces of polymetal sulfide deposits, and filamentous microbes on the carapaces of shrimp (Rimicaris exoculata). The bacterial mats on polymetal sulfide surfaces contained unicellular and filamentous bacteria which appeared to use as their chemolithotrophic electron or energy source either dissolved reduced minerals from vent emissions, mainly sulfur compounds, or solid metal sulfide deposits, mainly pyrite. Moderately thermophilic Chemosynthetic activity was observed in carbon dioxide fixation experiments and in enrichments, but no thermophilic aerobic sulfur oxidizers could be isolated. Both obligate and facultative chemoautotrophs growing at mesophilic temperatures were isolated from all chemosynthetically active surface scrapings. The obligate autotrophs could oxidize sterilized MAR natural sulfide deposits as well as technical pyrite at near neutral pH, in addition to dissolved reduced sulfur compounds. While the grazing by shrimp on the surface mats of MAR metal sulfide deposits was observed and deemed important, the animals' primary occurrence in dense swarms near vent emissions suggests that they were feeding at these sites, where conditions for Chemosynthetic growth of their filamentous microbial epiflora were optimal. The data show that the transformation of geothermal energy at the massive polymetal sulfide deposits of the MAR is based on the lithoautotrophic oxidation of soluble sulfides and pyrites into microbial biomass.

  20. Seismicity rates of slow, intermediate, and fast spreading ridges: Insights from long-term hydroacoustic monitoring

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    Dziak, R. P.; Haxel, J. H.; Bohnenstiehl, D. R.; Goslin, J.

    2004-12-01

    Ocean basin earthquakes recorded on NOAA/OSU and U.S. Navy hydrophone arrays are used to evaluate long-term volcano-tectonic seismicity levels from segments of the fast-spreading rate East Pacific Rise (EPR) from 20° S-20° N, intermediate-spreading rate Juan de Fuca Ridge (JdFR) from 39° -52° N and Galapagos Rift (GR) from 90° -103° W, and the slow-spreading northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR) from 5° -60° N. The hydrophones record the acoustic energy of seafloor earthquakes that propagate along the ocean sound channel with little attenuation over large distances. Frequency-magnitude relationships (Bohnenstiehl et al., 2002; Dziak et al., 2004) indicate the hydrophone catalogs are complete in these regions to body-wave magnitude ˜2.5 (EPR and GR), 2.5 (JdFR), and 3.0 (MAR), an improvement of 1.5 to 2 units over the land-based seismic catalogs for mid-ocean ridge systems. Using the hydrophone earthquake catalog, we will compare seismicity rates of the JdFR (12 years of data), to seismicity rates along the GR (6 years) and EPR (6 years) and MAR (4 years of data from 5° -39° N; 16 months from 39° -60° N). During these monitoring periods, five confirmed seafloor spreading events (four of which were associated with magmatic activity) were recorded on discrete JdFR segments, while 6 possible magmatic events were observed on the EPR, one on the GR, and one on the MAR. Empirical orthogonal functions will be used to elucidate the space-time patterns of seismicity and compare between the various spreading rates ridges, as well as to investigate the recurrence rate of seafloor spreading events present. In addition, single-link cluster analysis (SLC; Frolich and Davis, 1990) will be used to de-cluster the earthquake databases to reduce the effects of aftershock sequences and magmatic swarms, allowing us to evaluate how overall plate motion and changes in spreading rate effect levels of seismicity between ridge segments and different ridge systems. Preliminary

  1. Chemistry of Hydrothermal Plumes at 159°E on the Australian-Antarctic Ridge

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    Hahm, D.; Baker, E. T.; Rhee, T. S.; Lupton, J. E.; Resing, J. A.; Park, S. H.

    2014-12-01

    The Australian-Antarctic Ridge (AAR) is one of the largest unexplored regions of the global mid-ocean ridge system. In the present contribution, we present the geochemistry of the hydrothermal plumes over the KR1, an AAR segment at 159ºE and 62ºS. In 2011, we collected 48 Miniature Autonomous Plume Recorder profiles, measuring optical back scatter and oxidation-reduction potential, and identified the area between 158.5 and 159ºE as the densest concentration of active hydrothermal sites. In order to further characterize the chemistry of the hydrothermal plumes over the area, named 'Mujin', we conducted intensive vertical and tow-yo CTD casts in 2013. The maximum concentrations of the chemical tracers 3He, CH4, H2, and dissolved Mn, were 7.47 fmol/kg, 19.6 nmol/kg, 8.8 nmol/kg, 94.3 nmol/L, respectively. The CH4/3He (1 -10) and CH4/Mn (0.01 - 0.2) ratios were significantly lower than many ultra-mafic hosted systems, which are often found in slow spreading ridges. The lower ratios are consistent with a basaltic-hosted system, typical of the intermediate spreading rate of 6.8 cm/yr of KR1. Additionally, some of the plume samples collected around 158.6 and 158.8ºE exhibited slightly higher ratios of H2/3He than the others. Assuming that H2 is produced from the reduction of water by reduced iron compounds in the rock, the higher ratios suggest that those plumes are supported by a younger hydrothermal system, which may have experienced a recent eruption.

  2. Diverse mantle sources for Ninetyeast Ridge magmatism: Geochemical constraints from basaltic glasses

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    Frey, F. A.; Pringle, M.; Meleney, P.; Huang, S.; Piotrowski, A.

    2011-03-01

    The Ninetyeast Ridge (NER), a north-south striking, 5,000 km long, 77 to 43 Ma chain of basaltic submarine volcanoes in the eastern Indian Ocean formed as a hotspot track created by rapid northward migration of the Indian Plate over the Kerguelen hotspot. Based on the major and trace element contents of unaltered basaltic glasses from six locations along the NER, we show that the NER was constructed by basaltic magma derived from at least three geochemically distinct mantle sources: (1) a source enriched in highly incompatible elements relative to primitive mantle like the source of the 29-24 Ma flood basalts in the Kerguelen Archipelago; (2) an incompatible element-depleted source similar to the source of Mid-Ocean Ridge Basalt (MORB) erupted along the currently active Southeast Indian Ridge (SEIR); and (3) an incompatible element-depleted source that is compositionally and mineralogically distinct from the source of SEIR MORB. Specifically, this depleted mantle source was garnet-bearing and had higher Y/Dy and Nb/Zr, but lower Zr/Sm, than the SEIR MORB source. We infer that this third source formed as a garnet-bearing residue created during a previous melting event, perhaps an initial partial melting of the mantle hotspot. Subsequently, this residue partially melted over a large pressure range, from slightly over 3 GPa to less than 1 GPa, and to a high extent (~ 30%) thereby creating relatively high SiO2 and FeO contents in some NER basalts relative to SEIR MORB.

  3. Global Characterization of the Ocean Ridge System

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    Gale, A.; Langmuir, C. H.; Dalton, C. A.

    2010-12-01

    The mid-ocean ridge system is a window into the upper mantle, producing over 80% of Earth’s volcanism. Fundamental, first-order questions remain debated and require a reliable global perspective. Such questions include the relative roles of mantle temperature, mantle heterogeneity and spreading rate on mid-ocean ridge basalt (MORB) compositions, and the importance of spreading rate to melting and fractionation processes. To address these issues and provide a common reference for geochemists and geophysicists, we have assembled a comprehensive petrological presentation of global MORB. The data are compiled from PetDB as well as unpublished data. Transforming the raw data into a useful catalog poses several challenges. First, to link each sample with a particular ridge segment requires defining the individual segments of the ridge system. Using the highest resolution bathymetry available, we identified 771 global ridge segments with a total length of 60,864km. For each segment we also generated a digital along-strike depth profile, enabling precise characterization of both mean depth and depth range. Second, as noted in earlier work, different laboratories calibrate their analyses to different standards, which can lead to significant, systematic offsets among analyses. It is therefore important to apply correction factors to the data to make them consistent with one another. Erroneous data and mislocated samples were identified and either eliminated or manually corrected, leading to a total dataset of 11,366 glass and 874 whole-rock analyses that have had interlab correction values carefully applied. These results show that the mean depth of the global ridge system is 2981m, calculated by averaging the segment mean depths, weighted by segment length. Of the 771 ridge segments, 476 have at least one basalt sample within 10km of the ridge axis but only 181 segments have samples from three or more unique locations. Using these data, a far more reliable composition can

  4. U-Pb Dating Reveals Rapid Accretion of Gabbroic Crust at the Ultraslow-Spreading Southwest Indian Ridge

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    Baines, G.; Cheadle, M. J.; John, B. E.; Grimes, C. B.; Wooden, J. L.

    2006-12-01

    Absolute dating of gabbroic rocks at mid-ocean ridges can provide important constraints on the processes of oceanic crustal accretion. We present 206Pb/238U ages of igneous zircon for nine samples from 53- 1430 mbsf in ODP Hole 735B, drilled through 1508 m of gabbroic crust at Atlantis Bank on the Southwest Indian Ridge (SWIR). The Pb/U zircon ages are the same, within error, showing no systematic variation of age with depth. Consequently, individual magmatic series and tectonic blocks recognized within Hole 735B all have the same Pb/U age of 11.97±0.06 Ma (93 analyses). This observation of constant age down hole suggests that >74% (at the 95% confidence level) of Hole 735B accreted in <0.12 Myr and thus within 1.7 km of the SWIR axis. The average Pb/U age is ~0.2 Myr older than the estimated magnetic age of Hole 735B, and so implies that the magnetic remanence was acquired ~3 km off-axis. The absence of a systematic pattern of age with depth in Hole 735B, is consistent with the accretion/growth of oceanic crust by intrusion at multiple depths (a `many sill' model) below an active detachment fault. It is also consistent with the `cupola' intrusion model of Natland & Dick (2002) provided the three intrusions accreted in <0.12 Myr. However, our data do not preclude accretion of Hole 735B from a single zone of intrusion, a model analogous to `the glacier flow model' at fast-spreading ridges, provided that the rate at which gabbro moved away from this zone of intrusion was >12.5 km/Myr. This rate of motion is similar to the plate spreading rate at the Southwest Indian Ridge, and so could be accommodated by tectonic rotation and/or denudation of crust during detachment faulting at Atlantis Bank.

  5. Integration of Environmental Restoration and Waste Management Activities for a More Cost-Effective Tank Remediation Program Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee

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    Brill, A.; Clark, R.; Stewart, R.

    1998-06-01

    This paper presents plans and strategies for remediation of the liquid low-level radioactive waste (LLLW) tanks that have been removed from service (also known as inactive tanks) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Much of the LLLW system at ORNL was installed more than 50 years ago. The overall objective of the Inactive Tank Program is to remediate all LLLW tanks that have been removed from service to the extent practicable in accordance with the regulatory requirements.

  6. Analysis of the low-level seismicity along the Southern Indian Ocean spreading ridges recorded by the OHASISBIO array of hydrophones in 2012

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    Tsang-Hin-Sun, Eve; Royer, Jean-Yves; Sukhovich, Alexey; Perrot, Julie

    2014-05-01

    Arrays of autonomous hydrophones (AUHs) proved to be a very valuable tool for monitoring the seismic activity of mid-ocean ridges. AUHs take advantage of the ocean acoustic properties to detect many low-magnitude underwater earthquakes undetected by land-based stations. This allows for a significant improvement in the magnitude completeness level of seismic catalogs in remote oceanic areas. This study presents some results from the deployment of the OHASISBIO array comprising 7 AUHs deployed in the southern Indian Ocean. The source of acoustic events, i.e. site where - conversion from seismic to acoustic waves occur and proxy to epicenters for shallow earthquakes - can be precisely located within few km, inside the AUH array. The distribution of the uncertainties in the locations and time-origins shows that the OHASISBIO array reliably covers a wide region encompassing the Indian Ocean triple junction and large extent of the three mid-oceanic Indian spreading ridges, from 52°E to 80°E and from 25°S to 40°S. During its one year long deployment in 2012 and in this area the AUH array recorded 1670 events, while, for the same period, land-based networks only detected 470 events. A comparison of the background seismicity along the South-east (SEIR) and South-west (SWIR) Indian ridges suggests that the microseismicity, even over a year period, could be representative of the steady-state of stress along the SEIR and SWIR; this conclusion is based on very high Spearman's correlations between our one-year long AUH catalog and teleseismic catalogs over nearly 40 years. Seismicity along the ultra-slow spreading SWIR is regularly distributed in space and time, along spreading segments and transform faults, whereas the intermediate spreading SEIR diplays clusters of events in the vicinity of some transform faults or near specific geological structures such as the St-Paul and Amsterdam hotspot. A majority of these clusters seem to be related to magmatic processes, such as

  7. Regulation of male sex determination: genital ridge formation and Sry activation in mice.

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    Tanaka, Satomi S; Nishinakamura, Ryuichi

    2014-12-01

    Sex determination is essential for the sexual reproduction to generate the next generation by the formation of functional male or female gametes. In mammals, primary sex determination is commenced by the presence or absence of the Y chromosome, which controls the fate of the gonadal primordium. The somatic precursor of gonads, the genital ridge is formed at the mid-gestation stage and gives rise to one of two organs, a testis or an ovary. The fate of the genital ridge, which is governed by the differentiation of somatic cells into Sertoli cells in the testes or granulosa cells in the ovaries, further determines the sex of an individual and their germ cells. Mutation studies in human patients with disorders of sex development and mouse models have revealed factors that are involved in mammalian sex determination. In most of mammals, a single genetic trigger, the Y-linked gene Sry (sex determination region on Y chromosome), regulates testicular differentiation. Despite identification of Sry in 1990, precise mechanisms underlying the sex determination of bipotential genital ridges are still largely unknown. Here, we review the recent progress that has provided new insights into the mechanisms underlying genital ridge formation as well as the regulation of Sry expression and its functions in male sex determination of mice.

  8. MF/HF Multistatic Mid-Ocean Radar Experiments in Support of SWOTHR (surface-Wave Over-the-Horizon Radar)

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    1989-09-16

    16 September 1989 MF/HF Multistatic Mid-Ocean Radar Experiments in Support of SWO’IHR Final Report 0 Covering tie period November 1987 to November...Mountain View, CA 94042 (415) 966-1171 44 , 053 Apprcved fir P. blc M- XAD !sa 11.s,.&r ,.r,1e Ftoa I SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF THIS PAGE REPORT...TO 1188 890915 16 . SUPPLEMENTARY NOTATION ARPA Order No. 6237 17 COSATI CODES 18 SUBJECT TERMS (Continue on reverse if necessary and identify by block

  9. Along ridge variation of the seafloor cooling and subsidence

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    Huang, Po-Ju; Chiao, Ling-Yun

    2013-04-01

    Bathymetry is linearly proportional to the square root of the seafloor age according to decades of observations. It is well explained by the essentially one-dimensional thermal contraction such as that demonstrated in the classical half-space cooling model and the subsequent 2-D modifications such as the plate model, GDH1 model, PSM model etc. However, much less efforts have been undertaken on study of variation of seafloor cooling along the ridge axis. We carefully examine corridors in the spreading direction that avoid seamounts and other some secondary structures, in addition to the sediment correction. We find that subsidence rates vary along major mid-ocean ridges. It would require a range of 400 to -600°C difference if the subsidence rate variations are attributed entirely to sub-ridge mantle temperature anomalies. Pronounced anomalies include the noticeable lows at the equator in the mid-Atlantic ridge and the northern section of East Pacific Rise that might be attributed to the close by continental lithosphere. The eastern section in mid-Indian ridge is also significantly cooler within regions of the Australian-Antarctic Discordance (AAD), which has been attributed to an ancient slab stalled beneath the present-day Southeast Indian Ridge (SEIR). Further researches that take into account of trends of geoid data is underway to make consistent interpretations.

  10. A double island arc between Taiwan and Luzon: consequence of ridge subduction

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    Yang, Tsanyao F.; Lee, Typhoon; Chen, Cheng-Hong; Cheng, Shih-Nan; Knittel, Ulrich; Punongbayan, Raymundo S.; Rasdas, Ariel R.

    1996-06-01

    Analysis of geomorphological, geochronological, geochemical and geophysical features in the segment of the Taiwan-Luzon Arc between Taiwan and Luzon (the Bashi Segment) allows the recognition of a double arc structure. The two volcanic chains are separated by 50 km just north of Luzon (18°N), and converge near 20°N. Islets in the western chain are older and largely composed of volcanic rocks of Miocene to Pliocene age. They all show low relief, lateritic platforms and wave-cut terraces, and are covered by massive recrystallized limestone. In contrast, all active volcanoes in this segment of the Taiwan-Luzon Arc belong to the eastern chain, where most islets are Quaternary in age. The volcanoes have well-developed cone shapes, and well-preserved deposits of near-vent facies. Magmas of the eastern chain have higher KSi, (La) n,(La/Yb) n, and lowerɛ Nd than their counterparts at the same latitude in the western chain. Therefore, the magmas erupted in the eastern chain were derived from more enriched mantle sources than the magmas erupted in the western chain. Moreover, the available seismological data seem to suggest an abrupt increase of the dip angle from 30° at 18°N to 80° at 20°N. Thus, the double arc structure is located in the region where the Benioff zone suddenly changes. In analogy with the Lesser Antilles Arc, we propose a geodynamic model in which the double arc in the Bashi Strait is the tectonic manifestation of the subduction of the aseismic Scarborough Seamount Chain, the extinct mid-ocean ridge of the South China Sea. Before that ridge reached the Manila Trench, the western chain was the volcanic front. When the ridge reached the subduction zone at 5-4 Ma, its buoyancy temporarily interrupted the subduction thus causing a time gap in magmatic activity. Furthermore, this ridge-arc collision was probably also responsible for regional uplift causing extensive sub-aerial weathering and erosion as well as massive reef formation in the western chain

  11. Deep Explosive Volcanism on the Gakkel Ridge and Seismological Constraints on Shallow Recharge at TAG Active Mound

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    Pontbriand, Claire Willis

    Seafloor digital imagery and bathymetric data are used to evaluate the volcanic characteristics of the 85°E segment of the ultraslow spreading Gakkel Ridge (9 mm yr-1 ). Imagery reveals that ridges and volcanic cones in the axial valley are covered by numerous, small-volume lava flows, including a few flows fresh enough to have potentially erupted during the 1999 seismic swarm at the site. The morphology and distribution of volcaniclastic deposits observed on the seafloor at depths of ˜3800 m, greater than the critical point for steam generation, are consistent with having formed by explosive discharge of magma and C02 from source vents. Microearthquakes recorded on a 200 m aperture seismometer network deployed on the Trans-Atlantic Geotraverse active mound, a seafloor massive sulfide on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge at 26°N, are used to image subsurface processes at the hydrothermal system. Over nine-months, 32,078 local microearthquakes (ML = -1) with single-phase arrivals cluster on the southwest flank of the deposit at depths <125 m. Microearthquakes characteristics are consistent with reaction-driven cracking driven by anhydrite deposition in the shallow secondary circulation system. Exit fluid temperatures recorded at diffuse vents on the mound during the microearthquake study are used to explore linkages between seismicity and venting. (Copies available exclusively from MIT Libraries, libraries.mit.edu/docs - docs mit.edu)

  12. Oak Ridge National Laboratory's (ORNL) Weigh-In-Motion (WIM) Configuration and Data Management Activities

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    Abercrombie, Robert K; Sheldon, Frederick T; Schlicher, Bob G

    2006-01-01

    The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) involvement in the Weigh-in-Motion (WIM) research with both government agencies and private companies dates back to 1989. The discussion here will focus on the US Army's current need for an automated WIM system to weigh and determine the center-of-balance for military wheeled vehicles and cargo and the expanded uses of WIM data. ORNL is addressing configuration and data management issues as they relate to deployments for both military and humanitarian activities. The transition from the previous WIM Gen I to the current Gen II system illustrates a configuration and data management solution that ensures data integration, integrity, coherence and cost effectiveness. Currently, Army units use portable and fixed scales, tape measures, and calculators to determine vehicle axle, total weights and center of balance for vehicles prior to being transshipped via railcar, ship, or airlifted. Manually weighing and measuring all vehicles subject to these transshipment operations is time-consuming, labor-intensive, hazardous and is prone to human errors (e.g., misreading scales and tape measures, calculating centers of balance and wheel, axle, and vehicle weights, recording data, and transferring data from manually prepared work sheets into an electronic data base and aggravated by adverse weather conditions). Additionally, in the context of the military, the timeliness, safety, success, and effectiveness of airborne heavy-drop operations can be significantly improved by the use of an automated system to weigh and determine center of balance of vehicles while they are in motion. The lack of a standardized airlift-weighing system for joint service use also creates redundant weighing requirements at the cost of scarce resources and time. This case study can be judiciously expanded into commercial operations related to safety and enforcement. The WIM program will provide a means for the Army to automatically identify/weigh and monitor

  13. Fusuline biotic turnover across the Guadalupian Lopingian (Middle Upper Permian) boundary in mid-oceanic carbonate buildups: Biostratigraphy of accreted limestone in Japan

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    Ota, Ayano; Isozaki, Yukio

    2006-03-01

    Two sections in Upper Middle to Lower Upper Permian shallow-water limestones at Kamura and Akasaka in southwest Japan were analyzed for detailed lithostratigraphy and biostratigraphy. Both sections represent ancient seamount-capping carbonate buildups developed on a basaltic basement in a mid-oceanic environment. The occurrence of abundant Tethyan fusulines allows the recognition of well-defined biostratigraphic zonation in both sections and their mutual correlation. The Upper Guadalupian (Middle Permian) Lepidolina/ Yabeina Zone is overlain conformably by the Lower Lopingian (Upper Permian) Codonofusiella- Reichelina Zone with a 13 m-thick transitional interval barren of index taxa. The Guadalupian-Lopingian (G-L) boundary is marked by the First Appearance Datum (FAD) of the Lopingian Codonofusiella- Reichelina assemblage in both sections. This study recognizes for the first time the G-L boundary horizon in a mid-oceanic shallow-water environment. In addition, the shallow-water carbonates in the study sections record the extinction of the Middle Permian large-sized fusuline family Verbeekinidae at the G-L boundary in mid-Panthalassa, as well as in shallow-water Tethyan shelf areas, demonstrating positively that the G-L boundary mass extinction occurred on a global scale. The abrupt elimination of large-shelled fusulines, followed by the domination of small-shelled fusulines may indicate that environmental stress occurred at the end of Guadalupian. The dying-out of symbiotic algae may have caused the selective extinction of the large-shelled fusulines.

  14. Heat Flow on the South West Indian Ridge at 14°E and the Consequences for Microbiological Activity

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    Kaul, N. E.; Molari, M.; Boetius, A.

    2014-12-01

    During RV POLARSTERN cruise PS81 to the South West Indian Ridge (SWIR) at 52°S, 14°E an integrated study was carried out in more than 4000 m water depth employing seismology, geology, microbiology, deep-sea ecology, heat flow and others. Heat flow is supposed to be an indicator for the varying depth of the magma chamber beneath the ridge axis. Bottom observations from previous work on the SWIR are scarce and visual information about geostructures, habitat landscapes, benthic faunal communities and their distribution in this area have so far been missing. Vigorous fluid flow in the form of black smokers or shimmering water could not be detected but enhanced heat flow due to upward pore water migration occurred. This leads to values of very high heat flow (up to 850 mW/m2) and advection rates up to 25 cm/a Darcy velocity. Enhanced biomass and a greater variation of megafauna along those sites of high heat flow could be inferred from reconnaissance observations with a camera sledge. A closer investigation of microbial activity in the material of gravity corers revealed favorable living conditions for microorganisms. We find the inorganic carbon fixation rates, here applied like a proxy of microbial metabolic activity, were significantly higher (up to 7 times higher) in surficial sediments in proximity of the station PS 81/640 compared to other stations along the ridge. Conversely the extracellular enzymatic activities did not show any significant difference in the potential organic matter degradation between the stations investigated. These results suggest an increase of chemosynthetic activities at St PS 81/649, possibly related to increase of availability of reduced compounds (i.e. sulphide, reduced metals) in presence of pore water flow.

  15. Hydrothermal activity at the Trans-Atlantic Geotraverse Hydrothermal Field, Mid-Atlantic Ridge crest at 26°N

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    Rona, P. A.; Thompson, G.; Mottl, M. J.; Karson, J. A.; Jenkins, W. J.; Graham, D.; Mallette, M.; von Damm, K.; Edmond, J. M.

    1984-12-01

    The first submersible observations of the only known active submarine hydrothermal field on a slow-spreading oceanic ridge are incorporated with results of 10 prior years of investigation to derive an understanding of periodicity, duration, and varying intensity of hydrothermal activity at the Trans-Atlantic Geotraverse (TAG) Hydrothermal Field on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge crest near latitude 26°N. Hydrothermal activity has persisted at this location for at least 1×106 years based on the distribution of hydrothermal and hydrogenous mineralization with respect to crustal age. The hydrothermal activity has been cyclic, multistage, and episodic. Prior high-temperature hydrothermal venting stages with a periodicity of the order of 1×104 years and duration of the order of 101 years are deduced from the estimated ages of discrete sedimentary layers anomalously enriched in Cu, Fe, and Zn and correspond with the independently determined periodicity of volcanic eruptive cycles on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The most recent episode of high-temperature venting is inferred to have ceased in the recent past based on metal enrichment (Cu, Fe, Zn) in the surficial sediment layer. Low-temperature hydrothermal venting stages with a duration of the order of 1×104 years intervene between the short high-temperature stages and produce stratiform deposits of layered and earthy manganese oxide, iron oxide, hydroxide, and silicate. Bivalve-like forms with the characteristics of vent clams in various stages of dissolution are identified on bottom photographs. The fresh appearance of intact tubules composed of iron hydroxide that acted as vents on relict deposits, conductive heat flow anomalies in the sediment column, and the record of temperature anomalies and excess 3He in the near-bottom water column, suggest that the low-temperature hydrothermal discharge is intermittent at individual vents on a time scale of years.

  16. Microbiological characterization of post-eruption "snowblower" vents at Axial Seamount, Juan de Fuca Ridge.

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    Meyer, Julie L; Akerman, Nancy H; Proskurowski, Giora; Huber, Julie A

    2013-01-01

    Microbial processes within the subseafloor can be examined during the ephemeral and uncommonly observed phenomena known as snowblower venting. Snowblowers are characterized by the large quantity of white floc that is expelled from the seafloor following mid-ocean ridge eruptions. During these eruptions, rapidly cooling lava entrains seawater and hydrothermal fluids enriched in geochemical reactants, creating a natural bioreactor that supports a subseafloor microbial "bloom." Previous studies hypothesized that the eruption-associated floc was made by sulfide-oxidizing bacteria; however, the microbes involved were never identified. Here we present the first molecular analysis combined with microscopy of microbial communities in snowblower vents from samples collected shortly after the 2011 eruption at Axial Seamount, an active volcano on the Juan de Fuca Ridge. We obtained fluid samples and white flocculent material from active snowblower vents as well as orange flocculent material found on top of newly formed lava flows. Both flocculent types revealed diverse cell types and particulates when examined by phase contrast and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Distinct archaeal and bacterial communities were detected in each sample type through Illumina tag sequencing of 16S rRNA genes and through sequencing of the sulfide oxidation gene, soxB. In fluids and white floc, the dominant bacteria were sulfur-oxidizing Epsilonproteobacteria and the dominant archaea were thermophilic Methanococcales. In contrast, the dominant organisms in the orange floc were Gammaproteobacteria and Thaumarchaeota Marine Group I. In all samples, bacteria greatly outnumbered archaea. The presence of anaerobic methanogens and microaerobic Epsilonproteobacteria in snowblower communities provides evidence that these blooms are seeded by subseafloor microbes, rather than from microbes in bottom seawater. These eruptive events thus provide a unique opportunity to observe subseafloor microbial

  17. Metopic ridge

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    ... plates allow for growth of the skull. The places where these plates connect are called sutures or suture lines. They do not fully close until the 2nd or 3rd year of life. A metopic ridge occurs when ...

  18. Tectonic and magmatic control of hydrothermal activity along the slow-spreading Central Indian Ridge, 8°S-17°S

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    Son, Juwon; Pak, Sang-Joon; Kim, Jonguk; Baker, Edward T.; You, Ok-Rye; Son, Seung-Kyu; Moon, Jai-Woon

    2014-05-01

    complex geology and expansive axial valleys typical of slow-spreading ridges makes evaluating their hydrothermal activity a challenge. This challenge has gone largely unmet, as the most undersampled MOR type for hydrothermal activity is slow spreading (20-55 mm/yr). Here we report the first systematic hydrothermal plume survey conducted on the Central Indian Ridge (CIR, 8°S-17°S), the most extensive such survey yet conducted on a slow-spreading ridge. Using a combined CTD/Miniature Autonomous Plume Recorder (MAPR) package, we used 118 vertical casts along seven segments of the CIR (˜700 km of ridge length) to estimate the frequency of hydrothermal activity. Evidence for hydrothermal activity (particle and methane plumes) was found on each of the seven spreading segments, with most plumes found between 3000 and 3500 m, generally <1000 m above bottom. We most commonly found plumes on asymmetric ridge sections where ultramafic massifs formed along one ridge flank near ridge-transform intersections or nontransform offsets. The estimated plume incidence (ph) for axial and wall casts (ph=0.30, 35 of 118 casts) is consistent with the existing global trend, indicating that the long-term magmatic budget on the CIR is the primary control on the spatial frequency of hydrothermal venting. Our results show that the tectonic fabric of the CIR strongly determines where hydrothermal venting is expressed, and that using only near-axial sampling might underestimate hydrothermal activity along slow-spreading and ultraslow-spreading ridges. Serpentinization is a minor contributor to the plume inventory, based on 15 profiles with methane anomalies only, predominantly at depths above the local valley walls.

  19. Endeavour Segment, Juan de Fuca Ridge, Integrated Studies Site (ISS) Update and Opportunities

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    Butterfield, D.; Ridge Community

    2003-12-01

    The Ridge 2000 (R2K) Integrated Studies bull's eye on the Juan de Fuca Ridge is focused on the Main Endeavour hydrothermal field, located on the central portion of the Endeavour Segment. This vent field is one of the most vigorously venting systems along the global mid-ocean ridge spreading network, hosting at least 18 large sulfide structures that contains more than100 smokers. Prior to a magmatic event in 2000 some of the edifices had been venting 380C, volatile-rich fluids with extremely low chlorinities for a decade. In addition to the Main Endeavour Field there are four other known high temperature vent fields spaced approximately 2 kilometers apart along the segment (with hints of more) and abundant areas of diffuse flow, both nearby and distal to the high temperature venting. Diffuse flow from the structures and from a variety of basaltic-hosted sites provides rich habitats abundant with microbial and macrofaunal communities. There are well-developed gradients in volatile concentrations along axis that may reflect influence from a sedimentary source to the north, and high chlorinity fluids vent from the most southern (Mothra) and northern fields (Sasquatch). Twenty years of research have laid a firm base for the 5-year plans of R2K at this site, which include examining the response of this segment to perturbations induced by tectonic and magmatic events, identification of the reservoirs, fluxes, and feedbacks of mass and energy at this site, and predictive modeling coupled with field observations. Since designation as an IS site, high-resolution bathymetric mapping (EM300) and an extensive multi-channel seismic survey have been conducted along the entire segment. Smaller focused areas have also been mapped at meter resolution by SM2000 sonar. Intense field programs in 2003 established the first in-situ seismic array along a mid-ocean ridge, which includes installation of a buried broadband seismometer and 7 short-period seismometers emplaced within basaltic

  20. SeaVOICE: Sea-going Experiments to Test Potential Linkages among Sea Level Change, Ocean Ridge Volcanism, and Hydrothermal Activity.

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    Langmuir, C. H.; Carbotte, S. M.; Huybers, P. J.; McManus, J. F.; Mukhopadhyay, S.; Winckler, G.; Boulahanis, B.; Costa, K.; Ferguson, D.; Katz, R. F.; Li, Y.; Middleton, J. L.

    2015-12-01

    Changes in sea level influence the pressure of the solid Earth over entire ocean basins. While the absolute changes in sea level caused by glacial cycles are small relative to ocean depths, the temporal variations in sea level can lead to pressure changes of similar order to mantle upwelling rates, with the potential to significantly perturb short term rates of melt production at ocean ridges (Huybers and Langmuir, EPSL, 2009). Such changes could then lead to fluctuations in crustal thickness, magma composition and hydrothermal activity. To investigate possible relationships between glacial cycles and ocean ridge processes, we carried out an 18 day cruise of mapping and sediment coring to the Cleft Segment of the Juan de Fuca ridge. High resolution bathymetry was obtained on the west side of the ridge axis to beyond 1Ma to test whether abyssal hill fabric shows periodicities consistent with glacial cycles. Nine successful piston cores up to 7.6m in length provide a sedimentary record back to more than 600kyr to test for spatial and temporal variations in hydrothermal activity. Oxygen isotope stratigraphy on these cores is systematic and provides good age constraints. Short cores near the ridge axis provide a record of the current trace of hydrothermal activity in youngest sediments. Several of the cores impacted basement and recovered a basement sample. Above basement, basaltic glass shards were recovered in the bottom meter of sediment, raising the possibility of temporal records of basalt chemical compositions using the age constraints the sediments provide. The glass samples provide a unique and new perspective on ridge volcanism, since previous off-axis samples were restricted to dredging old fault scarps. Cores can be taken anywhere, raising the potential for global time series studies of ridge volcanism. The coupled bathymetry, sediment geochemistry and magmatic glass compositions hold the promise of a definitive advance in our understanding of the

  1. Active neutron interrogation for verification of storage of weapons components at the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant

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    Mihalczo, J.T.; Valentine, T.E.; Mattingly, J.K.; Mullens, J.A.; Hughes, S.S.

    1998-02-23

    A nuclear weapons identification system (NWIS), under development since 1984 at the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant and presently in use there, uses active neutron interrogation with low-intensity {sup 252}Cf sources in ionization chambers to provide a timed source of fission neutrons from the spontaneous fission of {sup 252}Cf. To date, measurements have been performed on {approximately}15 different weapons systems in a variety of configurations both in and out of containers. Those systems included pits and fully assembled systems ready for deployment at the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas, and weapons components at the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant. These measurements have shown that NWIS can identify nuclear weapons and/or components; nuclear weapons/components can be distinguished from mockups where fissile material has been replaced by nonfissile material; omissions of small amounts (4%) of fissile material can be detected; changes in internal configurations can be determined; trainer parts can be identified as was demonstrated by verification of 512 containers with B33 components at the Y-12 Plant (as many as 32 in one 8-hour shift); and nonfissile components can be identified. The current NWIS activities at the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant include: (1) further development of the system for more portability and lower power consumption, (2) collection of reference signatures for all weapons components in containers, and (3) confirmation of a particular weapons component in storage and confirmation of receipts. This paper describes the recent measurements with NWIS for a particular weapons component in storage that have resolved an Inspector General (IG`s) audit finding with regard to performance of confirmation of inventory.

  2. Microbial Communities at Non-Volcanic and Volcanic Sites of the Gakkel Ridge

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Helmke, E.; Juergens, J.; Tausendfreund, M.; Wollenburg, J.; Shank, T.; Edmonds, H.; Humphris, S.; Nakamura, K.; Liljebladh, B.; Winsor, P.; Singh, H.; Reves-Sohn, R. A.

    2007-12-01

    The Gakkel Ridge in the eastern Arctic Ocean is the slowest spreading, deepest, and most isolated portion of the global mid-ocean ridge system and therefore predestined for comparative investigations on deep-sea vent communities. However, the perennial cover of thick sea ice has made this area largely inaccessible to science. The Arctic Gakkel Vents Expedition (AGAVE) utilized the icebreaker ODEN and newly developed vehicles for exploration and sampling in connection with a CTD/rosette equipped with different sensors and a high-resolution multi-beam bathymetry system. We focused our studies on the peridotite-hosted region at 85°N, 7°E and on the basaltic volcanism area at 85°N, 85°E. Water, sediment, and rock samples were taken to describe the microbial communities in different zones of these two sites. Sampling was guided by anomalies of backscattering, temperature, Eh, as well as by high-resolution seafloor imagery. Samples were preserved or processed on board immediately after sampling. Molecular analyses, cultural methods, total bacterial counts, and activity measurements were employed to describe the structure of the microbial communities, their phylogeny, potential adaptations, and possible role in biogeochemical cycles. The first molecular biological results of the bacterial communities of the 85°E site indicated atypical of deep- sea venting communities. These preliminary results were supported by the images of the under-ice vehicle "Camper" which showed thick yellow "fluffy" mats (often > 5cm thick) and orange "pebbly" material without any smell of H2S markedly different than the white, consolidated Beggiatoa mats often observable at deep venting sites. Foraminifera occurred regularly on top of basalt rocks as well as within the bacterial mats.

  3. Data base management activities for the Remedial Action Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL)

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    Hook, L.A.; Voorhees, L.D.; Gentry, M.J.; Faulkner, M.A.; Shaakir-Ali, J.A.; Newman, K.A.; McCord, R.A.; Goins, L.F.; Owen, P.T.

    1990-07-01

    The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Remedial Action Program (RAP) was established in 1985 in response to state and federal regulations requiring comprehensive control over facility discharges and cleanup of contaminated sites. A computerized Data and Information Management System (DIMS) was developed for RAP to (1) provide a centralized repository for data pertinent to RAP and (2) provide support for the investigations and assessments leading to the long-term remediation of contaminated facilities and sites. The current status of DIMS and its role in supporting RAP during 1989 are described. The DIMS consists of three components: (1) the Numeric Data Base, (2) the Bibliographic Data Base, and (3) the Records Control Data Base. This report addresses all three data bases, but focuses on the contents of the Numeric Data Base. Significant progress was made last year with the geographic information system (GIS) and ARC/INFO, which can be interfaced with SAS/GRAPH to provide combined mapping and statistical graphic products. Several thematic layers of GIS data for the Oak Ridge Reservation are now available. 18 refs., 8 figs., 19 tabs.

  4. 4D seismic study of active gas seepage systems on the Vestnesa Ridge, offshore W-Svalbard

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    Bünz, Stefan; Plaza-Faverola, Andreia; Hurter, Sandra; Mienert, Jürgen

    2014-05-01

    Active gas venting occurs on the Vestnesa Ridge, an elongated sediment drift north of the Molloy Transform and just east of the Molloy Ridge, one of the shortest segments of the slow spreading North-Atlantic Ridge system. The crest of the Vestnesa Ridge at water depth between 1200-1300 m is pierced with fluid-flow features. Seafloor pockmarks vary in size up to 1 km in diameter. High-resolution P-Cable 3D seismic data acquired in 2012 show vertical focused fluid flow features beneath the seafloor pockmarks. These co-called chimneys extend down to the free-gas zone underneath a bottom-simulating reflection. Here, they link up with small fault systems that might provide pathways to the deeper subsurface. The chimney features show a high variability in their acoustic characteristics with alternating blanked or masked zones and high-amplitude anomalies scattered through the whole vertical extent of the chimneys. The amplitude anomalies indicate high-impedance contrasts due to the likely presence of gas or a high-velocity material like gas hydrates or carbonates. We re-acquired the 3D seismic survey in 2013 for time-lapse seismic studies in order to better understand the origin of the amplitude anomalies and in order to track potentially migrating gas fronts up along the chimney structure. Here, we will present the preliminary results of this time-lapse analysis, which will allow us to better understand gas migration and seafloor plumbing systems in continental margins. This work is part of CAGE - Centre of Excellence for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment and Climate. Details on the CAGE research plan and organization can be found on www.cage.uit.no to foster opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration. Based in Tromsø, at the world's northernmost University, CAGE establishes the intellectual and infrastructure resources for studying the amount of methane hydrate and magnitude of methane release in Arctic Ocean environments on time scales from the Neogene to the

  5. Evidence for melt channelization in Galapagos plume-ridge interaction

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    Mittal, T.; Richards, M. A.

    2015-12-01

    Many present-day hot spots are located within ~ 1000 km of a mid-ocean ridge, either currently or in the geologic past, leading to frequent interaction between these two magmatic regimes. The consequent plume-ridge interactions provide a unique opportunity to test models for asthenosphere-lithosphere dynamics, with the plume acting as a tracer fluid in the problem, and excess magmatism reflecting otherwise unsampled sub-surface phenomena. Galapagos is an off-ridge hotspot with the mantle plume located ~150-250 km south of the plate boundary. Plume-ridge interaction in Galapagos is expressed by the formation of volcanic lineaments of islands and seamounts - e.g., the Wolf-Darwin lineament (WDL) - providing a direct probe of the plume-ridge interaction process, especially in regards to geochemical data. Although several models have been proposed to explain plume-ridge interaction in Galapagos, none adequately explain the observed characteristics, especially the WDL. In particular, predicted lithospheric fault orientations and melt density considerations appear at odds with observations, suggesting that lithospheric extension is not the primary process for formation of these islands. Other off-ridge hotspots interacting with nearby spreading ridges, such as Reunion and Louisville, also exhibit volcanic lineaments linking the plume and the ridge. Thus these lineament-type features are a common outcome of plume-ridge interaction that are indicative of the underlying physics. We propose that the lineaments are surface expressions of narrow sub-lithospheric melt channels focused towards the spreading ridge. These channels should form naturally due to the reactive infiltration instability in a two-phase flow of magma and solid mantle as demonstrated in two-phase flow simulations (e.g., Katz & Weatherley 2012). For Galapagos, we show that melt channels can persist thermodynamically over sufficient length-scales to link the plume and nearby ridge segments. We also show that

  6. Visual Observations and Geologic Settings of the Newly-Discovered Black Smoker Vent Sites Across the Galapagos Ridge-Hotspot Intersection

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    Anderson, P.; Haymon, R.; MacDonald, K.; White, S.

    2006-12-01

    Nearly one-fifth of the global mid-ocean ridge is hotspot-affected, yet very little is known about how hotspots affect quantity and distribution of high-temperature hydrothermal vents along the ridge. During the 2005-06 GalAPAGoS expedition, acoustic and plume sensor surveys were conducted across the Galapagos ridge- hotspot intersection, lon. 94.5ºW- lon. 89.5ºW, to map fine scale geologic features and locate hydrothermal plumes emanating from the ridge crest. Where significant plumes were detected, the Medea fiber-optic camera sled was used successfully to find and image high-temperature vents on the seafloor. With Medea we discovered and imaged the first active and recently extinct black smokers known along the entire Galapagos Spreading Center (GSC), and documented the geologic setting of these vents. The Medea survey imaged numerous inactive vents as well as 3 active high-temperature vent fields along the ridge at 94º 04.5'W (Navidad Site), 91º56.2'W (Iguanas Site) and 91º54.3'W (Pinguinos Site). Two recently extinct vent fields also were identified at 91º23.4'-23.7'W and 91º13.8'W. All of the high-temperature vent sites that we identified along the GSC are found above relatively shallow AMC reflectors and are located in the middle 20% of ridge segments. Without exception the vent sites are located along fissures atop constructional axial volcanic ridges (AVR's) composed of relatively young pillow basalts. In some cases, the vents were associated with collapses adjacent to the fissures. The fissures appear to be eruptive sources of the pillow lavas comprising the AVR's. Video images of the chimneys show mature, cylindrical structures, up to 14m high; little diffuse flow; few animals; and some worm casts and dead clam shells, suggesting prior habitation. We conclude that distribution of the vents is controlled by magmatic processes, (i.e., by locations of shallow AMC magma reservoirs and eruptive fissures above dike intrusions), and that there is

  7. Seismicity and active accretion processes at the ultraslow-spreading Southwest and intermediate-spreading Southeast Indian ridges from hydroacoustic data

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    Tsang-Hin-Sun, Eve; Royer, Jean-Yves; Perrot, Julie

    2016-08-01

    Volcanic and tectonic events are the main processes involved in the generation of the oceanic crust and responsible for the seismicity associated with seafloor spreading. To monitor this activity, usually not or poorly detected by land-based seismological stations, we deployed from February 2012 to February 2013 a network of autonomous hydrophones to compare the behaviour of the ultraslow-spreading Southwest Indian ridge (SWIR) with that of the intermediate-spreading Southeast Indian ridge (SEIR). The rate of seismicity is similar for both ridges, suggesting that there is no systematic relationship between seismicity and spreading rates. The along-axis distribution of the seismic events, however, does differ, reflecting the rate dependence of accretion modes. Earthquakes are sparse and regularly spaced and scattered along the SWIR, reflecting prevailing tectonic processes. By contrast, along the SEIR, events are irregularly distributed and focus at ridge-segment ends and transforms faults, reflecting the ridge segmentation; only two swarms occurred at a segment centre and are probably caused by a magmatic event. This seismicity distribution thus looks controlled by segment-scale crustal heterogeneities along the SEIR and by regional-scale contrasting accretion processes along the SWIR, probably driven by different lithospheric and asthenospheric dynamics on either side of the Melville fracture zone. The comparison of hydroacoustic and teleseismic catalogues shows that, along these spreading ridges, the background seismicity observed in 1 yr by a hydroacoustic network is representative of the seismicity observed over two decades by land-based networks.

  8. Follow-on Research Activities for the Rensselaer Isothermal Dendritic Growth Experiment (RIDGE)

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    LaCombe, J. C.; Koss, M. B.; Lupulescu, A. O.; Frei, J. E.; Giummarra, C.; Glicksman, M. E.

    2001-01-01

    The RIDGE effort continues the aegis of the earlier, NASA-sponsored, Isothermal Dendritic Growth Experiment (IDGE) series of experiments through the continued analysis of microgravity data acquired during these earlier space flights. The preliminary observations presented here demonstrate that there are significant differences between SCN and the more anisotropic PVA dendrites. The side branch structure becomes amplified only further behind the tip, and the interface shape is generally wider (i.e. more hyperbolic than parabolic) in PVA than in SCN. These characteristics are seen to affect the process of heat transport. Additionally, the dendrites grown during the fourth United States Microgravity Payload (USMP-4) exhibit time-dependent growth characteristics and may not always have reached steady-state growth during the experiment.

  9. COMSOL-Related Activities within the Research Reactors Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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    Freels, James D

    2015-01-01

    Our group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) started using COMSOL shortly after version 3.0 was released in the Spring of 2004. Over 11 years later and several new releases of the code, the application usage has grown along with the number of licenses we are responsible for. This paper focuses not on details of results and modeling methods, but instead, takes a look at our past and present applications, and evaluates where we are headed with COMSOL in the future. In doing so, we reveal some lessons learned along our pathway, provide some insight on how best to use COMSOL in a group setting, and perhaps help both users and developers to improve how the code is utilized.

  10. Different TDM/CH4 hydrothermal plume signatures: TAG site at 26N and serpentinized ultrabasic diapir at 15 degrees 05'N on the Mid-Atlantic ridge

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    Charlou, J.L.; Bougault, H. ); Appriou, P. ); Nelsen, T.; Rona, P. )

    1991-11-01

    As a part of the 1988 NOAA VENTS Program, CH{sub 4} and Mn tracers were used to identify and compare hydrothermal plumes found above the TAG Field (26{degrees}N) and in the rift valley at 15{degrees}N close to the eastern intersection of the ridge axis with the 15{degrees}20'N Fracture Zone at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR). Active hydrothermal venting was confirmed at TAG, based on elevated concentrations of total dissolved Mn (TDM up to 30 nmol/kg), high CH{sub 4} concentrations (up to 200 nL/L), and elevated nephelometry signals. Plumes of a different composition were identified at 15{degree}N with high CH{sub 4} concentrations (up to 400 nL/L), low total dissolved Mn concentrations (TDM < 1 nmol/kg) and no significant nephelometry signal. The different properties of these tracers and the different tracer ratios can be used to deduce vent fluid characteristics and compare one hydrothermal area to another. TDM/CH{sub 4} and Nephel/CH{sub 4} ratios at TEG are of the same order of magnitude as those observed at other spreading axis hydrothermal fields. At 15{degrees}N, the low TDM/CH{sub 4} ratio provides evidence of fluid circulation into ultrabasic rocks and offers a potentially useful and single method of exploring for hydrothermal activity associated with serpentinization. Mantle degassing through hydrothermal activity associated with serpentinization is an important process with respect to chemical and thermal exchanges between the upper mantle and the ocean. Different ratios of hydrothermal tracers (i.e., TDM/CH{sub 4}) provide a useful framework for identifying subseafloor processes along mid-oceanic ridges.

  11. Continuous exhumation of mantle-derived rocks at the Southwest Indian Ridge for 11 million years

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    Sauter, Daniel; Cannat, Mathilde; Rouméjon, Stéphane; Andreani, Muriel; Birot, Dominique; Bronner, Adrien; Brunelli, Daniele; Carlut, Julie; Delacour, Adélie; Guyader, Vivien; MacLeod, Christopher J.; Manatschal, Gianreto; Mendel, Véronique; Ménez, Bénédicte; Pasini, Valerio; Ruellan, Etienne; Searle, Roger

    2013-04-01

    The global mid-ocean ridge system, where tectonic plates diverge, is traditionally thought of as the largest single volcanic feature on the Earth. Yet, wide expanses of smooth sea floor in the easternmost part of the Southwest Indian Ridge in the Indian Ocean lacks the hummocky morphology that is typical for submarine volcanism. At other slow-spreading ridges, the sea floor can extend by faulting the existing lithosphere, along only one side of the ridge axis. However, the smooth sea floor in the easternmost Southwest Indian Ridge also lacks the corrugated texture created by such faulting. Instead, the sea floor is smooth on both sides of the ridge axis and is thought to be composed of altered mantle-derived rocks. Here we use side-scan sonar to image the sea floor and dredge samples to analyse the composition of two sections of the Southwest Indian Ridge, between 62°05'E and 64°40'E, where the sea floor formed over the past 11 million years. We show that the smooth floor is almost entirely composed of seawater-altered mantle-derived rocks that were brought to the surface by large detachment faults on both sides of the ridge axis. Faulting accommodates almost 100% of plate divergence and the detachment faults have repeatedly flipped polarity. We suggest that this tectonic process could also explain the exhumation of mantle-derived rocks at the magma-poor margins of rifted continents.

  12. Diffuse Crustal Accretion at the Southern Terminus of the Malaguana-Gadao Ridge, Mariana Trough

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    Sleeper, J. D.; Martinez, F.; Fryer, P. B.

    2014-12-01

    The mode of extension and crustal accretion in backarc basins is strongly affected by proximity to the arc volcanic front. The factor that likely has the strongest control on these processes is mantle water content. At Mid-Ocean Ridges, the small amount of water in the mantle is efficiently extracted into the melt, dehydrating the residual material and increasing the viscosity and strength of the lithosphere. This may aid in focusing melt generated over a broad (~200+ km wide) zone in the mantle toward a narrow zone of crustal accretion ~1-2 km wide. In the near-arc setting, the continuous flux of water into the mantle wedge should oppose lithospheric dehydration and inhibit strengthening of the lithosphere, which may allow deformation, volcanism, and crustal accretion to occur over a broad area instead of along a narrow axis. A possible example of this process can be observed at the southern terminus of the Malaguana-Gadao Ridge, a backarc spreading center in the Southern Mariana Trough, at the southern end of the Izu-Bonin-Mariana convergent margin. The spreading axis, which forms an axial high in this area, abruptly terminates at 143˚20'E, 12˚37'N and is replaced by a broad zone of active volcanism and tectonism characterized by short volcanic ridges, volcanic cones, and low-relief grabens. This study uses deep-towed and ship multibeam sonar, gravity, and magnetics data collected during an early 2012 cruise on R/V Thomas G. Thompson (TN273) along with available geophysical and geochemical data in the Southern Mariana Trough to gain insight into the nature of the diffuse crustal accretion process. Evidence of a similar transition from organized to "disorganized" spreading can also be observed at Valu Fa Ridge in the southern Lau basin and other backarc spreading centers. This suggests that this process is not unique to the Southern Mariana Trough, and may be an important mode of crustal accretion in a variety of backarc settings where there is extension in

  13. Magmatic effects of the Cobb hot spot on the Juan de Fuca Ridge

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    Chadwick, J.; Perfit, M.; Ridley, I.; Jonasson, I.; Kamenov, G.; Chadwick, W.; Embley, R.; le, Roux P.; Smith, M.

    2005-01-01

    The interaction of the Juan de Fuca Ridge with the Cobb hot spot has had a considerable influence on the magmatism of the Axial Segment of the ridge, the second-order segment that overlies the hot spot. In addition to the construction of the large volcanic edifice of Axial Seamount, the Axial Segment has shallow bathymetry and a prevalence of constructional volcanic features along its 100-km length, suggesting that hot spot-derived magmas supplement and oversupply the ridge. Lavas are generally more primitive at Axial Seamount and more evolved in the Axial Segment rift zones, suggesting that fractional crystallization is enhanced with increasing distance from the hot spot because of a reduced magma supply and more rapid cooling. Although the Cobb hot spot is not an isotopically enriched plume, it produces lavas with some distinct geochemical characteristics relative to normal mid-ocean ridge basalt, such as enrichments in alkalis and highly incompatible trace elements, that can be used as tracers to identify the presence and prevalence of the hot spot influence along the ridge. These characteristics are most prominent at Axial Seamount and decline in gradients along the Axial Segment. The physical model that can best explain the geochemical observations is a scenario in which hot spot and mid-ocean ridge basalt (MORB) magmas mix to varying degrees, with the proportions controlled by the depth to the MORB source. Modeling of two-component mixing suggests that MORB is the dominant component in most Axial Segment basalts. Copyright 2005 by the American Geophysical Union.

  14. Summary of environmental characterization activities at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Solid Waste Storage Area Six, FY 1986 through 1987

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    Davis, E.C.; Solomon, D.K.; Dreier, R.B.; Lee, S.Y.; Kelmers, A.D.; Lietzke, D.A. ); Craig, P.M. )

    1987-09-30

    The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Remedial Action Program (RAP), has supported characterization activities in Solid Waste Storage Area (SWSA 6) to acquire information necessary for identification and planning of remedial actions that may be warranted, and to facilitate eventual closure of the site. In FY 1986 investigations began in the areas of site hydrology, geochemistry, soils, geology, and geohydrologic model application. This report summarizes work carried out in each of these areas during FY's 1986 and 1987 and serves as a status report pulling together the large volume of data that has resulted. Characterization efforts are by no means completed; however, a sufficient data base has been generated to begin data interpretation and analysis of site contaminants.

  15. Summary of activities of the life cycle costing workshop conducted by the Environmental Restoration Program of Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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    1992-08-01

    A five-day life cycle workshop was conducted by the Environmental Restoration (FR) Program of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to develop appropriate remediation scenarios for each Waste Area Grouping (WAG) at ORNL and to identify associated data needs (e.g., remedial investigations, special studies, and technology demonstrations) and required interfaces. Workshop participants represented the Department of Energy, Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc., Bechtel National, Radian Corporation, EBASCO Corporation, and M-K Ferguson. The workshop was used to establish a technical basis for remediation activities at each WAG. The workshop results are documented in this report and provide the baseline for estimating the technical scope for each WAG. The scope and associated budgets and schedules will be summarized in baseline reports for each WAG, which, in turn, will be compiled into an overall strategy document for ORNL ER.

  16. Evidence for chemically heterogeneous Arctic mantle beneath the Gakkel Ridge

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    D'Errico, Megan E.; Warren, Jessica M.; Godard, Marguerite

    2016-02-01

    Ultraslow spreading at mid-ocean ridges limits melting due to on-axis conductive cooling, leading to the prediction that peridotites from these ridges are relatively fertile. To test this, we examined abyssal peridotites from the Gakkel Ridge, the slowest spreading ridge in the global ocean ridge system. Major and trace element concentrations in pyroxene and olivine minerals are reported for 14 dredged abyssal peridotite samples from the Sparsely Magmatic (SMZ) and Eastern Volcanic (EVZ) Zones. We observe large compositional variations among peridotites from the same dredge and among dredges in close proximity to each other. Modeling of lherzolite trace element compositions indicates varying degrees of non-modal fractional mantle melting, whereas most harzburgite samples require open-system melting involving interaction with a percolating melt. All peridotite chemistry suggests significant melting that would generate a thick crust, which is inconsistent with geophysical observations at Gakkel Ridge. The refractory harzburgites and thin overlying oceanic crust are best explained by low present-day melting of a previously melted heterogeneous mantle. Observed peridotite compositional variations and evidence for melt infiltration demonstrates that fertile mantle components are present and co-existing with infertile mantle components. Melt generated in the Gakkel mantle becomes trapped on short length-scales, which produces selective enrichments in very incompatible rare earth elements. Melt migration and extraction may be significantly controlled by the thick lithosphere induced by cooling at such slow spreading rates. We propose the heterogeneous mantle that exists beneath Gakkel Ridge is the consequence of ancient melting, combined with subsequent melt percolation and entrapment. Initial modes of depleted mantle composition from Hellebrand et al. (2002b). Melt compositions are from Brunelli et al. (2014) in

  17. Microbiological characterization of post-eruption “snowblower” vents at Axial Seamount, Juan de Fuca Ridge

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    Meyer, Julie L.; Akerman, Nancy H.; Proskurowski, Giora; Huber, Julie A.

    2013-01-01

    Microbial processes within the subseafloor can be examined during the ephemeral and uncommonly observed phenomena known as snowblower venting. Snowblowers are characterized by the large quantity of white floc that is expelled from the seafloor following mid-ocean ridge eruptions. During these eruptions, rapidly cooling lava entrains seawater and hydrothermal fluids enriched in geochemical reactants, creating a natural bioreactor that supports a subseafloor microbial “bloom.” Previous studies hypothesized that the eruption-associated floc was made by sulfide-oxidizing bacteria; however, the microbes involved were never identified. Here we present the first molecular analysis combined with microscopy of microbial communities in snowblower vents from samples collected shortly after the 2011 eruption at Axial Seamount, an active volcano on the Juan de Fuca Ridge. We obtained fluid samples and white flocculent material from active snowblower vents as well as orange flocculent material found on top of newly formed lava flows. Both flocculent types revealed diverse cell types and particulates when examined by phase contrast and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Distinct archaeal and bacterial communities were detected in each sample type through Illumina tag sequencing of 16S rRNA genes and through sequencing of the sulfide oxidation gene, soxB. In fluids and white floc, the dominant bacteria were sulfur-oxidizing Epsilonproteobacteria and the dominant archaea were thermophilic Methanococcales. In contrast, the dominant organisms in the orange floc were Gammaproteobacteria and Thaumarchaeota Marine Group I. In all samples, bacteria greatly outnumbered archaea. The presence of anaerobic methanogens and microaerobic Epsilonproteobacteria in snowblower communities provides evidence that these blooms are seeded by subseafloor microbes, rather than from microbes in bottom seawater. These eruptive events thus provide a unique opportunity to observe subseafloor microbial

  18. Age, Episodicity and Migration of Hydrothermal Activity within the Axial Valley, Endeavour Segment, Juan de Fuca Ridge

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    Jamieson, J. W.; Hannington, M. D.; Kelley, D. S.; Clague, D. A.; Holden, J. F.; Tivey, M. K.; Delaney, J. R.

    2011-12-01

    Hydrothermal sulfide deposits record the history of high-temperature venting along the Endeavour Segment. Active venting is currently located within five discreet vent fields, with minor diffuse venting occurring between the fields. However, inactive and/or extinct sulfide structures are found throughout the entire axial valley of the ridge segment, suggesting that hydrothermal activity has been more vigorous in the past or focused venting has migrated with time. Here, we present age constraints from U-series dating of 44 sulfide samples collected by manned submersible from between the Mothra Field in the south to Sasquatch in the north. Samples are dated using 226Ra/Ba ratios from hydrothermal barite that precipitates along with the sulfide minerals. Most samples have been collected from within or near the active vent fields. Fifteen samples from the Main Endeavour Field (MEF) show a spectrum of ages from present to 2,430 years old, indicating that this field has been continuously active for at least ~2,400 years. MEF appears to be oldest currently active field. This minimum value for the age of hydrothermal activity also provides a minimum age of the axial valley itself. Ages from thirteen samples from the High-Rise Field indicate continuous venting for at least the past ~1,250 years. These age data are used in conjunction with age constraints of the volcanic flows to develop an integrated volcanic, hydrothermal and tectonic history of the Endeavour Segment. The total volume of hydrothermal sulfide within the axial valley, determined from high-resolution bathymetry, is used in conjunction with the age constraints of the sulfide material to determine the mass accumulation rates of sulfide along the Endeavour Segment. These data can be used to calibrate the efficiency of sulfide deposition from the hydrothermal vents, and provide a time-integrated history of heat, fluid and chemical fluxes at the ridge-segment scale. The comparison of time-integrated rates with

  19. Influence of magma ascent rate on carbon dioxide degassing at oceanic ridges: Message in a bubble

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    Chavrit, D.; Humler, E.; Morizet, Y.; Laporte, D.

    2012-12-01

    In order to quantify the magma ascent rate beneath oceanic ridges, we propose a new method based on vesicle size distribution (VSD) and volatiles measurements (CO2 and H2O) on 65 fresh glasses from the global Mid-Ocean Ridge system. Comparisons of VSD between the main oceanic basins reveal that Mid-Ocean-Ridge-Basalts (MORB) from the Pacific Ocean have significantly higher bubble densities (148-124+739 bubbles/cm2) and initial population densities ln(n0)=19.6±2.8 cm-4 but lower vesicularities (˜0.1%). We determine the residence time of bubbles in the magma using the linear relationship between the logarithm of the density population and the vesicle diameters. Assuming a constant bubble growth rate (G=1.5×10-7 cm/s), we suggest that the transit times of the magmas through the oceanic crust are shorter beneath Pacific ridges (˜2 h) than elsewhere (˜15 h). In addition, the CO2 and H2O contents of the studied glasses allow the carbon saturation pressure to be calculated. Pacific MORB display a significantly lower carbon dioxide saturation pressure (Psat=843-221+300 bars) than Atlantic and Indian MORB (Psat=1898-827+1466 bars) but identical pressures of eruption (Pe˜310 bars). Consequently, the distance traveled by bubbles from the vesiculation depth to the seafloor is shorter for the Pacific (˜1.9 km) than for the Atlantic and Indian oceans (˜5.2 km): the longer the transit time, the longer the distance traveled. A closer inspection of the data revealed that the decompression rate (dP/dt) varied from 5.0×102 to 2.3×104 Pa/s and correlated positively with the measured bubble densities (nb/m3) as expected from experimental data and numerical modeling. At the global scale, most of the Pacific samples are characterized by high ascent rates (0.25-0.13+0.26 m/s) relative to those from the Atlantic (0.11-0.06+0.15 m/s) and the Indian samples (0.09-0.03+0.05 m/s). However, at the local scale some samples from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge at 37 °N (where the reflections of

  20. Implications of spinel compositions for the petrotectonic history of abyssal peridotite from Southwest Indian Ridge (SWIR)

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    Chen, T.; Jin, Z.; Wang, Y.; Tao, C.

    2012-12-01

    Abyssal peridotites generate at mid-ocean ridges. Lherzolite and harzburgite are the main rock types of peridotites in the uppermost mantle. The lherzolite subtype, less depleted and less common in ophiolites, characterizes mantle diapirs and slow-spreading ridges. Along the Earth's mid-ocean ridges, abyssal peridotites undergo hydration reactions to become serpentinite minerals, especially in slow to ultraslow spreading mid-ocean ridges. Spinel is common in small quantities in peridotites, and its compositions have often been used as petrogenetic indicators [1]. The Southwest Indian Ridge (SWIR) is one of the two ultraslow spreading ridges in the world. The studied serpentinized peridotite sample was collected by the 21st Voyage of the Chinese oceanic research ship Dayang Yihao (aka Ocean No. 1) from a hydrothermal field (63.5°E, 28.0°S, and 3660 m deep) in SWIR. The studied spinels in serpentinized lherzolite have four zones with different compositions: relic, unaltered core is magmatic Al-spinels; micro- to nano- sized ferrichromite zoned particles; narrow and discontinuous magnetite rim; and chlorite aureoles. The values Cr# of the primary Al-spinels indicate the range of melting for abyssal peridotites from SWIR extends from ~4% to ~7% [2]. The alteration rims of ferrichromite have a chemical composition characterized by Fe enrichment and Cr# increase indicating chromite altered under greenschist-amphibolite facies. Magnetites formed in syn- and post- serpentinization. Chlorite (clinochlore) formed at the boundary and crack of spinel indicating it had undergone with low-temperature MgO- and SiO2-rich hydrothermal fluids [3]. It suggests that serpentinized lherzolite from SWIR had undergone poly-stage hydration reactions with a wide range of temperature. Acknowledgments: EMPA experiment was carried out by Xihao Zhu and Shu Zheng in The Second Institute of Oceanography and China University of Geosciences, respectively. The work was supported by NSFC

  1. Using glacial morphology to constrain the impact of the Chile active spreading ridge subduction in Central Patagonia

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    Scalabrino, B.; Ritz, J. F.; Lagabrielle, Y.

    2009-04-01

    The Central Patagonian Cordillera is a unique laboratory to study interaction between oceanic and continental lithospheres during the subduction of an active spreading ridge beneath a continent. The subduction of the South Chile spreading Ridge, which separates the Nazca plate from the Antarctic plate, started ca. 15-14 Ma at the southern tip of Patagonia (55°S latitude). The northwards migration of the Chile Triple Junction induces the subduction of several segments especially around 46°S latitude. There, three segments subducted at ca. 6, 3 and 0.3 Ma, leading to the formation of a large asthenospheric slab-window beneath Central Patagonia. Contemporaneously, the Central Patagonia reliefs are undergoing major glacial events since at least 7 Ma. These events are evidenced to the east of the Central Patagonian morphotectonic front within perched relict surfaces. Inset in these perched glacial surfaces are found mid-Pleistocene glacial valleys, as the Lake General Carrera-Buenos Aires amphitheatre (LGCBA), which formed between 1.1 Ma and 16 ka. We used the relationships between the glacial valleys and the volcanism associated with the asthenospheric slab-window to better constraints the structural evolution of the Patagonian Cordillera related to the subduction of the Chili active spreading Ridge. The present work focused within two well-preserved perched flat surfaces named Meseta del Lago Buenos Aires and Meseta del Cerro Galera: (i) The meseta del Lago Buenos Aires defines a plateau made of interbedded units of tills and lavas dated between 12 Ma and 3 Ma. The top surface of the meseta, ˜2000 meters high is dated at 3 Ma, and is shaped by four NE-SW trending glacial lobes characterized with kettles, lineations and moraines. The glacial valleys are beheaded westwards and define perched valleys 200 to 400 meters higher than the western Cordillera. This suggests recent vertical movement along N160 extensive/transtensive corridor located between the morphotectonic

  2. Magmatism, Hydrothermal Cooling and Asymmetric Accretion at Slow-spreading Ridges

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    Bai, H.; Montesi, L.

    2014-12-01

    Asymmetric spreading is common at slow-spreading mid-ocean ridges when an active detachment fault accommodates a portion of the total plate separation. Basalts erupted along asymmetric segments have lower Ca, higher Fe, Na, K than the ones collected from symmetric segments, indicating higher pressures of fractionation and lower extents of partial melting of the mantle [Langmuir et al., AGU, 2013]. Seismic evidence also shows a thicker and colder axial lithosphere at asymmetric sections of the ridge [Escartín et al., 2008]. This phenomenon is most obvious when the asymmetric spreading centers are also oblique to its opening direction. The reduced melt supply beneath asymmetric spreading segments may be attributed to distorted mantle upwelling, enhanced hydrothermal cooling, and enriched compositional heterogeneities in the upper mantle. We construct two-dimensional thermo-mechanical models of symmetric and asymmetric spreading centers, and test the effects of asymmetric accretion and hydrothermal circulation on mantle melting. A temperature-dependent mantle viscosity is used. The hydrothermal circulation is implemented as an enhanced thermal conductivity limited by cutoff depth and temperature. The effect of oblique spreading is incorporated in the model as reduced effective spreading rate. Mantle flow and thermal structure are solved in the commercial finite element software COMSOL Multiphysics®. Melt production and flux are estimated in Matlab® using a nonlinear melting function [Katz et al., 2003]. We show that the asymmetric accretion alone does not affect the extent of melting or reduce the melt flux significantly. Hydrothermal cooling can plays an important role in deepening the melting depth and lowering the melt extent. Therefore, the difference in the extent of melting between asymmetric and symmetric spreading models can be explained by an enhanced hydrothermal circulation at asymmetric segments. This correlation is supported by the observation made at

  3. Enhanced hydrothermal activity along the East Pacific Rise during the last two glacial terminations

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    Lund, D. C.; Asimow, P. D.; Farley, K. A.

    2015-12-01

    Mid-ocean ridge magmatism is driven by seafloor spreading and decompression melting of the upper mantle. Scaling estimates [1-2] and model results [3-4] indicate that glacial-interglacial changes in sea level should modulate melt production at mid-ocean ridges, an idea that has been confirmed with detailed surveys of ridge bathymetry [4-5]. The nature and timing of associated changes in hydrothermal activity have remained unknown, however, precluding a clear understanding of whether ridge magmatism can act as a negative feedback on ice sheet size. Here we present multiple records of hydrothermal sedimentation spanning 1300 km of the East Pacific Rise (EPR). At each location, the flux of Fe, Mn, and As increased beginning at ~25 kyr BP, reached maximum values by 15 kyr BP, and then decreased into the Holocene. Lateral sediment focusing is an unlikely explanation given the similar signal in multiple cores and the lack of evidence for anomalous horizontal transport in 3He-based focusing factors. Coherent variations in Fe, Mn, and As suggest that diagenetic overprinting is not the primary driver of the down core signal. Elevated metal fluxes also occur during Termination II. The time series of hydrothermal sedimentation bear a strong resemblance to a record of seafloor bathymetry from 17ºS [5], suggesting that both have a common driver. The simplest explanation is glacial-interglacial variations in sea level, which apparently modulates sub-ridge melting, seafloor bathymetry, and hydrothermal activity at the EPR. Our results imply that geothermal heat flux from ridges increases during the last two glacial terminations, which should act to erode the deep ocean stratification, enhance the abyssal circulation, and transmit excess heat to the Southern Ocean, thereby setting the stage for deglaciation. [1] Lund and Asimow (2008) AGU Fall Meeting, Abstract #PP11D-08. [2] Huybers and Langmuir (2009) Earth and Planetary Science Letters 286, 479-491. [3] Lund and Asimow (2011

  4. Seismic reflection images of a near-axis melt sill within the lower crust at the Juan de Fuca ridge.

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    Canales, J Pablo; Nedimović, Mladen R; Kent, Graham M; Carbotte, Suzanne M; Detrick, Robert S

    2009-07-02

    The oceanic crust extends over two-thirds of the Earth's solid surface, and is generated along mid-ocean ridges from melts derived from the upwelling mantle. The upper and middle crust are constructed by dyking and sea-floor eruptions originating from magma accumulated in mid-crustal lenses at the spreading axis, but the style of accretion of the lower oceanic crust is actively debated. Models based on geological and petrological data from ophiolites propose that the lower oceanic crust is accreted from melt sills intruded at multiple levels between the Moho transition zone (MTZ) and the mid-crustal lens, consistent with geophysical studies that suggest the presence of melt within the lower crust. However, seismic images of molten sills within the lower crust have been elusive. Until now, only seismic reflections from mid-crustal melt lenses and sills within the MTZ have been described, suggesting that melt is efficiently transported through the lower crust. Here we report deep crustal seismic reflections off the southern Juan de Fuca ridge that we interpret as originating from a molten sill at present accreting the lower oceanic crust. The sill sits 5-6 km beneath the sea floor and 850-900 m above the MTZ, and is located 1.4-3.2 km off the spreading axis. Our results provide evidence for the existence of low-permeability barriers to melt migration within the lower section of modern oceanic crust forming at intermediate-to-fast spreading rates, as inferred from ophiolite studies.

  5. Hydrothermal activity along the northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge and in the Bransfield Strait Backarc Basin, Antarctica

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    Chin, Carol S.

    1998-12-01

    Seafloor hydrothermal circulation through young oceanic crust results in the expulsion of fluids as both diffuse and focused flow in the form of hydrothermal venting. High-temperature hydrothermal fluids are enriched in reduced chemical species that rapidly oxidize upon interaction with ambient, oxygen-rich bottom waters, resulting in plumes that are detectable in the water column both by their dissolved chemical composition as well as by their particle concentration. This study employed a novel instrument package which detected both dissolved manganese and particle concentration in situ. This package also included a standard CTD (conductivity, temperature, depth) and rosette for the collection of water samples. Because hydrothermal plumes integrate the output from an entire vent field, measurements in plumes can be used to estimate vent field fluxes. Some geochemical tracers from hydrothermal vents can also be detected thousands of kilometers from their sources. Thus, plumes provide the means to prospect for undiscovered hydrothermal sites, and can also predict characteristics of the venting site. This work includes studies of hydrothermal plumes along the northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge and in the Bransfield Strait backarc basin, Antarctica. In recent years, the number of known hydrothermal sites on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR) has increased from two to seven, and most other segments between 12° and 41° N have shown evidence of high-temperature hydrothermal activity. Furthermore, it appears that as one approaches the Azores Plateau, the concentration of dissolved delta3He in the bottom water (originating from hydrothermal venting) increases, suggesting that hydrothermal activity increases toward the plateau. This is consistent with the significant tectonic extension and crustal fissuring observed near the Azores Platform, which is expected to support increased convection. The Bransfield Strait is a backarc basin between the Antarctic Peninsula and the South

  6. Shh pathway activation is present and required within the vertebrate limb bud apical ectodermal ridge for normal autopod patterning.

    PubMed

    Bouldin, Cortney M; Gritli-Linde, Amel; Ahn, Sohyun; Harfe, Brian D

    2010-03-23

    Expression of Sonic Hedgehog (Shh) in the posterior mesenchyme of the developing limb bud regulates patterning and growth of the developing limb by activation of the Hedgehog (Hh) signaling pathway. Through the analysis of Shh and Hh signaling target genes, it has been shown that activation in the limb bud mesoderm is required for normal limb development to occur. In contrast, it has been stated that Hh signaling in the limb bud ectoderm cannot occur because components of the Hh signaling pathway and Hh target genes have not been found in this tissue. However, recent array-based data identified both the co