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  1. Hydrothermal Activity on ultraslow Spreading Ridge: new hydrothermal fields found on the Southwest Indian ridge

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    Tao, C.; Li, H.; Deng, X.; Lei, J.; Wang, Y.; Zhang, K.; Zhou, J.; Liu, W.

    2014-12-01

    Ultraslow spreading ridge makes up about 25% of global mid-ocean ridge length. Previous studies believed that hydrothermal activity is not widespread on the ultraslow spreading ridge owing to lower magma supply. Southwest Indian ridge (SWIR) with the spreading rate between 1.2cm/a to 1.4cm/a, represents the ultraslow spreading ridge. In 2007, Chinese Cruise (CC) 19th discovered the Dragon Flag deposit (DFD) on the SWIR, which is the first active hydrothermal field found on the ultraslow spreading ridge. In recent years, over 10 hydrothermal fields have been found on the SWIR between Indomed and Gallieni transform faults by the Chinese team. Tao et al. (2012) implied that the segment sections with excess heat from enhanced magmatism and suitable crustal permeability along slow and ultraslow ridges might be the most promising areas for searching for hydrothermal activities. In 2014, CC 30thdiscovered five hydrothermal fields and several hydrothermal anomalies on the SWIR. Dragon Horn Area (DHA). The DHA is located on the southern of segment 27 SWIR, with an area of about 400 km2. The geophysical studies indicated that the DHA belongs to the oceanic core complex (OCC), which is widespread on the slow spreading ridges (Zhao et al., 2013). The rocks, such as gabbro, serpentinized peridotite, and consolidated carbonate were collected in the DHA, which provide the direct evidence with the existence of the OCC. However, all rock samples gathered by three TV-grab stations are basalts on the top of the OCC. A hydrothermal anomaly area, centered at 49.66°E,37.80° S with a range of several kms, is detected in the DHA. It is probably comprised of several hydrothermal fields and controlled by a NW fault. New discovery of hydrothermal fields. From January to April 2014, five hydrothermal fields were discovered on the SWIR between 48°E to 50°E during the leg 2&3 of the CC 30th, which are the Su Causeway field (48.6°E, 38.1°S), Bai Causeway field (48.8°E, 37.9 °S), Dragon

  2. 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.

  3. Fast and slow spreading ridges - Structure and hydrothermal activity, ultramafic topographic highs, and CH4 output

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    Bougault, Henri; Charlou, Jean-Luc; Fouquet, Yves; Needham, Hubert D.; Vaslet, Nathalie; Appriou, Pierre; Baptiste, Philippe J.; Rona, Peter A.; Dmitriev, Leonid; Silant'ev, Sergej

    1993-06-01

    Different parts of the world ridge system have quite different morphologies, which reflect different constructional processes. It appears that hydrothermal circulation at all spreading centers is an important exchange process between the ocean and the newly formed oceanic crust. This hydrothermal circulation may vary according to morphology and crustal composition and may also affect ridge constructional processes. The TAG and Snake Pit hydrothermal sites on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR) display Mn/CH4 ratios in overlying seawater similar to those of nonsedimented East Pacific Rise sites, i.e., about 0.2 mol/L. In contrast, large methane anomalies with very low Mn/CH4 ratios of 0.005 mol/L are associated with ultramafic topographic highs near 15 deg N, close to the axis and on ultramafic walls of the rift valley. The association of ultramafic bodies and CH4 anomalies in seawater indicates active serpentinization processes. CH4 is produced during serpentinization according to the Fisher-Tropsch reaction. Changes of mechanical properties and of density of uplifted deep material in the accreting plate boundary zone caused by serpentinization may play an important role in the construction of slow spreading ridges.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  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. Reactive spreading: Adsorption, ridging and compound formation

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    Saiz, E.; Cannon, R.M.; Tomsia, A.P.

    2000-09-11

    Reactive spreading, in which a chemically active element is added to promote wetting of noble metals on nonmetallic materials, is evaluated. Theories for the energetics and kinetics of the necessary steps involved in spreading are outlined and compared to the steps in compound formation that typically accompany reactive wetting. These include: fluid flow, active metal adsorption, including nonequilibrium effects, and triple line ridging. All of these can be faster than compound nucleation under certain conditions. Analysis and assessment of recently reported experiments on metal/ceramic systems lead to a focus on those conditions under which spreading proceeds ahead of the actual formation of a new phase at the interface. This scenario may be more typical than believed, and perhaps the most effective situation leading to enhanced spreading. A rationale for the pervasive variability and hysteresis observed during high temperature wetting also emerges.

  9. Tectonics and magmatism of ultraslow spreading ridges

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    Dubinin, E. P.; Kokhan, A. V.; Sushchevskaya, N. M.

    2013-05-01

    The tectonics, structure-forming processes, and magmatism in rift zones of ultraslow spreading ridges are exemplified in the Reykjanes, Kolbeinsey, Mohns, Knipovich, Gakkel, and Southwest Indian ridges. The thermal state of the mantle, the thickness of the brittle lithospheric layer, and spreading obliquety are the most important factors that control the structural pattern of rift zones. For the Reykjanes and Kolbeinsey ridges, the following are crucial factors: variations in the crust thickness; relationships between the thicknesses of its brittle and ductile layers; width of the rift zone; increase in intensity of magma supply approaching the Iceland thermal anomaly; and spreading obliquety. For the Knipovich Ridge, these are its localization in the transitional zone between the Gakkel and Mohns ridges under conditions of shear and tensile stresses and multiple rearrangements of spreading; nonorthogonal spreading; and structural and compositional barrier of thick continental lithosphere at the Barents Sea shelf and Spitsbergen. The Mohns Ridge is characterized by oblique spreading under conditions of a thick cold lithosphere and narrow stable rift zone. The Gakkel and the Southwest Indian ridges are distinguished by the lowest spreading rate under the settings of the along-strike variations in heating of the mantle and of a variable spreading geometry. The intensity of endogenic structure-forming varies along the strike of the ridges. In addition to the prevalence of tectonic factors in the formation of the topography, magmatism and metamorphism locally play an important role.

  10. 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.

  11. Characteristics of Hydrothermal Mineralization in Ultraslow Spreading Ridges

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    Zhou, H.; Yang, Q.; Ji, F.; Dick, H. J.

    2014-12-01

    Hydrothermal activity is a major component of the processes that shape the composition and structure of the ocean crust, providing a major pathway for the exchange of heat and elements between the Earth's crust and oceans, and a locus for intense biological activity on the seafloor and underlying crust. In other hand, the structure and composition of hydrothermal systems are the result of complex interactions between heat sources, fluids, wall rocks, tectonic controls and even biological processes. Ultraslow spreading ridges, including the Southwest Indian Ridge, the Gakkel Ridge, are most remarkable end member in plate-boundary structures (Dick et al., 2003), featured with extensive tectonic amagmatic spreading and frequent exposure of peridotite and gabbro. With intensive surveys in last decades, it is suggested that ultraslow ridges are several times more effective than faster-spreading ridges in sustaining hydrothermal activities. This increased efficiency could attributed to deep mining of heat and even exothermic serpentinisation (Baker et al., 2004). Distinct from in faster spreading ridges, one characteristics of hydrothermal mineralization on seafloor in ultraslow spreading ridges, including the active Dragon Flag hydrothermal field at 49.6 degree of the Southwest Indian Ridge, is abundant and pervasive distribution of lower temperature precipitated minerals ( such as Fe-silica or silica, Mn (Fe) oxides, sepiolite, pyrite, marcasite etc. ) in hydrothermal fields. Structures formed by lower temperature activities in active and dead hydrothermal fields are also obviously. High temperature precipitated minerals such as chalcopyrite etc. are rare or very limited in hydrothermal chimneys. Distribution of diverse low temperature hydrothermal activities is consistence with the deep heating mechanisms and hydrothermal circulations in the complex background of ultraslow spreading tectonics. Meanwhile, deeper and larger mineralization at certain locations along the

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. Ultra-slow-spreading - A New Class of Ocean Ridge

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    Dick, H. J.; Lin, J.; Michael, P. J.; Schouten, H.; Snow, J. E.

    2002-12-01

    Surveys of the the SW Indian and Gakkel Ridges show that ultra-slow spreading ridges are as different from slow spreading ridges as fast spreading ridges are from slow ? perhaps more so. At an effective spreading rate for mantle upwelling <~12 mm/yr (the full rate spreading component measured orthogonal to the ridge trend) there are dramatic changes. Magmatism becomes discontinuous, with mantle peridotite emplaced directly to the sea floor over large regions. Local magmatic centers are either ephemeral point source or occur at long-lived cross-axis volcanic highs. The latter are principally localized at bends in the ridge trend or at ridge transform intersections. Mantle peridotites emplaced to the sea floor range from harzburgite to lherzolite, despite low levels of melt production, suggesting that much of this variability predates the ridge melting event. While high-pressure vein assemblages are not present, evidence for late stage low-pressure melt impregnation is common, suggesting that the peridotites underwent partial fusion. This likely eliminated pre-existing vein assemblages. Ridge basalts differ from those at faster spreading ridges as they are generally enriched - possible evidence of a pre-existing vein assemblage. In magmatically active areas, rift axes are sub-orthogonal to the spreading direction with high-angle normal faults dominating the formation of axial and rift valley relief. In the absence of active magmatism, rift valley walls are more subdued, and follow the ridge trend. The walls of amagmatic spreading segments are often lower than those at magmatic segments and are either highly irregular or dominated by low-angle normal faults. The latter dip ~14°-18° and slope down from the crest of the rift valley wall to the floor of the axial trough on essentially a single fault surface. Despite this an orthogonal fabric defined by 50 to 200-m high-angle normal fault scarps, reflecting brittle plate extension, is ubiquitous. This is most easily

  16. An ultraslow-spreading class of ocean ridge.

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    Dick, Henry J B; Lin, Jian; Schouten, Hans

    2003-11-27

    New investigations of the Southwest Indian and Arctic ridges reveal an ultraslow-spreading class of ocean ridge that is characterized by intermittent volcanism and a lack of transform faults. We find that the mantle beneath such ridges is emplaced continuously to the seafloor over large regions. The differences between ultraslow- and slow-spreading ridges are as great as those between slow- and fast-spreading ridges. The ultraslow-spreading ridges usually form at full spreading rates less than about 12 mm yr(-1), though their characteristics are commonly found at rates up to approximately 20 mm yr(-1). The ultraslow-spreading ridges consist of linked magmatic and amagmatic accretionary ridge segments. The amagmatic segments are a previously unrecognized class of accretionary plate boundary structure and can assume any orientation, with angles relative to the spreading direction ranging from orthogonal to acute. These amagmatic segments sometimes coexist with magmatic ridge segments for millions of years to form stable plate boundaries, or may displace or be displaced by transforms and magmatic ridge segments as spreading rate, mantle thermal structure and ridge geometry change.

  17. 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.

  18. 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…

  19. An abrupt change in ridge axis gravity with spreading rate

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    Small, Christopher; Sandwell, David T.

    1989-01-01

    A total of 44 Geosat profiles over ridges with spreading rates ranging from 14 to 155 mm/yr were analyzed. In agreement with previous studies, it is found that slow spreading ridges usually have high amplitude gravity troughs, while fast spreading ridges are characterized by low-amplitude ridge axis highs. Unexpectedly, it is found that the transition from axial trough to axial high occurs abruptly at a spreading rate of 60-70 mm/yr. Ridge axis gravity signatures are highly variable for rates less than 65 mm/yr and very uniform at higher rates. The transition of the gravity signature appears to get more abrupt than the transition of the topographic signature, suggesting an abrupt change in the style of isostatic compensation with spreading rate. Published models of ridge axis dynamics do not explain this sharp transition.

  20. Quantifying the Role of Active Detachment Faulting in Lithospheric Accretion Along Slow-Spreading Ridges (MAR 12-35°N)

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    Escartín, J. J.; Smith, D. K.; Schouten, H.; Cannat, J.

    2007-12-01

    We have systematically examined the seafloor morphology along both flanks of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR) axis between the Marathon and the Oceanographer Fracture zones (FZs), using available multibeam data. We find that detachment faulting may be active along more than 35% of this section of the northern MAR. Our interpretation is based on the findings that showed that the seafloor along the 12- 14°N section of the the MAR [Smith et al. 2006] is characterized by prominent linear ridges with significant outward facing slopes, and associated striated fault surfaces exposed at the seafloor. This terrain, which is interpreted to be the result of detachment faulting and core complex formation, is common throughout the northern MAR, and is systematically associated with zones of enhanced seismicity. The proportion of the axis dominated by detachment faulting varies from ~15% between the Hayes and Oceanographer FZs to >60% between the Marathon and Fifteen-Twenty FZs. Magmatic terrain is characterized by volcanic morphology and fault-bound abyssal hills subparallel to the axis. This terrain, which is associated with limited tectonic extension and aseismic zones, dominates accretion along 30% of the ridge axis. The remaining seafloor flanking the axis (25%) is difficult to classify, and corresponds to either oblique portions of the MAR with complex tectonic and magmatic features, or to areas with limited data coverage. Detachment faulting thus appears to play a larger role in lithospheric accretion along slow spreading ridges than that suggested by the striated fault surfaces alone. The two distinct seafloor morphologies correspond to sections of the ridge with different thermal states, as indicated by the seismic patterns, and probably linked to differences in magmatic supply to the axis.

  1. Subduction of the South Chile active spreading ridge: A 17 Ma to 3 Ma magmatic record in central Patagonia (western edge of Meseta del Lago Buenos Aires, Argentina)

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    Boutonnet, E.; Arnaud, N.; Guivel, C.; Lagabrielle, Y.; Scalabrino, B.; Espinoza, F.

    2010-01-01

    The Chile Triple Junction is a natural laboratory to study the interactions between magmatism and tectonics during the subduction of an active spreading ridge beneath a continent. The MLBA plateau (Meseta del Lago Buenos Aires) is one of the Neogene alkali basaltic plateaus located in the back-arc region of the Andean Cordillera at the latitude of the current Chile Triple Junction. The genesis of MLBA can be related with successive opening of slabs windows beneath Patagonia: within the subducting Nazca Plate itself and between the Nazca and Antarctic plates. Detailed 40Ar/ 39Ar dating and geochemical analysis of bimodal magmatism from the western flank of the MLBA show major changes in the back-arc magmatism which occurred between 14.5 Ma and 12.5 Ma with the transition from calc-alkaline lavas (Cerro Plomo) to alkaline lavas (MLBA) in relation with slab window opening. In a second step, at 4-3 Ma, alkaline felsic intrusions were emplaced in the western flank of the MLBA coevally with the MLBA basalts with which they are genetically related. These late OIB-like alkaline to transitional basalts were generated by partial melting of the subslab asthenosphere of the subducting Nazca plate during the opening of the South Chile spreading ridge-related slab window. These basalts differentiated with small amounts of assimilation in shallow magma chambers emplaced along transtensional to extensional zones. The close association of bimodal magmatism with extensional tectonic features in the western MLBA is a strong support to the model of Patagonian collapse event proposed to have taken place between 5 and 3 Ma as a consequence of the presence of the asthenospheric window (SCR-1 segment of South Chile Ridge) below the MLBA area.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. The axial topographic high at intermediate and fast spreading ridges

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    Carbotte, Suzanne M.; MacDonald, Ken C.

    1994-12-01

    An axial topographic high is commonly observed at both fast spreading ridges and some segments of intermediate spreading ridges. At fast rates the axial high is primarily created by the buoyancy of hot rock and magma beneath the rise. As newly formed crust is transported off axis, little vestige of an axial high is observed on the ridge flanks. In contrast, at intermediate rates, a significant component of the positive topography may be a volcanic construction, preserved on the ridge flanks as abyssal hills, which are slit axial volcanoes. We suggest this difference in the nature of the axial high reflects a lithosphere strong enough to support construction of a volcanic crestal ridge at intermediate spreading rates, but only rarely at fast rates. Relict overlap ridges, found within the discordant zones left by overlapping spreading centers, is one class of ridge-flank topography which appears to have a significant volcanic constructional component even at fast spreading ridges. Unlike topography away from these discontinuities, the relief and shape of overlapping spreading centers is preserved as relict ridge tips are rafted onto the ridge flanks. Reduced magma supply at these discontinuities may give rise to an axial lithosphere strong enough to support volcanic construction of overlap ridges. Low axial lithospheric strength may also account for the lack of normal faults within the innermost 1-2 km of fast, and some intermediate, spreading ridges. With a thin/weak brittle layer at the ridge crest, tensile failure will predominate and few normal faults will form. Depths to the axial magma chamber reflector observed in multi-channel seismic data limit the thickness of the brittel layer on axis to less than 1-2 km for much of the East Pacific Rise (EPR). This depth is comparable to depths over which tensile failure within the oceanic crust will predominate, estimated from the Griffith criteria for fracture initiation (approx. 0.5-1.5 km). As the brittle layer

  6. Carslberg Ridge and Mid-Atlantic Ridge: Slow-spreading Apparent Analogs

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    Rona, P. A.; Murton, B. J.; Bostrom, K.; Widenfalk, L.; Melson, W. G.; O'Hearn, T.; Cronan, D. S.; Jenkins, W. J.

    2005-12-01

    We compare morphology, tectonics, petrology, and hydrothermal activity of a known section of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR) between the Kane and Atlantis fracture zones (full multi-beam coverage 21N to 31N) to the lesser known Carlsberg Ridge (CR; limited multi-beam coverage plus satellite altimetry). The CR extends from the Owen Fracture Zone (10N) to the Vityaz Fracture Zone (5S) and spreads at half-rates (~1.2-1.8 cm/yr) similar to the MAR: 1) Morphology: Both ridges exhibit distinct segmentation (primarily sinistral) and axial valleys with high floor to crest relief (range 1122-1771 m). Average lengths of segments (CR: 70 km; MAR: 50 km) and crest-to crest width of the axial valley are greater on the CR (40 km) than MAR (23 km). Axial volcanic ridges form the neovolcanic zone on both ridges, typically 2.6 km wide and 213 m high on the CR. Average water depth near segment centers is greater on the MAR (3933 m) than the CR (3564 m). V-shaped patterns oblique to the spreading axis are present on both ridges. 2) Tectonics: Segments on each ridge are predominantly separated by short-offset (<30 km) non-transform discontinuities with longer transform faults generally spaced hundreds of kilometers apart. Bulls-eye Mantle Bouguer Lows (-30 to -50 mgal) are present at centers of spreading segments on both ridges. Metamorphic core complexes of lower crust and upper mantle are present on the MAR section (at fracture zones) and at least at one locality at 58.33E on the CR. 3) Petrology: MORB composition from our 20 stations along the CR fall into the MORB family, with no evidence of hotspot inputs (no excess K or Nb), or extreme fractionation, similar to the MAR section. REE and trace element patterns between 57E and 61E on the CR indicate increasing melt depletion to the northwest, while glasses exhibit a striking systematic increase in MgO (decrease in fractionation) to the northwest and attain among the most primitive composition of any ocean ridge adjacent to the Owen

  7. 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.

  8. Slow-spreading submarine ridges in the South Atlantic as a significant oceanic iron source

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    Saito, Mak A.; Noble, Abigail E.; Tagliabue, Alessandro; Goepfert, Tyler J.; Lamborg, Carl H.; Jenkins, William J.

    2013-09-01

    Low levels of the micronutrient iron limit primary production and nitrogen fixation in large areas of the global ocean. The location and magnitude of oceanic iron sources remain uncertain, however, owing to a scarcity of data, particularly in the deep ocean. Although deep-sea hydrothermal vents along fast-spreading ridges have been identified as important contributors to the oceanic iron inventory, slow-spreading ridges, which contribute more than half of the submarine ridge-crest environment, are assumed to be less significant and remain relatively unexplored. Here, we present measurements of dissolved iron and manganese concentrations along a full-depth section in the South Atlantic Ocean, running from offshore of Brazil to Namibia. We detect a large dissolved iron- and manganese-rich plume over the slow-spreading southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Using previously collected measurements of helium-3 concentrations--a tracer of hydrothermal activity--we calculate the ratio of dissolved iron to hydrothermal helium in the plume waters and find that it is 80-fold higher than that reported for plume waters emanating from faster-spreading ridges in the southeastern Pacific. Only the application of a higher ratio in global ocean model simulations yields iron fluxes from these slow-spreading submarine ridges that are in line with our observations. We suggest that global iron contributions from hydrothermal vents are significantly higher than previously thought, owing to a greater contribution from slow-spreading regions.

  9. Experimental study of structure-forming deformations in obliquely spreading ultra-slow ridges

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    Dubinin, Evgeniy; Kokhan, Andrey; Grokholsky, Andrey

    2013-04-01

    This paper is dedicated to obliquely spreading ultra-slow ridges of North Atlantic and Arctic. The study covers four ridges: Reikjanes, Kolbeynsey, Mohns and Knipovich They are rather young (spreading initiated 58-60 Myr ago) and angles between their trends and spreading direction are from 33 to 85°. All the ridges have peculiarities in structure patterns, kinematics, and morphology and develop in specific geodynamical environments. Kolbeynsey and Reikjanes ridges are developing under influence of Iceland hotspot. Knipovich ridge is developing in ancient slip zone along the heavily sedimented Spitzbergen margin. Spreading at Mohns ridge occurs in conditions of thick lithosphere and extremely narrow heating zone. In order to study geodynamical features of structure-forming on these ridges we apply experimental modeling The model material used in modeling is a colloidal system composed of mineral oils, solid hydrocarbon and surface-active substances. It has elastic-viscous-plastic properties, under temperature and strain rate, it is capable of failure like a brittle body. Reikjanes (ridge obliquity 60-65°) and Kolbeynsey (80-85°) ridges show changes of morphology with increasing distance from Iceland mantle plume. In proximity with Iceland they are characterized by axial rise with long s-shaped axial volcanic ridges (AVRs) offset by small discontinuities. Far from Iceland the AVRs are short and offset by large non-transform offsets which are situated in axial valley. In conditions of all these features are explained by influence of mantle flow from the Iceland mantle plum initiating the increasing of mantle temperature. It results in decreasing of lithospheric brittle layer with approaching to Iceland. In experimental sets reproducing conditions of proximate to Iceland part of the ridge were reproduced in sets with the widest weak zone and the smallest crustal thickness and vice versa. In sets reproducing conditions of proximate to Iceland received long and non

  10. Morphology of oceanic ridges in spreading colloidal suspensions: Influence of spreading rate and lithospheric thickness

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    Sibrant, A.; Davaille, A.; Mittelstaedt, E. L.

    2016-12-01

    Oceanic ridges exhibit significant changes in their structural, morphological, and volcanic characteristics with changes in spreading velocity. However, separating the role of correlated affects such as spreading rate and lithospheric thickness on the segmentation of the ridge axis is difficult with only field data. The goal of this study is (a) to conduct properly scaled laboratory simulations of oceanic ridges, and (b) to investigate how the morphology and geometry of spreading-normal oceanic ridges vary separately with extension rate and lithospheric thickness. We present a series of analogue experiments using colloidal silica dispersions as an Earth analogue. Saline water solutions placed in contact with these fluids, cause formation of a skin through salt diffusion, whose rheology evolves from purely viscous to elastic and brittle with increasing salinity. Applying a fixed spreading rate to this pre-formed, brittle plate resulting in cracks, faults and axial ridge structures. Lithospheric (skin) thickness at a given extension rate is varied by changing salinity of the surface water layer. With increasing spreading rate, we observe several regimes: (1) at the slowest spreading rates, the spreading axis is composed of several segments separated by non-transform offsets and has a fault-bounded, deep, U-shaped axial valley. The axis has a large sinuosity, rough topography, and jumps repeatedly. (2) At intermediate spreading rates, the spreading axis shows low sinuosity, overlapping spreading centers (OSC) , a smooth axial morphology, and very few to no jumps. The axial valley is shallow and shows a V-shape morphology. The OSCs have a ratio of length to width of 3 to 1. (3) At faster spreading rates, the axis is continuous and presents an axial high topography. (4) At the fastest spreading rates tested, the spreading axis is again segmented. Each segment is offset by well developed transform faults and the axis has a sinuosity comparable to those of regimes 2 and 3

  11. Hydrothermal circulation at slow spreading ridges: Analysis of heat sources and heat transfer processes

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    Lowell, Robert P.

    Hydrothermal processes on slow spreading ridges exhibit several features that distinguish them from their counterparts at fast and intermediate rate spreading centers. These differences may reflect differences in magma supply rates, type of host rock, and the interplay between magmatism and tectonic extension. As a result, the heat sources and driving mechanisms for hydrothermal circulation at slow spreading ridges may differ from those on fast and intermediate spreading ridges. This paper reviews various heat sources and heat transfer processes at slow spreading ridges, including mantle heat flux, mining of crustal heat, the role of exothermic chemical reactions, and magmatic heat sources. The analyses suggest that for high-temperature, high-output systems such as TAG, Rainbow, and Lucky Strike on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and Kairei on the Central Indian Ridge, heat transfer from convecting, an actively replenished subaxial magma chamber is required to maintain these systems on decadal time scales. Low-temperature off-axis systems such as Lost City are likely driven by heat extraction from the crust, perhaps in conjunction with downward fluid migration in reactivated faults. Serpentinization reactions appear to play a smaller role. Broken Spur is a relatively low heat output system that is likely driven by magma, but it may be in a waning phase.

  12. 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.

  13. Diverse styles of volcanism at slow-spreading ridges (Invited)

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    Yeo, I. A.; Devey, C. W.; Searle, R. C.

    2013-12-01

    Slow-spreading mid-ocean ridge segments display an incredible diversity in morphology as a result of the volcanic processes occurring on them. The may have prominent axial highs or be floored by smooth, tectonised terrains. Where highs are present they may be smooth or hummocky, fill the valley or be surrounded by lower profile lava flows, and may exist not only in the centre, but also at the ends of segments. Individual eruptions may form one or more lava morphologies, be continuous or discontinuous and occur anywhere along the segment. This diversity is illustrated well in bathymetry and sidescan sonar from along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Multibeam bathymetry from sites along the MAR reveal large scale differences in morphology between segments, while higher resolution multibeam and sidescan datasets from AUVs alongside video and photographic information from ROVs help to elucidate the detailed volcanic morphologies associated with these larger scale differences. Hummocky terrain and smooth terrain are present in varying proportions on almost all slow-spreading segments, however may form in differing locations, or as parts of larger edifices. For example, smooth volcanic highs are morphologically and probably volcanologically different to hummocky axial volcanic ridges. In this contribution we compare and contrast bathymetric data from a number of different slow-spreading segments, including recently collected bathymetry from previously unsurveyed sections of the southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge, with high-resolution sidescan, multibeam and video observations to look at the variety of volcanic features on slow-spreading ridges and their impact for the construction of the upper oceanic crust.

  14. 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.

  15. Hidden tectonics at slow-spreading ridges: distinguishing magmatic from tectonic spreading

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    MacLeod, C. J.; Searle, R. C.; Mallows, C.; Young, E. C.

    2011-12-01

    In the fifteen years since the discovery of oceanic core complexes (OCCs) at slow-spreading mid-ocean ridges our understanding of the processes of seafloor spreading has changed fundamentally. Following the 2010 Chapman Conference on Detachments in Oceanic Lithosphere there has been a general convergence of view that OCCs - the flat-topped domal massifs with spreading-direction-parallel corrugations found at intervals along slow-spreading ridges - represent the exposed, inactive portions of long-lived extensional detachment structures that exhume mantle rocks in their footwalls. Detachments appear to initiate and slip at steep angles before rolling over as a flexural response to unloading. It is recognised that detachment fault initiation, i.e. maintenance of slip on a single median valley fault, is favoured when the proportion of plate separation accommodated by magmatic accretion in the axial valley is about a third to a half of the total. Fault weakening, typically by formation of phyllosilicates such as talc as a result of deep penetration of fluids along the fault, appears also to be an essential pre-requisite for detachment fault formation. Considerably less well understood are the mechanisms of melt emplacement into the lithosphere and the nature of the interactions between tectonism and magmatism. In a recent paper on the 13°N region of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR; MacLeod et al. 2009 EPSL v.287, p.333-344) we showed that volcanism is suppressed when OCC detachment faults are active, but that renewed volcanism propagating laterally along strike from adjacent, magmatically robust segments intrudes into their footwalls and may eventually terminate them. If melt supply is insufficient to overwhelm the detachment it may instead be captured in the footwall of an OCC, decoupling the mantle melt flux from that contributing to magmatic accretion in the hanging wall and instead promoting asymmetric accretion. This model implicitly views oceanic detachments as

  16. 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.

  17. Microbial Community Structure of Deep-sea Hydrothermal Vents on the Ultraslow Spreading Southwest Indian Ridge.

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    Ding, Jian; Zhang, Yu; Wang, Han; Jian, Huahua; Leng, Hao; Xiao, Xiang

    2017-01-01

    Southwest Indian Ridge (SWIR) is a typical oceanic ultraslow spreading ridge with intensive hydrothermal activities. The microbial communities in hydrothermal fields including primary producers to support the entire ecosystem by utilizing geochemical energy generated from rock-seawater interactions. Here we have examined the microbial community structures on four hydrothermal vents from SWIR, representing distinct characteristics in terms of temperature, pH and metal compositions, by using Illumina sequencing of the 16S small subunit ribosomal RNA (rRNA) genes, to correlate bacterial and archaeal populations with the nature of the vents influenced by ultraslow spreading features. Epsilon-, Gamma-, Alpha-, and Deltaproteobacteria and members of the phylum Bacteroidetes and Planctomycetes, as well as Thaumarchaeota, Woesearchaeota, and Euryarchaeota were dominant in all the samples. Both bacterial and archaeal community structures showed distinguished patterns compared to those in the fast-spreading East Pacific Ridge or the slow-spreading Mid-Atlantic Ridge as previously reported. Furthermore, within SWIR, the microbial communities are highly correlated with the local temperatures. For example, the sulfur-oxidizing bacteria were dominant within bacteria from low-temperature vents, but were not represented as the dominating group recovered from high temperature (over 300°C) venting chimneys in SWIR. Meanwhile, Thaumarchaeota, the ammonium oxidizing archaea, only showed high relative abundance of amplicons in the vents with high-temperature in SWIR. These findings provide insights on the microbial community in ultraslow spreading hydrothermal fields, and therefore assist us in the understanding of geochemical cycling therein.

  18. Microbial Community Structure of Deep-sea Hydrothermal Vents on the Ultraslow Spreading Southwest Indian Ridge

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    Ding, Jian; Zhang, Yu; Wang, Han; Jian, Huahua; Leng, Hao; Xiao, Xiang

    2017-01-01

    Southwest Indian Ridge (SWIR) is a typical oceanic ultraslow spreading ridge with intensive hydrothermal activities. The microbial communities in hydrothermal fields including primary producers to support the entire ecosystem by utilizing geochemical energy generated from rock-seawater interactions. Here we have examined the microbial community structures on four hydrothermal vents from SWIR, representing distinct characteristics in terms of temperature, pH and metal compositions, by using Illumina sequencing of the 16S small subunit ribosomal RNA (rRNA) genes, to correlate bacterial and archaeal populations with the nature of the vents influenced by ultraslow spreading features. Epsilon-, Gamma-, Alpha-, and Deltaproteobacteria and members of the phylum Bacteroidetes and Planctomycetes, as well as Thaumarchaeota, Woesearchaeota, and Euryarchaeota were dominant in all the samples. Both bacterial and archaeal community structures showed distinguished patterns compared to those in the fast-spreading East Pacific Ridge or the slow-spreading Mid-Atlantic Ridge as previously reported. Furthermore, within SWIR, the microbial communities are highly correlated with the local temperatures. For example, the sulfur-oxidizing bacteria were dominant within bacteria from low-temperature vents, but were not represented as the dominating group recovered from high temperature (over 300°C) venting chimneys in SWIR. Meanwhile, Thaumarchaeota, the ammonium oxidizing archaea, only showed high relative abundance of amplicons in the vents with high-temperature in SWIR. These findings provide insights on the microbial community in ultraslow spreading hydrothermal fields, and therefore assist us in the understanding of geochemical cycling therein. PMID:28659873

  19. Tectonics of the Ninetyeast Ridge derived from the spreading records of the contiguous oceanic basins and age constraints of the ridge

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    Krishna, K. S.; Abraham, H.; Sager, W. W.; Gopala Rao, D.; Levchenko, O. V.

    2010-12-01

    A major scientific expedition in the Indian Ocean was accomplished onboard RV Roger Revelle (KNOX06RR) to investigate the evolution of the Ninetyeast Ridge and to understand the spreading activity particularly in close proximity to the Kerguelen hotspot. Comparison of the magnetic anomaly data of both the Central Indian and Wharton basins with synthetic profiles reveals magnetic lineations 19 through 34, several near N-S oriented fracture zones, and fossil ridge segments ceased at 65 and 42 Ma. The trends of fracture zones (~N5°E) and Ninetyeast Ridge (~N10°E) are in obliquity. Thus the 89°E FZ in the south borders the Ninetyeast Ridge on east side, while in the north the same FZ borders the ridge on west side and led to largely control the morphology of the ridge. The magnetic pattern of the region disclose that the oceanic crust close to the Ninetyeast Ridge, particularly between 86°E FZ and 90°E FZ shows highly diachronic age succession together with fossil ridge segments of discrete ages (65 and 42 Ma). In addition, stretches of the Ninetyeast Ridge and oceanic crust in adjacent basins evolved during the contemporaneous ages between 77 and 43 Ma suggest that the ridge was accreted at a rate of almost a factor-of-two acceleration (~118 km/Myr) in comparison to that of the oceanic crust formation (50 - 58 km/Myr). The proximity of spreading activity and the Kerguelen hotspot volcanism was continually in dynamic state due to the absolute motion of the Indian plate toward north and hotspot drift in SSW direction. During the emplacement of the Ninetyeast Ridge, the spreading centers and the Kerguelen hotspot have gradually come closer and then underwent for ridge jumps in order to keep ridge-segments away from the hotspot.

  20. Seismic evidence for a magma chamber beneath the slow-spreading Mid-Atlantic Ridge

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    Calvert, A. J.

    1995-10-01

    SEISMIC reflections from magma chambers have been observed along the fast-spreading East Pacific Rise1,2 and the intermediate-spreading Valu Fa Ridge3,4; sub-axial reflections also exist beneath the intermediate-spreading Juan de Fuca Ridge5. But no magma chambers have been identified beneath the slow-spreading Mid-Atlantic Ridge, suggesting that here magma chambers lie unusually deep or are transient features6-11. Seismic reflection profiles acquired in 1989 over the Snake Pit hydrothermal area, in the rift valley of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge ˜25 km south of the Kane fracture zone, showed no evidence of magmatic activity12, although geochemical analyses of hydrothermal vent fluids suggest the existence of magma at depths as shallow as 1-2 km13,14. By suppressing in these data high-amplitude coherent noise generated at the sea floor, I have obtained images, in an otherwise non-reflective crust, of seismic reflections beneath, and just south of, the Snake Pit hydrothermal area. These reflections define a small, 4-km-wide dome whose apex is ˜ 1,200 m beneath the sea floor. As bright reflections from the upper flanks of this dome occur in the depth range suggested by the vent-fluid geochemistry, I interpret the dome to be the seismic expression of a small magma chamber.

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Hydrothermal activities around Dragon Horn Area (49.7°E) on ultra-slow spreading Southwest Indian Ridge (SWIR)

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    Tao, C.; Liang, J.; Zhang, H.; Li, H.; Egorov, I. V.; Liao, S.

    2016-12-01

    The Dragon Horn Area (49.7°E), is located at the west end of the EW trending Segment 28 of Southwest Indian Ridge between Indomed and Gallieni FZ. The segment is characterized by highly asymmetric topography. The northern flank is deeper and develops typical parallel linear fault escarpments. Meanwhile, the southern flank, where the Dragon Horn lies, is shallower and bears corrugations. The indicative corrugated surface which extends some 5×5 km was interpreted to be of Dragon Flag OCC origin (Zhao et al., 2013). Neo-volcanic ridge extends along the middle of the rifted valley and is bounded by two non-transform offsets to the east and west. Our investigations revealed 6 hydrothermal fields/anomalies in this area, including 2 confirmed sulfide fields, 1 carbonate field, and 3 inferred hydrothermal anomalies based on methane and turbidity data from 2016 AUV survey. Longqi-1(Dragon Flag) vent system lies to the northwest edge of Dragon Flag OCC. It is one of the largest hydrothermal venting systems along Mid-Ocean Ridges, with maximum temperature at vent site DFF6 of 'M zone' up to 379.3 °C (Tao et al, 2016). Massive sulfides (49.73 °E, 37.78 °S) were sampled 10 km east to Longqi-1, representing independent hydrothermal activities controlled by respective local structures. According to geological mapping and interpretation, both sulfide fields are located on the hanging wall of the Dragon Flag OCC detachment. Combined with the inferred hydrothermal anomaly to the east of the massive sulfide site, we suppose that they are controlled by different fault phases during the detachment of oceanic core complex. Moreover, consolidated carbonate sediments were widely observed and sampled on the corrugated surface and its west side, they are proposed to be precipitated during the serpentinization of ultramafic rocks, representing low-temperature hydrothermal process. These hydrothermal activities, distributed within 20km, may be controlled by the same Dragon Flag OCC

  4. 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

  5. Spreading Dynamics of an Intermediate Ridge: Endeavour Segment of the Juan de Fuca Ridge

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    Scott, S. R.; Ramos, F. C.; Gill, J. B.

    2011-12-01

    U/Th disequilibria analyses of 36 on- and off-axis MORB samples from the Endeavour segment of the Juan de Fuca Ridge, an intermediate spreading ridge off the Pacific Northwest coast of the USA, reflect recent spreading and time-integrated geochemical variability. Previous major and trace element and isotopic data from Endeavour samples exhibit a wide range of geochemical characteristics for samples within close spatial proximity, including EMORB, TMORB and NMORB. Morphology of Endeavour constrains lavas erupted on-axis to flow within the current axial valley, preventing axial lavas from flowing off-axis. This relationship can be used to date any MORB found outside of the axial valley, assuming all types lie on a single zero-age line from the most depleted to most enriched lavas. U-Th data indicate that all EMORB and the majority of TMORB are zero-age (<10 ka) within error and lie on a single zero-age line. EMORB with equivalent (within error) young ages on both sides of the axial valley and that span across the entire eastern flank of the ridge erupted prior to the formation of the current axial valley and within a short time interval (<10 ky). If the axial valley formed within the last 10 ky, the minimum full spreading rate falls around 8 cm/yr. If the majority of EMORB are <8 ka, the axial valley may have formed at a full spreading rate of 10 cm/yr or greater. These U-Th age constraints on EMORB yield a spreading rate faster than the time-integrated spreading rate (5 cm/yr). An EMORB sample located furthest east of the axis is at least 70 ky younger than expected based on the time-integrated spreading rate (5 cm/yr). One on-axis TMORB is not within error of the E-T zero-age line, and may be as old as 17 ka. U-Th ages of TMORB from the western flank fall between 25 and ~100 ka, older than all EMORB. NMORB generally have higher Th isotope ratios than E- or TMORB for a given U/Th ratio and lie on a second zero-age line. One NMORB, on the far western flank, is ~40 ky

  6. Experimental study of structure-forming deformations in ultra-slow spreading Arctic and Polar Atlantic ridges

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    Dubinin, E. P.; Grokholsky, A. L.; Kokhan, A. V.

    2010-05-01

    The system of regional spreading ridges includes Reikjanes, Kolbeinsey, Mohns, Knipovich and Gakkel ridges. They are rather young (spreading initiated 58-60 Myr ago) and ultra-slow (spreading velocity < 20 mm/year). But all of them have peculiarities in structure patterns, kinematics, and morphology. In order to study geodynamical features of structure-forming on these ridges we apply experimental modeling. This study covers three of the ridges mentioned above: Reikjanes, Knipovich and Gakkel. The specified experimental complex and model material were used in modeling sets. The model material used in modeling is a colloidal system composed of mineral oils, solid hydrocarbon and surface-active substances. It has elastic-viscous-plastic properties, under temperature and strain rate, it is capable of failure like a brittle body. All experiments were held according to similarity conditions. Reikjanes ridge is situated south-west of Iceland. It shows changes of morphology from north to south. The northern part of it is characterized by axial rise, the southern part - by axial valley. The main feature of axial morphology is presence of s-shaped axial volcanic ridges (AVRs). The angle between ridge trend and plate divergence trend is nearly 60°. All these features are explained by influence of mantle flow from the Iceland mantle plum initiating the increasing of mantle temperature. It results in decreasing of litospheric brittle layer with approaching to Iceland. The experimental setting was following. The weak zone was emplaced obliquely, crustal thickness and width of weak zone varied in sets. Conditions of northern part of the ridge were reproduced in sets with the widest weak zone and the smallest crustal thickness and vice versa. In sets reproducing conditions of northern province we received long and non-discontinued AVRs, on the other hand we received short and displaced AVRs in south-like conditions. Knipovich ridge stretches along Spitsbergen continental margin

  7. 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.

  8. Length Scales of Magmatic Segments at Intermediate and Fast Spreading Ridges

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    Boulahanis, B.; Carbotte, S. M.; Klein, E. M.; Smith, D. K.; Cannat, M.

    2014-12-01

    A synthesis of observations from fast and magmatically-robust intermediate spreading ridges suggest that fine-scale tectonic segments, previously classified as 3rd order, correspond with principle magmatic segments along these ridges, each with their own magmatic plumbing system in the crust and shallow mantle. In this study, we use multi-beam sonar data available for fast and intermediate spreading ridges to determine the length distribution of these segments for comparison with the primary segmentation of the ridge axis found at slower spreading ridges. A study of intermediate, slow and ultraslow-spreading ridges using global satellite-derived bathymetry indicates a dominant segment length of 53 km [Briais and Rabinowicz, J. Geophys. Res. 2002]. However, satellite-derived bathymetry cannot be used to identify fine-scale tectonic segmentation of fast and magmatically-robust intermediate spreading ridges due to the subdued low-relief expression of ridge-axis discontinuities along these spreading rates. This study focuses on the well-mapped regions of the East Pacific Rise between 13.35°S and 18°N, and the Galapagos Spreading Center between 85° and 95.38° W. We reexamine tectonic segmentation of the ridge axis previously identified in the literature and modify the locations of ridge-axis discontinuities defining segment ends in regions where modern multi-beam bathymetric data coverage has improved relative to that available in early studies. Discontinuities of first, second, and third order are used to define tectonic segment lengths. Initial results show a mean segment length of 42 km (standard deviation of 27 km) and a median of 33 km, with 85 segments studied, similar to the segment length distributions observed at slower spreading ridges. To further evaluate the hypothesis of principle magmatic segments, we also examine the relationship between fine-scale tectonic segmentation and properties of the crustal magmatic system imaged in prior seismic studies of

  9. Subduction of the South-Chile active spreading ridge: a 17 Ma to 3 Ma magmatic record in central Patagonia (western edge of Meseta del Lago Buenos Aires, Argentina)

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    Boutonnet, Emmanuelle; Arnaud, Nicolas; Guivel, Christèle; Lagabrielle, Yves; Scalabrino, Bruno; Espinoza, Felipe

    2010-05-01

    The Chile Triple Junction is a natural laboratory to study the interactions between magmatism and tectonics during the subduction of an active spreading ridge beneath a continent. The MLBA plateau (Meseta del Lago Buenos Aires) is one of the Neogene alkali basaltic plateaus located in the back-arc region of the Andean Cordillera at the latitude of the current Chile Triple Junction. The genesis of MLBA can be related with successive opening of slabs windows beneath Patagonia: within the subducting Nazca Plate itself and between the Nazca and Antarctic plates. Detailed 40Ar/39Ar dating and geochemical analysis of bimodal magmatism from the western flank of the MLBA show major changes in the back-arc magmatism which occurred between 14.5 Ma and 12.5 Ma with the transition from calc-alkaline lavas (Cerro Plomo) to alkaline lavas (MLBA) in relation with slab window opening. In a second step, at 4- 3 Ma, alkaline felsic intrusions were emplaced in the western flank of the MLBA coevally with the MLBA basalts with which they are genetically related. These late OIB-like alkaline to transitional basalts were generated by partial melting of the subslab asthenosphere of the subducting Nazca plate during the opening of the South Chile spreading ridge-related slab window. These basalts differentiated with small amounts of assimilation in shallow magma chambers emplaced along transtensional to extensional zones. The close association of bimodal magmatism with extensional tectonic features in the western MLBA is a strong support to the model of Patagonian collapse event proposed to have taken place between 5 and 3 Ma as a consequence of the presence of the asthenospheric window (SCR-1 segment of South Chile Ridge) below the MLBA area.

  10. How thick is the magmatic crust at slow spreading oceanic ridges?

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    Cannat, M.

    1996-02-10

    This report explores the composition and structure of ultramafic and gabbroic rocks used to constrain the geology of thick lithosphere, thin crust regions of slow spreading ridges, and proposes a geological model that would affect the understanding of the relation between axial segmentation and magma supply variations along slow spreading ridges.

  11. Upper plate responses to active spreading ridge/transform subduction: The tectonics, basin evolution, and seismicity of the Taita area, Chile Triple Junction

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    Flint, S.; Prior, D. ); Styles, P.; Murdie, R. ); Agar, S.; Turner, P. )

    1993-02-01

    Integrated field geophysical, structural and stratigraphic studies are attempting to elucidate the mechanisms and consequences of the Late Miocene-present day subduction of the Chile Ridge triple junction system. Preliminary data indicate a shallow plane of seismicity at about 15 km to 20 km depth below the Taitao peninsula. The depths correspond to the predicted depth range of subducted upper ocean crust. The calculated Bouguer anomaly map cannot be explained by the upper plate geology, suggesting that gravity is influenced by heterogeneities in the subducting oceanic plate. Seismic data imply that a subducted transform system underlying the inner Taitao Peninsula is still an active structure. A series of Middle-Late Tertiary sedimentary basins lie inboard of the triple junction. Within the Cosmelli basin, abrupt marine to continental facies transitions give clear evidence of base level changes. The amount of basinward shift of facies across sequence boundaries gets progressively greater up stratigraphy, indicating progressively greater base level changes. The lower part of the basin fill is folded and then thrusted eastward as a series of imbricates, while the overlying, greater thickness of fluvial sediments are only gently tilted westwards. We provisionally interpret this geometry to indicate that the early basin fill was deforming due to contractional tectonics while the later basin fill was being deposited. This complex basin history may reflect initiation and development of triple junction subduction.

  12. History of Spreading Ridge Subduction Around the Pacific Rim Since the Early Cretaceous

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    Sdrolias, M.; Müller, D.

    2006-12-01

    The Pacific margins have been influenced by large-scale events related to the subduction of mid-oceanic and aseismic ridges. In order to understand the timing, location, migration and products of these events, we need to restore all now subducted oceanic crust in a global tectonic reference frame. We have created a global plate kinematic model using a merged moving hotspot (Late Cretaceous-present) and fixed hotspot (Early Cretaceous) reference frame, coupled with reconstructed spreading histories of all the major plates (including the Pacific, Phoenix, Farallon, Kula and Izanagi plates). We compute the age-area distribution of oceanic lithosphere (including now subducted oceanic lithosphere) and the bathymetry of the ocean basins through time. This extensive model enables us to track the location and migration of active and inactive spreading ridges and oceanic plateaus through time. Our model shows an episodic history of spreading ridge subduction along the Andes, North American, Aleutian and western Pacific margins from the Cretaceous to the present day. Subduction of the Farallon-Phoenix ridge along the central Andes occurred perpendicular to the margin in the early-mid Cretaceous and corresponds to the emplacement of numerous Cretaceous ore bodies in this region. After the cessation of spreading along the Farallon-Phoenix ridge, the ridge migrated slowly northward until it was subducted parallel to the margin in the Miocene in the north-central Andes, again causing widespread ore deposit formation. Furthermore, we predict the subduction of an oceanic plateau (conjugate to the Manihiki plateau) under the northern Andes at about 50Ma. Along North America, the subduction of the Kula-Farallon ridge occurred sub- parallel to the margin in the earliest Palaeocene (~65Ma) and migrated northward into southern Canada until ~45Ma when young crust from the Farallon-Pacific ridge was subducted parallel to the margin. Additionally, the docking of an oceanic plateau (formed

  13. Ridge Segmentation, Tectonic Evolution and Rheology of Slow-Spreading Oceanic Crust

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    1996-09-01

    observed along the Reykjanes Ridge , corresponding to the influence of the Iceland hot spot. Consequently, variations in roughness with spreading rate...1995; Sempidr et al., 1995] and for the Reykjanes ridge [e.g., Searle, unpub. data]. Although some small offsets (᝺ km) are not recognized from the...values for the Reykjanes Ridge are low when compared with other sections of the ridge with similar obliquity (black circles in Figure 5). The

  14. Numerical Simulation of Magma Effects on Hydrothermal Venting at Ultra-Slow Spreading Southwest Indian Ridge

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    Zang, Hong; Niu, Xiongwei; Ruan, Aiguo; Li, Jiabiao; Meng, Lin

    2017-04-01

    Finite element method is used to numerically simulate oceanic crust thermal dynamics in order to understand the hydrothermal venting mechanism at ultra-slow spreading ridge, whether is the ancient magma chamber still living and supplying hot magma for vents or have surrounding hotspots been affecting on the ridge continually with melting and hot magma. Two models are simulated, one is a horizontal layered oceanic crust model and the other is a model derived from wide angle seismic experiment of OBS at the ultra-slow spreading Southwest Indian Ridge (50°E, Zhao et al., 2013; Li et al., 2015; Niu et al., 2015). For the former two cases are simulated: without magma from upper mantel or with continuous magma supply, and for the latter supposing magma supply occurs only once in short period. The main conclusions are as follows: (1) Without melt magma supply at the oceanic crust bottom, a magma chamber can live only thousands ten thousand years. According to the simulated results in this case, the magma chamber revealed by seismic data at the mid-east shallow section of the Southwest Indian Ridge could only last 0.8Ma, the present hydrothermal venting is impossible to be the caused by the magma activity occurred during 8-11Ma (Sauter et al., 2009). (2) The magma chamber can live long time with continuous hot magma supply beneath the oceanic crust due to the melting effects of surrounding ridge hotspots, and would result hydrothermal venting with some tectonic structures condition such as detachment faults. We suggest that the present hydrothermal activities at the mid-east shallow section of the Southwest Indian Ridge are the results of melting effects or magma supply from surrounding hotspots. This research was granted by the National Basic Research program of China (grant 2012CB417301) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (grants 41176046, 91228205). References Zhao, M., Qiu, X., Li, J., et al., 2013. Three-dimensional seismic structure of the Dragon

  15. 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

  16. Temporal and spatial cyclicity of accretion at slow-spreading ridges-evidence from the Reykjanes Ridge

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    Peirce, Christine; Gardiner, Alex; Sinha, Martin

    2005-10-01

    A unifying model of oceanic crustal development at slow spreading rates is presented in which accretion follows a cyclic pattern of magmatic construction and tectonic destruction, controlled by along-axis variation in melt supply and coupled to along-axis variation in spreading rate and across-axis asymmetry in spreading. This study focuses on the Reykjanes Ridge, Mid-Atlantic Ridge south of Iceland, which is divided along its entire length into numerous axial volcanic ridges (AVR). Five adjacent AVRs have been analysed, located between 57°30'N and 58°30'N and south of any strong Iceland hotspot influence. The seabed morphology of each AVR is investigated using sidescan sonar data to determine relative age and eruptive history. Along-axis gravity profiles for each AVR are modelled relative to a seismically derived crustal reference model, to reveal the underlying crustal thickness and density structure. Correlating these models with seabed features, crustal structure, ridge segment morphology and relative ages, a model of cyclic ridge segmentation is developed in which accretion results in adjacent AVRs with a range of crustal features which, when viewed collectively, reveal that second-order segments on the Reykjanes Ridge have an along-axis length of ~70 km and comprise several adjacent AVRs which, in turn, reflect the pattern of third-order segmentation. Tectono-magmatic accretion is shown to operate on the scale of individual AVRs, as well as on the scale of the second-order segment as a whole.

  17. 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.

  18. Contrasting Modes of Detachment Faulting at Slower-Spreading Mid-Ocean Ridges

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    MacLeod, C. J.; Deans, J. R.; Morris, A.; Evans, A.; Cheadle, M. J.; Ferrando, C.; Pluemper, O.; Viegas, G.; Ildefonse, B.; Dick, H. J.; Expedition 360 Scientists, I.

    2016-12-01

    Detachment-mode spreading is recognised as playing an essential role in accommodating plate separation at a substantial portion of the slower spreading mid-ocean ridge system. The basic geometry of oceanic detachments is now well established, from study of oceanic core complexes (OCCs) on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR) supported by numerical models. With a concave upwards geometry, faults form and slip at a steep angle sub-surface, flattening through a 'rolling hinge' as the footwall is exhumed and flexurally rotated, exposing flat or gently domed fault planes on the seafloor, often with marked spreading-direction-parallel corrugations. In well-studied examples (e.g. 15deg45N) strain localisation is achieved by formation and deformation of weak, relatively low-temperature phyllosilicates on the fault zone associated with penetration of water to deep levels on the detachment. Questions however remain about the style of deformation, controls and feedbacks between the locus of melt emplacement and locus of the deformation. In some cases gabbro bodies, emplaced within the detachment footwalls, are little affected by high-T crystal-plastic deformation (e.g. MAR at 15deg45N), in which case deformation is strongly localised in a narrow, low-T (greenschist facies) fault damage zone. In other cases, best typified by Atlantis Bank on the SW Indian Ridge, gabbros are instead characterised by extensive high-T crystal-plastic deformation. New drilling results from Atlantis Bank (IODP Expedition 360) emphasise the fundamentally different deformation mechanisms, likely geometry of detachment faulting, and rheology of newly-forming lithosphere in this magma-dominated, ultraslow-spreading system. We suggest these contrasting regions represent end-members of a broader spectrum of deformation styles at OCCs, controlled mostly by the locus and amount of magmatic heat input to the system and consequent rate of cooling of the active zone of deformation.

  19. 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.

  20. Homogeneous geochemical signal of Jan Mayen intraplate volcanism and its radial dispersion along adjacent ultra-slow spreading ridges.

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    Hamelin, C.; Pedersen, R. B.

    2014-12-01

    The volcanically active Jan Mayen Island is found on the northern tip of the Jan Mayen microcontinent, a continental fragment rifted from the Greenland coast 25 My ago following the ridge jump from Aegir to Kolbeinsey Ridge. The recurrent debate about the origin of Jan Mayen is partly due to the complex geological setting of the island. It is located directly south of the Jan Mayen Fracture Zone (JMFZ) and between the ultraslow Mohns and Kolbeinsey spreading ridges. Over the years, this intraplate volcanic suite has been diversely interpreted as an isolated hotspot, as Icelandic plume material dispersed in the northern Atlantic, as the result of melting of a sub-continental lithospheric mantle, or as a result from the coincidence of a continental fragment in the prolongation of a spreading center. However, recent U-series data (Elkins et al., 2011; 2014; in prep.) as well as geophysical high-resolution S-velocity model (Rickers et al., 2013) both indicate a high-temperature anomaly in this area, supporting the hotspot hypothesis. We present new major, trace elements, Sr, Nd, Pb and Hf isotope data for samples collected near Jan Mayen and along Kolbeinsey and Mohns Ridges, together with a new bathymetry map. One of the most striking results from Jan Mayen area is the relative homogeneity in the geochemical signature around the island compared to other hotspots. These limited geochemical variations are surprising considering that these lavas are erupted on top of a fragment of continental crust in a ridge-hotspot-fracture zone context. Along Kolbeinsey and Mohns Ridges, we observed a radial dispersion and mixing of Jan Mayen signature within the local depleted upper mantle. The difference in the geochemical gradients on both sides of the JMFZ could be linked to the difference in ridge morphology between Kolbeinsey (orthogonal, symmetric spreading, shallow and high magma supply) and Mohns Ridges (oblique, asymmetric spreading, deeper and weaker magma supply).

  1. Gravity tectonics of topographic ridges: Halokinesis and gravitational spreading in the western Ogaden, Ethiopia

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    Mège, Daniel; Le Deit, Laetitia; Rango, Tewodros; Korme, Tesfaye

    2013-07-01

    The Cenozoic history of the western Ogaden region of Ethiopia, between the Ethiopian rift and the South Afar margin, is marked by uplift and incision of the Ogaden plateau down to the Gorrahei Formation, an upper Cretaceous evaporite formation. Debuttressing of this and the overlying sedimentary formations resulted in widespread and spectacular gravitational spreading landforms over a minimum surface area of 15,000 km2, most of which remains unstudied. After clearing up some misconceptions about the surface geology of the study area, the Kebenawa Ridge in the Audo Range, observations are reported that point to a tectonic style controlled by halokinesis and subsequently, gravitational spreading. The role of diapirism and karstification in the observed halokinesis is discussed, as well as the influence of halokinesis on gravitational spreading. Spreading is in part akin to sackung, in that ridge deformation features include a crestal graben and basal ridge topography extrusion, and deformation was triggered by lateral ridge debuttressing. Ridge spreading also presents analogy with gravitational spreading of the Canyonlands grabens in the Needles District, Canyonlands National Park, Utah. The scale and the mechanisms are found to be basically similar, but two differences are noted. First, incision by the drainage network in response to plateau uplift in Ethiopia has debuttressed the topography along two parallel rivers, instead of a single river (the Colorado River) in Utah. Secondly, incision proceeded to the base of the evaporite layer in the Ogaden, whereas incision has not exceeded the top of the evaporite layer in Utah. These differences may have influenced the details of the spreading mechanisms in ways that remain to be investigated. Overall, in Ethiopia, association of halokinesis and a transitional mode of gravitational spreading at the interface between narrow ridge spreading (sackung) and plateau spreading (Canyonlands-type), illustrates a fascinating and

  2. The influence of isotropic and anisotropic crustal permeability on hydrothermal flow at fast spreading ridges

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    Hasenclever, Jörg; Rüpke, Lars; Theissen-Krah, Sonja; Morgan, Jason

    2016-04-01

    We use 3-D numerical models of hydrothermal fluid flow to assess the magnitude and spatial distribution of hydrothermal mass and energy fluxes within the upper and lower oceanic crust. A better understanding of the hydrothermal flow pattern (e.g. predominantly on-axis above the axial melt lens vs. predominantly off-axis and ridge-perpendicular over the entire crustal thickness) is essential for quantifying the volume of oceanic crust exposed to high-temperature fluid flow and the associated leaching and redistribution of economically interesting metals. The initial setup of all 3-D models is based on our previous 2-D studies (Theissen-Krah et al., 2011), in which we have coupled numerical models for crustal accretion and hydrothermal fluid flow. One result of these 2-D calculations is a crustal permeability field that leads to a thermal structure in the crust that matches seismic tomography data at the East Pacific Rise. Our reference 3-D model for hydrothermal flow at fast-spreading ridges predicts the existence of a hybrid hydrothermal system (Hasenclever et al., 2014) with two interacting flow components that are controlled by different physical mechanisms. Shallow on-axis flow structures develop owing to the thermodynamic properties of water, whereas deeper off-axis flow is strongly shaped by crustal permeability, particularly the brittle-ductile transition. About ˜60% of the discharging fluid mass is replenished on-axis by warm (up to 300oC) recharge flow surrounding the hot thermal plumes. The remaining ˜40%, however, occurs as colder and broader recharge up to several kilometres away from the ridge axis that feeds hot (500-700oC) deep off-axis flow in the lower crust towards the ridge. Both flow components merge above the melt lens to feed ridge-centred vent sites. In a suite of 3-D model calculations we vary the isotropic crustal permeability to quantify its influence on on-axis vs. off-axis hydrothermal fluxes as well as on along-axis hydrothermal

  3. Venus trough-and-ridge tessera - Analog to earth oceanic crust formed at spreading centers?

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    Head, James W.

    1990-01-01

    The similarity between the morphologies of Venus trough-and-ridge tessera and the earth's ocean floor is discussed. The hypothesis that tessera texture might be related to a crustal fabric produced at spreading centers is examined. It is suggested that the proccesses that produce the ocean floor fabric on earth are good candidates for the origin and production of the trough-and-ridge tessera. To support this hypothesis, the characteristics of the trough-and-ridge terrain in Laima Tessera are described and compared to the seafloor at spreading centers.

  4. Mechanics of gravitational spreading of steep-sided ridges («sackung»)

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    Savage, W.Z.; Varnes, D.J.

    1987-01-01

    Large-scale gravitational spreading of steep-sided ridges characterized by linear fissures, trenches, and uphill-facing scarps high on the sides and tops of ridges are known worldwide. Such spreading, termed sackung, is commonly attributed to pervasive plastic deformation of a rock mass, and is here analyzed as such. Beginning with a previously developed exact elastic solution for gravity-induced stresses in a symmetric ridge, stresses calculated from the exact solution are used in the Coulomb failure criterion to determine the extent of ridge failure under self-weight. Finally, when the regions of failure are established, a plastic flow solution is applied to predict the location of and sense of movement on upward-facing scarps near ridge crests and other features common in sackung. ?? 1987 International Assocaition of Engineering Geology.

  5. Increased Spreading Activation in Depression

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    Foster, Paul S.; Yung, Raegan C.; Branch, Kaylei K.; Stringer, Kristi; Ferguson, Brad J.; Sullivan, William; Drago, Valeria

    2011-01-01

    The dopaminergic system is implicated in depressive disorders and research has also shown that dopamine constricts lexical/semantic networks by reducing spreading activation. Hence, depression, which is linked to reductions of dopamine, may be associated with increased spreading activation. However, research has generally found no effects of…

  6. Increased Spreading Activation in Depression

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    Foster, Paul S.; Yung, Raegan C.; Branch, Kaylei K.; Stringer, Kristi; Ferguson, Brad J.; Sullivan, William; Drago, Valeria

    2011-01-01

    The dopaminergic system is implicated in depressive disorders and research has also shown that dopamine constricts lexical/semantic networks by reducing spreading activation. Hence, depression, which is linked to reductions of dopamine, may be associated with increased spreading activation. However, research has generally found no effects of…

  7. Autopsy on a dead spreading center: The Phoenix Ridge, Drake Passage, Antarctica

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    Livermore, Roy; Balanyá, Juan Carlos; Maldonado, Andrés; Martínez, José Miguel; Rodríguez-Fernández, José; Sanz de Galdeano, Carlos; Galindo Zaldívar, Jesús; Jabaloy, Antonio; Barnolas, Antonio; Somoza, Luis; Hernández-Molina, Javier; Suriñach, Emma; Viseras, César

    2000-07-01

    New bathymetric and magnetic anomaly data from the Phoenix Ridge, Antarctica, show that extinction of all three remaining segments occurred at the time of magnetic chron C2A (3.3 ± 0.2 Ma), synchronous with a ridge-trench collision south of the Hero Fracture Zone. This implies that the ultimate cause of extinction was a change in plate boundary forces occasioned by this collision. Spreading rates slowed abruptly at the time of chron C4 (7.8 ± 0.3 Ma), probably as a result of extinction of the West Scotia Ridge, which would have led to an increase in slip rate and transpressional stress across the Shackleton Fracture Zone. Spectacular, high-relief ridges flanking the extinct spreading center, mapped for the first time using multibeam swath bathymetry, are interpreted as a consequence of a reduction in spreading rate, involving a temporary magma oversupply immediately prior to extinction.

  8. 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.

  9. Ultraslow, slow, or fast spreading ridges: Arm wrestling between mantle convection and far-field tectonics

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    Husson, Laurent; Yamato, Philippe; Bezos, Antoine

    2016-04-01

    Oceanic spreading rates are highly variable, and these variations are known to correlate to a variety of surface observables, like magmatic production, heat flow or bathymetry. This correlation lead to classify ridges into fast and slow spreading ridges, but also into the more peculiar ultraslow spreading regime. Here we explore the dynamic relationships between spreading ridges, plate tectonics and mantle flow. We first focus on the thermal signature of the mantle, that we infer from the global S-wave seismic tomography model of Debayle and Ricard (2012). We show that the thermal structure of ridges gradually departs from the half-space cooling model for slow, and above all ultraslow spreading ridges. We also infer that the sublithospheric mantle temperature decreases by more than 150 degrees C from fast to ultraslow spreading regimes. Both observations overall indicate that the mantle convection pattern is increasingly chaotic underneath slow and ultraslow spreading ridges. We suggest that this is due to far-field tectonics at the other ends of lithospheric plates: not only it modulates the spreading rates but it also alters the convection regime by obstructing the circulation of plates, which in turn modifies the surface kinematic conditions for the convecting mantle. We test this hypothesis using a thermo-mechanical model that represents a convection cell carrying a continental lithosphere atop. The continent gradually drifts away from the spreading ridge, from which the oceanic lithosphere grows and cools while the continent eventually collides at the opposite side. In turn, this event drastically modifies the upper kinematic condition for the convecting mantle that evolves from a mobile lid regime to an almost stagnant lid regime. Implications on spreading ridges are prominent: heat advection decreases with respect to thermal conduction, which causes the oceanic lithosphere to thicken faster; the oceanic plates get compressed and destabilized by a growing

  10. "Near-bottom sonar mapping along the Eastern Lau Spreading Center and Valu Fa Ridge"

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    Sleeper, J. D.; Martinez, F.; Edwards, M.; Dunn, R.; Baker, E. T.

    2009-12-01

    volcaniclastic sediments. Faulting is relatively limited and fault throws are significantly smaller than those at the ELSC. The northern ELSC axis forms a deep graben bounded by larger, more continuous abyssal hill faults than those at the VFR or other MOR's with similar spreading rates. An objective of the survey was to determine the off-axis extent of hydrothermal activity, the associated geologic and volcanic features and whether these may be related to the lateral extent of the seismic low velocity zone. Hydrothermal activity, as indicated primarily by particle plumes and oxidation-reduction potential anomalies appears largely restricted to within ~1 km of the ridge axis. Preliminary results from the L-SCAN seismic tomography experiment, however, suggest a narrower than expected low velocity zone underlying the axis, possibly accounting for the narrow lateral extent of hydrothermal activity.

  11. Spreading rate-dependent variations in crystallization along the global mid-ocean ridge system

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    Wanless, V. Dorsey; Behn, Mark D.

    2017-08-01

    We investigate crustal accretion at mid-ocean ridges by combining crystallization pressures calculated from major element contents in mid-ocean ridge basalt (MORB) glasses and vapor-saturation pressures from melt inclusions and MORB glasses. Specifically, we use established major element barometers and pressures estimated from 192 fractional crystallization trends to calculate crystallization pressures from >9000 MORB glasses across the global range of mid-ocean ridge spreading rates. Additionally, we estimate vapor-saturation pressures from >400 MORB glasses from PETDB and >400 olivine-hosted melt inclusions compiled from five ridges with variable spreading rates. Both major element and vapor-saturation pressures increase and become more variable with decreasing spreading rate. Vapor saturation pressures indicate that crystallization occurs in the lower crust and upper mantle at all ridges, even when a melt lens is present. We suggest that the broad peaks in major element crystallization pressures at all spreading rates reflects significant crystallization of on and off-axis magmas along the base of a sloping lithosphere. Combining our observations with ridge thermal models we show that crystallization occurs over a range of pressures at all ridges, but it is enhanced at thermal/rheologic boundaries, such as the melt lens and the base of the lithosphere. Finally, we suggest that the remarkable similarity in the maximum vapor-saturation pressures (˜3 kbars) recorded in melt inclusions from a wide range of spreading rates reflects a relatively uniform CO2 content of 50-85 ppm for the depleted upper mantle feeding the global mid-ocean ridge system.

  12. Electrical properties of slow-spreading ridge gabbros from ODP Site 735, Southwest Indian Ridge

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    Ildefonse, B.; Pezard, P.

    2001-01-01

    ODP hole 735B (ODP Legs 118 and 176) samples a block of igneous crust which was accreted at the ultraslow-spreading Southwest Indian Ridge, and was uplifted to seafloor by progressive unroofing along a north-dipping low-angle detachment fault. Physical properties of a set of gabbroic samples from ODP Hole 735B have been measured in the laboratory, with a particular emphasis on the analysis of electrical properties. The electrical formation factor ( F) and surface conductivity ( Cs) are calculated using the model of Revil and Glover [Geophys. Res. Lett., 25 (1998) 691], from measurements at room pressure, and different salinities of the saturating fluid. The acoustic compressional velocities are in the same range as those previously measured on ODP Leg 118 samples [Proc. ODP, Sci. Results, 118 (1991) 227]. The porosity ( φ) is low (<1%) in most, fresh samples. The analysis of the porosity structure, characterised by the electrical tortuosity ( τ) and the electrical cementation factor ( m), reveals that the cored gabbro section is segmented in two parts. The upper part (approximately the upper half) has a nearly constant τ of 15, independent of the degree of alteration of the sample, indicating that the porous network is controlled by primary microstructures, such as grain boundaries, and by extension plastic foliations. Modifications with time and alteration are restricted to increases of φ and m, i.e. a higher variability of the channel thicknesses. In the lower part of the hole, fresh rocks predominate, and the porosity structure is different, with variable τ (3-10), very low m (1.4±SEM) and low φ (0.8±SEM%). This indicates a simpler porous network compared to that at shallower depths, probably dominated by well aligned cracks. The change in porosity structure downhole may be explained several ways, and may integrate the whole history of the crustal section cored at ODP site 735 since accretion, including plastic deformation related to unroofing of the

  13. Hybrid on-axis plus ridge-perpendicular circulation reconciles hydrothermal flow observations at fast spreading ridges

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    Hasenclever, J.; Theissen-Krah, S.; Rupke, L.; Morgan, J.; Iyer, K. H.; Petersen, S.; Devey, C. W.

    2013-12-01

    We present crustal-scale 3D numerical calculations of hydrothermal fluid flow at fast spreading ridges. The model domain covers 5 km along-axis, 20 km across-axis and extends down to Moho depth. We observe that a complex hydrothermal system develops that extends over the entire crustal thickness and forms a series of on-axis vent fields with an average along-ridge spacing of 500-1000m. This hydrothermal system comprises two distinct flow components: (1) An on-axis circulation above the melt lens with recharging flow surrounding the hot up-flow zones. (2) A ridge-perpendicular circulation with recharge areas located kilometers away from the ridge. Here fluids penetrate the crust down to Moho depth and travel at temperatures of 400-600°C towards the ridge where they merge with the on-axis circulation in a reaction zone above the axial melt lens. Fluids released at the seafloor are a mixture of both components, with an average ratio between proximately- and distally-sourced fluids of about 2:1. This hybrid hydrothermal system reconciles previously incompatible observations that support either on-axis or ridge-perpendicular circulation patterns. The potential co-existence of two interacting hydrothermal circulations at fast spreading ridges is of importance for the interpretation of chemical signatures at hydrothermal vents and the quantification of the mass and energy exchange between ocean and solid earth: (1) A vertically and laterally extended ridge-perpendicular circulation will expose a much larger volume of oceanic crust to high-temperature hydrothermal alteration. Especially the lower crust would also be exposed to significant hydrothermal fluid flow and thus geochemical mining. (2) Fluids that migrate ridge-perpendicular and undergo phase separation at depth are likely to separate gravitationally from the denser and highly saline brine phase. Only the vapor-like phase may migrate up-slope towards the top of the melt lens, where these fluids would provide a

  14. Overlapping Spreading Centers, Ridge Jumps and Ridge/Hotspot Interaction: the Northwestern West Philippine Basin as Study Example

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    Deschamps, A.; Shinjo, R.; Lallemand, S.

    2003-12-01

    We conducted a geophysical cruise, including ROV dives, in the northwestern part of the West Philippine Basin (WPB) in April-May of 2003. Our survey indicates that the well-established spreading center (uncorrectly known as the Central Basin Fault) of the WPB is relayed in the northwest by a series of at least seven overlapping spreading centers (OSC) that align against the Luzon-Okinawa Fracture Zone. We observe systematic southward ridge jumps with propagating rifts to the south and failed ones to the north. These OSCs reveal the continuous interaction - and cyclic effects - between a propagating spreading center and the hotspot that has produced the Benham Rise (and its derivative Urdaneta Plateau) during Middle and Late Eocene and what could be the present-day Manus hotspot. Fresh basalts and dolerites were collected using ROV Kaiko at the northernmost margin, northern Urdaneta Plateau, and the failed rifts. We thus expect to get soon chronological constraints on rates of ridge propagation and ridge jumps in relation with the simultaneous northward drift of the growing Philippine Sea plate, in addition to geochemical characteristics of source mantle(s).

  15. Dating the growth of oceanic crust at a slow-spreading ridge.

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    Schwartz, Joshua J; John, Barbara E; Cheadle, Michael J; Miranda, Elena A; Grimes, Craig B; Wooden, Joseph L; Dick, Henry J B

    2005-10-28

    Nineteen uranium-lead zircon ages of lower crustal gabbros from Atlantis Bank, Southwest Indian Ridge, constrain the growth and construction of oceanic crust at this slow-spreading midocean ridge. Approximately 75% of the gabbros accreted within error of the predicted seafloor magnetic age, whereas approximately 25% are significantly older. These anomalously old samples suggest either spatially varying stochastic intrusion at the ridge axis or, more likely, crystallization of older gabbros at depths of approximately 5 to 18 kilometers below the base of crust in the cold, axial lithosphere, which were uplifted and intruded by shallow-level magmas during the creation of Atlantis Bank.

  16. Dating the growth of oceanic crust at a slow-spreading ridge

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    Schwartz, J.J.; John, Barbara E.; Cheadle, Michael J.; Miranda, E.A.; Grimes, Craig B.; Wooden, J.L.; Dick, H.J.B.

    2005-01-01

    Nineteen uranium-lead zircon ages of lower crustal gabbros from Atlantis Bank, Southwest Indian Ridge, constrain the growth and construction of oceanic crust at this slow-spreading midocean ridge. Approximately 75% of the gabbros accreted within error of the predicted seafloor magnetic age, whereas ???25% are significantly older. These anomalously old samples suggest either spatially varying stochastic intrusion at the ridge axis or, more likely, crystallization of older gabbros at depths of ???5 to 18 kilometers below the base of crust in the cold, axial lithosphere, which were uplifted and intruded by shallow-level magmas during the creation of Atlantis Bank.

  17. Geodetic investigation of plate spreading along a propagating ridge: the Eastern Volcanic Zone, Iceland

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    Scheiber-Enslin, Stephanie E.; Lafemina, Peter C.; Sturkell, Erik; Hooper, Andrew J.; Webb, Susan J.

    2011-12-01

    Hotspot-ridge interactions lead to the dynamic evolution of divergent plate boundaries, including propagating and overlapping ridge segments. In southern Iceland, the Eastern Volcanic Zone (EVZ) formed approximately 2-3 Ma ago during the last eastward ridge jump from the Western Volcanic Zone (WVZ), and is propagating to the southwest into the Tertiary lithosphere of the Eastern Volcanic Flank Zone. North America-Eurasia relative plate motion is partitioned between the Eastern and WVZs. We utilize new terrestrial (dry-tilt) and space (GPS and InSAR) geodetic data to investigate the nature of plate spreading and magma-tectonic interaction at the southern terminus of this propagating ridge system. We present a new GPS derived horizontal velocity field covering the period 1994-2006, new InSAR analyses for the periods 1993-2000 and 2003-2007, and models of plate spreading across this region. The velocity field indicates horizontal surface deformation consistent with plate spreading across and the propagation of the EVZ. The dry-tilt and InSAR data show transient deformation signals associated with magmatic processes. The velocity field is corrected for these transient deformation sources in order to investigate the nature of secular plate motion. Our model results indicate a decrease in spreading rate from northeast (15 mm yr-1) to southwest (9 mm yr-1) across the Torfajökull caldera and the intersection of the South Iceland Seismic Zone and EVZ, consistent with the propagating ridge model. Plate spreading south of the intersection demonstrates that spreading must be partitioned with the Reykjanes Peninsula to the west at this latitude. Our results also constrain the minimum flux (0.05 km3 km-1 kyr-1) of magma to this segment of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and indicate that the Hekla magmatic system strains the Torfajökull caldera during pre- and co-eruptive periods.

  18. Paradise Lost: Uncertainties in melting and melt extraction processes beneath oceanic spreading ridges

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    Kelemen, P. B.

    2014-12-01

    In many ways, decompression melting and focused melt transport beneath oceanic spreading ridges is the best understood igneous process on Earth. However, there are remaining - increasing - uncertainties in interpreting residual mantle peridotites. Indicators of degree of melting in residual peridotite are questionable. Yb concentration and spinel Cr# are affected by (a) small scale variations in reactive melt transport, (b) variable extents of melt extraction, and (c) "impregnation", i.e. partial crystallization of cooling melt in pore space. Roughly 75% of abyssal peridotites have undergone major element refertilization. Many may have undergone several melting events. The following three statements are inconsistent: (1) Peridotite melt productivity beyond cpx exhaustion is > 0.1%/GPa. (2) Crustal thickness is independent of spreading rate at rates > 2 cm/yr full rate (excluding ultra-slow spreading ridges). (3) Thermal models predict, and observations confirm, thick thermal boundary layers beneath slow spreading ridges. If (a) melt productivity is << 0.1%/GPa beyond cpx-out, and (b) cpx-out occurs > 15 km below the seafloor beneath most ridges, then the independence of crustal thickness with spreading rate can be understood. Most sampled peridotites from ridges melted beyond cpx-out. Cpx in these rocks formed via impregnation and/or exsolution during cooling. Most peridotites beneath ridges may undergo cpx exhaustion during decompression melting. This would entail an upward modification of potential temperature estimates. Alternatively, perhaps oceanic crustal thickness does vary with spreading rate but this is masked by complicated tectonics and serpentinization at slow-spreading ridges. Dissolution channels (dunites) are predicted to coalesce downstream, but numerical models of these have not shown why > 95% of oceanic crust forms in a zone < 5 km wide. There may be permeability barriers guiding deeper melt toward the ridge, but field studies have not identified

  19. Gravitational spreading of steep-sided ridges ("sackung") in Western United States

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    Radbruch-Hall, D. H.; Varnes, D.J.; Savage, W.Z.

    1976-01-01

    Large-scale gravitational spreading and movement along fractures of steep-sided ridges in the mountainous areas of the western United States are characterized by linear fissures, trenches, and uphill-facing scarps on tops and sides of ridges. Spreading appears to take place by movement along disconnected planes and/or by slow plastic deformation of a rock mass. In some places, valleyward squeezing out of weak shales overlain by rigid rocks causes extensional fracturing and outward movement of the rigid layers, as illustrated by extension of two laccoliths overlying Mancos Shale, one at Dolores Peak and another at Crested Butte in western Colorado. Gravitational forces acting on a ridge of more homogeneous material causes tensional spreading of the ridge parallel to its long axis, for example in fractured granitic rock north of Mt. Massive in central Colorado, where a survey course has been established to monitor the movement. Recognition and understanding of these large-scale gravitational features and the mechanism that causes them are pertinent to site selection and design of engineering structures in high mountains. If fractures extend to considerable depth and if movement is continuing, engineering structures in valleys or tunnels through the spreading ridges could be damaged. ?? 1976 International Association of Engineering Geology.

  20. No spreading across the southern Juan de Fuca ridge axial cleft during 1994-1996

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    Chadwell, C.D.; Hildebrand, J.A.; Spiess, Fred N.; Morton, J.L.; Normark, W.R.; Reiss, C.A.

    1999-01-01

    Direct-path acoustic measurements between seafloor transponders observed no significant extension (-10 ?? 14 mm/yr) from August 1994 to September 1996 at the southern Juan de Fuca Ridge (44??40' N and 130??20' W). The acoustic path for the measurement is a 691-m baseline straddling the axial cleft, which bounds the Pacific and Juan de Fuca plates. Given an expected full-spreading rate of 56 mm/yr, these data suggest that extension across this plate boundary occurs episodically within the narrow (~1 km) region of the axial valley floor, and that active deformation is occurring between the axial cleft and the plate interior. A cleft-parallel 714-m baseline located 300 m to the west of the cleft on the Pacific plate monitored system performance and, as expected, observed no motion (+5??7 mm/yr) between the 1994 and 1996 surveys.Direct-path acoustic measurements between seafloor transponders observed no significant extension (-10 ?? 14 mm/yr) from August 1994 to September 1996 at the southern Juan de Fuca Ridge (44??40 minutes N and 130??20 minutes W). The acoustic path for the measurement is a 691-m baseline straddling the axial cleft, which bounds the Pacific and Juan de Fuca plates. Given an expected full-spreading rate of 56 mm/yr, these data suggest that extension across this plate boundary occurs episodically within the narrow (approx. 1 km) region of the axial valley floor, and that active deformation is occurring between the axial cleft and the plate interior. A cleft-parallel 714-m baseline located 300 m to the west of the cleft on the Pacific plate monitored system performance and, as expected, observed no motion (+5 ?? 7 mm/yr) between the 1994 and 1996 surveys.

  1. Gakkel Ridge at 85°E/85°N: Seismicity and Structure of an Ultraslow Spreading Centre

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    Korger, Edith; Schlindwein, Vera

    2014-05-01

    Ultraslow spreading ridges are divergent plate boundaries, which spread apart with less than 20 mm/yr. Their appearance is very rugged, with steep rift flanks, numerous normal faults and discontinuous volcanic activity at discrete volcanic centres - drastically different from ridges which spread faster. Due to the inaccessible area where these ridges are found, much less is know about lithospheric structure than at faster spreading ridges. Gakkel Ridge spans between Greenland and Siberia, crossing through the Arctic Ocean. There, a perennial ice cover inhibits seismic surveys. At 85°E/85°N where the spreading rate is only about 10.2 mm/yr, a volcanic spreading centre is located. It was spectacularly active in 1999, spawning over 250 teleseismically registered earthquakes with body wave magnitudes up to 5.2 and lasting 9 months. At this site, volcanic cones and fresh lava were captured by seafloor imagery in 2007. Making use of the ice cover, three arrays of four seismometers each were deployed in 2007 on ice floes, drifting 16 days over the area and recording more than 300 local events. Due to the drift of the ice floes, the location of the arrays changed with time, resulting in sufficient ray coverage suitable for a local earthquake tomography. We present here the results of this tomography, the first ever done at an ultraslow spreading centre. We compiled a 1D local velocity model from confidently located hypocentres. While incorporating the varying 3D bathymetry and the water layer, we used 124 microearthquakes which had been recorded by at least two arrays for generating a local 3D earthquake tomographic model. At spreading rates below 20 mm/yr it has been proposed that conductive heat loss should increase, leading to a thinner crust. Yet, our results infer a deep Moho at about 7 km beneath seafloor and hypocentres as deep as 16 km (bsf.) which implies an exceptionally thick crust and cold lithosphere. Theoretical thermal models for the axial lithospheric

  2. 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.

  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. Spreading behaviour of the Pacific-Farallon ridge system between 83 and 28 Ma

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    Rowan, C. J.; Rowley, D. B.

    2012-12-01

    At 83 Ma, the roughly N-S oriented Pacific-Farallon ridge extended more than 10,000 km from 51° N to 43° S. Despite substantial shortening of the ridge system since ~55 Ma, this ridge and its remnants (e.g., the East Pacific Rise/EPR) have produced as much as 45% of all the reconstructable oceanic lithosphere created in the Late Cretaceous and Cenozoic. Accurately reconstructing the past spreading history of the Pacific-Farallon ridge is therefore of paramount importance for determining possible variations in global spreading rates over geological time, which are the basis of suggested interactions between mantle dynamics, surface tectonics, sea-level rise and climate in the past 100 Myr. However, attempts to accurately determine Pacific-Farallon spreading face the twin challenges of extensive subduction of Farallon crust - which precludes reconstruction by fitting conjugate magnetic anomaly and fracture zone traces - and the well-established asymmetric spreading behaviour of the EPR and its ancestor ridges for at least the past 51 Myr. We present improved rotation poles for the Pacific-Farallon spreading system between geomagnetic chrons 34y (83 Ma) and 10y (28.28 Ma), complete with uncertainties that allow easier combination into global plate circuits. These poles are derived by combining magnetic anomaly and fracture zone data from both the northern and southern Pacific plate, maximising the data distribution along the original ridge length to average out local variations in spreading behaviour. We have calculated best fit 'half'-stage poles for Pacific-Farallon spreading between nine Pacific plate magnetic anomalies (34y, 33y, 29o, 24.3o, 20o, 18.2o, 17.1y, 13y and 10y). For poles younger than chron 24.3o, full stage poles have been calculated by using anomaly picks from yet-to-be subducted Farallon/Nazca crust in the south Pacific to determine spreading asymmetry. Characterisation of the variation in spreading asymmetry in the past 50 Ma also allows bounds

  5. Fast Spreading Mid Ocean Ridge Magma Chamber Processes: New Constraints from Hess Deep

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    MacLeod, C. J.; Lissenberg, J. C.; Howard, K. A.; Ildefonse, B.; Morris, A.; JC21 Scientific Party

    2011-12-01

    Hess Deep, on the northern edge of the Galapagos Microplate, is a rift valley located at the tip of the Cocos Nazca spreading centre. It is actively propagating westwards into young lithosphere formed at the East Pacific Rise (EPR). Previous studies have shown that the centre of Hess Deep, in the vicinity of a horst block termed the intra-rift ridge (IRR), is characterised by outcrops of gabbro and (minor) peridotite that form the most extensive and complete exposure yet known of lower crust and shallow mantle from a fast spreading mid-ocean ridge. In the absence of a total crustal penetration borehole, the tectonic window of Hess Deep provides our best opportunity to study fast-spreading magma chamber processes and lower crustal accretion by direct observation. Using the Isis ROV we collected high-resolution bathymetry and video data from an 11 sq km area of seafloor, from the nadir of Hess Deep (5400 mbsl) up to the IRR, and sampled outcrops from the region in detail. Of 145 samples in total 94 were gabbro (s.l.). Accounting as much as possible for the complex tectonic disruption of the region we have reassembled these gabbros into a stratigraphic section through an EPR lower crust that we estimate to have been originally about 4350 m thick. The upper half of this plutonic section, which includes a dyke to gabbro transition at the top, is more or less intact on the IRR; however the lower half has been tectonically thinned by active gravity driven faulting and is incomplete. Within this lower section we nevertheless believe we have representative samples from the entire interval. At its base, in addition to primitive olivine gabbro we also recovered dunite, troctolite and residual mantle harzburgite. We here present a synthesis of the petrography and whole rock and mineral compositions of the gabbros from the reconstructed lower crustal section, coupled with a quantitative (electron backscatter diffraction and magnetic) study of their petrofabrics. From this, in

  6. 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.

  7. The formation of post-spreading volcanic ridges in the South China Sea

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    Zhao, Minghui; Sibuet, Jean-Claude; He, Enyuan; Tan, Pingchuan; Wang, Jian; Qiu, Xuelin

    2016-04-01

    In the South China Sea (SCS), the post-spreading magmatism (˜8-13 Ma) largely masks the previous spreading fabric. The resulting post-spreading seamounts are more numerous in the northern part than in the southern part of the East sub-basin. In the eastern part of the East sub-basin, the post-spreading volcanic ridge (PSVR) is approximately N055° oriented and follows the extinct spreading ridge (ESR). In the western part of the East sub-basin, the PSVR, called the Zhenbei-Huangyan seamounts chain, is E-W oriented and hides the ESR. Based on swath bathymetric and magnetic data, the ESR in the eastern part of the East basin is also N055° oriented and thus is oblique the E-W Zhenbei-Huangyan seamounts chain (Sibuet et al., 2016). We conducted a seismic refraction survey covering both the Zhenbei-Huangyan seamounts chain and the adjacent ESR, providing new constraints for understanding the relationship between the PSVR and the ESR. The detailed velocity structure shows that the Zhenbei-Huangyan seamounts chain was emplaced through a typical oceanic crust. The thicknesses of Zhenbei (14 km) and Huangyan seamounts (8 km) are larger than the ones of the normal oceanic crust. The correlation between crustal thicknesses and mean lower-crustal seismic velocities suggest that an asymmetric generation of seamounts in the East sub-basin where active upwelling mantle (Holbrook et al., 2001), the presence of a fertile mantle component (Korenaga et al., 2002), or buoyancy-driven decompression melting may happened (Castillo et al., 2010). Below the seamounts, the thickened lower crust is probably due to secondary magmatic intrusions and the large thickness of upper crust is possibly due to volcanic extrusions. The crustal thicknesses as well as the mean lower-crustal velocities of the Zhenbei and Huangyan seamounts are different, suggesting an independent origin for magmatic feeding. This research was granted by the Natural Science Foundation of China (91028002, 91428204

  8. Distribution and Alignment of Small Volcanic Edifices at Slow-Spreading Mid-Ocean Ridges

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    Yeo, Isobel; Achenbach, Kay L.; Searle, Roger C.

    2010-05-01

    Around seventy percent of the Earth's surface is covered by oceanic crust produced along the 80,000km of mid-ocean ridges. However, despite its prevalence the processes by which ocean crust is built remain poorly understood, particularly at slow-spreading centres. This study uses sidescan sonar images from several volcanic centres along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and Southwest Indian Ridge to statistically quantify the distribution and structural influence on volcanic edifice emplacement. Volcanism at slow-spreading mid-ocean ridges is concentrated on Axial Volcanic Ridges (AVRs), elongate topographic highs found within the axial valley. AVRs may reach a kilometre above the seafloor and tens of kilometres in length and are composite piles of volcanics, constructed almost entirely of 'hummocks', small volcanic edifices usually between fifty and several hundred metres across. In this study we analyse sidescan sonar data from three slow-spreading ridges, two on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (at 45° N and 29° N) and one on the Southwest Indian Ridge (at 64° E). Nearest neighbour analyses are used to identify statistically significant degrees of cluster of hummocks at the three study areas and maps of areal volcano density are used to asses the distribution of high and low density areas. From these analyses hundreds of small clustered groups can be identified, possibly corresponding to individual sources of melt. Larger areas of lower density can also be identified and appear to be linked to the initiation of new faulting. This implies either a lower melt flux to these areas or a low flux of volcanic cone building material. The initiation of new faulting and the narrowing of the axial valley suggest the first option is more likely. This study records the presence of lateral volcanic 'spurs' running off either side of the AVR for the first time. Several methods are used to quantify the alignments of both these features and the hummocks on the main body of the AVR. We find that

  9. Seismic structure across the rift valley of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge at 23°20‧ (MARK area): Implications for crustal accretion processes at slow spreading ridges

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    Canales, J. Pablo; Collins, John A.; EscartíN, Javier; Detrick, Robert S.

    2000-12-01

    The results from a 53-km-long, wide-angle seismic profile across the rift valley of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge south of the Kane transform (near 23°20'N, MARK area) provide new constraints on models of tectonic extension and magmatic accretion along slow spreading mid- ocean ridges. Anomalously low middle and lower-crustal P wave velocities beneath the neovolcanic Snake Pit ridge are consistent with elevated axial temperatures and with the presence of 4±1% partial melt evenly distributed within the lower crust in preferentially oriented, elongated thin films. If the melt inclusions have larger aspect ratios, melt fractions can be up to 17±3%. This and other geological observations suggest that the study area is presently in a magmatically active period. The igneous crust is anomalously thin beneath both flanks of the median valley (≤2.3-2.5 km). Thus the mantle rocks observed along the western rift valley wall at Pink Hill were probably emplaced at shallow levels within the valley floor during a period of very low magma supply and were later exposed on the valley walls by normal faulting. The crust within the eastern rift valley and flanking rift mountains is seismically heterogeneous, with igneous crustal thickness variations of ≥2.2 km over horizontal distances of ˜5 km. This heterogeneity indicates that the magma supply in the area has fluctuated during the last ˜2 m.y. Thus magmatic and amagmatic periods at slow spreading ridges may alternate over much shorter temporal scales that previously inferred from sea surface gravity data.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. Electromagnetic constraints on a melt region beneath the central Mariana back-arc spreading ridge

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    Matsuno, Tetsuo; Evans, Rob L.; Seama, Nobukazu; Chave, Alan D.

    2012-10-01

    An electrical resistivity profile across the central Mariana subduction system shows high resistivity in the upper mantle beneath the back-arc spreading ridge where melt might be expected to exist. Although seismic data are equivocal on the extent of a possible melt region, the question arises as to why a 2-D magnetotelluric (MT) survey apparently failed to image any melt. We have run forward models and inversions that test possible 3-D melt geometries that are consistent with the MT data and results of other studies from the region, and that we use to place upper bounds on the possible extent of 3-D melt region beneath the spreading center. Our study suggests that the largest melt region that was not directly imaged by the 2-D MT data, but that is compatible with the observations as well as the likely effects of melt focusing, has a 3-D shape on a ridge-segment scale focused toward the spreading center and a resistivity of 100 Ω-m that corresponds to ˜0.1-˜1% interconnected silicate melt embedded in a background resistivity of ˜500 Ω-m. In contrast to the superfast spreading southern East Pacific Rise, the 3-D melt region suggests that buoyant mantle upwelling on a ridge-segment scale is the dominant process beneath the slow-spreading central Mariana back-arc. A final test considers whether the inability to image a 3-D melt region was a result of the 2-D survey geometry. The result reveals that the 2-D transect completed is useful to elucidate a broad range of 3-D melt bodies.

  13. Formation of post-spreading volcanic ridges in the East sub-basin of the South China Sea

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    He, E.; Zhao, M.; Sibuet, J. C.; Tan, P.; Wang, J.; Qiu, X.

    2016-12-01

    In the South China Sea (SCS), the post-spreading magmatism ( 3-13 Ma) largely masks the initial seafloor spreading fabric. The resulting post-spreading seamounts are more numerous in the northern part than in the southern part of the East sub-basin. In the eastern part of the East sub-basin, the post-spreading volcanic ridge (PSVR) is approximately N055° oriented and follows the extinct spreading ridge (ESR). In the western part of the East sub-basin, the PSVR, called the Zhenbei-Huangyan seamounts chain, is E-W oriented and hides the ESR (Sibuet et al., 2016). We conducted a seismic refraction survey covering both the Zhenbei-Huangyan seamount chain and the location of the adjacent ESR. Three E-W oriented profiles and one N-S oriented profile are parallel and perpendicular to the Zhenbei-Huangyan seamounts chain, respectively. Our research is focused on the understanding of the relationship between the crustal thicknesses and crustal seismic velocities. The detailed velocity structure shows that the Zhenbei-Huangyan seamount chain was emplaced through a typical oceanic crust. Crustal thicknesses and seismic velocities suggest an asymmetric generation of seamounts in the East sub-basin, where active upwelling mantle (Holbrook et al., 2001) or buoyancy-driven decompression melting happened (Castillo et al., 2010). The Zhenbei and Huangyan seamounts were probably formed 3-5 Ma and 7-9 Ma, after seafloor spreading cessation; their thickened lower crusts were probably due to magmatic intrusions associated with a high-velocity layer (7.4-7.6 km/s),and their large thickness of upper crust were mainly due to volcanic extrusions. These two seamounts presents a different structural orientation and their crustal thicknesses are different, suggesting an independent origin for their magmatic feeding. This research was granted by the Natural Science Foundation of China (91428204, 91028002, 41176053).

  14. Highly siderophile element systematics of abyssal peridotites from intermediate and fast spreading ridges

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    Brown, D. B.; Day, J. M.; Waters, C. L.

    2016-12-01

    Abyssal peridotites are residues of both modern and ancient partial melt extraction at oceanic ridges and can be used to examine melting processes and mantle heterogeneity. The highly siderophile elements (HSE: Os, Ir, Ru, Pt, Pd, Re, and the 187Re-187Os system embedded within them), are useful for investigating these issues, as they are generally strongly compatible. To date, limited data on HSE and Os isotopes has been obtained on abyssal peridotites from fast spreading centers. Here, we report new HSE abundance and 187Os/188Os data for Pacific Antarctic Ridge (PAR) and East Pacific Rise (EPR) abyssal peridotites. Samples from the PAR were dredged from two separate localities along the Udintsev Fracture Zone, and EPR samples were taken from Hess Deep. The PAR full spreading rate ranges from 54-83mm/year [1,2] and is 75 mm/year [2] at the Udintsev Fracture Zone. These spreading rates characterize the PAR as an intermediate spreading ridge, whereas the fast spreading EPR has a full rate ranging from 128-157 mm/year [3]. The 187Os/188Os ratios for whole-rocks from the PAR range from 0.114 to 0.134, with Re depletion ages (TRD) varying from 1 Ga to present. Despite the large variation in 187Os/188Os, HSE patterns are primitive mantle-like [4], with Ru/Ir ratios ranging from 1.5-2.1. Depletions in Re and Pd are present, as is expected in partial melt residues, and the samples have undergone 4-15% partial melting based on the rare earth elements (REE). The EPR exhibits higher levels of melt depletion ranging from 18-24%. New results show Hess Deep samples have 187Os/188Os ratios of 0.123 and 0.125 for whole-rocks. These findings indicate that PAR and EPR Os isotopic data overlap with the global record of abyssal peridotites from slower ridges and that Os isotopic heterogeneities are preserved across a wide range of spreading rates and degrees of melt extraction. [1] Géli, L., et al. (1997), Science, 278, 1281-1284; [2] Castillo, P.R., et al. (1998) EPSL, 154

  15. Spreading behaviour of the Pacific-Farallon ridge system since 83 Ma

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    Rowan, Christopher J.; Rowley, David B.

    2014-06-01

    We present improved rotations, complete with uncertainties, for the Pacific-Farallon Ridge (PFR) between geomagnetic chrons 34y (83 Ma) and 10y (28.28 Ma). Despite substantial shortening since ˜55 Ma, this ridge system and its remnants (e.g. the East Pacific Rise) have produced as much as 45 per cent of all oceanic lithosphere created since the Late Cretaceous, but reconstructions face the twin challenges of extensive subduction of Farallon crust-which precludes reconstruction by fitting conjugate magnetic anomaly and fracture zone (FZ) traces-and asymmetric spreading behaviour for at least the past 51 Myr. We have calculated best-fit `half'-angle stage rotations between nine geomagnetic chron boundaries (34y, 33y, 29o, 24.3o, 20o, 18.2o, 17.1y, 13y and 10y) using combined anomaly and FZ data from both the northern and southern Pacific Plate. For rotations younger than chron 24.3o, estimates for spreading asymmetry, derived using anomaly picks from yet-to-be subducted Farallon/Nazca crust in the south Pacific, allow full stage rotations to be calculated. Between 50 and 83 Ma, where no direct constraints on spreading asymmetry are possible, a `best-fit' full stage rotation was calculated based on the net Nazca:Pacific spreading asymmetry (Pacific spreading fraction fPAC = 0.44) over the past 50 Myr, with conservative lower and upper bounds, based on variability in the degree of spreading asymmetry over periods of <15 Myr, assuming fPACs of 0.5 and 0.36, respectively. Synthetic flowlines generated from our new stage rotation produce a better match to Pacific FZ trends than previously published rotations. With the exception of the chron 18o-20o rotation, the six stage poles for rotations between chrons 33y and 13y (74-33 Ma) all cluster tightly at 60-75°E, 60-68°N, consistent with the relatively constant trend of the major Pacific FZs. This stability spans at least one episode of Farallon Plate fragmentation caused by subduction of PFR segments beneath the Americas

  16. Hydrothermal Plume Distributions Along the Valu Fa Ridge and East Lau Spreading Center, Lau Backarc Basin

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    Baker, E. T.; Walker, S. L.; Resing, J. A.; Massoth, G. J.; Martinez, F.; Taylor, B.; de Ronde, C. E.

    2004-12-01

    Extensive studies along midocean ridges (MORs) from ultraslow- to superfast-spreading find a robust correlation, at the multi-segment scale, between the incidence of hydrothermal plumes (ph) and the spreading rate, a proxy for the long-term melt supply. On the segment and sub-segment scales, these studies likewise find a good correlation between ph and cross-axial inflation, a proxy for higher frequency variability in the melt supply. To test the validity of these correlations in a backarc setting, where complex tectonics may weaken the connection between spreading rate and melt supply, we conducted multiple surveys of the hydrothermal plume distribution along three geophysically and morphologically distinct ridge sections in the Lau backarc basin: Valu Fa Ridge (VFR, 22.7-21.43° S), southern East Lau Spreading Center (S-ELSC, 21.43-20.53° S), and N-ELSC (20.53-19.3° S). On the TELVE cruise in March 2003 we used an optical sensor on CTDO tow-yos to map plumes on the southern 88 km of the VFR. In April 2004, on the initial cruise of the RIDGE ISS Lau project, we used both CTDO tow-yos and a vertical array of optical/temperature sensors (MAPRs) on the DSL-120 sidescan vehicle to conduct multiple surveys of the entire VFR/ELSC. The VFR/ELSC complex is distinctly different than typical MORs in several ways: (1) spreading rate more than doubles from 39 to 96 mm/yr over just 400 km between the southern end of the VFR and the northern end of the ELSC; (2) cross-axial inflation and axial depth are inversely correlated with spreading rate, decreasing northward from +5 km2 and ˜1800 m, respectively, to -5 km2 and ˜3000 m; and (3) geophysical studies suggest that melt production is also inversely correlated with spreading rate, owing to increasing distance from the melt-rich arc front from south to north along the ridge complex. Our surveys found >20 hydrothermal plume areas, ranging from <1 km to >20 km in axial extent, and rising as high as 500 m above the seafloor

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

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    Choi, E.; Tian, X.

    2016-12-01

    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. We also find that the faulting modes correlate better with the average than with the highest or lowest dike intrusion rates in the segment. Finite lithospheric strength 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 like the Atlantis Massif 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 with a much smaller ridge-parallel extent.

  18. The Analysis of Scarp Populations to Constrain Slow--Spreading Ridge Kinematics

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    Thomas, M. F.; Irving, D. B.

    2006-12-01

    Quantitative studies of scarps and associated mass--wasting complexes show that the evolution of off--axis topography, in particular inner Corner High (ICHs) but also at other locations, are a function of measured seismicity and may correlate with the presence of serpentinized Peridotites. Deep-tow sidescan sonar data from the Fifteen-Twenty, Kane and Atlantis fracture zones (15--30 degrees N, Mid Atlantic Ridge) allow high-resolution morphotectonic models to be developed for ridge--transform intersections. These intersections are characterised by ridge-asymmetric extensional faulting which causes "megamullion" exhumation surfaces to reach high relief before distal normal faulting and crustal cooling lower the topography back to the abyssal plain. Scarp development occurs in two distinct locations: i) the walls of the axial valley, which correspond to fault scarps where constant slumping occurs. Here, frequency--magnitude analysis suggests seismicity is the main driving force. ii) Inward facets of ICHs possess long--lived (1--3 Ma) scarp slopes which fail along hydrothermally--altered normal fault zones. Several episodes of failure are inferred from geomorphic analysis of downslope deposits. Ridge kinematics are modelled using fabric studies from recovered core, interpolated magnetic isochrons and teleseismic data. We suggest that ICHs are stable and necessary features at transform- controlled slow- spreading segments and that the variation in scarp populations that give them such differing morphologies can be explained by a combination of seismicity and exposure to hydrothermal alteration during exhumation.

  19. Topographic and structural conditions in areas of gravitational spreading of ridges in the western United States

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    Varnes, D.J.; Radbruch-Hall, D.H.; Savage, W.Z.

    1989-01-01

    Gravitational spreading of steep-sided ridges products characteristic geomorphic forms including grabens and depressions along ridge crests, trenches, and uphill-facing, as well as downhill-facing scarps, on the mountain flanks, and outward bulging of the lower slopes. These sackung-type features occur in a variety of geologic settings in the Western United States. Those discussed here occur principally in high, linear ridges separated by glaciated valleys. The ridges are underlain by hard, but closely jointed, Precambrian igneous rocks. Topography is the primary determinant of the location and direction of the trenches and scarps, but the topographic grain of the terrane is, itself, determined in part by rock structures, such as joints and faults. In the Sawatch Range in Colorado, some valleys in the study area follow the direction of primary joint systems and, in turn, determine the direction of trenches and scarps parallel to slope contours. The principal joint sets are, themselves, parallel to microcracks in the rocks. The relation of sackung features to structural elements is close in the Sawatch and Williams Fork Mountains in Colorado, not obvious at the one site examined in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico, close in the Stillwater Complex in Montana, and apparently close in a zone around the Straight Creek fault in the northern Cascade Mountains in Washington. Elastic-plastic stress analysis indicates that uphill-facing scarps may develop in the upper extending parts of a slope preferentially over downhill-facing scarps.

  20. 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.

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Spreading Rate versus Magma Supply in the Region of Mid-Atlantic Ridge at 16.5° N

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    Palmiotto, C.; Schouten, H.; Smith, D. K.; Cann, J. R.; Dick, H. J.; Parnell-Turner, R. E.

    2013-12-01

    The region of Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR) at 16.5° N is a slow spreading center characterized by several detachment faults and oceanic core complexes. This area is ideal to study the relationship between the formation and the evolution of detachment faults, the role of magma supply during detachment faulting, and its effect on the magnetization of the crust at a slow-spreading center. In May-June 2013, during cruise KN210-05 on RV Knorr, we acquired multibeam bathymetry and sea surface magnetic anomaly data to understand the spreading history of a section of the MAR near 16.5° N. Multibeam data acquired using a SeaBeam 3012 system show that the ridge axis can be divided into a northern segment, characterized by a 4500-m deep axial valley, and a southern segment, which is characterized by a robust and continuous axial volcanic ridge which reaches to 3200 m water depth. Both segments are bordered to the west by active detachment faults. Magnetic data were acquired with a Marine Magnetics SeaSPY system, and inverted for crustal magnetization. The inversion assumes a constant thickness source layer of 0.5 km whose upper bound is bathymetry. Isochrons were identified from the magnetization map. We found that spreading rate is symmetric, and have calculated a total spreading rate in this area of ~24 km/Ma for the last 4 Ma. The central anomaly (Brunhes, 0-0.78 Ma) in the southern segment, however, has only half the predicted width of ~ 20 km and is located exclusively east of the axis. No Brunhes normal magnetization is recorded in the rift valley floor west of the axis, which is the hanging wall of the detachment. This observation confirms predictions from ';asymmetric' spreading at oceanic core complexes where slip along long-lived detachment faults take up extension on one (western) side and magmatic accretion occurs exclusively to the other (eastern) of the axis; the hanging wall, bounded by detachment fault and axis, should be as old as the core complex and its

  4. Barite chimneys from two hydrothermal sites along the slow-spreading Arctic Ridge system: Initial isotope and mineralogical results

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    Eickmann, B.; van Zuilen, M. A.; Thorseth, I. H.; Pedersen, R.

    2010-12-01

    Two hydrothermal sites along the slow-spreading Arctic Ridge systems, the Jan Mayen vent fields (JMVFs) and the recently discovered Loki’s Castle hydrothermal field (LCHF) contains numerous barite chimneys partially covered by microbial mats. The JMVFs are located at 71°N on the south-western Mohns Ridge, approximately 50 km north of the Jan Mayen fracture zone. The LCHF is located at 73.5°N on an axial volcanic ridge where the Mohns Ridge transitions into the Knipovich Ridge and consists of two venting areas. Active hydrothermal venting at both sites is confirmed by elevated hydrogen sulphide concentrations and discharge of high-temperature fluids, reaching 270°C in the JMVFs and 317°C in the LCHF. Barite chimneys from the JMVFs are composed of barite, silica and abundant pyrite-dominated sulphide minerals that display a conspicuous concentric morphology. Raman spectroscopic analysis of the central regions of these concentric sulphide minerals points to the existence of mackinawite (FeS). Furthermore, the existence of greigite (Fe3S4) surrounding the mackinawite is suggested. This observation confirms the general conclusion of earlier experimental studies that these phases act as the metastable precursors of pyrite. In contrast, the barite chimneys of the LCHF consist mainly of pure barite with lesser amounts of sulphide minerals. The difference in the mineralogical composition between the two sites is also expressed in its sulphur isotopic composition. δ34Ssulphate values of the barite chimneys from the JMVFs are lower than δ34S of seawater sulphate (δ34S = +21‰) and δ34Ssulphide values point to a magmatic sulphur source (δ34S = 0‰). This implies that the JMHFs barite chimneys have been formed by a mixture of seawater and hydrothermal fluids, similar to the origin of black smokers. In contrast to the JMVFs, the δ34Ssulphate values from the LCHF barite chimneys are higher than δ34S values for seawater sulphate, but show remarkable differences

  5. Asymmetric seafloor spreading on the Reykjanes Ridge - influence of the Iceland anomaly?

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    Benediktsdóttir, Ásdís; Hey, Richard; Martinez, Fernando; Höskulddson, Ármann

    2017-04-01

    Recently it has been shown that the crustal accretion on the Reykjanes Ridge (RR) is asymmetric with more lithosphere being consistently transferred from the Eurasian Plate to the North American Plate. In Iceland, the center of spreading has moved to the east, creating an age-asymmetry on Iceland, with more lithosphere on the North American side than the Eurasian side. The eastward movement of the spreading center is likely explained by the presence of the Iceland anomaly; if the anomaly is fixed with respect to the plate movements then the ridge system is drifting to the west and therefore the shift of the system is to the east, toward the Iceland anomaly. The shift of the center of spreading in Iceland must somehow be observed in the ridge systems off shore. We argue that the asymmetry on the RR south of Iceland, as observed in the magnetic data, is a result of the spreading center movements in Iceland. The RR extends down to the 15 km long right-lateral Bight Transform Fault (BTF) 1000 km south of south Iceland. Although it is short, it is a a sturdy and long lived offset, dating back to at least 37 Ma when spreading ceased in the Labrador Sea, and before that it was a triple junction between the North America-Greenland-Eurasia plates. Just south of the BTF, asymmetries in the magnetic data have been documented. The asymmetry is consistent to what is occurring in Iceland. Lithosphere is being transferred from the Eurasia Plate to the North America Plate. The question arises whether this is an influence of the Iceland anomaly? How far from Iceland do the influence of its anomaly reach and how to we quantify them? The off-shore asymmetries discussed here are not continuous, but seen in the magnetic fabric as if the ridge center was transferred a few kilometers, consistently to the east. A continuous asymmetry would have a different magnetic signature. The best documented asymmetry producing mechanism is a propagating rift (e.g. the Galapagos propagator). The

  6. Effects of anhydrite precipitation on hydrothermal convection patterns at fast-spreading ridges

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    Ruepke, Lars; Hasenclever, Joerg

    2014-05-01

    Recent advances in hydrothermal modeling capabilities have revealed the key thermodynamic and fluid-dynamic controls on hydrothermal convection patterns and vent temperatures at oceanic spreading centers. The observed upper limit to black smoker vent temperatures of approx. 400°C can be explained by the thermodynamic properties of water (Jupp and Schultz, 2000). Likewise, 3D models of hydrothermal flow at fast-spreading ridges show cylindrical upwellings with adjacent warm recharge flow (Coumou et al., 2008). This close relation between dis- and recharge flow implies that hydrothermal convection cells have a relatively short wavelength (~500m), which is difficult to reconcile with ideas on elongated along-axis convection cells proposed for the East Pacific Rise (Tolstoy et al., 2008) and with the irregular spacing of hydrothermal sites along ridge segments. One possible additional process controlling the spacing/wavelength of hydrothermal convection cells may be chemical precipitation reactions. A key reaction in hydrothermal systems is the precipitation of anhydrite. In recharge zones, heating of 1 kg of seawater to approx. 350°C results in the precipitation of roughly 1.4 g of anhydrite, which is buffered by the amount of calcium dissolved in seawater. More significant may be the precipitation of anhydrate when calcium-rich hydrothermal fluids mix with sulfate rich seawater. A consequence of anhydrite precipitation is the progressive clogging of pore space, which in turn affects permeability and thereby hydrothermal flow. We have implemented the above processes into 2D and 3D hydrothermal flow models and will present first results of how chemical reactions can affect hydrothermal flow patterns at fast-spreading ridges.

  7. Subsidence and crustal roughness of ultra-slow spreading ridges in the northern North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean

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    Ehlers, Birte-Marie; Jokat, Wilfried

    2009-05-01

    Five basin-wide seismic reflection profiles of up to 550 km each were acquired in the Arctic Ocean and the northern North Atlantic in 2001 and 2002. The main objective was to investigate the depth to the basement and to analyse the crustal structure, morphology and roughness of ultra-slow spreading ridges of the Gakkel, Molloy and Knipovich ridges. To date, little is known to date of the ultra-slow spectrum of such spreading ridges. The seismic profiles of all investigated ridges show similar morphological characteristics with deep axial valleys and rough basement topography. Magnetic data compilation and interpretation suggests that the ultra-slow spreading systems are fairly stable and existed during the entire evolution of the basins to the north of the Greenland Fracture Zone. The thermal subsidence curve was calculated and corrected for sediment loads, and crustal roughness values are estimated for all five profiles. The resulting roughness values append the global roughness data set for ultra-slow spreading systems. The results are higher than those predicted by interpolating existing global roughness. This study confirms the presence of a global relationship between crustal roughness, ridge morphology and spreading rates. New curve fits, supporting the global relationship, are discussed. Data on present spreading rates, ridge morphology, subsidence and roughness provide a better insight into the development of the axial ridge morphology in the study area. The results show that the basins to the north of the Greenland Fracture Zone were formed at ultra-slow spreading axial rift valleys and continued spreading at ultra-slow rates to the present day configuration.

  8. Rodriguez Segment of the Central Indian Ridge: Hotspot-ridge interaction and hydrothermal activity

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    Tamaki, K.; Ura, T.

    2008-12-01

    We conducted R/V Hakuho-maru KH-06-04 Research Cruise (2006/2007) at the Rodriguez Segment of the Central Indian Ridge with geophysical mapping by SeaBeam, magnetics, and gravity, AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle) dives, CTD hydrocasts, and rock samplings. The principal results of the cruise are summarized as follows. (1) Success of the dives by AUV at the axis of mid-oceanic ridge AUV, r2D4, developed by the Institute of Industrial Sciences, University of Tokyo, successfully dived at the axial part of the IR at its 2800 m water depth and collected high- resolution side scan sonar images, interferometric bathymetry, anomalies of manganese components in the sea water, geomagnetic data, and others. The diving at the Segment 16 of CIR was especially successful with complete sidescan sonar mapping of a large lava plain at the axial rift zone that was named as Great Dodo Lava Plain and the finding of possible hydrothermal site by a realtime manganese analyzer (GAMOS) installed on the AUV. (2) Findings of two hydrothermal sites. Two possible active hydrothermal sites are newly found during the cruise by the CTD operation and AUV operation. One is in the Segment 15 and the other is in the Segment 16. Although further surveys by ROV or submersible are necessary, the intensive signals of manganese anomaly in the deepsea water suggest strong possibility of existence of active hydrothermal sites. (3) High resolution mapping of the axial rift of CIR High resolution bathymetric mapping of the axial rift zones of Segments 15 , 16 , 17 and 18 was achieved by high frequency multi narrow beam bathymetric mapping system with a sonic frequency of 20kHz and beam width of 1 degree. The resultant mapping of 50 m grid may be one the best quality mapping of the mid-oceanic ridges in the world. (4) Pinpoint identification of the contact the Reunion Hotspot plume and CIR spreading axis Very contact of the eastern extension of the Gastiao Ridge and the axial volcanic chain of the Segment

  9. Assessing the conditions of continental breakup at magma-poor rifted margins: What can we learn from slow spreading mid-ocean ridges?

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    Cannat, Mathilde; Manatschal, Gianreto; Sauter, Daniel; Péron-Pinvidic, Gwenn

    2009-05-01

    We propose a review of the tectonic, magmatic and hydrothermal evolution of slow spreading ridges, focusing on concepts which we think are most relevant to discuss the rift to drift transition at magma-poor ocean-continent transitions (OCTs). Based on this review, we emphasize the importance of the thermal regime as a key parameter and we propose that the thermal regime of magma-poor OCTs evolves in the following principal phases: the onset of decompression mantle melting, the onset of localized plate divergence, the installation of a ridge-type thermal regime (active heat balance, no inheritance), which we argue is the most practical definition for continental breakup, and, possibly, the onset of ridge-type, focused mantle upwelling. We propose this phased evolution as a framework in which to develop further research, combining our understanding of rifting and seafloor spreading, in order to better quantify the processes that control continental breakup.

  10. Seismic structure and magmatic construction of crust at the ultraslow-spreading Southwest Indian Ridge at 50°28'E

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    Jian, Hanchao; Chen, Yongshun John; Singh, Satish C.; Li, Jiabiao; Zhao, Minghui; Ruan, Aiguo; Qiu, Xuelin

    2017-01-01

    We present a three-dimensional crustal structure of a magmatically robust segment of the ultraslow-spreading Southwest Indian Ridge at 50°28'E based on tomographic inversions of an ocean bottom seismometer data set. Our results show an upper crustal low-velocity band in the axial zone, which is attributed to increased porosities due to active extensions, leading to anisotropy in the upper crust with a fast direction subperpendicular to the spreading direction. In the lower crust, the results reveal a round-shaped low-velocity anomaly at the segment center, indicative of high temperatures and/or a small amount of melt, suggestive of the presence of an axial magma chamber. At the midcrustal depth, an along-axis asymmetry is observed with respect to the segment center. While a small low-velocity anomaly indicates lateral magma redistribution toward the western segment end, the deep-penetrating low velocities and high velocity gradients toward the eastern end suggest that the crust is colder and contains a thicker fractured layer. This asymmetry occurs very close to the axial magma chamber (<5 km) and seems to be related to the fact that the oblique-spreading domain at the eastern end offsets the ridge axis by a larger distance than that at the western end. We suggest that an along-axis deep-penetrating hydrothermal circulation develops on the east side of the axial magma chamber, in response to the rapid change from orthogonal- to oblique-spreading domains and cools the crust.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. How do detachment faults root into the deep lithosphere of slow spreading mid-ocean ridges ?

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    Bickert, Manon; Cannat, Mathilde; Tommasi, Andrea

    2017-04-01

    Large offset normal faults (also called detachment faults) that exhume mantle-derived peridotites play a significant role in plate divergence at slow-spreading ridges. They are also key for structures accommodating extension at distal continental margins. Metamorphic reactions involving hydrated minerals have been shown to control strain localization in the upper, hydrothermally altered part of the slow-spread axial lithosphere. Very little is known by contrast of the deformation mechanisms that operate in the lower levels of the lithosphere, in non-hydrothermally altered peridotites. The Southwest Indian Ridge (SWIR) to the east of the Melville Fracture Zone has a particularly low magmatic supply, and magma there is focused along-axis at discrete volcanic centers, leaving corridors in which nearly all the divergence of the plates is accommodated by detachment faults. This end-member setting is a natural laboratory to study melt-starved plate divergence mechanisms, at mid-ocean ridges but also at the continent-ocean transition of divergent margins. For the study reported here, we have selected 50 samples of moderately serpentinized peridotites from a set of 270 samples dredged in the eastern SWIR nearly amagmatic corridors (Sauter et al., 2013). Olivines and pyroxenes in these samples have porphyroclastic to mylonitic textures. Optical and electronic microscopy and the study of mineral preferred orientations by EBSD reveal complex relations between ductile and brittle deformation mechanisms. Microfracturation and kinks are locally accompanied by partial recrystallization of the primary minerals. Microprobe data provide constraints on the temperatures prevailing during deformation. We interpret these textures as due to deformation of the mantle at increasing deviatoric stress at and just below the rooting zone of axial detachments. The intensity of this high stress brittle-ductile deformation varies between samples, but it can be detected in all of our SWIR samples

  14. 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.

  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

    2014-09-11

    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.

  16. 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

  17. Slow-spreading ridge-axis tectonics: evidence from the Lizard complex, UK

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    Roberts, S.; Andrews, J. R.; Bull, J. M.; Sanderson, D. J.

    1993-04-01

    The east-coast section of the Lizard ophiolite complex, Cornwall, U.K., preserves a series of interrelated extensional faults and dyke sets which indicate that the formation of this section of obducted oceanic lithosphere resulted from a combination of contemporaneous structural and magmatic events. Three dolerite dyke sets are evident; the first two (sets 1 and 2) are cut by and rotated on a series of ridge-parallel, extensional faults and shear zones. Later dykes (set 3) cross-cut the extensional faults. These data indicate that both rotation and significant thinning, in the region of 40%, of this part of the oceanic lithosphere occurred prior to the final period of dyke injection. The thinning of the lithosphere was the result of extension along the normal faults. All of the dolerite dykes show MORB characteristics, although the late dykes (set 3) are more primitive, tending to be aphyric to sparse olivine-phyric and show higher Cr, Ni and lower Zr values than the typically plagioclase phyric dolerite dykes (sets 1 and 2) intruded prior to the ductile shearing event. The more primitive dolerites post-date the tectonism and indicate the lack of a significant magma chamber following a period of amagmatic extension. The data are consistent with observations at present day slow-spreading ridge-axes and some mafic-ultramafic ophiolite sequences, and provide insight into the nature of ridge-related structures and the interrelationships between tectonism and geochemical evolution of the dykes, and record a mechanism (listric faulting) to account for the presence of peridotites and gabbros commonly dredged at slow-spreading centres.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. Effects of Fertile Mantle Compositional Variation and Spreading Rate Variation on the Working of Global Ocean Ridges

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    Niu, Y.; O'Hara, M. J.

    2014-12-01

    Mantle temperature variation, plate spreading rate variation and mantle compositional variation have been considered to be the three fundamental variables that govern the working of global ocean ridges [1]. An analysis demonstrates that mantle compositional variation exerts the primary control on ocean ridge processes; it determines (1) variation in both composition and mode of mantle mineralogy, (2) variation of mantle density, (3) variation of ridge axial depth, (4) source-inherited MORB compositional variation, (4) density-controlled variation in the amplitude of mantle upwelling, (5) apparent variation in the extent of melting, and (6) the correlated variation of MORB chemistry with ridge axial depth [2]. The above interpretations are reinforced by the updated MORB database [3]. The new database also confirms spreading rate control on the extent of melting as shown previously [4]. Mantle temperature variation could play a part, but its overstated role [3,5] results from a basic error (1) in treating ridge axial depth variation as evidence of mantle temperature variation by ignoring the intrinsic control of mantle composition, (2) in treating "mantle plume" influenced ridges (e.g., Iceland) as normal ridges of plate spreading origin, and (3) in treating low Vs at greater depths (> 300 km vs. < 200 km beneath ridges) beneath these "mantle plume" influenced ridges as evidence for hot ridge mantle. In order to understand the working of global ocean ridges, we must avoid plume-influenced ridges (e.g., in the vicinity of Iceland) and remove/average out data from such ridges. As a result, the correlations (e.g., between ridge axial depth, mantle low Vs anomaly, and some geochemical parameters) required for the interpretation of mantle temperature control all disappear. There is thus no evidence for large mantle temperature variation away from ridges influenced by "mantle plumes". References: [1] Niu et al., 2001, Earth Planet Sci. Lett., 186, 383-399; [2] Niu & O

  1. First Geochemical Evidences for Existence of Slow-Spreading Ridges in the Pacific Ocean

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    Krasnova, E. A.; Portnyagin, M.; Silantyev, S.; Werner, R.; Hoernle, K.

    2012-12-01

    Stalemate Fracture Zone (SFZ) is a 500 km long SE-NW trending transverse ridge between the northernmost Emperor Seamounts and the Aleutian Trench which originated by flexural uplift of Cretaceous (?) oceanic lithosphere along a transform fault at the Kula-Pacific plate boundary [1]. Sampling at the SFZ and the fossil Kula-Pacific Rift valley was carried out during the R/V SONNE cruise SO201 Leg 1b in July 2009. These rocks are thought to represent a complete section of oceanic lithosphere formed at the fossil Kula-Pacific Spreading Center. A broad spectrum of mantle peridotites ranging from spinel lherzolites to dunites were dredged at station DR37 at the northern bend of SFZ. Spinel in lherzolites has Mg#=0.65-0.68, NiO=0.26-0.34 wt%, Cr#=0.26-0.33, Fe3+#=0.021-0.030 and TiO2=0.04-0.09 wt%. Clinopyroxene has Mg#=91.7-92.4, Cr#=0.12-0.16, TiO2=0.06- 0.15 wt%, Na2O=0.19-0.41 wt%, NiO=0.06-0.09 wt% and is moderately depleted in HREE and extremely depleted in MREE and Zr (C1-normalized YbN=4.0- 5.6, [Sm/Yb]N=0.05-0.14, [Zr/Y]N=0.001-0.009) [2,3]. In terms of spinel and clinopyroxene Cr# and absolute concentrations of HREE, Ti and Na, these compositions are less depleted than those from the Hess Deep peridotites [4] formed at the fast spreading East-Pacific Rise. The SFZ peridotites are more similar to abyssal peridotites from slow-spreading ridges [e.g., 5]. Geochemical modeling suggests that the SFZ peridotites can be formed by 10-12% of near-fractional partial melting of depleted MORB mantle. We used the correlation between degree of partial mantle melting and full spreading rate [6] to estimate the spreading rate of 4-5 cm/year at the formation of the SFZ residual lherzolites (Fig.1). These results agree well with paleomagnetic data [1] suggesting asymmetric spreading at the ancient Kula-Pacific Center with the full rate of ~6 cm/year. Thus both geochemical and paleomagnetic data suggest the existence of slow-spreading ridges in the Pacific Basin during the Old

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  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

    2017-02-01

    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.

  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

    2017-02-20

    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.

  6. 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;

  7. Coupled mechanical and hydrothermal modelling of crustal accretion at fast spreading ridges

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    Theissen, Sonja; Iyer, Karthik; Rüpke, Lars H.; Phipps Morgan, Jason

    2010-05-01

    Several geophysical studies imaged a melt lens beneath intermediate to fast spreading ridges, with the depth to the melt lens depending on spreading velocity. It is also widely accepted that the heat released during cooling and crystallisation during the accretion/formation of new oceanic crust is removed by hydrothermal circulation. Two competing end member models explain the formation of the oceanic crust: In the gabbro glacier model the lower crust crystallises in a shallow melt lens and the solidified material is advected to its final position, whereas in the many sill model the crust crystallises in situ from multiple sills at different levels in the lower crust. Many numerical models of crustal accretion and hydrothermal cooling have been developed in the last years, but regardless of whether the models simulate the gabbro glacier or sheeted sill assumption, the previous models focus mainly on one of the processes. They solve either for hydrothermal circulation and create the lithospheric material continuously with spreading velocity [e.g.Cherkaoui et al., 2003] or for viscous advection but parameterise the hydrothermal cooling with an enhanced thermal conductivity/diffusivity as described by Morgan and Chen [1993]. Our new approach couples both processes in one model. The formation of new oceanic crust is implemented as in the gabbro glacier assumption, where all the lower crust crystallises in a shallow melt lens. It is a two dimensional model which uses the finite element method to solve simultaneously for crustal accretion and hydrothermal cooling. The solid velocities in crust and mantle are described by viscous flow of incompressible fluids. Magma injection is implemented by a dilation term and hydrothermal circulation is described by Darcy fluid flow for water. Although the time scales for accretion of the crust and cooling due to hydrothermal circulation are different it was possible to couple the processes in one model and to solve for a steady state

  8. 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.

  9. Analysis of the signals recorded by a single OBS/H near the active Longqi hydrothermal vent at the ultraslow spreading Southwest Indian Ridge (49°39´E)

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    Liu, Y.; Tao, C.; Cai, L.; Qiu, L.

    2016-12-01

    We developed a long-period seismic monitoring experiment near the active Longqi hydrothermal vent from January to April during the Chinese cruise DY115-34 in 2014. During the 102-day experiment, more than 2,000 seismic signals recorded by a single Ocean bottom Seismometer with Hydrophone (OBS/H) are associated with tectonic activity and magma migration in the hydrothermal field. We classified these signals into four typical classes based on their time-frequency characteristics: 1. more than1800 volcano-tectonic microearthquakes (VTMs) with clear onset of P and S phases, Ts-Tp delay time less than 2 s and small local magnitude; 2. 3 regional earthquakes used to determinate sensor orientation; 3. about a hundred short duration events (SDEs) whose have several narrow peaks in frequency range and high amplitude with an exponential decaying coda in seismograms; 4. several special acoustic signals that have the similar feature in waveform recorded by seismometers and hydrophone, with uncertain of generated by biological or geological activity. Analysis of signals based on its feature: First, located the 1549 VTMs with high signal to noise ratio (SNR) by the single station location (SSL) method based on polarization analysis, the results shows that hypocenters mainly beneath the axial valley ridge (AVR) and extended to upper mantle with depth of 15 km, it indicates magma is still active now beneath the AVR in the Longqi field. Second, activities of earthquakes have a certain rule, during the first 6 days, there is an active period with 21.6 events per day, After a long quiet period of 78 days (3.4 events per day), a larger scale and a longer duration of the earthquakes activity is coming with 79.7 events per day. This reflects the law of intermittent magmatic and hydrothermal activity in the Longqi field. Moreover, complex frequencies characteristics of SDEs ascribed to clusters of some monochromatic waves around different frequencies suggest that SDEs are the combination

  10. 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.

  11. Numerical 3D models support two distinct hydrothermal circulation systems at fast spreading ridges

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    Hasenclever, Jörg; Theissen-Krah, Sonja; Rüpke, Lars

    2013-04-01

    We present 3D numerical calculations of hydrothermal fluid flow at fast spreading ridges. The setup of the 3D models is based our previous 2D studies, in which we have coupled numerical models for crustal accretion and hydrothermal fluid flow. One result of these calculations is a crustal permeability field that leads to a thermal structure in the crust that matches seismic tomography data of the East Pacific Rise (EPR). The 1000°C isotherm obtained from the 2D results is now used as the lower boundary of the 3D model domain, while the upper boundary is a smoothed bathymetry of the EPR. The same permeability field as in the 2D models is used, with the highest permeability at the ridge axis and a decrease with both depth and distance to the ridge. Permeability is also reduced linearly between 600 and 1000°C. Using a newly developed parallel finite element code written in Matlab that solves for thermal evolution, fluid pressure and Darcy flow, we simulate the flow patterns of hydrothermal circulation in a segment of 5000m along-axis, 10000m across-axis and up to 5000m depth. We observe two distinct hydrothermal circulation systems: An on-axis system forming a series of vents with a spacing ranging from 100 to 500m that is recharged by nearby (100-200m) downflows on both sides of the ridge axis. Simultaneously a second system with much broader extensions both laterally and vertically exists off-axis. It is recharged by fluids intruding between 1500m to 5000m off-axis and sampling both upper and lower crust. These fluids are channeled in the deepest and hottest regions with high permeability and migrate up-slope following the 600°C isotherm until reaching the edge of the melt lens. Depending on the width of the melt lens these off-axis fluids either merge with the on-axis hydrothermal system or form separate vents. We observe separate off-axis vent fields if the magma lens half-width exceeds 1000m and confluence of both systems for half-widths smaller than 500m. For

  12. Lower crustal differentiation processes beneath a back-arc spreading ridge (Marsili seamount, Southern Tyrrhenian Sea)

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    Trua, Teresa; Marani, Michael; Barca, Donatella

    2014-03-01

    We investigate the texture and chemical zoning of phenocrysts of six basic lavas (five basalts and one basaltic andesite) from the Marsili volcano, the superinflated spreading ridge of the Marsili back-arc basin (Southern Tyrrhenian). The samples, dredged from different portions of the volcano, were selected in order to represent the two distinct mafic magmas that sourced its plumbing system. Four of the basalts and the basaltic andesite have an Island Arc Basalt (IAB) affinity, dominant amongst the erupted Marsili lavas; the fifth basalt is an Ocean Island Basalt (OIB)-like lava erupted during the late stage of volcano activity. Olivine, clinopyroxene and plagioclase are the prevalent phenocrysts, except for two basalts that lack clinopyroxene. In addition, small amphibole crystals are found in the basaltic andesite sample. Olivine is more forsteritic (Fo91-75) in the basalts than in the basaltic andesite (Fo78-74) and in all samples a proportion of crystals shows Fo compositions in near equilibrium with the respective whole-rock composition. Clinopyroxene phenocrysts from IAB basalts have higher Mg number (Mg# = 89-83) than those from the OIB lava (Mg# = 81-84), implying that clinopyroxene joined the liquidus shortly after olivine during the early stage of IAB magma fractionation whereas the OIB magma saturated in clinopyroxene after a more extensive olivine crystallization. In both IAB and OIB-like lavas, the clinopyroxene phenocrysts record crystallization at Moho depth. A common feature of these clinopyroxenes is the intra-crystal trace element variability, indicative of melt mixing during crystal growth. The mixing process involved chemically variable mantle melts derived from incremental fractional melting of the Marsili mantle source. An-rich plagioclases joined liquidus after the earlier fractionation assemblage of olivine-clinopyroxene. The An-rich crystals display distinct features, such as a range of textures and the concurrent increase of Sr and Ba

  13. Exploring the plutonic crust at a fast-spreading ridge:new drilling at Hess Deep

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    Gillis, Kathryn M.; Snow, Jonathan E.; Klaus, Adam; Guerin, Gilles; Abe, Natsue; Akizawa, Norikatsu; Ceuleneer, Georges; Cheadle, Michael J.; Adriao, Alden de Brito; Faak, Kathrin; Falloon, Trevor J.; Friedman, Sarah A.; Godard, Marguerite M.; Harigane, Yumiko; Horst, Andrew J.; Hoshide, Takashi; Ildefonse, Benoit; Jean, Marlon M.; John, Barbara E.; Koepke, Juergen H.; Machi, Sumiaki; Maeda, Jinichiro; Marks, Naomi E.; McCaig, Andrew M.; Meyer, Romain; Morris, Antony; Nozaka, Toshio; Python, Marie; Saha, Abhishek; Wintsch, Robert P.

    2013-02-28

    Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Hess Deep Expedition 345 was designed to sample lower crustal primitive gabbroic rocks that formed at the fast-spreading East Pacific Rise (EPR) in order to test models of magmatic accretion and the intensity of hydrothermal cooling at depth. The Hess Deep Rift was selected to exploit tectonic exposures of young EPR plutonic crust, building upon results from ODP Leg 147 as well as more recent submersible, remotely operated vehicle, and near-bottom surveys. The primary goal was to acquire the observations required to test end-member crustal accretion models that were in large part based on relationships from ophiolites, in combination with mid-ocean ridge geophysical studies. This goal was achieved with the recovery of primitive layered olivine gabbros and troctolites with many unexpected mineralogical and textural relationships, such as the abundance of orthopyroxene and the preservation of delicate skeletal olivine textures.

  14. Effusive and explosive volcanism on the ultraslow-spreading Gakkel Ridge, 85°E

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    Pontbriand, Claire W.; Soule, S. Adam; Sohn, Robert A.; Humphris, Susan E.; Kunz, Clayton; Singh, Hanumant; Nakamura, Ko-Ichi; Jakobsson, Martin; Shank, Timothy

    2012-10-01

    We use high-definition seafloor digital imagery and multibeam bathymetric data acquired during the 2007 Arctic Gakkel Vents Expedition (AGAVE) to evaluate the volcanic characteristics of the 85°E segment of the ultraslow spreading Gakkel Ridge (9 mm yr-1full rate). Our seafloor imagery reveals that the axial valley is covered by numerous, small-volume (order ˜1000 m3) lava flows displaying a range of ages and morphologies as well as unconsolidated volcaniclastic deposits with thicknesses up to 10 cm. The valley floor contains two prominent volcanic lineaments made up of axis-parallel ridges and small, cratered volcanic cones. The lava flows appear to have erupted from a number of distinct source vents within the ˜12-15 km-wide axial valley. Only a few of these flows are fresh enough to have potentially erupted during the 1999 seismic swarm at this site, and these are associated with the Oden and Loke volcanic cones. We model the widespread volcaniclastic deposits we observed on the seafloor as having been generated by the explosive discharge of CO2 that accumulated in (possibly deep) crustal melt reservoirs. The energy released during explosive discharge, combined with the buoyant rise of hot fluid, lofted fragmented clasts of rapidly cooling magma into the water column, and they subsequently settled onto the seafloor as fall deposits surrounding the source vent.

  15. A geological model for the structure of ridge segments in slow spreading ocean crust

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    Tucholke, Brian E.; Lin, Jian

    1994-06-01

    First-order (transform) and second-order ridge-axis discontinuities create a fundamental segmentation of the lithosphere along mid-ocean ridges, and in slow spreading crust they commonly are associated with exposure of subvolcanic crust and upper mantle. We analyzed available morphological, gravity, and rock sample data from the Atlantic Ocean to determine whether consistent structural patterns occur at these discontinuities and to constrain the processes that control the patterns. The results show that along their older, inside-corner sides, both first-and second-order discontinuities are characterized by thinned crust and/or mantle exposures as well as by irregular fault patterns and a paucity of volcanic features. Crust on young, outside-corner sides of discontinuities has more normal thickness, regular fault patterns, and common volcanic forms. These patterns are consistent with tectonic thinning of crust at inside corners by low-angle detachment faults as previously suggested for transform discontinuities by Dick et al. [1981] and Karson [1990]. Volcanic upper crust accretes in the hanging wall of the detachment, is stripped from the inside-corner footwall, and is carried to the outside comer. Gravity and morphological data suggest that detachment faulting is a relatively continuous, long-lived process in crust spreading at <25-30 mm/yr, that it rnay be intermittent at intermediate rates of 25-40 mm/yr, and that it is unlikely to occur at faster rates. Detachment surfaces are dissected by later, high-angle faults formed during crustal uplift into the rift mountains; these faults can cut through the entire crust and may be the kinds of faults imaged by seismic reflection profiling over Cretaceous North Atlantic crust. Off-axis variations in gravity anomalies indicate that slow spreading crust experiences cyclic magmatic/amagmatic extension and that a typical cycle is about 2 m.y. long. During magmatic phases the footwall of the detachment fault probably exposes

  16. East Pacific Rise 18 deg-19 deg S: Asymmetric spreading and ridge reorientation by ultrafast migration of axial discontinuities

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    Cormier, Marie-Helene; MacDonald, Ken C.

    1994-01-01

    A detailed bathymetric, side scan, and magnetic survey of the East Pacific Rise out to a seafloor age of 1 Ma has been carried out between 18 deg and 19 deg S. It reveals that some left-stepping axial discontinuities have been migrating southward at rates an order of magnitude faster than the spreading rates (1000 mm/a or higher). These rapid migration events have left on the Nazca plate discordant features striking nearly parallel to the ridge axis. A discontinuity with an offset of several kilometers has migrated in two stages at around 0.45 and 0.3 Ma, and has left two large discordant zones consisting of a series of unfaulted, hummocky basins bounded to the east by short ridges oriented about N-S, oblique to the ambient 013 deg fabric. The morphology and reflectivity characteristics of these discordant zones are akin to the overlap basins and abandoned ridge tips which make up the migration trails of large, slowly-migrating overlapping spreading centers. Between 18 deg 35 min and 19 deg 03 min S, the ridge axis is flanked a few kilometers to the east by a prominent, sedimented ridge previously recognized as a recent abandoned ridge axis. The present ridge segment steadily deepens and narrows southward, which suggests the abandoned ridge has been rafted onto the Nazca plate during the ultrafast southward propagation of the ridge segment rather than by one discrete ridge jump. By transferring Pacific lithosphere to the Nazca plate, these migration events account for most of the asymmetric accretion observed (faster to the east). This process is consistent with the features common to asymmetric spreading, namely the sudden onset or demise of asymmetric spreading, and the ridge segment to ridge segment variablity. Because the discordant zones left by these rapid migration events are near-parallel to the ambient seafloor fabric, they are unlikely to be detected by conventional bathymetry or magnetic surveys, and so-called 'ridge-jumps' may actually often represent

  17. 3D seismic reflection imaging of nearly amagmatic oceanic lithosphere at the ultra-slow spreading Southwest Indian Ridge

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

    2016-12-01

    Ultra-slow spreading ridges (< 10 mm/yr half-spreading rate), are characterized by a variety of mode accretion, from purely magmatic to nearly amagmatic. With the prevalence of mantle-derived peridotites and sparse volcanism on the seafloor, the easternmost portion of the ultra-slow spreading Southwest Indian Ridge (SWIR) at 64°E represents a melt-poor end-member in the global ridge system. Mantle-derived peridotites there are proposed to have been exhumed along the footwall of detachment faults (Cannat et al, 2006; Sauter et al, 2013). However, the geometry and structural styles of detachments at depth are conjectural. We show the first 3D seismic reflection images of nearly amagmatic axial oceanic lithosphere in this region. The results are from 3D processing of 2D seismic data acquired during the SISMOSMOOTH 2014 cruise along 100 m-spaced profiles in a 1.8 km wide by 24 km long box spanning the axial valley and a part of its elevated northern wall. Wide-angle tomography results from Ocean bottom Seismometer (OBS) line are used to provide a velocity structure of the crust and correlate the MCS reflection images. We image 4 classes of reflectors. The first class occurs in 2 parts as south-dipping events and can be followed in the cross-line of the survey area. The upper part terminates on the northern slope of the massif. The lower part occurs as an isolated event until half of the width of the survey area after which it appears as a continuation of the upper part. This class of reflectors may be due to the damage zone of the active axial detachment fault. The second class of reflectors occurs as north-dipping events. They extend 1 km in the cross-line. They can be interpreted as fractured zones, zones of localized serpentinization or as dikes. The third class of reflectors occurs as sub-horizontal events at depth and seems to serve as the termination of the proposed dikes/fractured zones. On the OBS result, this reflector mimics the 7.5 km/s velocity contour in

  18. Crustal accretion at fast spreading ridges and implications for hydrothermal circulation

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    Theissen-Krah, S.; Rupke, L.; Hasenclever, J.

    2015-12-01

    Oceanic crust is continuously created at mid-ocean ridges, but the location of lower crust crystallization continues to be debated since the proposal of the gabbro glacier and many sills end-member models. Geophysical and geochemical studies find evidence for either of the models. The crust is cooled by a combination of heat diffusion and advection, and hydrothermal circulation is thought to play a key role in distinguishing between both models. We use our numerical model for joint modeling of crustal accretion and hydrothermal circulation1 to test different accretion and hydrothermal cooling scenarios. The results match the seismic and structural observations from the East Pacific Rise2 and the Oman Ophiolite3, with a shallow melt lens at the correct location overlaying a narrow volume of partially molten rocks. Our results show that no more than 25-50% of the lower crust crystallizes in situ and that deep circulation is likely to occur at fast and intermediate spreading ridges. The occurrence of deep hydrothermal cooling however does not rule out that a major portion of the lower crust is formed in the shallow melt lens; our simulations rather suggest that it is necessary independent of where in the lower crust crystallization takes place. 1 Theissen-Krah, S., Iyer, K., Rupke, L. H. & Morgan, J. P. Coupled mechanical and hydrothermal modeling of crustal accretion at intermediate to fast spreading ridges. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 311, 275-286, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2011.09.018 (2011). 2 Dunn, R. A., Toomey, D. R. & Solomon, S. C. Three-dimensional seismic structure and physical properties of the crust and shallow mantle beneath the East Pacific Rise at 9 degrees 30'N. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth 105, 23537-23555 (2000). 3 Nicolas, A. & Boudier, F. Structural contribution from the Oman ophiolite to processes of crustal accretion at the East Pacific Rise. Terra Nova 27, 77-96, doi:10.1111/ter.12137 (2015).

  19. First Discovery and Investigation of a High-Temperature Hydrothermal Vent Field on the Ultra- Slow Spreading Southwest Indian Ridge

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    Tao, C.; Lin, J.; Guo, S.; Chen, Y. J.; Wu, G.; Han, X.; German, C. R.; Yoerger, D. R.; Zhu, J.; Zhou, N.; Su, X.; Baker, E. T.; Party, S.

    2007-12-01

    Two recent cruises on board the Chinese research vessel Dayang Yihao have successfully investigated the first active hydrothermal vent field to be located along the ultraslow spreading Southwest Indian Ridge (SWIR) and collected hydrothermal sulfide deposit samples. The newly discovered hydrothermal vent field is located on the western end of a magmatically robust spreading segment immediately west of the Gallieni transform fault. Preliminary evidence of strong turbidity anomalies was first measured during a Nov. 2005 cruise on board Dayang Yihao (InterRidge News, vol. 15, pp. 33-34, 2006). Color video footages of the seafloor in the vent-field area were first obtained by a deep-towed video camera in February 2007 during DY115-19 Leg 1, when significant water column turbidity anomalies, noticeable temperature anomalies and methane anomalies were also measured. The vent field was then precisely located, mapped, and photographed in great detail in February- March 2007 during the DY115-19 Leg 2, using the autonomous underwater vehicle ABE of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. A high-resolution bathymetric map, more than 5,000 near-bottom color photos, and several types of water column data were all obtained during three phases of ABE dives. Within the approximately 120-m-long by 100-m-wide hydrothermal field, three groups of active high-temperature vents were identified and color images of black smokers and associated biological communities were obtained from ABE, flying 5 m above the seafloor. Hydrothermal sulfide deposits were then successfully obtained using a TV-guided grab.

  20. First Discovery and Investigation of a High-Temperature Hydrothermal Vent Field on the Ultra- Slow Spreading Southwest Indian Ridge

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    Tao, C.; Lin, J.; Guo, S.; Chen, Y. J.; Wu, G.; Han, X.; German, C. R.; Yoerger, D. R.; Zhu, J.; Zhou, N.; Su, X.; Baker, E. T.; Party, S.

    2004-12-01

    Two recent cruises on board the Chinese research vessel Dayang Yihao have successfully investigated the first active hydrothermal vent field to be located along the ultraslow spreading Southwest Indian Ridge (SWIR) and collected hydrothermal sulfide deposit samples. The newly discovered hydrothermal vent field is located on the western end of a magmatically robust spreading segment immediately west of the Gallieni transform fault. Preliminary evidence of strong turbidity anomalies was first measured during a Nov. 2005 cruise on board Dayang Yihao (InterRidge News, vol. 15, pp. 33-34, 2006). Color video footages of the seafloor in the vent-field area were first obtained by a deep-towed video camera in February 2007 during DY115-19 Leg 1, when significant water column turbidity anomalies, noticeable temperature anomalies and methane anomalies were also measured. The vent field was then precisely located, mapped, and photographed in great detail in February- March 2007 during the DY115-19 Leg 2, using the autonomous underwater vehicle ABE of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. A high-resolution bathymetric map, more than 5,000 near-bottom color photos, and several types of water column data were all obtained during three phases of ABE dives. Within the approximately 120-m-long by 100-m-wide hydrothermal field, three groups of active high-temperature vents were identified and color images of black smokers and associated biological communities were obtained from ABE, flying 5 m above the seafloor. Hydrothermal sulfide deposits were then successfully obtained using a TV-guided grab.

  1. Morphology and genesis of slow-spreading ridges-seabed scattering and seismic imaging within the oceanic crust

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    Peirce, Christine; Sinha, Martin; Topping, Simon; Gill, Christopher

    2007-01-01

    A grid of 32 across-axis and five axis-parallel multichannel seismic (MCS) reflection profiles were acquired at an axial volcanic ridge (AVR) segment at 57° 45'N, 32° 35'W on the slow-spreading Reykjanes Ridge, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, to determine the along-axis variation and geometry of the axial magmatic system and to investigate the relationship between magma chamber structure, the along-axis continuity and segmentation of melt supply to the crust, the development of faulting and the thickness of oceanic layer 2A. Seismic reflection profiles acquired at mid-ocean ridges are prone to being swamped by high amplitude seabed scattered noise which can either mask or be mistaken for intracrustal reflection events. In this paper, we present the results of two approaches to this problem which simulate seabed scatter and which can either be used to remove or simply predict events within processed MCS profiles. The 37 MCS profiles show clear intracrustal seismic events which are related to the structure of oceanic layer 2, to the axial magmatic system and to the faults which dismember each AVR as it ages through its tectono-magmatic life cycle and which form the median valley walls. The layer 2A event can be mapped around the entirety of the survey area between 0.1 and 0.5 s two-way traveltime below the seabed, being thickest at AVR centres, and thinning both off-axis and along-axis towards AVR tips. Both AVR-parallel and ridge-parallel trends are observed, with the pattern of on-axis layer 2A thickness variation preserved beneath relict AVRs which are rafted off-axis largely intact. Each active AVR is underlain by a mid-crustal melt lens reflection extending almost along its entire length. Similar reflection events are observed beneath the offset basins between adjacent AVRs. These are interpreted as new AVRs at the start of their life cycle, developing centrally within the median valley. The east-west spacings of relict AVRs and offset basins is ~5-7 km, corresponding to

  2. Constructing a High-Resolution Temporal Record of Spreading-Rate Variations Along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge

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    Carchedi, C. J. W.; Dalton, C. A.; Herbert, T.

    2016-12-01

    Paleoclimate records provide an opportunity to investigate links between major changes in Earth's climate and long-term forcing mechanisms. While changes in atmospheric CO2 appear to drive trends in climate, global ocean cooling in the late Miocene remains an enigma: most CO2 proxies do not show a corresponding decline over this period. To improve constraints on the global carbon cycle over this time, we are constructing a new global synthesis of variations in ridge spreading rates with high temporal resolution over the past 20 Myr. We utilize newly available compilations of seafloor fabric and marine magnetic anomalies that are provided by the Global Seafloor Fabric and Magnetic Lineation Data Base Project (Matthews et al., 2011; Seton et al., 2014). Our initial focus is the northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where spreading is preserved on both ridge flanks, and dense data sets of magnetic anomalies are available. To obtain accurate and precise values of time, we use a new orbital timescale for magnetic reversal ages. Tectonic flow lines are generated from seafloor fabric, using continuous fracture zones extending from transform faults along the current ridge out to seafloor > 30 Myr. The cumulative distance each point on the flow line has traveled from the ridge is computed. Nearby magnetic anomalies are projected onto the flow line along lines normal to the flow line. Spreading rate as a function of seafloor age is then determined from age-distance relationships; both ridge flanks are treated separately to investigate spreading asymmetry. To improve the profiles' signal to noise ratios, we then stack the anomaly crossings onto composite east and west spreading profiles. Our preliminary analysis shows that spreading rates have decreased significantly from the mid-Miocene to the present, beginning around 15 Ma and experiencing a pronounced reduction during 8 to 5 Ma. This trend mirrors the decline observed in global sea surface temperatures, suggesting that tectonic

  3. 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

  4. Design of ridge filters for spread-out Bragg peaks with Monte Carlo simulation in carbon ion therapy.

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    Sakama, M; Kanai, T; Kase, Y; Yusa, K; Tashiro, M; Torikai, K; Shimada, H; Yamada, S; Ohno, T; Nakano, T

    2012-10-21

    Spread-out Bragg peaks made by ridge filters or wheel range modulators are used in charged particle therapy with passive methods to achieve uniform biological responses in irradiated tumors. Following the biological responses needed to design the ridge filters, which were developed at the National Institute of Radiological Sciences in Japan, new ridge filters were designed using recent developments in heavy-ion reactions and dosimetry. The Monte Carlo code of Geant4 was used to calculate the qualities of carbon ion beams in a water phantom. The results obtained from the simulation were corrected so that they agreed with the measurements of depth dose distributions. The calculations of biological responses to fragments other than carbon ions were assumed to be for helium ions. The measured dose distributions with the designed ridge filters were compared to the calculated distributions. A beam modifying system using this adaptable method was successively applied to carbon ion therapy at Gunma University.

  5. Microbial community diversity in seafloor basalt from the Arctic spreading ridges.

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    Lysnes, Kristine; Thorseth, Ingunn H; Steinsbu, Bjørn Olav; Øvreås, Lise; Torsvik, Terje; Pedersen, Rolf B

    2004-11-01

    Microbial communities inhabiting recent (< or =1 million years old; Ma) seafloor basalts from the Arctic spreading ridges were analyzed using traditional enrichment culturing methods in combination with culture-independent molecular phylogenetic techniques. Fragments of 16S rDNA were amplified from the basalt samples by polymerase chain reaction, and fingerprints of the bacterial and archaeal communities were generated using denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis. This analysis indicates a substantial degree of complexity in the samples studied, showing 20-40 dominating bands per profile for the bacterial assemblages. For the archaeal assemblages, a much lower number of bands (6-12) were detected. The phylogenetic affiliations of the predominant electrophoretic bands were inferred by performing a comparative 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis. Sequences obtained from basalts affiliated with eight main phylogenetic groups of Bacteria, but were limited to only one group of the Archaea. The most frequently retrieved bacterial sequences affiliated with the gamma-proteobacteria, alpha-proteobacteria, Chloroflexi, Firmicutes, and Actinobacteria. The archaeal sequences were restricted to the marine Group 1: Crenarchaeota. Our results indicate that the basalt harbors a distinctive microbial community, as the majority of the sequences differed from those retrieved from the surrounding seawater as well as from sequences previously reported from seawater and deep-sea sediments. Most of the sequences did not match precisely any sequences in the database, indicating that the indigenous Arctic ridge basalt microbial community is yet uncharacterized. Results from enrichment cultures showed that autolithotrophic methanogens and iron reducing bacteria were present in the seafloor basalts. We suggest that microbial catalyzed cycling of iron may be important in low-temperature alteration of ocean crust basalt. The phylogenetic and physiological diversity of the seafloor basalt

  6. Upper crustal seismic structure of the slow spreading Mid-Atlantic Ridge, 35°N: Constraints on volcanic emplacement processes

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    Hussenoeder, Stefan A.; Kent, Graham M.; Detrick, Robert S.

    2002-08-01

    The upper crustal seismic structure of the slow spreading Mid-Atlantic Ridge is studied using a genetic algorithm-based waveform inversion of multichannel streamer data. Four single-ship multichannel profiles from 35°N are analyzed: one in the rift valley and three in the rift mountains along 0.7, 1.6, and 1.9 Ma crust. A layer 2A horizon is continuously imaged along three profiles and is associated with a sharp velocity increase from extrusives to dikes. Its depth and regularity in the rift valley indicate that most of the extrusive section is built on the inner valley floor through a pattern of deposition and fault-bounded uplift into the rift mountains. Its variability along one line, however, shows that this process is disrupted during tectonically dominated periods. A thickening of layer 2A toward the Oceanographer fracture zone may be the result of along-axis magma transport. The interval of rapid velocity increase at the base of layer 2A thins with age, a possible response to enhanced hydrothermal mineralization within the zone of mixed dikes and extrusives. Transition zone (~200 m) and off-axis layer 2A thicknesses (350-600 m) are similar to those at other spreading centers. This indicates that equivalent extrusive volumes are produced at all spreading rates along a relatively narrow zone of dike emplacement. However, differences in on-axis layer 2A thickness between this area and fast spreading ridges suggest that the exact pattern of thickening varies between spreading regimes. Relative to fast spreading ridges, the moderate velocity increase with age recorded in the upper crust (from 2.3 to >2.7 km s-1 within ~2 Myr) may be due to a less active hydrothermal system and hence slower porosity reduction.

  7. Autonomous Hydrophone Array Monitors Seismic Activity at Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

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    Smith, Deborah K.; Dziak, Robert P.; Matsumoto, Haru; Fox, Christopher G.; Tolstoy, Maya

    2004-01-01

    The northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR) is a classic, slow-spreading ridge with an average spreading rate of ~25 mm/yr. The MAR is typically marked by a 1.5-3-km-deep, 15-30-km-wide axial rift valley. Major transforms offset the ridge along its length. Between the transforms, the ridge is divided into spreading segments; their ends are defined by non-transform offsets. The rift valley commonly contains an axial volcanic ridge that is considered to be the predominant site of volcanic activity [e.g., Ballard and van Andel, 1977]. Based on the sizes of the volcanic ridges [e.g., Smith and Cann, 1999], large volumes of lava must be erupted on the valley floor. Currently, however, we do not know how frequently magmatic events occur, whether they migrate along the axis, whether there are spatial patterns in these events, or how they vary through time. Faulting style varies along the length of a segment, with faults having larger throws and wider spacing at segment ends than at centers [e.g., Shaw, 1992]. Off-axis elevated sea floor and residual gravity highs and exposures of lower crustal/upper mantle rocks at the inside corners of segments, rather than at the conjugate outside corners, suggest a cross-axis asymmetry in tectonic extension at the ends of slow-spreading ridges [e.g., Severinghaus and Macdonald, 1988], with most of the extension occurring at the inside corners. Furthermore, there appears to be little, if any, active faulting beyond the crest of the rift mountains that bound the segments, based on the characteristics of fault populations.

  8. Ridges

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    2003-04-15

    Tall narrow ridges snake between mesas and buttes in this image from NASA Mars Odyssey. Where one such ridge crosses a flat-topped mesa in the lower center of the image, the mesa surface is split into two surfaces of different heights.

  9. Controls of Plume Dispersal at the Slow Spreading Mid-Atlantic Ridge

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    Walter, M.; Mertens, C.; Koehler, J.; Sueltenfuss, J.; Rhein, M.; Keir, R. S.; Schmale, O.; Schneider v. Deimling, J.; German, C. R.; Yoerger, D. R.; Baker, E. T.

    2011-12-01

    The slow-spreading Mid-Atlantic Ridges hosts a multitude of different types of hydrothermal systems. Here, we compare the fluxes and the plume dispersal at three high temperature sites located in very diverse settings at comparable depths (~3000m): The recently discovered sites Turtle Pits, and Nibelungen on the southern MAR, and the Logatchev field in the North Atlantic. Plume mapping for these sites on cruises between 2004 and 2009 consisted of CTD Towyo-, Yoyo,- and station work, including velocity profiling, as well as water sampling for analysis of trace gases (CH4, H2, 3He/4He) and metals; temperature measurements and fluid sampling at the vent sites were carried out with an ROV. The aim of this work is to gain a better understanding of how the setting of a vent site affects the dispersal of the particle plume, and what means can be used to infer possible locations of vent sites based on the hydrographic properties and plume observations, using high resolution bathymetric mapping and hydrographic information. The ultramafic-hosted Nibelungen site (8°18'S) consists of a single active smoking crater, along with several extinct smokers, which is located off-axis south of a non-transform offset. The setting is characterized by rugged topography, favorable for the generation of internal tides, internal wave breaking, and vertical mixing. Elevated mixing with turbulent diffusivities Kρ up to 0.1 m2 s-1, 3 to 4 orders of magnitude higher than open ocean values, was observed close to the vent site. The mixing as well as the flow field exhibited a strong tidal cycle; the plume dispersal is thus dominated by the fast and intermittent vertical exchange and characterized by small scale spatial and temporal variability. The Turtle Pits vent fields (4°48'S) are located on a sill in a north-south orientated rift valley. The site consists of three (known) high temperature fields: Turtle Pits, Comfortless Cove, and Red Lion. The particle plume is confined to the rift

  10. Subalkaline andesite from Valu Fa Ridge, a back-arc spreading center in southern Lau Basin: petrogenesis, comparative chemistry, and tectonic implications

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    Vallier, T.L.; Jenner, G.A.; Frey, F.A.; Gill, J.B.; Davis, A.S.; Volpe, A.M.; Hawkins, J.W.; Morris, J.D.; Cawood, Peter A.; Morton, J.L.; Scholl, D. W.; Rautenschlein, M.; White, W.M.; Williams, Ross W.; Stevenson, A.J.; White, L.D.

    1991-01-01

    Tholeiitic andesite was dredged from two sites on Valu Fa Ridge (VFR), a back-arc spreading center in Lau Basin. Valu Fa Ridge, at least 200 km long, is located 40-50 km west of the active Tofua Volcanic Arc (TVA) axis and lies about 150 km above the subducted oceanic plate. One or more magma chambers, traced discontinuously for about 100 km along the ridge axis, lie 3-4 km beneath the ridge. The mostly aphyric and glassy lavas had high volatile contents, as shown by the abundance and large sizes of vesicles. An extensive fractionation history is inferred from the high SiO2 contents and FeO* MgO ratios. Chemical data show that the VFR lavas have both volcanic arc and back-arc basin affinities. The volcanic arc characteristics are: (1) relatively high abundances of most alkali and alkaline earth elements; (2) low abundances of high field strength elements Nb and Ta; (3) high U/Th ratios; (4) similar radiogenic isotope ratios in VFR and TVA lavas, in particular the enrichment of 87Sr 86Sr relative to 206Pb 204Pb; (5) high 238U 230Th, 230Th 232Th, and 226Ra 230Th activity ratios; and (6) high ratios of Rb/Cs, Ba/Nb, and Ba/La. Other chemical characteristics suggest that the VFR lavas are related to MORB-type back-arc basin lavas. For example, VFR lavas have (1) lower 87Sr 86Sr ratios and higher 143Nd 144Nd ratios than most lavas from the TVA, except samples from Ata Island, and are similar to many Lau Basin lavas; (2) lower Sr/REE, Rb/Zr, and Ba/Zr ratios than in arc lavas; and (3) higher Ti, Fe, and V, and higher Ti/V ratios than arc lavas generally and TVA lavas specifically. Most characteristics of VFR lavas can be explained by mixing depleted mantle with either small amounts of sediment and fluids from the subducting slab and/or an older fragment of volcanic arc lithosphere. The eruption of subalkaline andesite with some arc affinities along a back-arc spreading ridge is not unique. Collision of the Louisville and Tonga ridges probably activated back-arc extension

  11. A Review on Forearc Ophiolite Obduction, Adakite-Like Generation, and Slab Window Development at the Chile Triple Junction Area: Uniformitarian Framework for Spreading-Ridge Subduction

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    Bourgois, Jacques; Lagabrielle, Yves; Martin, Hervé; Dyment, Jérôme; Frutos, Jose; Cisternas, Maria Eugenia

    2016-10-01

    This paper aggregates the main basic data acquired along the Chile Triple Junction (CTJ) area (45°-48°S), where an active spreading center is presently subducting beneath the Andean continental margin. Updated sea-floor kinematics associated with a comprehensive review of geologic, geochemical, and geophysical data provide new constraints on the geodynamics of this puzzling area. We discuss: (1) the emplacement mode for the Pleistocene Taitao Ridge and the Pliocene Taitao Peninsula ophiolite bodies. (2) The occurrence of these ophiolitic complexes in association with five adakite-like plutonic and volcanic centers of similar ages at the same restricted locations. (3) The inferences from the co-occurrence of these sub-coeval rocks originating from the same subducting oceanic lithosphere evolving through drastically different temperature-pressure ( P- T) path: low-grade greenschist facies overprint and amphibolite-eclogite transition, respectively. (4) The evidences that document ridge-jump events and associated microplate individualization during subduction of the SCR1 and SCR-1 segments: the Chonos and Cabo Elena microplates, respectively. The ridge-jump process associated with the occurrence of several closely spaced transform faults entering subduction is controlling slab fragmentation, ophiolite emplacement, and adakite-like production and location in the CTJ area. Kinematic inconsistencies in the development of the Patagonia slab window document an 11- km westward jump for the SCR-1 spreading segment at ~6.5-to-6.8 Ma. The SCR-1 spreading center is relocated beneath the North Patagonia Icefield (NPI). We argue that the deep-seated difference in the dynamically sustained origin of the high reliefs of the North and South Patagonia Icefield (NPI and SPI) is asthenospheric convection and slab melting, respectively. The Chile Triple Junction area provides the basic constraints to define the basic signatures for spreading-ridge subduction beneath an Andean

  12. Crustal structure, accretionary processes and rift propagation: a gravity study of the intermediate-spreading Valu Fa Ridge, Lau Basin

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    Peirce, Christine; Turner, Ian M.; Sinha, Martin C.

    2001-07-01

    The Valu Fa Ridge is an intermediate-spreading (full rate of 60mmyr-1) ridge located in the Lau Basin. In 1995 this ridge was surveyed using a multidisciplinary, geophysical approach to image crust and upper mantle structure, with the aim of investigating the processes of oceanic crustal accretion in a back-arc tectonic environment. As part of this experiment a network of gravity profiles was acquired, together with seismic, magnetic, swath bathymetry and controlled-source electromagnetic data. Presented in this paper are the results of forward modelling of a subset of the acquired gravity profiles, two oriented ridge-perpendicular and one ridge-parallel, using the preferred seismic models of Turner et al. (1999) as a basis of initial model construction. In addition, the gravity data set in its entirety has been used to calculate the mantle and residual mantle Bouguer anomalies with the aim of investigating variability in crustal structure, both density and layer thickness, and the nature of the underlying upper mantle. Of particular interest are the overlapping spreading centre between the Central and Northern Valu Fa Ridges, where seismic modelling implies a generally thickened crust and a magma chamber located beneath the overlap basin rather than separate chambers supplying each ridge, and the propagating rift tip and associated basin-bounding pseudo-fault. Modelling results suggest that the pre- and post-rift crusts have different compositional origins, with lower densities required >12km off-axis to fit the observed free-air gravity anomaly. The locations of the transitions into regions of lower density correspond with those of Turner et al. (1999) derived from seismic modelling, which in turn correspond in location to the rift-related pseudo-fault identified by Wiedicke & Collier (1993). Calculation and interpretation of the mantle and residual mantle Bouguer anomalies also confirms the lower off-axis densities and indicates a general increase in crustal

  13. Dynamics of the Axial Melt Lens/Dike transition at fast spreading ridges: assimilation and hydrous partial melting

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    France, L.; Ildefonse, B.; Koepke, J.

    2009-04-01

    Recent detailed field studies performed in the Oman ophiolite on the gabbro/sheeted dike transition, compared to corresponding rocks from the EPR drilled by IODP (Site 1256), constrain a general model for the dynamics of the axial melt lens (AML) present at fast spreading ridges (France et al., 2008). This model implies that the AML/dike transition is a dynamic interface migrating up- and downward, and that the isotropic gabbro horizon on top of the igneous section represents its fossilization. It is also proposed that upward migrations are associated to reheating of the base of the sheeted dike complex and to assimilation processes. Plagiogranitic lithologies are observed close to the truncated base of the dikes and are interpreted to represent frozen melts generated by partial melting of previously hydrothermalized sheeted dikes. Relicts of previously hydrothermalized lithologies are also observed in the fossil melt lens, and are associated to lithologies that have crystallized under high water activities, with clinopyroxene crystallizing before plagioclase, and An-rich plagioclase. To better understand our field data, we performed hydrous partial melting experiments at shallow pressures (0.1 GPa) under slightly oxidizing conditions (NNO oxygen buffer) and water saturated conditions on hydrothermalized sheeted dike sample from the Oman ophiolite. These experiments have been performed between 850°C and 1030°C; two additional experiments in the subsolidus regime were also conducted (750°C and 800°C). Clinopyroxenes formed during incongruent melting at low temperature (<910°C) have compositions that match those from the corresponding natural rocks (reheated base of the sheeted dike and relicts of assimilated lithologies). In particular, the characteristic low TiO2 and Al2O3 contents are reproduced. The experimental melts produced at low temperatures correspond to compositions of typical natural plagiogranites. In natural settings, these silicic liquids would be

  14. High-resolution Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) mapping of a slow-spreading ridge: Mid-Atlantic Ridge 45°N

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    Yeo, I. A.; Searle, R. C.

    2013-06-01

    Axial volcanic ridges (AVRs) are found on most slow-spreading mid-ocean ridges and are thought to be the main locus of volcanism there. In this study we present high-resolution mapping of a typical, well-defined AVR on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge at 45°N. The AVR is characterized by "hummocky terrain," composed typically of hummocks with pillowed or elongate pillowed flanks with pillowed or lobate lava flow summits, often with small haystacks sitting on their highest points. The AVR is surrounded by several areas of "flat seafloor," composed of lobate and sheet lava flows. The spatial and morphological differences between these areas indicate different eruption processes operating on and off the AVR. Volcanic fissures are found all around and on the AVR, although those with the greatest horizontal displacement are found on the ridge crest and flat seafloor. Clusters of fissures may represent volcanic vents. Extremely detailed comparisons of sediment coverage and examination of contact relations around the AVR suggest that many of the areas of flat seafloor are of a similar age or younger than the hummocky terrain of the AVR. Additionally, all the lavas surveyed have similar degrees of sediment cover, suggesting that the AVR was either built or resurfaced in the same 50 ka time frame as the flat seafloor.

  15. Seismicity and structure of the 85°E volcanic complex at the ultraslow spreading Gakkel Ridge from local earthquake tomography

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    Korger, E. I. M.; Schlindwein, V.

    2014-01-01

    Accretion mechanisms at ultraslow spreading ridges are still only poorly understood due to difficult survey conditions for seismic experiments at these ridges. Melts gets focused in distinct magmatic centres, with thin crust in between. At the 85°E/85°N volcanic complex at Gakkel Ridge, Arctic Ocean, where a recent spreading episode has been observed, perennial sea ice cover challenges traditional investigations of seismic structure and microseismicity. We used an unusual survey set-up to gather seismological data during 16 d in 2007 July, using seismometer arrays mounted on ice floes. Despite only 12 stations, the drift of the ice floes over the survey area resulted in a multitude of crossing rays in the rift valley. The data included 303 microearthquakes of which 248 events could be confidently located. We compiled a 1-D velocity model by localizing a subset of these earthquakes with a suite of randomly created velocity models. In this model, the Moho is placed at 7 km depth below seafloor, inferring a thick, basaltic crust. Using 124 events which were recorded by at least two arrays, we inverted for P-wave velocity structure in a local earthquake tomography. Resolution tests indicate reliable results in the central rift valley, illuminating the thermal structure underneath the Asgard volcanic chain in the aftermath of its most recent spreading episode. Our results show microearthquake activity down to 16 km beneath seafloor, inferring a cold lithosphere. Most hypocentres cluster at the centre of the rift valley at the site of the Asgard volcanic chain. This may mean that existing thermal models for this class of ridges have to be refined. An area of decreased seismic velocities crosses the rift valley at this location and microearthquake activity is located at its eastern fringe where the velocity gradient is highest. We therefore speculate that the reduced velocities may be caused by warm intruded material and that the observed seismicity predominatly

  16. Composition of hydrothermal fluids and mineralogy of associated chimney material on the East Scotia Ridge back-arc spreading centre

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    James, Rachael H.; Green, Darryl R. H.; Stock, Michael J.; Alker, Belinda J.; Banerjee, Neil R.; Cole, Catherine; German, Christopher R.; Huvenne, Veerle A. I.; Powell, Alexandra M.; Connelly, Douglas P.

    2014-08-01

    The East Scotia Ridge is an active back-arc spreading centre located to the west of the South Sandwich island arc in the Southern Ocean. Initial exploration of the ridge by deep-tow surveys provided the first evidence for hydrothermal activity in a back-arc setting outside of the western Pacific, and we returned in 2010 with a remotely operated vehicle to precisely locate and sample hydrothermal sites along ridge segments E2 and E9. Here we report the chemical and isotopic composition of high- and low-temperature vent fluids, and the mineralogy of associated high-temperature chimney material, for two sites at E2 (Dog’s Head and Sepia), and four sites at E9 (Black & White, Ivory Tower, Pagoda and Launch Pad). The chemistry of the fluids is highly variable between the ridge segments. Fluid temperatures were ∼350 °C at all vent sites except Black & White, which was significantly hotter (383 °C). End-member chloride concentrations in E2 fluids (532-536 mM) were close to background seawater (540 mM), whereas Cl in E9 fluids was much lower (98-220 mM) indicating that these fluids are affected by phase separation. Concentrations of the alkali elements (Na, Li, K and Cs) and the alkaline earth elements (Ca, Sr and Ba) co-vary with Cl, due to charge balance constraints. Similarly, concentrations of Mn and Zn are highest in the high Cl fluids but, by contrast, Fe/Cl ratios are higher in E9 fluids (3.8-8.1 × 10-3) than they are in E2 fluids (1.5-2.4 × 10-3) and fluids with lowest Cl have highest Cu. Although both ridge segments are magmatically inflated, there is no compelling evidence for input of magmatic gases to the vent fluids. Fluid δD values range from 0.2‰ to 1.5‰, pH values (3.02-3.42) are not especially low, and F concentrations (34.6-54.4 μM) are lower than bottom seawater (62.8 μM). The uppermost sections of conjugate chimney material from E2, and from Ivory Tower and Pagoda at E9, typically exhibit inner zones of massive chalcopyrite enclosed

  17. Large offset normal faults, ridge obliquity, and the distribution of volcanism at a melt-poor ultra-slow spreading ridge

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

    2006-12-01

    We report on an extensive set of off-axis bathymetry, gravity, and magnetic data, providing a 26 myrs-long record of axial tectonic and magmatic processes over a 660 km-long, and very melt-poor portion of the ultra- slow Southwest Indian Ridge (SWIR). 37% of the total mapped area, both on and off-axis, has a smooth seafloor morphology, and appears to have formed with no, or very little axial volcanism. This smooth seafloor terrane is inferred to expose large expanses of mantle-derived peridotites, with minor gabbros and diabases. It locally transitions into corrugated terranes (4% of mapped area). Volcanic seafloor, with numerous volcanic cones and tight, spreading-perpendicular fault scarps, covers the remaining 59% of the mapped area. In this talk, we focus on the transition from smooth to volcanic terranes, showing that while the smooth seafloor forms at minimal melt supply to the ridge, gravity anomalies suggest that the volcanic seafloor forms over a range of crustal thickness and melt supply: from very reduced as in smooth terranes, to about twice the average for this region of the SWIR. Crustal magnetization in volcanic terranes appears to correlate with gravity-derived crustal thickness, and is locally as low as in smooth terranes. Finally, the analysis of seafloor morphology suggests that major ridge-parallel normal faults in smooth terranes also controlled the accretion of adjacent volcanic seafloor. These observations lead us to propose that there is no clearcut change in accretion processes between the two types of seafloor, but rather that beneath the upper volcanic layer, volcanic terranes of the SWIR may display a range of intermediate and lower crust compositions, from dominantly ultramafic, to dominantly basaltic. Ridge obliquity in our study area varies along-axis from more than 30, to less than 10 degrees. In oblique regions, we observe that volcanic terranes are systematically associated with a reorientation of major faults, from oblique to

  18. Ultraslow spreading, ridge relocation and compressional events in the East Arctic region: A link to the Eurekan orogeny?

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    Gaina, Carmen; Nikishin, Anatoly M.; Petrov, Evgheni I.

    2016-04-01

    New and available geophysical data from the Eastern Arctic (around the Siberian tip of the Lomonosov Ridge) indicate a change in the tectonic regime at the Eocene time. Oceanic crust identified on the new seismic reflection data in the Amundsen Basin displays an asymmetric fabric also visible in the gravity and magnetic gridded data. Tentative dating of the weak magnetic anomalies suggests asymmetric spreading or ridge relocation from ca. 49 to 33 Ma. Three seismic reflection transects through the Laptev Sea, Lomonosov Ridge and adjacent basins image several compressional features, most likely initiated in the Eocene. According to a regional plate tectonic model, the Greenland plate has pushed the Lomonosov Ridge by ca. 30 mm/year from 54 to 49 Ma and by ca. 13.5 mm/year afterwards, until Early Miocene. We suggest that intraplate stresses triggered by the Eocene to Oligocene northern movement of the Greenland plate and subsequent collision with the North American plate that created the Eurekan deformation, have propagated through the Arctic region and affected part of the East Siberian Shelf, Podvodnikov Basin, Laptev Sea and modified the spreading direction in the eastern Eurasia Basin. We estimate that these changes started at the same time as the peak compressional phase in North Greenland dated 49-47 Ma and lasted until Oligocene time when the large-scale tectonic regime changed by incorporating Greenland into the North American plate.

  19. Geochemical variability of MORBs along slow to intermediate spreading Carlsberg-Central Indian Ridge, Indian Ocean

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    Ray, D.; Misra, S.; Banerjee, R.

    2013-07-01

    We present new major and ICP-MS trace element data from the Carlsberg Ridge MORBs from two different locations (i.e., 3°35'N/64°05'E and 3°41'N/64°09'E). Using this data we reassess the intra-ridge geochemical variations of the Carlsberg Ridge- Central Indian Ridge MORBs. Trace element contents of the Carlsberg Ridge MORBs are similar to the Rodriguez Triple Junction MORBs [e.g., LIL and REE spidergrams and (La/Sm)N ratio etc.]; both closely resemble the average N-MORB. However, the MORBs from the northern- and southern Central Indian Ridge, significantly vary in composition from the average N- and E-MORBs. Most Carlsberg Ridge- Central Indian Ridge MORBs show significantly less fractionation in FeOt, in the MgO-CaO-FeOt diagram, compared to those of the Mid Atlantic- and East Pacific Rise MORBs. Furthermore, the depleted LREE and nearly flat HREE patterns of the Carlsberg Ridge-Central Indian Ridge MORBs (along with their low compatible trace element (Ni, Cr, Sr) variability compared with the increasing incompatible trace element (Y, Zr) contents in the log-log plots, as well as their increasing incompatible trace element ratios) favor partial melting dominated processes for their petrogenetic evolution. Our (Sr, Nd, Pb) isotope data review shows that the Carlsberg Ridge-Central Indian Ridge MORBs are derived from a depleted mantle source that was variously contaminated by continental crust, perhaps during the third stage of Gondwana break up between 155 and 135 Ma. Such contamination could also have occurred later during the strike slip movement along a mega fracture (a member of the Davie Transform Faults in the Somali Basin that broke Gondwanaland into the East and West Gondwanas). The 208Pb/204Pb versus 206Pb/204Pb plot of above mentioned MORBs suggests that the depleted mantle source of the Rodriguez Triple Junction MORBs was contaminated by ˜21% lower continental crust, whereas the mantle source of the Central Indian Ridge MORBs was contaminated by

  20. 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.

  1. Spreading dynamics following bursty human activity patterns

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    Min, Byungjoon; Goh, K.-I.; Vazquez, Alexei

    2011-03-01

    We study the susceptible-infected model with power-law waiting time distributions P(τ)~τ-α, as a model of spreading dynamics under heterogeneous human activity patterns. We found that the average number of new infections n(t) at time t decays as a power law in the long-time limit, n(t)~t-β, leading to extremely slow prevalence decay. We also found that the exponent in the spreading dynamics β is related to that in the waiting time distribution α in a way depending on the interactions between agents but insensitive to the network topology. These observations are well supported by both the theoretical predictions and the long prevalence decay time in real social spreading phenomena. Our results unify individual activity patterns with macroscopic collective dynamics at the network level.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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].

  5. Anorthosites in Oman ophiolite crust, a clue to crust origin at a fast spreading ridge

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    Boudier, F. I.; Nicolas, A. J.

    2011-12-01

    A first requirement to obtain anorthosites in the gabbro unit and Moho transition zone (MTZ) in the Oman ophiolite is that anorthite be on the liquidus of the basaltic melt issued from the rising mantle beneath the ridge axis. The primitive melt having olivine+spinel on the liquidus near the Moho at ~2Kb pressure evolves to having plagioclase (+olivine) at pressure ~0.5Kb of the perched axial magma chamber (AMC). A second requirement is that some physical process segregates plagioclase from the olivine appearing along the cotectic line and clinopyroxene appearing at the solidus. Within the melt lens, this physical process is fractional crystallization from a melt intrusion in conditions ascribed in Oman and also modeled at 9°N EPR. Pure anorthosite mounds are formed within a time shorter than a few years. Mounds are relayed by swarms of thin layers of anorthosites within gabbros, pointing to voluminous melt surge on average every ~100 years. From there, the anorthosite layers are involved in the gabbro subsidence and preserved throughout the gabbro magma chamber down to the Moho. In deeper horizons, the anorhosite layers may have been contaminated by percolating melts, introducing clinopyroxene. Some anorthosites interlayered with ultramafics in the lower layered gabbros or in MTZ sills have formed in situ as a result of a very active segregation process at depth. The MTZ acts as a filter, crystallizing a limited fraction of olivine+spinel followed by clinopyroxene, from a large volume of primitive melt. Within the MTZ, ascending melt accumulated in spongy impregnated dunites is sporadically expelled through hydrofractures to feed the perched AMC. Alternatively, the fraction of melt may exceed the melt percolation threshold and a wehrlitic mush (olivine + melt) is injected in the lower gabbros as sills and local intrusions. Wehrlites injected within the magma chamber are involved in the large horizontal magmatic flow of the lower gabbros. This flow may contribute

  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. Geophysical Investigation of the Slow-spreading Carlsberg Ridge in the Northwest Indian Ocean: Structure and Thermo-mechanical Characteristics

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    Gangumalla, S. R.

    2015-12-01

    The Carlsberg Ridge (CR) is a slow-spreading ridge (22-32 mm/yr) in the northwest Indian Ocean that extends from Owen transform near 10°N to the Central Indian Ridge near equator, and defines the boundary between India and Africa plates. We present here the results of a detailed modeling (2-D / 3-D) study of bathymetry and the potential field data (gravity, geoid and magnetic), and the spectral based (admittance/ coherence) analysis to understand the structure, isostasy, rheology and segmentation of the ridge. The study revealed that the CR shows distinctly different geophysical characteristics such as wide and deep axial valley (1.5-3 km) with prominently high residual geoid (degree 10) and mantle Bouguer anomalies in the northwest, and narrow and shallow axial valley type morphology with prominent lows in the southeast. This variation is attributed to less mamgmatic phase with dominant tectonic extension in the northwest, and dominance of magmatic accretion phase in the southeast. It is also noticed that the ridge has only one first order segment along its entire length defined by a well developed transform fault and fracture zone. However, along and across axis residual geoid (degree 10, 30 and 50) and mantle Bouguer anomalies of the CR revealed several 2nd order discontinuities. Inversion of residual mantle Bouguer anomalies reveled along and across axis variation in crustal thickness having 7-10 km close to the spreading centers, 2-5km at the segment ends, and 4-6 km over the flanks of the spreading segments.The Geoid-Topography Ratio (GTR) values computed over the ridge vary between 0.26-0.46 m/km and suggest increase in the apparent compensation depthfrom ~5.5km in north to 9.5 km in the south. On the other hand, the effective elastic thickness (Te) values decrease from 16 km in the north to 5 km in the south. The joint modeling of geophysical data, and the geoid-age relations gave rise to maximum thickness of thermal lithosphere ~85 km in the CR region.

  8. A holistic model for the role of the axial melt lens at fast-spreading mid-ocean ridges

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

    2016-12-01

    Axial melt lenses (AML) are melt or crystal mush1 bodies located at the dyke-gabbro transition beneath intermediate- and fast-spreading mid-ocean ridges (MORs)2,3. Although it is generally thought that AMLs play a major role in the storage and differentiation of mid-ocean ridge basalts (MORB)1, the melt compositions within the AML and its role in the accretion of the lower crust are heavily debated4-6. Here we present the first comprehensive study of the AML horizon at a fast-spreading MOR (Hess Deep, equatorial Pacific Ocean). We show that plagioclase and pyroxene within the AML are much too evolved to be in equilibrium with MORB, with mean An (54.85) and Mg# (65.01) consistent with derivation from basaltic andesite to andesite melts (Mg# 43-26). We propose that, in between decadal eruptions, the AML is predominantly crystal mush and is fed by small volumes of evolved interstitial melts. Short-lived, focused injection of primitive melt leads to mixing of primitive melts with the extant highly fractionated melt, and triggers eruptions. This model reconciles the paradoxical compositional mismatch between the volcanic and plutonic records with the geophysical characteristics of the AML, the short residence times of Pacific MORB phenocrysts, and the incompatible trace element over-enrichments in MORB. 1Marjanović, M. et al., 2015. Distribution of melt along the East Pacific Rise from 9°30' to 10°N from an amplitude variation with angle of incidence (AVA) technique. Geophys. J. Int. 203. 2Detrick, R. S. et al., 1987. Multi-channel seismic imaging of a crustal magma chamber along the EPR. Nature 326. 3Sinton, J. M. & Detrick, R. S., 1992. Mid-ocean ridge magma chambers. J. Geophys. Res. 97. 4Coogan, L. A., Thompson, G. & MacLeod, C. J., 2002. A textural and geochemical investigation of high level gabbros from the Oman ophiolite: implications for the role of the axial magma chamber at fast-spreading ridges. Lithos 63. 5Pan, Y. & Batiza, R., 2002. Mid-ocean ridge magma

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. Anatomy of a frozen axial melt lens from a fast-spreading paleo-ridge (Wadi Gideah, Oman ophiolite)

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    Müller, T.; Koepke, J.; Garbe-Schönberg, C.-D.; Dietrich, M.; Bauer, U.; Wolff, P. E.

    2017-02-01

    At fast-spreading mid-ocean ridges, axial melt lenses (AMLs) sandwiched between the sheeted dyke section and the uppermost gabbros are assumed to be the major magma source of crust formation. Here, we present our results from a field study based on a single outcrop of a frozen AML in the Samail ophiolite in the Sultanate of Oman which presents a whole suite of different lithologies and complex cutting relationships: varitextured gabbro with relics of primitive poikilitic clinopyroxene is intruded by massive quartz diorites and tonalites bearing relics of assimilated sheeted dykes, which in turn are cut by trondhjemite dykes. The whole is cut by basaltic dykes with chilled margins. The geochemical evolutionary trend of the varitextured gabbros, including some of the quartz diorites and tonalites, can be best modelled by fractional crystallisation of an experimental MORB parental melt composition containing 0.4 to 0.8 wt.% H2O. Patchy varitextured gabbros containing domains of primitive poikilitic clinopyroxene and evolved granular networks represent the record of in situ crystallisation. Some quartz diorites, often with xenoliths of sheeted dykes and exceptionally high Al2O3 contents, show a bulk trace element pattern more in accord with melts generated by experimental partial melting of dyke material. Highly evolved, crosscutting trondhjemite dykes show characteristic trace element patterns implying a formation by partial melting of sheeted dykes under lower water activity which is indicated by relatively low Al2O3 contents. The late basaltic dykes with chilled margins crosscutting all other lithologies show a relatively depleted geochemical character with pronounced negative Nb-Ta anomalies implying a genetic relationship to the second phase of magmatic Oman paleo-ridge activity (V2). The field relationships in combination with the petrological/geochemical trends reveal multiple sequences of MORB-type magma cooling (resulting in fractional crystallisation) and re

  13. The Nature of the Intrusive Crust and Moho at Slower Spreading Ridges: SloMo Leg 1 (IODP Expedition 360)

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    MacLeod, C. J.; Dick, H. J.; Blum, P.; Expedition 360 Scientists, I.

    2016-12-01

    International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Expedition 360 formed the first leg of Phase I of the 'SloMo' project, a multiphase drilling programme that seeks to investigate the nature of the intrusive crust and Moho at slower spreading ridges by ultimately drilling through the Moho for the first time. In December 2015-January 2016 IODP Expedition 360 commenced drilling Hole U1473A on the summit of Atlantis Bank, an oceanic core complex adjacent to the Atlantis II transform on the SW Indian Ridge at 57degE. On the basis of the discovery of partially serpentinised peridotite on its flanks and summit it has been recognised that Atlantis Bank is the optimum place to investigate the hypothesis that the Moho, which sparse seismic data suggest is at approximately 5km below the exposed surface of the core complex here, may represent a hydration front in the lithospheric mantle rather than the boundary between igneous crust and mantle peridotite. A gabbro-serpentinite boundary is believed to lie some way above the Moho in this location. The goal of SloMo is to drill an ultra-deep hole that ultimately penetrates the Moho beneath Atlantis Bank and determines the nature of this fundamental seismic discontinuity. On its way to this goal SloMo will test the possibility that methanogenesis associated with widespread serpentinisation at depth within the mantle lithosphere may support a substantial deep biosphere, and assess the attendant consequences for global element cycling. Further scientific objectives include determining the mechanisms and spatio-temporal scales of accretion of igneous crust in the footwalls of active detachment faults, and nature of marine magnetic anomalies in such environments. Hole U1473A is located 1-2 km from previous ODP drill Holes 735B and 1105A and, like them, is sited in gabbroic rocks that were emplaced and variably deformed upon incorporation into the footwall of the active Atlantis Bank detachment fault. During Expedition 360 Hole U1473A was

  14. NOAA Ocean Exploration 2002 Expeditions to Pacific Seafloor Spreading Centers: The Galápagos Rift and the Explorer Ridge

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    McLean, C. N.; Hammond, S. R.

    2002-12-01

    The 2002 NOAA Ocean Exploration (OE) program, NOAA's contribution to an envisioned multi-agency effort to learn about unknown, or poorly known areas, processes, life, and cultural resources within the global ocean, began its first full expeditionary year with a return to the Galápagos Rift. This expedition, along with the Ring of Fire expedition to the Explorer Ridge in the northeast Pacific, exemplifies OE collaborative, interdisciplinary expeditions of ocean discovery. The OE program supported approximately about a dozen other major projects and expeditions during FY2002 (see http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov) and the program anticipates at least as vigorous a program of ocean exploration and discovery in FY2003. A hallmark of the OE program is its emphasis on bold, and sometimes relatively high-risk, science that will both augment and expand the horizons of research supported by NOAA as well as other funding entities. The Galápagos Rift expedition was an example of the OE program's ability to organize and field a major expedition within a relatively short period of time in response to an unanticipated opportunity. The purpose of the expedition was twofold, (1) to mark the 25th anniversary of the discovery of seafloor hydrothermal venting by continuing time-series observations at some of the original sites, (i.e., exploration in the time domain), especially, the Rose Garden hydrothermal vent site and, (2) to explore a portion of the rift to the west of these sites which was known only in terms of its bathymetry. Significant results of the cruise include discovery of the demise of the famous Rose Garden vent site (apparently brought about by a recent volcanic eruption) and discovery of a two new vent sites, one of which, Rosebud, is establishing itself on what appears to be a new lava flow. The Explorer Ridge expedition was a complex multi-institutional effort that was focused on exploring a poorly known, but intensely hydrothermally active, portion of the northeast

  15. Scales of magmatic replenishment and differentiation on an intermediate spreading mid-ocean ridge segment: Endeavour, Juan de Fuca Ridge

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    Dreyer, B. M.; Gill, J.; Clague, D. A.

    2016-12-01

    The aggregate chemistry of mid-ocean ridge (MOR) basalts cannot be produced by fractional crystallization alone. Recent modeling suggests that repeated magmatic replenishment is required (O'Neill and Jenner, 2012; Coogan and O'Hara, 2015; Shorttle, 2015). Does this inference hold when considering recent advancements in characterizing geological/volcanological context, geochemical variability, and temporal parameters on the scale of individual lava units (Rubin et al., 2009)? We evaluate the scales of magmatic replenishment through examination of compositionally diverse lavas from the Endeavour segment of the Juan de Fuca (JdF) MOR interpreted as comagmatic or coeruptive based on robust geological (Clague et al., 2014), geochemical (Gill et al., 2016), and geochronological (Jamieson et al., 2013; Clague et al., 2014) evidence. This approach is similar to that used for historical MOR eruptions (Rubin et al., 2001). We identified 15 "chemomagmatic" units that are spatially proximate and chemically relatable and separable that collectively represent eruptions since 11ka. Some units may be single lava flows. Other units appear to have erupted batches intermittently over hundreds to thousands of years during which chemically dissimilar lava also erupted. Melt evolution was modeled using MELTS for units with reasonably broad major element variations. Fractional crystallization models can adequately reproduce most of the major and incompatible trace element behavior observed within each unit. Consistent differences in trace element ratios between units argue against intermixing. Thus, magmatic batches typically lie within analytical resolution of fractional crystallizing systems, notwithstanding growing evidence that magmatic systems are repeatedly replenished at the segment scale. Melting and mixing of heterogeneous mantle sources are responsible for the overall compositional diversity at Endeavour. Chemomagmatic units, in contrast, reflect smaller scale processing of

  16. 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.

  17. Tectonics and geology of spreading ridge subduction at the Chile Triple Junction: a synthesis of results from Leg 141 of the Ocean Drilling Program

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    Behrmann, J.H.; Lewis, S.D.; Cande, S.C.

    1994-01-01

    An active oceanic spreading ridge is being subducted beneath the South American continent at the Chile Triple Junction. This process has played a major part in the evolution of most of the continental margins that border the Pacific Ocean basin. A combination of high resolution swath bathymetric maps, seismic reflection profiles and drillhole and core data from five sites drilled during Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) Leg 141 provide important data that define the tectonic, structural and stratigraphic effects of this modern example of spreading ridge subduction. A change from subduction accretion to subduction erosion occurs along-strike of the South American forearc. This change is prominently expressed by normal faulting, forearc subsidence, oversteepening of topographic slopes and intensive sedimentary mass wasting, overprinted on older signatures of sediment accretion, overthrusting and uplift processes in the forearc. Data from drill sites north of the triple junction (Sites 859-861) show that after an important phase of forearc building in the early to late Pliocene, subduction accretion had ceased in the late Pliocene. Since that time sediment on the downgoing oceanic Nazca plate has been subducted. Site 863 was drilled into the forearc in the immediate vicinity of the triple junction above the subducted spreading ridge axis. Here, thick and intensely folded and faulted trench slope sediments of Pleistocene age are currently involved in the frontal deformation of the forearc. Early faults with thrust and reverse kinematics are overprinted by later normal faults. The Chile Triple Junction is also the site of apparent ophiolite emplacement into the South American forearc. Drilling at Site 862 on the Taitao Ridge revealed an offshore volcanic sequence of Plio-Pleistocene age associated with the Taitao Fracture Zone, adjacent to exposures of the Pliocene-aged Taitao ophiolite onshore. Despite the large-scale loss of material from the forearc at the triple junction

  18. Spread of epileptic activity in human brain

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    Milton, John

    1997-03-01

    For many patients with medically refractory epilepsy surgical resection of the site of seizure onset (epileptic focus) offers the best hope for cure. Determination of the nature of seizure propagation should lead to improved methods for locating the epileptic focus (and hence reduce patient morbidity) and possibly to new treatment modalities directed at blocking seizure spread. Theoretical studies of neural networks emphasize the role of traveling waves for the propagation of activity. However, the nature of seizure propagation in human brain remains poorly characterized. The spread of epileptic activity in patients undergoing presurgical evaluation for epilepsy surgery was measured by placing subdural grids of electrodes (interelectrode spacings of 3-10 mm) over the frontal and temporal lobes. The exact location of each electrode relative to the surface of the brain was determined using 3--D MRI imaging techniques. Thus it is possible to monitor the spread of epileptic activity in both space and time. The observations are discussed in light of models for seizure propagation.

  19. Discovery and Distribution of Black Smokers on the Western Galapagos Spreading Center: Implications for Spatial and Temporal Controls on High Temperature Venting at Ridge/Hotspot Intersections

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    Haymon, R. M.; Anderson, P. G.; Baker, E. T.; Resing, J. A.; White, S. M.; MacDonald, K. C.

    2006-12-01

    Though nearly one-fifth of the mid-ocean ridge (MOR) lies on or near hotspots, it has been debated whether hotspots increase or decrease MOR hydrothermal flux, or affect vent biota. Despite hotspot enhancement of melt supply, high-temperature vent plumes are enigmatically sparse along two previously-surveyed ridge- hotspot intersections [Reykjanes Ridge (RR), Southeast Indian Ridge (SEIR)]. This has been attributed to crustal thickening by excess volcanism. During the 2005-06 GalAPAGoS expedition, we conducted nested sonar, plume, and camera surveys along a 540 km-long portion of the Galapagos Spreading Center (GSC) where the ridge intersects the Galapagos hotspot at lon. 94.5 -89.5 deg. W. Although MOR hydrothermal springs were first found along the eastern GSC crest in 1977 near lon. 86 deg. W, the GalAPAGoS smokers are the first active high-temperature vents to be found anywhere along the Cocos-Nazca plate boundary. Active and/or recently-inactive smokers were located beneath plumes at 5 sites on the seafloor between lon. 91 deg. W and 94.5 deg. W (see Anderson et al., this session) during near-bottom, real-time fiber-optic Medea camera surveys. Smokers occur along eruptive seafloor fissures atop axial volcanic ridges near the middles of ridge segments, mainly in areas underlain by relatively shallow, continuous axial magma chamber (AMC) seismic reflectors. These findings (1) support magmatic, rather than tectonic, control of GSC smoker distribution; (2) demonstrate that thick crust at MOR-hotspot intersections does not prevent high-temperature hydrothermal vents from forming; and, (3) appear to be inconsistent with models suggesting that enhanced hydrothermal cooling causes abrupt deepening of the AMC and transition from non-rifted to rifted GSC morphology near lon. 92.7 deg. W. The widely-spaced smoker sites located on different GSC segments exhibit remarkably similar characteristics and seafloor settings. Most sites are mature or extinct, and are on lava

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. Gabbroic xenoliths from the northern Gorda Ridge: implications for magma chamber processes under slow spreading centers

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    Davis, A.S.; Clague, D.A.

    1990-01-01

    Abundant gabbroic xenoliths in porphyritic pillow basalt were dredged from the northern Gorda Ridge. The host lava is a moderately fractionated, normal mid-ocean ridge basalt with a heterogeneous glass rind (Mg numbers 56-60). Other lavas in the vicinity range from near primary (Mg number 69) to fractionated (Mg number 56). On the basis of textures and mineral compositions, the xenoliths are divided into five types. The xenoliths are not cognate to the host lava, but they are genetically related. Chemistry of mineral phases in conjunction with textural features suggests that the xenoliths formed in different parts of a convecting magma chamber that underwent a period of closed system fractionation. The chamber was filled with a large proportion of crystalline mush when new, more primitive, and less dense magma was injected and mixed incompletely with the contents in the chamber, forming the hybrid host lava. -from Authors

  4. 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.

  5. Focused volcanism and growth of a slow spreading segment (Mid-Atlantic Ridge, 35°N)

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    Rabain, Aline; Cannat, Mathilde; Escartín, Javier; Pouliquen, Gaud; Deplus, Christine; Rommevaux-Jestin, Céline

    2001-02-01

    Using off axis bathymetry, gravity and magnetic data, we studied the formation of a prominent seamount chain across segment OH1 (Mid-Atlantic Ridge, 35°N), and its relation to the past segmentation of the area. We also studied the size and shape of the seamounts to understand the processes leading to their formation. The chain is elongated in the spreading direction, and extends from the present day segment center to ˜6 Ma on both flanks. It coincides with a pronounced low in the residual mantle Bouguer gravity anomaly, suggesting thicker crust and thus more abundant magmatism than in surrounding areas. Magnetic anomalies are well defined over the seamount chain, consistent with formation on or near the axis. The seamounts within the chain are larger on average than those from other areas of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, reflecting higher magma volumes and fluxes during eruptions. The distribution of seamounts suggests a focused magmatic source, located beneath the eastern side of the ridge axis, at a constant distance (˜45 km) from the Oceanographer transform fault. A V-shaped trend defines the southern end of OH1 and indicates that the segment propagated rapidly southwards, increasing in length from 50 to 90 km. The onset of propagation at ˜6 Ma coincided with the initiation of the volcanic chain, suggesting that magma supply at that time was focused at the end of the segment rather than at its center, as is typical for Mid-Atlantic Ridge segments. We propose that this unusual configuration is a consequence of the cold edge effect of the Oceanographer fracture zone. We also propose that enhanced and focused magmatism beneath the seamount chain may have caused the rapid southward propagation of OH1 over the past ˜6 Ma.

  6. Carbon and Sulphur Geochemistry of Rift Valley Sediments and Hydrothermal Fluids at the Ultra-Slow Spreading Southern Knipovich Ridge

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    Baumberger, T.; Frueh-Green, G. L.; Pedersen, R. B.; Thorseth, I. H.; Bernasconi, S. M.; Lilley, M. D.

    2008-12-01

    The rift valley of the ultra-slow spreading southern Knipovich Ridge in the Norwegian-Greenland Sea (73°N) is partly buried by a thick sediment cover, as at Middle Valley, Escanaba Trough and Guaymas Basin. These glacial and post-glacial sediments (12000-20000 years) derived from the nearby Bear Island fan likely act as a thermal and hydrogeological boundary to heat and fluid flow and influence hydrothermal fluid compositions. Geochemical studies of the rift valley sediments and the hydrothermal vent fluids of the recently discovered black smoker vent field Loki's Castle provide insights into the influence of the sediment cover on the composition of the hydrothermal fluids at the southern Knipovich Ridge. Here we present an overview of preliminary data on the carbon and sulphur geochemistry of the sedimentary and hydrothermal components at Loki's Castle and compare these with other sedimented and un-sedimented mid-ocean ridge hydrothermal systems. The hydrothermal vent fluids have a pH of 5.5 and are characterized by elevated concentrations of hydrogen, methane, hydrogen sulphide and ammonia, which reflect a strong sedimentary input. Short gravity cores of the rift valley sediments show relatively constant total carbon contents of approximately 1 wt%, but locally reach up to 4 wt%. Varying carbon isotope compositions reflect a mix of marine carbonates with organic carbon. Extracted sediment pore fluids show an increase in alkalinity and dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) concentrations with increasing burial depth. The corresponding δ13CDIC values show a clear depletion with increasing alkalinity and DIC concentrations. The vent fluid compositions and carbon and sulphur isotope geochemistry provide constraints on redox conditions and thermocatalysis of organic carbon during fluid-sediment interaction, and are distinct from un- sedimented mid-ocean ridge hydrothermal fluids.

  7. Tracking Stress and Hydrothermal Activity Along Oceanic Spreading Centers Using Tomographic Images of Seismic Anisotropy

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    Dunn, R. A.; Conder, J. A.; Canales, J. P.

    2014-12-01

    Marine controlled-source seismic tomography experiments now utilize 50+ ocean-bottom seismographs and source grids consisting of many tens of seismic lines with <500 m shot spacing. These dense experiments focus on the upper 10 km of the lithosphere over areas approaching 9000 sq-km. Because of the dense sampling and large azimuthal coverage of ray paths (200,000+ travel time measurements possible), it is now feasible to solve for 3-D images of P-wave azimuthal anisotropy with resolving lengths approaching 1km. Recent examples include the L-SCAN and MARINER experiments, performed at the Eastern Lau Spreading Center and Mid-Atlantic Ridge (36N), respectively. In each case, background anisotropy of ~4% is found in the upper 3-4 km of lithosphere and is consistent with pervasive stress-aligned cracks and microcracks. The fast axes are generally oriented parallel to the trend of the spreading center, as expected for cracks that form in association with seafloor spreading. Three-dimensional images of anisotropy magnitude and orientation reveal variations interpreted as arising from changes in the ambient stress field. Near the ends of ridge segments, where the ridge axis jumps from one spreading center to the next, anisotropy is high with orientations that are out of alignment relative to the background trend. This agrees with numerical models and seafloor morphology that suggest tensile stress concentration and brittle crack formation in these areas. Anisotropy also increases in areas along the ridges where the underlying magma supply and hydrothermal output are greater. This is opposite the trend expected if simple tectonic stress models govern anisotropy. Increased hydrothermal activity, due to increased magma supply, can explain higher anisotropy via increased pore pressure and hydrofracturing. These studies provide the first evidence that images of seismic anisotropy can be used to map variations in hydrologic activity along the crests of oceanic spreading centers.

  8. 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

  9. Modes and implications of mantle and lower-crust denudation at slow-spreading mid-ocean ridges

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    Schroeder, Timothy John

    Slow-spreading mid-ocean ridges (<5 cm/yr) have intermittent magma supply, and accommodate spreading by a combination of magmatism and tectonic extension (Smith and Cann, 1993, Cannat, 1993). Extension at mid-ocean ridges is most commonly manifested by slip on high angle (˜60°) normal faults that dip into, and define the rift valley walls (Smith and Cann, 1993). Less commonly, extension occurs by long periods of slip along low-angle normal faults that penetrate to structurally deep levels of oceanic lithosphere and denude gabbro and/or pendotite to the seafloor in domal massifs termed "oceanic core complexes" (Dick et al., 1981; Dick et al., 1991; Tucholke et al., 1998; Mutter and Karson, 1992; Cann et al., 1997; MacLeod et al., 2002). This dissertation addresses processes and implications of tectonic extension at two oceanic core complexes. Atlantis Massif (30°N, Mid-Atlantic Ridge) is formed dominantly of serpentinized peridotite with lesser gabbro, and Atlantis Bank (57°E, Southwest Indian Ridge) is dominated by gabbro. Localization of brittle strain at Atlantis Massif occurred by reaction-softening processes associated with metasomatic alteration of peridotite and serpentmite to amphibole-, chlorite- and talc-bearing assemblages. Ductile strain at Atlantis Massif and Atlantis Bank is localized into intervals of highly-fractionated, oxide-rich gabbro. Two-oxide geothermometry of gabbro indicates that it was not penetratively deformed below ˜500°C. Denuded peridotite at Atlantis Massif is host to hydrothermal circulation driven in part by exothermic serpentinization reactions. Serpentinization decreases the seismic velocity of peridotite and leads to acquisition of a magnetic signature. Venting of highly-alkaline, methane- and hydrogen-rich serpentinization-derived fluids leads to lithification of seafloor carbonate ooze by precipitation of carbonate cement in a zone of mixing with "normal" seawater. This process may be the primary depositional mechanism of

  10. Ocean-continent-transition and oceanic ridge structural evolution (eastern Gulf of Aden): Implications for rift to seafloor spreading processes

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    D'Acremont, E.; Leroy, S. D.; Beslier, M.; Autin, J.; Watremez, L.; Maia, M. A.; Gente, P.

    2009-12-01

    The rifting between Arabia and Somalia, which started around 35 Ma ago, is followed by oceanic accretion from at least 17.6 Ma leading to the present Gulf of Aden. The transition between the thinned continental and the oceanic crusts is characterized, in space and time, by an ocean-continent transition (OCT). Here, we use bathymetry, gravity, seismic reflection and magnetism from the Encens-Sheba and Encens cruises in order to constrain the structure and segmentation of the conjugate OCT as well as the oceanic ridge between two main fracture zones (Alula-Fartak and Socotra-Hadbeen). The segmentation of the initial oceanic spreading centers seem directly related to the margin structure. Then, magmatic processes and kinematics change strongly influenced the evolution of the segmentation. The OCT and the oceanic domain can be divided into two distinct areas in the study area. The Eastern area is characterized by an extremely thin OCT and oceanic crusts (< 4km), a ~30 km wide and tectonized OCT with isolated continental blocks and short axial segments. In the western area, thicker OCT and oceanic crusts (>5km), a ~15 km wide OCT with a volcanic ridge, and a 6 km thick underplated mafic body in the northern margin suggest a high melt supply. The magmatic supply observed in the western domain is probably due to an off-axis thermal anomaly located below the southern flank of the Sheba ridge, at 75 km east of the major Alula-Fartak transform fault. This suggests that the OCT and the axial ridge morphology of this domain are perturbed by post-rift volcanism, which is due to a combination of the spreading rate, a thermal anomaly, and the cold edge effect of the Alula-Fartak transform fault. The presence of the inherited Mesozoic basins (Jezar-Qamar-Gardafui basin) located on this western domain can also explain, the difference in both the structure and the nature of the OCT between the two domains. The nature of the OCT could be either (or both) exhumed lower crust or

  11. Time and Space Evolution of Detachment Faulting and Magmatism at the Ultraslow-Spreading Southwest Indian Ridge, 63.5° to 66°E.

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    Cannat, M.; Sauter, D.

    2015-12-01

    It is now generally accepted that about 25% of the seafloor formed at slow spreading mid-ocean ridges (MOR), and along a good proportion of the ocean-continent transition zones, comprises mantle-derived ultramafic rocks and gabbros that are emplaced in the footwall of large offset normal faults (also called detachments). These detachment faults are therefore a fundamental component of plate tectonics. Based on proxies such as axial depth, axial valley relief, and gravity anomalies, our study area qualifies as a worldwide MOR end-member in terms of low melt supply. It is also an end-member in terms of the abundance of mantle-derived rocks exposed at the seafloor. Our study focuses on a corridor of nearly-amagmatic spreading that extend along-axis for up to 70 km, and across-axis on both diverging plates over distances that correspond to 10 myrs-worth of accretion. Asymmetric detachment faults in this corridor accommodate almost 100% of plate divergence, yet the overal pattern of magnetic anomalies is symmetrical, suggesting that detachments have repeatedly flipped polarity. In this presentation, we use geological observations, geophysical data and plate reconstructions in this magmatically-poor ultraslow (14 mm/yr) MOR end-member region to address key questions about the time and space evolution of mid-ocean ridge detachments. We analyze the lifetime and polarity of successive detachments, we examine their lateral (along-axis) evolution as the nearly amagmatic corridor transitions into adjacent, more magmatic ridge domains. We also use seafloor reflectivity and dredging to test possible links between sparse volcanic events in the nearly amagmatic corridor and the initiation of new detachments. Detachment surfaces exposed in the older parts of our study area (> 6 myrs) are commonly corrugated, yielding significantly more gabbroic samples, mixed with ultramafics in dredge hauls, than younger non-corrugated, smooth detachment surfaces. We analyze the transition between

  12. Forecasting scintillation activity and equatorial spread F

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    Anderson, David N.; Redmon, Robert J.

    2017-03-01

    When transionospheric radio waves propagate through an irregular ionosphere with plasma depletions or "bubbles," they are subject to sporadic enhancement and fading, which is referred to as scintillation. Communication and navigation systems may be subject to these detrimental effects if the scintillation is strong enough. It is critical to have knowledge of the current ionospheric conditions so that system operators can distinguish between the natural radio environment and system-induced failures. In this paper we briefly describe the Forecasting Ionospheric Real-time Scintillation Tool UHF scintillation forecasting technique, which utilizes the observed characteristic parameter h'F from a ground-based, ionospheric sounder near the magnetic equator. The prereversal enhancement in vertical E × B drift velocity after sunset is the prime driver for creating plasma depletions and bubbles. In addition, there exists a "threshold" in the h'F value at 1930 LT, h'Fthr, such that, on any given evening, if h'F is significantly above h'Fthr, then scintillation activity is likely to occur, and if it is below h'Fthr, scintillation activity is unlikely to occur. We use this technique to explain the lack of scintillation activity prior to the Halloween storm in October 2003 in the Peruvian longitude sector. In addition, we have carried out a study which forecasts the occurrence or nonoccurrence of equatorial spread F (ESF), on a night-to-night basis, in five longitude sectors. The overall forecasting success is greater than 80% for each of the five longitude sectors.

  13. Magma system along fast-spreading centers controlled by ridge segmentation: Evidence from the northern Oman ophiolite

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    Miyashita, Sumio; Adachi, Yoshiko

    2013-04-01

    Mid-ocean ridges are segmented at various scales with a hierarchy, from the biggest 1st- order to the smallest 4th-order segments. These segment structures control magmatic processes beneath the mid-ocean ridges such as mantle upwelling, partial melting of the upper mantle, and magma delivery system to form the oceanic crust (Macdonald, 1998). However, systematic studies on the segment control for magmatic processes are rare at modern mid-ocean ridges due to the difficulty of obtaining in-situ samples from different crustal-lithospheric depths. Sampling at ocean floors is generally exclusively limited only to the surface (i.e. the seafloor). Furthermore, the samples obtained from the surface of the ocean floor may likely represent the products of off-axis magmatism (Kusano et al., 2012). Therefore, studies of ocean ridge segmentation in ophiolites provide important constraints for the magmatic processes beneath seafloor spreading centers, because the precise 3-D architecture of the upper mantle and the crust (all the way to the uppermost extrusive layer) and their lateral variations could be observed and investigated in ophiolites. We have studied the northern Oman ophiolite where a complete succession from the upper mantle peridotites to the uppermost extrusive rocks is well exposed. Miyashita et al. (2003), Adachi and Miyashita (2003) and Umino et al. (2003) proposed a segment structure in the northern Oman ophiolite; the Wadi Fizh area is regarded as a northward propagating tip of a mid-ocean ridge based on geological evidence (Adachi and Miyashita. 2003). On the other hand, the Wadi Thuqbah area, about 25 km south of Wadi Fizh, is regarded as a segment center based on the thickest Moho transition zone, well developed EW-trending lineations in the MTZ and layered gabbro, and the comparatively primitive compositions of the layered gabbros. Furthermore, the southern margin of the Hilti block (Salahi block), about 40 km south of Wadi Thuqbah, is inferred to be the

  14. Moytirra: Discovery of the first known deep-sea hydrothermal vent field on the slow-spreading Mid-Atlantic Ridge north of the Azores

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    Wheeler, A. J.; Murton, B.; Copley, J.; Lim, A.; Carlsson, J.; Collins, P.; Dorschel, B.; Green, D.; Judge, M.; Nye, V.; Benzie, J.; Antoniacomi, A.; Coughlan, M.; Morris, K.

    2013-10-01

    Geological, biological, morphological, and hydrochemical data are presented for the newly discovered Moytirra vent field at 45oN. This is the only high temperature hydrothermal vent known between the Azores and Iceland, in the North Atlantic and is located on a slow to ultraslow-spreading mid-ocean ridge uniquely situated on the 300 m high fault scarp of the eastern axial wall, 3.5 km from the axial volcanic ridge crest. Furthermore, the Moytirra vent field is, unusually for tectonically controlled hydrothermal vents systems, basalt hosted and perched midway up on the median valley wall and presumably heated by an off-axis magma chamber. The Moytirra vent field consists of an alignment of four sites of venting, three actively emitting "black smoke," producing a complex of chimneys and beehive diffusers. The largest chimney is 18 m tall and vigorously venting. The vent fauna described here are the only ones documented for the North Atlantic (Azores to Reykjanes Ridge) and significantly expands our knowledge of North Atlantic biodiversity. The surfaces of the vent chimneys are occupied by aggregations of gastropods (Peltospira sp.) and populations of alvinocaridid shrimp (Mirocaris sp. with Rimicaris sp. also present). Other fauna present include bythograeid crabs (Segonzacia sp.) and zoarcid fish (Pachycara sp.), but bathymodiolin mussels and actinostolid anemones were not observed in the vent field. The discovery of the Moytirra vent field therefore expands the known latitudinal distributions of several vent-endemic genera in the north Atlantic, and reveals faunal affinities with vents south of the Azores rather than north of Iceland.

  15. Hawaiian Hotspot - Spreading Ridge Interaction in the Late Cretaceous: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Evidence

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    Keller, R.

    2004-12-01

    As is so often the case in years divisible by 4, reality turns out to be quite different from reputation. The Hawaiian hotspot, often righteously promoted as the hotspot that the rest should strive to emulate, was not as stable nor as free from interactions with plate boundaries as some supporters suggest. Mounting geochemical and geophysical evidence shows that in its youth the hotspot not only inhaled, but probably snorted and did shots as well. The purpose of this presentation is to summarize what we know about the Late Cretaceous interaction between a spreading ridge and the Hawaiian hotspot from recent work on the Emperor Seamount chain. At the time of this writing, facts are a commodity to be fabricated, deleted, spun, denied, and denied-that-you-denied; but by the time of this presentation, we (hopefully) will be looking toward the future: can the Hawaiian hotspot's checkered past be treated as a bonus rather than a burden? Plate reconstructions of the Late Cretaceous northwest Pacific place a seafloor spreading center very close to, or even directly on top of, the Hawaiian hotspot. The geochemical effects of this hotspot-ridge interaction are now well documented by work on Ocean Drilling Program samples from Detroit Seamount, the next-to-oldest remaining Emperor Seamount. Basalts recovered from ODP Site 883 partway up the east side of Detroit Seamount have trace element and isotopic characteristics more akin to MORB than to Hawaiian Islands basalts. Basalts from ODP Site 884 at the eastern foot of the seamount are highly depleted tholeiites unlike anything else found so far in the Hawaiian-Emperor chain (Keller et al. 2000, Nature). Their trace element and radiogenic isotope values are essentially indistinguishable from MORB values (Keller et al. 2000), although triple-spike Pb isotope data are distinct from modern EPR MORB data (Regelous et al. 2003, J. Pet.). These characteristics were the result of the hotspot melting a greater proportion of a depleted

  16. Origin of geochemical mantle components: Role of spreading ridges and thermal evolution of mantle

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    Kimura, Jun-Ichi; Gill, James B.; van Keken, Peter E.; Kawabata, Hiroshi; Skora, Susanne

    2017-02-01

    We explore the element redistribution at mid-ocean ridges (MOR) using a numerical model to evaluate the role of decompression melting of the mantle in Earth's geochemical cycle, with focus on the formation of the depleted mantle component. Our model uses a trace element mass balance based on an internally consistent thermodynamic-petrologic computation to explain the composition of MOR basalt (MORB) and residual peridotite. Model results for MORB-like basalts from 3.5 to 0 Ga indicate a high mantle potential temperature (Tp) of 1650-1500°C during 3.5-1.5 Ga before decreasing gradually to ˜1300°C today. The source mantle composition changed from primitive (PM) to depleted as Tp decreased, but this source mantle is variable with an early depleted reservoir (EDR) mantle periodically present. We examine a two-stage Sr-Nd-Hf-Pb isotopic evolution of mantle residues from melting of PM or EDR at MORs. At high-Tp (3.5-1.5 Ga), the MOR process formed extremely depleted DMM. This coincided with formation of the majority of the continental crust, the subcontinental lithospheric mantle, and the enriched mantle components formed at subduction zones and now found in OIB. During cooler mantle conditions (1.5-0 Ga), the MOR process formed most of the modern ocean basin DMM. Changes in the mode of mantle convection from vigorous deep mantle recharge before ˜1.5 Ga to less vigorous afterward is suggested to explain the thermochemical mantle evolution.

  17. Seafloor hydrothermal activity and spreading rates - The Eocene carbon dioxide greenhouse revisited

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    Kasting, J. F.; Richardson, S. M.

    1985-01-01

    A suggestion has been made that enhanced rates of hydrothermal activity during the Eocene could have caused a global warming by adding calcium to the ocean and pumping CO2 into the atmosphere (Owen and Rea, 1984). This phenomenon was purported to be consistent with the predictions of the CO2 geochemical cycle model of Berner, Lasaga and Garrels (1983) (henceforth BLAG). In fact, however, the BLAG model predicts only a weak connection between hydrothermal activity and atmospheric CO2 levels. By contrast, it predicts a strong correlation between seafloor spreading rates and pCO2, since the release rate of CO2 from carbonate metamorphism is assumed to be proportional to the mean spreading rate. The Eocene warming can be conveniently explained if the BLAG model is extended by assuming that the rate of carbonate metamorphism is also proportional to the total length of the midocean ridges from which the spreading originates.

  18. Seafloor hydrothermal activity and spreading rates: the Eocene carbon dioxide greenhouse revisted

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    Kasting, J. F.; Richardson, S. M.

    1985-01-01

    A suggestion has been made that enhanced rates of hydrothermal activity during the Eocene could have caused a global warming by adding calcium to the ocean and pumping CO2 into the atmosphere (Owen and Rea, 1984). This phenomenon was purported to be consistent with the predictions of the CO2 geochemical cycle model of Berner, Lasaga and Garrels (1983) (henceforth BLAG). In fact, however, the BLAG model predicts only a weak connection between hydrothermal activity and atmospheric CO2 levels. By contrast, it predicts a strong correlation between seafloor spreading rates and pCO2, since the release rate of CO2 from carbonate metamorphism is assumed to be proportional to the mean spreading rate. The Ecocene warming can be conveniently explained if the BLAG model is extended by assuming that the rate of carbonate metamorphism is also proportional to the total length of the midocean ridges from which the spreading originates.

  19. Seafloor hydrothermal activity and spreading rates: the Eocene carbon dioxide greenhouse revisted.

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    Kasting, J F; Richardson, S M

    1985-01-01

    A suggestion has been made that enhanced rates of hydrothermal activity during the Eocene could have caused a global warming by adding calcium to the ocean and pumping CO2 into the atmosphere (Owen and Rea, 1984). This phenomenon was purported to be consistent with the predictions of the CO2 geochemical cycle model of Berner, Lasaga and Garrels (1983) (henceforth BLAG). In fact, however, the BLAG model predicts only a weak connection between hydrothermal activity and atmospheric CO2 levels. By contrast, it predicts a strong correlation between seafloor spreading rates and pCO2, since the release rate of CO2 from carbonate metamorphism is assumed to be proportional to the mean spreading rate. The Ecocene warming can be conveniently explained if the BLAG model is extended by assuming that the rate of carbonate metamorphism is also proportional to the total length of the midocean ridges from which the spreading originates.

  20. 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

  1. Iron-Oxidizing Bacteria Found at Slow-Spreading Ridge: a Case Study of Capelinhos Hydrothermal Vent (Lucky Strike, MAR 37°N)

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    Henri, P. A.; Rommevaux, C.; Lesongeur, F.; Emerson, D.; Leleu, T.; Chavagnac, V.

    2015-12-01

    Iron-oxidizing bacteria becomes increasingly described in different geological settings from volcanically active seamounts, coastal waters, to diffuse hydrothermal vents near seafloor spreading centers [Emerson et al., 2010]. They have been mostly identified and described in Pacific Ocean, and have been only recently found in hydrothermal systems associated to slow spreading center of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR) [Scott et al., 2015]. During the MoMARSAT'13 cruise at Lucky Strike hydrothermal field (MAR), a new hydrothermal site was discovered at about 1.5 km eastward from the lava lake and from the main hydrothermal vents. This active venting site, named Capelinhos, is therefore the most distant from the volcano, features many chimneys, both focused and diffuses. The hydrothermal end-member fluids from Capelinhos are different from those of the other sites of Lucky Strike, showing the highest content of iron (Fe/Mn≈3.96) and the lowest chlorinity (270 mmol/l) [Leleu et al., 2015]. Most of the chimneys exhibit rust-color surfaces and bacterial mats near diffuse flows. During the MoMARSAT'15 cruise, an active chimney, a small inactive one, and rust-color bacterial mat near diffuse flow were sampled at Capelinhos. Observations by SEM of the hydrothermal samples revealed the presence of iron oxides in an assemblage of tubular "sheaths", assembled "stalks", helical "stalks" and amorphous aggregates. These features are similar to those described from the Loihi iron-mats deposits and argue for the occurrence of iron-oxidizing bacteria. Cultures under micro-aerobic and neutral pH conditions allowed us to isolate strains from the small inactive chimney. Pyrosequencing of the 16S rRNA gene of the isolates and environmental samples will soon be performed, which should confirm the presence of iron-oxidizing bacteria and reveal the organization of bacterial communities in this original and newly discovered hydrothermal site of the slow spreading Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Emerson

  2. Geologic setting of the Snake Pit hydrothermal site: An active vent field on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge

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    Karson, Jeffrey A.; Brown, Jennifer R.

    1988-03-01

    The Snake Pit Hydrothermal Site lies on the axis of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge at 23°22' N latitude, about 30 km south of the Kane Transform Intersection. Active ‘black smoker’ vents and a surrounding field of hydrothermal sediment occur at the crest of a laterally extensive neovolcanic ridge. It is one of the first active hydrothermal vent fields to be found on a slow-spreading ridge axis and despite significant differences in its geologic setting from those of the East Pacific Rise, has many similarities to its fast-spreading counterparts. Although preliminary reports have documented many interesting aspects of these vents and their surroundings, new data collected from the manned submersible ALVIN and the deep-towed ANGUS camera system define the regional tectonic setting as well as the local geologic environment of this fascinating area. The Snake Pit vents are located on a local peak of a volcanic constructional ridge at a depth of 3450 m, 700 800 m deeper than vents known from the East Pacific Rise, Galapagos, or Juan de Fuca spreading centers. The vent field is at least 600 m long and up to 200 m wide and is covered by a thick blanket of greenish to yellow-orange hydrothermal sediment. Both active and extinct vents are perched along the crests of steep-sided sulfide mounds that reach heights of over 40 m. High-temperature (350° C) fluids are vented from black smoker chimneys and low-temperature (226° C) fluids seep from sulphide domes and subordinate anhydrite constructions. Water temperatures, flow rates, fluid chemistries, and mineralization are strikingly similar to vents of faster spreading ridge crests; however, a somewhat distinct fauna inhabit the area.

  3. Distribution of mega fauna on sulfide edifices on the Eastern Lau Spreading Center and Valu Fa Ridge

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    Sen, Arunima; Becker, Erin L.; Podowski, Elizabeth L.; Wickes, Leslie N.; Ma, Shufen; Mullaugh, Katherine M.; Hourdez, Stéphane; Luther, George W.; Fisher, Charles R.

    2013-02-01

    Hydrothermal vent sulfide edifices contain some of the most extreme thermal and chemical conditions in which animals are able to live. As a result, sulfide edifices in the East Pacific Rise, Juan de Fuca Ridge, and Mid Atlantic Ridge vent systems often contain distinct faunal assemblages. In this study, we used high-resolution imagery and in-situ physico-chemical measurements within the context of a Geographic Information System (GIS) to examine community structure and niche differentiation of dominant fauna on sulfide edifices in the Eastern Lau Spreading Center (ELSC) and Valu Fa Ridge (VFR) in the Western Pacific Ocean. Our results show that ELSC and VFR sulfide edifices host two distinct types of communities. One type, that covers the majority of sulfide edifice faces, is overall very similar to nearby lava communities and biomass is dominated by the same chemoautotrophic symbiont-containing molluscs that dominate lava communities, namely the provannid gastropods Alviniconcha spp. and Ifremeria nautilei and the mytilid bivalve Bathymodiolus brevior. The spatial distribution of the dominant molluscs is often a variation of the pattern of concentric rings observed on lavas, with Alviniconcha spp. at the tops of edifices where exposure to vent flow is the highest, and I. nautilei and B. brevior below. Our physico-chemical measurements indicate that because of rapid dispersion of vent fluid, habitable area for symbiont-containing fauna is quite limited on sulfide edifices, and the realized niches of the mollusc groups are narrower on sulfide edifices than on lavas. We suggest that competition plays an important role in determining the realized distributions of the mollusc groups on edifices. The other habitat, present in small patches of presumably hot, new anhydrite, is avoided by the dominant symbiont-containing molluscs and inhabited by crabs, shrimp and polynoids that are likely more heat tolerant. The ratio of sulfide concentration to temperature anomaly of

  4. Gabbroic xenoliths from the northern Gorda Ridge: Implications for magma chamber processes under slow spreading centers

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    Davis, A.S.; Clague, D.A. )

    1990-07-10

    On the basis of textures and mineral compositions, the xenoliths are divided into five types: Type A xenoliths consist of large clinopyroxene oikocrysts, enclosing euhedral to subhedral plagioclase. Olivine and glass are present only in trace amounts. Type B xenoliths consist of olivine and plagioclase ({plus minus}spinel) with abundant intersertal glass. Partially resorbed olivine with deeply embayed margins in places subophitically encloses small plagioclase crystals. Olivine and large plagioclase crystals often contain glass inclusions and/or spinel. Type C xenoliths are a composite of types A and B, with areas of large clinopyroxene oikocrysts adjoining areas of loosely joined clusters of olivine and plagioclase in glass. Type D is represented by a single large xenolith that, except for containing a larger proportion of crystals, appears identical to the host lava. Type E is represented by a single small xenolith that is mineralogically similar to type B but with a distinct, fine-grained, tightly interlocking texture, formed by small olivine oikocrysts enclosing euhedral plagioclase, in a small amount of intersertal glass. Chemistry of mineral phases in conjunction with textural features suggests that the xenoliths formed in different parts of a convecting magma chamber that underwent a period of closed system fractionation. The chamber was filled with a large proportion of crystalline mush when new, more primitive, and less dense magma was injected and mixed incompletely with the contents in the chamber, forming the hybrid host lava. Plagioclase-rich leucogabbro layers in ophiolites attest to similar processes in magma chambers of past spreading centers.

  5. Multiple stages of carbonation and brecciation in a peridotite from the ultra-slow spreading Gakkel Ridge

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    Von Der Handt, A.; Menzel, M.; Oencue, A.; Danilewsky, A. N.; Hellebrand, E.; Kluegel, A.; Snow, J. E.

    2013-12-01

    Carbonate breccias and carbonate veins have been described from fossil and modern day ocean floor peridotites. Their fabric can vary from fractured serpentinite to clast-supported in-situ breccia to matrix-supported breccia. It has been shown that hydrothermal flow is partly responsible for carbonation of seafloor lithologies as well as fluids from serpentinization reactions and low-temperature precipitation from seawater. Therefore, the study of carbonated peridotites can provide important information on fluid flow and fluid-rock interaction at the sea floor and give implications for the global carbon cycle as well as carbon sequestration. We carried out a detailed petrographic, geochemical and microstructural study of a peridotite breccia that contains texturally and compositionally complex carbonate veins. The sample was dredged in the Sparsely Magmatic Zone of the ultraslow-spreading Gakkel Ridge where a magmatic cover is missing and only mantle rocks are exposed for more than 100 km in the axial valley. The sample, a harzburgitic mylonite, is brecciated in places with angular to sub-angular clasts cemented by carbonates. Narrow (0.1- 5 mm) carbonate veins crosscut the sample and make-up around 20% of the sample. A prominent up to 12 mm wide carbonate vein records the interplay of brecciation and carbonate-forming reactions. Mg-calcite (9 mol% Mg) and aragonite occur in the proportion 30:70 in the central vein while thin crosscutting veins consist dominantly of Mg-calcite. Multiple generations of carbonates can be discerned in the central vein, alternating between Mg-calcite and aragonite. The earliest carbonate generation consists of fibrous overgrowths on serpentine veins suggesting an early link between carbonation and serpentinization reactions. Furthermore, bend aragonite needles indicate syntectonic growth. The next generation consists of spherulitic aragonites that are in places brecciated and cemented by a Mg-calcite matrix. Notably, the following

  6. [In Situ Analysis of Element Geochemistry in Submarine Basalt in Hydrothermal Areas from Ultraslow Spreading Southwest Indian Ridge].

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    Wang, Yan; Sun, Xiao-ming; Xu, Li; Liang, Ye-heng; Wu, Zhong-wei; Fu, Yu; Huang, Yi

    2015-03-01

    In this study, we analyze element geochemistry of submarine basalt in situ, which is sampled in hydrothermal areas from ultraslow spreading Southwest Indian Ridge, including the fresh basalt rocks (B19-9, B15-13) and altered basalt (B5-2). And we can confirm that altered mineral in B5-2 is celadonite by microscope and Raman Spectrum. Furthermore, amygdaloidal celadonites are analyzed by electron microprobe (EPMA) and EDS-line scanning. The results show that K-contents decrease and Na-contents increase from the core to the edge in these altered minerals, indicating the transition from celadonite to saponite. Celadonite is an altered minerals, forming in low temperature (< 50 degrees C) and oxidizing condition, while saponite form in low water/rock and more reducing condition. As a result, the transition from celadonite to saponite suggests environment change from oxidizing to reducing condition. Using the result of EPMA as internal standard, we can analyze rare earth elements (REE) in altered mineral in situ. Most of result show positive Eu anomaly (Δ(Eu)), indicating hydrothermal fluid transform from oxidizing to reducing, and reducing fluid rework on the early altered minerals. Comparison with REE in matrix feldspar both in altered and unaltered zoning, we find that reducing fluid can leach REE from the matrix feldspar, leading to lower total REE concentrations and positive Eu anomaly. So leaching process play an important role in hydrothermal system.

  7. Age-Related Changes in Spreading Activation during Infancy

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    Barr, Rachel; Walker, Joanne; Gross, Julien; Hayne, Harlene

    2014-01-01

    The concept of spreading activation describes how retrieval of one memory cues retrieval of other memories that are associated with it. This study explored spreading activation in 6-, 12-, and 18-month-old infants. Infants (n = 144) learned two tasks within the same experimental session; one task, deferred imitation (DI), is typically remembered…

  8. Age-Related Changes in Spreading Activation during Infancy

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    Barr, Rachel; Walker, Joanne; Gross, Julien; Hayne, Harlene

    2014-01-01

    The concept of spreading activation describes how retrieval of one memory cues retrieval of other memories that are associated with it. This study explored spreading activation in 6-, 12-, and 18-month-old infants. Infants (n = 144) learned two tasks within the same experimental session; one task, deferred imitation (DI), is typically remembered…

  9. Major off-axis hydrothermal activity on the northern Gorda Ridge

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    Rona, P.A. ); Denlinger, R.P. ); Fisk, M.R.; Howard, K.J.; Taghon, G.L. ); Klitgord, K.D. ); McClain, J.S. ); McMurray, G.R. ); Wiltshire, J.C. )

    1990-06-01

    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 on the east wall. Preliminary mapping and sampling 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 clastic breccia primarily derived from basalt with siliceous cement and barite pore fillings; and a vent biota with Juan de Fuca Ridge affinities. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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 sampling 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.

  12. Spreading Sea Floors and Fractured Ridges. Crustal Evaluation Education Project. Teacher's Guide [and] Student Investigation.

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    Stoever, Edward C., Jr.

    Crustal Evolution Education Project (CEEP) modules were designed to: (1) provide students with the methods and results of continuing investigations into the composition, history, and processes of the earth's crust and the application of this knowledge to man's activities and (2) to be used by teachers with little or no previous background in the…

  13. Spreading Dynamics Following Bursty Activity Patterns

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    Vazquez, Alexei

    The dynamics of many social, technological and economic phenomena are driven by individual human actions, turning the quantitative understanding of human behavior into a central question of modern science. Recent empirical evidence indicates that the timing of individual human actions follow non-Poisson statistics, characterized by bursts of rapidly occurring events separated by long periods of inactivity. In this work we analyze how this bursty dynamics impacts the dynamics of spreading processes in computer and social systems. We demonstrate that the non-Poisson nature of the contact dynamics results in prevalence decay times significantly larger than predicted by the standard Poisson process based models. Thanks to this slow dynamics the spreading entity, namely a virus, rumor, etc., can persist in the system for long times.

  14. Evidence for a Slow Spreading Ocean Ridge in the Southern Rockall Trough From Satellite Gravity Inversion and Seismic Data

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    Chappell, A. R.; Kusznir, N. J.

    2005-12-01

    The southern Rockall Trough, located to the west of Ireland and the UK in the NE Atlantic, has been interpreted as both a Mesozoic intra-continental rift basin (O'Reilly 1995) and a mid Cretaceous ocean basin (e.g. Roberts et al. 1980). The continental rift hypothesis (O'Reilly 1995) requires differential stretching of the upper and lower crust and syn-tectonic cooling to mechanically explain the formation of 5-6km thick continental crust and allow serpentinisation of the upper mantle. In this model serpentinisation of the upper mantle is needed to explain low upper mantle seismic velocities. The serpentinisation has also been required to fit gravity modelling of seismic transects to the observed gravity (e.g. Shannon 1999). We use satellite gravity inversion to map Moho depth and crustal thickness (Chappell & Kusznir 2005) for the Rockall Trough area. The satellite gravity inversion is a 3D spectral method incorporating a correction for the residual lithosphere thermal gravity anomaly present in continental rifted margin lithosphere and oceanic lithosphere. The gravity inversion predicts Moho depth and geometry in agreement with wide-angle seismic estimates without invoking the extensive serpentinisation of the upper-mantle needed by the intra-continental rift hypothesis (O'Reilly 1995). Recent seismic modelling (Morewood 2005) suggests that the thin crust in the southern Rockall Trough does not have the seismic layering associated with oceanic crust formed at intermediate or fast spreading rates. Also, wide-angle seismic data shows low upper mantle seismic velocities are present and spatially associated with the thin 5-6km crust (Shannon 1999). These observations are consistent with models and observations of oceanic crust formed at slow spreading ocean ridges (Cannat 1996, Jokat 2003). Such models are based on a proportion of melt being retained in the upper mantle, producing low seismic velocities, and a reduced supply of melt to the crust, resulting in thin

  15. Improvement of spread-out Bragg peak flatness for a carbon-ion beam by the use of a ridge filter with a ripple filter.

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    Hara, Yousuke; Takada, Yoshihisa; Hotta, Kenji; Tansho, Ryohei; Nihei, Tetsuya; Suzuki, Yojiro; Nagafuchi, Kosuke; Kawai, Ryuichi; Tanabe, Masaki; Mizutani, Shohei; Himukai, Takeshi; Matsufuji, Naruhiro

    2012-03-21

    We have developed a novel design method of ridge filters for carbon-ion therapy using a broad-beam delivery system to improve the flatness of a biologically effective dose in the spread-out Bragg peak (SOBP). So far, the flatness of the SOBP is limited to about ±5% for carbon beams since the weight control of component Bragg curves composing the SOBP is difficult. This difficulty arises from using a large number of ridge-bar steps (e.g. about 100 for a SOBP width of 60 mm) required to form the SOBP for the pristine Bragg curve with an extremely sharp distal falloff. Instead of using a single ridge filter, we introduce a ripple filter to broaden the Bragg peak so that the number of ridge-bar steps can be reduced to about 30 for SOBP with of 60 mm for the ridge filter designed for the broadened Bragg peak. Thus we can manufacture the ridge filter more accurately and then attain a better flatness of the SOBP due to well-controlled weights of the component Bragg curves. We placed the ripple filter on the same frame of the ridge filter and arranged the direction of the ripple-filter-bar array perpendicular to that of the ridge-filter-bar array. We applied this method to a 290 MeV u(-1) carbon-ion beam in Heavy Ion Medical Accelerator in Chiba and verified the effectiveness by measurements. © 2012 Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine

  16. Jurassic, slow-spreading ridge in the southeast Gulf of Mexico and its along-strike morpho-volcanic expression explained by a two-phase opening model

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    Lin, P.; Mann, P.

    2016-12-01

    Previous workers have used extensive grids of 2D seismic reflection data to describe the width, structural character, and adjacent oceanic crust of the late Jurassic, slow-spreading ridge in the southeast Gulf of Mexico (SEGOM). Characteristics of the now-buried SEGOM slow spreading ridge include: 1) wide, axial valley segments ranging from 5-20 km; 2) alternating, deep, axial valley segments up to 2 km in depth; 3) normal faults dipping towards the axial valleys; and 4) isolated seamounts within the axial valleys projecting 1 km above regional oceanic basement depth and reflecting along-strike variations in the ridge's magmatic supply. We have used additional seismic reflection, gravity, and magnetic data to map the ridge and its environs to its southern termination, a 2.6-km-high seamount - informally named here Buffler seamount. The southernmost, 427-km long section of the SEGOM ridge from Buffler seamount northwest to the southwestern limit of the DeSoto Canyon arch can be divided into four alternating ridge segments with two distinctive morphologies: 1) wide and deep axial valleys lying below regional oceanic basement depth and characterized by gravity high and magnetic lows; and 2) elevated, linear areas of clustered, seamounts characterized by gravity low and magnetic highs. The continental margins of both Yucatan and Florida exhibit a prominent N60E magnetic fabric created by Phase 1, NW-SE Triassic-early Jurassic continental rifting of the GOM that was subsequently offset at right angles by Phase 2, NE-SW late Jurassic stretching and oceanic spreading. Removal of the V-shaped area of oceanic crust of the SEGOM shows that the wide, axial valleys of the late Jurassic spreading ridge coincide with rifted areas of thicker crust on the "arches" or horst blocks of Triassic-early Jurassic, Phase 1 rifting (Sarasota, Middle Ground) while the elevated areas of elevated and clustered seamounts coincide with thinner crust of the intervening rifts (Apalachicola, Tampa

  17. Human activity and the spread of Phytophthora ramorum

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    Hall J. Cushman; Michelle Cooper; Ross K. Meentemeyer; Shelly Benson

    2008-01-01

    Increasing numbers of studies are finding that humans can facilitate the spread of exotic plant species in protected wildlands. Hiking trails commonly serve as conduits for invaders and the number of exotic plant species occurring in protected areas is often correlated positively with visitation rates. Despite such evidence linking human activity to the spread of...

  18. Global prediction of abyssal hill roughness statistics for use in ocean models from digital maps of paleo-spreading rate, paleo-ridge orientation, and sediment thickness

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    Goff, John A.; Arbic, Brian K.

    Abyssal hills are the dominant small-scale roughness fabric over much of the ocean floor. Created at mid-ocean ridges by combined volcanic and tectonic processes, they are rafted away by plate spreading and modified through time by mass wasting and sedimentation. Abyssal hills are morphological indicators of spreading rate and direction: they are lineated parallel to the ridge at the time of formation, and their heights and widths are inversely correlated to spreading rate. Knowledge of abyssal hill roughness statistics is important for high-resolution models, including models of internal wave generation and mixing driven by tidal and low-frequency flows over the rough bottom. In this paper we present a prediction of abyssal hill roughness statistical parameters world-wide via relationships for the average statistical properties of abyssal hills as a function of spreading rate and direction, and for the modification to these roughness parameters as a function of sediment thickness. These relationships are constrained by new publicly-available digital maps of paleo-spreading rate and direction, and sediment thickness. We also develop a new method for generating synthetic topography with variable statistical properties over a grid, and present an example of synthetic abyssal hill roughness generated for the North Atlantic on a 1/2-min grid.

  19. Deep pyroclastic deposits and evidence for explosive volcanism on the ultraslow spreading Gakkel Ridge at 85E

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    Pontbriand, C. W.; Soule, S. A.; Sohn, R. A.; Humphris, S. E.

    2008-12-01

    Seafloor surveys conducted during the 2007 Arctic Gakkel Vents (AGAVE) expedition provide evidence for widespread explosive volcanism within the axial valley of the ultraslow spreading Gakkel Ridge at 85°E. We have used high-definition video and high-resolution bathymetry to map out the extent of the deposits as well as lava flows. The video imagery reveals that unconsolidated pyroclastic material lightly blankets the axial valley at 85°E with thicknesses up to ~10cm over an area 10km2. The bathymetric data show that the axial valley contains ubiquitous cratered volcanoes, that we interpret as potential source vents for the clastic material. We collected detailed visual imagery from one of these volcanoes, and found that the crater center as well as the proximal portions of the rim and outer flanks are covered with talus, suggesting the possibility that Vulcanian explosions played a role in crater formation and pyroclast deposition. We collected samples of the pyroclasts from two locations within the axial valley. The pyroclasts are dominated by low vesicularity angular fragments, with a small weight fraction (~ 12%) of bubble-wall fragments (limu o Pele). Many bubble-wall fragments have fluidal morphologies and stretched vesicles. The morphology of the clasts help constrain multiple models of fragmentation that may have occurred. The distribution of clasts suggests explosive discharge from multiple source vents within the axial valley over a prolonged period of time (i.e, not a single eruption in 1999). In order to explain the generation of pyroclastic material in water depths of ~3800 m (well below the critical pressure for steam generation), we present a model wherein volatiles exsolve from ascending magmas and are sequestered and stored in a lithospheric reservoir before being explosively discharged during a volcanic eruption. The long inter-eruption interval (100s to 1000s of years) and strong spatial heterogeneity of melt delivery associated with ultra

  20. 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.

  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. 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. Crustal structure across the post-spreading magmatic ridge of the East Sub-basin in the South China Sea: Tectonic significance

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    He, Enyuan; Zhao, Minghui; Qiu, Xuelin; Sibuet, Jean-Claude; Wang, Jian; Zhang, Jiazheng

    2016-05-01

    The 140-km wide last phase of opening of the South China Sea (SCS) corresponds to a N145° direction of spreading with rift features identified on swath bathymetric data trending N055° (Sibuet et al., 2016). These N055° seafloor spreading features of the East Sub-basin are cut across by a post-spreading volcanic ridge oriented approximately E-W in its western part (Zhenbei-Huangyan seamounts chain). The knowledge of the deep crustal structure beneath this volcanic ridge is essential to elucidate not only the formation and tectonic evolution of the SCS, but also the mechanism of emplacement of the post-spreading magmatism. We use air-gun shots recorded by ocean bottom seismometers to image the deep crustal structure along the N-S oriented G8G0 seismic profile, which is perpendicular to the Zhenbei-Huangyan seamounts chain but located in between the Zhenbei and Huangyan seamounts, where topographic changes are minimum. The velocity structure presents obvious lateral variations. The crust north and south of the Zhenbei-Huangyan seamounts chain is ca. 4-6 km in thickness and velocities are largely comparable with those of normal oceanic crust of Atlantic type. To the south, the Jixiang seamount with a 7.2-km thick crust, seems to be a tiny post-spreading volcanic seamount intruded along the former extinct spreading ridge axis. In the central part, a 1.5-km thick low velocity zone (3.3-3.7 km/s) in the uppermost crust is explained by the presence of extrusive rocks intercalated with thin sedimentary layers as those drilled at IODP Site U1431. Both the Jixiang seamount and the Zhenbei-Huangyan seamounts chain started to form by the intrusion of decompressive melt resulting from the N-S post-spreading phase of extension and intruded through the already formed oceanic crust. The Jixiang seamount probably formed before the emplacement of the E-W post-spreading seamounts chain.

  4. 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.

  5. The Os isotopic variation of abyssal peridotites revised: A study from the ultra-slow spreading Gakkel Ridge

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    Büchl, A.; Snow, J. E.

    2003-04-01

    It is generally thought that the Os isotopic variation of abyssal peridotites (187Os/188Os varies from 0.120 to 0.129 after [1,2,3,4]) only exceeds the chondritic value of 0.127 [5] because of secondary alteration by seawater. In contrast supra-chondritic 187Os/188Os ratios in peridotites from ophiolites [6] and xenoliths from a subduction zone setting [7] have been ascribed to exchange of Os with radiogenic melts. We analysed the Os isotopic composition of 16 peridotites from the ultra-slow spreading Gakkel Ridge. The samples are unusually fresh for abyssal peridotites. The Os isotopic composition varies from 0.1208 to 0.1344 in the spinel-lherzolites, from 0.1176 to 0.1360 in the harzburgites and from 0.1325 to 0.1400 in the dunites. The reason for the supra-chondritic Os isotopic ratios could be (a) secondary alteration by seawater, (b) radiogenic ingrowth due to the decay of Re to Os, or (c) exchange with a radiogenic magmatic component. The fact that the degree of alteration does not correlate with Os isotopic composition, together with the high Os concentration in the peridotites compared with seawater, implies that the supra-chondritic 187Os/188Os ratios cannot be explained by secondary alteration processes. The similar and low Re and high Os concentrations in all samples rule out the ingrowth of 187Os as source for the supra-chondritic values. World-wide volcanic rocks mostly have supra-chondritic 187Os/188Os ratios. In addition it was shown recently that during melt percolation the peridotites can inherit the signature of percolating melts [6]. This suggests that the supra-chondritic 187Os/188Os ratios are due to the exchange with a magmatic component. This is supported by the observation that the dunites, which are expected to have the highest melt/rock ratio of all lithologies, have the most radiogenic signatures. We therefore suggest that the 187Os/188Os variation of abyssal peridotites is much larger than previously considered. However the origin of

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. The temporal and spatial distribution of magmatism during lower crustal accretion at an ultraslow-spreading ridge: High-precision U-Pb zircon dating of ODP Holes 735B and 1105A, Atlantis Bank, Southwest Indian Ridge

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    Rioux, Matthew; Cheadle, Michael J.; John, Barbara E.; Bowring, Samuel A.

    2016-09-01

    Ocean Drilling Program Hole 735B at Atlantis Bank on the Southwest Indian Ridge sampled 1508 m of plutonic oceanic crust, hosted in the footwall of an oceanic detachment fault. We present new high-precision isotope dilution-thermal ionization mass spectrometry (ID-TIMS) U-Pb zircon dates from samples spanning the length of Hole 735B, and from the shallower adjacent Hole 1105A (158 m). The new dates provide the most complete and precise record of both the spatial and temporal distribution of magmatism during accretion of the lower oceanic crust to date. Whole rock and mineral geochemistry from Hole 735B define three main igneous series. Weighted mean 206Pb/238U dates suggest each igneous series intruded beneath the preceding series. Weighted mean 206Pb/238U dates range from 12.175 to 11.986 Ma in Series 1; 11.974 to 11.926 Ma in Series 2; and 11.936 to 11.902 Ma in Series 3 (±0.015 to 0.069 Ma). Weighted mean 206Pb/238U dates from Hole 1105A range from 11.9745 to 11.9573 Ma (±0.0082 to 0.0086 Ma). The Hole 1105A dates are coeval with Series 2 in Hole 735B, consistent with previous correlations of Fe-Ti oxide-rich layers between the two holes, suggesting individual magmatic series formed sheet-like bodies that were ≥250 m thick and extended ≥1.1 km parallel to the ridge axis (E-W) and ≥0.48 km in the spreading direction (N-S). The data suggest a total duration of magmatism in Hole 735B of ≥ 0.214 ± 0.032 Ma, corresponding to accretion over a horizontal distance of ≥ 2.6 ± 0.4 km. The crust at Atlantis Bank was formed during active detachment faulting, and the successive underplating of each magmatic unit may have been favored in this environment. The combined U-Pb dates, and reported Ti-in-zircon temperatures, are consistent with magmatic cooling rates of 103-104 °C/Ma over the temperature interval of 900-700 °C.

  9. Magnetization of 0-26.5 Ma seafloor at the ultraslow spreading Southwest Indian Ridge, 61°-67°E

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    Sauter, Daniel; Cannat, Mathilde; Mendel, VéRonique

    2008-04-01

    We investigate the magnetic signature of volcanic and nonvolcanic seafloor areas along the Southwest Indian Ridge between 61°E and 67°E and analyze their relationship with crustal thickness variations and past to present ridge segmentation. This part of the Southwest Indian Ridge is an end-member for the global ridge system in terms of low melt supply, thin crust, and ultraslow spreading rates. It is characterized by large expanses of seafloor that show no evidence for a volcanic upper crustal layer. We find that variations of intrinsic magnetization and thickness of the basaltic extrusive layer, where it is present, dominate the present-day along-axis crustal magnetization. Off-axis, the magnetization contrast is on average higher for volcanic seafloor than for smooth nonvolcanic topography, indicating that the contribution of the basaltic upper crustal layer to the production of magnetic anomalies remains important. However, magnetic anomalies that record past magnetic polarity events are found almost everywhere in the survey area, even over domains that lack a volcanic upper crustal layer, arguing thus for the contribution of other sources. We propose that both gabbros and serpentinized peridotites contribute to these anomalies. Although not systematic, and weak over most parts of the survey area, an induced component of magnetization is clearly present in some nonvolcanic seafloor domains. Serpentinized peridotites are the likely carriers of this induced magnetization component.

  10. Insights on the Biology of the Eastern Lau Spreading Center from Studies on the East Pacific Rise and Juan de Fuca Ridge

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    Fisher, C. R.; Sen, A.; Becker, E.

    2011-12-01

    A primary goal of the Ridge 2000 program was to conduct comparable interdisciplinary studies at a few fundamentally different sites that would facilitate comparisons among sites and development of concepts with broad application across deep ocean ridge spreading centers. Although the Eastern Lau Spreading Center (ELSC) was the least known of the three Integrated Study Sites, we were able to make amazingly fast progress on understanding this system because we could draw on technology and experience developed during the RIDGE program to plan and conduct the work, and now interpret our findings in the context of the rich literature and Ridge 2000 studies on East Pacific Rise (EPR) , Juan de Fuca Ridge (JdFR), and Mid Atlantic Ridge communities. The ELSC communities not only house different species than those of the other regions, but unlike the often tubeworm dominated E. Pacific vents, they are structured by symbiont reliant species that are mobile; snails and mussels. Although there is some variation with lava type on the ELSC, the 4 species of large, symbiont-containing snails largely occupy the niches filled by tubeworms and mussels on the EPR, while the niche of the mussel in the W. Pacific vents is quite different from that of its EPR cousin. Although we have not observed any significant tectonic or magmatic events during our studies of the ELSC, 4 years of study considered in the context of what we have learned on the EPR and JdFR allow us to formulate and begin testing hypotheses about temporal change and succession in these very different and much less visited ecosystems. Furthermore, athough Paralvinella fijiensis are only found in limited areas on some chimneys and flanges, unlike the situation on the EPR and JdFR ,the ELSC chimney communities are largely composed of the same species as are found in diffuse flow on the lavas. The ELSC chimney communities are also remarkably stable, hosting some of the largest and apparently oldest individuals found on the

  11. The magnetic structure along the ultra-slow spreading Mohns Ridge axis between 71.8°N and 73.7°N

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    Tao, Zhang; Zhaocai, Wu; Zhongyan, Shen; Jinyao, Gao

    2017-04-01

    By combining the published and newly collected data, we calculate the inversed equivalent magnetization (IEM) and mantle Bouguer anomaly (MBA) along the ultra-slow spreading Mohns Ridge axis at 71.8°-73.7°N. We then compare the IEM with bathymetry, MBA, seismic-determined crustal structure and geochemical data on both between-segments scale (> 60 km) and in-segment scale (20-60 km) along the Mohns Ridge axis. Between segments, the IEM highs at segment centers are independent of the bathymetry and the MBA. Among all 11 segments, 8 of them with IEM values higher than 20 A/m coincide with axial volcanic ridges (AVRs) or just rifted AVRs identified from multibeam bathymetry map. The IEM highs at segment centers are then associated with the extrusive lavas rather than the amount of magma supply. With few exceptions, the IEM lows at segment ends increase from the south to the north, which is correlate with the increasing MBA at segment ends from the south to the north. We ascribe it to more serpentinized peridotites at segment ends in the north with thin crust or/and deepened isotherm, although thickened extrusive basalts at segment ends in the north is still a possible explanation. On segment scale, the most prominent feature is the IEM decrease from high values at segment centers to low values at segment ends with amplitudes up to 35 A/m. The IEM then positively and negatively correlate with the bathymetry and MBA within each segment. The magnetic signal produced by seismic-determined layer 2A with constant magnetization (20 A/m) is remarkably consistent with the observed magnetic anomaly, which strongly suggests the thickness of extrusive basalts dominate the magnetic structure in a segment of the Mohns Ridge. Two segment ends with notable higher IEM than the conjugate ends of same segment be ascribed to thickened lavas transported from the adjacent segment centers with relatively robust magma supply. Together, the thickness of extrusive basalts dominant the

  12. Seamounts South of the Galapagos Spreading Center Provide New Constraints on Plume-Ridge Interaction and Evidence for a Depleted Plume Component

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    Hoernle, K.; Hauff, S. F.; Hanan, B. B.; Werner, R.; Christie, D.; Garbe-Schoenberg, C.

    2010-12-01

    Here we present new geochemical data on the seamounts up to 1° south of the Cocos/Nazca (Galapagos) Spreading Center (GSC) between 88-92°W and compare them to data from the ridge axis between 86.0-92.5°W. Both were sampled during the R/V SONNE 158 Expedition. Four distinct components are needed to explain the variation in the chemistry of the on-axis samples: 1) enriched Wolf-Darwin or Northern Domain (as defined by Hoernle et al., 2000; Geology 28) type of component (92.5-91.5°W), 2) not previously recognized enriched west of transform component (91.5-91.0°W), 3) enriched Fernandina or Central Domain type of component (~91.0-87.5°W) with 206Pb/204Pb >18.7, and 4) depleted component 206Pb/204Pb < 18.7 at the incipient overlapping spreading center (OSC) at 89.2°W and east of the 87.5°W OSC. The seamounts and islands south of the GSC to the west of the 91° transform fault generally have similar chemistry to what is observed at the ridge axis at the same longitude, consistent with N to NW flow of the two previously mentioned enriched components to the ridge axis in this area. The west of the transform enriched component, found in a small sub-domain (0.5° E-W by 1° N-S), has not been identified elsewhere in the Galapagos and may be older material being flushed out of the system by the presently more dominant and encroaching Wolf-Darwin/Northern component. East of the 91° transform fault, most of the seamounts and islands (e.g. Genovesa and Marchena) south of the GSC have depleted compositions. This is in stark contrast to what is present on the GSC in this area. Considerable debate exists whether this Eastern Domain (ie. area in the inside of the horse-shoe-shaped area of enriched material) represents depleted upper mantle entrained in the plume (e.g. White et al., 1993; JGR 98) or an intrinsic depleted plume component (e.g. Hoernle et al., 2000). High-quality isotope data from the seamounts and ridge, with replicated isotope data from IFM-GEOMAR and San

  13. Fluid flow at active oceanic core complexes, 13°N Mid-Atlantic Ridge

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    Murton, B.; Unsworth, S.; Harris, M.; MacLeod, C.; Searle, R.; Casey, J.; Achenbach, K.; Mallows, C.

    2007-12-01

    Oceanic core complexes (OCCs) are the result of long-lived, large displacement, low-angle detachment faults that expose lower crust and mantle rocks at slow-spreading mid-ocean ridges (MOR's). While OCCs share many structural and lithological features indicating some common tectonic processes of formation, until now there has been little constraint on whether fluid flow is related to their activity. Here, we describe recently acquired water column data and rock samples from several active OCCs (from near 13°N on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge) that reveal a history of high and low-temperature fluid flow. At the toe of the active OCC's, where the footwall emerges from beneath an uplifted wedge of fissured volcanics that forms the trailing edge of the hanging wall, massive sulphide chimneys and large volumes of mineralised talc mud indicate the passage of high-temperature hydrothermal fluids. The sulphides are a mixture of iron and copper sulphide in association with chalcedony and talc. The host rock is usually serpentinised peridotite mantle material although some greenschist diabase is also present in the form of dykes. Above the highest point of one of the active OCC's, CTD data revealed a plume of low salinity water. The plume was ~200m wide, had normal background temperature and was devoid of any particulates. We speculate that the origin of the high-temperature mineralization is hydrothermal circulation in the hanging wall, driven by intrusive volcanism injected from the subjacent neovolcanic accretion zones. The origin of the low-salinity plume is more elusive and could be a result of dehydration reactions of serpentinite to either fosterite or, with silicification, to talc. The latter mechanism would accord with the extensive outcrops of talc mud found near the OCC toe, but implies excessive volumes of rock in the reaction zone. Either way, the presence in unusual settings of fluid flow at OCC's indicates that fluid-rock reaction plays an important role at active

  14. Bayesian Inference Networks and Spreading Activation in Hypertext Systems.

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    Savoy, Jacques

    1992-01-01

    Describes a method based on Bayesian networks for searching hypertext systems. Discussion covers the use of Bayesian networks for structuring index terms and representing user information needs; use of link semantics based on constrained spreading activation to find starting points for browsing; and evaluation of a prototype system. (64…

  15. Information Retrieval by Constrained Spreading Activation in Semantic Networks.

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    Cohen, Paul R.; Kjeldsen, Rick

    1987-01-01

    Describes GRANT, an expert system for finding sources of funding given research proposals. The architecture of GRANT and the implementation of constrained spreading activation (a modified search algorithm based on semantic memory) are described, and recall and precision rates are analyzed. (Author/LRW)

  16. Inward spread of activation in vertebrate muscle fibres

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    González-Serratos, H.

    1971-01-01

    1. A method for detecting the activation of individual myofibrils or groups of myofibrils within an isolated muscle fibre is described. It consists in making all the myofibrils wavy by setting the fibre in gelatine and compressing it longitudinally; active shortening of myofibrils can then be recognized by the straightening out of the waves. 2. The time course of this straightening during a twitch was found by high-speed ciné micrography. 3. There is a delay of activation between the superficial and central myofibrils, from which the velocity of inward spread of activation can be found. 4. This velocity has a Q10 of 2, and is about 7 cm/sec at 20° C. The mechanism of the inward spread of activation is discussed. 5. On relaxation the waves reappear, showing that there is a spontaneous elongation of the myofibrils. ImagesPlate 1Plate 2Plate 3Plate 4 PMID:5557071

  17. Imaging of Lower-crustal Magma Chambers at an Ultraslow Spreading Ridge Segment using Elastic Waveform Inversion of a Sparse OBS Dataset

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    Jian, H.; Singh, S. C.; Chen, Y. J.; Li, J.

    2014-12-01

    The existence of axial magma chambers (AMC) is indicative of the magmatic crustal accretion at Mid-Ocean Ridges. They have been extensively imaged with seismic reflection data (e.g. multichannel seismic data), showing that the depth of the top reflector increases from 1 km to ~3 km below the seafloor, when the spreading rate decreases from fast to slow spreading. Under the ultraslow spreading environment, we have previously reported the discovery of a large lower-crustal low-velocity zone at the Southwest Indian Ridge at 50°28'E from 3-D travel time tomography of refraction data registered by an ocean bottom seismometer (OBS) array. These results suggest the presence of partial melt within the lower crust (>4 km bsf). Here we further improve the resolution of the AMC image by employing a 2-D time-domain elastic full waveform inversion (FWI) method. The FWI gives a higher resolution than travel time tomography as it utilizes amplitude information and does not require the high-frequency approximation used in travel time tomography. The non-linearity of the FWI is overcome by using the tomographic results as a starting model. We have selected a 70-km long profile running across the ridge axis around the segment center, where 340 shots spaced at ~220 m were recorded on 3 OBSs. The small number of OBS poses serious challenge for the success of the full waveform inversionFWI. In order to examine the resolvability of this sparse OBS dataset, we first performed FWI over a sparse synthetic data set. We find that the FWI of these this sparse dataset is capable of retrieving an isolated lower-crustal AMC anomaly beneath the ridge axis, although the resulting velocity anomaly is smeared out, particularly along the lateral direction. For the real-data inversion, the starting model was built from the 3-D travel time tomography. The inverted results clearly show the sharp boundary of the top of the low velocity zone, suggesting that the low velocity zone indeed corresponds to

  18. 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

  19. Can high-temperature, high-heat flux hydrothermal vent fields be explained by thermal convection in the lower crust along fast-spreading Mid-Ocean Ridges?

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    Fontaine, Fabrice J.; Rabinowicz, M.; Cannat, M.

    2017-05-01

    We present numerical models to explore possible couplings along the axis of fast-spreading ridges, between hydrothermal convection in the upper crust and magmatic flow in the lower crust. In an end-member category of models corresponding to effective viscosities μM lower than 1013 Pa.s in a melt-rich lower crustal along-axis corridor and permeability k not exceeding ˜10-16 m2 in the upper crust, the hot, melt-rich, gabbroic lower crust convects as a viscous fluid, with convection rolls parallel to the ridge axis. In these models, we show that the magmatic-hydrothermal interface settles at realistic depths for fast ridges, i.e., 1-2 km below seafloor. Convection cells in both horizons are strongly coupled and kilometer-wide hydrothermal upflows/plumes, spaced by 8-10 km, arise on top of the magmatic upflows. Such magmatic-hydrothermal convective couplings may explain the distribution of vent fields along the East (EPR) and South-East Pacific Rise (SEPR). The lower crustal plumes deliver melt locally at the top of the magmatic horizon possibly explaining the observed distribution of melt-rich regions/pockets in the axial melt lenses of EPR and SEPR. Crystallization of this melt provides the necessary latent heat to sustain permanent ˜100 MW vents fields. Our models also contribute to current discussions on how the lower crust forms at fast ridges: they provide a possible mechanism for focused transport of melt-rich crystal mushes from moho level to the axial melt lens where they further crystallize, feed eruptions, and are transported both along and off-axis to produce the lower crust.

  20. Geochemistry of hydrothermal vent fluids and its implications for subsurface processes at the active Longqi hydrothermal field, Southwest Indian Ridge

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    Ji, Fuwu; Zhou, Huaiyang; Yang, Qunhui; Gao, Hang; Wang, Hu; Lilley, Marvin D.

    2017-04-01

    The Longqi hydrothermal field at 49.6°E on the Southwest Indian Ridge was the first active hydrothermal field found at a bare-rock ultra-slow spreading mid-ocean ridge. Here we report the chemistry of the hydrothermal fluids, for the first time, that were collected from the S zone and the M zone of the Longqi field by gas-tight isobaric samplers by the HOV ;Jiaolong; diving cruise in January 2015. According to H2, CH4 and other chemical data of the vent fluid, we suggest that the basement rock at the Longqi field is dominantly mafic. This is consistent with the observation that the host rock of the active Longqi Hydrothermal field is dominated by extensively distributed basaltic rock. It was very interesting to detect simultaneously discharging brine and vapor caused by phase separation at vents DFF6, DFF20, and DFF5 respectively, in a distance of about 400 m. Based on the end-member fluid chemistry and distance between the vents, we propose that there is a single fluid source at the Longqi field. The fluid branches while rising to the seafloor, and two of the branches reach S zone and M zone and phase separate at similar conditions of about 28-30.2 MPa and 400.6-408.3 °C before they discharge from the vents. The end-member fluid compositions of these vents are comparable with or within the range of variation of known global seafloor hydrothermal fluid chemical data from fast, intermediate and slow spreading ridges, which confirms that the spreading rate is not the key factor that directly controls hydrothermal fluid chemistry. The composition of basement rock, water-rock interaction and phase separation are the major factors that control the composition of the vent fluids in the Longqi field.

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Natural language processing using spreading activation and lateral inhibition

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    Pollack, J.

    1982-08-01

    The knowledge needed to process natural language comes from many sources. While the knowledge itself may be broken up modularly, into knowledge of syntax, semantics, etc., the actual processing should be completely integrated. This form of processing is not easily amenable to the type of processing done by serial von Neumann computers. This work in progress is an investigation of the use of a highly parallel, spreading activation and lateral inhibition network as a mechanism for integrated natural language processing.

  5. Crustal structure and mantle transition zone thickness beneath a hydrothermal vent at the ultra-slow spreading Southwest Indian Ridge (49°39'E): a supplementary study based on passive seismic receiver functions

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    Ruan, Aiguo; Hu, Hao; Li, Jiabiao; Niu, Xiongwei; Wei, Xiaodong; Zhang, Jie; Wang, Aoxing

    2017-06-01

    As a supplementary study, we used passive seismic data recorded by one ocean bottom seismometer (OBS) station (49°41.8'E) close to a hydrothermal vent (49°39'E) at the Southwest Indian Ridge to invert the crustal structure and mantle transition zone (MTZ) thickness by P-to-S receiver functions to investigate previous active seismic tomographic crustal models and determine the influence of the deep mantle thermal anomaly on seafloor hydrothermal venting at an ultra-slow spreading ridge. The new passive seismic S-wave model shows that the crust has a low velocity layer (2.6 km/s) from 4.0 to 6.0 km below the sea floor, which is interpreted as partial melting. We suggest that the Moho discontinuity at 9.0 km is the bottom of a layer (2-3 km thick); the Moho (at depth of 6-7 km), defined by active seismic P-wave models, is interpreted as a serpentinized front. The velocity spectrum stacking plot made from passive seismic data shows that the 410 discontinuity is depressed by 15 km, the 660 discontinuity is elevated by 18 km, and a positive thermal anomaly between 182 and 237 K is inferred.

  6. Crustal structure and mantle transition zone thickness beneath a hydrothermal vent at the ultra-slow spreading Southwest Indian Ridge (49°39'E): a supplementary study based on passive seismic receiver functions

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    Ruan, Aiguo; Hu, Hao; Li, Jiabiao; Niu, Xiongwei; Wei, Xiaodong; Zhang, Jie; Wang, Aoxing

    2016-12-01

    As a supplementary study, we used passive seismic data recorded by one ocean bottom seismometer (OBS) station (49°41.8'E) close to a hydrothermal vent (49°39'E) at the Southwest Indian Ridge to invert the crustal structure and mantle transition zone (MTZ) thickness by P-to-S receiver functions to investigate previous active seismic tomographic crustal models and determine the influence of the deep mantle thermal anomaly on seafloor hydrothermal venting at an ultra-slow spreading ridge. The new passive seismic S-wave model shows that the crust has a low velocity layer (2.6 km/s) from 4.0 to 6.0 km below the sea floor, which is interpreted as partial melting. We suggest that the Moho discontinuity at 9.0 km is the bottom of a layer (2-3 km thick); the Moho (at depth of 6-7 km), defined by active seismic P-wave models, is interpreted as a serpentinized front. The velocity spectrum stacking plot made from passive seismic data shows that the 410 discontinuity is depressed by 15 km, the 660 discontinuity is elevated by 18 km, and a positive thermal anomaly between 182 and 237 K is inferred.

  7. A study of epidemic spreading on activity-driven networks

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    Zou, Yijiang; Deng, Weibing; Li, Wei; Cai, Xu

    2016-03-01

    The epidemic spreading was explored on activity-driven networks (ADNs), accounting for the study of dynamics both on and of the ADN. By employing the susceptible-infected-susceptible (SIS) model, two aspects were considered: (1) the infection rate of susceptible agent (depending on the number of its infected neighbors) evolves due to the temporal structure of ADN, rather than being a constant number; (2) the susceptible and infected agents generate unequal links while being activated, namely, the susceptible agent gets few contacts with others in order to protect itself. Results show that, in both cases, the larger epidemic threshold and smaller outbreak size were obtained.

  8. 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)

  9. Fissuring near the TAG active hydrothermal mound, 26°N on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge

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    Bohnenstiehl, D. R.; Kleinrock, M. C.

    2000-05-01

    Analysis of 12,000 electronic still camera images collected with the ARGO II vehicle near the Trans-Atlantic Geotraverse (TAG) active hydrothermal mound, 26°N on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, has made possible the first quantitative in situ assessment of both fissure orientation and width within the median valley of a slow-spreading ridge. Fissures near the TAG mound are partially rubble-filled extensional fractures that cut lightly sedimented seafloor and in ∼1% of our observations host pillow lavas. Fissure widths range from 0.15 to 3.5 m, with a mean of 0.7 m, and do not vary systematically within the survey area. First-order estimates of crack depth, based on these width measurements and reasonable elastic moduli, indicate that fissures are restricted to depths <500 m, with a mean depth of ∼70 m. Fissure-associated eruptives were therefore probably fed by shallow propagating dikes. TAG fissures exhibit a wide range of orientations, with ∼40% deviating by >45° from the strike of the ridge axis. The formation of obliquely oriented fissures requires that the local least compressive stress direction varies (at least temporarily) from that predicted by the regional tectonic stress field associated with plate separation. This stress field reorientation may be facilitated by variations in the style of magma emplacement within the rift. The close spatial association of long-term hydrothermal activity, fissure-hosted lava flows, and faults and fissures trending oblique to the spreading axis suggests a causal relationship between the impact of dike intrusion and the maintenance of localized hydrothermal flow.

  10. 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

  11. Experimental quantification of P-T conditions of mantle refertilisation at shallow depth under spreading ridges and formation of plagioclase + spinel lherzolite

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    Chalot-Prat, Françoise; Falloon, Trevor J.; Green, David H.

    2014-05-01

    We studied the first-order melting process of differentiation in the Earth, and the major process of rejuvenation of the upper mantle after melting related to plate spreading (Chalot-Prat et al, 2010; 2013). We conducted experiments at High Pressure (0.75 and 0.5 GPa) and High Temperature (1260-1100°C) to obtain magma compositions in equilibrium with the mineral assemblages of a plagioclase + spinel lherzolite. These PT conditions prevail at 17-30km below axial oceanic spreading ridges. We used a "trial and error" approach in a system involving nine elements (Cr-Na-Fe-Ca-Mg-Al-Si-Ti-Ni). This approaches as closely as possible a natural mantle composition, Cr being a key element in the system. Our objectives were : • to determine experimentally the compositions of melts in equilibrium with plagioclase + spinel lherzolite, with emphasis on the role of plagioclase composition in controlling melt compositions; • to test the hypothesis that MORB are produced at shallow depth (17-30kms) • to quantify liquid- and mantle residue compositional paths at decreasing T and low P to understand magma differentiation by "percolation-reaction" at shallow depth in the mantle; • to compare experimental mantle mineral compositions to those of re-fertilised oceanic mantle lithosphere outcropping at the axis of oceanic spreading ridges, enabling quantification of the pressure (i.e. depth) and temperature of the re-fertilisation process that leads to formation of plagioclase and indicates the minimum thickness of the lithosphere at ridge axes. In the normative basalt tetrahedron, liquids plot on two parallel cotectic lines from silica-oversaturated (basaltic andesite at 0.75 GPa or andesite at 0.5 GPa) at the calcic end to silica-undersaturated compositions (trachyte) at the sodic end. The lower the pressure, the greater the silica oversaturation. Besides the plagioclase solid solution has a dominant role in determining the solidus temperature of plagioclase + spinel lherzolites

  12. Protracted construction of gabbroic crust at a slow spreading ridge: Constraints from 206Pb/238U zircon ages from Atlantis Massif and IODP Hole U1309D (30°N, MAR)

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    Grimes, Craig B.; John, Barbara E.; Cheadle, Michael J.; Wooden, Joseph L.

    2008-01-01

    Sensitive high-resolution ion microprobe (SHRIMP) U-Pb zircon ages of 24 samples from oceanic crust recovered in Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Hole U1309D and from the surface of Atlantis Massif, Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR) (30°N) document a protracted history of accretion in the footwall to an oceanic detachment fault. Ages for 18 samples of evolved Fe-Ti oxide gabbro and felsic dikes collected 40–1415 m below seafloor in U1309D yield a weighted mean of 1.20 ± 0.03 Ma (mean square of weighted deviates = 7.1). However, the ages range from 1.08 ± 0.07 Ma and 1.28 ± 0.05 Ma indicating crustal construction occurred over a minimum of 100–200 ka. The zircon ages, along with petrologic observations, indicate at least 2 major periods of intrusive activity with age peaks separated by 70 ka. The oldest ages are observed below 600 mbsf, an observation inconsistent with models requiring constant depth melt intrusion beneath a detachment fault. The data are most consistent with a “multiple sill” model whereby sills intrude at random depths below the ridge axis over a length scale greater than 1.4 km. Zircon ages from broadly spaced samples collected along the southern ridge of Atlantis Massif yield a detachment fault slip rate of 28.7 ± 6.7 mm/a and imply significant asymmetric plate spreading (up to 100% on the North American plate) for at least 200 ka during core complex formation.

  13. Mobility of Late-stage Magmatic Liquids and the Development of Detachment Faults at a Slowly-spreading Ridge

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    Natland, J. H.; Cheadle, M. J.; Dick, H. J.; France, L.; Scientific Party, E.

    2016-12-01

    Hundreds of 0.01-20 cm seams of oxide gabbro cross more abundant olivine gabbro cumulates in cores recovered at drilling sites ODP 735B and 1105A and IODP Hole U1473A atop Atlantis Bank adjacent to Atlantis II Fracture Zone, Southwest Indian Ridge. The sites are only a few km apart, and together comprise 2.5 km of combined core at 87% recovery. Many cores have porphyroclastic, gneissic and mylonitic deformation fabrics. The oxide-bearing gabbros have 2-30% combined magmatic ilmenite and magnetite, usually intergrown with pargasitic amphibole and segregated igneous sulfides. This mineralogy is the same as that of late-formed interstitial melts found within almost all olivine gabbros, down to modal proportions of fractions of a per cent. These formed following intimate grain-scale penetration of overpressured iron-rich melts from the intrusive seams rather than crystallization of trapped basaltic melts. From geothermometry (amphibole, two-oxides, pyroxenes), the seams and interstitial minerals formed from highly differentiated iron-rich magmas at low igneous temperatures (1050°C-750°C). These iron-rich magmas resulted from extended crystallization differentiation, silicate liquid immiscibility or both. Felsic veins and narrow dikes near and within oxide gabbro seams may represent even more extended fractional crystallization, partial melting of hydrous olivine gabbro, or complementary immiscible liquid segregation. The combined assemblages, their complex juxtaposition, and deformation fabrics indicate the importance of differentiation by deformation (Bowen, 1920, PNAS 6: 159-162) in these rocks. Viscosities of the iron-rich magmas were lowered by addition of 50°-150° superheat by basalt intrusion, plus the presence of water, to levels seen in carbonatites. These low viscosities facilitated melt migration, which led to reduced effective stress along the numerous surfaces where iron-rich melts concentrated within dilatancy structures created by shear. This assisted

  14. Activity clocks: spreading dynamics on temporal networks of human contact

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    Gauvin, Laetitia; Panisson, André; Cattuto, Ciro; Barrat, Alain

    2013-10-01

    Dynamical processes on time-varying complex networks are key to understanding and modeling a broad variety of processes in socio-technical systems. Here we focus on empirical temporal networks of human proximity and we aim at understanding the factors that, in simulation, shape the arrival time distribution of simple spreading processes. Abandoning the notion of wall-clock time in favour of node-specific clocks based on activity exposes robust statistical patterns in the arrival times across different social contexts. Using randomization strategies and generative models constrained by data, we show that these patterns can be understood in terms of heterogeneous inter-event time distributions coupled with heterogeneous numbers of events per edge. We also show, both empirically and by using a synthetic dataset, that significant deviations from the above behavior can be caused by the presence of edge classes with strong activity correlations.

  15. 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).

  16. 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.

  17. Hydrothermal plumes over spreading ridges and related deposits in the northeast Pacific Ocean: The East Pacific Rise near 11 degrees north and 21 degrees north, Explorer Ridge and J. Tuzo Wilson Seamounts

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    McConachy, T.F.

    1988-01-01

    Hydrothermal plumes emanating from hot springs over spreading ridges in the north east Pacific Ocean have been mapped and sampled using the submersible ALVIN and equipment deployed from surface ships. The geologic setting and polymetallic sulfides of the vent field producing the hydrothermal plume at 11{degree}N have also been examined. At 11{degree}N, two distinct metalliferous components are delivered to the intermediate to far-field from high temperature black smoker discharge as a result of the physical and chemical processes that occur in the lower 32 m of the plume. About 60 volume % of this material is estimated to settle within a 6-km-radius of the vent field, based on the results of SEM-IPS grain-size analyses and their application to a published particle settling model. The second component delivered to the far-field consists of the remaining 40 volume % of fine-grained sulfides and non-sulfides, 10% of dissolved Fe which will eventually precipitate as oxyhydroxides, and {>=} 80% of the hydrothermally injected Mn, Si, and probably Ba. At 21{degree} N by contrast, only 20 volume % of the smoke particles is conservatively estimated to settle within a 8-km-radius of the NGS vent due to their finer grain size and a higher terminal height of the buoyant hydrothermal plume.

  18. Chemical characteristics of magma and related seafloor sulfide deposits on back-arc spreading center and off-ridge volcanoes in Southern Mariana Trough

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    Urabe, T.; Kanamori, S.; Ishibashi, J.; Kentaro, K.; Sato, H.; Kato, S.; Toyoda, S.

    2012-12-01

    The back-arc basalt in Mariana Trough is characterized by fluid-dominated components (Stolper and Newman, 1994). They suggested that the H2O-enriched magma of the Mariana Trough is formed as melting mixture between MORB-type mantle source and H2O-rich component which is likely to be derived from the subducting slab. Four active and one inactive hydrothermal sites were found within a distance of 5 km in Southern Mariana Trough; that is, Snail site (12o57.19'N, 143o37.16'E, depth:2861m) and Yamanaka site (12o56.64'N, 143o36.80'E, depth: 2823m) on the spreading-axis, Archean site (12o56.35'N, 143o37.89'E, depth: 2986m), and Pika+Urashima sites (12o55.13'N, 143o38.92'E, depth: 2773m) on the off-axis seamount, respectively. We conducted nine BMS (Benthic Multi-coring System) drillings during the Hakurei-Maru No.2 cruise of TAIGA project (see below) in June 2010. Both basalt glasses and associated seafloor massive sulfide ores from these sites are cored and served for ICP-MS analyses. Multi-element plot of basalt glass indicates that both on-axis and off-axis basalts have similar pattern and are categorized as differentiated MORB and basaltic andesite which cannot be produced by fractionation of MORB, respectively. Sulfide ores at on-axis and off-axis sites show similar mineral assemblage of pyrite/marcasite, sphalerite, chalcopyrite, barite, and limited occurrence of galena only at on-axis site. Fluid-mobile elements such as As, Ba, Pb and others in sulfide ores show systematic increase at off-axis sites which reflect the influence of subduction zone fluids towards the Mariana arc. The sulfur isotope composition of pyrite/marcasite from on-axis sites shows values (+6.4 - +7.9 permil) typically observed in arc magma-related hydrothermal deposits (Suzuki, unpubl. data). On the other hand, those observed at off-axis sites (Archean; +3.6 - +6.9 permil, Pika; +0.8 - +3.5 permil) are similar to the composition of sulfides on mid-ocean ridges where the influence of sulfur

  19. Geology of the northern Cleft segment, Juan de Fuca Ridge: Recent lava flows, sea-floor spreading, and the formation of megaplumes

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    Embley, R.W. ); Chadwick, W. ); Perfit, M.R. ); Baker, E.T. )

    1991-08-01

    Geologic mapping and lava sampling were carried out after the discovery of large bursts of hydrothermal fluids (megaplumes) over the southern Juan de Fuca Ridge in 1986 and 1987. These investigations of the northernmost section of the Cleft segment have discovered: (1) semicontinuous low-temperature venting and one major high-temperature vent site along 17 km of the neovolcanic zone and (2) very glassy, lightly sedimented sheet flows and pillow mounds superimposed on older terrain over about 24 km along the northern-most part. The pillow mounds are documented to have erupted between 1981 and 1987. The occurrence of the megaplumes during this same time period strengthens the hypothesis that megaplumes are caused by sea-floor extension events. Although the basalts from the entire length of the neovolcanic zone of the Cleft segment appear to have been derived from the same mantle source, a systematic northward increase in Mg number along the segment within the neovolcanic zone indicates less shallow-level differentiation to the north, possibly related to the development of new magma chambers during the recent phase of sea-floor spreading that has occurred there.

  20. The metamorphic sole of New Caledonia ophiolite: 40Ar/39Ar, U-Pb, and geochemical evidence for subduction inception at a spreading ridge

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    Cluzel, Dominique; Jourdan, Fred; Meffre, SéBastien; Maurizot, Pierre; Lesimple, StéPhane

    2012-06-01

    Amphibolite lenses that locally crop out below the serpentinite sole at the base of the ophiolite of New Caledonia (termed Peridotite Nappe) recrystallized in the high-temperature amphibolite facies and thus sharply contrast with blueschists and eclogites of the Eocene metamorphic complex. Amphibolites mostly display the geochemical features of MORB with a slight Nb depletion and thus are similar to the youngest (Late Paleocene-Eocene) BABB components of the allochthonous Poya Terrane. Thermochronological data from hornblende (40Ar/39Ar), zircon, and sphene (U-Pb) suggest that these mafic rocks recrystallized at ˜56 Ma. Using various geothermobarometers provides a rough estimate of peak recrystallization conditions of ˜0.5 GPa at ˜800-950°C. The thermal gradient inferred from the metamorphic assemblage (˜60°C km-1), geometrical relationships, and geochemical similarity suggest that these mafic rocks belong to the oceanic crust of the lower plate of the subduction/obduction system and recrystallized when they subducted below young and hot oceanic lithosphere. They were detached from the down-going plate and finally thrust onto unmetamorphosed Poya Terrane basalts. This and the occurrence of slab melts at ˜53 Ma suggest that subduction inception occurred at or near to the spreading ridge of the South Loyalty Basin at ˜56 Ma.

  1. The influence of spreading rate, basement composition, fluid chemistry and chimney morphology on the formation of gold-rich SMS deposits at slow and ultraslow mid-ocean ridges

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    D. Knight, Robert; Roberts, Stephen; P. Webber, Alexander

    2017-09-01

    Seafloor massive sulphide (SMS) deposits are variably enriched in precious metals including gold. However, the processes invoked to explain the formation of auriferous deposits do not typically apply to mid-ocean ridge settings. Here, we show a statistically significant, negative correlation between the average gold concentration of SMS deposits with spreading rate, at non-sedimented mid-ocean ridges. Deposits located at slow spreading ridges (20-40 mm/a) have average gold concentrations of between 850 and 1600 ppb; however, with increasing spreading rate (up to 140 mm/a), gold concentrations gradually decrease to between 50 and 150 ppb. This correlation of gold content with spreading rate may be controlled by the degree and duration of fluid-rock interaction, which is a function of the heat flux, crustal structure (faulting) and the permeability of the source rocks. Deposits at ultraslow ridges, including ultramafic-hosted deposits, are particularly enriched in gold. This is attributed to the higher permeability of the ultramafic source rocks achieved by serpentinisation and the inherent porosity of serpentine minerals, combined with relatively high gold concentrations in peridotite compared with mid-ocean ridge basalt. Variations in fluid chemistry, such as reducing conditions and the potential for increased sulphur availability at ultramafic-hosted sites, may also contribute to the high concentrations observed. Beehive chimneys, which offer more favourable conditions for gold precipitation, may be more prevalent at ultramafic-hosted sites due to diffuse low-velocity venting compared with more focussed venting at basalt-hosted sites.

  2. [Finger spreading as an indicator of psychomotor activity and laterality].

    PubMed

    Lemke, S

    1985-12-01

    In 23 healthy right- and left-handers and in 8 psychotic patients the angels between fingers were measured after maximal spreading. It can be demonstrated, that there are differences in spreading out between right- and lefthanders. The dominance of the right hand in right-handers is fluctuating. In depressiv psychotics and patients after schizophrenia we found decrease of spreading out. The laterality imbalance in psychoses we interprete as a sign of hemispherial dysfunktion.

  3. Cortical spreading depression activates and upregulates MMP-9

    PubMed Central

    Gursoy-Ozdemir, Yasemin; Qiu, Jianhua; Matsuoka, Norihiro; Bolay, Hayrunnisa; Bermpohl, Daniela; Jin, Hongwei; Wang, Xiaoying; Rosenberg, Gary A.; Lo, Eng H.; Moskowitz, Michael A.

    2004-01-01

    Cortical spreading depression (CSD) is a propagating wave of neuronal and glial depolarization and has been implicated in disorders of neurovascular regulation such as stroke, head trauma, and migraine. In this study, we found that CSD alters blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeability by activating brain MMPs. Beginning at 3–6 hours, MMP-9 levels increased within cortex ipsilateral to the CSD, reaching a maximum at 24 hours and persisting for at least 48 hours. Gelatinolytic activity was detected earliest within the matrix of cortical blood vessels and later within neurons and pia arachnoid (≥3 hours), particularly within piriform cortex; this activity was suppressed by injection of the metalloprotease inhibitor GM6001 or in vitro by the addition of a zinc chelator (1,10-phenanthroline). At 3–24 hours, immunoreactive laminin, endothelial barrier antigen, and zona occludens-1 diminished in the ipsilateral cortex, suggesting that CSD altered proteins critical to the integrity of the BBB. At 3 hours after CSD, plasma protein leakage and brain edema developed contemporaneously. Albumin leakage was suppressed by the administration of GM6001. Protein leakage was not detected in MMP-9–null mice, implicating the MMP-9 isoform in barrier disruption. We conclude that intense neuronal and glial depolarization initiates a cascade that disrupts the BBB via an MMP-9–dependent mechanism. PMID:15146242

  4. 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

  5. Samail Ophiolite plutonic suite: Field relations, phase variation, cryptic variation and layering, and a model of a spreading ridge magma chamber

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    Pallister, J. S.; Hopson, C. A.

    1981-04-01

    Geologic mapping of an intact plutonic sequence within the Samail ophiolite in the Ibra area, southeastern Oman Mountains, reveals stratigraphic, structural, and petrologic details of oceanic layer 3. Four measured stratigraphic sections, each spaced about 5 km apart across the southern flank of Jabal Dimh, define a time-transgressive progression within the ophiolite and reveal geometric and petrologic features of a spreading-ridge magma chamber. The sections show the following vertical sequence: (1) dunite (chr-ol cumulates ± harzburgite xenoliths) 0-200 m thick, grading up from a transition zone with harzburgite tectonite, (2) interlayered wehrlite-melagabbro-gabbro (cpx-ol and ol-cpx-pl cumulates) 0-100 m thick, (3) layered gabbro (chiefly ol-cpx-pl cumulates but including recurrent intervals of cumulus wehrlite and melagabbro) 2.6-5.5 km thick, (4) planar laminated nonlayered gabbro (chiefly ol-cpx-pl cumulates) 100-400 m thick, (5) hypidiomorphic (ol)-hb-cpx gabbro (high-level gabbro) 200-800 m thick, (6) small, discontinous diorite to plagiogranite bodies at or near the top of the gabbro. Cumulus textures (adcumulus > mesocumulus), planar lamination, and cumulus layering (phase, ratio, and grain size layers at mm to 10-m scale, commonly graded) within this sequence show that crystals accumulated from the base of the magma chamber upward to within a few hundred meters of the top; downward solidification from the roof was minor. Cyclicity within the cumulus sequence is represented by the recurrence of olivine-rich intervals (melagabbo and wehrlite) up to high stratigraphic levels and by hundreds of phase-graded layers (ol-rich at the bases to pl-rich at the tops), individually up to 5 m thick. Limited cryptic variation relative to closed-system layered intrusions and the limited range in solid-solution components of olivine (Fo69-90), plagioclase (An62-95) and clinopyroxene (En40-54, Fs4-16, Wo37-49) from the cumulus suite require replenishment of the magma

  6. Refertilization of oceanic mantle by old depleted melts beneath a slow spreading ridge: An Os isotope study of the peridotites drilled at ODP Site 1274 (15°20 FZ, Mid-Atlantic Ridge)

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    Alard, O.; Gréau, Y.; Godard, M.; Lorand, J.-P.; O'Reilly, S. Y.

    2009-04-01

    During ODP Leg 209, a magma-starved area of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge was drilled (Site 1274) in the vicinity of the Fifteen-Twenty Fracture Zone that offsets one of the slowest portions of the spreading ridge. Bulk rock geochemistry indicates that Site 1274 peridotites represent the most depleted peridotites sampled so far at a slow spreading ridge. Their composition can be explained by open system partial melting and incomplete melt extraction; nevertheless, observation of interstitial clinopyroxene (Cpx) and local variations in bulk trace element contents suggests the occurrence of a late melt freezing reaction with melts from different mantle sources (Godard et al, 2008). Recent studies of mantle-derived peridotites have shown that several sulphide populations, characterised by different microstructural occurrences and elemental and isotopic compositions, coexist at the thin section scale. Thus by establishing the Re-Os isotopic systematic of the different sulphide populations together with an in situ trace element characterization of the associated silicates, we can shed some light on the intricacy of melt-extraction and melt-percolation processes beneath mid-ocean ridges. Site 1274 peridotites show several sulphide populations. Sulphides 1 (Sulf-1) are either enclosed in relict Ol1 and Opx1, or form isolated round blebs of sulphide within the serpentine matrix (Ol1). Their mineralogical and microstructural features are mostly characteristic of sulphide residual after melting. Sulphide-2 are partly embayed in Opx1 porphyroclasts and show an abnormal Cu-rich composition more akin to the solidification products of a sulphide partial melt. Finally, a third type of magmatic sulphide (Sulf-3) formed of pentlandite and primary bornite occurs as large (100-500 µm) convoluted patches intimately associated with Cpx2. Microstructural features suggest that the Sulf3-Cpx2(±Spl2) assemblage represents the crystallization product of a Cu-Ni-rich sulphide-bearing melt

  7. Characteristics of hydrothermal convection in inclined layers: implications for hydrothermal activity at slow-spreading axis.

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    Fontaine, F. J.; Cannat, M.; Escartin, J.; Dusunur, D.

    2006-12-01

    The thermal structure of segments along (slow-spreading) mid-ocean ridges is likely to be a key parameter controlling the distribution, dynamics and geometry of hydrothermal systems. It is usually considered that the depth of penetration of hydrothermal fluids at the ridge axis is a function of the depth to the brittle-ductile transition. At slow-spreading axis, it is likely that this depth varies both along- and across-axis, with a deepening of several kilometers from the segment center towards its ends [e.g., Hooft et al., 2000]. This geometry is a consequence of focused melt supply to the segment center, resulting in the episodic and localized injection of magma bodies in the crust, as observed at the Lucky Strike segment of the Mid-Atlantic ridge [Singh et al., 2005]. In order to study the effect of such slopes of the basal temperature on the dynamics of slow-spreading axis hydrothermal systems, we ran a series of two-dimensional numerical models of hydrothermal convection. As a first approximation and following previous studies [e.g., Rabinowicz et al., 1999], we assume that these systems can be represented as rectangular and inclined permeable layers. The models are single-phase and incorporate realistic fluid properties and permeabilities. We have explored the cases of slopes ranging from 0 to 15°, aspect ratios from 1 to 16, and permeabilities up to 10^{-14} m2. The basal slope controls the number of convective cells. As the slope increases, the ratio of the size of the downflow and upflow areas increases. Above a critical slope the circulation is uni-cellular and composed of a broad recharge zone and a focused discharge zone, and encompassing the whole length of the segment. We will present the implication of our models for the distribution of vent sites along slow-spreading ridge segments. The segment-scale circulation and focused outflow obtained could also explain the elevated heat flux at some of the main sites found along slow-spreading ridges like

  8. The Spread of Ras Activity Triggered by Activation of a Single Dendritic Spine

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    Harvey, Christopher D.; Yasuda, Ryohei; Zhong, Haining; Svoboda, Karel

    2009-01-01

    In neurons, individual dendritic spines isolate NMDA receptor-mediated Ca2+ accumulations from the dendrite and other spines. However, it is not known to what extent spines compartmentalize signaling events downstream of Ca2+ influx. We combined two-photon fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM) with two-photon glutamate uncaging to image the activity of the small GTPase Ras following NMDA receptor activation at individual spines. Induction of long-term potentiation (LTP) triggered robust Ca2+-dependent Ras activation in single spines that decayed in approximately 5 minutes. Ras activity spread over approximately 10 micrometers of dendrite and invaded neighboring spines by diffusion. The spread of Ras-dependent signaling was necessary for the local regulation of the threshold for LTP induction. Thus Ca2+-dependent synaptic signals can spread to couple multiple synapses on short stretches of dendrite. PMID:18556515

  9. Influences of the Tonga Subduction Zone on seafloor massive sulfide deposits along the Eastern Lau Spreading Center and Valu Fa Ridge

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    Evans, Guy N.; Tivey, Margaret K.; Seewald, Jeffrey S.; Wheat, C. Geoff

    2017-10-01

    This study investigates the morphology, mineralogy, and geochemistry of seafloor massive sulfide (SMS) deposits from six back-arc hydrothermal vent fields along the Eastern Lau Spreading Center (ELSC) and Valu Fa Ridge (VFR) in the context of endmember vent fluid chemistry and proximity to the Tonga Subduction Zone. To complement deposit geochemistry, vent fluid analyses of Cu, Zn, Ba, Pb and H2,(aq) were completed to supplement existing data and enable thermodynamic calculations of mineral saturation states at in situ conditions. Results document southward increases in the abundance of mantle-incompatible elements in hydrothermal fluids (Ba and Pb) and SMS deposits (Ba, Pb, As, and Sb), which is also expressed in the abundance of barite (BaSO4) and galena (PbS) in SMS deposits. These increases correspond to a decrease in distance between the ELSC/VFR and the Tonga Subduction Zone that correlates with a change in crustal lithology from back-arc basin basalt in the north to mixed andesite, rhyolite, and dacite in the south. Barite influences deposit morphology, contributing to the formation of horizontal flanges and squat terraces. Results are also consistent with a regional-scale lowering of hydrothermal reaction zone temperatures from north to south (except at the southernmost Mariner vent field) that leads to lower-temperature, higher-pH vent fluids relative to mid-ocean ridges of similar spreading rates (Mottl et al., 2011). These fluids are Cu- and Zn-poor and the deposits formed from these fluids are Cu-poor but Zn-rich. In contrast, at the Mariner vent field, higher-temperature and lower pH vent fluids are hypothesized to result from higher reaction zone temperatures and the localized addition of acidic magmatic volatiles (Mottl et al., 2011). The Mariner fluids are Cu- and Zn-rich and vent from SMS deposits that are rich in Cu but poor in Zn with moderate amounts of Pb. Thermodynamic calculations indicate that the contrasting metal contents of vent fluids

  10. 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.

  11. Influence of Geologic Setting on the Morphology, Mineralogy, and Geochemistry of Vent Deposits Along the Eastern Lau Spreading Center and Valu Fa Ridge

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    Tivey, M. K.; Evans, G. N.; Ferrini, V. L.

    2014-12-01

    Establishment of links between lithology, vent fluid chemistry, and vent deposit characteristics along the Eastern Lau Spreading Center (ELSC) and Valu Fa Ridge (VFR) was made possible using deep submergence vehicles and technology. ROV Jason was used to collect ultrahigh-resolution (submeter) bathymetric data sufficient to quantify characteristics of volcanic, tectonic and hydrothermal features; differences within vent fields from north to south include a change from low-relief volcanic domes cut by faults and fissures to higher aspect ratio volcanic domes dominated by aa-type lava morphologies (Ferrini et al., G-cubed, 2008). Highest temperature fluids are associated with crosscutting faults at all but Mariner vent field where faults are not observed. The detailed maps were used to target areas within vent fields for observations and sampling. Vent deposit morphologies are similar at the northernmost vent fields (Kilo Moana, TowCam, Tahi Moana), with black smokers and diffusers present on branched edifices. Vent deposits at the more southerly ABE, Tui Malila and Mariner vent fields vary in morphology, despite similar substrate lithology. Examples include abundant flanges at ABE and Tui Malila and ~20m-tall spires and squat barite-rich edifices at Mariner. Geochemical analyses and petrographic observations document the influence of lithology, fluid temperature, pH, and extents of seawater mixing on deposit formation. Concentrations of As, which increase from north to south, reflect lithologic control. Sb, Pb, and Ba concentrations also reflect lithologic control, but are affected as well by low pH and/or extents of seawater mixing. The significant differences in Mariner deposits reflect formation from very high temperature, low pH (<3 vs >4) fluids that keep Zn in solution, combined with local subsurface mixing. Overall, results document the influence of the Tonga Subduction Zone on vent deposits through its affects on lithology and vent fluid composition.

  12. Reconstructing Hydrothermal Activity on the Juan de Fuca Ridge over the Last 25ka

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    Mehmel, N.; Costa, K.; McManus, J. F.

    2016-12-01

    Hydrothermal activity on mid-ocean ridges plays a unique role in biogeochemical cycles in the ocean. Hydrothermal vents are a significant source of dissolved Fe, a critical micronutrient in the ocean that supports primary productivity and can modulate the carbon cycle. Little is known about hydrothermal activity in the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM), but new evidence suggests lower sea levels may generate enhanced hydrothermal activity. If hydrothermal activity was higher during the LGM, an Fe fertilized biological pump could have contributed to lower atmospheric CO2 levels. In this study we investigate sediment cores from the Juan de Fuca Ridge (JdFR) to reconstruct hydrothermal activity over the past 25 ka. Five multicores were examined from a spatial array, covering a depth transect along the ridge flank and crest, with a temporal resolution of between 500 and 1000 years. Fe and Cu concentrations were measured by flux fusion, corrected for lithogenic inputs, and normalized to 230Th to calculate hydrothermal fluxes. Hydrothermal flux of Fe and Cu was observed at all times from all sites, suggesting persistent hydrothermal activity on the JdFR. Furthermore, Fe flux into the sediment increases with proximity to the ridge, consistent with a hydrothermal source. The sediment record indicates a stable flux of Fe during the Holocene, compared to flux variations that change by up to 100% between 15 and 20ka. Averaged over 5-7kyr time slices, Cu flux is greater in all 5 records during the LGM than during the Holocene, but in contrast, Fe flux overall appears slightly lower during the LGM than the Holocene. These are the first records from the JdFR to cover the last deglaciation at millennial timescales, and they suggest a more complicated hydrothermal response to glacial sea level changes than observed at other mid-ocean ridges.

  13. Actively Spreading Plate Boundaries and UNCLOS: the Difficulties of Applying Article 76

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    Evans, A.; Carleton, C.; Parson, L.

    2005-12-01

    The process by which the delineation of a legal continental shelf according to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) is made for an oceanic island territory beyond 200 nautical miles causes significant confusion for both researchers on the issue and coastal states' representatives trying to apply the provisions within Article 76. The interpretation of the statutory provisions set out in UNCLOS and the Technical and Scientific guidelines laid out by the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) remain, for the most part, difficult to implement. This global summary of oceanic islands and their geological context with respect to the Law of the Sea Convention, and in particular regarding mid-ocean ridge systems, brings to light some of the problems responsible for this confusion and attempts to resolve the uncertainty associated with ridge issues with a practical and equitable delimitation proposal. Paragraph 6 of Article 76 requires a constraint/limit of 350M from the territorial sea baselines on submarine ridges, (one assumes, to ensure that no coastal state claims the entire mid-ocean ridge!). However the criteria set in paragraph 4a(i) or 4a(ii) of Article 76, which provide the means to extend a legal continental shelf beyond 200M based on the identification of a morphological foot of slope, cannot be applied to oceanic island territories because of difficulties in determining its consistent and practical location. Accordingly the advantages and disadvantages of several geophysical data types have been evaluated for their use under paragraph 4 (b) of Article 76 (definition of the foot of the slope on "evidence to the contrary"). Our proposed method of using the central, zero-age locus of the mid oceanic ridge, whether this may be the ridge line, bathymetric maxima or spreading centre, as a representation of the foot of slope (based on evidence to the contrary), results in a simple, fair and consistent way of developing an area

  14. 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.

  15. High-resolution surveys along the hot spot-affected Gálapagos Spreading Center: 3. Black smoker discoveries and the implications for geological controls on hydrothermal activity

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    Haymon, Rachel M.; White, Scott M.; Baker, Edward T.; Anderson, Peter G.; MacDonald, Ken C.; Resing, Joseph A.

    2008-12-01

    To explore effects of hot spots on mid-ocean ridge hydrothermal systems, we conducted nested sonar, hydrothermal plume, and near-bottom photographic surveys along the portion of the Galápagos Spreading Center (GSC) influenced by the Galápagos hot spot, from longitude 95°-89.5°W. We report the first active high-temperature black smokers to be found on the GSC, at longitudes 94°4.5'W and 91°56.2'-54.3'W; describe two areas of recently inactive smokers, at longitudes 91°23.4'-23.7'W and 91°13.8'W; and document an older inactive site, at longitude 90°33.4'W. All imaged vents issue either from dike-induced fissures along linear axial volcanic ridges and collapses or from a caldera. Magmatic control of hydrothermal systems also is revealed by spatial clustering of plumes within the topographically elevated middles of volcanic ridge segments with inferred centralized melt supply. In searched areas, smokers are more typical than diffuse flow vents, but total GSC plume incidence is half of that expected from the spreading rate. Why? Dike-fed fissures provide permeable pathways for efficient hydrothermal extraction of magmatic heat, but cones without calderas do not. Among many point-source cones surveyed, only the two with calderas had detectable plumes. Possibly, dominance of point-source over linear-source melt delivery on the GSC decreases plume incidence. Also, similar maturities of observed vents and their host lava flows indicate that hydrothermally active volcanic segments along the western GSC are contemporaneously in a waning phase of volcanic-hydrothermal activity. Perhaps ridge/hot spot interaction produces melt pulses that drive near-synchronous volcanic-hydrothermal activity on the volcanic segments spanning the hot spot. During active periods, hydrothermally active dike-fed fissures and calderas may be more abundant than we currently observe.

  16. 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

  17. Active Faulting within the Atlantis Massif at 30°N Mid-Atlantic Ridge Located by an Ocean Bottom Seismograph Array

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    McGuire, J. J.; Smith, D. K.; Collins, J. A.

    2011-12-01

    The Atlantis Massif, located at the intersection of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR) spreading axis and the Atlantis transform fault at 30N, is an oceanic core complex. Slip along the detachment fault for the last 1.5-2 Ma has brought lower crust and mantle rocks to the seafloor and has led to one of the most striking topographic features on the MAR. Hydroacoustic data collected between 1999 and 2003 indicate seismicity at the top of the Atlantis Massif, mostly on the southeastern section; little seismic activity was hydroacoustically detected at the adjacent ridge axis. In 2005, five short-period ocean bottom seismometers (OBS) were deployed at the Atlantis Massif in a pilot experiment to determine if there was active faulting within the massif and if the seismicity rate within the massif was higher than that beneath the rift valley as suggested by the hydroacoustic data. The analysis of the first six months of OBS data indicates that the majority of seismicity is associated with normal faults beneath the spreading axis, and composed of a relatively constant background seismicity rate and two large aftershock sequences. The OBS array captured 5 teleseismic events with magnitudes between 4.0 and 4.5. The aftershock sequences, following two of the M 4 earthquakes are located in the axial valley close to the ridge-transform intersection. They make up more than half of the detected earthquakes. Omori's law of aftershock decay is clearly demonstrated by both aftershock sequences. In addition, the OBS data indicate active faulting within the Atlantis Massif. These events are located in the same region as the hydroacoustic seismicity suggesting that the hydroacoustically-derived locations could indeed represent earthquake epicenters. Analysis of a cluster of earthquakes on the 1500-m-high north-facing scarp of the South Ridge section of the massif indicates a normal fault with an orientation that is either ridge parallel or ridge perpendicular. Data analysis to date cannot

  18. Ridge-trench collision in Archean and Post-Archean crustal growth: Evidence from southern Chile

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    Nelson, E. P.; Forsythe, R. D.

    1988-01-01

    The growth of continental crust at convergent plate margins involves both continuous and episodic processes. Ridge-trench collision is one episodic process that can cause significant magmatic and tectonic effects on convergent plate margins. Because the sites of ridge collision (ridge-trench triple junctions) generally migrate along convergent plate boundaries, the effects of ridge collision will be highly diachronous in Andean-type orogenic belts and may not be adequately recognized in the geologic record. The Chile margin triple junction (CMTJ, 46 deg S), where the actively spreading Chile rise is colliding with the sediment-filled Peru-Chile trench, is geometrically and kinematically the simplest modern example of ridge collision. The south Chile margin illustrates the importance of the ridge-collision tectonic setting in crustal evolution at convergent margins. Similarities between ridge-collision features in southern Chile and features of Archean greenstone belts raise the question of the importance of ridge collision in Archean crustal growth. Archean plate tectonic processes were probably different than today; these differences may have affected the nature and importance of ridge collision during Archean crustal growth. In conclusion, it is suggested that smaller plates, greater ridge length, and/or faster spreading all point to the likelihood that ridge collision played a greater role in crustal growth and development of the greenstone-granite terranes during the Archean. However, the effects of modern ridge collision, and the processes involved, are not well enough known to develop specific models for the Archean ridge collison.

  19. Ridge Tectonics, Magma Supply, and Ridge-Hotpot Interaction at the Eastern End of the Australian-Antarctic Ridge

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    Kim, S.; Lin, J.; Park, S.; Choi, H.; Lee, S.

    2013-12-01

    During 2011-2013 the Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI) conducted three successive expeditions to the eastern end of the Australian-Antarctic Ridge (AAR) to investigate the tectonics, geochemistry, and hydrothermal activity of this intermediate fast spreading system. On board the Korean icebreaker R/V Araon, the science party collected multiple types of data including multibeam bathymetry, gravity, magnetics, as well as rock and water column samples. In addition, Miniature Autonomous Plume Recorders (MAPRs) were deployed at each of the wax-core rock sampling sites to detect the presence of active hydrothermal vents. In this study, we present a detailed analysis of a 360-km-long super-segment at the eastern end of the AAR to quantify the spatial variations in ridge morphology and investigate its respond to changes in melt supply. The study region contains several intriguing bathymetric features including (1) abrupt changes in the axial topography, alternating between rift valleys and axial highs within relatively short ridge segments; (2) overshooting ridge tips at the ridge-transform intersections; (3) systematic migration patterns of hooked ridges; (4) a 350-km-long mega-transform fault; and (5) robust axial and off-axis volcanisms. To obtain a proxy for regional variations in magma supply, we calculated residual mantle Bouguer gravity anomalies (RMBA), gravity-derived crustal thickness, and residual topography for seven sub-segments. The results of the analyses revealed that the southern flank of the AAR is associated with a shallower seafloor, more negative RMBA, thicker crust, and/or less dense mantle than the conjugate northern flank. Furthermore, this N-S asymmetry becomes more prominent toward the super-segment of the AAR. Such regional variations in seafloor topography and RMBA are consistent with the hypothesis that ridge segments in the study area have interacted with the Balleny hotspot, currently lies southwest of the AAR. However, the influence of

  20. Shearing within in situ lower crust during progressive retrogression: a structural study of the Godzilla Mullion, Parece Vela Basin spreading ridge (Parece Vela Rift), Philippine Sea

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    Harigane, Y.; Michibayashi, K.; Ohara, Y.

    2007-12-01

    Microstructural and petrological analyses of gabbroic rocks sampled from the Godzilla Mullion, located along the Parece Vela Basin spreading ridge (Parece Vela Rift), Philippine Sea, reveal the development of a detachment fault at depth as part of an oceanic core complex. Microstructures indicative of intense deformation are observed within samples of gabbro dredged from the breakaway of the mullion (dredge site D6), at the site of its initiation. The sizes of recrystallized grains, nature of crystal-preferred orientation, and chemical composition all vary systematically with respect to the temperature of deformation. The sizes of dynamically recrystallized grains of plagioclase can be divided into three types: coarse (80 130 µm), medium (25 µm), and fine (8 µm). Furthermore, although the chemical composition of plagioclase porphyroclasts is consistently An 40 50 among all grain sizes, the compositions of dynamically recrystallized grains vary with size, being An 40 50 for the coarse type, An 30 40 for the medium type, and An 20 30 for the fine type. Given that the chemical composition of plagioclase potentially results from a change in temperature during dynamic recrystallization, this finding suggests that the microstructural development of plagioclase occurred under increasing stress during uplift-related cooling of the gabbro body. Plagioclase crystal-preferred orientations (CPOs) shows a (010)[100] pattern for coarse and medium grains, but a largely random pattern for fine grains. This indicates that grain-size-sensitive creep became progressively dominant in the fine type, thereby leading to strain softening and localization during cooling. Although the chemical composition of hornblende varies from pargastic-hornblende to actinolite and tremolite within each of the gabbro samples, the pattern of variation is similar among the three sample types. However, hornblende in the coarse type shows no evidence of deformation, whereas hornblende in the medium and

  1. 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

  2. Masked Priming Effects in Aphasia: Evidence of Altered Automatic Spreading Activation

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    Silkes, JoAnn P.; Rogers, Margaret A.

    2012-01-01

    Purpose: Previous research has suggested that impairments of automatic spreading activation may underlie some aphasic language deficits. The current study further investigated the status of automatic spreading activation in individuals with aphasia as compared with typical adults. Method: Participants were 21 individuals with aphasia (12 fluent, 9…

  3. The Masked Semantic Priming Effect Is Task Dependent: Reconsidering the Automatic Spreading Activation Process

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    de Wit, Bianca; Kinoshita, Sachiko

    2015-01-01

    Semantic priming effects are popularly explained in terms of an automatic spreading activation process, according to which the activation of a node in a semantic network spreads automatically to interconnected nodes, preactivating a semantically related word. It is expected from this account that semantic priming effects should be routinely…

  4. Masked Priming Effects in Aphasia: Evidence of Altered Automatic Spreading Activation

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    Silkes, JoAnn P.; Rogers, Margaret A.

    2012-01-01

    Purpose: Previous research has suggested that impairments of automatic spreading activation may underlie some aphasic language deficits. The current study further investigated the status of automatic spreading activation in individuals with aphasia as compared with typical adults. Method: Participants were 21 individuals with aphasia (12 fluent, 9…

  5. The Masked Semantic Priming Effect Is Task Dependent: Reconsidering the Automatic Spreading Activation Process

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    de Wit, Bianca; Kinoshita, Sachiko

    2015-01-01

    Semantic priming effects are popularly explained in terms of an automatic spreading activation process, according to which the activation of a node in a semantic network spreads automatically to interconnected nodes, preactivating a semantically related word. It is expected from this account that semantic priming effects should be routinely…

  6. Mantle plume capture, anchoring and outflow during ridge interaction

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    Gibson, S. A.; Richards, M. A.; Geist, D.

    2015-12-01

    Geochemical and geophysical studies have shown that >40% of the world's mantle plumes are currently interacting with the global ridge system and such interactions may continue for up to 180 Myr[1]. At sites of plume-ridge interaction up to 1400 km of the spreading centre is influenced by dispersed plume material but there are few constraints on how and where the ridge-ward transfer of deep-sourced material occurs, and also how it is sustained over long time intervals. Galápagos is an archetypal example of an off-axis plume and sheds important light on these mechanisms. The Galápagos plume stem is located ~200 km south of the spreading axis and its head influences 1000 km of the ridge. Nevertheless, the site of enriched basalts, greatest crustal thickness and elevated topography on the ridge, together with active volcanism in the archipelago, correlate with a narrow zone (~150 km) of low-velocity, high-temperature mantle that connects the plume stem and ridge at depths of ~100 km[2]. The enriched ridge basalts contain a greater amount of partially-dehydrated, recycled oceanic crust than basalts elsewhere on the spreading axis, or indeed basalts erupted in the region between the plume stem and ridge. The presence of these relatively volatile-rich ridge basalts requires flow of plume material below the peridotite solidus (i.e.>80 km). We propose a 2-stage model for the development and sustainment of a confined zone of deep ridge-ward plume flow. This involves initial on-axis capture and establishment of a sub-ridge channel of plume flow. Subsequent anchoring of the plume stem to a contact point on the ridge during axis migration results in confined ridge-ward flow of plume material via a deep network of melt channels embedded in the normal spreading and advection of the plume head[2]. Importantly, sub-ridge flow is maintained. The physical parameters and styles of mantle flow we have defined for Galápagos are less-well known at other sites of plume-ridge

  7. 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.

  8. Numerical modelling of non-transform discontinuity geometry: Implications for ridge structure, volcano-tectonic fabric development and hydrothermal activity at segment ends

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    Tyler, Stephen; Bull, Jonathan M.; Parson, Lindsay M.; Tuckwell, George W.

    2007-05-01

    Ocean ridge discontinuities partition and offset spreading centres at a range of scales. Large scale discontinuities (10's-100's km) are synonymous with first-order transform faults, which have well defined linear fault zone valleys. In contrast, Non-Transform Discontinuities (NTDs) are diffuse, smaller scale offsets (0 to < 20 km), characterised by central basins or topographic highs. The geometry of NTD offsets can be categorised by the sense of offset, either right-stepping or left-stepping, and by the relative positions of the segment tips. The segment tip configurations include under-lapping, over-lapping or simple across-axis jumps or stepping in the ridge axis. In this study finite difference software is used to model segment geometry at a slow-spreading ridge under a normal tensile-stress within a homogeneous and isotropic medium. Along- and across-axis segment separations were varied incrementally for left- and right-stepping senses. The results show that the ratio of along-axis to across-axis segment tip separation is a dominant control of stress field rotation within an NTD. Features which most clearly show rotation within an NTD include basins and tectonically controlled constructional ridges. The obliquity of these features along with measurements of the surrounding fault fabrics are used as a way of observing and determining stress rotations within NTDs along the Central Indian Ridge (CIR). These rotations were used to obtain segment geometries from models where the central tensor showed an equivalent rotation. The results show that geometry has a profound effect on stress field rotation under which large- and small-scale volcano-tectonic fabrics form. In addition, a shortfall of the predicted model tip relative to interpreted positions, along with morphology and observation of the ridge fabrics at the terminations to some segments, suggests the existence of a zone, broadly analogous to the process zone observed in fracture mechanics, which we call a

  9. Neotectonic activity on continental fragments in the Southwest Indian Ocean: Agulhas Plateau and Mozambique Ridge

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    Ben-Avraham, Z.; Hartnady, C. J. H.; Le Roex, A. P.

    1995-04-01

    The Agulhas Plateau and Mozambique Ridge are composed in part of continental fragments embedded within oceanic crust of the southwest Indian Ocean. Recent studies of the plateaus and their vicinity have discovered significant evidence for neotectonic activity. In both areas, newly obtained seismic reflection profiles indicate possibly young basaltic intrusions in the northern, oceanic parts of the plateaus. Small rock fragments recovered from the southern Mozambique Ridge comprise metamorphic and volcanic lithologies. The volcanic rocks are made of extremely fresh quenched glasses. Although no radiometric dates are available for the volcanic glasses, their lack of any significant alteration suggests that eruption took place in the last few tens of thousands of years, supporting the seismic reflection evidence for magmatic activity in this region. The active crustal stretching and tensional stresses implied by this relatively recent tectonism probably cannot be generated by distantly applied plate-driving torques, such as ridge push, but appear to require bouyancy-related forces originating in the underlying upper mantle.

  10. Measurement of ridge-spreading movements (Sackungen) at Bald Eagle Mountain, Lake County, Colorado, II : continuation of the 1975-1989 measurements using a Global Positioning System in 1997 and 1999

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    Varnes, David J.; Coe, J.A.; Godt, J.W.; Savage, W.Z.; Savage, J.E.

    2000-01-01

    Measurements of ridge-spreading movements at Bald Eagle Mountain in north-central Colorado were reported in USGS Open-File Report 90-543 for the years 1975-1989. Measurements were renewed in 1997 and 1999 using the Global Positioning System (GPS). Movements are generally away from a ridge-top graben and appear to be concentrated along 3 or 4 trenches with uphill facing scarps that are parallel with slope contours. A point just below the lowest trench has moved the most? a total of 8.3 cm horizontally and slightly downward from 1977 to 1999 relative to an assumed stable point on the periphery of the graben. Movements from 1997 to 1999 are less than 1 cm or within the error of measurement.

  11. East Pacific Rise at lat 19°S: Evidence for a recent ridge jump

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    Morton, Janet L.; Ballard, Robert D.

    1986-02-01

    A detailed ANGUS (Acoustically Navigated Geological Undersea Surveyor) photographic and bathymetric survey of the East Pacific Rise (EPR) near lat 19°S reveals a small jump of the ridge axis to the west. The axial block in this region consists of two parallel ridges 3 km apart and separated by a 200-m-deep valley. South of lat 19°06‧S the plate boundary is a single, narrow (<1 km) ridge. The eastern ridge near lat 19°S is shallower than the western ridge and is morphologically a continuation of the narrow, active ridge axis to the south. ANGUS photographs along both ridges and in the intervening valley, however, show that the western ridge is the currently active plate boundary. We suggest that spreading shifted westward from the eastern ridge to its present position within the past 40 000 yr. The EPR in the general region has been characterized by asymmetric spreading for the past 2.4 m.y. The sense of the ridge jump near lat 19°S is consistent with the asymmetric spreading, which could have been produced by a series of such jumps.

  12. The p-wave upper mantle structure beneath an active spreading centre - The Gulf of California

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    Walck, M. C.

    1984-01-01

    Over 1400 seismograms of earthquakes in Mexico are analyzed and data sets for the travel time, apparent phase velocity, and relative amplitude information are utilized to produce a tightly constrained, detailed model for depths to 900 km beneath an active oceanic ridge region, the Gulf of California. The data are combined by first inverting the travel times, perturbing that model to fit the p-delta data, and then performing trial and error synthetic seismogram modelling to fit the short-period waveforms. The final model satisfies all three data sets. The ridge model is similar to existing upper mantle models for shield, tectonic-continental, and arc-trench regimes below 400 km, but differs significantly in the upper 350 km. Ridge model velocities are very low in this depth range; the model 'catches up' with the others with a very large velocity gradient from 225 to 390 km.

  13. Evidence of explosive seafloor volcanic activity from the Walvis Ridge, South Atlantic Ocean

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    Haxel, J. H.; Dziak, R. P.

    2005-07-01

    Hydrophones moored in the North Atlantic Ocean recorded a sequence of explosive, volcano-acoustic signals originated at the Walvis Ridge in the South Atlantic Ocean. 365 explosive signals were detected from the Walvis Ridge beginning 24 November 2001 continuing through March 2002. The largest swarm began on 19 December at 2329 GMT, and lasted 1.25 hrs producing 32 locatable events. Swarm locations are centered on the northern flank of an unnamed seamount (-32.96°S -5.22°W), northwest of Wüst Seamount. These signals are interpreted as volcanogenic explosions due to similarities with acoustic signals recorded from a confirmed submarine eruption in the Caribbean in 2001 (Kick'em Jenny volcano). The observations presented suggest recent magmatic activity along the Walvis Ridge may be unrelated to the Tristan da Cunha mantle plume. Furthermore, these events lend support for an extensional fracture-zone model resulting in the recurrence of volcanic activity along older segments of large-scale sea floor lineaments.

  14. Evidence for deep pooling of low degree melts from volatile, major, and trace element chemistry of olivine-hosted melt inclusions and glasses from the ultra-slow spreading Gakkel Ridge

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    Shaw, A. M.; Behn, M. D.; Humphris, S. E.; Reves-Sohn, R. A.; Gregg, P. M.

    2009-12-01

    We present new analyses of volatiles and major elements for a suite of glasses and melt inclusions from ~85°E on the ultra-slow spreading Gakkel Ridge. The major element and volatile compositions of the melt inclusions are more variable and consistently more primitive than the glass data. CO2 contents in the melt inclusions extend to higher values (167-1596 ppm) than in the co-existing glasses (187-227 ppm), indicating that the melt inclusions were trapped at greater depths. Based on a vapor saturation model, we estimate that the melt inclusions were trapped between seafloor depths (~4 km) and ~9 km below seafloor, as compared to the glasses, which are all in equilibrium with their eruption depths. Melting conditions inferred from thermobarometry suggest relatively deep (25-40 km), cold (1240°-1325°C) melting conditions, consistent with the calculated thermal structure for the ultra-slow spreading Gakkel Ridge. The water contents and trace element compositions of the melt inclusions and glasses are remarkably homogeneous, an unexpected result for ultra-slow spreading environments where wide geochemical diversity is anticipated. Moreover, all melts can be described by a single liquid line of descent originating from a pooled melt composition that is consistent with the aggregate melt calculated from a thermal model for the Gakkel Ridge. These data suggest a model in which deep, low degree melts are efficiently pooled near the top of the melting column (9-20 km depth), after which crystallization commences and continues during ascent and eruption of the magma. Based on this melting model and the assumption that CO2 is perfectly incompatible, we show that the highest CO2 concentrations of the melt inclusions (~1600 ppm) are consistent with calculated CO2 concentrations of primary undegassed melts and yield a MORB source mantle CO2 content of ~90 ppm. This value is slightly lower than that inferred from the highest measured CO2/Nb ratio of Gakkel Ridge melt

  15. Rumor spreading model considering the activity of spreaders in the homogeneous network

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    Huo, Liang'an; Wang, Li; Song, Naixiang; Ma, Chenyang; He, Bing

    2017-02-01

    There are some similarities between the rumor spreading and the infectious disease transmission. In this paper, we investigate rumor spreading dynamics with the activity of spreaders based on compartment model in the homogeneous network. Different from previous studies, each spreader individual in network rotates between high active and low active state according to certain probabilities. We introduce a dynamic model for the rumor spreading called I2SR, in which we consider the activity of nodes and divide spreaders into spreaders with the high rate of active state and the low rate of active spreaders. Then, the locally asymptotic stability of equilibrium is established by using Routh-Hurwitz criteria. The global stability of internal equilibrium of model is proved based on Lasalle's invariance principle. Finally, numerical simulations are carried to illustrate the impact of different parameters on the rumor spreading.

  16. Impact of Non-Poissonian Activity Patterns on Spreading Processes

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    Vazquez, Alexei; Rácz, Balázs; Lukács, András; Barabási, Albert-László

    2007-04-01

    Halting a computer or biological virus outbreak requires a detailed understanding of the timing of the interactions between susceptible and infected individuals. While current spreading models assume that users interact uniformly in time, following a Poisson process, a series of recent measurements indicates that the intercontact time distribution is heavy tailed, corresponding to a temporally inhomogeneous bursty contact process. Here we show that the non-Poisson nature of the contact dynamics results in prevalence decay times significantly larger than predicted by the standard Poisson process based models. Our predictions are in agreement with the detailed time resolved prevalence data of computer viruses, which, according to virus bulletins, show a decay time close to a year, in contrast with the 1 day decay predicted by the standard Poisson process based models.

  17. Divergent Ridge Features on the Juan de Fuca and Gorda Ridges

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    Eaton, M. E.; Sautter, L.; Steele, M.

    2014-12-01

    Multibeam data collected using a Kongsberg EM122 sonar system on the NOAA ship R/V Marcus G. Langseth led by chief scientist Douglas Toomey (University of Oregon) in 2009 and with a Simrad EM302 sonar system on two NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer cruises led by chief scientists James Gardner (University of New Hampshire) and Catalina Martinez (University of Rhode Island) in 2009 show the morphology of the Juan de Fuca and Gorda Ridges, as well as the Blanco and Mendocino Fracture Zones. These ridges and fracture zones comprise the divergent plate boundary of the eastern edge of the Pacific Plate and the western edges of the Juan de Fuca and Gorda Plates. Both plates are being subducted beneath the western edge of the North American Plate. CARIS HIPS 8.1 software was used to process the multibeam data and create bathymetric images. The ridge axes, located off the coast of Washington and Oregon (USA) adjacent to the Cascadia Basin, indicate obvious signs of spreading, due to the series of faults and rocky ridges aligned parallel to the plate boundaries. Fault and ridge orientations are used to compare the direction of seafloor spreading, and indicate that both the Juan de Fuca Plate and Gorda Plate are spreading in a southeastern direction. Younger ridges from the Gorda Ridge system mapped in the study run parallel to the boundary, however older ridges do not show the same orientation, indicating a change in spreading direction. The presence of hydrothermal vents along the Juan de Fuca Ridge is also evidence of the active boundary, as the vent chimneys are composed of minerals and metals precipitated from the hot water heated by magma from beneath the spreading seafloor. In this study, the data are used to compare and contrast earthquake seismicity and ridge morphologies at a depth range of approximately 762 to 2134 meters. The diverging Pacific, Juan de Fuca, and Gorda Plates along with the San Andreas Fault have potential to increase seismic and volcanic activity around

  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. SAN-RL: combining spreading activation networks and reinforcement learning to learn configurable behaviors

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    White, J.; Gaines, D. M.; Wilkes, M.; Kusumalnukool, K.; Thongchai, S.; Kawamura, K.

    2001-01-01

    This approach provides the agent with a causal structure, the spreading activation network, relating goals to the actions that can achieve those goals. This enables the agent to select actions relative to the goal priorities.

  20. Mid-ocean ridge basalt generation along the slow-spreading, South Mid-Atlantic Ridge (5-11°S): Inferences from 238U-230Th-226Ra disequilibria

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    Turner, Simon; Kokfelt, Thomas; Hauff, Folkmar; Haase, Karsten; Lundstrom, Craig; Hoernle, Kaj; Yeo, Isobel; Devey, Colin

    2015-11-01

    U-series disequilibria have provided important constraints on the physical processes of partial melting that produce basaltic magma beneath mid-ocean ridges. Here we present the first 238U-230Th-226Ra isotope data for a suite of 83 basalts sampled between 5°S and 11°S along the South Mid-Atlantic Ridge. This section of the ridge can be divided into 5 segments (A0-A4) and the depths to the ridge axis span much of the global range, varying from 1429 to 4514 m. Previous work has also demonstrated that strong trace element and radiogenic isotope heterogeneity existed in the source regions of these basalts. Accordingly, this area provides an ideal location in which to investigate the effects of both inferred melt column length and recycled materials. 226Ra-230Th disequilibria indicate that the majority of the basalts are less than a few millennia old such that their 230Th values do not require any age correction. The U-Th isotope data span a significant range from secular equilibrium up to 32% 230Th excess, also similar to the global range, and vary from segment to segment. However, the (230Th/238U) ratios are not negatively correlated with axial depth and the samples with the largest 230Th excesses come from the deepest ridge segment (A1). Two sub-parallel and positively sloped arrays (for segments A0-2 and A3 and A4) between (230Th/238U) and Th/U ratios can be modelled in various ways as mixing between melts from peridotite and recycled mafic lithologies. Despite abundant evidence for source heterogeneity, there is no simple correlation between (230Th/238U) and radiogenic isotope ratios suggesting that at least some of the trace element and radiogenic isotope variability may have been imparted to the source regions >350 kyr prior to partial melting to produce the basalts. In our preferred model, the two (230Th/238U) versus Th/U arrays can be explained by mixing of melts from one or more recycled mafic lithologies with melts derived from chemically heterogeneous

  1. 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.

  2. Flow and hydrography at a hydrothermally-active axial valley in the northern Juan de Fuca Ridge.

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    Garcia Berdeal, I.; Hautala, S. L.

    2006-12-01

    High-resolution transects of flow and hydrography over a 3-km hydrothermally-active portion of Endeavour Segment (Juan de Fuca Ridge) are presented. The measurements span the bottom 300 m, including the 100- m deep axial valley. The hydrographic sections reveal background gradients in temperature, salinity and density with colder, saltier, and denser water to the south and east of the axial valley. Coincident with the along-valley density gradient is a bottom-intensified, northward along-valley current. The vertical shear of this current scales with the thermal wind shear derived from the cross-valley density gradient, and the flow is aligned with the baroclinic pressure gradient associated with the along-valley density gradient. Both the density gradient and along-valley flow are observed in repeated sections taken at different times. In order to maintain a steady state momentum balance necessary for the persistence of the along-valley current on long timescales, the baroclinic pressure gradient force could be balanced by vertical friction or advection of momentum, or lateral friction along the valley sidewalls. Hydrothermal plumes in their rising, laterally spreading, and equilibrated stages are also observed in the sections. Rising plumes are evidenced by density inversions, convergent flow surrounding their cores, and cyclonic vorticity of magnitude 10 times the Coriolis parameter. From the limited number of rising plumes that were detected in the towyo surveys over each vent field, it appears that plume salinity and buoyancy anomalies vary from north to south, as plumes over the northern High Rise field are fresher and more buoyant than those over the Main Endeavour field to the south. Considerable temporal and spatial variability in the maximum vertical extent of the plumes is evident in repeated sections, and is likely caused by tidal advection and the inherent intermittency of the plumes themselves. Near the level of neutral buoyancy, thin layers of

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Geochemistry of pyrite and chalcopyrite from an active black smoker in 49.6°E Southwest Indian Ridge

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    Yuan, Bo; Yang, Yaomin; Yu, Hongjun; Zhao, Yuexia; Ding, Qingfeng; Yang, Jichao; Tang, Xin

    2017-06-01

    Active hydrothermal chimneys, as the product of submarine hydrothermal activity, can be used to determine the fluid evolution and formation process of potential volcanic-hosted massive sulfide deposits. A hard-won specimen from an active hydrothermal chimney was collected in the 49.6°E ultraslow-spreading Southwest Indian Ridge (SWIR) field through a television-guided grab. A geochemical study of prominent sulfide (e.g., pyrite and chalcopyrite) included in this sample was performed using laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy. The early sulfides produced at low temperature are of disseminated fine-grained anhedral morphology, whereas the late ones with massive, coarse euhedral features precipitated in a high-temperature setting. The systematic variations in the contents of minor and trace elements are apparently related to the crystallization sequence, as well as to texture. Micro-disseminated anhedral sulfides rich in Pb, As, Ni, Ba, Mn, Mo, U, and V were formed during the initial chimney wall growth, whereas those rich in Sn, Se, and Co with massive, coarse euhedral morphology were formed within the late metallogenic stage. The hydrothermal fluid composition has experienced a great change during the chimney growth. Such a conclusion is consistent with that indicated by using principal component analysis, which is a powerful statistical analysis method widely used to project multidimensional datasets (e.g., element contents in different mineral phases) into a few directions. This distribution pattern points to crystallographic controls on minor and trace element uptake during chimney growth, occurring with concomitant variations in the fluid composition evolutionary history. In this pyrite-chalcopyrite-bearing active hydrothermal chimney at the SWIR, the metal concentration and precipitation of sulfides largely occurred at the seafloor as a result of mixing between the upwelling hot hydrothermal fluid and cold seawater. Over the course of

  6. Nitric oxide increases susceptibility of toll-like receptor-activated macrophages to spreading Listeria monocytogenes

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    Cole, Caroline; Thomas, Stacey; Filak, Holly; Henson, Peter M.; Lenz, Laurel L.

    2012-01-01

    SUMMARY Toll-like receptor (TLR) stimulation activates macrophages to resist intracellular pathogens. Yet, the intracellular bacterium Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) causes lethal infections in spite of innate immune cell activation. Lm uses direct cell-cell spread to disseminate within its host. Here, we have shown that TLR-activated macrophages killed cell-free Lm but failed to prevent infection by spreading Lm. Instead, TLR signals increased the efficiency of Lm spread from “donor” to “recipient” macrophages. This enhancement required nitric oxide (NO) production by nitric oxide synthase-2 (NOS2). NO increased Lm escape from secondary vacuoles in recipient cells and delayed maturation of phagosomes containing membrane-like particles that mimic Lm-containing pseudopods. NO also promoted Lm spread during systemic in vivo infection, as inhibition of NOS2 with 1400W reduced spread-dependent Lm burdens in mouse livers. These findings reveal a mechanism by which pathogens capable of cell-cell spread can avoid the consequences of innate immune cell activation by TLR stimuli. PMID:22542147

  7. Spread of activation and deactivation in the brain: does age matter?

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    Gordon, Brian A; Tse, Chun-Yu; Gratton, Gabriele; Fabiani, Monica

    2014-01-01

    Cross-sectional aging functional MRI results are sometimes difficult to interpret, as standard measures of activation and deactivation may confound variations in signal amplitude and spread, which however, may be differentially affected by age-related changes in various anatomical and physiological factors. To disentangle these two types of measures, here we propose a novel method to obtain independent estimates of the peak amplitude and spread of the BOLD signal in areas activated (task-positive) and deactivated (task-negative) by a Sternberg task, in 14 younger and 28 older adults. The peak measures indicated that, compared to younger adults, older adults had increased activation of the task-positive network, but similar levels of deactivation in the task-negative network. Measures of signal spread revealed that older adults had an increased spread of activation in task-positive areas, but a starkly reduced spread of deactivation in task-negative areas. These effects were consistent across regions within each network. Further, there was greater variability in the anatomical localization of peak points in older adults, leading to reduced cross-subject overlap. These results reveal factors that may confound the interpretation of studies of aging. Additionally, spread measures may be linked to local connectivity phenomena and could be particularly useful to analyze age-related deactivation patterns, complementing the results obtained with standard peak and region of interest analyses.

  8. Spread of activation and deactivation in the brain: does age matter?

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    Gordon, Brian A.; Tse, Chun-Yu; Gratton, Gabriele; Fabiani, Monica

    2014-01-01

    Cross-sectional aging functional MRI results are sometimes difficult to interpret, as standard measures of activation and deactivation may confound variations in signal amplitude and spread, which however, may be differentially affected by age-related changes in various anatomical and physiological factors. To disentangle these two types of measures, here we propose a novel method to obtain independent estimates of the peak amplitude and spread of the BOLD signal in areas activated (task-positive) and deactivated (task-negative) by a Sternberg task, in 14 younger and 28 older adults. The peak measures indicated that, compared to younger adults, older adults had increased activation of the task-positive network, but similar levels of deactivation in the task-negative network. Measures of signal spread revealed that older adults had an increased spread of activation in task-positive areas, but a starkly reduced spread of deactivation in task-negative areas. These effects were consistent across regions within each network. Further, there was greater variability in the anatomical localization of peak points in older adults, leading to reduced cross-subject overlap. These results reveal factors that may confound the interpretation of studies of aging. Additionally, spread measures may be linked to local connectivity phenomena and could be particularly useful to analyze age-related deactivation patterns, complementing the results obtained with standard peak and region of interest analyses. PMID:25360115

  9. Fine-Scale Volcano-Tectonic Patterns Along the Hotspot and Non-Hotspot Influenced Fastest Spreading Parts of the East Pacific Rise, and Their Relation to Hydrothermal Activity

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    Hey, R.; Baker, E.; Lupton, J.; Kleinrock, M.; Martinez, F.; Naar, D.; Bohnenstiehl, D.; Pardee, D.; Massoth, G.; Rodrigo, C.; Gegg, S.; Reed, T.; Andersson, A.

    2001-12-01

    A broad Easter mantle plume appears to be having a major long-term effect on the evolution of the giant duelling propagator system between the Easter and Juan Fernandez microplates. It is driving long-term propagation of the West ridge of this system toward the south, although there are occasional episodes of duelling propagation of the East ridge towards the north. The West ridge segment nearest the hotspot is the most highly inflated segment and contains several intense hydrothermal vent areas, although the East ridge segment farthest from the hotspot has a higher percentage of axis with active hydrothermal activity. DSL-120 sidescan sonar and bathymetry data collected along the EPR segment axes between the Easter and Juan Fernandez microplates have been compiled into a Quicktime movie. This presentation method provides a fast overview of an immense amount of data, and facilitates comparisons between the hotspot influenced and non-hotspot influenced segments, as well as correlations between the structural data and hydrothermal patterns, with implications for hydrothermal prospecting along mid-ocean ridges. For example, in addition to strong correlations with axial inflation and spreading rate, hydrothermal activity frequently correlates with areas of recent voluminous low-backscatter flows pouring out of axial fissures. Hydrothermal activity shows good correlation with presence of axial summit collapse structures, but not with the presence of an axial summit graben (sensu strictu). Although on a million year timescale the hotspot influence on the West ridge has a dominant effect on the tectonic evolution of this area, on the shorter timescales governing hydrothermal activity the hotspot influence is much less important than individual magmatic inflation events along individual ridge segments.

  10. Geophysical Characteristics of the Australian-Antarctic Ridge

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    Kim, S. S.; Lin, J.; Park, S. H.; Choi, H.; Lee, S. M.

    2014-12-01

    Between 2011 and 2013, the Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI) conducted three consecutive geologic surveys at the little explored eastern ends of the Australian-Antarctic Ridge (AAR) to characterize the tectonics, geochemistry, and hydrothermal activity of this intermediate spreading system. Using the Korean icebreaker R/V Araon, the multi-disciplinary research team collected bathymetry, gravity, magnetics, and rock and water column samples. In addition, Miniature Autonomous Plume Recorders (MAPRs) were deployed at wax-core rock sampling sites to detect the presence of active hydrothermal vents. Here we present a detailed analysis of a 300-km-long supersegment of the AAR to quantify the spatial variations in ridge morphology and robust axial and off-axis volcanisms. The ridge axis morphology alternates between rift valleys and axial highs within relatively short ridge segments. To obtain a geological proxy for regional variations in magma supply, we calculated residual mantle Bouguer gravity anomalies (RMBA), gravity-derived crustal thickness, and residual topography for seven sub-segments. The results of the analyses revealed that the southern flank of the AAR is associated with shallower seafloor, more negative RMBA, thicker crust, and/or less dense mantle than the conjugate northern flank. Furthermore, this north-south asymmetry becomes more prominent toward the KR1 supersegment of the AAR. The axial topography of the KR1 supersegment exhibits a sharp transition from axial highs at the western end to rift valleys at the eastern end, with regions of axial highs being associated with more magma supply as indicated by more negative RMBA. We also compare and contrast the characteristics of the AAR supersegment with that of other ridges of intermediate spreading rates, including the Juan de Fuca Ridge, Galápagos Spreading Center, and Southeast Indian Ridge west of the Australian-Antarctic Discordance, to investigate the influence of ridge-hotspot interaction on

  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. Hybrid spreading mechanisms and T cell activation shape the dynamics of HIV-1 infection.

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    Zhang, Changwang; Zhou, Shi; Groppelli, Elisabetta; Pellegrino, Pierre; Williams, Ian; Borrow, Persephone; Chain, Benjamin M; Jolly, Clare

    2015-04-01

    HIV-1 can disseminate between susceptible cells by two mechanisms: cell-free infection following fluid-phase diffusion of virions and by highly-efficient direct cell-to-cell transmission at immune cell contacts. The contribution of this hybrid spreading mechanism, which is also a characteristic of some important computer worm outbreaks, to HIV-1 progression in vivo remains unknown. Here we present a new mathematical model that explicitly incorporates the ability of HIV-1 to use hybrid spreading mechanisms and evaluate the consequences for HIV-1 pathogenenesis. The model captures the major phases of the HIV-1 infection course of a cohort of treatment naive patients and also accurately predicts the results of the Short Pulse Anti-Retroviral Therapy at Seroconversion (SPARTAC) trial. Using this model we find that hybrid spreading is critical to seed and establish infection, and that cell-to-cell spread and increased CD4+ T cell activation are important for HIV-1 progression. Notably, the model predicts that cell-to-cell spread becomes increasingly effective as infection progresses and thus may present a considerable treatment barrier. Deriving predictions of various treatments' influence on HIV-1 progression highlights the importance of earlier intervention and suggests that treatments effectively targeting cell-to-cell HIV-1 spread can delay progression to AIDS. This study suggests that hybrid spreading is a fundamental feature of HIV infection, and provides the mathematical framework incorporating this feature with which to evaluate future therapeutic strategies.

  14. Hybrid Spreading Mechanisms and T Cell Activation Shape the Dynamics of HIV-1 Infection

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    Zhang, Changwang; Zhou, Shi; Groppelli, Elisabetta; Pellegrino, Pierre; Williams, Ian; Borrow, Persephone; Chain, Benjamin M.; Jolly, Clare

    2015-01-01

    HIV-1 can disseminate between susceptible cells by two mechanisms: cell-free infection following fluid-phase diffusion of virions and by highly-efficient direct cell-to-cell transmission at immune cell contacts. The contribution of this hybrid spreading mechanism, which is also a characteristic of some important computer worm outbreaks, to HIV-1 progression in vivo remains unknown. Here we present a new mathematical model that explicitly incorporates the ability of HIV-1 to use hybrid spreading mechanisms and evaluate the consequences for HIV-1 pathogenenesis. The model captures the major phases of the HIV-1 infection course of a cohort of treatment naive patients and also accurately predicts the results of the Short Pulse Anti-Retroviral Therapy at Seroconversion (SPARTAC) trial. Using this model we find that hybrid spreading is critical to seed and establish infection, and that cell-to-cell spread and increased CD4+ T cell activation are important for HIV-1 progression. Notably, the model predicts that cell-to-cell spread becomes increasingly effective as infection progresses and thus may present a considerable treatment barrier. Deriving predictions of various treatments’ influence on HIV-1 progression highlights the importance of earlier intervention and suggests that treatments effectively targeting cell-to-cell HIV-1 spread can delay progression to AIDS. This study suggests that hybrid spreading is a fundamental feature of HIV infection, and provides the mathematical framework incorporating this feature with which to evaluate future therapeutic strategies. PMID:25837979

  15. ARCO moves to spark U. S. activity, spread risk

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    Petzet, G.A.

    1992-07-13

    This paper reports that one US major oil company has taken the offensive to combat tightness of drilling capital in the US and the overseas flight of interest in elephant hunting. ARCO Oil and Gas Co., with substantial acreage and seismic data covering most of the US Lower 48 states, s communicating with a broad audience to try to make activity happen on its properties. ARCO is looking to bring others in on its prospects, hawk seismic data, and take deals from others. On some acreage that internal funds are not available to evaluate, ARCO was offering 100% farmounts.

  16. 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.

  17. Influence of emotional valence and arousal on the spread of activation in memory.

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    Jhean-Larose, Sandra; Leveau, Nicolas; Denhière, Guy

    2014-11-01

    Controversy still persists on whether emotional valence and arousal influence cognitive activities. Our study sought to compare how these two factors foster the spread of activation within the semantic network. In a lexical decision task, prime words were varied depending on the valence (pleasant or unpleasant) or on the level of emotional arousal (high or low). Target words were carefully selected to avoid semantic priming effects, as well as to avoid arousing specific emotions (neutral). Three SOA durations (220, 420 and 720 ms) were applied across three independent groups. Results indicate that at 220 ms, the effect of arousal is significantly higher than the effect of valence in facilitating spreading activation while at 420 ms, the effect of valence is significantly higher than the effect of arousal in facilitating spreading activation. These findings suggest that affect is a sequential process involving the successive intervention of arousal and valence.

  18. RESEARCH NOTE: Slow-ridge/hotspot interactions from global gravity, seismic tomography and 87Sr/86Sr isotope data

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    Goslin, Jean; Thirot, Jean-Louis; Noël, Olivier; Francheteau, Jean

    1998-11-01

    Among the mantle hotspots present under oceanic areas, a large number are located on-or close to-active oceanic ridges. This is especially true in the slow-spreading Atlantic and Indian oceans. The recent availability of worldwide gravity grids and the increasing coverage of geochemical data sets along active spreading centres allow a fruitful comparison of these data with global geoid and seismic tomography models, and allow one to study interactions between mantle plumes and active slow-spreading ridges. The observed correlations allow us to draw preliminary conclusions on the general links between surficial processes, which shape the detailed morphology of the ridge axes, and deeper processes, active in the upper mantle below the ridge axial domains as a whole. The interactions are first studied at the scale of the Atlantic (the Mid-Atlantic Ridge from Iceland to Bouvet Island) from the correlation between the zero-age free-air gravity anomaly, which reflects the zero-age depth of the ridge axis, and Sr isotopic ratios of ridge axis basalts. The study is then extended to a more global scale (the slow ridges from Iceland to the Gulf of Aden) by including geoid and upper-mantle tomography models. The interactions appear complex, ranging from the effect of large and very productive plumes, almost totally overprinting the long-wavelength segmentation pattern of the ridge, to that of weaker hotspots, barely marking some of the observables in the ridge axial domain. Intermediate cases are observed, in which hotspots of medium activity (or whose activity has gradually decreased) located at some distance from the ridge axis produce geophysical or geochemical signals whose variation along the axis can be correlated with the geometry of the plume head in the upper mantle. Such observations tend to preclude the use of a single hotspot/ridge interaction model and stress the need for additional observations in various plume/ridge configurations.

  19. 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)

  20. SAPIENS: Spreading Activation Processor for Information Encoded in Network Structures. Technical Report No. 296.

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    Ortony, Andrew; Radin, Dean I.

    The product of researchers' efforts to develop a computer processor which distinguishes between relevant and irrelevant information in the database, Spreading Activation Processor for Information Encoded in Network Structures (SAPIENS) exhibits (1) context sensitivity, (2) efficiency, (3) decreasing activation over time, (4) summation of…

  1. Epidemic spreading of interacting diseases with activity of nodes reshapes the critical threshold

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    Fan, Chongjun; Jin, Yang; Huo, Liang-An; Liu, Chen; Yang, Yunpeng

    In this paper, based on susceptible-infected-susceptible (SIS) scheme, we introduce a framework that allows us to describe the spreading dynamics of two interacting diseases with active nodes. Different from previous studies, the two different diseases, propagating concurrently on the same population, can interact with each other by modifying their transmission rates. Meanwhile, according to certain probabilities, each node on the complex networks rotates between active state and inactive state. Based on heterogeneous mean-field approach, we analyze the epidemic thresholds of the two diseases and compute the temporal evolution characterizing the spreading dynamics. In addition, we validate these theoretical predictions by numerical simulations with phase diagrams. Results show that the secondary thresholds for the two opposite scenarios (mutual enhancement scenario and mutual impairment scenario) are different. We also find that the value of critical threshold and the final size of spreading dynamics are reduced as the node activity rate decreases.

  2. [Clinical study on primary osteoporosis treated with spreading moxibustion for warming yang and activating blood circulation].

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    Yang, Kun; Cai, Sheng-Chao; Zhu, Cai-Feng; Fei, Ai-Hua; Qin, Xiao-Feng; Xia, Jian-Guo

    2014-06-01

    To observe the efficacy on primary osteoporosis treated with spreading moxibustion for warming yang and activating blood circulation so as to provide the effective clinical therapeutic methods for osteoporosis. Sixty cases of primary osteoporosis were randomized into a spreading moxibustion group (30 cases) and a calcium tablet group (30 cases). In the calcium tablet group, caltrate was prescribed for oral administration, 600 mg per day. In the spreading moxibustion group, on the basis of the treatment as the calcium tablet group, the spreading moxibustion was applied at Dazhui (GV 14) to Yaoshu (GV 2) for warming yang and activating blood circulation. The duration of treatment was 12 weeks. Visual analogue scale (VAS) score, TCM clinical symptom score and bone mineral density (BMD) were observed and compared before and after treatment in the patients between the two groups. VAS scores were reduced apparently after treatment in the two groups (both P < 0.01) and the results in the spreading moxibustion group were obviously superior to that in the calcium tablet group (2.36 +/- 0.43 vs 4.52 +/- 0.35, P < 0.01). BMD were all increased in the two groups (P < 0.05, P < 0.01) and the results in the spreading moxibustion group were superior to those in the calcium tablet group (both P < 0.05). The total clinical effective rate was 86.67% (26/30) in the spreading moxibustion group, apparently better than 63.33% (19/30) in the calcium tablet group (P < 0.05). TCM clinical symptom scores after treatment were all reduced apparently in the two groups (both P < 0.01), and the result in the spreading moxibustion group was obviously superior to that in the calcium tablet group (4.72 +/- 1.90 vs 6.82 +/- 2.30, P < 0.01). The total effective rate of TCM symptoms was 93.33% (28/30) in the spreading moxibustion group, apparently better than 70.00% (21/30) in the calcium tablet group (P < 0.05). The combined therapy of spreading moxibustion for warming yang and activating blood

  3. 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?

  4. Effect of geomagnetic activity on equatorial radio VHF scintillations and spread F

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    Rastogi, R.G.; Mullen, J.P.; MacKenzie, E.

    1981-05-01

    The paper discusses the occurrence of scintillations of ATS 3 (137 MHz) beacons recorded at Huancayo on geomagnetically quiet and disturbed days during the years 1969--1976 and compared the results with the corresponding occurrence of range and frequency spread F at Huancayo. During the equinoctial months and the December solstical months the geomgnetic activity reduces the equatorial scintillations during premidnight hours but increases their occurrence during the postmidnight hours. These features are very similar to the effect of geomagnetic activity on the occurrence of the range type of equatorial spread F rather than on the occurrence of frequency spread, which decreases for any hour of the night during geomagnetic active periods. During the June solsticial months, the occurrence of both scintillations and spread F is very much reduced; however, both the phenomena are more frequent on disturbed than on quiet days for any of the hours of the night. These effects are consistently the same for any of the years within the solar cycle. It is suggested that the equatorial radio scintillations at 137 MHz during the nighttime are produced primarily by the occurrence of the range type of spread F. The geomagnetic effects are due to the modifications of the equatorial electric field by the geomagnetic disturbance and thereby affect the development of F region irregularities causing scintillations.

  5. Dynamic changes in Rap1 activity are required for cell retraction and spreading during mitosis.

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    Dao, Vi Thuy; Dupuy, Aurélien Guy; Gavet, Olivier; Caron, Emmanuelle; de Gunzburg, Jean

    2009-08-15

    At the onset of mitosis, most adherent cells undergo cell retraction characterised by the disassembly of focal adhesions and actin stress fibres. Mitosis takes place in rounded cells, and the two daughter cells spread again after cytokinesis. Because of the well-documented ability of the small GTPase Rap1 to stimulate integrin-dependent adhesion and spreading, we assessed its role during mitosis. We show that Rap1 activity is regulated during this process. Changes in Rap1 activity play an essential role in regulating cell retraction and spreading, respectively, before and after mitosis of HeLa cells. Indeed, endogenous Rap1 is inhibited at the onset of mitosis; conversely, constitutive activation of Rap1 inhibits the disassembly of premitotic focal adhesions and of the actin cytoskeleton, leading to delayed mitosis and to cytokinesis defects. Rap1 activity slowly increases after mitosis ends; inhibition of Rap1 activation by the ectopic expression of the dominant-negative Rap1[S17A] mutant prevents the rounded cells from spreading after mitosis. For the first time, we provide evidence for the direct regulation of adhesion processes during mitosis via the activity of the Rap1 GTPase.

  6. 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.

  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.

    2010-01-01

    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

  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

    2010-11-23

    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.

  9. Topographic Analysis of Europa's Ridges

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    Bader, C. E.; Kattenhorn, S. A.; Schenk, P. M.

    2008-12-01

    lower limit of 0.05 that corresponds to the widest ridge examined (4.05 km). Conversely, the upper limit of this ratio is 0.13, corresponding to the highest ridge examined (362 m). This raises the possibility that tall ridges modify their morphology through time through some form of gravitational collapse, thus decreasing the height, increasing the width, and decreasing the ridge slopes. The low slopes and overall low average height to total width ratios suggest predominantly time-dependent viscoplastic gravitational collapse. Variability between ridges may be related to the mechanisms driving ridge development (whether dilational, contractional, or shear heating), which are likely to influence the rate of ridge construction as well as the temperature (and hence rheology) of the icy material involved. We also observe a distinct upper limit of 0.58 for the ratio of average ridge height to PTP width, suggesting that once an active ridge exceeds a certain height, the ridge peaks begin to geomorphically migrate apart in order to maintain a limiting slope of the inner and outer flanks through gravitational collapse (whether it be granular flow or viscoplastic). Lower ratios of average ridge height to PTP width may indicate underdeveloped ridge heights but may also be a sign of dilation across a ridge, causing a tectonic increase in PTP width. Finally, variability in ratios of average height to total width along individual ridges indicates that some ridge pairs may have evolved differently along their lengths, an effect partially related to changes in ridge orientation along the observable length and associated variability in ridge kinematics.

  10. Masked Priming Effects in Aphasia: Evidence for Altered Automatic Spreading Activation

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    Silkes, JoAnn P.; Rogers, Margaret A.

    2015-01-01

    Purpose Previous research has suggested that impairments of automatic spreading activation may underlie some aphasic language deficits. This study further investigated the status of automatic spreading activation in individuals with aphasia as compared with typical adults. Method Participants were 21 individuals with aphasia (12 fluent, 9 non-fluent) and 31 typical adults. Reaction time data were collected on a lexical decision task with masked repetition primes, assessed at 11 different interstimulus intervals (ISIs). Masked primes were used to assess automatic spreading activation without the confound of conscious processing. The various ISIs were used to assess the time to onset, and duration, of priming effects. Results The control group showed maximal priming in the 200 ms ISI condition, with significant priming at a range of ISIs surrounding that peak. Participants with both fluent and non-fluent aphasia showed maximal priming effects in the 250 ms ISI condition, and primed across a smaller range of ISIs than the control group. Conclusions Results suggest that individuals with aphasia have slowed automatic spreading activation, and impaired maintenance of activation over time, regardless of fluency classification. These findings have implications for understanding aphasic language impairment and for development of aphasia treatments designed directly address automatic language processes. PMID:22411281

  11. Ultramafic-mafic plutonic rock suites exposed along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (10°N-30°N): Symmetrical-asymmetrical distribution and implications for seafloor spreading processes.

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    Lagabrielle, Yves; Bideau, Daniel; Cannat, Mathilde; Karson, Jeffrey A.; Mével, Catherine

    Along specific portions of the axis of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR), the spreading of the lithosphere appears to occur without abundant magmatism. Horizontal extension of the ocean floor is then accommodated mostly by tectonic stretching. Such tectonically governed processes lead to the creation of an ocean basement composed of mantle-derived ultramafics and associated mafic plutonic rocks. In this paper, we present a review of the geological and tectonic settings of the most intensively surveyed areas where such mantle and deep crustal rocks have been recovered along the central Atlantic Ridge between 15°N and 35°30'N. The regions where detailed geological observations have been made are: 1. the intersection high north of Oceanographer fracture zone; 2. two intersection highs near small-offset axial discontinuities north of Hayes fracture zone; 3. the region south of the Kane fracture zone near 23°N (MARK area); 4. the northern and southern intersections of the 15°20'N fracture zone; and 5. off-axis oblique depressions representing the trace of migrating segment discontinuities in the MARK area. Mantle-derived serpentinites and associated gabbros are commonly exposed along only one side of the axial valley wall, that is, asymmetrically with respect to the spreading axis, while basaltic formations are found on the opposite wall. However, we emphasize that such an asymmetrical distribution in the topography, structure, and geology of the axial valley is not observed all along the studied areas of the MAR, for example in the 15°N region where serpentinized peridotites are documented across wide areas on both sides of the axis. Two major points are discussed. (1) The processes leading to the unroofing of mantle ultramafics and associated rocks are not necessarily linked to a stage of amagmatic extension of a previously constructed thick crust; some appear to occur in areas of permanent low magma budget, at segment ends or within wider regions of starved magma

  12. Spreading of the ocean floor: new evidence.

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    Vine, F J

    1966-12-16

    It is suggested that the entire history of the ocean basins, in terms of oceanfloor spreading,is contained frozen in the oceanic crust. Variations in the intensity and polarity of Earth's magnetic field are considered to be recorded in the remanent magnetism of the igneous rocks as they solidified and cooled through the Curie temperature at the crest of an oceanic ridge, and subsequently spread away from it at a steady rate. The hypothesis is supported by the extreme linearity and continuity of oceanic magnetic anomalies and their symmetry about the axes of ridges. If the proposed reversal time scale for the last 4 million years is combined with the model, computed anomaly profiles show remarkably good agreement with those observed, and one can deduce rates of spreading for all active parts of the midoceanic ridge system for which magnetic profilesor surveys are available. The rates obtained are in exact agreement with those needed to account for continental drift. An exceptionally high rate of spreading (approximately 4.5 cm/year) in the South Pacific enables one to deduce by extrapolation considerable details of the reversal time scale back to 11.5 million years ago. Again, this scale can be applied to other parts of the ridge system. Thus one isled to the suggestion that the crest of the East Pacific Rise in the northeast Pacific has been overridden and modified by the westward drift of North America, with the production of the anomalous width and unique features of the American cordillera in the western United States. The oceanicmagnetic anomalies also indicate that there was a change in derection of crustal spreading in this region during Pliocene time from eastwest to southeast-northwest. A profile from the crest to the boundary of the East Pacific Rise, and the difference between axial-zone and flank anomalies over ridges, suggest increase in the frequency of reversal of Earth's magnetic field, together, possibly, with decrease in its intensity

  13. 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.

  14. Cooling rates and depth of detachment faulting of the Atlantis Massif and Kane oceanic core complexes at the slow-spreading Mid-Atlantic Ridge

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    Schoolmeesters, N.; Cheadle, M. J.; John, B. E.; Grimes, C. B.; Reiners, P. W.

    2010-12-01

    Understanding the cooling history of lithosphere exposed in oceanic core complexes helps establish denudation rates, depth of detachment faulting, and depth of gabbro emplacement. We use thermochronometric data to constrain the crystallization history of gabbros hosted in the footwalls of the Atlantis Massif oceanic core complex at 30°N (IODP Hole U1309D), and the Kane Oceanic Core Complex at 23°N, on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Combined U-Pb zircon crystallization ages taken with (U-Th)/He zircon ages allows the determination of the cooling rate of rocks sampled from these core complexes. The closure temperature for U-Pb in zircons from oceanic gabbros is ~800+/-50°C; the closure temperature for the (U-Th)/He system in zircon is ~220°C for these rapidly cooled rocks. Intermediate temperatures can be potentially constrained by multi-component remnant magnetization (300-600°C). Thus thermochronometry and geomagnetic studies help delimit the cooling history from ~800°C to 200°C (John et al., 2004). We have determined (U-Th)/He ages for nine samples from depths ranging between 40 and 1415 mbsf in IODP Hole U1309D, which together with U-Pb zircon ages, constrain the cooling rate of gabbros emplaced into the central dome of Atlantis Massif. Assuming monotonic cooling, cooling rates vary from 1293 (+827 -395) °C/My (for the ~800°C to ~220°C temperature interval) to 284 (+97 -62) °C/My (for ~220°C to present day). Downhole variation in (U-Th)/He age, combined with the present day geothermal gradient constrained by the bottom hole temperature of ~120°C, also limits the orientation of the ~200°C isotherm as the core complex was denuded. Assuming a conservative detachment fault slip rate of 16km/Ma, the age difference between the U-Pb and (U-Th)/He ages constrains the vertical distance between the ~800°C and the ~220°C isotherms to be ~6km. This distance, together with a plausible depth of 1-2km to the 220°C isotherm implies that the detachment fault at Atlantis

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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

    1996-04-01

    To determine the response of participants to the Pine Ridge-Mayo National Aeronautics and Space Administration telemedicine project. 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. 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. 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. These data suggest that a program of clinical consultation services, professional education, and patient education available by telemedicine might be viewed as beneficial.

  18. 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.

  19. Invasion of Seawater-Derived Fluids at Very High Temperatures in the Oman Ophiolite - a Key for Cooling the Deep Crust at Fast-Spreading Ridges

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    Koepke, J.; Mueller, T.; Linsler, S.; Schuth, S.; Garbe-Schoenberg, C. D.; McCaig, A. M.

    2014-12-01

    Prominent conceptual models for the formation of the deep, fast-spread crust are the "gabbro-glacier" model, where the lower crust is formed in the axial melt lens, and the "sheeted sill" model, where the lower gabbros are generated by the intrusion of sills of gabbroic mushes. A requirement for the latter model is a substantial hydrothermal cooling of the oceanic crust in the depth, and as long as the "Rosetta stone" for the mechanism of this deep cooling is not found, the "sheeted sill" model and derivatives cannot be accepted as reliable option how the deep oceanic fast-spread crust is formed. In recent field campaigns for establishing a geochemical and petrological profile through typical fast-spreading oceanic crust in the Wadi Gideah (Wadi Tayin massif, Oman ophiolite), we discovered several, often more than 100 m wide fault zones, cutting a coherent series of layered gabbro at many places. These zones are characterized by pervasive alteration, mainly in greenschist and sub-greenschist facies. Isotope geochemical studies of these zones imply that these zones can be interpreted as pathways for channeled hydrothermal flux, in accord with observations of Coogan et al. (2006). In most of the fault zones, we observed the occurrence of varitextured hornblende gabbro, alternating with zones of former layered gabbros showing intense overgrowth of high- temperature amphibole, and sometimes with flasered amphibolites. The petrologic record implies fluid flux in the center of this zones at very high temperatures (≤ 1000°C), enabling even the production of hornblende gabbros by hydrous partial melting of layered gabbro, shielded by zones formed at high-temperature conditions (formation of high-T amphiboles) and at low-temperature conditions (greenschist facies rocks). First thermal modeling based on the petrological record of these zones are in progress. Coogan LA, Howard KA, Gillis KM, Bickle MJ, Chapman H, Boyce AJ, Jenkin GRT, Wilson RN (2006) Am. J. Sci. 306: 389-427

  20. Crustal thickness and structure along three contrasting spreading segments of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, 33.5°-35°N

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    Hooft, E. E. E.; Detrick, R. S.; Toomey, D. R.; Collins, J. A.; Lin, J.

    2000-04-01

    The crustal thickness and crustal and upper mantle structure along the rift valleys of three segments of the northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge with contrasting morphologies and gravity signatures are determined from a seismic refraction study. These segments lie between the Oceanographer and Hayes transforms and from north to south have progressively deeper axial valleys with less along-axis relief and smaller mantle Bouguer gravity lows. Major variations in seismic crustal thickness and crustal velocity and density structure are observed along these segments. The thickest crust is found near the segment centers, with maximum crustal thicknesses of 8.1, 6.9, and 6.6±0.5 km, decreasing from north to south. However, the mean crustal thickness is similar for each segment (5.6±0.4, 5.7±0.4 and 5.1±0.3 km). Near the segment ends, crustal thickness is 2.5 to 5±0.5 km with no systematic variation from north to south. At segment ends, both crustal velocities and vertical velocity gradients are anomalous and may indicate fracturing and alteration of thin igneous crust and underlying mantle. Away from segment ends, the thickness of the upper crust is relatively uniform along axis (˜3 km), although its internal structure is laterally heterogeneous (velocity anomalies of ±0.6 km s-1 over distances of 5 km), possibly related to the presence of discrete volcanic centers. The along-axis crustal thickness variations are primarily accommodated in the lower crust. The center of the northern segment (OH-1) has an unusually thick crustal root (excess thickness of 2-4 km and along-axis extent of 12 km). Our results are consistent with an enhanced supply of melt from the mantle to the segment centers and redistribution of magma along axis at shallow crustal levels by lateral dike injection. Along this portion of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, our results suggest that differences in axial morphology, seismic crustal thickness, and gravity anomalies are correlated and the result of variations

  1. Spreading Activation in an Attractor Network with Latching Dynamics: Automatic Semantic Priming Revisited

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    Lerner, Itamar; Bentin, Shlomo; Shriki, Oren

    2012-01-01

    Localist models of spreading activation (SA) and models assuming distributed representations offer very different takes on semantic priming, a widely investigated paradigm in word recognition and semantic memory research. In this study, we implemented SA in an attractor neural network model with distributed representations and created a unified…

  2. Relatedness Proportion Effects in Semantic Categorization: Reconsidering the Automatic Spreading Activation Process

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    de Wit, Bianca; Kinoshita, Sachiko

    2014-01-01

    Semantic priming effects at a short prime-target stimulus onset asynchrony are commonly explained in terms of an automatic spreading activation process. According to this view, the proportion of related trials should have no impact on the size of the semantic priming effect. Using a semantic categorization task ("Is this a living…

  3. The Roles of Spreading Activation and Retrieval Mode in Producing False Recognition in the DRM Paradigm

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    Meade, Michelle L.; Watson, Jason M.; Balota, David A.; Roediger, Henry L., III

    2007-01-01

    The nature of persisting spreading activation from list presentation in eliciting false recognition in the Deese-Roediger-McDermott (DRM) paradigm was examined in two experiments. We compared the time course of semantic priming in the lexical decision task (LDT) and false alarms in speeded recognition under identical study and test conditions. The…

  4. Spreading Activation in an Attractor Network with Latching Dynamics: Automatic Semantic Priming Revisited

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    Lerner, Itamar; Bentin, Shlomo; Shriki, Oren

    2012-01-01

    Localist models of spreading activation (SA) and models assuming distributed representations offer very different takes on semantic priming, a widely investigated paradigm in word recognition and semantic memory research. In this study, we implemented SA in an attractor neural network model with distributed representations and created a unified…

  5. Relatedness Proportion Effects in Semantic Categorization: Reconsidering the Automatic Spreading Activation Process

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    de Wit, Bianca; Kinoshita, Sachiko

    2014-01-01

    Semantic priming effects at a short prime-target stimulus onset asynchrony are commonly explained in terms of an automatic spreading activation process. According to this view, the proportion of related trials should have no impact on the size of the semantic priming effect. Using a semantic categorization task ("Is this a living…

  6. 78 FR 69447 - Agency Information Collection Activities; Existing Collection, Comments Requested: Friction Ridge...

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    ... Requested: Friction Ridge Cards: Arrest and Institution; Applicant; Personal Identification; FBI Standard... form/collection: Friction Ridge Cards: Arrest and Institution; Applicant; Personal Identification; FBI... minutes per fingerprint card completed. (6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated...

  7. No slab-derived CO2 in Mariana Trough back-arc basalts: Implications for carbon subduction and for temporary storage of CO2 beneath slow spreading ridges

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    MacPherson, Colin G.; Hilton, David R.; Hammerschmidt, Konrad

    2010-11-01

    The Southern Mariana Trough is particularly well suited to study mass balance in subduction zones because the flux of material recycled from the subducted slab has been shown to diminish to negligible levels in the southernmost part of the area. We present new He and Ar concentration and isotopic data for 16 back-arc basaltic glasses and combine these with previously published CO2 and H2O concentration and δ13C data to explore the recycling of carbon and light noble gases in the Mariana back arc. Degassing has affected all samples and is particularly extensive in more water-rich samples, i.e., those containing the largest recycled component. The degassing history features three stages: (1) deep degassing which commenced when the melt reached saturation of CO2 and noble gases in the mantle, (2) preeruptive degassing during storage in the crust-mantle transition zone which involved addition of extraneous CO2 to the vapor phase, and (3) eruption. CO2 released during stage 1 was, at least partially, incorporated into wall rock and subsequently remobilized during stage 2 degassing of later magma batches. Reconstructed parental values for 3He/4He, δ13C, CO2/3He, and CO2/40Ar* are indistinguishable from those of mid-ocean ridge basalt. This implies that there is negligible recycling of subducted carbon, helium, or argon into the source of Mariana Trough basalt.

  8. PGE fractionation in seafloor hydrothermal systems: examples from mafic- and ultramafic-hosted hydrothermal fields at the slow-spreading Mid-Atlantic Ridge

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    Pašava, Jan; Vymazalová, Anna; Petersen, Sven

    2007-04-01

    The distribution of platinum group elements (PGEs) in massive sulfides and hematite-magnetite±pyrite assemblages from the recently discovered basalt-hosted Turtle Pits hydrothermal field and in massive sulfides from the ultramafic-hosted Logatchev vent field both on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge was studied and compared to that from selected ancient volcanic-hosted massive sulfide (VHMS) deposits. Cu-rich samples from black smoker chimneys of both vent fields are enriched in Pd and Rh (Pd up to 227 ppb and Rh up to 149 ppb) when compared to hematite-magnetite-rich samples from Turtle Pits (Pd up to 10 ppb, Rh up to 1.9 ppb). A significant positive correlation was established between Cu and Rh in sulfide samples from Turtle Pits. PGE chondrite-normalized patterns (with a positive Rh anomaly and Pd and Au enrichment), Pd/Pt and Pd/Au ratios close to global MORB, and high values of Pd/Ir and Pt/Ir ratios indicate mafic source rock and seawater involvement in the hydrothermal system at Turtle Pits. Similarly shaped PGE chondrite-normalized patterns and high values of Pd/Pt and Pd/Ir ratios in Cu-rich sulfides at Logatchev likely reflect a similar mechanism of PGE enrichment but with involvement of ultramafic source rocks.

  9. Late Neogene changes in North America and Antarctica absolute plate motions inferred from the Mid-Atlantic and Southwest Indian Ridges spreading histories

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    Iaffaldano, Giampiero; DeMets, Charles

    2017-04-01

    Reconstructions of absolute plate motions underpin our understanding of the plate torque balance, but are challenging due to difficulties in inferring well-dated rates and directions of plate movements from hot spot tracks. Useful information about plate dynamics can be inferred from rapid absolute plate motion changes, as these are linked only to the torque(s) that changed. Here we infer late Neogene changes in the absolute motions of North America and possibly Antarctica from changes in the easier-to-determine relative plate motions recorded along the Arctic, northern Mid-Atlantic and Southwest Indian Ridges. We show that Eurasia/North America and Nubia/North America motions changed by the same amount between 8 and 5 Ma, as may have Nubia/Antarctica and Somalia/Antarctica plate motions. By considering additional, independent constraints on Somalia/India plate motion, we argue that a scenario in which North America and Antarctica absolute motions changed is the simplest one that explains the observed changes in relative motions. We speculate that these changes are linked to the late Neogene dynamics of the Pacific plate.

  10. Late Neogene changes in North America and Antarctica absolute plate motions inferred from the Mid-Atlantic and Southwest Indian Ridges spreading histories

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    Iaffaldano, G.; DeMets, C.

    2016-08-01

    Reconstructions of absolute plate motions underpin our understanding of the plate torque balance, but are challenging due to difficulties in inferring well-dated rates and directions of plate movements from hot spot tracks. Useful information about plate dynamics can be inferred from rapid absolute plate motion changes, as these are linked only to the torque(s) that changed. Here we infer late Neogene changes in the absolute motions of North America and possibly Antarctica from changes in the easier-to-determine relative plate motions recorded along the Arctic, northern Mid-Atlantic and Southwest Indian Ridges. We show that Eurasia/North America and Nubia/North America motions changed by the same amount between 8 and 5 Ma, as may have Nubia/Antarctica and Somalia/Antarctica plate motions. By considering additional, independent constraints on Somalia/India plate motion, we argue that a scenario in which North America and Antarctica absolute motions changed is the simplest one that explains the observed changes in relative motions. We speculate that these changes are linked to the late Neogene dynamics of the Pacific plate.

  11. The Mode of Transverse Spread of Contraction Initiated by Local Activation in Single Crayfish Muscle Fibers

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    Sugi, Haruo; Ochi, Rikuo

    1967-01-01

    Isolated single crayfish muscle fibers were locally activated by applying negative current pulses to a pipette whose tip was in contact with the fiber surface. The contraction initiated by a moderate depolarization spread inwards in a graded manner according to the magnitude and duration of depolarization. Increase of the depolarized area increased the distance of the inward spread for a given amount of depolarization. If a large area of the surface membrane was depolarized with a large pipette for a sufficiently long time, the contraction spread not only inwards, but further transversely passing through the center of the fiber. Successive brief depolarizations given at an appropriate interval could produce contraction more effectively for a given amount of total current than did a prolonged depolarization. On the other hand, the contraction initiated by a strong negative current was observed to spread around the whole perimeter but not through the center of the fiber. Each type of local contraction always spread along the striation pattern and not longitudinally. Possible mechanisms of these responses are discussed in connection with the transverse tubular system of the muscle fibers. PMID:19873574

  12. A 1.5 Ma record of plume-ridge interaction at the Western Galápagos Spreading Center (91°40‧-92°00‧W)

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    Herbrich, Antje; Hauff, Folkmar; Hoernle, Kaj; Werner, Reinhard; Garbe-Schönberg, Dieter; White, Scott

    2016-07-01

    Shallow (elevated) portions of mid-ocean ridges with enriched geochemical compositions near hotspots document the interaction of hot, geochemically-enriched plume mantle with shallow depleted upper mantle. Whereas the spatial variations in geochemical composition of ocean crust along the ridge axis in areas where plume-ridge interaction is taking place have been studied globally, only restricted information exists concerning temporal variations in geochemistry of ocean crust formed through plume-ridge interaction. Here we present a detailed geochemical study of 0-1.5 Ma ocean crust sampled from the Western Galápagos Spreading Center (WGSC) axis to 50 km north of the axis, an area that is presently experiencing a high influx of mantle material from the Galápagos hotspot. The tholeiitic to basaltic andesitic fresh glass and few bulk rock samples have incompatible element abundances and Sr-Nd-Pb isotopic compositions intermediate between depleted normal mid-ocean-ridge basalt (N-MORB) from >95.5°W along the WGSC and enriched lavas from the Galápagos Archipelago, displaying enriched (E-)MORB type compositions. Only limited and no systematic geochemical variations are observed with distance from the ridge axis for <1.0 Ma old WGSC crust, whereas 1.0-1.5 Ma old crust trends to more enriched isotopic compositions in 87Sr/86Sr, 143Nd/144Nd, 207Pb/204Pb and 208Pb/204Pb isotope ratios. On isotope correlation diagrams, the data set displays correlations between depleted MORB and two enriched components. Neither the geographically referenced geochemical domains of the Galápagos Archipelago nor the end members used for principal component analysis can successfully describe the observed mixing relations. Notably an off-axis volcanic cone at site DR63 has the appropriate composition to serve as the enriched component for the younger WGSC and could represent a portion of the northern part of the Galápagos plume not sampled south of the WGSC. Similar compositions to samples

  13. Determination of Wetting Behavior, Spread Activation Energy, and Quench Severity of Bioquenchants

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    Prabhu, K. Narayan; Fernandes, Peter

    2007-08-01

    An investigation was conducted to study the suitability of vegetable oils such as sunflower, coconut, groundnut, castor, cashewnut shell (CNS), and palm oils as quench media (bioquenchants) for industrial heat treatment by assessing their wetting behavior and severity of quenching. The relaxation of contact angle was sharp during the initial stages, and it became gradual as the system approached equilibrium. The equilibrium contact angle decreased with increase in the temperature of the substrate and decrease in the viscosity of the quench medium. A comparison of the relaxation of the contact angle at various temperatures indicated the significant difference in spreading of oils having varying viscosity. The spread activation energy was determined using the Arrhenius type of equation. Oils with higher viscosity resulted in lower cooling rates. The quench severity of various oil media was determined by estimating heat-transfer coefficients using the lumped capacitance method. Activation energy for spreading determined using the wetting behavior of oils at various temperatures was in good agreement with the severity of quenching assessed by cooling curve analysis. A high quench severity is associated with oils having low spread activation energy.

  14. Osteoclast spreading kinetics are correlated with an oscillatory activation of a calcium-dependent potassium current.

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    Espinosa, Leon; Paret, Laurent; Ojeda, Carlos; Tourneur, Yves; Delmas, Pierre D; Chenu, Chantal

    2002-10-01

    Cell movement and spreading involve calcium-dependent processes and ionic channel activation. During bone resorption, osteoclasts alternate between spread, motile and resorptive phases. We investigated whether the electrical membrane properties of osteoclasts were linked to their membrane morphological changes. Rabbit osteoclasts were recorded by time-lapse videomicroscopy performed simultaneously with patch-clamp whole cell and single channel recordings. Original image analysis methods were developed and used to demonstrate for the first time an oscillatory activation of a spontaneous membrane current in osteoclasts, which is directly correlated to the membrane movement rate. This current was identified as a calcium-dependent potassium current (IK(Ca)) that is sensitive to both charybdotoxin and apamin and was generated by a channel with unitary conductance of approximately 25+/-2 pS. Blockade of this current also decreased osteoclast spreading and inhibited bone resorption in vitro, demonstrating a physiological role for this current in osteoclast activity. These results establish for the first time a temporal correlation between lamellipodia formation kinetics and spontaneous peaks of IK(Ca), which are both involved in the control of osteoclast spreading and bone resorption.

  15. Investigating the Differences in the Total and Active Microbial Community of Mid-Atlantic Ridge Sediments

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    Sobol, M. S.; Zinke, L. A.; Orcutt, B.; Mills, H. J.; Edwards, K. J.; Girguis, P. R.; Reese, B. K.

    2016-02-01

    Microbes in the marine deep subsurface are key mediators of many geochemical cycles. It is important to understand how microbial communities and the diversity of those communities impacts geochemical cycling. Sediment cores were collected from IODP (Integrated Ocean Drilling Program) Expedition 336 to the western flank of the mid-Atlantic ridge also referred to as North Pond. The dissolved oxygen concentration decreased with depth for 60-70 mbsf, followed by a sharp increase in oxygen until it terminated at the basement. The 16S rRNA genes (DNA) and transcripts (RNA) were extracted simultaneously using a method designed by Reese et al. (2013) to differentiate between the total and active microbial community structures, respectively, as well as correlate the putative metabolism with the geochemistry. We observed many differences between the active and total communities. Sequences most closely related to Cyanobacteria were found to dominate the total community at both sites, but were found in small numbers in the active community. The most abundant phyla in the active community were Alphaproteobacteria, which suggests that they may have high activity even though the abundance was not as great in the total community. This suggests that, even in small numbers, bacteria are capable of contributing greatly to their environment. Principal Component Analysis (PCA) and Singular Value Decomposition (SVD) showed that iron-reducing bacteria in the active (RNA) community correlated strongly with solid phase iron oxides. SVD also showed that the putative nitrate reducers in the active community were found in greater abundance where porewater NO3- and NO2- total concentrations were elevated. Overall, the active (RNA) community correlated significantly with the geochemistry whereas the total (DNA) community did not. Therefore, RNA analysis yields a more accurate representation of how microbial communities impact geochemical cycling.

  16. Structural Responses to the Chile Ridge Subduction, Southern South America

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    Rodriguez, E. E.; Russo, R. M.; Mocanu, V. I.; Gallego, A.; Murdie, R.; Comte, D.

    2015-12-01

    The Nazca-Antarctic plate boundary, the Chile spreading ridge, subducts beneath South America, forming the northward-migrating Chile Triple Junction (CTJ), now at ~46.5°S, where an actively spreading segment is currently in the Nazca trench. Ridge subduction is associated with diachronously developed variable structure and magmatism of overriding South America. To assess the effects of ridge subduction, we deployed a network of 39 broadband seismometers in southern Chile between 43 - 49°S and 71 - 76°W from Dec. 2004 - Feb. 2007, recording 102 earthquakes suitable for receiver function analyses, i.e., M > 5.9, of various backazimuths, and at epicentral distances of 30 - 90°. The network encompassed onland portions of the current triple junction and ridge subduction, areas to the south of the CTJ where ridge segments subducted during the last 6 m.y., and regions north of the CTJ not yet affected by ridge subduction, allowing the assessment of the effects of ridge subduction on crustal structure of overriding South America. We constructed 551 teleseismic receiver functions to estimate crustal thicknesses, H, and average compressional to shear wave velocity ratios, Vp/Vs = k, using the iterative time deconvolution method of Ligorria and Ammon (1999). H and k were calculated using the grid search method of Zhu and Kanamori (2000). Beneath stations closest to the trench, where the Nazca plate subducts, we found Moho depths between 28 and 55 km, thickening northward. At the locus of current ridge subduction, in the Taitao Pennisula, thinner crust ranges from 27 - 36 km. H is 36-38 km where the Antarctic plate subducts and the Chile ridge recently subducted. The direct effect of the subducting ridge on South America can be seen in H differences between forearc regions that have sustained ridge subduction versus those that have not. South American forearc crust above the subducted Nazca plate is as much as 28 km thicker than forearc crust recently affected by ridge

  17. Magmatic activities on the Southwest Indian Ridge between 35°E and 40°E, the closest segment to the Marion hotspot

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    Sato, Taichi; Okino, Kyoko; Sato, Hiroshi; Mizuno, Mariko; Hanyu, Tomoko; Seama, Nobukazu

    2013-12-01

    We conducted geophysical surveys, including bathymetry, gravity, and magnetism, within a first-order segment of the Southwest Indian Ridge (SWIR) between the Prince Edward and Eric Simpson fracture zones (FZs) (latitude 35°-40°E, segment PE), in the vicinity of the Marion hotspot. Segment PE includes four orthogonally spreading second-order segments (PE-1, PE-2, PE-3, and PE-4) and a long, oblique axial valley (NTD-1). Segments PE-1, PE-2, and PE-4 are magmatic, whereas segment PE-3 and NTD-1 are characterized by low magmatic activity. Segment PE-3 is a nascent segment and NTD-1 contains three tiny magmatic sections. Each low-magmatic interval along the axis of segment PE lies between two magmatic segments. This segmentation pattern is similar to the SWIR between the Gallieni and Melville FZs; therefore, a strong melt-focusing process can be expected. Different characteristics of second-order magmatic segments suggest that the magmatic activity in each segment varies among each other as well as that of the other segments of SWIR. Continuous seafloor morphology and isochrons over off-axis areas of segment PE-1 and NTD-1 suggest that PE-1 shortened after the C2An chron. The V-shaped bathymetric structure between segment PE-1 and NTD-1 suggests that the melt supply center has migrated westward. This westward melt migration would have reduced magmatic activity at NTD-1 after C2An. Ridge obliquity may also have reduced magmatic activity. Geophysical characteristics of second-order segments suggest that magmatic activity of segment PE is mainly controlled by a strong melt-focusing process and a comparatively low contribution of melt supply from Marion hotspot.

  18. Relation between the National Fire Danger spread component and fire activity in the Lake States.

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    Donald A. Haines; William A. Main; Von J. Johnson

    1970-01-01

    Relationships between the 1964 version of the spread component of the National Fire Danger Rating System and fire activity were established for Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. The measures of fire activity included the probability of a fire-day as well as a C, D, or E fire-day, number of fires per fire-day, and acres burned per fire. These measures were examined by...

  19. Geodynamic environments of ultra-slow spreading

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    Kokhan, Andrey; Dubinin, Evgeny

    2015-04-01

    Ultra-slow spreading is clearly distinguished as an outstanding type of crustal accretion by recent studies. Spreading ridges with ultra-slow velocities of extension are studied rather well. But ultra-slow spreading is characteristic feature of not only spreading ridges, it can be observed also on convergent and transform plate boundaries. Ultra-slow spreading is observed now or could have been observed in the past in the following geodynamic environments on divergent plate boundaries: 1. On spreading ridges with ultra-slow spreading, both modern (f.e. Gakkel, South-West Indian, Aden spreading center) and ceased (Labrador spreading center, Aegir ridge); 2. During transition from continental rifting to early stages of oceanic spreading (all spreading ridges during incipient stages of their formation); 3. During incipient stages of formation of spreading ridges on oceanic crust as a result of ridge jumps and reorganization of plate boundaries (f.e. Mathematicians rise and East Pacific rise); 4. During propagation of spreading ridge into the continental crust under influence of hotspot (Aden spreading center and Afar triple junction), under presence of strike-slip faults preceding propagation (possibly, rift zone of California Bay). Ultra-slow spreading is observed now or could have been observed in the past in the following geodynamic environments on transform plate boundaries: 1. In transit zones between two "typical" spreading ridges (f.e. Knipovich ridge); 2. In semi strike-slip/extension zones on the oceanic crust (f.e. American-Antarctic ridge); 3. In the zones of local extension in regional strike-slip areas in pull-apart basins along transform boundaries (Cayman trough, pull-apart basins of the southern border of Scotia plate). Ultra-slow spreading is observed now or could have been observed in the past in the following geodynamic environments on convergent plate boundaries: 1. During back-arc rifting on the stage of transition into back-arc spreading (central

  20. Staphylococcus aureus forms spreading dendrites that have characteristics of active motility.

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    Pollitt, Eric J G; Crusz, Shanika A; Diggle, Stephen P

    2015-12-18

    Staphylococcus aureus is historically regarded as a non-motile organism. More recently it has been shown that S. aureus can passively move across agar surfaces in a process called spreading. We re-analysed spreading motility using a modified assay and focused on observing the formation of dendrites: branching structures that emerge from the central colony. We discovered that S. aureus can spread across the surface of media in structures that we term 'comets', which advance outwards and precede the formation of dendrites. We observed comets in a diverse selection of S. aureus isolates and they exhibit the following behaviours: (1) They consist of phenotypically distinct cores of cells that move forward and seed other S. aureus cells behind them forming a comet 'tail'; (2) they move when other cells in the comet tail have stopped moving; (3) the comet core is held together by a matrix of slime; and (4) the comets etch trails in the agar as they move forwards. Comets are not consistent with spreading motility or other forms of passive motility. Comet behaviour does share many similarities with a form of active motility known as gliding. Our observations therefore suggest that S. aureus is actively motile under certain conditions.

  1. Staphylococcus aureus forms spreading dendrites that have characteristics of active motility

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    Pollitt, Eric J. G.; Crusz, Shanika A.; Diggle, Stephen P.

    2015-01-01

    Staphylococcus aureus is historically regarded as a non-motile organism. More recently it has been shown that S. aureus can passively move across agar surfaces in a process called spreading. We re-analysed spreading motility using a modified assay and focused on observing the formation of dendrites: branching structures that emerge from the central colony. We discovered that S. aureus can spread across the surface of media in structures that we term ‘comets’, which advance outwards and precede the formation of dendrites. We observed comets in a diverse selection of S. aureus isolates and they exhibit the following behaviours: (1) They consist of phenotypically distinct cores of cells that move forward and seed other S. aureus cells behind them forming a comet ‘tail’; (2) they move when other cells in the comet tail have stopped moving; (3) the comet core is held together by a matrix of slime; and (4) the comets etch trails in the agar as they move forwards. Comets are not consistent with spreading motility or other forms of passive motility. Comet behaviour does share many similarities with a form of active motility known as gliding. Our observations therefore suggest that S. aureus is actively motile under certain conditions. PMID:26680153

  2. Age-related differences in lexical access, spreading activation, and simple pronunciation.

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    Balota, D A; Duchek, J M

    1988-03-01

    An experiment was conducted to address age-related differences in lexical access, spreading activation, and pronunciation. Both young and older adults participated in a delayed pronunciation task to trace the time course of lexical access and a semantic priming task to trace the time course of spreading activation. In the delayed pronunciation task, subjects were presented a word and then, after varying delays, were presented a cue to pronounce the word aloud. Older adults benefited considerably more from the preexposure to the word than did the younger adults, suggesting an age-related difference in lexical access time. In the semantic priming pronunciation task, semantic relatedness (related vs. neutral), strength of the relationship (high vs. low), and prime-target stimulus onset asynchrony (200 ms, 350 ms, 500 ms, 650 ms, and 800 ms) were factorially crossed with age to investigate age-related differences in the buildup of semantic activation across time. The results from this task indicated that the activation pattern of the older adults closely mimicked that of the younger adults. Finally, the results of both tasks indicated that older adults were slower at both their onset to pronounce and their actual production durations (i.e., from onset to offset) in the pronunciation task. The results were interpreted as suggesting that input and output processes are slowed with age, but that the basic retrieval mechanism of spreading activation is spared by age.

  3. 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

  4. Melt generation beneath Arctic Ridges: Implications from U decay series disequilibria in the Mohns, Knipovich, and Gakkel Ridges

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    Elkins, L. J.; Sims, K. W. W.; Prytulak, J.; Blichert-Toft, J.; Elliott, T.; Blusztajn, J.; Fretzdorff, S.; Reagan, M.; Haase, K.; Humphris, S.; Schilling, J.-G.

    2014-02-01

    We present new 238U-230Th-226Ra-210Pb, 235U-231Pa, and Nd, Sr, Hf, and Pb isotope data for the slow- to ultraslow-spreading Mohns, Knipovich, and Gakkel Ridges. Combined with previous work, our data from the Arctic Ridges cover the full range of axial depths from the deep northernmost Gakkel Ridge shallowing upwards to the Knipovich, Mohns, and Kolbeinsey Ridges north of Iceland. Age-constrained samples from the Mohns and Knipovich Ridges have (230Th/238U) activity ratios ranging from 1.165 to 1.30 and 1.101 to 1.225, respectively. The high 230Th excesses of Kolbeinsey, Mohns, and Knipovich mid-ocean ridge basalts (MORB) are erupted from ridges producing relatively thin (Mohns, Knipovich) to thick (Kolbeinsey) oceanic crust with evidence for sources ranging from mostly peridotite (Kolbeinsey) to eclogite-rich mantle (Mohns, Knipovich). Age-constrained lavas from 85°E on the Gakkel Ridge, on the other hand, overlie little to no crust and range from small (˜5%) 230Th excesses to small 238U excesses (˜5%). The strong negative correlation between (230Th/238U) values vs. axial ridge depth among Arctic ridge basalts is controlled not only by solidus depth influence on 238U-230Th disequilibria, but also by variations in mantle source lithology and depth to the base of the lithosphere, which is expected to vary at ultra-slow spreading ridges. Small 231Pa excesses (65% excess) in age-constrained basalts support the presence of eclogite in the mantle source for this region. Conversely, the ultraslow-spreading Gakkel Ridge basalts are homogeneous, with Sr, Nd, and Hf radiogenic isotopic signatures indicative of a long time-averaged depleted mantle source. The Gakkel samples have minimum (226Ra/230Th) ratios ranging from 3.07 to 3.65 ± 3%, which lie along and extend the global negative correlation between 226Ra and 230Th excesses observed in MORB. The new 230Th-226Ra data support a model for global MORB production in which deep melts record interaction with shallower

  5. 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

  6. Arp2/3 complex activity in filopodia of spreading cells

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    Johnston, Simon A; Bramble, Jonathan P; Yeung, Chun L; Mendes, Paula M; Machesky, Laura M

    2008-01-01

    Background Cells use filopodia to explore their environment and to form new adhesion contacts for motility and spreading. The Arp2/3 complex has been implicated in lamellipodial actin assembly as a major nucleator of new actin filaments in branched networks. The interplay between filopodial and lamellipodial protrusions is an area of much interest as it is thought to be a key determinant of how cells make motility choices. Results We find that Arp2/3 complex localises to dynamic puncta in filopodia as well as lamellipodia of spreading cells. Arp2/3 complex spots do not appear to depend on local adhesion or on microtubules for their localisation but their inclusion in filopodia or lamellipodia depends on the activity of the small GTPase Rac1. Arp2/3 complex spots in filopodia are capable of incorporating monomeric actin, suggesting the presence of available filament barbed ends for polymerisation. Arp2/3 complex in filopodia co-localises with lamellipodial proteins such as capping protein and cortactin. The dynamics of Arp2/3 complex puncta suggests that they are moving bi-directionally along the length of filopodia and that they may be regions of lamellipodial activity within the filopodia. Conclusion We suggest that filopodia of spreading cells have regions of lamellipodial activity and that this activity affects the morphology and movement of filopodia. Our work has implications for how we understand the interplay between lamellipodia and filopodia and for how actin networks are generated spatially in cells. PMID:19068115

  7. Arp2/3 complex activity in filopodia of spreading cells.

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    Johnston, Simon A; Bramble, Jonathan P; Yeung, Chun L; Mendes, Paula M; Machesky, Laura M

    2008-12-09

    Cells use filopodia to explore their environment and to form new adhesion contacts for motility and spreading. The Arp2/3 complex has been implicated in lamellipodial actin assembly as a major nucleator of new actin filaments in branched networks. The interplay between filopodial and lamellipodial protrusions is an area of much interest as it is thought to be a key determinant of how cells make motility choices. We find that Arp2/3 complex localises to dynamic puncta in filopodia as well as lamellipodia of spreading cells. Arp2/3 complex spots do not appear to depend on local adhesion or on microtubules for their localisation but their inclusion in filopodia or lamellipodia depends on the activity of the small GTPase Rac1. Arp2/3 complex spots in filopodia are capable of incorporating monomeric actin, suggesting the presence of available filament barbed ends for polymerisation. Arp2/3 complex in filopodia co-localises with lamellipodial proteins such as capping protein and cortactin. The dynamics of Arp2/3 complex puncta suggests that they are moving bi-directionally along the length of filopodia and that they may be regions of lamellipodial activity within the filopodia. We suggest that filopodia of spreading cells have regions of lamellipodial activity and that this activity affects the morphology and movement of filopodia. Our work has implications for how we understand the interplay between lamellipodia and filopodia and for how actin networks are generated spatially in cells.

  8. Rapid anterograde spread of premitotic activity along degenerating cat sciatic nerve.

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    Oaklander, A L; Miller, M S; Spencer, P S

    1987-01-01

    Peripheral nerve transection triggers a series of phenotypic alterations in Schwann cells distal to the site of injury. Mitosis is one of the earliest and best characterized of these responses, although the mechanism by which axonal damage triggers this critical event is unknown. This study examines the appearance and spatio-temporal spread of premitotic activity in distal stumps of transected cat tibial nerves. Premitotic activity was determined by measuring incorporation of [3H]thymidine (a marker of DNA synthesis during the S-phase of the cell cycle) into consecutive segments of desheathed tibial nerve. Incorporation of [3H]thymidine spread proximo-distally within distal nerve stumps between 3 and 4 days posttransection with an apparent velocity of at least 199 +/- 67 mm/day. This suggests that anterograde fast axonal transport may directly or indirectly be associated with the Schwann cell mitotic response to axon transection.

  9. The masked semantic priming effect is task dependent: Reconsidering the automatic spreading activation process.

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    de Wit, Bianca; Kinoshita, Sachiko

    2015-07-01

    Semantic priming effects are popularly explained in terms of an automatic spreading activation process, according to which the activation of a node in a semantic network spreads automatically to interconnected nodes, preactivating a semantically related word. It is expected from this account that semantic priming effects should be routinely observed when the prime identity is veiled from conscious awareness, but the extant literature on masked semantic priming effects is notoriously mixed. The authors use the same prime-target pairs in the lexical decision task and the semantic categorization task and show that although masking the prime eliminates the semantic priming effect in lexical decision, reliable semantic priming effects are observed with both masked and unmasked primes in the semantic categorization task. The authors explain this task dependence in terms of their account of semantic priming effects based on notions of evidence accumulation and source confusion and support their account by means of reaction time distribution analyses.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Surveillance and maintenance report on decontamination and decommissioning and remedial action activities at the Oak Ridge Y-12 plant, Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Fiscal year 1996

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    King, H.L.; Sollenberger, M.L.; Sparkman, D.E.; Reynolds, R.M.; Wayland, G.S.

    1996-12-01

    The Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant Decontamination and Decommissioning (D&D) and Remedial Action (RA) programs are part of the Environmental Restoration (ER) Division and are funded by the Office of Environmental Management (EM-40). Building 9201-4 (known as Alpha-4), three sites located within Building 9201-3 (the Oil Storage Tank, the Molten Salt Reactor Experiment Fuel Handling Facility, and the Coolant Salt Technology Facility), and Building 9419-1 (the Decontamination Facility) are currently the facilities at the Y-12 Plant included in the D&D program. The RA program provides surveillance and maintenance (S&M) and program management of ER sites at the Y-12 Plant, including selected sites listed in Appendix C of the Federal Facilities Agreement (FFA), sites listed in the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendment (HSWA) permit Solid Waste Management Unit (SWM-U) list, and sites currently closed or undergoing post-closure activities under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA) or the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA). This report communicates the status of the program plans and specific S&M activities for the D&D and RA programs.

  13. 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.

  14. Hydrothermal processes at seafloor spreading centers,

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    Rona, P.A.; Bostrom, K.; Laubier, L.; Smith, K.L.

    1983-01-01

    This book examines research on the description and interpretation of hydrothermal and associated phenomena at seafloor spreading centers. An interdisciplinary overview of the subject is presented, including geological, geophysical, geochemical, and biological discoveries. The implications of the discoveries for understanding the earth's heat transfer, geochemical mass balances and cycles, mineralization, and biological adaptation are discussed. Topics considered include geologic setting (e.g., the four dimensions of the spreading axis, geological processes of the mid-ocean ridge), hydrothermal convection (e.g., oxygen and hydrogen isotope studies, the basic physics of water penetration into hot rock), Iceland and oceanic ridges (e.g., chemical evidence from Icelandic geothermal systems, the physical environment of hydrothermal systems), mass balances and cycles (e.g., reduced gases and bacteria in hydrothermal fluids, the effects of hydrothermal activity on sedimentary organic matter), ferromanganese deposits, hydrothermal mineralization, and the biology of hydrothermal vents.

  15. 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.

  16. Human monocyte spreading induced by factor Bb of the alternative pathway of complement activation. A possible role for C5 in monocyte spreading

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    1981-01-01

    The central serine esterase of the alternative pathway of complement (APC) activation, activated factor B (Bb), has been shown recently to induce murine macrophages and human monocytes to become spread on a glass substrata. It has also been established that to induce the spreading reaction, the catalytic site of the Bb enzyme must be structurally intact since treatment of Bb with heat (56 degrees C for 30 min) or diisopropylfluorophosphate (10(-3) M) destroyed both enzymatic and spreading activities. In the C3b,Bb complex, Bb exhibits restricted substrate specificity for C3 and C5. With this in mind, the role of C3 and C5 in the monocyte spreading reaction was explored in the present study. Expression of C3 and C5 on the surface of human peripheral blood monocytes was investigated by the direct fluorescent antibody technique employing fluorescein isothiocyanate-conjugated anti- C3 or C5 F(ab')2 antibody fragments. It was found that C3 and C5 were present on 6 +/- 7% of freshly prepared monocytes and that expression of C5, but not C3, increased to 70 +/- 6% when monocytes were incubated for 3 d in serum-free medium. Biosynthesis of C5 was indicated when it was found that under serum-free conditions, monocytes incorporated [3H]leucine into immunoprecipitable C5 with an apparent mol wt of 180,000 on sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. The role of C3 and C5 in the monocyte spreading reaction induced by factor Bb was explored by testing for the ability of anti-C3 and anti- C5 Fab' antibody fragments to block monocyte spreading. It was found that anti-C5 Fab' inhibited by up to 100% the 3-h human monocyte spreading reaction induced by Bb; in contrast, anti-C3 Fab' or anti-C4 Fab' inhibited by less than 10%. That the inhibitory effect of anti-C5 Fab' was exerted directly on the monocyte was established when it was found that the 3-h monocyte spreading reaction was significantly inhibited by pretreating monocytes with anti-C5 Fab' for 20 min and then

  17. The Northern Kolbeinsey Ridge, North Atlantic: Excess volcanism and ridge relocations close to Jan Mayen

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    Yeo, I. A.; Augustin, N.; Devey, C. W.; Deutschmann, M.; Elkins, L. J.; Laurila, T.; Meisenhelder, K.; Rivers, E.; Rothenbeck, M.; van der Zwan, F. M.

    2012-12-01

    The slow-spreading (1.8 cm/yr full rate) Northern Kolbeinsey Ridge (NKR) segment of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which lies immediately south of the major Jan Mayen Transform Fault, is characterised by anomalously thick crust and unusually shallow water depths. A lack of precise surveying meant that the tectonics and volcanology of the ridge were previously unknown. We present the preliminary findings from 20 days of sampling and mapping of the NKR between 70°30 N and 71°45 N in July 2012. Over 3,130 km2 of the ridge axis were imaged with ship-based multibeam at 35 m or better resolution, while a further 290 km2 were imaged with high-resolution (~ 1 m) sidescan sonar and multibeam surveys using the AUV "ABYSS". This unique dataset, alongside dredge and volcanic rock corer sampling, allows us to define the location of current volcanic crustal accretion for the first time and reveals a complex pattern of volcanism and tectonics along the ridge. At its northern, deeper end we image a single, 025° trending, 4 -5 km wide axial valley, divided into zones dominated alternately by flatter seafloor and closely spaced flat-topped seamounts. As the seafloor shallows southward, the number of flat-topped seamounts decreases and the axial volcanism becomes dominated by sheet- and hummocky flows. At its shallowest point, the axis is flanked on its eastern side by a large, 5 km diameter central volcano (forming Eggvin Bank, min. water depth 20m). The volcano displays a summit caldera containing fresh basalts (the freshest sampled on the entire ridge) as well as relatively fresh flows on its southern flank. South of Eggvin volcano the ridge is cut by an oblique (68° trending), normal fault bounded valley, which extends 7 km southwest from the current active ridge to the north. This oblique valley connects with two further 025° trending parallel valleys to the south: one in line with the axis to the north and a second 7 km to the west. Both valleys appear to have been recently

  18. Geochemistry of a long in-situ section of intrusive slow-spread crust: Results from IODP Site U1309 (Atlantis Massif, 30°N Mid-Atlantic-Ridge)

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    Godard, M.; Abratis, M.; Awaji, S.; Brunelli, D.; Christie, D.; Hansen, H.; Hellebrand, E.; Johnson, K.; Maeda, J.; Yamasaki, T.; Kato, Y.

    2007-12-01

    IODP Site U1309 was drilled at Atlantis Massif (western rift flank of Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR) 30°N; Expeditions 304 and 305), a 1.5-2 Myr old oceanic core complex. The main hole, Hole U1309D, is the second deepest hole drilled into an intrusive slow-spread oceanic lithosphere: it penetrated 1415.5 mbsf (75% recovery). We present here the results of a bulk rock geochemical study (major and trace elements - ICPMS -) carried out on 234 samples representative of the different lithologies sampled at Site U1309. Over 96% of Hole U1309D is made up of gabbroic rocks, cross-cut by late diabases and basaltic dykes in the upper part of the section. Diabases and basalts have depleted MORB compositions (La/Yb ~0.8 and Yb ~ 3.5 ppm) similar to basalts sampled at MAR 30°N. Relics of mantle were recovered at shallow depth. Mantle peridotites show petrographic evidence of melt impregnation. They have relatively fertile compositions, similar to MARK peridotites, with Mg# (100xMg/(Mg+Fe)) of 89-90, Ni>2400ppm and Yb 0.03-0.11 ppm. Gabbroic rocks span a wide range of lithologies and geochemical compositions. They comprise olivine-rich troctolites (>70% modal olivine), troctolites, olivine and troctolitic gabbros (5 to 50% modal olivine), gabbros (including gabbronorites) and oxide gabbros (>2% modal Fe-Ti oxides), which represent respectively 5.4 %, 2.7%, 25.5%, 55.7% and 7% of the core recovered at Hole U1309D. Minor felsic ("leucocratic") dikes cross- cutting gabbros were also sampled. Troctolites and olivine-rich troctolites have high Mg# (82-89), high Ni (up to 2300 ppm) and low trace element contents (Yb 0.06-0.8 ppm). They overlap in composition with peridotites sampled at Atlantis Massif and with impregnated peridotites drilled along the MAR (e.g., ODP Site 1271 (MAR 15°20'N)). Gabbros and olivine gabbros have high Mg# (60-86) and low trace element contents (Yb 0.125-2.5 ppm - (La/Yb)CN ~ 0.4-0.7); these gabbros are among the most primitive and depleted yet sampled along

  19. Spreading Topsoil Encourages Ecological Restoration on Embankments: Soil Fertility, Microbial Activity and Vegetation Cover

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    Rivera, Desirée; Mejías, Violeta; Jáuregui, Berta M.; López-Archilla, Ana Isabel; Peco, Begoña

    2014-01-01

    The construction of linear transport infrastructure has severe effects on ecosystem functions and properties, and the restoration of the associated roadslopes contributes to reduce its impact. This restoration is usually approached from the perspective of plant cover regeneration, ignoring plant-soil interactions and the consequences for plant growth. The addition of a 30 cm layer of topsoil is a common practice in roadslope restoration projects to increase vegetation recovery. However topsoil is a scarce resource. This study assesses the effects of topsoil spreading and its depth (10 to 30 cm) on two surrogates of microbial activity (β-glucosidase and phosphatase enzymes activity and soil respiration), and on plant cover, plant species richness and floristic composition of embankment vegetation. The study also evaluates the differences in selected physic-chemical properties related to soil fertility between topsoil and the original embankment substrate. Topsoil was found to have higher values of organic matter (11%), nitrogen (44%), assimilable phosphorous (50%) and silt content (54%) than the original embankment substrate. The topsoil spreading treatment increased microbial activity, and its application increased β-glucosidase activity (45%), phosphatase activity (57%) and soil respiration (60%). Depth seemed to affect soil respiration, β-glucosidase and phosphatase activity. Topsoil application also enhanced the species richness of restored embankments in relation to controls. Nevertheless, the depth of the spread topsoil did not significantly affect the resulting plant cover, species richness or floristic composition, suggesting that both depths could have similar effects on short-term recovery of the vegetation cover. A significant implication of these results is that it permits the application of thinner topsoil layers, with major savings in this scarce resource during the subsequent slope restoration work, but the quality of topsoil relative to the

  20. Cell attachment and spreading activity of mixed laminin peptide-chitosan membranes.

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    Otagiri, Dai; Yamada, Yuji; Hozumi, Kentaro; Katagiri, Fumihiko; Kikkawa, Yamato; Nomizu, Motoyoshi

    2013-11-01

    Laminins are a multifunctional molecule with numerous active sites that have been identified in short peptide sequences. Mixed peptide-conjugated chitosan membranes using laminin-derived active peptides have been previously demonstrated to be useful as a biomaterial for tissue engineering. In this study, two syndecan-binding peptides, AG73 (RKRLQVQLSIRT) and C16 (KAFDITYVRLKF), and three integrin-binding peptides, EF1zz (ATLQLQEGRLHFXFDLGKGR, X: Nle, binding to integrin α2β1), A99a (ALRGDN, binding to integrin αvβ3), and A2G10 (SYWYRIEASRTG, binding to integrin α6β1), were mixed in various combinations, conjugated to chitosan membranes, and evaluated for their cell attachment and spreading activities. The cell attachment and spreading activity of EF1zz, A99a, and A2G10 were enhanced by AG73. In contrast, C16 enhanced only the cell attachment and spreading activity of A99a and did not influence the activity of EF1zz and A2G10. As well as previous study, the AG73-chitosan membrane bound to only syndecan. On the other hand, the C16-chitosan membrane interacted with both syndecan and β1 integrin. These data suggest that interaction of different receptors can cause synergistic effects. Therefore, AG73 is widely applicable as a synergistic agent for mixed peptide-matrices using several types of integrin-binding peptides. Additionally, the A2G10/AG73-chitosan membrane may be useful to investigate detailed biological functions of α6β1 integrin, which is a major laminin-binding receptor. Using a combination of tissue-appropriate laminin-derived peptides, the mixed peptide-chitosan membranes may serve as functional biomaterials for tissue engineering.

  1. Spreading topsoil encourages ecological restoration on embankments: soil fertility, microbial activity and vegetation cover.

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    Rivera, Desirée; Mejías, Violeta; Jáuregui, Berta M; Costa-Tenorio, Marga; López-Archilla, Ana Isabel; Peco, Begoña

    2014-01-01

    The construction of linear transport infrastructure has severe effects on ecosystem functions and properties, and the restoration of the associated roadslopes contributes to reduce its impact. This restoration is usually approached from the perspective of plant cover regeneration, ignoring plant-soil interactions and the consequences for plant growth. The addition of a 30 cm layer of topsoil is a common practice in roadslope restoration projects to increase vegetation recovery. However topsoil is a scarce resource. This study assesses the effects of topsoil spreading and its depth (10 to 30 cm) on two surrogates of microbial activity (β-glucosidase and phosphatase enzymes activity and soil respiration), and on plant cover, plant species richness and floristic composition of embankment vegetation. The study also evaluates the differences in selected physic-chemical properties related to soil fertility between topsoil and the original embankment substrate. Topsoil was found to have higher values of organic matter (11%), nitrogen (44%), assimilable phosphorous (50%) and silt content (54%) than the original embankment substrate. The topsoil spreading treatment increased microbial activity, and its application increased β-glucosidase activity (45%), phosphatase activity (57%) and soil respiration (60%). Depth seemed to affect soil respiration, β-glucosidase and phosphatase activity. Topsoil application also enhanced the species richness of restored embankments in relation to controls. Nevertheless, the depth of the spread topsoil did not significantly affect the resulting plant cover, species richness or floristic composition, suggesting that both depths could have similar effects on short-term recovery of the vegetation cover. A significant implication of these results is that it permits the application of thinner topsoil layers, with major savings in this scarce resource during the subsequent slope restoration work, but the quality of topsoil relative to the

  2. 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.

  3. Tectonics of ridge-transform intersections at the Kane fracture zone

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    Karson, J. A.; Dick, H. J. B.

    1983-03-01

    The Kane Transform offsets spreading-center segments of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge by about 150 km at 24° N latitude. In terms of its first-order morphological, geological, and geophysical characteristics it appears to be typical of long-offset (>100 km), slow-slipping (2 cm yr-1) ridge-ridge transform faults. High-resolution geological observations were made from deep-towed ANGUS photographs and the manned submersible ALVIN at the ridge-transform intersections and indicate similar relationships in these two regions. These data indicate that over a distance of about 20 km as the spreading axes approach the fracture zone, the two flanks of each ridge axis behave in very different ways. Along the flanks that intersect the active transform zone the rift valley floor deepens and the surface expression of volcanism becomes increasingly narrow and eventually absent at the intersection where only a sediment-covered ‘nodal basin’ exists. The adjacent median valley walls have structural trends that are oblique to both the ridge and the transform and have as much as 4 km of relief. These are tectonically active regions that have only a thin (<200 m), highly fractured, and discontinuous carapace of volcanic rocks overlying a variably deformed and metamorphosed assemblage of gabbroic rocks. Overprinting relationships reveal a complex history of crustal extension and rapid vertical uplift. In contrast, the opposing flanks of the ridge axes, that intersect the non-transform zones appear to be similar in many respects to those examined elsewhere along slow-spreading ridges. In general, a near-axial horst and graben terrain floored by relatively young volcanics passes laterally into median valley walls with a simple block-faulted character where only volcanic rocks have been found. Along strike toward the fracture zone, the youngest volcanics form linear constructional volcanic ridges that transect the entire width of the fracture zone valley. These volcanics are continuous with

  4. Honeycomb Ridges

    NASA Image and Video Library

    2006-04-14

    The odd ridges in this image from NASA Mars Odyssey spacecraft are located on the floor of an unnamed impact crater. The ridges probably formed when a resistant material filled in cracks in a less-resistant material that has since been eroded away.

  5. Low-latitude equinoctial spread-F occurrence at different longitude sectors under low solar activity

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    Pezzopane, M.; Zuccheretti, E.; Abadi, P.; de Abreu, A. J.; de Jesus, R.; Fagundes, P. R.; Supnithi, P.; Rungraengwajiake, S.; Nagatsuma, T.; Tsugawa, T.; Cabrera, M. A.; Ezquer, R. G.

    2013-02-01

    We present the results of a comparative study of spread-F signatures over five low-latitude sites: Chiangmai (CGM; 18.8° N, 98.9° E, mag. Lat. 8.8° N), Thailand; Tanjungsari (TNJ; 6.9° S, 107.6° E, mag. Lat. 16.9° S), Indonesia; Palmas (PAL; 10.2° S, 311.8° E, mag. Lat. 0.9° S) and São José Dos Campos (SJC; 23.2° S, 314.1° E, mag. Lat. 14.0° S), Brazil; and Tucumán (TUC; 26.9° S, 294.6° E, mag. Lat. 16.8° S), Argentina. The investigation was based on simultaneous ionograms recorded by an FMCW (frequency-modulated continuous-wave) at CGM, an IPS-71 (digital ionosonde from KEL aerospace) at TNJ, a CADI (Canadian Advanced Digital Ionosonde) at PAL and SJC, and an AIS-INGV (Advanced Ionospheric Sounder - Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia) at TUC, during the equinoctial periods March-April (R12 = 2.0 and R12 = 2.2) and September-October (R12 = 6.1 and R12 = 7.0) 2009, for very low solar activity. Spread-F signatures were categorized into two types: the range spread-F (RSF) and the frequency spread-F (FSF). The study confirms that the dynamics and the physical processes responsible for these phenomena are actually complicated. In fact, the features that arise from the investigation are different, depending on both the longitude sector and on the hemisphere. For instance, TUC, under the southern crest of the ionospheric equatorial ionization anomaly (EIA), shows a predominance of RSF signatures, while both SJC, under the southern crest of EIA but in a different longitude sector, and CGM, under the northern crest of EIA, show a predominance of FSF signatures. Moreover, the spread-F occurrence over the longitude sector that includes CGM and TNJ is significantly lower than the spread-F occurrence over the longitude sector of PAL, SJC, and TUC.

  6. Kindlin-2 cooperates with talin to activate integrins and induces cell spreading by directly binding paxillin

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    Theodosiou, Marina; Widmaier, Moritz; Böttcher, Ralph T; Rognoni, Emanuel; Veelders, Maik; Bharadwaj, Mitasha; Lambacher, Armin; Austen, Katharina; Müller, Daniel J; Zent, Roy; Fässler, Reinhard

    2016-01-01

    Integrins require an activation step prior to ligand binding and signaling. How talin and kindlin contribute to these events in non-hematopoietic cells is poorly understood. Here we report that fibroblasts lacking either talin or kindlin failed to activate β1 integrins, adhere to fibronectin (FN) or maintain their integrins in a high affinity conformation induced by Mn2+. Despite compromised integrin activation and adhesion, Mn2+ enabled talin- but not kindlin-deficient cells to initiate spreading on FN. This isotropic spreading was induced by the ability of kindlin to directly bind paxillin, which in turn bound focal adhesion kinase (FAK) resulting in FAK activation and the formation of lamellipodia. Our findings show that talin and kindlin cooperatively activate integrins leading to FN binding and adhesion, and that kindlin subsequently assembles an essential signaling node at newly formed adhesion sites in a talin-independent manner. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.10130.001 PMID:26821125

  7. Geophysical Investigation of Australian-Antarctic Ridge Using High-Resolution Gravity and Bathymetry

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    Kim, S. S.; Lin, J.; Park, S. H.; Choi, H.

    2015-12-01

    Much of the Australian-Antarctic Ridge (AAR) has been remained uncharted until 2011 because of its remoteness and harsh weather conditions. From 2011, the multidisciplinary ridge program initiated by the Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI) surveyed the little-explored eastern ends of the AAR to characterize the tectonics, geochemistry, and hydrothermal activity of this intermediate spreading system. In this study, we present a detailed analysis of a 300-km-long supersegment of the AAR to quantify the spatial variations in ridge morphology and axial and off-axis volcanisms as constrained by high-resolution shipboard bathymetry and gravity. The ridge axis morphology alternates between rift valleys and axial highs within relatively short ridge segments. To obtain a geological proxy for regional variations in magma supply, we calculated residual mantle Bouguer gravity anomalies (RMBA), gravity-derived crustal thickness, and residual topography for neighboring seven sub-segments. The results of the analyses revealed that the southern flank of the AAR is associated with shallower seafloor, more negative RMBA, thicker crust, and/or less dense mantle in comparison to the conjugate northern flank. Furthermore, this north-south asymmetry becomes more prominent toward the KR1 supersegment of the AAR. The axial topography of the KR1 supersegment exhibits a sharp transition from axial highs at the western end to rift valleys at the eastern end, with regions of axial highs being associated with more robust magma supply as indicated by more negative RMBA. We also compare and contrast the characteristics of the AAR supersegment with that of other ridges of intermediate spreading rates, including the Juan de Fuca Ridge, Galápagos Spreading Center, and Southeast Indian Ridge west of the Australian-Antarctic Discordance, to investigate the influence of ridge-hotspot interaction on ridge magma supply and tectonics.

  8. Spreading of Viscous Liquids at High Temperature: Silicate Glasseson Molybdenum

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    Lopez-Esteban, Sonia; Saiz, Eduardo; Moya, Jose S.; Tomsia,Antoni P.

    2004-12-15

    The spreading of Si-Ca-Al-Ti-O glasses on molybdenum has been investigated. By controlling the oxygen activity in the furnace, spreading can take place under reactive or non-reactive conditions. As the nucleation of the reaction product under reactive conditions is slow in comparison to the spreading kinetics, in both cases the glass front moves on the metal surface with similar spreading velocities. Spreading can be described using a molecular dynamics model where the main contribution to the wetting activation energy comes from the viscous interactions in the liquid. Enhanced interfacial diffusions in low-oxygen activities (reactive cases) form triple-line ridges that can pin the wetting front and cause a stick-slip motion.

  9. Spread of tumor microenvironment contributes to colonic obstruction through subperitoneal fibroblast activation in colon cancer

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    Yokota, Mitsuru; Kojima, Motohiro; Higuchi, Youichi; Nishizawa, Yuji; Kobayashi, Akihiro; Ito, Masaaki; Saito, Norio; Ochiai, Atsushi

    2015-01-01

    We evaluated the influence of the cancer microenvironment formed by peritoneal invasion (CMPI) on clinical findings in colon cancer patients. In addition to the association with poor prognosis, we discovered a relationship with bowel obstruction. Detailed analysis revealed that clinical findings related to bowel obstruction occurred more frequently in patients with an elevated type tumor, which had peritoneal elastic laminal elevation to the tumor surface, compared to those with non-elevated type tumors among those with elastic laminal invasion (ELI). Lateral tumor spread and increase of tumor annularity rate in ELI-positive elevated type cases suggested the morphological progression from ELI-positive non-elevated type to elevated type. In addition, α-smooth muscle actin expression was the highest in ELI-positive elevated type, and prominent expressions were found not only in the deep tumor area but also in the shallow tumor area. Furthermore, contraction assays revealed the robust contractile ability of subperitoneal fibroblasts stimulated by cancer cell-conditioned medium. Our findings suggest that CMPI spread into the luminal side of the colonic wall along with tumor progression, which caused bowel obstruction through the activation of subperitoneal fibroblasts. However, although the clinical outcome was not different between the two types, the clinical findings were affected by the spread of CMPI. We are the first to explore how the alteration of the tumor-promoting microenvironment, along with tumor progression, contributes to the development of clinical findings. PMID:25613547

  10. Accelerating efforts to prevent childhood obesity: spreading, scaling, and sustaining healthy eating and physical activity.

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    Chang, Debbie I; Gertel-Rosenberg, Allison; Snyder, Kim

    2014-12-01

    During the past decade, progress has been made in addressing childhood obesity through policy and practice changes that encourage increased physical activity and access to healthy food. With the implementation of these strategies, an understanding of what works to prevent childhood obesity is beginning to emerge. The task now is to consider how best to spread, scale, and sustain promising childhood obesity prevention strategies. In this article we examine a project led by Nemours, a children's health system, to address childhood obesity. We describe Nemours's conceptual approach to spreading, scaling, and sustaining a childhood obesity prevention intervention. We review a component of a Nemours initiative in Delaware that focused on early care and education settings and its expansion to other states through the National Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative to prevent childhood obesity. We also discuss lessons learned. Focusing on the spreading, scaling, and sustaining of promising strategies has the potential to increase the reach and impact of efforts in obesity prevention and help ensure their impact on population health. Project HOPE—The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc.

  11. 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

  12. PROPAGATION AND LINKAGE OF OCEANIC RIDGE SEGMENTS.

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    Pollard, David D.; Aydin, Atilla

    1984-01-01

    An investigation was made of spreading ridges and the development of structures that link ridge segments using an analogy between ridges and cracks in elastic plates. The ridge-propagation force and a path factor that controls propagation direction were calculated for echelon ridge segments propagating toward each other. The ridge-propagation force increases as ridge ends approach but then declines sharply as the ends pass, so ridge segments may overlap somewhat. The sign of the path factor changes as ridge ends approach and pass, so the overlapping ridge ends may diverge and then converge following a hook-shaped path. The magnitudes of shear stresses in the plane of the plate and orientations of maximum shear planes between adjacent ridge segments were calculated to study transform faulting. For different loading conditions simulating ridge push, plate pull, and ridge suction, a zone of intense mechanical interaction between adjacent ridge ends in which stresses are concentrated was identified. The magnitudes of mean stresses in the plane of the plate and orientations of principal stress planes were also calculated.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Optimal design of active spreading systems to remediate sorbing groundwater contaminants in situ.

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    Piscopo, Amy N; Neupauer, Roseanna M; Kasprzyk, Joseph R

    2016-07-01

    The effectiveness of in situ remediation to treat contaminated aquifers is limited by the degree of contact between the injected treatment chemical and the groundwater contaminant. In this study, candidate designs that actively spread the treatment chemical into the contaminant are generated using a multi-objective evolutionary algorithm. Design parameters pertaining to the amount of treatment chemical and the duration and rate of its injection are optimized according to objectives established for the remediation - maximizing contaminant degradation while minimizing energy and material requirements. Because groundwater contaminants have different reaction and sorption properties that influence their ability to be degraded with in situ remediation, optimization was conducted for six different combinations of reaction rate coefficients and sorption rates constants to represent remediation of the common groundwater contaminants, trichloroethene, tetrachloroethene, and toluene, using the treatment chemical, permanganate. Results indicate that active spreading for contaminants with low reaction rate coefficients should be conducted by using greater amounts of treatment chemical mass and longer injection durations relative to contaminants with high reaction rate coefficients. For contaminants with slow sorption or contaminants in heterogeneous aquifers, two different design strategies are acceptable - one that injects high concentrations of treatment chemical mass over a short duration or one that injects lower concentrations of treatment chemical mass over a long duration. Thus, decision-makers can select a strategy according to their preference for material or energy use. Finally, for scenarios with high ambient groundwater velocities, the injection rate used for active spreading should be high enough for the groundwater divide to encompass the entire contaminant plume. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Optimal design of active spreading systems to remediate sorbing groundwater contaminants in situ

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    Piscopo, Amy N.; Neupauer, Roseanna M.; Kasprzyk, Joseph R.

    2016-07-01

    The effectiveness of in situ remediation to treat contaminated aquifers is limited by the degree of contact between the injected treatment chemical and the groundwater contaminant. In this study, candidate designs that actively spread the treatment chemical into the contaminant are generated using a multi-objective evolutionary algorithm. Design parameters pertaining to the amount of treatment chemical and the duration and rate of its injection are optimized according to objectives established for the remediation - maximizing contaminant degradation while minimizing energy and material requirements. Because groundwater contaminants have different reaction and sorption properties that influence their ability to be degraded with in situ remediation, optimization was conducted for six different combinations of reaction rate coefficients and sorption rates constants to represent remediation of the common groundwater contaminants, trichloroethene, tetrachloroethene, and toluene, using the treatment chemical, permanganate. Results indicate that active spreading for contaminants with low reaction rate coefficients should be conducted by using greater amounts of treatment chemical mass and longer injection durations relative to contaminants with high reaction rate coefficients. For contaminants with slow sorption or contaminants in heterogeneous aquifers, two different design strategies are acceptable - one that injects high concentrations of treatment chemical mass over a short duration or one that injects lower concentrations of treatment chemical mass over a long duration. Thus, decision-makers can select a strategy according to their preference for material or energy use. Finally, for scenarios with high ambient groundwater velocities, the injection rate used for active spreading should be high enough for the groundwater divide to encompass the entire contaminant plume.

  17. Mantle Convection beneath the Aegir Ridge, a Shadow in the Iceland Hotspot

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    Howell, S. M.; Ito, G.; Breivik, A. J.; Hanan, B. B.; Mjelde, R.; Sayit, K.; Vogt, P. R.

    2012-12-01

    The Iceland Hotspot has produced extensive volcanism spanning much of the ocean basin between Greenland and Norway, forming one of the world's largest igneous provinces. However, an apparent igneous "shadow" in hotspot activity is located at the fossil Aegir Ridge, which formed anomalously thin crust, despite this ridge being near the Iceland hotspot when it was active. The Aegir Ridge accommodated seafloor spreading northeast of present-day Iceland from the time of continental breakup at ~55 Ma until ~25 Ma, at which point spreading shifted west to the Kolbeinsey Ridge. To address the cause of the anomalously thin crust produced by the Aegir Ridge, we use three-dimensional numerical models to simulate the interaction between a mantle plume beneath the Iceland hotspot, rifting continental lithosphere, and the time-evolving North Atlantic ridge system. Two end-member hypotheses were investigated: (1) Material emanating from the Iceland mantle plume was blocked from reaching the Aegir Ridge by the thick lithosphere of the Jan Mayen Microcontinent as the Kolbeinsey Ridge began rifting it from Greenland at ~30 Ma, just east of the plume center; (2) Plume material was not blocked and did reach the Aegir Ridge, but had already experienced partial melting closer to the hotspot. This material was then unable to produce melt volumes at the Aegir Ridge comparable to those of pristine mantle. To test these hypotheses, we vary the volume flux and viscosity of the plume, and identify which conditions do and do not lead to the Aegir Ridge forming anomalously thin crust. Results show that the combination of plume material being drawn into the lithospheric channels beneath the Reykjanes Ridge and Kolbeinsey Ridge after their respective openings, and the impedance of plume flow by the Jan Mayen Microcontinent (hypothesis 1), can deprive the Aegir Ridge of plume influence. This leads to low crustal thicknesses that are comparable to those observed. We have yet to produce a model

  18. 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

  19. Dynamic Assessment of Fibroblast Mechanical Activity during Rac-induced Cell Spreading in 3-D Culture

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    Petroll, W. Matthew; Ma, Lisha; Kim, Areum; Ly, Linda; Vishwanath, Mridula

    2009-01-01

    The goal of this study was to determine the morphological and sub-cellular mechanical effects of Rac activation on fibroblasts within 3-D collagen matrices. Corneal fibroblasts were plated at low density inside 100 μm thick fibrillar collagen matrices and cultured for 1 to 2 days in serum-free media. Time-lapse imaging was then performed using Nomarski DIC. After an acclimation period, perfusion was switched to media containing PDGF. In some experiments, Y-27632 or blebbistatin were used to inhibit Rho-kinase (ROCK) or myosin II, respectively. PDGF activated Rac and induced cell spreading, which resulted in an increase in cell length, cell area, and the number of pseudopodial processes. Tractional forces were generated by extending pseudopodia, as indicated by centripetal displacement and realignment of collagen fibrils. Interestingly, the pattern of pseudopodial extension and local collagen fibril realignment was highly dependent upon the initial orientation of fibrils at the leading edge. Following ROCK or myosin II inhibition, significant ECM relaxation was observed, but small displacements of collagen fibrils continued to be detected at the tips of pseudopodia. Taken together, the data suggests that during Rac-induced cell spreading within 3-D matrices, there is a shift in the distribution of forces from the center to the periphery of corneal fibroblasts. ROCK mediates the generation of large myosin II-based tractional forces during cell spreading within 3-D collagen matrices, however residual forces can be generated at the tips of extending pseudopodia that are both ROCK and myosin II-independent. PMID:18452153

  20. Phonetic-semantic mediated false recognition: does activation fail to spread?

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    Wallace, William P; Salapska-Gelleri, Joanna; Belz, Christine L; Owen, Melanie A

    2006-01-01

    Spoken word recognition involves brief activation of candidate words. Six experiments examined whether words semantically related to phonologically activated words would be falsely recognized. Experiments 1 and 2 involved homophones as test words; Experiment 3 used strong associates for the semantic mediation link. Experiment 4 approximated lists of "strong" converging associates. Experiment 5 expanded the real time needed for word identification by using a gating procedure during study. In Experiment 6, the goal was to create a more sensitive test by requiring participants to indicate which of two lures (mediated or control) was "most likely" to be new. Recognition errors were sensitive to separate phonetic and semantic stages in the mediated chain; however, there was little evidence of mediated false recognition, despite expectations derived from common models of spreading activation.

  1. 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

  2. SAN-RL: combining spreading activation networks and reinforcement learning to learn configurable behaviors

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    Gaines, Daniel M.; Wilkes, Don M.; Kusumalnukool, Kanok; Thongchai, Siripun; Kawamura, Kazuhiko; White, John H.

    2002-02-01

    Reinforcement learning techniques have been successful in allowing an agent to learn a policy for achieving tasks. The overall behavior of the agent can be controlled with an appropriate reward function. However, the policy that is learned will be fixed to this reward function. If the user wishes to change his or her preference about how the task is achieved the agent must be retrained with this new reward function. We address this challenge by combining Spreading Activation Networks and Reinforcement Learning in an approach we call SAN-RL. This approach provides the agent with a causal structure, the spreading activation network, relating goals to the actions that can achieve those goals. This enables the agent to select actions relative to the goal priorities. We combine this with reinforcement learning to enable the agent to learn a policy. Together, these approaches enable the learning of a configurable behaviors, a policy that can be adapted to meet the current preferences. We compare the approach with Q-learning on a robot navigation task. We demonstrate that SAN-RL exhibits goal-directed behavior before learning, exploits the causal structure of the network to focus its search during learning and results in configurable behaviors after learning.

  3. 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.

  4. Hot spot-ridge crest convergence in the northeast Pacific

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    Karsten, J.L.; Delaney, J.R. )

    1989-01-10

    Evolution of the Juan de Fuca Ridge during the past 7 m.y. has been reconstructed taking into account both the propagating rift history and migration of the spreading center in the 'absolute' (fixed hot spot) reference frame. Northwestward migration of the spreading center (at a rate of 30 km/m.y.) has resulted in progressive encroachment of the ridge axis on the Cobb Hot Spot and westward jumping of the central third of the ridge axis more recently than 0.5 Ma. Seamounts in the Cobb-Eickelberg chain are predicted to display systematic variations in morphology and petrology, and a reduction in the age contrast between the edifice and underlying crust, as a result of the ridge axis approach. Relative seamount volumes also indicate that magmatic output of the hot spot varied during this interval, with a reduction in activity between 2.5 and 4.5 Ma, compared with relatively more robust activity before and after this period. Spatial relationships determined in this reconstruction allow hypotheses relating hot spot activity and rift propagation to be evaluated. In most cases, rift propagation has been directed away from the hot spot during the time period considered. Individual propagators show some reduction in propagation rate as separation between the propagating rift tip and hot spot increases, but cross comparison of multiple propagators does not uniformly display the same relationship. No obvious correlation exists between propagation rate and increasing proximity of the hot spot to the ridge axis or increasing hot spot output. Taken together, these observations do not offer compelling support for the concept of hot spot driven rift propagation. However, short-term reversals in propagation direction at the Cobb Offset coincide with activity of the Heckle melting anomaly, suggesting that local propagation effects may be related to excess magma supply at the ridge axis.

  5. Changes in Mice Brain Spontaneous Electrical Activity during Cortical Spreading Depression due to Mobile Phone Radiation

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    Sallam, Samera M.; Mohamed, Ehab I.; Dawood, Abdel-Fattah B.

    2008-01-01

    The objective of the present study was to investigate changes in spontaneous EEG activity during cortical spreading depression (CSD) in mice brain. The cortical region of anaesthetized mice were exposed to the electromagnetic fields (EMFs) emitted from a mobile phone (MP, 935.2-960.2 MHz, 41.8 mW/cm2). The effect of EMFs on EEG was investigated before and after exposure to different stimuli (MP, 2% KCl, and MP & 2% KCl). The records of brain spontaneous EEG activity, slow potential changes (SPC), and spindle shaped firings were obtained through an interfaced computer. The results showed increases in the amplitude of evoked spindles by about 87%, 17%, and 226% for MP, 2% KCl, and MP & 2% KCl; respectively, as compared to values for the control group. These results showed that the evoked spindle is a more sensitive indicator of the effect of exposure to EMFs from MP. PMID:23675079

  6. Dewetting and spreading transitions for active matter on random pinning substrates

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    Sándor, Cs.; Libál, A.; Reichhardt, C.; Ols