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Has the Wharton Basin's Heat flow been perturbed by the formation of a diffuse plate boundary in the Indian Ocean?

Carol A. Stein; Michael A. Hobart; Dallas Helen Abbott

Title:
Has the Wharton Basin's Heat flow been perturbed by the formation of a diffuse plate boundary in the Indian Ocean?
Author(s):
Stein, Carol A.
Hobart, Michael A.
Abbott, Dallas Helen
Date:
Type:
Articles
Department(s):
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Volume:
15
Persistent URL:
Book/Journal Title:
Geophysical Research Letters
Geographic Area:
Indian Ocean
Publisher:
American Geophysical Union
Abstract:
The Central Indian Ocean region has heat flow higher than expected for its lithospheric age. This heat flow anomaly is thought to be associated with deformation of sediment and crust and high seismicity. To better constrain the nature of this deformation, we examine the spatial variation of the heat flow. Previous work suggested high heat flux also in the Wharton Basin to the east, which shows less seismicity and deformation. Using new values for lithospheric age from reinterpretation of the magnetic anomalies, we have reexamined the heat flow and found it no higher than expected, in contrast to the Central Indian Basin. This spatial distribution of heat flow highs and expected values is consistent with the pattern of seismicity and deformation and the predictions of the recent diffuse plate boundary model [Wiens et al., 1985] for the region.
Subject(s):
Ocean temperature--Mathematical models
Plate tectonics
Submarine geology
Geophysics
Oceanography
Publisher DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1029/GL015i005p00455
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Carol A. Stein, Michael A. Hobart, Dallas Helen Abbott, , Has the Wharton Basin's Heat flow been perturbed by the formation of a diffuse plate boundary in the Indian Ocean?, Columbia University Academic Commons, .

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