Iodp expedition 330: Drilling the louisville seamount trail in the SW Pacific

Anthony A P Koppers, Toshitsugu Yamazaki, Jörg Geldmacher, Louise Anderson, Christoph Beier, David M. Buchs, Li Hui Chen, Benjamin E. Cohen, Fabien Deschamps, Michael J. Dorais, Daniel Ebuna, Sebastian Ehmann, J. Godfrey Fitton, Patrick M. Fulton, Erdenesaikhan Ganbat, Jeffrey S. Gee, Cedric Hamelin, Takeshi Hanyu, Hiroyuki Hoshi, Lara KalninsJohnathon Kell, Shiki Machida, John J. Mahoney, Kazuyoshi Moriya, Alexander R L Nichols, Nicola Pressling, Svenja Rausch, Shin Ichi Sano, Jason B. Sylvan, Rebecca Williams

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Deep-Earth convection can be understood by studying hotspot volcanoes that form where mantle plumes rise up and intersect the lithosphere, the Earth's rigid outer layer. Hotspots characteristically leave age-progressive trails of volcanoes and seamounts on top of oceanic lithosphere, which in turn allow us to decipher the motion of these plates relative to "fixed" deep-mantle plumes, and their (isotope) geochemistry provides insights into the long-term evolution of mantle source regions. However, it is strongly suggested that the Hawaiian mantle plume moved ~15° south between 80 and 50 million years ago. This raises a fundamental question about other hotspot systems in the Pacific, whether or not their mantle plumes experienced a similar amount and direction of motion. Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Expedition 330 to the Louisville Seamounts showed that the Louisville hotspot in the South Pacific behaved in a different manner, as its mantle plume remained more or less fixed around 48°S latitude during that same time period. Our findings demonstrate that the Pacific hotspots move independently and that their trajectories may be controlled by differences in subduction zone geometry. Additionally, shipboard geochemistry data shows that, in contrast to Hawaiian volcanoes, the construction of the Louisville Seamounts doesn't involve a shield-building phase dominated by tholeiitic lavas, and trace elements confirm the rather homogenous nature of the Louisville mantle source. Both observations set Louisville apart from the Hawaiian-Emperor seamount trail, whereby the latter has been erupting abundant tholeiites (characteristically up to 95% in volume) and which exhibit a large variability in (isotope) geochemistry and their mantle source components.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-22
Number of pages12
JournalScientific Drilling
Issue number15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Volcanoes
Geochemistry
Drilling
Isotopes
Earth (planet)
Long Term Evolution (LTE)
Trace elements
Trajectories
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Koppers, A. A. P., Yamazaki, T., Geldmacher, J., Anderson, L., Beier, C., Buchs, D. M., ... Williams, R. (2013). Iodp expedition 330: Drilling the louisville seamount trail in the SW Pacific. Scientific Drilling, (15), 11-22. https://doi.org/10.2204/iodp.sd.15.02.2013

Iodp expedition 330 : Drilling the louisville seamount trail in the SW Pacific. / Koppers, Anthony A P; Yamazaki, Toshitsugu; Geldmacher, Jörg; Anderson, Louise; Beier, Christoph; Buchs, David M.; Chen, Li Hui; Cohen, Benjamin E.; Deschamps, Fabien; Dorais, Michael J.; Ebuna, Daniel; Ehmann, Sebastian; Fitton, J. Godfrey; Fulton, Patrick M.; Ganbat, Erdenesaikhan; Gee, Jeffrey S.; Hamelin, Cedric; Hanyu, Takeshi; Hoshi, Hiroyuki; Kalnins, Lara; Kell, Johnathon; Machida, Shiki; Mahoney, John J.; Moriya, Kazuyoshi; Nichols, Alexander R L; Pressling, Nicola; Rausch, Svenja; Sano, Shin Ichi; Sylvan, Jason B.; Williams, Rebecca.

In: Scientific Drilling, No. 15, 2013, p. 11-22.

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Koppers, AAP, Yamazaki, T, Geldmacher, J, Anderson, L, Beier, C, Buchs, DM, Chen, LH, Cohen, BE, Deschamps, F, Dorais, MJ, Ebuna, D, Ehmann, S, Fitton, JG, Fulton, PM, Ganbat, E, Gee, JS, Hamelin, C, Hanyu, T, Hoshi, H, Kalnins, L, Kell, J, Machida, S, Mahoney, JJ, Moriya, K, Nichols, ARL, Pressling, N, Rausch, S, Sano, SI, Sylvan, JB & Williams, R 2013, 'Iodp expedition 330: Drilling the louisville seamount trail in the SW Pacific', Scientific Drilling, no. 15, pp. 11-22. https://doi.org/10.2204/iodp.sd.15.02.2013
Koppers AAP, Yamazaki T, Geldmacher J, Anderson L, Beier C, Buchs DM et al. Iodp expedition 330: Drilling the louisville seamount trail in the SW Pacific. Scientific Drilling. 2013;(15):11-22. https://doi.org/10.2204/iodp.sd.15.02.2013
Koppers, Anthony A P ; Yamazaki, Toshitsugu ; Geldmacher, Jörg ; Anderson, Louise ; Beier, Christoph ; Buchs, David M. ; Chen, Li Hui ; Cohen, Benjamin E. ; Deschamps, Fabien ; Dorais, Michael J. ; Ebuna, Daniel ; Ehmann, Sebastian ; Fitton, J. Godfrey ; Fulton, Patrick M. ; Ganbat, Erdenesaikhan ; Gee, Jeffrey S. ; Hamelin, Cedric ; Hanyu, Takeshi ; Hoshi, Hiroyuki ; Kalnins, Lara ; Kell, Johnathon ; Machida, Shiki ; Mahoney, John J. ; Moriya, Kazuyoshi ; Nichols, Alexander R L ; Pressling, Nicola ; Rausch, Svenja ; Sano, Shin Ichi ; Sylvan, Jason B. ; Williams, Rebecca. / Iodp expedition 330 : Drilling the louisville seamount trail in the SW Pacific. In: Scientific Drilling. 2013 ; No. 15. pp. 11-22.
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