Geophysical and geochemical constraints on crustal accretion at the very-slow spreading Mohns Ridge

Type Article
Date 2000-05
Language English
Author(s) Klingelhofer F, Geli LouisORCID, White Rs
Affiliation(s) IFREMER, DROGM, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
Bullard Labs, Cambridge CB3 0EZ, England.
Source Geophysical Research Letters (0094-8276) (Amer Geophysical Union), 2000-05 , Vol. 27 , N. 10 , P. 1547-1550
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Abstract The composition of upper mantle and lower crustal material at very-slow spreading centers cannot be reliably determined by seismic studies alone. Since the range of P-wave velocities for serpentinized peridotites and gabbros overlap, additional information provided by the major and rare earth element (REE) content of the basalts is useful to constrain interpretations of seismic data. Refraction seismic data from the very slow spreading (16 mm/a, full rate) Mohns Ridge in the Norwegian-Greenland Sea yields a highly variable thin crust of 4.0 +/- 0.5 km thickness. Analysis of S-waves suggests that Layer 3 is composed primarily of gabbro containing at most a small percentage (< 20%) of mantle material. The Nas content of Mohns Ridge basalts suggests a magmatic crustal thickness of 4-5 km. Inversion of the REE concentrations yields a melt thickness of similar to 5 km. This agreement between seismic and geochemical data suggests that neither large quantities of mantle material are found in the lower crust nor is a large volume of basaltic magma frozen in the upper mantle.
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Klingelhofer F, Geli Louis, White Rs (2000). Geophysical and geochemical constraints on crustal accretion at the very-slow spreading Mohns Ridge. Geophysical Research Letters, 27(10), 1547-1550. Open Access version : https://archimer.ifremer.fr/doc/00000/10536/