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Segmentation of mid-ocean ridges

January 1, 1985

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

Publication Year 1985
Title Segmentation of mid-ocean ridges
DOI 10.1038/317225a0
Authors Hans Schouten, Kim D. Klitgord, J.A. Whitehead
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Nature
Index ID 70013103
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center