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MECHANICS and TECTONICS: Mantle plumes: crustal structures, topographic expression and tectonics

To Plume or not to Plume?

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Franco Pirajno

A debate on fundamental questions about the dynamics of the processes that lead to plumes, LIP’s, hot spots and intra-plate volcanoes. The discussion will concentrate on processes that effect continental lithosphere, as they are relevant to the Australian continent and mineral deposits that still have questionable origin.