Earth, Planets and Space

, Volume 58, Issue 8, pp 1087–1092 | Cite as

Mantle wedge deformation by subducting and rotating slab and its possible implication

  • S. Honda
  • Y. Orihashi
  • K. Mibe
  • A. Motoki
  • H. Sumino
  • M. J. Haller
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We have constructed a simple model of the deformation of the mantle wedge caused by the subducting and rotating slab based on corner flow model. By applying this model to the geological settings of the Somuncura plateau volcanic region, northern Patagonia, which is located far from the volcanic front, we constrain the mechanical aspect of the hypothesis that the volcanisms of the Somuncura region are triggered by the dehydration-induced melting of the up-warped transition zone which may contain more water than other regions do. Assuming that the water concentrates in the transition zone under the Somuncura plateau, we find that the above scenario may be possible, if the speed of the subducting slab is less than ∼2 cm/yr or the dip angle changes significantly (∼50 degrees within ∼8 Myr).

Key words

Mantle wedge rotating slab volcanism Somuncura transition zone water 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Honda
    • 1
  • Y. Orihashi
    • 1
  • K. Mibe
    • 1
  • A. Motoki
    • 2
  • H. Sumino
    • 3
  • M. J. Haller
    • 4
  1. 1.Earthquake Research InstituteUniversity of TokyoTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Depertamento de Mineralogia e Petrologia IgneaUniversidade do Estado do Rio deRio de JaneiroBrazil
  3. 3.Laboratory for Earthquake Chemistry, Graduate School of ScienceUniversity of TokyoTokyoJapan
  4. 4.Universidad Nacional de La Patagonia San Juan BoscoPuerto MadrynArgentina

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