Superplumes: Beyond Plate Tectonics

  • David A. Yuen
  • Shigenori Maruyama
  • Shun-Ichiro Karato
  • Brian F. Windley

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. The Thermal and Compositional Structure of the Earth

  3. Seismological Evidence and Boundary Layers in the Mantle

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-112
    2. Soichi Omori, Tetsuya Komabayashi
      Pages 113-138
    3. Edward J. Garnero, Michael S. Thorne, Allen McNamara, Sebastian Rost
      Pages 139-158
  4. Global Material Circulation and Petrogenesis of Superplume Rocks

  5. Dynamics of Superplumes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-238
    2. David A. Yuen, Marc Monnereau, Ulrich Hansen, Masanori Kameyama, Ctirad Matyska
      Pages 239-268
    3. Anne M. Hofmeister
      Pages 269-292
    4. Frédéric Deschamps, Jeannot Trampert, Paul J. Tackley
      Pages 293-320 Open Access
  6. Plume Dynamics through Earth History

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 357-362
    2. Atsushi Utsunomiya, Tsutomu Ota, Brian F. Windley, Norihito Suzuki, Yuko Uchio, Kuniko Munekata et al.
      Pages 363-408
    3. Shigenori Maruyama, David A. Yuen, Brian F. Windley
      Pages 441-502
  7. Plumes and Superplumes on Mars and Venus

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 503-506
    2. Victor R. Baker, Shigenori Maruyama, James M. Dohm
      Pages 507-522
    3. James M. Dohm, Victor R. Baker, Shigenori Maruyama, Robert C. Anderson
      Pages 523-536
    4. Richard E. Ernst, K.L. Buchan, D.W. Desnoyers
      Pages 537-562
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 563-569

About this book


This book provides a concise overview of our understanding of the entire mantle, its evolution since early differentiation and the consequences of superplumes for earth surface processes. The balanced, international authorship of the 18 contributions has produced a state-of-the-science report on the emerging concept of superplumes and has documented the potential of superplumes to serve as a testable model for future studies.

The topic of superplume dynamics has been treated from different angles covering the sub-disciplines of geology, geochemistry, petrology as well as geophysics (including mineral physics, seismic tomography and mantle dynamics). For instance, it is shown how transport of heat via superplumes, huge stable pipes connecting the high-temperature core with the surface land mass, could have caused mass extinctions and drastic environmental change.

Audience: Scientists, researchers and graduate students in geology, geochemistry and geophysics, planetary scientists, astrobiologists and environmental engineers. 


Beyond plate tectonics Earth system Geoinformationssysteme Mass extinction Petrogenesis Planet Proterozoic Superplumes Trias Triassic geochemistry geophysics plate tectonics subduction tectonics

Editors and affiliations

  • David A. Yuen
    • 1
  • Shigenori Maruyama
    • 2
  • Shun-Ichiro Karato
    • 3
  • Brian F. Windley
    • 4
  1. 1.University of MinnesotaU.S.A.
  2. 2.Tokyo Institute of TechnologyJapan
  3. 3.Yale UniversityConnecticutU.S.A.
  4. 4.University of LeicesterU.K.

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