Tonga-Kermadec arc and Havre-Lau back-arc system: Their role in the development of tectonic and magmatic models for the western Pacific

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Show simple item record Smith, Ian en Price, RC en 2012-02-26T22:57:33Z en 2006 en
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 156(3-4):315-331 01 Sep 2006 en
dc.identifier.issn 0377-0273 en
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dc.description.abstract The convergent plate boundary marked by the Tonga–Kermadec arc system is one of the clearest examples of an intra-oceanic arc on the modern Earth. Arising from ground breaking research in the 1970's and continuing through the present, the arc has become a testing ground for defining and explaining models for the tectonic and magmatic evolution of intra-oceanic subduction systems. Despite its simple oceanic setting the arc shows significant variations along its length in terms of rock types and structure and because of the lack of involvement of continental crust these allow refinement of the details of or models of how arcs develop and evolve. Of particular importance are the variations in convergence rates and vectors between the major plates and the effect these have on the tectonic evolution of the arc and back-arc. The erupted rocks of the arc have provided the means of testing the contribution of subducted sediment, slab, mantle wedge and overlying crust and most recently tests of P–T–time paths for recycled sediments. Although the arc is dominated by basalts and basaltic andesites, there is increasing evidence for significant proportions of silicic magmas erupted in recent times. Silicic volcanism is also evidenced in the presence of caldera structures revealed by detailed multibeam mapping that have been a feature of research in the last decade. As we enter the 21st century, the Tonga– Kermadec arc continues as an archetypical natural laboratory for the testing of new ideas in subduction zone tectonics and petrology. en
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dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research en
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dc.title Tonga-Kermadec arc and Havre-Lau back-arc system: Their role in the development of tectonic and magmatic models for the western Pacific en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2006.03.006 en
pubs.begin-page 315 en
pubs.volume 156 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: Elsevier BV en
pubs.end-page 331 en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 66888 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2010-09-01 en

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