P Wave Tomography Beneath Greenland and Surrounding Regions: 2. Lower Mantle

Genti Toyokuni, Takaya Matsuno, Dapeng Zhao

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We study the 3-D P wave velocity (Vp) structure of the whole mantle beneath Greenland and surrounding regions using the latest P wave arrival time data. We use a new method of global seismic tomography by setting 3-D grid nodes densely in the study volume to enhance the resolution. We invert ~5.6 million arrival times of P, pP, and PP waves from 16,257 earthquakes extracted from the ISC-EHB catalog, which were recorded at 12,549 seismic stations in the world. Our results reveal a hot plume rising from the core-mantle boundary beneath central Greenland, which is called the Greenland plume. This plume has the main conduit and two branches in the lower mantle, and the main conduit rises to the mantle transition zone (MTZ) beneath eastern Greenland, so it is distinguishable from the Iceland plume that appears to rise from a midmantle depth (~1,500 km) beneath Iceland. The Iceland plume itself is a powerful plume, but it may also be fed by hot mantle materials from three joints with other plumes: a branch of the Greenland plume at ~1,500 km depth, a plume beneath Western Europe at ~1,000 km depth, and the main conduit of the Greenland plume at the MTZ, leading to many active volcanoes in Iceland. We deem that the main conduit of the Greenland plume mixes with the Iceland plume incompletely and splits mainly into the Jan Mayen and Svalbard plumes in the upper mantle, which supply magma to the Jan Mayen hotspot and a geothermal area in western Svalbard, respectively.

ジャーナルJournal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth
出版ステータスPublished - 2020 12

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 地球物理学
  • 地球化学および岩石学
  • 地球惑星科学(その他)
  • 宇宙惑星科学


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