Pacific Centre for Isotopic and Geochemical Research
Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences,
The University of British Columbia

Press Release — Lava Fingerprinting in Hawaiian Volcanoes

Below is a joint UBC and University of Hawaii press release on a paper by Dr. Weis and her colleagues, entitled “Role of the deep mantle in generating bilateral the compositional asymmetry of the Hawaiian mantle plume,” that was just published in Nature Geoscience.

Lava Fingerprinting Reveals Differences Between Hawaii’s Twin Volcanoes

NOVEMBER 29, 2011

Hawaii’s main volcano chains–the Loa and Kea trends–have distinct sources of magma and unique plumbing systems connecting them to the Earth’s deep mantle, according to UBC research published this week in Nature Geoscience, in conjunction with researchers at the universities of Hawaii and Massachusetts.

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