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The hydrangeas of plate tectonics


Whittaker, J, The hydrangeas of plate tectonics, Nature Geoscience, 2, (4) pp. 246-247. ISSN 1752-0894 (2009) [Non Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1038/ngeo492


The blooms of hydrangeas change colour according to the aluminium content of the ground, and a look at the flowers helps understand the soil below. Similarly, volcanic arcs, which form on the edge of an overriding plate in a subduction system, can expose material that originates from the mantle. Brought up to the surface through volcanic eruptions, the resulting rocks can reveal the characteristics of the downgoing oceanic crust. On page 286 of this issue, Straub and colleagues1 report a lead isotope ratio in volcanic rocks collected from the Izu-Bonin island arc at the northwest edge of the Pacific Ocean that unexpectedly links them to the mantle in the Indian Ocean domain.

Item Details

Item Type:Non Refereed Article
Keywords:plate tectonics, Pacific, Izanagi
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geology
Research Field:Marine geoscience
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences
UTAS Author:Whittaker, J (Associate Professor Jo Whittaker)
ID Code:84438
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:IMAS Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2013-05-14
Last Modified:2015-07-29

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