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New Way to Hit the Hot Spot Hints at a Complex Pacific

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Science  23 May 1997:
Vol. 276, Issue 5316, pp. 1198
DOI: 10.1126/science.276.5316.1198

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The profusion of submerged seamounts that dot the Pacific sea floor is thought to stem from deep-rooted "hot spots" of volcanism. But now a new technique, although it pinpoints the location of a few hot spots, raises questions about whether deep volcanism really spawns the plethora of seamounts.