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Sizes and Ages of Seamounts Using Remote Sensing: Implications for Intraplate Volcanism

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Science  08 Aug 1997:
Vol. 277, Issue 5327, pp. 802-805
DOI: 10.1126/science.277.5327.802

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Abstract

Satellite altimetry was used to identify and characterize Pacific intraplate seamounts. The gravimetric amplitudes of seamounts appear to be related to the age difference between the sea floor and seamounts; by inverting this relation, pseudo ages can be obtained for undated seamounts. These pseudo ages imply that excursions in seamount volcanism generally correlate with times of formation of large oceanic plateaus.

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