Seismic Evidence for Deep-Water Transportation in the Mantle

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Science  08 Jun 2007:
Vol. 316, Issue 5830, pp. 1468-1471
DOI: 10.1126/science.1140855

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We report seismic evidence for the transportation of water into the deep mantle in the subduction zone beneath northeastern Japan. Our data indicate that water is released from the hydrated oceanic crust at shallow depths (<∼100 kilometers) and then forms a channel of hydrated mantle material on top of the subducting plate that is the pathway for water into the deep mantle. Our result provides direct evidence that shows how water is transported from the ocean to the deep mantle in a cold subduction zone environment.

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