Buchs, David M., Hoernle, Kaj and Grevemeyer, Ingo (2015) Seamounts Encyclopedia of Marine Geosciences. Springer, Heidelberg, pp. 1-11. ISBN 978-94-007-6644-0 DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-6644-0_34-1.

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Definition: Seamounts are literally mountains rising from the seafloor. More specifically, they are “any geographically isolated topographic feature on the seafloor taller than 100 m, including ones whose summit regions may temporarily emerge above sea level, but not including features that are located on continental shelves or that are part of other major landmasses” (Staudigel et al., 2010). The term “guyot” can be used for seamounts having a truncated cone shape with a flat summit produced by erosion at sea level (Hess, 1946), development of carbonate reefs (e.g., Flood, 1999), or partial collapse due to caldera formation (e.g., Batiza et al., 1984). Seamounts <1,000 m tall are sometimes referred to as “knolls” (e.g., Hirano et al., 2008). “Petit spots” are a newly discovered subset of sea knolls confined to the bulge of subducting oceanic plates of oceanic plates seaward of deep-sea trenches (Hirano et al., 2006).

Document Type: Book chapter
Keywords: Seamounts
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB4 Dynamics of the Ocean Floor > FB4-GDY Marine Geodynamics
Kiel University
OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB4 Dynamics of the Ocean Floor > FB4-MUHS Magmatic and Hydrothermal Systems
DOI etc.: 10.1007/978-94-007-6644-0_34-1
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2015 08:16
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2017 08:25

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