Tectonic dissection and displacement of parts of Shona hotspot volcano 3500 km along the Agulhas-Falkland Fracture Zone

Hoernle, Kaj, Schwindrofska, Antje, Werner, Reinhard, van den Bogaard, Paul, Hauff, Folkmar, Uenzelmann-Neben, G. and Garbe-Schönberg, Dieter (2016) Tectonic dissection and displacement of parts of Shona hotspot volcano 3500 km along the Agulhas-Falkland Fracture Zone Geology, 44 (4). pp. 263-266. DOI 10.1130/G37582.1.

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In contrast to the long narrow volcanic chains in the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic hotspot tracks, in particular in the South Atlantic (e.g., Tristan-Gough, Discovery, Shona, and Bouvet), are irregular and, in some cases, diffuse and discontinuous. An important question is whether this irregularity results from tectonic dismemberment of the tracks or if it represents differences in the size, structure, and strength of the melting anomalies. Here we present new age and geochemical data from volcanic samples from Richardson Seamount, Agulhas Ridge along the Agulhas-Falkland Fracture Zone (AFFZ), and Meteor Rise. Six samples yielded ages of 83–72 Ma and are 10–30 m.y. younger than the underlying seafloor, indicating that they are not on-axis seamounts associated with seafloor spreading. The incompatible element and Sr-Nd-Pb-Hf isotopic compositions range from compositions similar to those of the Gough domain of the nearby Tristan-Gough hotspot track to compositions similar to samples from the Shona bathymetric and geochemical anomaly along the southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge (49°–55°S), indicating the existence of a Shona hotspot as much as 84 m.y. ago and its derivation from a source region similar to that of the Tristan-Gough hotspot. Similar morphology, ages, and geochemistry indicate that the Richardson, Meteor, and Orcadas seamounts originally formed as a single volcano that was dissected and displaced 3500 km along the AFFZ, providing a dramatic example of how plate tectonics can dismantle and disseminate a hotspot track across an ocean basin.

Document Type: Article
Additional Information: WOS:000372901100008
Keywords: Geochronology, trace elements, isotopes, geochemistry, South Atlantic, Shona hotspot, Agulhas Falkland Fracture Zone, plate tectonics, RV Maria S. Merian; MSM19/3
Research affiliation: OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB4 Dynamics of the Ocean Floor > FB4-MUHS Magmatic and Hydrothermal Systems
Kiel University
Refereed: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.1130/G37582.1
ISSN: 0091-7613
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Projects: Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2016 11:31
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 12:48
URI: http://eprints.uni-kiel.de/id/eprint/31901

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