Warren, J. M. et al. (2009) An assessment of upper mantle heterogeneity based on abyssal peridotite isotopic compositions, Journal of Geophysical Research, 114, B12203, doi: 10.1029/2008JB006186. < 20100403102859188.admin > pub
  • abstract:

    Abyssal peridotites, the depleted solid residues of ocean ridge melting, are the most direct samples available to assess upper oceanic mantle composition. We present detailed isotope and trace element analyses of pyroxene mineral separates from Southwest Indian Ridge abyssal peridotites and pyroxenites in order to constrain the size and length scale of mantle heterogeneity. Our results demonstrate that the mantle can be highly heterogeneous to 143Nd/144Nd and 87Sr/86Sr. Standard isotope evolution models of upper mantle composition do not predict the full isotopic range observed among abyssal peridotites, as they do not account adequately for the complexities of ancient and recent melting processes.

  • doi: 10.1029/2008JB006186
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  • Warren, J. M.
  • Shimizu, N.
  • Sakaguchi, C.
  • Dick, H. J. B.
  • Nakamura, E.