Seismic imaging of lithospheric structure and the onset of melting beneath Galapagos

Kate Rychert and Nick Harmon have a new paper published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters about seismic imaging of crust and mantle discontinuity structure beneath the Galapagos Archipelago. They image a lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary that is too thick to be consistent with a thermally defined plate, indicating a compositional component. They also image discontinuities related to the onset of melting, deeper in 3 sectors, and suggestive of complex plume-ridge interactions in the region.

Paper details can be found here