Springer Theses

Building the Cape Verde Islands

Authors: Ramalho, Ricardo A. S.

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  • Nominated by University of Bristol for a Springer Theses Prize.
  • The work comprises a geological summary and detailed mapping of paleo sea level markers on Cape Verde.
  • The observations described in this thesis provide strong constraints on swell development and on hot spot models.
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Hotspots are enigmatic surface features that are not easily explained in the framework of plate tectonics. Investigating their origin is the goal of this thesis, using field evidence collected in the Cape Verde Islands, a prominent hotspot archipelago in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. The approach taken is to document uplift of the islands relative to sea level and use the uplift features to test various models of hotspot development. Island uplift is thought to arise from the growth of the anomalously shallow seafloor on which the islands rest, known as the bathymetric swell, which is characteristic of hotspots.

The work comprises a geological summary and detailed mapping of paleo sea level markers on Cape Verde. Isotopic dating of the markers shows that uplift on the islands over the last 6 Myr is up to 400 m, and that the uplift chronology varies among islands. Two processes act to raise the Cape Verde Islands. The dominant process is one that is local to individual islands. The regional, swell-related component is smaller, and possibly episodic. The observations provide strong constraints on swell development and on hotspot models.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Building the Cape Verde Islands
Authors
Series Title
Springer Theses
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-19103-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-19103-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-19102-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-26807-6
Series ISSN
2190-5053
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 210
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