IV Marine Sciences

Hydrothermal Processes at Seafloor Spreading Centers

Authors: Rona, P.A., Boström, K., Laubier, L., Smith, K.L.

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During the past ten years, evidence has developed to indicate that seawater convects through oceanic crust driven by heat derived from creation of lithosphere at the Earth-encircling oceanic ridge-rift system of seafloor spreading centers. This has stimulated multiple lines of research with profound implications for the earth and life sciences. The lines of research comprise the role of hydrothermal convection at seafloor spreading centers in the Earth's thermal regime by cooling of newly formed litho­ sphere (oceanic crust and upper mantle); in global geochemical cycles and mass balances of certain elements by chemical exchange between circulating seawater and basaltic rocks of oceanic crust; in the concentration of metallic mineral deposits by ore-forming processes; and in adaptation of biological communities based on a previously unrecognized form of chemosynthesis. The first work­ shop devoted to interdisciplinary consideration of this field was organized by a committee consisting of the co-editors of this volume under the auspices of a NATO Advanced Research Institute (ARI) held 5-8 April 1982 at the Department of Earth Sciences of Cambridge University in England. This volume is a product of that workshop. The papers were written by members of a pioneering research community of marine geologists, geophysicists, geochemists and biologists whose work is at the stage of initial description and interpretation of hydrothermal and associated phenomena at seafloor spreading centers.

Table of contents (30 chapters)

  • The Four Dimensions of the Spreading Axis

    Andel, Tjeerd H.

    Pages 1-16

  • Geologic Processes of the Mid-Ocean Ridge and their Relation to Sulfide Deposition

    Ballard, Robert D. (et al.)

    Pages 17-25

  • A Geophysical Comparison between Fast and Slow Spreading Centers: Constraints on Magma Chamber Formation and Hydrothermal Activity

    Macdonald, Ken C.

    Pages 27-51

  • Geophysical Constraints on the Volume of Hydrothermal Flow at Ridge Axes

    Sleep, Norman H. (et al.)

    Pages 53-70

  • Hydrothermal Convection at Ridge Axes

    Sleep, Norman H.

    Pages 71-82

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Hydrothermal Processes at Seafloor Spreading Centers
Authors
Series Title
IV Marine Sciences
Series Volume
12
Copyright
1983
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4899-0402-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4899-0402-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-306-41482-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-0404-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 796
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