We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. By continuing to browse this repository, you give consent for essential cookies to be used. You can read more about our Privacy and Cookie Policy.

Durham Research Online
You are in:

Sub-lithospheric small-scale convection—a mechanism for collision zone magmatism.

Kaislaniemi, L. and van Hunen, J. and Allen, M. B. and Neill, I. (2014) 'Sub-lithospheric small-scale convection—a mechanism for collision zone magmatism.', Geology., 42 (4). pp. 291-294.


We studied the effect of increased water content on the dynamics of the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary in a postsubduction setting. Results from numerical mantle convection models show that the resultant decrease in mantle viscosity and the peridotite solidus produce small-scale convection at the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary and magmatism that follows the spatially and temporally scattered style and volumes typical for collision magmatism, such as the late Cenozoic volcanism of the Turkish-Iranian Plateau. An inherent feature in small-scale convection is its chaotic nature that can lead to temporally isolated volcanic centers tens of millions of years after initial continental collision, without evident tectonic cause. We also conclude that water input into the upper mantle during and after subduction under the circum-Mediterranean area and the Tibetan Plateau can account for the observed magmatism in these areas. Only fractions (200–600 ppm) of the water input need to be retained after subduction to induce small-scale convection and magmatism on the scale of those observed from the Turkish-Iranian Plateau.

Item Type:Article
Full text:(VoR) Version of Record
Available under License - Creative Commons Attribution.
Download PDF
Publisher Web site:
Publisher statement:© 2014 Geological Society of America. Gold Open Access: This paper is published under the terms of the CC-BY license.
Date accepted:10 January 2014
Date deposited:25 March 2014
Date of first online publication:10 February 2014
Date first made open access:No date available

Save or Share this output

Look up in GoogleScholar