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Journal Articles Geophysical Research Letters Year : 1994

Gravity study of the Pitcairn-Easter hotline


Shipboard free air gravity and bathymetric anomalies with an extension of 400 km were identified across the Pitcairn-Easter hotline in the South Pacific. The anomalies are associated with one of the positive geoid undulations observed in the area from satellite data. Several smaller topographic features , volcano-tectonic ridges oriented N65øE, are superimposed on the topographic high. Admittance computations and direct modeling show that the swell topography is compensated by a low density zone within the lithosphere, 4 to 8 km below the crust The volcano tectonic ridges are locally compensated in a classical Airy sense. The swell and the associated ridges were probably created by the action of a thermal anomaly resulting from the interaction of the Easter Island hotspot and of the Easter Microplate accretion centers.
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Marcia Maia, G.. A. Dehghani, M Diament, J Francheteau, P Stoffers. Gravity study of the Pitcairn-Easter hotline. Geophysical Research Letters, 1994, 21, pp.2527-2530. ⟨insu-01354635⟩


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