A significantly hotter mantle beneath Iceland
We have shown that the Icelandic mantle is unusually hot, a result which has been featured in AGU’s Eos magazine. We measured the chemistry of olivine and spinel crystals that grew from magmas sourced directly from the Icelandic mantle. These crystals recorded crystallisation at almost 1400°C, indicating that the underlying mantle must be at least this hot. By developing a model to account for how the temperature of the mantle changes during melting, we were able to show that this crystallisation temperature is consistent with a mantle temperature prior to melting of closer to 1500°C. This is more than 160°C hotter than the mantle underlying most regions on Earth.
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