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Statistical self-similarity of hotspot seamount volumes modeled as self-similar criticality

Geophysical Research Letters

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DOI: 10.1029/2000GL012748

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Abstract

The processes responsible for hotspot seamount formation are complex, yet the cumulative frequency-volume distribution of hotspot seamounts in the Easter Island/Salas y Gomez Chain (ESC) is found to be well-described by an upper-truncated power law. We develop a model for hotspot seamount formation where uniform energy input produces events initiated on a self-similar distribution of critical cells. We call this model Self-Similar Criticality (SSC). By allowing the spatial distribution of magma migration to be self-similar, the SSC model recreates the observed ESC seamount volume distribution. The SSC model may have broad applicability to other natural systems.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Statistical self-similarity of hotspot seamount volumes modeled as self-similar criticality
Series title:
Geophysical Research Letters
DOI:
10.1029/2000GL012748
Volume
28
Issue:
14
Year Published:
2001
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Geophysical Research Letters
First page:
2711
Last page:
2714
Number of Pages:
4