Age of Kōko Seamount, Emperor Seamount chain

Earth and Planetary Science Letters
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Ksingle bondAr ages obtained by the conventional isotope-dilution and the 40Ar/39Ar techniques on two sanidine trachytes, four basalts, and a phonolite dredged from the top of Ko¯ko Seamount, 300 km north of the Hawaiian-Emperor bend, show that the seamount is 46.4 ± 1.1 my old. These data indicate that the volcanoes in the Hawaiian-Emperor chain continue to increase in age to the west and north beyond Midway Atoll, as predicted by the melting-spot hypothesis for the origin of the chain, and that the rate of volcanic migration along the chain was nonlinear between the time of formation of the island of Hawaii and Ko¯ko Seamount.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Age of Kōko Seamount, Emperor Seamount chain
Series title Earth and Planetary Science Letters
DOI 10.1016/0012-821X(73)90209-4
Volume 17
Issue 2
Year Published 1973
Language English
Publisher Elsevier
Description 5 p.
First page 411
Last page 415
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