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[SIT08-06] Interpretation of the high conductive anomaly in the upper mantle beneath the Society hotspot
Keywords:hotspot, electrical conductivity, upper mantle, melt, volatiles
In order to obtain three-dimensional (3-D) image of the upwelling of the Society hotspot in terms of electrical conductivity, we newly settled eleven OBEMs. In addition to these data, the old data obtained by Nolasco et al. (1998) was reanalyzed, and we obtained magnetotelluric (MT) responses at 20 sites totally. A 3-D marine MT inversion program (Tada et al., 2012; Baba et al., 2013), which can treat topographic change distorting EM data, was applied to these MT responses to estimate 3-D electrical conductivity image beneath the seafloor.
The 3-D electrical conductivity image revealed a thumb-like high conductive anomaly beneath the Society hotspot. To clarify the cause of the high conductivity, water content, melt fraction, and H2O and CO2 contents in the upper mantle were estimated by adopting results of rock experiments at high temperatures and pressures. As a result, the upper mantle in the high conductive anomaly involves more water, melt, H2O, and CO2 rather than that in the surrounding area. Furthermore, temperature of high conductive anomaly might be higher than the surrounding area.