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To further advance our understanding of the way in which a portion of the African superswell in eastern Africa formed, and also to draw attention to the importance of eastern Africa for the plume versus plate debate about mantle dynamics, upper-mantle structure beneath eastern Africa is reviewed by synthesizing published results from three types of analyses applied to broadband seismic data recorded in Tanzania, Kenya, and Ethiopia. (1) Joint inversions of receiver functions and surface wave dispersion measurements show that the lithospheric mantle of the Ethiopian Plateau has been significantly perturbed, much more so than the lithospheric mantle of the...

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