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Hydrothermal processes and products on the Galapagos Rift and East Pacific Rise

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Rachel M. Haymon
Rachel M. Haymon
Theyer Associates, 1632 Camden Avenue, Suite 306, Los Angeles, California 90025
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Published:
January 01, 1989

An explosion of research during the past decade has been dedicated to discovering, describing, and understanding the extent and importance of submarine hydrothermal processes, and much of the important field work on this topic has been carried out on and near eastern Pacific spreading centers. This chapter reviews the empirical data (field observations, measurements, and sample analyses) and some of the prevailing interpretations and hypotheses acquired from 15 years of study of hydrothermal processes along and adjacent to the Galapagos Rift and East Pacific Rise (EPR) spreading center systems. Hydrothermal processes elsewhere in the eastern Pacific, i.e., in the Gulf of California and along the Gorda-Juan de Fuca-Explorer Ridge spreading centers in the northeast Pacific, are discussed in separate chapters by Lonsdale and by Johnson and Holmes (this volume).

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The Eastern Pacific Ocean and Hawaii

E. L. Winterer
E. L. Winterer
Scripps Institution of Oceanography La Jolla, California 92093
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Donald M. Hussong
Donald M. Hussong
University of Hawaii Department of Geology and Geophysics Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
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Robert W. Decker
Robert W. Decker
4087 Silver Bar Road Mariposa, California 95338
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Geological Society of America
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ISBN electronic:
9780813754659
Publication date:
January 01, 1989

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