Intraplate magmatism represents approximately one tenth of the flux of magma to the Earth’s surface (Sleep 1990). This type of magmatism has received considerable attention from petrologists and geochemists as it generally exhibits a wider range of chemical compositions than the more uniform mid-ocean ridge basalts. Hence, it is rather paradoxical that our understanding of intraplate magmatism is rather poor. In this chapter, we review the insights that have been gained from using U-series measurements (combined with other chemical and isotopic constraints) to better understand the sources and processes related to intraplate volcanism.

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