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Tracking a hot spot

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Observation of the age of volcanic rocks in the Hawaiian Island-Emperor Seamount Chain provides data to estimate the direction and velocity of plate motion of the Pacific plate over a fixed mantle hotspot. This assignment produces an actual (and reasonably accurate) measurement of plate motion and provides experience with map and graph analysis.
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Material Type: Case Study
Technical Format: PDF
Date Added to MERLOT: June 30, 2005
Date Modified in MERLOT: March 29, 2012
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Submitter: Don Dwelle


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