Articles | Volume 12, issue 3
Solid Earth, 12, 613–632, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-12-613-2021
Solid Earth, 12, 613–632, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-12-613-2021

Research article 10 Mar 2021

Research article | 10 Mar 2021

The role of edge-driven convection in the generation of volcanism – Part 1: A 2D systematic study

Antonio Manjón-Cabeza Córdoba and Maxim D. Ballmer

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The study of intraplate volcanism can inform us about underlying mantle dynamic processes and thermal and/or compositional anomalies. Here, we investigated numerical models of mantle flow and melting of edge-driven convection (EDC), a potential origin for intraplate volcanism. Our most important conclusion is that EDC can only produce moderate amounts of mantle melting. By itself, EDC is insufficient to support the formation of voluminous island-building volcanism over several millions of years.