Carbotte et al. (2013), Fine-scale segmentation of the crustal magma reservoir beneath the East Pacific Rise, Nature Geoscience


The global mid-ocean ridge is segmented in its seafloor morphology and magmatic systems, but the origin of and relationships between this tectonic and magmatic segmentation are poorly understood. At fast-spreading ridges, tectonic segmentation is observed on a fine scale but it is unclear whether this partitioning also occurs in the magmatic system. Fine-scale tectonic segmentation could have a deep origin, arising from the distribution of upwelling mantle melt, or a shallow origin, linked to offset intruding dikes from long, more continuous crustal reservoirs.