An introduction to the geochemistry and geophysics of the Antarctic mantle

Adam P. Martin*, Wouter van der Wal, Bas de Boer

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The Antarctic mantle, bounded between the core and the Mohorovicǐćdiscontinuity, is one of the most difficult targets of study on Earth because of ice cover and rare outcrops. A multidisciplinary approach is adopted in this volume, using petrology, geochemistry, remote-sensed data and geodesy to characterize the Antarctic mantle. This characterization has application to rates of glacial isostatic adjustment, heat flow, sea-level rise and tectonics. It places the Antarctic mantle domain in a global framework on a scale not attempted before. In this chapter we review the historical development of mantle studies in Antarctica, outline current research directions, introduce the volume chapters and pro-vide a summary and outlook.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalGeological Society Memoir
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2023


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