Seismology website progress
The website focuses on the debate about whether plumes exist or not, and what other mechanisms could cause melting anomalies inside Earth. was born in March 2003 following a series of observations conflicting with the plume hypothesis, or unexpectedly failing to confirm it.

An update about website progress was sent to us by Gillian R. Foulger

Recent additions to the website include:

  1. New webpage: The offshore East African Rift and the Comoros hotspot by D. Franke
  2. New webpage: Yellowstone time-progressive volcanism results from time-progressive extension by G.R. Foulger
  3. A collection of short Powerpoint presentations: Falsifying the Plate and Plume Hypotheses by Durham University 3rd-year undergraduates, Challenges in Geosciences module, November 2015
  4. New webpage: Supercontinental inheritance & its influence on breakup: The Central Atlantic Magmatic Province & Pangea by L. Whalen, E. Gazel, C. Vidito,J. Puffer, M. Bizimis, W. Henika, & M.J. Caddick
  5. GSA Special Paper 514/AGU Special Publication 71: The Interdisciplinary Earth: A volume in honor of Don L. Anderson, Eds. G.R. Foulger, M. Lustrino & S.D. King is now complete and available in print.
  6. Follow @MantlePlumes on Twitter.
  7. The blog of Recent scholarly articles relevant to the mantle plumes debate continues to be updated weekly.
  8. The list of Jobs & Studentships available continues to be updated. Please make your colleagues and students aware of this webpage, and email the website manager if you want positions in your own institution advertised.
Matthew Agius is a recent PhD graduate from the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies in Ireland and is now doing research at the University of Southampton (National Oceanography Centre). His research focuses on the dynamics of the lithosphere beneath Tibet, the Central Mediterranean, and the Pacific Ocean. Matthew’s role as a young scientist representative is to promote the efforts done by young researchers and to engage in discussions that concern seismology students. You can reach Matthew via e-mail at


  1. Dear Matthew

    It note that you promote

    here is another popular website

    do you think that the Climate: Past, Present & Future and Atmospheric Sciences divisions should advertise it?

    Nicholas Arndt, professor of petrology, University Grenoble Alpes

  2. Dear Nicholas, just to clarify, I am not promoting this website but reporting its existence.


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