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Heat flow and geodynamics in the Tyrrhenian Sea


F. Mongelli, Dipartimento di Geologia e Geofisica, Universita di Bari, Campus Universita, 70100 Bari, Italy. E-mail:


The present heat flow in the southern Tyrrhenian Sea appears as a transient thermal wave that has migrated eastward in time. The higher heat flow in the south-eastern side of the basin confirms the suggestion of an eastward-migrating rift. Punctuation of the Tyrrhenian backarc extension in lithospheric boudins is accompanied by a concentrated increase in heat flow generated by asthenospheric intrusions and related magmatism progressively moving eastward. The migration of the asthenosphere in the same direction could explain these phenomena.

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