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The processes responsible for hotspot seamount formation are complex, yet the cumulative frequency-volume distribution of hotspot seamounts in the Easter Island/Salas y Gomez Chain (ESC) is found to be well-described by an upper-truncated power law. We develop a model for hotspot seamount formation where uniform energy input produces events initiated on a self-similar distribution of critical cells. We call this model Self-Similar Criticality (SSC). By allowing the spatial distribution of magma migration to be self-similar, the SSC model recreates the observed ESC seamount volume distribution. The SSC model may have broad applicability to other natural systems.
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Geophysical Research Letters, v. 28, issue 14, p. 2711-2714
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Tebbens, S. F.; Burroughs, S. M.; Barton, C. C.; and Naar, D. F., "Statistical Self-similarity of Hotspot Seamount Volumes Modeled as Self-similar Criticality" (2001). Marine Science Faculty Publications. 2209.