Dynamics of the Ocean Floor

Magmatic and Hydrothermal Systems

 The research group "Magmatic and Hydrothermal Systems" hosts scientists specializing in geochemistry, mineralogy, petrology, and volcanology. Its main research focus is on the geodynamic, volcanic, sedimentary and hydrothermal processes that shape the seafloor, and the impact of these processes on the environment, e.g. climate and natural hazards.

These research themes are pursued in the following three main geotectonic settings:

  • divergent margins (where oceanic lithosphere is created)
  • convergent margins (where oceanic lithosphere is destroyed and continental crust is created and recycled)
  • intraplate regions where the lithosphere is modified through volcanism and weathering.

The main research foci are:

A list of all entries of the research unit "Magmatic and Hydrothermal Systems" can be found in the Ocean-Rep archive, click here.

The research group "Magmatic and Hydrothermal Systems" was coordinating the DFG-Priority Program (SPP) 1144 “From Mantle to Ocean: Energy-, Material- and Life-cycles at Spreading Axes" from 2003 to 2009.

additional information: SPP1144


Head of the Research Unit:

Prof. Dr. Colin Devey
GEOMAR | Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
Eastshore Campus
Wischhofstr. 1-3
D-24148 Kiel
Phone: +49-431 600-2257
Fax: -49-431 600-2924
e-mail: cdevey(at)geomar.de

Sandra Spahl
Phone: +49-431-600-2256
e-mail: sspahl(at)geomar.de