Lithospheric mantle

The lithospheric mantle is the uppermost solid part of mantle.

The lithospheric mantle is subdivided into the subcontinental lithospheric mantle associated with the continental lithosphere[1] and oceanic lithospheric mantle, associated with the oceanic lithosphere.[2]


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  2. Yuan, Chao; Sun, Min; Xu, Yigang; Zhao, Guochun; Xiao, Wenjiao; Long, Xiaoping; Yin, Jiyuan (15 June 2011). "Oceanic lithospheric mantle beneath the continental crust of the Chinese Altai". Journal of the Geological Society. Geological Society of London. 168: 995-1000. doi:10.1144/0016-76492010-058. ISSN 0016-7649. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
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