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The geology of the Azores: a comprehensive approach to understanding a unique geological, geochemical and geodynamic setting (co-organized)PICO session
Convener: Christoph Beier  | Co-Conveners: Ulrich Kueppers , Neil Mitchell , Jose Pacheco , Fátima Viveiros 
PICO
 / Mon, 09 Apr, 15:30–17:00  / PICO spot 3
This session aims to attract geologists, geochemists, volcanologists and geophysicists who have focused much of their research on understanding the formation and evolution of the Azores archipelago in the Central Northern Atlantic. Renowned for its unique geodynamic environment in which structural features and magmatic processes are closely linked and in which magmas exhibit an extreme variability of geochemical compositions, the Azores have been the subject of active research for decades. Much of the geodynamic variability in the Azores may be the result of interaction of the intraplate magmatism and the Azores’ setting along an ultraslow spreading plate boundary evidenced from numerous seismic events. Here, we invite contributions covering a variety of geological processes, along with geochemical and geophysical methods in which the evolution of the Azores Plateau can be further refined. We particularly welcome new approaches to shed light on the still ongoing debate on the origin of the islands and submarine plateau.