Tectonic features of the Lau Basin overlaid on satellite altimetry data, modified from Martinez and Taylor Geophysical Monograph 166, 2006. The Spreading centers and ridges are shown with black solid lines: Valu Fa Ridge (VFR), Central Eastern Lau Spreading Center (C-ELSC), Intermediate Lau Spreading Center (ILSC), Central Lau Spreading Center (CLSC), Lau Extensional Transform Zone (LETZ), Peggy Ridge (PR), North-West Lau Spreading Center (NWLSC), Niuafo’ou Spreading Center (NSC), Futuna Spreading Center (FSC), Mangatolu Triple Junction (MTJ), Fonualei Rift and Spreading Center (FRSC), North-East Lau Spreading Center (NELSC). Tonga trench, ridges and tectonic plates are also noted.

Tectonic features of the Lau Basin overlaid on satellite altimetry data, modified from Martinez and Taylor Geophysical Monograph 166, 2006. The Spreading centers and ridges are shown with black solid lines: Valu Fa Ridge (VFR), Central Eastern Lau Spreading Center (C-ELSC), Intermediate Lau Spreading Center (ILSC), Central Lau Spreading Center (CLSC), Lau Extensional Transform Zone (LETZ), Peggy Ridge (PR), North-West Lau Spreading Center (NWLSC), Niuafo’ou Spreading Center (NSC), Futuna Spreading Center (FSC), Mangatolu Triple Junction (MTJ), Fonualei Rift and Spreading Center (FRSC), North-East Lau Spreading Center (NELSC). Tonga trench, ridges and tectonic plates are also noted. Image courtesy of NOAA Vents Program.

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