Hirano et al. (2006) "Volcanism in Response to Plate Flexure" Science, vol. 313, p. 1426-1428.
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Junji Yamamoto, Jun Korenaga, Naoto Hirano & Hiroyuki Kagi (2014)
"Melt-rich lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary inferred from petit-spot volcanoes"
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Satoshi Okumura & Naoto Hirano (2013)
"Carbon dioxide emission to Earth's surface by deep-sea volcanism."
Geology, vol. 41, p. 1167-1170, DOI: 10.1130/G34620.1
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"Petit-spot lava fields off the central Chile trench induced by plate flexure"
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"New kind of volcano on the Earth ―Geochronological studies of neutron-irradiated lavas erupted on the sea floor―"
KINKEN Research Highlights, Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, vol. 2011, p.77.
Naoto Hirano (2011)
"Petit-spot volcanism: a new type of volcanic zone discovered near a trench"
Geochemical Journal, vol. 45, no. 2, p. 157–167.
Yumiko Harigane, Tomoyuki Mizukami, Tomoaki Morishita, Katsuyoshi Michibayashi, Natsue Abe, Naoto Hirano (2011)
"Direct evidence for upper mantle structure in the NW Pacific Plate: microstructural analysis of a petit-spot peridotite xenolith"
Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 302, 194–202.

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"Mechanisms of low-flux intraplate volcanic fields - Basin and Range (North America) and Northwest Pacific Ocean
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Hirano, Abe, Yamamoto & Machida (2010)
"New insights into the oceanic lithosphere from petit-spot volcanoes and "Super-Mohole" project"
     J. Geol. Soc. Japan, ,v. 116,no. 1,p. 1-12.

     Chemical Geology, 268, 313–323, 30 November, 2009

Machida, Hirano & Kimura (2009)
"Evidence for recycled plate material in Pacific upper mantle unrelated to plumes"
    Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Volume 73, Issue 10, p. 3028-3037,
15 May 2009.
    doi: 10.1016/j.gca.2009.01.026

Hirano, Koppers, Takahashi, Fujiwara & Nakanishi (2008)
"Seamounts, knolls and petit-spot monogenetic volcanoes on the subducting Pacific Plate"

    Basin Research, vol. 20 (4), p. 543-553
    doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2117.2008.00363.x

  Geophysical Reseaqrch Letters, vol. 34, L13305, 7 July 2007.
  doi: 10.1029/2007GL030439

Hofmann & Hart;  Hirano & Koppers;  McNutt (2007)
"Another Nail in Which Coffin?"

  Science, Vol. 315, Issue 5808, p. 39-40, 5 January 2007.
  doi: 10.1126/science.315.5808.39c

  Science, vol. 313 (5792), p. 1426-1428, 9 September 2006.
  doi: 10.1126/Science.1128235

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