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Evolution and diversity of subduction zones controlled by slab width

Schellart, Wouter; Freeman, Justin; Stegman, D R; Moresi, Louis N; May, D


Subducting slabs provide the main driving force for plate motion and flow in the Earth's mantle, and geodynamic, seismic and geochemical studies offer insight into slab dynamics and subduction-induced flow. Most previous geodynamic studies treat subduction zones as either infinite in trench-parallel extent (that is, two-dimensional) or finite in width but fixed in space. Subduction zones and their associated slabs are, however, limited in lateral extent (250-7,400 km) and their...[Show more]

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Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: Nature
DOI: 10.1038/nature05615


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