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How to create new subduction zones: A global perspective

Arculus, Richard; Gurnis, M.; Ishizuka, Osamu; Reagan, Mark K.; Pearce, Julian; Sutherland, Rupert


The association of deep-sea trenches—steeply angled, planar zones where earthquakes occur deep into Earth’s interior—and chains, or arcs, of active, explosive volcanoes had been recognized for 90 years prior to the development of plate tectonic theory in the 1960s. Oceanic lithosphere is created at mid-ocean ridge spreading centers and recycled into the mantle at subduction zones, where down-going lithospheric plates dynamically sustain the deep-sea trenches. Study of subduction zone initiation...[Show more]

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Date published: 2019
Type: Journal article
Source: Oceanography
DOI: 10.5670/oceanog.2019.140
Access Rights: Open Access


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