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Overriding plate shortening and extension above subduction zones: A parametric study to explain formation of the Andes Mountains

Schellart, Wouter


Mountain building above subduction zones, such as observed in the Andes, is enigmatic, and the key parameter controlling the underlying dynamics remains a matter of considerable debate. A global survey of subduction zones is presented here, illustrating the correlation between overriding plate deformation rate and twelve physical parameters: overriding plate velocity, subducting plate velocity, trench velocity, convergence velocity, subduction velocity, subduction zone accretion rate,...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Geological Society of America Bulletin
DOI: 10.1130/B26360.1


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