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Tears or thinning? Subduction structures in the Pacific plate beneath the Japanese Islands

Kennett, Brian; Furumura, Takahashi


The nature of a subduction zone at depth is affected by the evolution of its tectonic system, and the geometry of the trench line can change over time due to slab roll-back or the arrival of a distinctive feature with the incoming oceanic lithosphere. The configuration of the plate has to accommodate such changes with buckling, thinning or the formation of tears depending on the rate of influx to the trench. Tomographic imaging is commonly used to recognise the presence of such tears through...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors
DOI: 10.1016/j.pepi.2010.03.001


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