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Water and its influence on the lithosphere - asthenosphere boundary

Green, David; Hibberson, William; Kovacs, Istvan; Rosenthal, Anja


The Earth has distinctive convective behaviour, described by the plate tectonics model, in which lateral motion of the oceanic lithosphere of basaltic crust and peridotitic uppermost mantle is decoupled from the underlying mechanically weaker upper mantle (asthenosphere). The reason for differentiation at the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary is currently being debated with relevant observations from geophysics (including seismology) and geochemistry (including experimental petrology). Water...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Nature
DOI: 10.1038/nature09369


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