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Evaluating slab-plate coupling in the Indo-Australian plate

Sandiford, Michael. A; Coblentz, D; Schellart, Wouter


Distributed seismicity in the central Indian Ocean affords a unique opportunity to evaluate the extent of slab-plate coupling in the Indo-Australian plate. The mix of reverse-fault and strike-slip mechanisms in this region, with northwest-southeast to north-south maximum horizontal stress, SHmax, implies that the effective slab pull is no more than ∼10% of the total negative buoyancy operating on the subducting slab. Numerical models of the intraplate stress field predict a slab-pull component...[Show more]

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Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
Source: Geology
DOI: 10.1130/G20898.1


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