Active Deformation of the Continents

Active Deformation of the Continents The fundamenta l tenet o f p la te tecto nics is tha t the Ea rth' s surface is ma d e up o fa number o f blo cks tha t a re in rela tive mo tio n, but tha t d ef rm o nly o a t their ed ges. In the o cea ns, na rro w ba nd s o f seismicity d efi ne pla te bo un da ries where t he d ef rma tio n i s specifi ed co mpletely by the rela tive o mo tio n o f the pla tes o n either sid e. Co ntinents, o n the o ther ha nd , exhibit d ef rma tio n tha t is d istributed o ver ho rizo nta l d ista nces tha t f r exceed o a the pla te thic kness. In such circumsta nces it is of ten no t po ssible to id entif y a pla te bo unda ry by the d istributio n o f ea rthq ua ke epicenters, a nd (a s we sha ll see) the d ef rma http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences Annual Reviews

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Annual Reviews
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Copyright 1989 Annual Reviews. All rights reserved
Subject
Review Articles
ISSN
0084-6597
eISSN
1545-4495
DOI
10.1146/annurev.ea.17.050189.001213
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Abstract

The fundamenta l tenet o f p la te tecto nics is tha t the Ea rth' s surface is ma d e up o fa number o f blo cks tha t a re in rela tive mo tio n, but tha t d ef rm o nly o a t their ed ges. In the o cea ns, na rro w ba nd s o f seismicity d efi ne pla te bo un da ries where t he d ef rma tio n i s specifi ed co mpletely by the rela tive o mo tio n o f the pla tes o n either sid e. Co ntinents, o n the o ther ha nd , exhibit d ef rma tio n tha t is d istributed o ver ho rizo nta l d ista nces tha t f r exceed o a the pla te thic kness. In such circumsta nces it is of ten no t po ssible to id entif y a pla te bo unda ry by the d istributio n o f ea rthq ua ke epicenters, a nd (a s we sha ll see) the d ef rma

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Annual Review of Earth and Planetary SciencesAnnual Reviews

Published: May 1, 1989

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