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A seismic reflection image for the base of a tectonic plate
Stern, T.A.; Henrys, S.A.; Okaya, D.; Louie, J.N.; Savage, M.K.; Lamb, S.; Sato, H.; Sutherland, R.; Iwasaki, T. (2015). A seismic reflection image for the base of a tectonic plate. Nature (Lond.) 518(7537): 85–88. hdl.handle.net/10.1038/nature14146
In: Nature: International Weekly Journal of Science. Nature Publishing Group: London. ISSN 0028-0836, more
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Keywords
    Geophysics; Seismology; Marine

Authors  Top 
  • Stern, T.A.
  • Henrys, S.A.
  • Okaya, D.
  • Louie, J.N.
  • Savage, M.K.
  • Lamb, S.
  • Sato, H.
  • Sutherland, R.
  • Iwasaki, T.

Abstract
    A high-resolution image for the base of an oceanic plate that is subducting beneath North Island, New Zealand, reveals a channel, which is interpreted as a sheared zone of ponded partial melts or volatiles; this low-viscosity channel decouples the plate from mantle flow beneath, allowing plate tectonics to work.

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