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The Rivera Fracture Zone revisited
Michaud, F.; Royer, J.-Y.; Bourgois, J.; Mercier de Lepinay, B.; Liaudon, G.P. (1997). The Rivera Fracture Zone revisited. Mar. Geol. 137(3-4): 207-225
In: Marine Geology. Elsevier: Amsterdam. ISSN 0025-3227, more
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    Fracture zones; Plate tectonics; Triple junctions; ISE, Mexico, Jalisco [Marine Regions]; ISE, Pacific, Rivera Fracture Zone [Marine Regions]; Marine

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  • Michaud, F.
  • Royer, J.-Y.
  • Bourgois, J.
  • Mercier de Lepinay, B.
  • Liaudon, G.P.

    Available conventional and swath-bathymetric data combined with earthquake slip vectors suggest the existence of three discrete linear segments along the Rivera Fracture Zone. Comparisons of these segments with small circles about various present-day Euler poles show that the Rivera Fracture Zone is not a transform fault, as it is currently accepted, but rather an accommodation zone between two different spreading systems. We suggest that the Pacific-Rivera Rise and the western segment of the Rivera Fracture Zone (trending N54 degree W), are parts of the Pacific-North America plate boundary. The central segment (trending N72 degree W) and the eastern segment (trending N85 degree W) belong to a diffuse boundary connecting the Pacific-North America plate boundary to the East Pacific Rise system.

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