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CONVECTIVE REMOVAL OF LITHOSPHERE BENEATH MOUNTAIN BELTS - THERMAL AND MECHANICAL CONSEQUENCES

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Shortening and thickening of continental lithosphere cause an increase in surface elevation, a decrease in the thermal gradient and, unless the crust is initially quite thick, a decrease in potential energy with respect to a mid-ocean-ridge lithospheric column. Continental convergence could therefore be self-sustaining. The lower part of the lithosphere is probably removed intermittently by convection. Convective removal of the lithospheric root below regions of continental convergence will c...

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10.2475/ajs.294.3.307

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Earth Sciences
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Author
Journal:
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SCIENCE
Volume:
294
Issue:
3
Pages:
307-336
Publication date:
1994-03-05
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ISSN:
0002-9599
URN:
uuid:0e3f5990-6426-4295-bbe5-d917edcc3230
Source identifiers:
102817
Local pid:
pubs:102817

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