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Tectonic microplates in a wax model of sea-floor spreading

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Rotating, growing microplates are observed in a wax analogue model of sea-floor spreading. Wax microplates are kinematically similar to sea-floor tectonic microplates in terms of spreading rate and growth rate. Furthermore, their spiral pseudofault geometry is quantitatively consistent with Schouten’s oceanic microplate model. These results suggest that Schouten’s edge-driven microplate model captures the kinematics of tectonic microplate evolution on Earth. Based on the wax observations, a t...

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Peer reviewed
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10.1088/1367-2630/7/1/037

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Earth Sciences
Ragnarsson, R More by this author
Bodenschatz, E More by this author
Publisher:
IOP Publishing Publisher's website
Journal:
New Journal of Physics Journal website
Volume:
7
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Article: 37
Publication date:
2005-02-01
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1367-2630
ISSN:
1367-2630
URN:
uuid:2c43b357-7475-4ac2-8ed1-d4c393071437
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163318
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pubs:163318
Language:
English

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