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The long-term strength of Europe and its implications for plate-forming processes.

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Field-based geological studies show that continental deformation preferentially occurs in young tectonic provinces rather than in old cratons. This partitioning of deformation suggests that the cratons are stronger than surrounding younger Phanerozoic provinces. However, although Archaean and Phanerozoic lithosphere differ in their thickness and composition, their relative strength is a matter of much debate. One proxy of strength is the effective elastic thickness of the lithosphere, Te. Unf...

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10.1038/nature03854

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Earth Sciences
Role:
Author
Journal:
Nature
Volume:
436
Issue:
7049
Pages:
381-384
Publication date:
2005-07-05
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EISSN:
1476-4687
ISSN:
0028-0836
URN:
uuid:abeaef82-3426-4dc8-8660-90fbb40c6bf4
Source identifiers:
82204
Local pid:
pubs:82204
Language:
English

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