How do tectonic plates deform? A case study from eastern Anatolia



The theory of plate tectonics, despite all its accomplishments, still has some sizeable gaps. For instance, scientists are not sure whether to treat tectonic plates as rigid elastic slabs or more as viscous wafers overlain by a thin brittle layer. A new study of the Anatolian plate by Cavalié and Jónsson should bring researchers a step closer to settling this debate.