The Rheology and Morphology of Oceanic Lithosphere and Mid-Ocean Ridges

  1. C.R. German,
  2. J. Lin and
  3. L.M. Parson
  1. R. C. Searle1 and
  2. J. Escartín2

Published Online: 19 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/148GM03

Mid-Ocean Ridges

Mid-Ocean Ridges

How to Cite

Searle, R. C. and Escartín, J. (2004) The Rheology and Morphology of Oceanic Lithosphere and Mid-Ocean Ridges, in Mid-Ocean Ridges (eds C.R. German, J. Lin and L.M. Parson), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/148GM03

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Earth Sciences, University of Durham, Uk

  2. 2

    Laboratoire de Géosciences Marines (Cnrs Umr7097), Institut de Physique Du Globe de Paris, France

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2004

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875904139

Online ISBN: 9781118665879



  • Hydrothermal circulation (Oceanography);
  • Mid-ocean ridges—Research;
  • Hydrothermal vents;
  • Sea-floor spreading;
  • Earth-Crust


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Rheology of the Oceanic Lithosphere

  • The Thermal Structure of Oceanic Lithosphere

  • Flexure and the Elastic Properties of the Lithosphere

  • The Thickness of the Seismogenic Zone

  • The Median Valley and the Axial High

  • Morphology and Crustal Architecture of Ridge Segments

  • Lithological Structure of Mid-Ocean Ridges

  • Faulting at Mid-Ocean Ridges

  • Summary of Observations: Rheological Structure of Slow and Fast-Spreading Ridges

  • Conclusions