Labor pains at subduction's birth
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 70, Issue 24, page 650, 13 June 1989
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1989), Labor pains at subduction's birth, Eos Trans. AGU, 70(24), 650–650, doi:10.1029/89EO00190.(
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