The Relation Between Mantle Dynamics and Plate Tectonics: A Primer

  1. Mark A. Richards,
  2. Richard G. Gordon and
  3. Rob D. Van Der Hilst
  1. David Bercovici1,
  2. Yanick Ricard1 and
  3. Mark A. Richards2

Published Online: 19 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/GM121p0005

The History and Dynamics of Global Plate Motions

The History and Dynamics of Global Plate Motions

How to Cite

Bercovici, D., Ricard, Y. and Richards, M. A. (2000) The Relation Between Mantle Dynamics and Plate Tectonics: A Primer, in The History and Dynamics of Global Plate Motions (eds M. A. Richards, R. G. Gordon and R. D. Van Der Hilst), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GM121p0005

Author Information

  1. 1

    Laboratoire des Sciences de la Terre, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France

  2. 2

    Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of California, Berkeley

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2000

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875909790

Online ISBN: 9781118668535

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Keywords:

  • Plate tectonics

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Basic Convection

  • Where Does Basic Convection Theory Succeed in Explaining Plate Tectonics?

  • Where Does Basic Convection Theory Fail in Explaining Plate Tectonics, and What are We Doing (Or Might We Be Doing) to Fix It?

  • Future Directions