On the Competing Roles of Fault Reactivation and Brittle Failure in Generating Plate Tectonics from Mantle Convection

  1. Mark A. Richards,
  2. Richard G. Gordon and
  3. Rob D. Van Der Hilst
  1. Michael Gurnis1,
  2. Shijie Zhong2 and
  3. John Toth3

Published Online: 19 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/GM121p0073

The History and Dynamics of Global Plate Motions

The History and Dynamics of Global Plate Motions

How to Cite

Gurnis, M., Zhong, S. and Toth, J. (2000) On the Competing Roles of Fault Reactivation and Brittle Failure in Generating Plate Tectonics from Mantle Convection, 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/GM121p0073

Author Information

  1. 1

    Seismological Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California

  2. 2

    Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts

  3. 3

    Seismological Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California

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

  • Deformation Field of a Converging Margin

  • The Strength of Faults

  • Fault Longevity and Reactivation

  • Formulating Geodynamic Models with Faults and Weak Zones

  • Discussion and Conclusions