How the Continents Deform: The Evidence From Tectonic Geodesy*

@article{Thatcher2009HowTC,
  title={How the Continents Deform: The Evidence From Tectonic Geodesy*},
  author={Wayne Thatcher},
  journal={Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences},
  year={2009},
  volume={37},
  pages={237-262}
}
  • Wayne Thatcher
  • Published 2009
  • Geology
  • Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Space geodesy now provides quantitative maps of the surface velocity field within tectonically active regions, supplying constraints on the spatial distribution of deformation, the forces that drive it, and the brittle and ductile properties of continental lithosphere. Deformation is usefully described as relative motions among elastic blocks and is block-like because major faults are weaker than adjacent intact crust. Despite similarities, continental block kinematics differs from global plate… CONTINUE READING

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