Indian and African plate motions driven by the push force of the Réunion plume head

  title={Indian and African plate motions driven by the push force of the R{\'e}union plume head},
  author={Steven C. Cande and Dave R. Stegman},
Mantle plumes are thought to play an important part in the Earth’s tectonics, yet it has been difficult to isolate the effect that plumes have on plate motions. Here we analyse the plate motions involved in two apparently disparate events—the unusually rapid motion of India between 67 and 52 million years ago and a contemporaneous, transitory slowing of Africa’s motion—and show that the events are coupled, with the common element being the position of the Indian and African plates relative to… 
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