Interaction of weak faults and non-newtonian rheology produces plate tectonics in a 3D model of mantle flow

@article{Zhong1996InteractionOW,
  title={Interaction of weak faults and non-newtonian rheology produces plate tectonics in a 3D model of mantle flow},
  author={Shijie Zhong and Michael Gurnis},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1996},
  volume={383},
  pages={245-247}
}
ACCORDING to the theory of plate tectonics, relatively rigid plates are bounded by large faults; plate motion has negligible internal strain1,2,with significant toroidal component to the velocity3. By contrast, models of mantle flow with viscous rheology in an intact medium predict little toroidal component and substantial internal strain in surface motion4. It has been suggested5 that the observed characteristics of plate motion are related to faulted plate margins, which are observed to be… CONTINUE READING
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