Major Australian-Antarctic Plate Reorganization at Hawaiian-Emperor Bend Time

@article{Whittaker2007MajorAP,
  title={Major Australian-Antarctic Plate Reorganization at Hawaiian-Emperor Bend Time},
  author={Joanne M. Whittaker and R. Dietmar M{\"u}ller and German Leitchenkov and H. M. J. Stagg and Maria Sdrolias and Carmen Gaina and Alexey G Goncharov},
  journal={Science},
  year={2007},
  volume={318},
  pages={83 - 86}
}
A marked bend in the Hawaiian-Emperor seamount chain supposedly resulted from a recent major reorganization of the plate-mantle system there 50 million years ago. Although alternative mantle-driven and plate-shifting hypotheses have been proposed, no contemporaneous circum-Pacific plate events have been identified. We report reconstructions for Australia and Antarctica that reveal a major plate reorganization between 50 and 53 million years ago. Revised Pacific Ocean sea-floor reconstructions… Expand
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