Mantle convection modeling with viscoelastic / brittle lithosphere : Numerical methodology and plate tectonic modeling

@inproceedings{Moresi2008MantleCM,
  title={Mantle convection modeling with viscoelastic / brittle lithosphere : Numerical methodology and plate tectonic modeling},
  author={Louis Moresi and Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Dufour and Hans B. M{\"u}hlhaus},
  year={2008}
}
The earth’s tectonic plates are strong, viscoelastic shells which make up the outermost part of a thermally convecting, predominantly viscous layer. Brittle failure of the lithosphere occurs when stresses are high. In order to build a realistic simulation of the planet’s evolution, the complete viscoelastic/brittle convection system needs to be considered… CONTINUE READING