Mechanisms for the generation of plate tectonics by two-phase grain-damage and pinning

  • David Bercovicia, Yanick Ricardb
  • Published 2012


Weakening and shear localization in the lithosphere are essential ingredients for understanding how and whether plate tectonics is generated from mantle convection on terrestrial planets. We present a new theoretical model for the mechanism of lithospheric weakening and shear-localization and hence plate generation through damage, grain evolution and Zener… (More)


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