Plate bending at subduction zones: Consequences for the direction of plate motions

@inproceedings{Buffett2006PlateBA,
  title={Plate bending at subduction zones: Consequences for the direction of plate motions},
  author={Bruce A. Buffett and David B Rowley},
  year={2006}
}
Abstract Bending of lithospheric plates at subduction zones is thought to be an important source of dissipation for convection in the Earth's mantle. However, the influence of bending on plate motion is uncertain. Here we use a variational description of mantle convection to show that bending strongly affects the direction of plate motion. Subduction of slabs and subsidence of oceanic lithosphere with age provide the primary driving forces. Dissipation is partitioned between plate bending and… CONTINUE READING

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