Subduction zone seismicity and the thermo-mechanical evolution of downgoing lithosphere

  title={Subduction zone seismicity and the thermo-mechanical evolution of downgoing lithosphere},
  author={M. J. R. Wortel and Nico J Vlaar},
  journal={pure and applied geophysics},
In this paper we discuss characteristic features of subduction zone seismicity at depths between about 100 km and 700 km, with emphasis on the role of temperature and rheology in controlling the deformation of, and the seismic energy release in downgoing lithosphere. This is done in two steps. After a brief review of earlier developments, we first show that the depth distribution of hypocentres at depths between 100 km and 700 km in subducted lithosphere can be explained by a model in which… Expand
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