The rapid drift of the Indian tectonic plate

  title={The rapid drift of the Indian tectonic plate},
  author={Prakash M Kumar and Xiaohui Yuan and Maddula Ravi Kumar and Rainer Kind and Xueqing Li and Rajinder K. Chadha},
The breakup of the supercontinent Gondwanaland into Africa, Antarctica, Australia and India about 140 million years ago, and consequently the opening of the Indian Ocean, is thought to have been caused by heating of the lithosphere from below by a large plume whose relicts are now the Marion, Kerguelen and Réunion plumes. Plate reconstructions based on palaeomagnetic data suggest that the Indian plate attained a very high speed (18–20 cm yr-1 during the late Cretaceous period) subsequent to its… CONTINUE READING
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