Thickness of lithosphere deduced from gravity edge effects across the Mendocino Fault

Abstract

THE evolution of a lithospheric plate, as it migrates away from the accreting boundary (mid-ocean ridge crest), is mostly a result of vertical cooling by conduction. As density is a function of temperature and pressure, the density structure should be a function of the age of the plate and, in order to preserve isostatic equilibrium, the seafloor should… (More)
DOI: 10.1038/252676a0

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