Toward a generalized plate motion reference frame

  title={Toward a generalized plate motion reference frame},
  author={Thorsten Wolfgang Becker and Andrew J Schaeffer and Sergei Alekseevich Lebedev and Clinton P. Conrad},
An absolute plate motion (APM) model is required to address issues such as the thermochemical evolution of Earth’s mantle. All APM models have to rely on indirect inferences, including those based on hot spots and seismic anisotropy, each with their own set of uncertainties. Here, we explore a seafloor spreading-aligned reference frame. We show that this reference frame fits azimuthal seismic anisotropy in the uppermost mantle very well. The corresponding Euler pole is close to those of hot… CONTINUE READING


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