Soft Plate and Impact Tectonics

  • António Ribeiro

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. António Ribeiro, António Mateus
    Pages 1-2
  3. António Ribeiro, António Mateus
    Pages 3-49
  4. António Ribeiro, António Mateus
    Pages 51-173
  5. António Ribeiro, António Mateus
    Pages 175-243
  6. António Ribeiro, António Mateus
    Pages 245-269
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 271-324

About this book


The rigid plate kinematics theory explains most of the current geodetic, geophysical and tectonic data on earth but fails to account for some anomalies. Spatial geodetic data has shown that oceanic plate interiors are not rigid because incipient boudinage and homogeneous shortening develop before buckling of the entire lithosphere. Seismicity and faulting show that the oceanic lithosphere can deform at strain rates above stable continental interiors but below plate boundary zones of variable widths. This is due to the weakening effects of fluids during hydrothermal sea floor metamorphism commonly found in oceans. Furthermore, the test of finiate strain and the implications of the Wilson Cycle are discussed. The Earth is a dissipative dynamical system open to external forcing.


Deformation Impakt-Tektonik Lithosphere Lithosphäre Ocean Plattentektonik Rheology continental drift fault obduction orogens orogeny plate tectonics subduction tectonics

Authors and affiliations

  • António Ribeiro
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Geologia e Laboratório de Tectonofísica e Tectónica ExperimentalFaculdade de Ciências — Universidade de LisboaLisboaPortugal

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-63235-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-56396-6
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