© 2002

Soft Plate and Impact Tectonics


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

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

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Soft Plate and Impact Tectonics
  • Authors Antonio Ribeiro
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-67963-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-63235-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-56396-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 324
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Geology
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From the reviews:

"The book challenges one of the core assumptions of Plate Tectonics – that the plates are rigid and don’t undergo deformation. … this book is a valuable contribution to the current debate … . This is an interesting book, about results rather than methods, which is why the author has included such an extensive and valuable reference list. … this book is a rewarding read that could change your outlook. Geoscientists of all flavours will find something of interest in this book … ." (Kevin McCue, The Australian Geologist, Issue 127, 2003)

"A new book with an interesting hypothesis … A fundamental tenet of plate tectonics is incorrect – namely that the plates are rigid. … Overall, I found the book to be very well organized … . The writing is extremely clear. … The best praise I can give Soft Plate and Impact Tectonics is that I enjoyed reading it, learned a lot, and will recommend it to others. … The book will be very useful for graduate students." (Basil Tikoff, EOS – American Geophysical Union, Vol. 83 (50), 2002)