Plate Tectonics, the Unifying Theory

  • Martin MeschedeEmail author
  • Laurence N. Warr
Part of the Regional Geology Reviews book series (RGR)


What are the driving forces that subject rocks to high pressures and temperatures, and lead to a never-ending cycle that turns sediment into rock and rock back into sediment? It is caused by the constantly active transformation processes that occur in Earth’s system, which, since its origin 4.5 billion years ago has undergone continuous dynamic change. Nothing is permanent, even if it is sometimes presented to us in the form of an ancient rock.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Geography and GeologyUniversity of GreifswaldGreifswaldGermany

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