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By: R H Pilger
280 pages, 187 illus
This multifaceted study explores new directions for plate tectonic research, especially as a guide for future geodynamic modelling of the Earth. In particular, it equips readers with a plate-tectonic toolbox for applications and reconstruction analysis, including new continuous calculation methods.
Introduction.- Proper Reference Frames: Hotspots, Paleomagnetism, Paleoclimate.- Plate Kinematic and Reconstruction Fundamentals.- Kinematic and Reconstruction Modeling with Continuously Varying Parameters.- An Inverse Model.- Hotspot Trace Patterns.- Contemporary Stress Fields.- Observed and Predicted Stress Orientations from Plate-Hotspot Motions.- Paleomagnetic Reference Frame.- Back Arc Spreading Centers.- Hotspot Reference Frames: The Necessity of Mesoplates.- Mesoplates and the Origin of Hotspots.- Fracture Reservoirs and Intraplate Stresses.- Conclusion.
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