A model for the global variation in oceanic depth and heat flow with lithospheric age

Carol A. Stein*, Seth Stein

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Variations in sea-floor depth and heat flow with age provide the main constraints on the thermal structure and evolution of the oceanic lithosphere. Joint fitting of heat flow and bathymetry yields a model with a hotter, thinner lithosphere than in previous models. The new model provides a significantly better fit to the data, including those from older lithosphere previously treated as anomalous. This will facilitate the analysis of lithospheric processes, including the effects of mid-plate volcanism and swells, regional subsidence, and hydrothermal circulation near spreading centres.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-129
Number of pages7
JournalNature
Volume359
Issue number6391
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992

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