Closure of the Africa-Eurasia-North America Plate motion circuit and tectonics of the Gloria Fault

D. F. Argus, R. G. Gordon, C. Demets, Seth A Stein

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Abstract

We examine the closure of the current plate motion circuit between the African, North American, and Eurasian plates to test whether these plates are rigid and whether the Gloria fault is an active transform fault. We also investigate the possible existence of microplates that have been previously proposed to lie along these plate boundaries, and compare the predicted direction of motion along the African-Eurasian plate boundary in the Mediterranean with the direction of slip observed in earthquakes. Because closure-enforced vectors fit the data nearly as well as the best fitting vectors, we conclude that the data are consistent with a rigid plate model and with the Gloria fault being a transform fault. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5585-5602
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research
Volume94
Issue numberB5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Forestry
  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Soil Science
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Palaeontology

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