Present-day kinematics of the Rivera Plate and implications for tectonics in southwestern Mexico

C. Demets, S. Stein

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Abstract

The present-day motion of the Rivera plate relative to the Pacific, North America, and Cocos plates is modelled and the results are combined with the NUVEL-1 model for Cocos-North America motion to examine present-day deformation in southwestern Mexico. It is hypothesized that deformation in southwestern Mexico, including opening along the Colima rift, is related to oblique subduction of the Cocos plate along the northern Middle America trench. Three lines of evidence support this hypothesis. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21,931-21,948
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research
Volume95
Issue numberB13
DOIs
StatePublished - 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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