Dynamics of Plate Tectonics and Mantle Convection

Dynamics of Plate Tectonics and Mantle Convection

1st Edition - February 10, 2023

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  • Editor: Joao Duarte
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323885867

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Dynamics of Plate Tectonics and Mantle Convection, written by specialists in the field, gathers state-of-the-art perspectives on the dynamics of plate tectonics and mantle convection. Plate tectonics is a unifying theory of solid Earth sciences. In its initial form, it was a kinematic theory that described how the planet’s surface is fragmented into several rigid lithospheric plates that move in relation to each other over the less viscous asthenosphere. Plate tectonics soon evolved to describe the forces that drive and resist plate movements. The Earth sciences community is now developing a new perspective that looks at plate tectonics and mantle convection as part of a single system. Why does our planet have plate tectonics, and how does it work? How does mantle convection drive the supercontinent cycle? How have tectono-convective modes evolved over the Earth’s history? How did they shape the planet and impact life? Do other planets have mantle convection and tectonics? These are some of the fascinating questions explored in this book. This book started with a challenge from the editor to the authors to provide perspectives from their vantage point and open the curtain to the endeavors and stories behind the science.

Key Features

  • Provides diverse perspectives from different experts around the world in plate tectonics and geodynamics
  • Includes the most up-to-date knowledge on plate tectonics and mantle convection
  • Sets the scene for the developments and challenges likely to be faced by researchers in the future of geodynamics


Researchers, professors, graduate students, and professionals working in geophysics, geology, marine geology, seismology, planetary geology

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction to Dynamics of Plate Tectonics and Mantle Convection
    Joao C. Duarte
    2. The Physics and Origin of Plate Tectonics from Grain to Global Scales
    Elvira Mulyukova and David Bercovici
    3. Energetics of the Solid Earth: Implications for the Structure of Mantle Convection
    Jason P. Morgan and Paola Vannucchi
    4. Influence of Mantle Rheology on the Formation of Plate Tectonic Style of Mantle Convection
    Takashi Nakagawa and Shun-Ichiro Karato
    5. Tectonic Strain Rates, Diffuse Oceanic Plate Boundaries, and the Plate Tectonic Approximation
    Richard Gordon
    6. Tectonics is a Hologram
    Nicolas Coltice
    7. Internal Planetary Feedbacks, Mantle Dynamics, and Plate Tectonics
    Adrian Lenardic and Johnny Seales
    8. Tectono-convective Modes on Earth and other Terrestrial Bodies
    Paul J. Tackley
    9. The Past and the Future of Plate Tectonics and other Tectonic Regimes
    Diogo L. Lourenço and Antoine B. Rozel
    10. How Mantle Convection Drives the Supercontinent Cycle: Mechanism, Driving Force, and Substantivity
    Masaki Yoshida
    11. Observations and Models of Dynamic Topography:Current Status and Future Directions
    D. R. Davies, S. Ghelichkhan, M. J. Hoggard, A. P. Valentine and F. D. Richards
    12. Feedbacks between Internal and External Dynamics
    Pietro Sternai
    13. Co-Evolution of Life and Plate Tectonics: The Biogeodynamic Perspective on the Mesoproterozoic-Neoproterozoic Transitions
    Robert J. Stern and Taras V. Gerya
    14. Subduction Zones: A Short Review
    Wouter Schellart
    15.An Evolutionary Perspective on Subduction Initiation
    Michael Gurnis
    16. Lithosphere-Mantle Interactions in Subduction Zones
    Magali Billen
    17. Mantle Plumes and their Interactions
    Bernhard Steinberger and Alisha Steinberger
    18. Evolution of Mantle Plumes and Lower Mantle Structure in Numerical Models using Tectonic Reconstructions as Boundary Conditions
    Sarah J. MacLeod, R. Dietmar Müller, Rakib Hassan and Simon E. Williams
    19. Rifting Continents
    Susanne J.H. Buiter, Sascha Brune, Derek Keir and Gwenn Peron-Pinvidic
    20. Mid-Ocean Ridges: Geodynamics Written in the Seafloor
    Jean-Arthur Olive
    21. Roles of Serpentinization in Plate Tectonics and the Evolution of Earth’s Mantle
    Jason P. Morgan and César R. Ranero
    22. Numerical Modelling of Subduction
    Dave May and Matthew Knepley
    23. Literate, Reusable, Geodynamic Modelling
    Louis Moresi
    24. Perspectives On Planetary Tectonics
    Doris Breuer

Product details

  • No. of pages: 608
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2023
  • Published: February 10, 2023
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323885867

About the Editor

Joao Duarte

João C. Duarte works in tectonics, geodynamics, and marine geology. He is an auxiliar professor at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon and a researcher at IDL, where he coordinates the research group on Continental Margins and the Deep Ocean Frontier. João has published more than 40 papers and has several edited works, including two Elsevier books entitled Transform Plate Boundaries and Fracture Zones and A Journey Through Tides, an Elsevier special volume in the Journal of Geodynamics on the “200 years of geodynamic modelling”, and an AGU monograph entitled Plate Boundaries and Natural Hazards. He was awarded the Discovery Early Career Researcher Award from the Australian Research Council in 2015. In 2017, he was awarded the Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Early Career Scientists of the European Geosciences Union. He is a member of the editorial board of Communications Earth & Environment and a Fellow of the Lisbon Academy of Sciences. João is passionate about science communication, and he regularly collaborates with science magazines and the media.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal; Researcher, Instituto Dom Luiz, Lisbon, Portugal

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