Dynamics of Plate Tectonics and Mantle Convection

Dynamics of Plate Tectonics and Mantle Convection

1st Edition - November 1, 2022

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  • Editor: Joao Duarte
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323857338

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Dynamics of Plate Tectonics and Mantle Convection gathers state-of-the-art and complementary views on plate tectonics in a single volume, going beyond the geometric and kinematic description of plate tectonics and providing tentative quantification (and discussion) of the forces driving and resisting plate motion and mantle convection and their energetic balance. Plate tectonics is the unifying theory of solid Earth sciences. Sections in the book describe how the surface of our planet is fragmented in several rigid lithospheric plates that move in relation to each other over the less viscous asthenospheric mantle. Numerous fundamental geological processes that occur along plate boundary zones are discussed, including seismicity, volcanism, orogenic processes, development of basins and the formation of natural resources.

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. Energetics of the Earth’s interior
    Jason P. Morgan
    2. Plate Tectonics is Mantle Convection
    Carolina Lithgow-Bertelloni and Clint Conrad
    3. What drives tectonic plates?
    Nicolas Coltice
    4. Modes of mantle convection
    Paul Tackley
    5. Thermal structure of the Earth
    Rhodri Davies
    6. Evolution of plate boundaries from the perspective of the lithosphere
    Taras Gerya
    7. The structure of the Lithosphere
    Irina Artemieva (University of Copenhagen)
    8. Lithospheric dynamics from observations
    Douwe van Hinsbergen
    9. Plates’ kinematics
    Richard Gordon
    10. The structure of the mantle
    Wim Spakman
    11. Mantle dynamics from observations
    Bernhard Steinberger
    12. Rheology of plates and mantle
    Shun-ichiro Karato
    13. Lithosphere – Mantle interactions
    Saskia Goes
    14. Convergent plate boundaries and mantle flow
    Wouter Schellart
    15. Divergent plate boundaries and mantle flow
    Susanne Buiter
    16. Transform plate boundaries and mantle flow
    Carmen Gaina
    17. Onset of Plate Tectonics
    Jeroen van Hunen
    18. How mantle convection drives the supercontinent cycle?
    Masaki Yoshida
    19. Structure of the lower mantle
    Diogo Lourenço
    20. Deep Earth structure and dynamics
    Barbara Romanowicz
    21. How stable is lower mantle structure through geological time?
    Dietmar Muller
    22. Continents and Supercontinents
    Peter Cawood
    23. Mechanics of continental deformation
    Leigh Royden
    24. The role of grain damage in plate tectonics
    David Bercovici
    25. Subduction initiation on Earth
    Mike Gurnis
    26. Geodynamic modelling
    Louis Moresi
    27. Different approaches to geodynamic modelling
    Dave May
    28. Mantle Dynamics: a perspective from fluid mechanics laboratory experiments
    Anne Davaille
    29. Multi-scale geodynamics
    Boris Kaus
    31. Planetary Tectonics
    Doris Breuer
    32. Planetary Geodynamics
    Adrian Lenardic
    33. Did plate tectonics make Earth a unique planet?
    Dave Waltham

Product details

  • No. of pages: 600
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2022
  • Published: November 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323857338

About the Editor

Joao Duarte

João C. Duarte works in tectonics, geodynamics and marine geology. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Lisbon and Researcher at IDL, where he coordinates the research group on Continental Margins and the Deep Ocean Frontier (since 2015) and the EarthSystems Doctoral School (since 2018). João has published around 40 papers and has several edited works, which include an Elsevier book entitled Transform Plate Boundaries and Fracture Zones and an Elsevier special volume in the Journal of Geodynamics on “200 years of geodynamic modelling”. He was awarded in 2015 the Discovery Early Career Researcher Award from the Australian Research Council, and in 2017 he was awarded the Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Early Career Scientists of the European Geosciences Union. Duarte is passionate about science communications 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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