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The North Pacific: an Example of Tectonics on a Sphere

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Individual aseismic areas move as rigid plates on the surface of a sphere. Application of the Mercator projection to slip vectors shows that the paving stone theory of world tectonics is correct and applies to about a quarter of the Earth's surface.

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McKENZIE, D., PARKER, R. The North Pacific: an Example of Tectonics on a Sphere. Nature 216, 1276–1280 (1967). https://doi.org/10.1038/2161276a0

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