The North Pacific: an Example of Tectonics on a Sphere

Abstract

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.

Access options

Rent or Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.

from$8.99

All prices are NET prices.

References

  1. 1

    Vine, F. J., and Matthews, D. H., Nature, 199, 947 (1963).

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

  2. 2

    Vine, F. J., Science, 154, 1405 (1966).

    ADS  CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  3. 3

    Hess, H. H., in Petrologic Studies (edit. by Engel, A. E. J., James, H. L., and Leonard, B. F.) (Geol. Soc. Amer., New York, 1962).

    Google Scholar 

  4. 4

    Matthews, D. H., and Bath, J., Geophys. J., 13, 349 (1967).

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

  5. 5

    Sykes, L. R., J. Geophys. Res., 68, 5999 (1963).

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

  6. 6

    Sykes, L. R., J. Geophys. Res., 72, 2131 (1967).

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

  7. 7

    Bullard, E. C., Everett, J. E., and Smith, A. G., Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc., A, 258, 41 (1965).

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

  8. 8

    Wilson, J. T., Nature, 207, 343 (1965).

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

  9. 9

    Goldstein, H., Classical Mechanics (Addison–Wesley, 1950).

    Google Scholar 

  10. 10

    Gutenberg, B., and Richter, C. F., Seismicity of the Earth and Associated Phenomena (Princeton University Press, 1954).

    Google Scholar 

  11. 11

    Stauder, W., Bull. Seism. Soc. Amer., 50, 293 (1960).

    MathSciNet  Google Scholar 

  12. 12

    Stauder, W., and Udias, A., Bull. Seism. Soc. Amer., 53, 59 (1963).

    Google Scholar 

  13. 13

    Udias, A., and Stauder, W., Bull. Seism. Soc. Amer., 54, 2049 (1964).

    Google Scholar 

  14. 14

    Stauder, W., and Bollinger, G. A., Bull. Seism. Soc. Amer., 54, 2198 (1964).

    Google Scholar 

  15. 15

    McEvilly, T. V., Bull. Seism. Soc. Amer., 56, 967 (1966).

    Google Scholar 

  16. 16

    Stauder, W., and Bollinger, G. A., J. Geophys. Res., 71, 5283 (1966).

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

  17. 17

    Stauder, W., and Bollinger, G. A., Bull. Seism. Soc. Amer., 56, 1363 (1966).

    Google Scholar 

  18. 18

    Tocher, D., Bull. Seism. Soc. Amer., 50, 267 (1960).

    Google Scholar 

  19. 19

    Hill, M. L., and Dibblee, jun., T. W., Bull. Geol. Soc. Amer., 64, 443 (1953).

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

  20. 20

    Allen, C. R., Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc., A, 258, 82 (1965).

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

  21. 21

    Wilson, J. T., Science, 150, 482 (1965).

    ADS  CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  22. 22

    Berg, J. W., and Baker, C. D., Bull. Seism. Soc. Amer., 53, 95 (1963).

    ADS  Google Scholar 

  23. 23

    Bolt, B. A., and Nuttli, O. W., J. Geophys. Res., 71, 5977 (1966).

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

  24. 24

    Oliver, J., and Isacks, B., J. Geophys. Res., 72, 4259 (1967).

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

  25. 25

    Ludwig, W. J., Ewing, J. I., Ewing, M., Murauchi, S., Den, N., Asano, S., Hotta, H., Hayakawa, M., Ichikawa, K., and Noguchi, I., J. Geophys. Res., 71, 2121 (1966).

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

  26. 26

    Gates, O., and Gibson, W., Bull. Geol. Soc. Amer., 67, 127 (1956).

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Affiliations

Authors

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

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

Download citation

Further reading

Comments

By submitting a comment you agree to abide by our Terms and Community Guidelines. If you find something abusive or that does not comply with our terms or guidelines please flag it as inappropriate.

Search

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing