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The North Pacific: an Example of Tectonics on a Sphere

Nature volume 216, pages 12761280 (30 December 1967) | Download Citation

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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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    • D. P. McKENZIE
    •  & R. L. PARKER

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