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Plate motion and mantle plumes


A model based on geophysical data from the Indian Ocean suggests that a mantle-plume head may once have coupled the motions of the African and Indian tectonic plates, and determined their respective speeds. See Article p.47

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Figure 1: The Indian and African plates 65 and 40 million years ago.


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