Tectonics articles from across Nature Portfolio

Tectonics is the study of the structural geology of the Earth and other planetary bodies, and the local and regional processes that created that rock geometry. This includes the movements of the Earth’s tectonic plates that result in the creation, destruction and rearrangement of the Earth’s crust and lithosphere.

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  • Comments & Opinion
    | Open Access

    During the February 2023 Turkey-Syria earthquakes, people looked for explanations. As scientists, we did our best to share our knowledge in a way that reached and connected with people beyond the scientific community.

    • Derya Gürer
    • , Judith Hubbard
    •  & Wendy Bohon
  • Comments & Opinion |

    The 2023 Kahramanmaraş earthquakes occurred on active faults that were known to be a high seismic hazard, yet the devastating impacts of these earthquakes show that the risk was not adequately considered. Vulnerabilities arising from exposure, corruption and poverty led to a lack of seismic preparedness which amplified the earthquake risk into a tragic disaster.

    • Ekbal Hussain
    • , Sibel Kalaycıoğlu
    •  & Ziyadin Çakir
  • Research Highlights |

    An article in Tectonics identified asymmetric rifting during the break-up of Gondwana from variations in a thermal lithosphere–asthenosphere boundary model for the South American and African passive margins.

    • Erin Scott
  • Comments & Opinion |

    Feedbacks between chemical, physical, and biological processes at rift zones evolve through various time (seconds to 107 yrs) and spatial (microns to 106 m) scales. Consideration of these scales is needed to tap rift energy, water, and mineral resources safely and equitably while preserving biodiversity in these changing settings.

    • Cynthia Ebinger
    • , Jolante van Wijk
    •  & Karen Fontijn
  • News & Views |

    A global analysis of seismic waves has identified a widespread sharp velocity anomaly at the base of the low seismic velocity zone that is consistent with partial melting, closing a decades-long debate about the origin of this zone.

    • Geeth Manthilake
    Nature Geoscience 16, 110-111