Journal article

The structural evolution of the deep continental lithosphere

CM Cooper, Meghan S Miller, Louis Moresi

Tectonophysics | Elsevier | Published : 2017


Continental lithosphere houses the oldest and thickest regions of the Earth's surface. Locked within this deep and ancient rock record lies invaluable information about the dynamics that has shaped and continue to shape the planet. Much of that history has been dominated by the forces of plate tectonics which has repeatedly assembled super continents together and torn them apart - the Wilson Cycle. While the younger regions of continental lithosphere have been subject to deformation driven by plate tectonics, it is less clear whether the ancient, stable cores formed and evolved from similar processes. New insight into continental formation and evolution has come from remarkable views of deep..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank Erika Rader for providing a list of MLD locations, Andrew Schaeffer for providing his tomography model. We also thank Norm Sleep, Lydia DiCaprio and one anonymous reviewer for their comments, encouragement and insight during the review process. The authors would like to acknowledge support from: NSF EAR-1112820 (Cooper), NSF CAREER grant EAR-1054638 (Miller), and Australian Research Council Discovery Grants: DP130101946 and DP150102887 (Moresi).