Journal article

The thermal structure of stable continental lithosphere within a dynamic mantle

CM Cooper, A Lenardic, L Moresi

EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCE LETTERS | ELSEVIER | Published : 2004

Abstract

The thermal structure of stable continental lithosphere is determined by (1) the concentration and distribution of heat sources within the crust and (2) the amount of heat input from the convecting mantle. The self-consistent coupling of these two factors has not been included in thermal models of stable lithosphere to date. We conducted two suites of numerical simulations (one with variable crustal heat production and the other with a chemically distinct cratonic root) to explore the thermal coupling between stable continental lithosphere and the convecting mantle. The distribution of heat producing elements within the crustal column was found to play a significant role in determining the l..

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