(Article of periodic en Anglais - 1991)

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Space-time analysis of the structural pattern of continents. The assumed eastward migration of the earth's stress field and its reversal in N-S direction every 400 to 500 million years

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The geodynamic concept on the convecting Earth presented in this paper is based on a space-time analysis of the structural pattern of continents. It integrates most of the current version of the plate tectonic model. However a new dynamic aspect is introduced : the eastward displacement of the Pacific basin relative to the Earth's crust. New connotations are also introduced : Pangaea is used for all continent crust, past and present, Tethys and Iapetus are taken as synonymous with the Pacific. In this plate tectonic model, difficulties in unravelling Pacific evolution are overcome when tidal forces are accepted as being equally important in driving mantle convection, plates and global tectonics are as gravitational and centrifugal forces


Article of periodic

published at : GeoJournal / ISSN 0343-2521 / CODEN GEOJDQ

Editor : Springer, Heidelberg - ALLEMAGNE (1977)

Millesime : 1991, vol. 25, no4 [pp. 305-358]

Bibliographic references : 7 p.

Collation : Illustration ;



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 17887

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