Earth's tectonic plates – new ideas from ocean-bottom experiments

Speaker
Professor Mike Kendall, FRS - University of Oxford
Event date
Event time
17:30 - 18:30
Venue
SJE Arts
109A, Iffley Road
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX4 1EH
Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
£3/£2, free if attending subsequent concert
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
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Over 50 years ago, the acceptance of plate tectonics led to a new paradigm in the Earth Sciences. As a result, we now better understand why earthquakes occur where they occur and how volcanoes are formed. However, what defines a tectonic plate is still ambiguous. To understand better the formation of tectonic plates, nearly 80 ocean-bottom sensors were deployed for a year across the equatorial region of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. This ambitious experiment is providing striking new images of plates and fresh insights into the forces that move them across the surface of the Earth.