Three-dimensional subduction models of overriding plate deformation and mantle flow using laboratory and numerical methods

  • Schellart, Wouter (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Cruden, Sandy (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Stegman, David (Partner Investigator (PI))

    Project: Research

    Project Details

    Project Description

    A fundamental unresolved question in geology is how do the tectonic plates that cover the Earth's surface
    interact at subduction zones, places where one plate (subducting plate) sinks below another plate (overriding
    plate) into the Earth's interior (mantle). This project will investigate how the subducting plate, overriding plate
    and mantle interact with each other using plate kinematic calculations and state-of-the-art three-dimensional
    geodynamic models of progressive free subduction. Outcomes will include new insight into the style and
    degree of deformation of overriding plates bordering subduction zones, and will thereby enhance our
    understanding of the tectonic evolution of the Australian plate during the last 100 million years.
    Effective start/end date4/01/111/10/14


    • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$270,000.00
    • Monash University