Viscous stresses and the relief of passive and active margins of a moving continent

A. M. Bobrov and V. P. Trubitsyn


We discuss how the motion of a continent relative to the mantle influences normal viscous stresses and the dynamic relief of active and passive continental margins. We found that stresses and the relief are higher at the front (active) margin and lower at the rear (passive) margin. This effect is less or comparable to the one caused by thermal convection in the mantle.

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Computational Seismology, Vol. 6.