Earth Tides, Global Heat Flow, and Tectonics

Science  29 May 1970:
Vol. 168, Issue 3935, pp. 1084-1087
DOI: 10.1126/science.168.3935.1084


The power of a heat engine ignited by tidal energy can account for geologically reasonable rates of average magma production and sea floor spreading. These rates control similarity of heat flux over continents and oceans because of an inverse relationship between respective depth intervals for mass transfer and consequent distributions of radiogenic heat production.