PerspectiveGeophysics

A Strained Earth, Past and Present

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Science  23 Jun 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5474, pp. 2139-2141
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5474.2139

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Summary

Plate tectonics leads to deformation within converging or transforming plates, but the rates at which this happens are difficult to evaluate. In this Perspective, Ramsay highlights a new technique reported by Müller et al. for overcoming this problem in past and present mountain-building regions, which have particularly complex deformation patterns.