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Response to Comment on “Mantle Flow Drives the Subsidence of Oceanic Plates”

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Science  25 Feb 2011:
Vol. 331, Issue 6020, pp. 1011
DOI: 10.1126/science.1193661

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Croon et al. challenge our conclusion that sea-floor depth variations are driven by the underlying mantle convection. We point out that, contrary to their claim, our data analysis is pertinent and that the sea-floor linear trend as the square root of the distance from the ridge is a robust observation. The mechanism responsible for this trend is an asthenospheric flow, faster than the overlying plate, which shapes the lithosphere structure.

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