A record of plume-induced plate rotation triggering subduction initiation

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A record of plume-induced plate rotation triggering subduction initiation. / van Hinsbergen, Douwe; Steinberger, Bernhard; Guilmette, Carl; Maffione, Marco; Gürer, Derya; Peters, Kalijn; Plunder, Alexis; McPhee, Peter J.; Gaina, Carmen; Advokaat, Eldert; Vissers, Reinoud L.M.; Spakman, Wim.

In: Nature Geoscience, Vol. 14, No. 8, 08.2021, p. 626-630.

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van Hinsbergen, D, Steinberger, B, Guilmette, C, Maffione, M, Gürer, D, Peters, K, Plunder, A, McPhee, PJ, Gaina, C, Advokaat, E, Vissers, RLM & Spakman, W 2021, 'A record of plume-induced plate rotation triggering subduction initiation', Nature Geoscience, vol. 14, no. 8, pp. 626-630. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41561-021-00780-7

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van Hinsbergen, D., Steinberger, B., Guilmette, C., Maffione, M., Gürer, D., Peters, K., Plunder, A., McPhee, P. J., Gaina, C., Advokaat, E., Vissers, R. L. M., & Spakman, W. (2021). A record of plume-induced plate rotation triggering subduction initiation. Nature Geoscience, 14(8), 626-630. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41561-021-00780-7

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van Hinsbergen D, Steinberger B, Guilmette C, Maffione M, Gürer D, Peters K et al. A record of plume-induced plate rotation triggering subduction initiation. Nature Geoscience. 2021 Aug;14(8):626-630. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41561-021-00780-7

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van Hinsbergen, Douwe ; Steinberger, Bernhard ; Guilmette, Carl ; Maffione, Marco ; Gürer, Derya ; Peters, Kalijn ; Plunder, Alexis ; McPhee, Peter J. ; Gaina, Carmen ; Advokaat, Eldert ; Vissers, Reinoud L.M. ; Spakman, Wim. / A record of plume-induced plate rotation triggering subduction initiation. In: Nature Geoscience. 2021 ; Vol. 14, No. 8. pp. 626-630.

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title = "A record of plume-induced plate rotation triggering subduction initiation",
abstract = "The formation of a global network of plate boundaries surrounding a mosaic of lithospheric fragments was a key step in the emergence of Earth{\textquoteright}s plate tectonics. So far, propositions for plate boundary formation are regional in nature; how plate boundaries are created over thousands of kilometres in geologically short periods remains elusive. Here we show from geological observations that a >12,000-km-long plate boundary formed between the Indian and African plates around 105 Myr ago. This boundary comprised subduction segments from the eastern Mediterranean region to a newly established India–Africa rotation pole in the west Indian Ocean, where it transitioned into a ridge between India and Madagascar. We identify coeval mantle plume rise below Madagascar–India as the only viable trigger of this plate rotation. For this, we provide a proof of concept by torque balance modelling, which reveals that the Indian and African cratonic keels were important in determining plate rotation and subduction initiation in response to the spreading plume head. Our results show that plumes may provide a non-plate-tectonic mechanism for large-plate rotation, initiating divergent and convergent plate boundaries far away from the plume head. We suggest that this mechanism may be an underlying cause of the emergence of modern plate tectonics.",
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note = "Funding Information: D.J.J.v.H. acknowledges funding through European Research Council Starting Grant 306810 (SINK) (also funding M.M., D.G., A.P. and E.L.A.), Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) Vidi grant 864.11.004 (also funding K.P. and P.J.M.) and Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) Vici grant 865.17.001. B.S. and C. Gaina received funding from the Research Council of Norway through its Centres of Excellence funding scheme, project no. 223272. B.S. acknowledges the innovation pool of the Helmholtz Association through the Advanced Earth System Modelling Capacity (ESM) activity. C. Guilmette was funded through Discovery Grant (RGPIN-2014-05681) from the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada. We thank I. L. ten Kate and D. Bandyopadhyay for discussion and F. Capitanio and D. M{\"u}ller for their comments. Publisher Copyright: {\textcopyright} 2021, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Limited.",
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AU - Plunder, Alexis

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AU - Gaina, Carmen

AU - Advokaat, Eldert

AU - Vissers, Reinoud L.M.

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N2 - The formation of a global network of plate boundaries surrounding a mosaic of lithospheric fragments was a key step in the emergence of Earth’s plate tectonics. So far, propositions for plate boundary formation are regional in nature; how plate boundaries are created over thousands of kilometres in geologically short periods remains elusive. Here we show from geological observations that a >12,000-km-long plate boundary formed between the Indian and African plates around 105 Myr ago. This boundary comprised subduction segments from the eastern Mediterranean region to a newly established India–Africa rotation pole in the west Indian Ocean, where it transitioned into a ridge between India and Madagascar. We identify coeval mantle plume rise below Madagascar–India as the only viable trigger of this plate rotation. For this, we provide a proof of concept by torque balance modelling, which reveals that the Indian and African cratonic keels were important in determining plate rotation and subduction initiation in response to the spreading plume head. Our results show that plumes may provide a non-plate-tectonic mechanism for large-plate rotation, initiating divergent and convergent plate boundaries far away from the plume head. We suggest that this mechanism may be an underlying cause of the emergence of modern plate tectonics.

AB - The formation of a global network of plate boundaries surrounding a mosaic of lithospheric fragments was a key step in the emergence of Earth’s plate tectonics. So far, propositions for plate boundary formation are regional in nature; how plate boundaries are created over thousands of kilometres in geologically short periods remains elusive. Here we show from geological observations that a >12,000-km-long plate boundary formed between the Indian and African plates around 105 Myr ago. This boundary comprised subduction segments from the eastern Mediterranean region to a newly established India–Africa rotation pole in the west Indian Ocean, where it transitioned into a ridge between India and Madagascar. We identify coeval mantle plume rise below Madagascar–India as the only viable trigger of this plate rotation. For this, we provide a proof of concept by torque balance modelling, which reveals that the Indian and African cratonic keels were important in determining plate rotation and subduction initiation in response to the spreading plume head. Our results show that plumes may provide a non-plate-tectonic mechanism for large-plate rotation, initiating divergent and convergent plate boundaries far away from the plume head. We suggest that this mechanism may be an underlying cause of the emergence of modern plate tectonics.

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