Measuring tectonic plate strength

How strong are earth's tectonic plates? A fundamental lack of understanding has existed on this question, until now...
20 September 2017
Presented by Michael Wheeler
Production by Michael Wheeler.


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One major goal of scientists has been to measure the strength of tectonic plates. However, laboratory estimates of plate strength vary widely and in general seem to overestimate strength compared to real world observations. Thus, there has been a fundamental lack of understanding about how plate dynamics work, until now.


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