Continental accretion: From oceanic plateaus to allochthonous terranes

Z. Ben-Avraham, A. Nur, D. Jones, A. Cox

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Some of the regions of the anomalously high sea-floor topography in today's oceans may be modern allochthonous terranes moving with their oceanic plates. Fated to collide with and be accreted to adjacent continents, they may create complex volcanism, cut off and trap oceanic crust, and cause orogenic deformation. The accretion of plateaus during subduction of oceanic plates may be responsible for mountain building comparable to that produced by the collision of continents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-54
Number of pages8
Issue number4503
StatePublished - 1981
Externally publishedYes


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