pure and applied geophysics

, Volume 114, Issue 2, pp 285–286 | Cite as

Normal state of stress in the lithosphere

  • Bastiaan J. Collette
Mechanical and Electrical Properties


It is argued that normally the stresses in the lithosphere are hydrostatic or pseudohydrostatic. Several mechanisms are discussed that account for this feature, the more important one being plastic deformation leading to a situation in which the crustal material can be considered as ‘pre-stressed’ inthe horizontal plane. The proposed stress distribution has consequences for crustal model studies, especially when ductile flow is involved.


Plastic Deformation Normal State Stress Distribution Lithosphere Horizontal Plane 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bastiaan J. Collette
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  1. 1.Vening Meinesz LaboratoriumUtrechtNetherlands

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