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Doklady Earth Sciences

, Volume 476, Issue 1, pp 1109–1112 | Cite as

Effect of the Earth’s rotation on subduction processes

  • B. W. Levin
  • M. V. Rodkin
  • E. V. Sasorova
Geophysics

Abstract

The role played by the Earth’s rotation is very important in problems of physics of the atmosphere and ocean. The importance of inertia forces is traditionally estimated by the value of the Rossby number: if this parameter is small, the Coriolis force considerably affects the character of movements. In the case of convection in the Earth’s mantle and movements of lithospheric plates, the Rossby number is quite small; therefore, the effect of the Coriolis force is reflected in the character of movements of the lithospheric plates. Analysis of statistical data on subduction zones verifies this suggestion.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. W. Levin
    • 1
    • 2
  • M. V. Rodkin
    • 1
    • 3
  • E. V. Sasorova
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Marine Geology and Geophysics, Far East BranchRussian Academy of SciencesYuzhno-SakhalinskRussia
  2. 2.Shirshov Institute of OceanologyRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  3. 3.Institute of the Theory of Earthquake Prediction and Mathematical GeophysicsRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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