Subduction Zone Geodynamics

  • Serge Lallemand
  • Francesca Funiciello

Part of the Frontiers in Earth Sciences book series (FRONTIERS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Subduction Zone Geodynamics

  3. Seismic Tomography and Anisotropy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
  4. Great Subduction Zone Earthquakes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Marc-André Gutscher, Graham K. Westbrook
      Pages 119-133
  5. Seismogenic Zone Characterization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Yosuke Aoki, Christopher H. Scholz
      Pages 159-171
  6. Continental and Ridge Subduction Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
    2. Stéphane Guillot, Keiko Hattori, Philippe Agard, Stéphane Schwartz, Olivier Vidal
      Pages 175-205
    3. Chung-Pai Chang, Jacques Angelier, Chi-Yue Huang
      Pages 207-225
    4. Bruno Scalabrino, Yves Lagabrielle, Aude de la Rupelle, Jacques Malavieille, Mireille Polvé, Felipe Espinoza et al.
      Pages 227-246
    5. Adriana Maria Mantilla-Pimiento, Gerhard Jentzsch, Jonas Kley, Carlos Alfonso-Pava
      Pages 247-272
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 273-275

About these proceedings


Subduction is a major process that plays a first-order role in the dynamics of the Earth. The sinking of cold lithosphere into the mantle is thought by many authors to be the most important source of energy for plates driving forces. It also deeply modifies the thermal and  chemical structure of the mantle, producing arc volcanism and is responsible for the release of most of the seismic energy on Earth. There has been considerable achievements done during the past decades regarding the complex interactions between the various processes acting in subduction zones. This volume contains a collection of contributions that were presented in June 2007 in Montpellier (France) during a conference that gave a state of the art panorama and discussed the perspectives about "Subduction Zone Geodynamics". The papers included in this special volume offer a unique multidisciplinary picture of the recent research on subduction zones geodynamics. They are organized into five main topics: 
Subduction zone geodynamics, Seismic tomography and anisotropy, Great subduction zone earthquakes, Seismogenic zone characterization,  Continental and ridge subduction processes.
Each of the 13 papers collected in the present volume is primarily concerned with one of these topics. However, it is important to highlight that papers always treat more than one topic so that all are related lighting on different aspects of the complex and fascinating subduction zones geodynamics.


earthquake geodynamics oceanic petrology seismic seismogenic seismology subduction subduction zones tectonics volcanism

Editors and affiliations

  • Serge Lallemand
    • 1
  • Francesca Funiciello
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire Géosciences MontpellierUniversité Montpellier 2, CNRS/INSUMontpellier cedex 5France
  2. 2.Dipartimento Scienze GeologicheUniversità degli Studi «Roma TRE»RomaItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-87971-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-87974-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1863-4621
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