Rotations About Vertical Axes in Part of the New Zealand Plate-Boundary Zone, Theory and Observation

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Palaeomagnetism gives information on rigid body rotations. A simple model of rigid bodies floating on the surface of a slowly deforming continuous medium suggests that the relation between rigid body rotation and deformation is complex. Rotations about vertical axes of crustal blocks in part of the New Zealand plate-boundary zone may be controlled by both the dimensions and orientations of the crustal blocks and the 3-D geometry of the plate-boundary zone.


Rotation Rate Clockwise Rotation Pacific Plate Rigid Body Rotation Crustal Block 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Lamb
    • 1
  1. 1.Hertford HertsUK

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