Dynamics of Subducting Slabs: Numerical Modeling and Constraints from Seismology, Geoid, Topography, Geochemistry, and Petrology

Ikuko Wada, S. King

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Slab dynamics poses a critical hurdle for understanding mantle convection and plate tectonics on Earth in general and subduction zone processes, such as intraslab earthquakes, mantle wedge flow, and volatile recycling, in particular. A significant effort has been made for the development of a series of numerical and analog experiments and the synthesis of observational constraints on slab dynamics. This chapter is dedicated to guiding the reader through the current state of our knowledge and some of the long-standing and recently raised questions that resulted from these studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMantle Dynamics
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages53
ISBN (Electronic)9780444538031
ISBN (Print)9780444538024
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Externally publishedYes



  • Geoid
  • Mantle convection
  • Mantle rheology
  • Numerical models
  • Phase transformations
  • Plate motion
  • Seismic tomography
  • Slab bending
  • Slab deformation
  • Slab dehydration
  • Slab geometry
  • Subducting slabs
  • Subduction zone earthquakes
  • Subduction zones
  • Volatile cycle

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