Oblique plate motion and continental tectonics

Christian Teyssier, B. Tikoff, M. Markley

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Kinematic models of strike-slip partitioning for transpression and transtension allow the exact relation among three critical parameters - plate motion, instantaneous strain axes, and degree of strike-slip partitioning - to be calculated. Application to two end-member tectonic environments characterized by a a low (South Island, New Zealand) and high (central California) degree of strike-slip partitioning demonstrates a remarkable consistency among the three parameters, suggesting that strike-slip partitioned transpression is a valid model for deformation in these regions. The extreme degree of strike-slip partitioning in wrench-dominated systems, such as central California, is tentatively associated with a fundamental misorientation of finite and instantaneous strain axes. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)447-450
Number of pages4
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995


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