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On the plate boundary forces that drive and resist the Baja California motion

Plattner, Christina, Rocco Malservisi, and Rob Gover (2009), On the plate boundary forces that drive and resist the Baja California motion, Geology, 37(4), 359-362, doi:10.1130/G25360A.1.

Abstract
The driving forces of microplate transport remain one of the major unknowns in plate tectonics. Our hypothesis postulates that the Baja California microplate is transported along the North America - Pacific plate boundary by partial coupling to the Pacific plate and low coupling to the North American plate. To test this idea, we use numerical modeling to examine the interplate coupling on a multiple earthquake-cycle timescale along the Baja California - Pacific plate boundary and compare the modeled velocity field with the observed geodetic motion of the Baja California microplate. We find that when the strain can localize along a weak structure surrounding the microplate (faults), high interplate coupling, produced by frictional tectonic stresses can reproduce the observed kinematics of the Baja California microplate as seen from geodetic rigid plate motions. We also find that the northward motion of Baja California can influence the fault slip partitioning of the major faults in the North America - Pacific plate boundary region north of Baja California.
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BibTeX
@article{id1335,
  author = {Christina Plattner and Rocco Malservisi and Rob Gover},
  journal = {Geology},
  number = {4},
  pages = {359-362},
  title = {{On the plate boundary forces that drive and resist the Baja California motion}},
  volume = {37},
  year = {2009},
  language = {en},
  url = {http://www.geophysik.uni-muenchen.de/~malservisi/papers/Plattneretal2009.pdf},
  doi = {10.1130/G25360A.1},
}
EndNote
%0 Journal Article
%A Plattner, Christina
%A Malservisi, Rocco
%A Gover, Rob
%D 2009
%N 4
%V 37
%J Geology
%P 359-362
%T On the plate boundary forces that drive and resist the Baja California motion
%U http://www.geophysik.uni-muenchen.de/~malservisi/papers/Plattneretal2009.pdf
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