• Alignment between seafloor spreading directions and absolute plate motions through time 

      Williams, Simon E; Flament, Nicolas; Muller, R. Dietmar
      Published 2016-02-28
      The history of seafloor spreading in the ocean basins provides a detailed record of relative motions between Earth's tectonic plates since Pangea breakup. Determining how tectonic plates have moved relative to the Earth's ...
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    • Australian-Antarctic breakup and seafloor spreading: Balancing geological and geophysical constraints 

      Williams, Simon E; Whittaker, Joanne M; Halpin, Jacqueline A; Muller, R. Dietmar
      Published 2019-01-01
      The motion of diverging tectonic plates is typically constrained by geophysical data from preserved ocean crust. However, constraining plate motions during continental rifting and the breakup process relies on balancing ...
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    • The Dynamic Topography of Eastern China Since the Latest Jurassic Period 

      Cao, Xianzhi; Flament, Nicolas; Muller, R. Dietmar; Li, Shanzhong
      Published 2018-05-05
      Some changes in the topography of eastern China since Late Jurassic times cannot be well explained by lithospheric deformation. Here we analyze global mantle flow models to investigate how mantle-driven long-wavelength ...
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    • Dynamic topography of passive continental margins and their hinterlands since the Cretaceous 

      Muller, R. Dietmar; Hassan, Rakib; Gurnis, Michael; Flament, Nicolas; Williams, Simon E
      Published 2018-01-01
      Even though it is well accepted that the Earth's surface topography has been affected by mantle-convection induced dynamic topography, its magnitude and time-dependence remain controversial. The dynamic influence to ...
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    • Formation of Australian continental margin highlands driven by plate-mantle interaction 

      Muller, R. Dietmar; Flament, Nicolas; Matthews, Kara J; Williams, Simon E; Gurnis, Michael
      Published 2016-05-01
      Passive margin highlands occur on most continents on Earth and play a critical role in the cycle of weathering, erosion, and atmospheric circulation. Yet, in contrast to the well-developed understanding of collisional ...
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    • Geodynamic reconstruction of an accreted Cretaceous back-arc basin in the Northern Andes 

      Braz, Carmen; Seton, Maria; Flament, Nicolas; Muller, R. Dietmar
      Published 2018-09-05
      A complex history of subduction, back-arc basin formation, terrane accretion and transpressional shearing characterizes the evolution of the Caribbean and northern South American margin since Jurassic times. Quantitative ...
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    • Global kinematics of tectonic plates and subduction zones since the late Paleozoic Era 

      Young, Alexander; Flament, Nicolas; Maloney, Kayla T.; Williams, Simon E; Matthews, Kara J; Zahirovic, Sabin; Muller, R. Dietmar
      Published 2019-08-15
      Detailed global plate motion models that provide a continuous description of plate boundaries through time are an effective tool for exploring processes both at and below the Earth's surface. A new generation of numerical ...
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    • Global patterns in Earth's dynamic topography since the Jurassic: The role of subducted slabs 

      Rubey, Michael; Brune, Sascha; Heine, Christian J; Davies, Rhodri D; Williams, Simon E; Muller, R. Dietmar
      Published 2017-09-11
      We evaluate the spatial and temporal evolution of Earth's long-wavelength surface dynamic topography since the Jurassic using a series of high-resolution global mantle convection models. These models are Earth-like in terms ...
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    • Global plate boundary evolution and kinematics since the late Paleozoic 

      Matthews, Kara J; Maloney, Kayla T; Zahirovic, Sabin; Williams, Simon E; Seton, Maria; Muller, R. Dietmar
      Published 2016-11-01
      Many aspects of deep-time Earth System models, including mantle convection, paleoclimatology, paleobiogeography and the deep Earth carbon cycle, require high-resolution plate motion models that include the evolution of the ...
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    • Global tectonic reconstructions with continuously deforming and evolving rigid plates 

      Gurnis, Michael; Yang, Ting; Cannon, John S; Turner, Mark; Williams, Simon E; Flament, Nicolas; Muller, R. Dietmar
      Published 2018-07-01
      Traditional plate reconstruction methodologies do not allow for plate deformation to be considered. Here we present software to construct and visualize global tectonic reconstructions with deforming plates within the context ...
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    • The GPlates Portal: Cloud-Based Interactive 3D Visualization of Global Geophysical and Geological Data in a Web Browser 

      Muller, R. Dietmar; Qin, Xiaodong; Sandwell, David T; Dutkiewicz, Adriana; Williams, Simon E; Flament, Nicolas; Maus, Stefan; Seton, Maria
      Published 2016-03-03
      The pace of scientific discovery is being transformed by the availability of 'big data' and open access, open source software tools. These innovations open up new avenues for how scientists communicate and share data and ...
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    • Improving global paleogeography since the late Paleozoic using paleobiology 

      Cao, Wenchao; Zahirovic, Sabin; Flament, Nicolas; Williams, Simon E; Golonka, Jan; Muller, R. Dietmar
      Published 2017-12-04
      Paleogeographic reconstructions are important to understand Earth's tectonic evolution, past eustatic and regional sea level change, paleoclimate and ocean circulation, deep Earth resources and to constrain and interpret ...
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    • Influence of mantle flow on the drainage of eastern Australia since the Jurassic Period 

      Salles, Tristan; Flament, Nicolas; Muller, R. Dietmar
      Published 2017-01-01
      Recent studies of the past eastern Australian landscape from present-day longitudinal river profiles and from mantle flow models suggest that the interaction of plate motion with mantle convection accounts for the two ...
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    • The interplay of dynamic topography and eustasy on continental flooding in the late Paleozoic 

      Cao, Wenchao; Flament, Nicolas; Zahirovic, Sabin; Williams, Simon E; Muller, R. Dietmar
      Published 2019-06-20
      Global sea level change can be inferred from sequence stratigraphic and continental flooding data. These methods reconstruct sea level from peri-cratonic and cratonic basins that are assumed to be tectonically stable and ...
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    • Kinematic constraints on the Rodinia to Gondwana transition 

      Merdith, Andrew S; Williams, Simon E; Muller, R. Dietmar; Collins, Alan S
      Published 2017-09-01
      Earth's plate tectonic history during the breakup of the supercontinent Pangea is well constrained from the seafloor spreading record, but evolving plate configurations during older supercontinent cycles are much less well ...
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    • Large fluctuations of shallow seas in low-lying Southeast Asia driven by mantle flow 

      Zahirovic, Sabin; Flament, Nicolas; Muller, R. Dietmar; Seton, Maria; Gurnis, Michael
      Published 2016-09-13
      The Sundaland continental promontory, as the core of Southeast Asia, is one of the lowest lying continental regions, with half of the continental area presently inundated by a shallow sea. The role of mantle convection in ...
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    • The Late Cretaceous to recent tectonic history of the Pacific Ocean basin 

      Wright, Nicky M; Seton, Maria; Williams, Simon E; Muller, R. Dietmar
      Published 2016-03-01
      A vast ocean basin has spanned the region between the Americas, Asia and Australasia for well over 100 Myr, represented today by the Pacific Ocean. Its evolution includes a number of plate fragmentation and plate capture ...
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    • Oblique rifting: The rule, not the exception 

      Brune, Sascha; Williams, Simon E; Muller, R. Dietmar
      Published 2018-10-26
      Movements of tectonic plates often induce oblique deformation at divergent plate boundaries. This is in striking contrast with traditional conceptual models of rifting and rifted margin formation, which often assume 2-D ...
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    • Oceanic crustal carbon cycle drives 26-million-year atmospheric carbon dioxide periodicities 

      Muller, R. Dietmar; Dutkiewicz, Adriana
      Published 2018-02-02
      Atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) data for the last 420 million years (My) show long-term fluctuations related to supercontinent cycles as well as shorter cycles at 26 to 32 My whose origin is unknown. Periodicities of 26 ...
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    • Oceanic microplate formation records the onset of India-Eurasia collision 

      Matthews, Kara J; Muller, R. Dietmar; Sandwell, David T
      Published 2016-01-01
      Mapping of seafloor tectonic fabric in the Indian Ocean, using high-resolution satellite-derived vertical gravity gradient data, reveals an extinct Pacific-style oceanic microplate ('Mammerickx Microplate') west of the ...
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