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Subduction references

November 15, 2008

Note: this post is a reference post for the ‘subduction denialism’ series of posts —  for context, see Parts 1, 2, and 3.

Individual papers/articles related to subduction:

Stern, R.J., 2002, Subduction zones: Reviews of Geophysics, v. 40, 1012, doi: 10.1029/2001RG000108.

Tatsumi, Y. 2005. The Subduction Factory: How it operates on Earth. GSA Today, v. 15, No. 7, 4-10.

Abers, G. A., Hydrated subducted crust at 100–250 km depth, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 176, 323–330, 2000.

Allmendinger, R. W., T. E. Jordan, S. M. Kay, and B. L. Isacks, The evolution of the Altiplano-Puna Plateau of the central Andes, Annu. Rev. Earth Planet. Sci., 25, 139–174, 1997.

Ayers, J. C., S. K. Dittmer, and G. D. Layne, Partitioning of elements between peridotite and H2O at 2.0–3.0 GPa and 900–1100 C, and application to models of subduction zone processes, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 150, 381–398, 1997.

Bevis, M., et al., Geodetic observations of very rapid convergence and back-arc extension at the Tonga arc, Nature, 374, 249–251, 1995.

Bevis, M., E. Kendrick, R. Smalley Jr., B. Brooks, R. Allmendinger and B. Isacks, On the strength of interplate coupling and the rate of back arc convergence in the central Andes: An analysis of the interseismic velocity field, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 2, 2001GC000198, 2001.

Billen, M. I., and M. Gurnis, A low viscosity wedge in subduction zones, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 193, 227–236, 2001.

Chiu, J.-M., B. L. Isaaks, and R. K. Cardwell, 3-D configuration of subducted lithosphere in the western Pacific, Geophys. J. Int., 106, 99–111, 1991.

Cloos, M., Lithospheric buoyancy and collisional orogenesis: Subduction of oceanic plateaus, continental margins, island arcs, spreading ridges, and seamounts, Geol. Soc. Am. Bull., 105, 715–737, 1993.

Collier, J. D., G. R. Helffrich, and B. J. Wood, Seismic discontinuities and subduction zones, Phys. Earth Planet. Inter., 127, 35–49, 2001.

Dahlen, F. A., Critical taper model of fold-and-thrust belts and accretionary wedges, Annu. Rev. Earth Planet. Sci., 18, 55– 99, 1990.

d’Ars, J. B., C. Jaupart, and R. S. J. Sparks, Distribution of volcanoes in active margins, J. Geophys. Res., 100(B10), 20,421–20,432, 1995.

Davies, G. F., On the emergence of plate tectonics, Geology, 20, 963–966, 1992.

Davies, G. F., Penetration of plates and plumes through the mantle transition zone, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 133, 507– 516, 1995.

Davies, J. H., The role of hydraulic fractures and intermediatedepth earthquakes in generating subduction-zone magmatism, Nature, 398, 142–145, 1999.

DeBari, S. M., Evolution of magmas in continental and oceanic arcs: The role of the lower crust, Can. Mineral., 35, 501–519, 1997.

Ducea, M., Constraints on the bulk composition and root foundering rates of continental arcs: A California arc perspective, J. Geophys. Res., 107(B11), 2304, doi:10.1029/ 2001JB000643, 2002.

Eiler, J. M., A. Crawford, T. Elliott, K. A. Farley, J. W. Valley, and E. M. Stolper, Oxygen isotope geochemistry of oceanicarc lavas, J. Petrol., 41, 229–256, 2000.

Elliott, T., T. Plank, A. Zindler, W. White, and B. Bourdon, Element transport from slab to volcanic front at the Mariana arc, J. Geophys. Res., 102(B7), 14,991–15,019, 1997.

Forsyth, D., and S. Uyeda, On the relative importance of the driving forces of plate motions, Geophys. J. R. Astron. Soc., 43, 163–200, 1975.

Fryer, P., J. P. Lockwood, N. Becker, S. Phipps, and C. S. Todd, Significance of serpentine mud volcanism in convergent margins, in Ophiolites and Oceanic Crust, edited by Y. Dilek et al., Spec. Pap. Geol. Soc. Am., 349, 35–51, 2000.

Gaetani, G., and T. L. Grove, The influence of water on melting of mantle peridotite, Contrib. Mineral. Petrol., 131, 323–346, 1998.

Grellet, C., and J. Dubois, The depth of trenches as a function of the subduction rate and age of the lithosphere, Tectonophysics, 82, 45–56, 1982.

Haberland, C., and A. Rietbock, Attenuation tomography in the western central Andes: A detailed insight into the structure of a magmatic arc, J. Geophys. Res., 106(B6), 11,151–11,167, 2001.

Hawkesworth, C. J., K. Gallagher, J. M. Hergt, and F. McDermott, Mantle and slab contributions in arc magmas, Annu. Rev. Earth Planet. Sci., 21, 175–204, 1993.

Hawkesworth, C. J., S. P. Turner, F. McDermott, D. W. Peate, and P. van Calstern, U-Th isotopes in arc magmas: Implications for element transfer from the subducted crust, Science, 276, 551–555, 1997.

Hilde, T. C., Sediment subduction versus accretion around the Pacific, Tectonophysics, 99, 381–397, 1983.

Holbrook, W. S., D. Lizarralde, S. McGeary, N. Bangs, and J. Deibold, Structure and composition of the Aleutian island arc and implications for continental crustal growth, Geology, 27, 31–34, 1999.

Hyndman, R. D., M. Yamano, and D. A. Oleskevich, The seismogenic zone of subduction thrust faults, Isl. Arc, 6(3), 244–260, 1997.

Irifune, T., Phase transformations in the Earth’s mantle and subducting slabs: Implications for their compositions, seismic velocity and density structures and dynamics, Isl. Arc, 2, 55–71, 1993.

Iwamori, H., Transportation of H2O and melting in subduction zones, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 160, 65–80, 1998.

Johnson, M. C., and T. Plank, Dehydration and melting experiments constrain the fate of subducted sediments, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 1, 199GC000014, 1999.

Ka´rason, H., and van der Hilst, R. D., Constraints on mantle convection from seismic tomography, in The History and Dynamics of Global Plate Motion, Geophys. Monogr. Ser., vol. 121, edited by M. A. Richards, R. Gordon, and R. D. van der Hilst, pp. 277–288, AGU, Washington, D. C., 2000.

Kay, R. W., Aleutian magnesian andesites; Melts from subducted Pacific Ocean crust, J. Volcanol. Geotherm. Res., 4, 117–132, 1978.

Kent, A. J. R., and T. R. Elliott, Melt inclusions from Marianas arc lavas: Implications for the composition and formation of island arc magmas, Chem. Geol., 183, 263–286, 2002.

Kerrick, D. M., and J. A. D. Connolly, Metamorphic devolatilization of subducted marine sediments and the transport of volatiles into the Earth’s mantle, Nature, 411, 293–296, 2001a.

Kincaid, C., and I. S. Sacks, Thermal and dynamical evolution of the upper mantle in subduction zones, J. Geophys. Res., 102(B6), 12,295–12,315, 1997.

Kirby, S. H., W. B. Durham, and L. A. Stern, Mantle phase changes and deep-earthquake faulting in subducting lithosphere, Science, 252, 216–225, 1991.

Kirby, S. H., S. Stein, E. A. Okal, and D. C. Rubie, Metastable mantle phase transformations and deep earthquakes in subducting oceanic lithosphere, Rev. Geophys., 34, 261–306, 1996.

Maekawa, H., M. Shozuni, T. Ishii, P. Fryer, and J. A. Pearce, Blueschist metamorphism in an active subduction zone, Nature, 364, 520–523, 1993.

McCaffrey, R., Global variability in subduction thrust zoneforearc systems, Pure Appl. Geophys., 142, 173–224, 1994.

Miller, D. J., and N. I. Christensen, Seismic signature and geochemistry of an island arc; A multidisciplinary study of the Kohistan accreted terrane, northern Pakistan, J. Geophys. Res., 99(B6), 11,623–11,642, 1994.

Molnar, P., D. Freedman, and J. S. F. Shih, Lengths of intermediate and deep seismic zones and temperatures in downgoing slabs of lithosphere, Geophys. J. R. Astron. Soc., 56, 41–54, 1979.

Mottl, M. J., Pore waters from serpentinite seamounts in the Mariana and Izu-Bonin forearcs, Leg 125: Evidence for volatiles from the subducting slab, Proc. Ocean Drill. Program Sci. Results, 125, 373–385, 1992.

O’Brien, P. J., Subduction followed by collision: Alpine and Himalayan examples, Phys. Earth Planet. Inter., 127, 277– 291, 2001.

Pacheco, J. F., L. R. Sykes, and C. H. Scholz, Nature of seismic coupling along simple plate boundaries of the subduction type, J. Geophys. Res., 98, 14,133–14,159, 1993.

Pawley, A. R., and J. R. Holloway, Water sources for subduction zone volcanism: New experimental constraints, Science, 260, 664–667, 1993.

Peacock, S. M., Are the lower planes of double seismic zones caused by serpentine dehydration in subduction oceanic mantle?, Geology, 29, 299–302, 2001.

Peacock, S. M., Thermal structure and metamorphic evolution of subducting slabs, in Geophysical Monograph Series, edited by J. Eiler and G. A. Abers, AGU, Washington, D. C., 2002.

Peate, D. W., J. A. Pearce, C. J. Hawkesworth, H. Colley, C. M. H. Edwards, and K. Hirose, Geochemical variations in Vanuatu Arc lavas: The role of subducted material and a variable mantle wedge composition, J. Petrol., 38, 1331– 1358, 1997.

Plank, T., and C. H. Langmuir, Tracing trace elements from sediment input to volcanic output at subduction zones, Nature, 362, 739–742, 1993.

Plank, T., and C. Langmuir, The chemical composition of subducting sediment and its consequence for the crust and mantle, Chem. Geol., 145, 325–394, 1998.

Ruff, L. J., and H. Kanamori, Seismicity and the subduction process, Phys. Earth Planet. Inter., 23, 240–252, 1980.

Ruff, L. J., and B. W. Tichelaar, What controls the seismogenic plate interface in subduction zones?, Subduction: Top to Bottom, Geophys. Monogr. Ser., vol. 96, edited by G. E. Bebout et al., pp. 105–111, AGU, Washington D. C., 1996.

Sano, Y., and S. N. Williams, Fluxes of mantle and subducted carbon along convergent plate boundaries, Geophys. Res. Lett., 23, 2749–2752, 1996.

Scambelluri, M., and P. Philippot, Deep fluids in subduction zones, Lithos, 55, 213–227, 2001.

Sobolev, A. V., and M. Chaussidon, H2O concentrations in primary melts from supra-subduction zones and mid-ocean ridges: Implications for H2O storage and recycling in the mantle, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 137, 45–55, 1996.

Stern, R. J., and N. C. Smoot, A bathymetric overview of the Mariana forearc, Isl. Arc, 7, 525–540, 1998.

Stolper, E., and S. Newman, The role of water in the petrogenesis of Mariana Trough magmas, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 121, 293–325, 1994.

Tichelaar, B. W., and L. J. Ruff, Depth of seismic coupling along subduction zones, J. Geophys. Res., 98(B2), 2017– 2037, 1993.

Ulmer, P., and V. Trommsdorf, Serpentine stability to mantle depths and subduction-related magmatism, Science, 268, 858–861, 1995.

van Keken, P. E., B. Kiefer, and S. M. Peacock, High-resolution models of subduction zones: Implications for mineral dehydration reactions and the transport of water into the deep mantle, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 3(10), 1056, doi: 10.1029/2001GC000256, 2002.

White, D. A., D. H. Roeder, T. H. Nelson, and J. C. Crowell, Subduction, Geol. Soc. Am., 81, 3431–3432, 1970.

Yuan, X., et al., Subduction and collision processes in the central Andes constrained by converted seismic phases, Nature, 408, 958–961, 2000.

Zhao, D., New advances of seismic tomography and its applications to subduction zones and earthquake fault zones, Isl. Arc, 10, 68–84, 2001.

Zhao, D., A. Hasegawa, and H. Kanamori, Deep structure of Japan subduction zone as derived from local, regional, and teleseismic events, J. Geophys. Res., 99(B11), 22,313 22,329, 1994.

Textbooks and other reference books for general plate tectonics:

Global Tectonics, P. Keary and F. J. Vine (2nd Ed.), Blackwell, 1996.
Plate Tectonics, Cox and Hart, Allen & Unwin, Boston, MA, 1986.
Dynamic Earth: Plates, Plumes and Mantle Convection, Davies, G. F., Cambridge University Press, 1999.

Tatsumi, Y., and S. Eggins, Subduction Zone Magmatism, Blackwell, Malden, Mass., 1995.

Taylor, S. R., and S. M. Mclennan, The Continental Crust: Its Composition and Evolution, Blackwell Sci., Malden, Mass., 1985.

Yeats, R. S., K. Sieh, and C. R. Allen, The Geology of Earthquakes, Oxford Univ. Press, New York, 1997.

Busby & Ingersoll, Tectonics of Sedimentary Basins, Blackwell, 1996.

Subduction zone-related websites:

MARGINS subduction factory:

MARGINS seismogenic zone:

Geochemical Earth Reference Models:

Geochemistry of rocks of the oceans and continents:

Volcano world:

Global Volcanism Program:

Three-dimensional representation of subduction zones:

U.S. Geological Survey “Dynamic Earth”:


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