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Pattern of Uplifted Islands in the Main Ocean Basins.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Science
0036-8075
Publisher
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Publication Date
Volume
139
Issue
3555
Pages
592–594
Identifiers
PMID: 17788294
Source
Medline

Abstract

Most uplifted islands lie in one of three types of tectonic location: on mid-ocean ridges; between 200 and 750 km on the convex side of island arcs; and along a great circle across the southern Pacific, which may be a fault. Since the usual habit of islands is to subside, these islands may owe their uplift to their special tectonic positions. The regularity of this pattern of uplift supports the view that in the earth an elastic surface layer rests upon a plastic or viscous substratum.

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