Isostatic rebound due to tectonic denudation: a viscous flow model of a layered lithosphere

Shimon Wdowinski, G. J. Axen

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Abstract

A four-layer model of the upper 150km of the Earth is used to calculate the viscous response of continental crust and the underlying mantle to tectonic denudation. The model comprises a strong upper crustal layer, a weak lower crustal layer, a very strong mantle lithosphere layer, and a weak mantle asthenosphere layer. Numerical solutions, obtained by using a finite element technique, predict footwall uplift, Moho deflection, and surface topography that are consistent with observations from the Basin and Range province of the western United States. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)303-315
Number of pages13
JournalTectonics
Volume11
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

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Isostatic rebound due to tectonic denudation : a viscous flow model of a layered lithosphere. / Wdowinski, Shimon; Axen, G. J.

In: Tectonics, Vol. 11, No. 2, 1992, p. 303-315.

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Wdowinski, Shimon ; Axen, G. J. / Isostatic rebound due to tectonic denudation : a viscous flow model of a layered lithosphere. In: Tectonics. 1992 ; Vol. 11, No. 2. pp. 303-315.
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