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A transdisciplinary and community-driven database to unravel subduction zone initiation

Crameri, Fabio, Magni, Valentina, Domeier, Mathew, Shephard, Grace E., Chotalia, Kiran, Cooper, George ORCID:, Eakin, Caroline M., Grima, Antoniette Greta, Gürer, Derya, Király, Ágnes, Mulyukova, Elvira, Peters, Kalijn, Robert, Boris and Thielmann, Marcel 2020. A transdisciplinary and community-driven database to unravel subduction zone initiation. Nature Communications 11 , 3750. 10.1038/s41467-020-17522-9

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Subduction zones are pivotal for the recycling of Earth’s outer layer into its interior. However, the conditions under which new subduction zones initiate are enigmatic. Here, we constructed a transdisciplinary database featuring detailed analysis of more than a dozen documented subduction zone initiation events from the last hundred million years. Our initial findings reveal that horizontally forced subduction zone initiation is dominant over the last 100 Ma, and that most initiation events are proximal to pre-existing subduction zones. The SZI Database is expandable to facilitate access to the most current understanding of subduction zone initiation as research progresses, providing a community platform that establishes a common language to sharpen discussion across the Earth Science community.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Earth and Environmental Sciences
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 31 January 2023
Date of Acceptance: 3 July 2020
Last Modified: 03 May 2023 07:27

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