The strength of the lithosphere: from the lab to the lithosphere
The overarching goal of our studies is to characterise the strength of the lithosphere from geodetic to geologic time-scales and explore its implications for landscape evolution and mantle dynamics. The strength of the lithosphere allows for the support of high topography in the Tibetan Plateau, controls the formation of rift basin stratigraphic architecture, and modulates the effect of dynamic topography in South East Asia. We work towards developing a model for lithospheric strength that is consistent with experimental rock mechanics, gravity observations, and elastic layer thickness estimates, and apply it to the Earth and the other planets.
- Earth Observatory of Singapore
Justin Dauwels, SEEE, NTU
Nick Drake, Kings College London
Charlie Bristow, Birkbeck College London
Simon Lamb and Tim Stern, Victoria University of Wellington
Michelle Parks, Nordic Volcanological Center, Iceland
Frederik Simons, Princeton
Lars Hansen, University of Oxford
Stefan Nielsen and Jon Wade, University of Oxford
Richard Palin, Colorado School of Mines.
- Lower-crustal rheology and thermal gradient in the Taiwan orogenic belt illuminated by the 1999 Chi-Chi earthquake. Science Advances. 5, (2019).
- Locking on a megathrust as a cause of distributed faulting and fault-jumping earthquakes. Nature Geoscience. 11, 871–875. (2018).
- Transient rheology of the Sumatran mantle wedge revealed by a decade of great earthquakes. Nature Communications. 9(995), (2018).