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By Renata Dmowska

The significantly acclaimed serialized overview magazine for over 50 years, Advances in Geophysics is a hugely revered ebook within the box of geophysics. due to the fact 1952, each one quantity has been eagerly awaited, often consulted, and praised by means of researchers and reviewers alike. Now in its 56th quantity, it comprises a lot fabric nonetheless proper today--truly an important e-book for researchers in all fields of geophysics.

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The western (W) and eastern (E) sides are plotted together in order to better appreciate the altitude differences. Red dashed lines represent the western flanks, whereas the solid black lines are the eastern flanks. Eastern flanks are, on average, shallower. After Doglioni et al. (2003). 56 Carlo Doglioni and Giuliano Panza Figure 37 Elevation of the oceanic lithosphere versus the square root of age in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian sections. Red line dots represent the western flank. The asymmetry persists and shows an average less steep mean inclination (intercept of the regression line) of the eastern flanks; the steeper the slope the faster the subsidence as it is relatively more often seen in the western limb.

Then the following questions arise quite logically about the origin of this asymmetric morphology of slabs: (1) Is there a relative easterly directed flow of the mantle that makes steep W-directed subduction zones and gentle the others (E- or NE-directed) as suggested by Nelson and Temple (1972) and Dickinson (1978)? (2) Is this 28 Carlo Doglioni and Giuliano Panza Figure 19 Left panels, the seismicity, reported by Omori, Komabayashi, and Maruyama (2004) along the main oceanic subduction zones, is plotted as a function of the geographic polarity, W- versus E- (or NE-) directed slabs.

See Naif et al. (2013) for details. 46 Carlo Doglioni and Giuliano Panza Figure 33 Main differences among subduction zones and related orogens as a function of their geographic polarity relative to the tectonic equator (upper panel). The two end members show distinct PTt evolution. The different paths of rocks in the two settings depend on the depth and migration of the decollement planes and on the original starting level of the PTt path of the sample (lower panel). , Apennines). , America Cordillera) and the tangent to a predeformation marker is rising toward the hinterland.

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