Sketch of laterally progressing slab detachment and resulting inflow of asthenospheric material into the opening gap.

Sketch of laterally progressing slab detachment. The concentration of slab pull forces towards a narrowing part of the subducted plate (slab) produces a characteristic pattern of surface-plate subsidence and uplift migrating along strike, and increases trench retreat and inflow of asthenospheric material into the gap resulting from the slab detachment.

  • Creator: Fabio Crameri
  • This version: 21.10.2022
  • License: Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)
  • Specific citation: This graphic by Fabio Crameri adopted from Wortel and Spakman (2000) is available via the open-access repository.
  • Related reference: Wortel, M. J. R., & Spakman, W. (2000). Subduction and slab detachment in the Mediterranean-Carpathian region. Science, 290(5498), 1910-1917.
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