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Rotational inertia of continents: A proposed link between polar wandering and plate tectonics

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Abstract

A mechanism is proposed whereby displacement between continents and the earth's pole of rotation (polar wandering) gives rise to latitudinal transport of continental plates (continental drift) because of their relatively greater rotational inertia. When extended to short-term polar wobble, the hypothesis predicts an energy change nearly equivalent to the seismic energy rate.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Rotational inertia of continents: A proposed link between polar wandering and plate tectonics
Series title:
Science
Volume
175
Issue:
4028
Year Published:
1972
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Science
First page:
1355
Last page:
1357
Number of Pages:
3