This synthesis links many seismic and tectonic processes at subduction zones, including great subduction earthquakes, to the sinking of subducted plate. Earthquake data and tectonic modeling for subduction zones indicate that the slab pull force is much larger than the ridge push force. Interactions between the forces that drive and resist plate motions cause spatially and temporally localized stress that lead to characteristic earthquake activity, providing details on how subduction occurs.-from Author
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Slab pull and the seismotectonics of subducting lithosphere.