Plate boundary deformations, involving surface velocities, shear strains, and mean strains

Plate boundary deformations, involving surface velocities, shear strains, and mean strains Plate boundary deformations, involving (a) surface velocities, (b) shear strains, and (c) mean strains, quantified here for theSan Andreas system by geodetic measurements, provide a framework for stress accumulation and release, but the overall driving process and resulting earthquake stresses are not well understood. (Image modified from J.P. Platt, B.J.P. Kaus, and T.W. Becker, 2008. The mechanics of continental transforms: An alternative approach with applications to the San Andreas system and the tectonics of California, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 274:380–391, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2008.07.052.)

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