Contents

Preface viii

Acknowledgements xi

1 Earth and the solar system 1

2 Characteristics, stresses in, and strength of oceanic lithosphere 27

3 Assessment of mechanisms that cause plate movements 62

4 Hotspots, plumes and lithospheric thinning: large igneous provinces and the splitting of 97 continents

5 Geometries and mechanisms of impact structures 135

6 Impacts and plate motion: the development of flood and plateau basalts and continental rifting 187

7 Arcuate subduction features 230

8 Periodicity, regional tracks, impact control and future risks 272

References Index

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