New View of Tectonic Plates Through Computer Modeling of Earth’s Mantle Flow, Plate Motions, and Fault Zones

Plate boundaries, which can be seen as narrow red lines are resolved using an adaptively refined mesh with 1km local resolution. Shown are the Pacific and the Australian tectonic plates and the New Hebrides and Tonga microplates. (Credit: Georg Stadler, Institute for Computational Engineering & Sciences, UT Austin)

Computational scientists and geophysicists at the University of Texas at Austin and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have developed new computer algorithms that for the first time allow for the simultaneous modeling of Earth’s mantle flow, large-scale tectonic plate motions, and the behavior of individual fault zones, to produce an unprecedented view of plate tectonics and the forces that drive it.

A paper describing the whole-earth model and its underlying algorithms will be published in the August 27 issue of the journal Science and also featured on the cover.The work “illustrates the interplay between making important advances in science and pushing the envelope of computational science.

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