Project Components – Geodynamics

The geodynamics component of PICASSO is focused on the role of non-steady subduction of oceanic and continental plates in the complex, Mediterranean framework and the interaction of deep mantle flow with geologically recorded surface deformation. See, for example,

Miller, M. S. and Becker, T. W.: Reactivated lithospheric-scale discontinuities localize dynamic uplift of the Moroccan Atlas Mountains. In press at Geology, doi:10.1130/G34959, 2013.
Alpert, L. A., Miller, M. S., Becker, T. W., and Allam, A. A.: Structure beneath the Alboran from geodynamic flow models and seismic anisotropy. J. Geophys. Res., 118, 1-13, doi:10.1002/jgrb.50309, 2013.
Faccenna, C., Becker, T. W., Jolivet, L., and Keskin, M.: Mantle convection in the Middle East: Reconciling Afar upwelling, Arabia indentation and Aegean trench rollback. In press at Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2013.05.043i, 2013.
Becker, T. W. and Faccenna, C.: Mantle conveyor beneath the Tethyan collisional belt. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 310, 453-461, 2011.
Faccenna, C. and Becker, T. W.: Shaping mobile belts by small-scale convection. Nature, 465, 602-605, 2010.