John Platt


Selected Publications

Passchier, C.W. and Platt, J.P., 2017. Shear zone junctions: Of zippers and freeways. Journal of Structural Geology, v. 95, p. 188–202.

Platt, J.P. and Passchier, C.W., 2016.  Zipper junctions: A new approach to the intersections of conjugate strike-slip faults.  Geology, v. 44, p. 795–798. doi:10.1130/G38058.1  Platt & Passchier Geology 2016.pdf

Platt, J.P., 2015a. Rheology of two-phase systems: A microphysical and observational approach. Journal of Structural Geology v. 77, p. 213-227. Platt JSG 2015a 2-phase.pdf

Platt, J.P., 2015b. Influence of shear heating on microstructurally defined plate boundary shear zones. Journal of Structural Geology v, 79, p. 80-89. Platt 2015b Shear heating.pdf

Platt, J. P., Behr, W. M., and Cooper, F.J., 2015. Metamorphic core complexes:  Windows into the mechanics and rheology of the crust. Journal of the Geological Society, London, v. 172, p. 9-27. doi:10.1144/jgs2014-036. Platt et al 2015.pdf

Johanesen, K.E., Platt, J.P., 2015. Rheology, microstructure, and fabric in a large scale mantle shear zone, Ronda Peridotite, southern Spain. Journal of Structural Geology v. 73, p. 1-17. 

Platt, J.P. 2014. Origin of Franciscan blueschist-bearing melange at San Simeon, central California coast. International Geology Review, v. 58, p. 843-853. doi: 10.1080/00206814.2014.902756. Platt 2014 San Simeon.pdf

Behr, W.M., Platt, J.P., 2014. Brittle faults are weak, yet the ductile middle crust is strong: Implications for lithospheric mechanics. Geophysical Research Letters v. 41, p. 8067-8075. Behr and Platt 2014.pdf

Johanesen, K., Platt, J. P. and Kaplan, M. 2014. A revised thermal history of the Ronda peridotite, S. Spain: New evidence for excision during exhumation. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 393; 187–199.

Behr, W. M., and Platt, J. P., 2013, Rheological evolution of a Mediterranean subduction complex: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 54, p. 136-155.  pdf

Platt, J. P. and T. W. Becker, 2013. Kinematics of rotating panels of E-W faults in the San Andreas system: what can we tell from geodesy? Geophysical Journal International, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggt189. pdf

Platt, J. P., Behr, W. M., Johanesen, K. and Williams, J.R., 2013. The Betic-Rif arc and its orogenic hinterland: A review. Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, 41, 14.1–14.45 doi: 10.1146/annurev-earth-050212-123951. pdf

Behr, W.M. and Platt, J.P., 2012.  Kinematic and thermal evolution during two-stage exhumation of a Mediterranean subduction complex. Tectonics, 31, TC4025. doi:10.1029/2012TC003121. pdf

Platt, J.P., Behr, W.M., 2011. Deep structure of lithospheric fault zones. Geophysical Research Letters, 38, L24308, doi:10.1029/2011GL049719  pdf

Cooper, F.J., Platt, J.P., and Anczkiewicz, R., 2011, Constraints on early Franciscan subduction rates from 2-D thermal modeling: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 312, 69-79. 10.1016/j.epsl.2011.09.051

Platt, J.P., and Behr, W.M., 2011. Grainsize evolution in ductile shear zones: implications for strain localization and the strength of the lithosphere, Journal of Structural Geology, 33, 537-550. doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2011.01.018 pdf

Platt, J.P. and Behr, W.M., 2011. Lithospheric shear zones as constant stress experiments. Geology, 39, 127-130. doi: 10.1130/G31561.1  pdf

Behr, W.M. and Platt, J.P., 2011. A naturally constrained stress profile through the middle crust in an extensional terrane. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 303, 181–192. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2010.11.044. pdf

Cooper, F.J., Platt, J.P., Anczkiewicz, R., and Whitehouse, M.J., 2010a, Footwall dip of a core complex detachment fault: thermobarometric constraints from the northern Snake Range (Basin and Range, USA): Journal of Metamorphic Geology, doi:10.1111/j.1525-1314.2010.00907.x

Cooper, F.J., Platt, J.P., Platzman, E.S., Grove, M.J., and Seward, G., 2010b, Opposing shear senses in a subdetachment mylonite zone: Implications for core complex mechanics: Tectonics, v. 29, TC4019. doi:10.1029/2009TC002632. pdf

Platt, J. P., and T. W. Becker, 2010. Where is the real transform boundary in California?, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 11, Q06012, doi:10.1029/2010GC003060. pdf

Platt, J. P., Kaus, B. J., & Becker, T. W., 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. pdf

Platt, J.P., 2007.  From orogenic hinterlands to Mediterranean-style back-arc basins:  A comparative analysis. Journal of the Geological Society of London, 164, 297–311. pdf

Platt, J.P., Anczkiewicz, R., Kelley, S.P., Soto, J.-I., & Thirlwall, M., 2006. Early Miocene continental subduction and rapid exhumation in the western Mediterranean. Geology, 34, 981-984; doi: 0.1130/G22801A. pdf

Jiménez-Munt, I. & Platt, J.P., 2006. Influence of mantle dynamics on the topographic evolution of the Tibetan Plateau: Results from numerical modelling. Tectonics, 25, doi:10.1029/2006TC001963.

Broadley, L., Platzman, E., Platt, J., Papanikolaou, M., & Matthews, S., 2006. Paleomagnetism and the tectonic evolution of the Ionian zone, northwestern Greece. In: Dilek, Y., and Pavlides, S., eds., Postcollisional tectonics and magmatism in the Mediterranean region and Asia. Geological Society of America Special Paper, 409, 137-155, doi: 10.1130/2006.2409(08). pdf

Platt, J.P., Kelley, S.P., Carter, A., & Orozco, M., 2005. Timing of tectonic events in the Alpujarride Complex, Betic Cordillera, S. Spain. Journal of the Geological Society, London, 162, 451–462. pdf

Platzman, E. & Platt, J.P., 2004. Kinematics of a twisted core complex: Oblique axis rotation in an extended terrane (Betic Cordillera, southern Spain).  Tectonics, 23, TC6010, doi:10.1029/2003TC001549. pdf

Anczkiewicz, R., Platt, J.P., Thirlwall, M.F., & Wakabayashi, J., 2004. Franciscan subduction off to a slow start: Evidence from high-precision Lu-Hf garnet ages on high grade-blocks.  Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 225, 147-161. doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2004.06.003. pdf

Platt, J.P., Whitehouse, M.J., Kelley, S.P., Carter, A., and Hollick. L., 2003. Simultaneous extensional exhumation across the Alboran basin:  Implications for the causes of late-orogenic extension. Geology, 31, 259-262. pdf

Platt, J.P., Allerton, S, Kirker, A. Mandeville, C. Mayfield, A. Platzman, E.S.  and Rimi, A., 2003.  The ultimate arc:  differential displacement, oroclinal bending, and vertical axis rotation in the External Betic-Rif arc. Tectonics, 22, 3.  doi:  10.1029/2001TC001321. pdf

Platt, J.P., Argles, T.W., Carter, A., Kelley, S.P., Whitehouse, M.J., & Lonergan L.,  2003. Exhumation of the Ronda peridotite and its crustal envelope: constraints from thermal modelling a PT-time array.  Journal of the Geological Society, London, 160, 655-677. pdf

Whitehouse, M.J.  and Platt, J.P., 2003. Dating high-grade metamorphism: constraints from rare-earth elements in zircon and garnet.  Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, doi 10.1007/s00410-002-0432-z pdf

Platt, J.P., 2000. Calibrating the bulk rheology of active obliquely convergent thrust and accretionary wedges from surface profiles and velocity distributions. Tectonics, 19, 529-548. pdf

Platt, J.P., Soto, J-I., Whitehouse, M.J., Hurford, A.J., and Kelley, S.P. 1998.  Thermal evolution, rate of exhumation, and tectonic significance of metamorphic rocks from the floor of the Alboran extensional basin, western Mediterranean.  Tectonics, 17 , 671-689. pdf

Platzman, E.S., Platt, J.P., Tapirdamaz, C., and Sanver, M., 1994.  Why are there no clockwise rotations along the North Anatolian Fault?  Journal of Geophysical Research, 99, 21705-21715. pdf

Platt, J.P. and England, P.C., 1993.  Convective removal of lithosphere beneath mountain belts:  Thermal and mechanical consequences.  American Journal of Science, 294, 307-336. pdf

Platt, J.P., 1993.  Mechanics of oblique convergence.  Journal of Geophysical Research, 98, 16,239-16,256. pdf

Platt, J.P., 1993.  Exhumation of high-pressure metamorphic rocks:  A review of concepts and processes.  Terra Nova, 5, 119-133. pdf

Platt, J.P., Behrmann, J.H.,  Cunningham, P.C.,  Dewey, J.F.,  Helman, M.,  Parish, M.,  Shepley, M.G.,  Wallis, S.,  Weston, P.J., 1989.  Kinematics of the Alpine arc and the motion history of Adria.  Nature, 337, 158-161. pdf

Platt, J.P. and Vissers, R.L.M., 1989.  Extensional collapse of thickened continental lithosphere: a working hypothesis for the Alboran Sea and the Gibraltar arc.  Geology, 17, 540-543. pdf

Platt, J.P. 1986.  Dynamics of orogenic wedges and the uplift of high-pressure metamorphic rocks.  Geological Society of America Bulletin97, 1037-1053. pdf