African Plate

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African Plate

African Plate

GPS constraints on Africa (Nubia) and Arabia plate motions

Cretaceous to present kinematics of the Indian, African and Seychelles plates

Absolute plate motion of Africa around Hawaii-Emperor bend time

Understanding lithospheric stresses: systematic analysis of controlling mechanisms with applications to the African Plate

Motion between the Indian, Antarctic and African plates in the early Cenozoic

Kinematics of the Western Africa-Eurasia plate boundary from focal mechanisms and GPS data

Gravity constraints on the structure of the northern margin of Tunisia: implications on the nature of the northern African Plate boundary

Joint inversion of local, regional and teleseismic data for crustal thickness in the Eurasia–Africa plate boundary region

Propagation of regional seismic phases (Lg and Sn) and Pn velocity structure along the Africa–Iberia plate boundary zone: tectonic implications

Three‐dimensional upper‐mantle S‐velocity model for the Eurasia–Africa plate boundary region

Seismic images and magnetic signature of the late Jurassic to Early Cretaceous Africa-Eurasia plate boundary off SW Iberia

Pn tomographic imaging of mantle lid velocity and anisotropy at the junction of the Arabian, Eurasian and African plates

How rigid is a rigid plate? Geodetic constraint from the TrigNet CGPS network, South Africa

Misreading the African Landscape: Society and Ecology in a Forest-Savanna Mosaic. By James Fairhead and Melissa Leach. Maps, plates, figures, tables, index, bibliography, Fighting for the Rain Forest: War, Youth, and Resources in Sierra Leone. By Paul Richards. Photographs, maps, graphs, index, bibliography and The Lie of the Land: Challenging Received Wisdom on the African Environment. Edited by Melissa Leach and Robin Mearns. Maps, figures, tables, index, bibliography


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One of the present-day major lithospheric plates, consisting of the continental mass of Africa surrounded, except to the north, by oceanic crust and oceanic ridges. To the north, a complex picture of collision and subduction zones and transform faults has been postulated for the boundary with the Eurasian Plate and various minor plates, e.g. the Aegean Plate. The northern part of the African Plate also contains remnants of the oceanic crust of Tethys. To the north-east the Red Sea is interpreted as an actively forming ocean, at the young stage of the Wilson cycle, while the E. African rifts, partially defining what is called by some the ‘Somali Plate’ to the east, may be at the embryonic stage of ocean development, or possibly a stillborn ocean.

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography.

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