Xavier Le Pichon

(b. 1937)

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(1937– )

A French marine geologist from the Brittany Oceanographic Centre at Brest, who worked in the USA in the late 1960s, Le Pichon studied the mechanisms of sea-floor spreading. He worked out the geometry of plate motions on a sphere, and was the first to recognize that there are six major tectonic plates.

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography.

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