Articles | Volume 8, issue 5
Solid Earth, 8, 899–919, 2017
Solid Earth, 8, 899–919, 2017

Research article 11 Sep 2017

Research article | 11 Sep 2017

Global patterns in Earth's dynamic topography since the Jurassic: the role of subducted slabs

Michael Rubey et al.

Related authors

Automating Finite Element Methods for Geodynamics via Firedrake
D. Rhodri Davies, Stephan C. Kramer, Siavash Ghelichkhan, and Angus Gibson
Geosci. Model Dev. Discuss.,,, 2022
Preprint under review for GMD
Short summary
Kinematics and extent of the Piemont–Liguria Basin – implications for subduction processes in the Alps
Eline Le Breton, Sascha Brune, Kamil Ustaszewski, Sabin Zahirovic, Maria Seton, and R. Dietmar Müller
Solid Earth, 12, 885–913,,, 2021
Short summary
Analytical solutions for mantle flow in cylindrical and spherical shells
Stephan C. Kramer, D. Rhodri Davies, and Cian R. Wilson
Geosci. Model Dev., 14, 1899–1919,,, 2021
Short summary
Effects of basal drag on subduction dynamics from 2D numerical models
Lior Suchoy, Saskia Goes, Benjamin Maunder, Fanny Garel, and Rhodri Davies
Solid Earth, 12, 79–93,,, 2021
Short summary
Surrogate-assisted Bayesian inversion for landscape and basin evolution models
Rohitash Chandra, Danial Azam, Arpit Kapoor, and R. Dietmar Müller
Geosci. Model Dev., 13, 2959–2979,,, 2020
Short summary

Related subject area

A new finite element approach to model microscale strain localization within olivine aggregates
Jean Furstoss, Carole Petit, Clément Ganino, Marc Bernacki, and Daniel Pino-Muñoz
Solid Earth, 12, 2369–2385,,, 2021
Short summary
Coupled dynamics and evolution of primordial and recycled heterogeneity in Earth's lower mantle
Anna Johanna Pia Gülcher, Maxim Dionys Ballmer, and Paul James Tackley
Solid Earth, 12, 2087–2107,,, 2021
Short summary
Buoyancy versus shear forces in building orogenic wedges
Lorenzo G. Candioti, Thibault Duretz, Evangelos Moulas, and Stefan M. Schmalholz
Solid Earth, 12, 1749–1775,,, 2021
Short summary
Comparing global seismic tomography models using varimax principal component analysis
Olivier de Viron, Michel Van Camp, Alexia Grabkowiak, and Ana M. G. Ferreira
Solid Earth, 12, 1601–1634,,, 2021
Short summary
Magma ascent mechanisms in the transition regime from solitary porosity waves to diapirism
Janik Dohmen and Harro Schmeling
Solid Earth, 12, 1549–1561,,, 2021
Short summary

Cited articles

Amante, C. and Eakins, B. W.: ETOPO1 1 Arc-Minute Global Relief Model: Procedures, Data Sources and Analysis, National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA,, 2009.
Baumgardner, J. R.: Three-dimensional treatment of convective flow in the Earth's mantle, J. Stat. Phys., 39, 501–511,, 1985.
Boyden, J. A., Müller, R. D., Gurnis, M., Torsvik, T. H., Clark, J. A., Turner, M., Ivey-Law, H., Watson, R. J., and Cannon, J. S.: Next-generation plate-tectonic reconstructions using GPlates, in Geoinformatics, Cambridge University Press, 95–114,, 2011.
Braun, J., Guillocheau, F., Robin, C., Baby, G., and Jelsma, H.: Rapid erosion of the Southern African Plateau as it climbs over a mantle superswell, J. Geophys. Res.-Sol. Ea., 119, 6093–6112, 2014.
Bunge, H.-P., Richards, M. A., and Baumgardner, J. R.: A sensitivity study of three-dimensional spherical mantle convection at 108 Rayleigh number: Effects of depth-dependent viscosity, heating mode, and an endothermic phase change, J. Geophys. Res.-Sol. Ea., 102, 11991–12007,, 1997.
Short summary
Earth's surface is constantly warped up and down by the convecting mantle. Here we derive geodynamic rules for this so-called dynamic topography by employing high-resolution numerical models of global mantle convection. We define four types of dynamic topography history that are primarily controlled by the ever-changing pattern of Earth's subduction zones. Our models provide a predictive quantitative framework linking mantle convection with plate tectonics and sedimentary basin evolution.