Articles | Volume 8, issue 5
Solid Earth, 8, 899–919, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-8-899-2017
Solid Earth, 8, 899–919, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-8-899-2017
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.

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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.