Transform Plate Boundaries: Mechanics and Hazards

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Session ID#: 26428

Session Description:
Transform plate boundaries offer a window into the mechanical deformation of lithosphere absent of external mantle processes (corner flow, upwelling). Continental transforms also present significant hazards due to their proximity to population centers. A variety of deformation styles occur at transform plate boundaries, particularly at fault stepovers, endpoints, and in oblique zones. Recent ruptures of transform faults including the Kekerengu Fault of New Zealand and the Queen Charlotte Fault of western North America highlight the need for improved understanding of the mechanics and deformation processes associated with transform systems. We seek contributions highlighting new results from the recent Kaikoura earthquake and studies of the Queen Charlotte Fault, the San Andreas Fault, the North Anatolian Fault, and the Alpine Fault. We emphasize the importance of multi- and cross-disciplinary approaches to study transform systems and welcome broad contributions, especially research involving earthquake seismology, paleoseismology, marine geology and geophysics, tectonic geomorphology, and geodesy.
Primary Convener:  Maureen A L Walton, USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, United States
Conveners:  Uri S Ten Brink1, Nathaniel C Miller1 and Daniel S Brothers2, (1)USGS Coastal and Marine Science Center Woods Hole, Woods Hole, MA, United States(2)USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

  • EP - Earth and Planetary Surface Processes
  • NH - Natural Hazards
  • OS - Ocean Sciences
  • S - Seismology

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Wenyuan Fan, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA, United States; Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA, United States and Peter M Shearer, Univ California San Diego, La Jolla, CA, United States
Margaret S Boettcher, University of New Hampshire Main Campus, Durham, NH, United States, Monica Wolfson-Schwehr, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Watsonville, CA, United States and Mark D Behn, WHOI, Woods Hole, MA, United States

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