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11 January, 2012

Is Louisville Ridge seamount chain a convergent boundary?

My post to GEO-TECTONICS list, sorry for the typo in the word "boundary" - "boiundary".
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Date:         Wed, 11 Jan 2012 15:07:25 +0200
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From:         "Sergey D. Sukhotinsky" <cognitive.walkthrough@GMAIL.COM>
Subject: Is Louisville Ridge seamount chain a convergent boiundary?
To:           GEO-TECTONICS@JISCMAIL.AC.UK
Dear "geo-tectonics" mailing list members,

   For more than one month I've been trying to figure out what does it mean the different westward rates of the two "micro-plates" northeast and southwest from Louisville Ridge on the picure "Underwater mountains - rate of destruction" from the article: BBC NEWS, Science & Environment, "Undersea mountains march into the abyss", Dec-6, 2011 < http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16056192 >, accessed Jan-11, 2012.

   The NE microplate makes westward 8 sm per year and SW microplate makes 5.5 sm westward per year. Could that mean that not only Tonga Trench is a convergent boundary, but also Louisville Ridge seamount chain itself is a convergent boiundary as well?

   Could the same convergent mechanism be suggested for Louisville Ridge as it was suggested for Hawaii in my post: "Hawaii Convergent, Part 2. Introducing The Concept Of Geofracture (not Plate) Tectonics."

Thanks,
Sergey D. Sukhotinsky.
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