Authors: Yongfeng Yang
Plate motion was widely ascribed to several driving forces like ridge push, slab pull, and basal drag. However, an in-depth investigation shows these forces incomplete. Here we propose, the oceans generate varying unequal pressures everywhere, the application of these pressures to the entire sides of continents create enormous horizontal forces (i.e., the ocean-generating forces), the net effect of these forces provides lateral push to the continents and may cause them to move horizontally, further, the travelling continents drag the crusts they connect to move, these totally form plate motion. A roughly estimation shows that the ocean-generating forces may give South American, African, Indian, and Australian continents a movement of respectively 2.8, 4.2, 5.7, and 6.3 cm/yr, and give Pacific Plate a movement of 8.9 cm/yr. Some torque effects of the ocean-generating forces contribute to rotate North American and Eurasian continents.
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