What Drives the Earth’s Plates ?

Authors: Yongfeng Yang

Plate tectonic theory that comprehensively describes the earth’s plate motion and terrestrial features represents one of the most significantly achievements in the past 100 years. However, an indisputable fact around this theory is the force behind plate motion is still unknown. Here we propose, the daily tide loadings around continents yield pressures onto continental slopes, the net effect combined from these pressures pushes the continents to globally move. These moving continents, representing the upper parts of the continental crusts, by means of basal friction, moderately entrain the crusts beneath them and the adjoining oceanic crusts, creating various terrestrial features. Quantitatively estimation shows that tide loadings provide South American, African, Indian, and Australian continents respectively a nearly straight motion of 28.44, 41.11, 55.63, and 61.60 mm/year. A torque effect likely contributes rotation to North American and Eurasian continents.

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