Analysis of flexural evolution of the lithosphere over the past 4.6 Ma around Ross Island, West Antarctica
Ross Island is in the southern Victoria Land Basin along the western margin of the West Antarctic Rift System. Episodic volcanism since ca. 4.6 Ma produced a discontinuous sedimentary moat around the island coeval with ongoing extension. The moat is a composite of four smaller flexural sub-basins created during four distinct phases of volcanism on Ross Island. In this research we determine the flexural rigidity of lithosphere under Ross Island, to understand the load partitioning between surface (relief) and subsurface (e.g. the density anomaly in crust/mantle) and to test the hypothesis that ...
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Harry, Dennis L.