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Jun 25, 2018 50 years of Plate Tectonics General

International symposia Have already been organized to celebrate the 50th anniversary of plate tectonics, in 2016 at the Lamont-Doherty Observatory (USA), and in 2017 at the Geological Society of London. This series continues with a third symposium in France in June 2018 that coincides with the 50th anniversary of Xavier Le Pichon’s 1968 landmark paper on the first global plate kinematic model .



Seminal papers that marked the birth of Plate Tectonics:

H. H. Hess, "History of Ocean Basins", in: Engel, A.E.J., James, H.L., Leonard, B.F. (Eds.), Petrologic studies: a volume to honor A. F. Buddington, Geological Society of America, Boulder, CO, pp. 599-620, Nov. 1962.

F. J. Vine and D. H. Matthews, “Magnetic Anomalies Over Oceanic Ridges,” Nature, vol. 199, no. 4897, pp. 947–949, Sept. 7, 1963.

G. Bodvarsson and G. P. L. Walker, “Crustal drift in Iceland,” The Geophysical Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 285–300, Feb. 1964.

J. T. Wilson, "A new class of faults and their bearing on continental drift", vol. 207, no. 4995. Nature, pp. 343–347, 1965.

J. T. Wilson, "Transform Faults, Oceanic Ridges, and Magnetic Anomalies Southwest of Vancouver Island”, Science, vol. 150, no 3695, pp. 482-485, Oct. 1965.

F. R. S. Sir Edward Bullard, J. E. Everett, and A. G. Smith, “The fit of the continents around the Atlantic,” Phil. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. A, vol. 258, no. 1088, pp. 41–51, Oct. 1965.

W. C. Pitman and J. R. Heirtzler, "Magnetic Anomalies over the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge”, Science, vol. 154, no. 3753, pp. 1164-1166, Dec. 2, 1966.

J. T. Wilson, "Did the Atlantic Close and then Re-Open?”, Nature, vol. 221, no 5050, pp. 676-681, Aug. 1966.

J. R. Heirtzler, X. Le Pichon, and J.G. Baron, "Magnetic Anomalies over the Reykjanes Ridge”, Deep Sea Research and Oceanographic Abstracts, vol 13, no 3, pp. 427-443, June 1966.

D. P. McKenzie and R. L. Parker, “The North Pacific: an example of tectonics on a sphere”, Nature, vol. 216, no. 5122, pp. 1276–1280, Dec. 30, 1967.

X. Le Pichon, “Sea‐floor spreading and continental drift”, J. Geophys. Res., vol. 73, no. 12, 15 June 1968.

W. J. Morgan, “Rises, trenches, great faults, and crustal blocks,” J. Geophys. Res., vol. 73, no. 6, pp. 1959–1982, Mar. 1968.

J. R. Heirtzler, G. O. Dickson, E. M. Herron, W. C. Pitman III, and X. Le Pichon, “Marine magnetic anomalies, geomagnetic field reversals, and motions of the ocean floor and continents,” Journal of Geophysical Research, vol. 73, no. 6, pp. 2119–2136, Mar. 1968.

B. Isacks, J. Oliver, and L. R. Sykes, “Seismology and the new global tectonics,” Journal of Geophysical Research, vol. 73, no. 18, pp. 5855–5899, Sep. 1968.