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subduction

[səb′dək·shən]
(geology)
The process by which one crustal block descends beneath another, such as the descent of the Pacific plate beneath the Andean plate along the Andean Trench.
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Slow-slip events are enigmatic because we don't yet understand the physical processes that cause faults to behave in such a way, and we dont know very much about their relationship to large subduction zone earthquakes, says expedition co-leader Dr Demian Saffer, of Pennsylvania State University.
Finding the process is possible on Europa has implications in the search for alien life, because subduction could help transport nutrients for extraterrestrial life forms from the surface and down into the planet's interior, where many scientists have suggested that there is an ocean.
0 or higher can occur only in subduction zones, Hayes said.
In the context of a subduction zone, the subject of stress is closely linked with the presence and characterization of asperities.
The Apennines subduction retreated eastward generating the arc from the northern Apennines to Sicily, and continuing westward to Morocco along Maghrebides.
It's like an embryonic subduction zone,' said Duarte.
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CHILE: As the only segment of the Chile-Peru Subduction Zone not to have ruptured within the last 100 years, the north Chile segment is now considered to be a region at high risk from an earthquake similar in size to the 2010 event.
Chile - As the only segment of the Chile-Peru Subduction Zone not to have ruptured within the last 100 years, the north Chile segment is now considered to be a region at high risk from an earthquake similar in size to the 2010 event.
Collision and collapse at the Africa-Arabia-Eurasia subduction zone.
The plates with different types of movement have created subduction and fault zones which are continuously active [6].