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On the global variations of terrestrial heat-flow

January 1, 1969

Over 3 500 measurements of surface heat-flux have been catalogued and analyzed to study the large-scale variations of terrestrial heat-flow. It was found that heat-flow values are correlated with major geologic provinces: higher averages and scattered values in active tectonic regions, and lower averages and more uniform values in stable areas. Analyzing the data in the light of new global tectonics shows that the variations of heat-flow are consistent with the hypotheses of sea-floor spreading and plate tectonics. The observed heat-flow across the mid-oceanic ridges can be accounted for by a simple model of a spreading sea floor. 

Publication Year 1969
Title On the global variations of terrestrial heat-flow
DOI 10.1016/0031-9201(69)90026-0
Authors W.H.K. Lee
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors
Index ID 70010164
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse