Abstract

Forearc slivers, bounded by a trench and an active strike-slip fault, occur in about 50% of modern subduction zones. Analysis of earthquake slip vectors indicates that modern sliver terranes typically migrate at rates of 1–2 cm/yr. Tertiary transport of some forearc slivers by 1000 km or more is therefore expected as a consequence of normal subduction. Active arc-parallel strike-slip faulting occurs whenever interplate coupling is strong and convergence is somewhat oblique; strike-slip rate increases with greater convergence obliquity.

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