Abstract

MacDonald and Ness (1960) and Noble (1961) either state or imply that, if a phase transition is assumed for M, isostasy invoked, and sedimentation considered essentially instantaneous, the possible thickness of sediments is independent of the depth of the initial basin of sedimentation. Their treatments involve the assumption that the relative position of M is independent of the P-T conditions in the crust, which is incompatible with the assumption that M is a phase boundary. Therefore it is not established that the thickness of sediments is independent of the depth of the initial basin.

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