Plate tectonics and marine hazards

Seafloor topography of a subduction zone off the coast of Costa Rica. Source: GEOMAR.

Dynamic processes beneath the seafloor can cause natural hazards (such as earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions) that affect people living in coastal areas. A better understanding of the processes involved in the movement of tectonic plates is required in order to assess these hazards and to identify the early warning signals that precede such natural disasters.

News for topic: Plate tectonics annd marine harzards

Thousands of lava and magma samples are archived in the GEOMAR rock repository. Some of these samples were used by the international science team to trace the way of the water down to the earth's mantle. Photo: Jan Steffen, GEOMAR

Water cycles much deeper than previously thought

New study in Nature Geoscience reveals influence of subduction on the entire mantle

The research drilling vessel JOIDES RESOLUTION. Photo: Bill Crawford/IODP

Cold plates and hot melts

International science team publishes new data about the history of the Pacific Ring of Fire

Research vessel METEOR. Photo: Hermann Bange, GEOMAR.

Southern Italy: Earthquake hazard due to active plate boundary

International team of researchers publishes latest seafloor maps