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Transform Faults, Fracture Zones, and the Kinematics of Horizontal Thermal Contraction of Oceanic Lithosphere (2015-12-04)Plate rigidity is a key assumption of the plate tectonics theory. The assumption allows us to study plate motion on Earth with great simplicity. However, recent developments in understanding plate cooling have put the ...