Fossil Seafloor Spreading Rates





Conrad and Lithgow-Bertelloni [2007] calculated age gradients of seafloor age map of Muller et al., [J. Geophys. Res., 102, 3211-3214,1997] to determine the fossil half-spreading rates shown in the above figure (Fig. 1 from CLB07). By averaging theses rates over each of the defined ocean basins, we estimate average preserved fossil spreading rates (Fig. 2 from CLB07), total preserved spreading lengths (Fig. 3 from CLB07), and a lower bound on past lithosphere production rates (Fig. 4 from CLB07). We also estimate these quantities for the entire globe, both with and without the reconstructed Farallon plate (which has largely subducted beneath the Americas) The calculated spreading rates, lengths, and production rates, are available for download:


Average Preserved Half-Spreading Rates: [Ascii Format] [Excel Format]

Total Preserved Spreading Lengths: [Ascii Format] [Excel Format]

Minimum Lithosphere Production Rates: [Ascii Format] [Excel Format]


The following abbreviations apply in these files:

         AGE = Seafloor ages in millions of years

         GLOBAL = Global average for the present-day seafloor

         R.FAR = Global average including the reconstructed Farallon plate

         E.PAC = East Pacific                      W.PAC = West Pacific

         S.PAC = South Pacific                   S.BAS = Small Basins

         E.IND = East Indian                       W.IND = West Indian

         S.ATL = South Atlantic                   N.ATL = North Atlantic



Citation: Please cite the following paper when using this model:


Conrad, C.P., and C. Lithgow-Bertelloni, Faster seafloor spreading and lithosphre production during the mid-Cenozoic, Geology, 35, 29-32, 2007. [online version] [reprint] [highlight in Nature]