MAGNET GPS Station - Photo by Geoff Blewitt

Global Tectonics

At the Nevada Geodetic Laboratory we investigate the deformation of the Earth at different temporal and spatial scales. Some of the most obvious and spectacular deformation arises from the motion of tectonic plates. The zones between plates are narrow in most oceanic areas, but can be hundred to thousands kilometer wide in some continents, such as within central Asia or the western United States. In these plate boundary zones the ever-continuing relative motion of the adjacent plates creates astonishing landscapes through a variety of tectonic processes. One of these processes are earthquakes. By quantifying the deformation within the plate boundary zones, we not only hope to provide important information to seismic hazard studies, but we also aim to understand the complex interaction of forces that can explain the various seismological, geophysical, and (especially) geodetic observations.

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University of Nevada, Reno
Last edited 18 January 2017.