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All of the original content in the documents directly accessible via this web page, including the content of the draft textbook, is © 2017 by Vincent S. Cronin

Last revised 28 February 2017.

This text has several goals. First is to provide a basic operational overview of the kinematics of plate tectonics, extended to the kinematics of the continental crust as measured using GPS-derived velocities. Second is to provide geoscience students with some experience with aspects of applied mathematics, particularly in vector and matrix mathematics. Third is to provide geoscience students with an experience in programming, using *Mathematica*. All of these goals are intended to address deficiencies in skills or knowledge that have been evident as I have worked with university geoscience students in the United States during the past quarter century. As a teacher, it is my responsibility to help the following generations to develop the skills and knowledge they need in order to better understand Earth, its history, and its systems.

This primer is not intended to be a survey the history of the development of plate tectonics, which is a very interesting topic that is well covered in other texts. It is also not meant to provide a survey of current understanding of the tectonic context of plate boundaries worldwide. And it is not a textbook on geodynamics: the physics of the mechanisms of plate tectonics.

- Chapter 1: Introduction

http://CroninProjects.org/Vince/PlateKinematics/KinematicsPrimer/KinematicsCh1.pdf - Chapter 2: Vectors and the geographic coordinate system

http://CroninProjects.org/Vince/PlateKinematics/KinematicsPrimer/KinematicsCh2.pdf - Chapter 3: Vectors, transformation matrices, and different coordinate systems

http://CroninProjects.org/Vince/PlateKinematics/KinematicsPrimer/KinematicsCh3.pdf - Chapter 4: Simple axial rotations

http://CroninProjects.org/Vince/PlateKinematics/KinematicsPrimer/KinematicsCh4.pdf - Chapter 5: Rotation of a point or rigid triangle around an arbitrary axis

http://CroninProjects.org/Vince/PlateKinematics/KinematicsPrimer/KinematicsCh5.pdf - Chapter 6: Finding the pole of instantaneous relative motion

http://CroninProjects.org/Vince/PlateKinematics/KinematicsPrimer/KinematicsCh6_v2.pdf

Resources for Exercise 6.2 - Chapter 6.5: Tangential velocity at a point

http://CroninProjects.org/Vince/PlateKinematics/KinematicsPrimer/KinematicsCh6.5_v2.pdf - Chapter 7: Instantaneous plate kinematics in an imaginary 2-plate world

http://CroninProjects.org/Vince/PlateKinematics/KinematicsPrimer/KinematicsCh7_v2.pdf - Chapter 8: Instantaneous plate kinematics in an imaginary 3-plate world

http://CroninProjects.org/Vince/PlateKinematics/KinematicsPrimer/KinematicsCh8.pdf - Chapter 9: Instantaneous plate kinematics in an
*n*-plate world

http://CroninProjects.org/Vince/PlateKinematics/KinematicsPrimer/KinematicsCh9.pdf - Chapter 10: Incorporating instantaneous motion sensed from an external reference frame

http://CroninProjects.org/Vince/PlateKinematics/KinematicsPrimer/KinematicsCh10.pdf - Chapter 11: Types of triple junctions

http://CroninProjects.org/Vince/PlateKinematics/KinematicsPrimer/KinematicsCh11.pdf - Chapter 12: Cycloid finite motion between plates

http://CroninProjects.org/Vince/PlateKinematics/KinematicsPrimer/KinematicsCh12.pdf - Chapter 13: Some applications and implications of the cycloid finite motion model

http://CroninProjects.org/Vince/PlateKinematics/KinematicsPrimer/KinematicsCh13.pdf - Chapter 14: Modeling marine magnetic anomaly patterns

http://CroninProjects.org/Vince/PlateKinematics/KinematicsPrimer/KinematicsCh14.pdf - Chapter 15: Using stage poles to reconstruct finite motion of oceanic plates
- Chapter 16: Beyond rigid-plate tectonics -- measuring surface motion using GPS
- Chapter 17: Crustal strain as measured using GPS geodesy

http://CroninProjects.org/Vince/PlateKinematics/KinematicsPrimer/KinematicsCh17.pdf

- Chapter 1: KinematicsCh1.nb
- Chapter 2: KinematicsCh2.nb
- Chapter 3: KinematicsCh3.nb
- Chapter 4: KinematicsCh4.nb
- Chapter 5: KinematicsCh5.nb
- Chapter 6: KinematicsCh6_v2.nb
- Chapter 6.5: KinematicsCh6.5_v2.nb
- Chapter 7: KinematicsCh7_v2.nb
- Excel spreadsheet for use in Chapter 7: otherPlate.xls
- Chapter 8: KinematicsCh8.nb
- Chapter 9: KinematicsCh9.nb
- Excel spreadsheet for use in Chapter 9: RM2.xls
- Chapter 10: KinematicsCh10.nb
- Chapter 11: KinematicsCh11.nb
- Chapter 12: KinematicsCh12.nb

Access to Peter Bird's 2003 paper and related data appendices via http://peterbird.name/publications/2003_PB2002/2003_PB2002.htm - Chapter 13: KinematicsCh13.nb
- Chapter 14: KinematicsCh14.nb
- Chapter 15: Using stage poles to reconstruct finite motion of oceanic plates
- Chapter 16: Beyond rigid-plate tectonics -- measuring surface motion using GPS
- Chapter 17: KinematicsCh17.nb

See Vince's documents and links related to using GPS to measure crustal kinematics and strain at

Bill Hammond's MatLab script for computing crustal strain from GPS velocities

http://CroninProjects.org/Vince/PlateKinematics/KinematicsPrimer/strain_sphere.m

Suggestions, additions and corrections will be gratefully accepted. Communicate with Vince Cronin.

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