Helmholtz Centre Potsdam
GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences
Abstract (EDOC: 2126)
GPS data from four sites in the Nazca Plate (Easter Island, Galapagos, Robinson Crusoe and San Felix Islands) and from five sites in the stable core of the South American Plate enabled us to estimate the Euler vector of the Nazca Plate with respect to South America. The observed velocities of Easter Island (6.6 cm/yr at 102.3< degrees >), Galapagos (5.1 cm/yr at 90.0< degrees >), Robinson Crusoe (6.6 cm/yr at 80.1< degrees >) and San Felix (6.0 cm/yr at 82.1< degrees >) are significantly slower than the global plate model NUVEL-1A velocities for those four sites. Our estimated Euler pole is located at 48.8< degrees >N, 91.7< degrees >W with a rate of 0.59< degrees >/m.y. The NUVEL-1A and earlier space-geodetic studies give rotation rates that are 20% faster.
(1999): Space-geodetic estimation of the Nazca-South America Euler vector. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 171, 3, 329-334.