The Lithosphere Asthenosphere Boundary 2015

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It is our great pleasure to invite you to the Geological Society of London to participate in the annual British Geophysical Association - New Advances in Geophysics 2015 (BGA - NAG 2015) conference on 5th - 6th February 2015. The invitation extends to researchers, students and the industry. The conference is marked by prominent invited speakers who will share their expertise and provide insights into the recent advances in Geophysics.

The theme of BGA - NAG 2015 is advances in our understanding of "The Lithosphere - Asthenosphere System - Nature of the Tectonic Plates".

Plate tectonics has been a fundamental tenet of Earth Science for nearly 50 years, but fundamental questions remain, such as where is the base of the plate and what makes a plate, "plate - like?". A Better understanding of the transition from the rigid lithospheric plate to the weaker mantle beneath - the rheological lithosphere - asthenosphere boundary (LAB) - has important implication for the driving forces of plate tectonics, natural hazard mitigation, basin evolution and hydrocarbon maturation, mantle dynamics, the evolution of the planet and climate change. There are many proxies used to estimate the depth and nature of the base of tectonic plates, but to date no consensus has been reached. For example, temperature is known to have a strong effect on the mechanical behaviour of rocks. However, it has also been suggested that the chemical composition of the plate provides additional strength or that melt weakens the mantle beneath the plate. We are at a critical juncture where large - scale efforts using geophysical, geochemical, and geological techniques are being launched to better understand the definition of the tectonic plate. This meeting will bring together world leaders from a wide array of disciplines to better understand the lithosphere - asthenosphere system.

We look forward to an exciting meeting in London in 2015!

The organizing committee, LAB 2015