This is a partial list of recent papers which acknowledge underworld.

(if you would like us to add more papers here, please mention them in the comments)


  • Beall, A.P., Moresi, L. and Stern, T., 2017. Dripping or delamination? A range of mechanisms for removing the lower crust or lithosphere. Geophysical Journal International, 210(2), pp.671-692.

  • Rey, P.F., Mondy, L., Duclaux, G., Teyssier, C., Whitney, D.L., Bocher, M. and Prigent, C., 2017. The origin of contractional structures in extensional gneiss domes. Geology, 45(3), pp.263-266.

  • Riel, N., Capitanio, F.A. and Velic, M., 2017. Numerical modeling of stress and topography coupling during subduction: Inferences on global vs. regional observables interpretation. Tectonophysics.

  • Király, Á., Capitanio, F.A., Funiciello, F. and Faccenna, C., 2017. Subduction induced mantle flow: Length-scales and orientation of the toroidal cell. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 479, pp.284-297.

  • Wang, Z., Kusky, T.M. and Capitanio, F.A., 2017. Ancient Continental Lithosphere Dislocated Beneath Ocean Basins Along the Mid‐Lithosphere Discontinuity: A Hypothesis. Geophysical Research Letters.

  • Schellart, W. P. “Andean mountain building and magmatic arc migration driven by subduction-induced whole mantle flow.” Nature communications 8.1 (2017): 2010.

  • Schellart, W. P. “A geodynamic model of subduction evolution and slab detachment to explain Australian plate acceleration and deceleration during the latest Cretaceous-early Cenozoic.” Lithosphere 9.6 (2017): 976-986.

  • Ruh, J.B. and Vergés, J., 2017. Effects of reactivated extensional basement faults on structural evolution of fold-and-thrust belts: Insights from numerical modelling applied to the Kopet Dagh Mountains. Tectonophysics.

  • Wilson, C.R., Spiegelman, M. and van Keken, P.E., 2017. TerraFERMA: The Transparent Finite Element Rapid Model Assembler for multiphysics problems in Earth sciences. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 18(2), pp.769-810.

  • Zhang, Q., Guo, F., Zhao, L. and Wu, Y., 2017. Geodynamics of divergent double subduction: 3‐D numerical modeling of a Cenozoic example in the Molucca Sea region, Indonesia. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth.

  • Jaquet, Y. and Schmalholz, S.M., 2017. Spontaneous ductile crustal shear zone formation by thermal softening and related stress, temperature and strain rate evolution. Tectonophysics.

  • Goes, S., Agrusta, R., van Hunen, J. and Garel, F., 2017. Subduction-transition zone interaction: A review. Geosphere, 13(3), pp.644-664.

  • Pusok, A.E., Kaus, B.J. and Popov, A.A., 2017. On the Quality of Velocity Interpolation Schemes for Marker-in-Cell Method and Staggered Grids. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 174(3), pp.1071-1089.

  • Gardner, R.L., Piazolo, S. and Daczko, N.R., 2017. Determining relative bulk viscosity of kilometre-scale crustal units using field observations and numerical modelling. Tectonophysics.

  • Wolstencroft, M. and Davies, J.H., 2017. Breaking supercontinents; no need to choose between passive or active. Solid Earth, 8(4), p.817.

  • Jaquet, Y., Duretz, T., Grujic, D., Masson, H. and Schmalholz, S.M., 2017. Formation of orogenic wedges and crustal shear zones by thermal softening, associated topographic evolution and application to natural orogens. Tectonophysics.

  • Coltice, N., Gérault, M. and Ulvrová, M., 2017. A mantle convection perspective on global tectonics. Earth Sci. Rev, 165, pp.120-150.

  • He, Y., Puckett, E.G. and Billen, M.I., 2017. A discontinuous Galerkin method with a bound preserving limiter for the advection of non-diffusive fields in solid Earth geodynamics. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 263, pp.23-37.

  • Patočka, V., Čadek, O., Tackley, P.J. and Čížková, H., 2017. Stress memory effect in viscoelastic stagnant lid convection. Geophysical Journal International, 209(3), pp.1462-1475.

  • Oliveira, B., Afonso, J.C., Zlotnik, S. and Diez, P., 2017. Numerical Modelling of Multi-Phase Multi-Component Reactive Transport in the Earth’s interior. Geophysical Journal International.

  • Charlton, T.J., Coombs, W.M. and Augarde, C.E., 2017. iGIMP: An implicit generalised interpolation material point method for large deformations. Computers & Structures, 190, pp.108-125.

  • Liu, L., Shen, Y., Liu, S. and Yu, M., 2017. The dual information preserving method for stiff reacting flows. Computers & Fluids, 157, pp.253-275.

  • Liang, D., Zhao, X. and Martinelli, M., 2017. MPM simulations of the interaction between water jet and soil bed. Procedia Engineering, 175, pp.242-249.

  • Morra, G., 2017. Pythonic Geodynamics. Springer

  • Schrank, C.E., Karrech, A., Boutelier, D.A. and Regenauer-Lieb, K., 2017. A comparative study of Maxwell viscoelasticity at large strains and rotations. Geophysical Journal International, 211(1), pp.252-262.

  • Charrier, Dominic E., Dave A. May, and Sascha M. Schnepp. “Symmetric Interior Penalty Discontinuous Galerkin Discretizations and Block Preconditioning for Heterogeneous Stokes Flow.” SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing 39.6 (2017): B1021-B1042.

  • Mao, Xiaolin, Michael Gurnis, and Dave A. May. “Subduction initiation with vertical lithospheric heterogeneities and new fault formation.” Geophysical Research Letters 44.22 (2017).

  • Zhang, Wei, et al. “The piecewise parabolic method for Riemann problems in nonlinear elasticity.” Scientific Reports7.1 (2017): 13497.

  • Oliveira, et al. “Numerical modelling of multiphase multicomponent reactive transport in the Earth’s interior.” Geophysical Journal International 212.1 (2017): 345-388.

  • Charrier, Dominic E., Dave A. May, and Sascha M. Schnepp. “Symmetric Interior Penalty Discontinuous Galerkin Discretizations and Block Preconditioning for Heterogeneous Stokes Flow.” SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing 39.6 (2017): B1021-B1042.


  • Gardner, Robyn L., Sandra Piazolo, and Nathan R. Daczko. “Shape of pinch and swell structures as a viscosity indicator: Application to lower crustal polyphase rocks.” Journal of Structural Geology 88 (2016): 32-45.

  • Salerno, V.M., Capitanio, F.A., Farrington, R. and Riel, N., 2016, The role of long-term rifting history on modes of continental lithosphere extension, J. Geophys. Res. - Solid Earth

  • Wang, Z., Kusky, T. and Capitanio, F.A., 2016, Lithosphere thinning induced by slab penetration into a hydrous mantle transition zone, Geophys. Res. Lett., doi: 10.1002/2016GL071186

  • Kiraly, A., Capitanio, F.A., Funiciello, F. and Faccenna, C., 2016, Subduction zones interaction: controls on arcuate belts, Geology, 44, 715-718

  • Charrier, Dominic E., Dave A. May, and Sascha M. Schnepp. “A block preconditioned iterative method for Interior Penalty Discontinuous Galerkin discretisations of heterogeneous Stokes flow.” arXiv preprint arXiv:1607.03777 (2016).

  • Hunter, J., and A. B. Watts. “Gravity anomalies, flexure and mantle rheology seaward of circum-Pacific trenches.” Geophysical Journal International 207.1 (2016): 288-316.

  • Olive, Jean-Arthur, et al. “The role of elasticity in simulating long-term tectonic extension.” Geophysical Journal International 205.2 (2016): 728-743.

  • Li, Z. H., F. Dufour, and F. Darve. “Modelling rainfall-induced mudflows using FEMLIP and a unified hydro-elasto-plastic model with solid-fluid transition.” European Journal of Environmental and Civil Engineering (2016): 1-31.

  • Bandara, Samila, Alessio Ferrari, and Lyesse Laloui. “Modelling landslides in unsaturated slopes subjected to rainfall infiltration using material point method.” International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics (2016).

  • Zhao, Xuanyu, and Dongfang Liang. “MPM Modelling of Seepage Flow through Embankments.” The 26th International Ocean and Polar Engineering Conference. International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers, 2016.

  • Buiter, Susanne JH, et al. “Benchmarking numerical models of brittle thrust wedges.” Journal of structural geology 92 (2016): 140-177.

  • Pusok, Adina E., Boris JP Kaus, and Anton A. Popov. “On the Quality of Velocity Interpolation Schemes for Marker-in-Cell Method and Staggered Grids.” Pure and Applied Geophysics (2016): 1-19.

  • Bianchi, Valeria, Troy Smith, and Joan Esterle. “Stratigraphic forward model of Springbok Sandstone sedimentation controlled by dynamic topography.” The APPEA Journal 56.2: 600-600.

  • Feng, Xiaojun, et al. “Effect of strain-weakening on Oligocene–Miocene self-organization of the Australian-Pacific plate boundary fault in southern New Zealand: Insights from numerical modelling.” Journal of Geodynamics 100 (2016): 130-143.

  • Labrousse, Loïc, et al. “Rheological implications of extensional detachments: Mediterranean and numerical insights.” Earth-Science Reviews 161 (2016): 233-258.

  • Teyssier, C., D. L. Whitney, P. F. Rey, S. M. Stacia and (2016). The ultimate fate of continental crust is to melt – Geologic record at high and ultrahigh pressure. GSA annual meeting, GSA abstracts vol. 48, Nº7, paper 270-10, Denver, Colorado. doi: 10.1130/abs/2016AM-282159.

  • Ding X., N. Flament, T. Salles, P. F. Rey, (2016). Modeling Passive Margin Stratigraphy from the Interplay between Sea-level Change, Thermal Subsidence, Precipitation and Dynamic Topography. AGU San Francisco.

  • Korchinsky, M., P. F. Rey, C. Teyssier, L. Mondy, D. L. Whitney, (2016). Numerical Experiments on the Role of the Lower Crust in the Development of Extension-driven Gneiss Domes. AGU, San Francisco.


  • P. Betts, L. Moresi, M.S. Miller, D. Willis, Geodynamics of oceanic plateau and plume head accretion and their role in Phanerozoic orogenic systems of China. Geoscience Frontiers, doi: 10.1016/j.gsf.2014.07.002 (2015)

  • W. Sharples, , L. N. Moresi, M. A. Jadamec, J. Revote, Styles of rifting and fault spacing in numerical models of crustal extension. JGR: Solid Earth (2015)

  • Aivazpourporgou, S., Thiel, S., Hayman, P.C., Moresi, L.N., Heinson, G., 2015. Decompression melting driving intraplate volcanism in Australia: Evidence from magnetotelluric sounding 1–9. doi:10.1002/(ISSN)1944-8007 (2015)

  • L. Moresi, D. Willis, Time Dependent Behaviour of Congested Subduction, Elements, 11(2), APRIL 2015, electronic supplement, DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.1099.2169 or elements URL

  • Capitanio, F.A., Replumaz, A. and *Riel, N., 2015, Reconciling subduction dynamics during Tethys closure with large-scale Asian tectonics: insights from numerical modeling, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 16, 962-982, doi:10.1002/ 2014GC005660

  • Faccenna, C. and 13 co-Authors (including Capitanio, F.A.), 2014, Mantle dynamics in the Mediterranean, Reviews of Geophysics, doi: 10.1002/2013RG000444

  • WP Schellart, W Spakman, 2015, Australian plate motion and topography linked to fossil New Guinea slab below Lake Eyre, Earth and Planetary Science Letters 421, 107-116

  • CM Cooper, MS Miller, Craton formation: Internal structure inherited from closing of the early oceans, Lithosphere 6 (1), 35-42

  • Wang, H., R. Agrusta, and J. van Hunen (2015), Advantages of a conservativevelocity interpolation (CVI) scheme forparticle-in-cell methods withapplication in geodynamic modeling,Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 16, 2015–2023, doi:10.1002/2015GC005824.


  • Farrington, R.J., Moresi, L.N., Capitanio, F.A., The role of viscoelasticity in subducting plates. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 15, 4291–4304. doi:10.1002/2014GC005507 (2014)

  • S. Quenette, Yufei Xi, J. Mansour, L. Moresi, and D. Abramson, Underworld-GT applied to Guangdong, a tool to explore the Geothermal potential of the crust, J. of Earth Sciences (accepted Oct 2014)

  • W. Sharples, M. A. Jadamec, L. N. Moresi, F. Capitanio, Overriding Plate Controls on Subduction Evolution, J. Geophys. Res. (B) , doi: 10.1002/2014JB011163 (2014)

  • Moresi, L.N., Betts, P.G., Miller, M.S., and Cayley, R.A., 2014, The Dynamics of Continental Accretion: Nature, doi:10.1038/nature13033.

  • Replumaz, A., Capitanio, F.A., Guillot, S., Negredo, A.M. and Villase˜nor, A., 2014, The coupling of Indian subduction and Asian continental tectonics, Gondwana Res., doi: 10.1016/

  • Thielmann, M.; May, D. A.; Kaus, B. J. P. (2014) Discretization Errors in the Hybrid Finite Element Particle-in-cell Method, PURE AND APPLIED GEOPHYSICS Volume: 171 Issue: 9 Pages: 2165-2184 Published: SEP 2014


  • A. Asgari and L. Moresi. Multiscale Particle-In-Cell Method: From Fluid to Solid Mechanics, Advanced Methods for Practical Applications in Fluid Mechanics, S. Jones (Ed.), ISBN: 978-953-51-0241-0, InTech, DOI: 10.5772/26419. 2012
  • P. Betts, W. Mason, L. Moresi, The influence of mantle plumes on subduction zone dynamics, Geology, 40, 739-742, 2012


  • F. A. Capitanio, D. R. Stegman, L. N. Moresi, and W. Sharples. Upper plate controls on deep subduction, trench migrations and deformations at convergent margins. Tectonophysics, 483(1-2):80–92, 2010.

  • W. G. Mason, L. Moresi, P. G. Betts, and M. S. Miller. Three-dimensional numerical models of the influence of a buoyant oceanic plateau on subduction zones. Tectonophysics, 483(1-2):71–79, 2010.