The following are publications by the Underworld Geodynamics Group.


  • Muhlhaus HB., Moresi L.N. (2019) A Model for Trap Door Flow from a Deep Container. In: Wu W. (eds) Desiderata Geotechnica. Springer Series in Geomechanics and Geoengineering. Springer, Cham,, 2019
  • Moresi, L and Mather, B.R.. Stripy: A Python module for (constrained) triangulation in Cartesian coordinates and on a sphere.. Journal of Open Source Software, 4(35), 1324., 2019.
  • Sandiford, D. and Moresi, L.: Improving subduction interface implementation in dynamic numerical models, Solid Earth, 10, 969–985,, 2019.
  • Yang, T., L. Moresi, M. Gurnis, S. Liu, D. Sandiford, S. Williams and F. A. Capitanio. "Contrasted East Asia and South America tectonics driven by deep mantle flow." Earth and Planetary Science Letters 517: 106-116, 10.1016/j.epsl.2019.04.025, 2019
  • Beucher, R., L. Moresi, J. Giordani, J. Mansour, D. Sandiford, R. Farrington, L. Mondy, C. Mallard, P. Rey, G. Duclaux, O. Kaluza, A. Laik and S. Morón. UWGeodynamics: A teaching and research tool for numerical geodynamic modelling. Journal of Open Source Software 4(36), 2019
  • Boneh, Y., Schottenfels, E., Kwong, K., van Zelst, I., Tong, X., Eimer, M., Miller, M. S., Moresi, L., J. M. Warren, D. A. Wiens, M. Billen, J. Naliboff, Z. Zhan, Intermediate depth earthquakes controlled by incoming plate hydration along bending-related faults, Geophysical Research Letters, 46 ,3688–3697 10.1029/2018GL081585, 2019
  • Morón, S., P. A. Cawood, P. W. Haines, S. J. Gallagher, S. Zahirovic, C. J. Lewis and L. Moresi. "Long-lived transcontinental sediment transport pathways of East Gondwana. 47 (6): 513-516,, Geology, 2019


  • Miller, M. S., and L. Moresi (2018), Mapping the Alaskan Moho, Seismological Research Letters, 1–7, doi:10.1785/0220180222.
  • Garber, J. M., Maurya, S., Hernandez, J.-A., Duncan, M.S., Zeng,L., Zhang, H.L., Faul, U., McCammon, C., Montagner, J.-P., Moresi, L., Romanowicz, .A., Rudnick, R. L., Stixrude, L., Multidisciplinary constraints on the abundance of diamond and eclogite in the cratonic lithosphere,(2018), Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 19, 2062-2086
  • J. Pall, J., Zahirovic, S., Doss, S., Hassan, R., Matthews, K. J., Cannon, J., Gurnis, M., Moresi, L., Lenardic, A., and Müller, R. D.: The influence of carbonate platform interactions with subduction zone volcanism on palaeo-atmospheric CO2 since the Devonian (2018), Clim. Past Discuss., 14, 857-870,
  • T. Yang, L. Moresi, D. Zhao, D. Sandiford, and J. Whittaker (2018), Cenozoic lithospheric deformation in Northeast Asia and the rapidly-aging Pacific Plate, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 492, 1–11, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2018.03.057.
  • Beall, A. P., L. N. Moresi, and C. M. Cooper (2018), Formation of cratonic lithosphere during the initiation of plate tectonics, Geology, 46(6), 487–490, doi:10.1130/G39943.1.
  • Mather, B., S. McLaren, D. Taylor, S. Roy, and L. Moresi (2018), Variations and controls on crustal thermal regimes in Southeastern Australia, Tectonophysics, 723, 261–276, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2017.12.015.


  • Mondy, L. S., P. F. Rey, G. Duclaux, and L. Moresi, The role of asthenospheric flow during rift propagation and breakup, Geology, 46(2), 103–106, doi:10.1130/G39674.1, (2017).
  • Yang, T., L. Moresi, D. Müller, and M. Gurnis, Oceanic Residual Topography Agrees With Mantle Flow Predictions at Long Wavelengths, Geophys. Res. Lett., 152(3), 566–28, doi:10.1002/2017GL074800, (2017).
  • A. Beall, L. Moresi, T. Stern, Dripping or Delamination? A Range of Mechanisms for Removing the Lower Crust or Lithosphere, Geophysical Journal International, 210 (2), 671-692,, (2017).


  • Cooper, C. M., M. S. Miller, and L. Moresi, The structural evolution of the deep continental lithosphere, Tectonophysics, 695, 1–89, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2016.12.004, (2016).
  • O'Neill, C., A. Lenardic, M. Weller, L. Moresi, S. Quenette, and S. Zhang (2016), A window for plate tectonics in terrestrial planet evolution? Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 255, 80–92, doi:10.1016/j.pepi.2016.04.002.
  • Sharples, W., L. N. Moresi, M Velic, M. A. Jadamec, D. A. May, Simulating faults and plate boundaries with a transversely isotropic plasticity model. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors 252, 77-90 (2016).


  • 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)
  • Sharples, W., L. N. Moresi, M. A. Jadamec, and J. Revote, Styles of rifting and fault spacing in numerical models of crustal extension, Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth, 120(6), 4379–4404, doi:10.1002/2014JB011813 (2015).
  • Aivazpourporgou, S., Thiel, S., Hayman, P.C., Moresi, L.N., Heinson, G., Decompression melting driving intra-plate volcanism in Australia: Evidence from magnetotelluric sounding 1–9. doi:10.1002/(ISSN)1944-8007 (2015)
  • S Quenette, Y Xi, J Mansour, L Moresi, D Abramson, Underworld-GT applied to Guangdong, a tool to explore the geothermal potential of the crust.- Journal of Earth Science, (2015)


  • 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, (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.


  • H.B. Mühlhaus, L. Olsen-Kettle, J. Shi, L. Moresi, Modelling of Non-Coaxial Viscoplastic Deformation in Geodynamics, J. Civil Eng. Arch. (Accepted, Dec 24, 2013)

  • Cooper, C. M., Moresi, L.-N. & Lenardic, A. Effects of continental configuration on mantle heat loss. Geophysical Research Letters 40, 2013.

  • W.P. Schellart and L. Moresi, A new driving mechanism for back-arc extension and shortening through slab-sinking-induced toroidal and poloidal mantle flow: Results from dynamic subduction models with an overriding plate, J. Geophys. Res. (B), 118 (6), pp. 3221-3248, 2013.

  • D. May, W.P. Schellart, L. Moresi, Overview of adaptive finite element analysis in computational geodynamics, J. Geodynamics, 70, 1–20, 2013


  • P. Betts, W. Mason, L. Moresi, The influence of mantle plumes on subduction zone dynamics, Geology, 40, 739-742, 2012

  • 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

  • M. Gérault, T. W. Becker, B. Kaus, C. Faccenna, L. Moresi, L. Husson.. The role of slabs and oceanic plate geometry for the net rotation of the lithosphere, trench motions, and slab return flow. Geochem., Geophys., Geosys.. Vol. 13, Q04001, doi:10.1029/2011GC003934, pp. 23. 2012

  • M. Faccenda, T. V. Gerya, N. S. Mancktelow, and L. Moresi, Fluid flow during slab unbending and dehydration: Implications for intermediate-depth seismicity, slab weakening and deep water recycling, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 13, Q01010, doi:10.1029/2011GC003860, 2012


  • H. B. Mühlhaus, J. Shi,, L. Olsen-Kettle, L. Moresi, A double slip non-coaxial flow rule for viscous-plastic Cosserat materials, Acta Geotechnica, 6 (4), pp. 219-229, 2011
  • W. P. Schellart, D. R. Stegman, R.J. Farrington, L. Moresi, Influence of lateral slab edge distance on plate velocity, trench velocity, and subduction partitioning. J. Geophys. Res.-Solid Earth, 116 (10), art. no. B10408, 2011
  • H. B. Mühlhaus, J. Shi, L. Olsen-Kettle, L. Moresi. Effects of a non-coaxial flow rule on shear bands in viscous-plastic materials. Granular Matter, 13: 205-210, 2011.
  • A. Lenardic, C.M. Cooper, L. Moresi. A note on continents and the Earth’s Urey ratio. Phys. Earth Planet. Inter, 188: 127–130, 2011.
  • A. Lenardic, L. Moresi, A.M. Jellinek, C.J. O'Neill, C.M. Cooper, C.T. Lee, Continents, supercontinents, mantle thermal mixing, and mantle thermal isolation: Theory, numerical simulations, and laboratory experiments, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 12 (10) , art. no. Q10016, 2011
  • V. Lemiale, H.-B. Mühlhaus, C. Mériaux, L. Moresi, L. Hodkinson. Rate effects in dense granular materials: Linear stability analysis and the fall of granular columns. International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, 35(2):293–308, 2011.
  • C. A. Mériaux, J. A. Mansour, L. N. Moresi, R. C. Kerr, D. A. May. On the rise of strongly tilted mantle plume tails. Phys. Earth Planet. Inter, 184(1-2):63–79, 2011


  • F. A. Capitanio, G. Morra, S. Goes, R. F. Weinberg, and L. Moresi. India-Asia convergence driven by the subduction of the greater Indian continent. Nature Geosci., 3(2):136–139, 2010.
  • 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.
  • R. J. Farrington, D. R. Stegman, L. N. Moresi, M. Sandiford, and D. A. May. Interactions of 3d mantle flow and continental lithosphere near passive margins. Tectonophysics, 483(1-2):20–28, 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.
  • H. Muhlhaus, L. Moresi, L. Gross, and J. Grotowski. The influence of non-coaxiality on shear banding in viscous-plastic materials. Granular Matter, 12(3):229–238, 2010.
  • W. P. Schellart, D. R. Stegman, R. J. Farrington, J. Freeman, and L. Moresi. Cenozoic tectonics of western North America controlled by evolving width of Farallon slab. Science, 329(5989):316–319, 2010.