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A geologic process in which one edge of one crustal plate is forced below the edge of another.

[French, from Latin subductus, past participle of subdūcere, to draw away from below : sub-, sub- + dūcere, to lead; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.]

sub·duct′ v.
sub·duc′tal (-təl) adj.


1. (Physiology) the act of subducting, esp of turning the eye downwards
2. (Geological Science) geology the process of one tectonic plate sliding under another, resulting in tensions and faulting in the earth's crust, with earthquakes and volcanic eruptions


(səbˈdʌk ʃən)

the process by which collision of the earth's crustal plates results in one plate's being drawn down or overridden by another, localized along the juncture (subduc′tion zone`) of two plates.
[1965–70; < French subduction (1951); see subduct, -ion]


The sinking of one lithospheric plate’s leading edge below another lithospheric plate. This occurs below deep ocean trenches.
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Noun1.subduction - a geological process in which one edge of a crustal plate is forced sideways and downward into the mantle below another plate
geologic process, geological process - (geology) a natural process whereby geological features are modified
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Program director in the National Science Foundations Division of Ocean Sciences, which funds IODP, James Allan said: This expedition will yield information thats key to understanding why destructive tsunamis happen after shallow earthquakes at plate subduction zones and underwater landslides.
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In an article published this week in the journal Nature Geoscience, Sverjensky and his team demonstrate that in addition to the carbon dioxide and methane already documented deep in subduction zones, there exists a rich variety of organic carbon species that could spark the formation of diamonds and perhaps even become food for microbial life.
The team's 3D models suggest a likely answer to a question that has long plagued geologists: why do long, curving mountain chains form along some subduction zones - where two tectonic plates collide, pushing one down into the mantle?
A similar type of clay is present in other subduction zones in the northwest Pacific, suggesting that they may also be capable of generating huge earthquakes.
So recent earthquakes such as Sumatra 2004 and Japan 2011 have made us re-evaluate the earthquake process at subduction zones, and the MSZ is certainly one place to look at again," she added.
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Two subduction zones were active during late Triassic in this area (Fig 1) we propose a context of slab retreat of the subduction zone for the majority of high-K calc- alkaline granites.
Most earthquakes of this kind are produced at subduction zones where an oceanic plate slides beneath another plate, known as the upper plate, and the down-going plate descends into the interior of the Earth as a subducted slab.