Analytical solutions are presented for the surface loading of a compressible plate with a arbitrary Poisson's ratio. In problems of seamount loading of oceanic lithosphere the compressibility is important only for young loads, of age about 3 times less than the effective relaxation time. In these case the usual assumption of an incompressible layer leads to an overestimation of the effective flexural rigidity of the lithosphere.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Earth-Surface Processes