Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.


Top-down control on water subduction

The structure of the overriding plate may control bending and water ingress into the subducting plate based on an exceptional 3D velocity model of the Nankai subduction zone.

This is a preview of subscription content

Access options

Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.


All prices are NET prices.

Fig. 1: The proposed influence of the overriding plate on bending and hydration of the subducting plate.


  1. Arnulf, A. F. et al. Nat. Geosci. (2022).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  2. Ranero, C. R., Morgan, J. P., McIntosh, K. & Reichert, C. Nature 425, 367–373 (2003).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  3. Cai, C., Wiens, D. A., Shen, W. & Eimer, M. Nature 563, 389–392.

  4. Van Avendonk, H. J. A., Holbrook, W. S., Lizarralde, D. & Denyer, P. Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst. 12, Q06009 (2011).

    Google Scholar 

  5. Fujie, G. et al. Nat. Commun. 9, 3844 (2018).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  6. Shillington, D. J. et al. Nat. Geosci. 8, 961–964 (2015).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  7. van Keken, P. E., Hacker, B. R., Syracuse, E. M. & Abers, G. A. J. Geophys. Res. 116, B01401 (2011).

    Google Scholar 

  8. Nabiloff, J. B., Billen, M. I., Gerya, T. & Saunders, J. Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst. 14, 2310–2327 (2013).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  9. Horning, G. et al. J. Geophys. Res. 121, 5859–5879 (2016).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  10. Masson, D. G. Marine Geophys. Res. 13, 209–225 (1991).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  11. Christensen, N. I. Intern. Geol. Rev. 46, 795–816 (2004).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  12. Parsons, T., Wells, R. E., Fisher, M. A., Flueh, E. & ten Brink, U. S. J. Geophys. Res. 104, 18015–18039 (1999).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  13. Bassett, D., Sandwell, D. T., Fialko, Y. & Watts, A. B. Nature 53, 92–98 (2016).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  14. Miller, N. C., Lizarralde, D., Collins, J. A., Holbrook, W. S. & Van Avendonk, H. J. A. J. Geophys. Res. 126, e2020JB020982 (2021).

    Article  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Corresponding author

Correspondence to Donna J. Shillington.

Ethics declarations

Competing interests

The author declares no competing interests.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Shillington, D.J. Top-down control on water subduction. Nat. Geosci. 15, 94–95 (2022).

Download citation

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI:


Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing