Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

About the PNAS Member Editor
Name Burchfiel, B. Clark
Location Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Primary Field Geology
 Election Citation
Burchfiel is a superb field geologist and tectonic synthesizer who has made major contributions to the understanding of mountain-building processes on the continents. His worldwide studies, incorporationg results from geophysics and geochemistry, have led to compelling new insights into the processes by which continents change and grow--perhaps the most exciting new extension of the plate-tectonics concept.
 Research Interests
I am interested in the processes of mountain building and the evolution of the continental crust; the processes of rifting and extension of the lithosphere; and the processes of intracontinental deformation related to plate interaction.

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