Seminal papers that marked the birth of Plate Tectonics:

H. H. Hess, "History of Ocean Basins", in: Engel, A.E.J., James, H.L., Leonard, B.F. (Eds.), Petrologic studies: a volume to honor A. F. Buddington, Geological Society of America, Boulder, CO, pp. 599-620, Nov. 1962.

F. J. Vine and D. H. Matthews, “Magnetic Anomalies Over Oceanic Ridges,” Nature, vol. 199, no. 4897, pp. 947–949, Sept. 7, 1963.

G. Bodvarsson and G. P. L. Walker, “Crustal drift in Iceland,” The Geophysical Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 285–300, Feb. 1964.

J. T. Wilson, "A new class of faults and their bearing on continental drift", vol. 207, no. 4995. Nature, pp. 343–347, 1965.

J. T. Wilson, "Transform Faults, Oceanic Ridges, and Magnetic Anomalies Southwest of Vancouver Island”, Science, vol. 150, no 3695, pp. 482-485, Oct. 1965.

F. R. S. Sir Edward Bullard, J. E. Everett, and A. G. Smith, “The fit of the continents around the Atlantic,” Phil. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. A, vol. 258, no. 1088, pp. 41–51, Oct. 1965.

W. C. Pitman and J. R. Heirtzler, "Magnetic Anomalies over the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge”, Science, vol. 154, no. 3753, pp. 1164-1166, Dec. 2, 1966.

J. T. Wilson, "Did the Atlantic Close and then Re-Open?”, Nature, vol. 221, no 5050, pp. 676-681, Aug. 1966.

J. R. Heirtzler, X. Le Pichon, and J.G. Baron, "Magnetic Anomalies over the Reykjanes Ridge”, Deep Sea Research and Oceanographic Abstracts, vol 13, no 3, pp. 427-443, June 1966.

D. P. McKenzie and R. L. Parker, “The North Pacific: an example of tectonics on a sphere”, Nature, vol. 216, no. 5122, pp. 1276–1280, Dec. 30, 1967.

X. Le Pichon, “Sea‐floor spreading and continental drift”, J. Geophys. Res., vol. 73, no. 12, 15 June 1968.

W. J. Morgan, “Rises, trenches, great faults, and crustal blocks,” J. Geophys. Res., vol. 73, no. 6, pp. 1959–1982, Mar. 1968.

J. R. Heirtzler, G. O. Dickson, E. M. Herron, W. C. Pitman III, and X. Le Pichon, “Marine magnetic anomalies, geomagnetic field reversals, and motions of the ocean floor and continents,” Journal of Geophysical Research, vol. 73, no. 6, pp. 2119–2136, Mar. 1968.

B. Isacks, J. Oliver, and L. R. Sykes, “Seismology and the new global tectonics,” Journal of Geophysical Research, vol. 73, no. 18, pp. 5855–5899, Sep. 1968.

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