Reviewed Papers

  1. Masaki Yoshida and M. Santosh, Voyage of the Indian subcontinent since Pangea breakup and driving force of supercontinent cycles: Insights on dynamics from numerical modeling, Geoscience Frontiers, doi:10.1016/j.gsf.2017.09.001, 2018. (in press)
  2. Masaki Yoshida, Hikaru Iwamori, Yozo Hamano, and Daisuke Suetsugu, Heat transport and coupling modes in Rayleigh-Bénard convection occurring between two layers with largely different viscosities, Physics of Fluids, 29(9), 096602, doi:10.1063/1.4989592, 2017.
  3. Masaki Yoshida, Re-evaluation of the regional tectonic stress fields and faulting regimes in central Kyushu, Japan, behind the 2016 Mw 7.0 Kumamoto Earthquake, Tectonophysics, 712-713, 95-100, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2017.05.011, 2017c.
  4. Masaki Yoshida, Trench dynamics: Effects of dynamically migrating trench on subducting slab morphology and characteristics of subduction zones systems, Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 268, 35-53, doi:10.1016/j.pepi.2017.05.004, 2017b.
  5. Masaki Yoshida, On approximations of the basic equations of terrestrial mantle convection used in published literature, Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 268, 11-17, doi:10.1016/j.pepi.2017.05.006, 2017a.
  6. Masaki Yoshida, Formation of a future supercontinent through plate motion-driven flow coupled with mantle downwelling flow, Geology, 44(9), 755-758, doi:10.1130/G38025.1, 2016. [Summary] [Press release in Japanese] [This paper was featured in Science News and the cover page, and in New Scientist.]
  7. Masaki Yoshida, Driving forces of plate motion and continental drift: Revisited, The Journal of the Geological Society of Japan, 121(12), 429-445, doi:10.5575/geosoc.2015.0031, 2015. (in Japanese with English abstract)
  8. Claudia Adam, Scott D. King, Valérie Vidal, Michel Rabinowicz, André Jalobeanu, and Masaki Yoshida, Variation of the subsidence parameters, effective thermal conductivity, and mantle dynamics, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 426, 130-142, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2015.06.025, 2015.
  9. Masaki Yoshida and Yozo Hamano, Pangea breakup and northward drift of the Indian subcontinent reproduced by a numerical model of mantle convection, Scientific Reports, 5, 8407, doi:10.1038/srep08407, 2015. [Summary] [Press release in Japanese]
  10. Fumiko Tajima, Masaki Yoshida, and Eiji Ohtani, Conjecture with water and rheological control for subducting slab in the mantle transition zone, Geoscience Frontiers, 6(1), 79-93, doi:10.1016/j.gsf.2013.12.005, 2015.
  11. Masaki Yoshida, A new conceptual model for whole mantle convection and the origin of hotspot plumes, Journal of Geodynamics, 78, 32-41, doi:10.1016/j.jog.2014.04.004, 2014b.
  12. Masaki Yoshida, Effects of various lithospheric yield stresses and different mantle-heating modes on the breakup of the Pangea supercontinent, Geophysical Research Letters, 41(9), 3060-3067, doi:10.1002/2014GL060023, 2014a. [This paper was featured in]
  13. Claudia Adam, Masaki Yoshida, Daisuke Suetsugu, Yoshio Fukao, and Cecilia Cadio, Geodynamic modeling of the South Pacific superswell, Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 229, 24-39, doi:10.1016/j.pepi.2013.12.014, 2014.
  14. Masaki Yoshida and M. Santosh, Mantle convection modeling of the supercontinent cycle: Introversion, extroversion, or a combination?, Geoscience Frontiers, 5(1), 77-81, doi:10.1016/j.gsf.2013.06.002, 2014.
  15. Masaki Yoshida, The role of harzburgite layers in the morphology of subducting plates and the behavior of oceanic crustal layers, Geophysical Research Letters, 40(20), 5387-5392, doi:10.1002/2013GL057578, 2013c.
  16. Masaki Yoshida and Fumiko Tajima, On the possibility of a folded crustal layer stored in the hydrous mantle transition zone, Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 219, 34-48, doi:10.1016/j.pepi.2013.03.004, 2013.
  17. Masaki Yoshida, Three-dimensional visualization of numerically simulated, present-day global mantle flow, Journal of Visualization, 16(2), 163-171, doi:10.1007/s12650-013-0160-7, 2013b. [Summary] [This paper won The FY 2013 Image Award from The Visualization Society of Japan.]
  18. Masaki Yoshida, Mantle temperature under drifting deformable continents during the supercontinent cycle, Geophysical Research Letters, 40(4), 681-686, doi:10.1002/grl.50151, 2013a.
  19. Claudia Adam, Pedro Madureira, Jorge M. Miranda, Nuno Lourenço, Masaki Yoshida, and Delphine Fitzenz, Mantle dynamics and characteristics of the Azores plateau, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 362, 258-271, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2012.11.014, 2013.
  20. Masaki Yoshida, Plume's buoyancy and heat fluxes from the deep mantle estimated by an instantaneous mantle flow simulation based on the S40RTS global seismic tomography model, Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 210-211, 63-74, doi:10.1016/j.pepi.2012.08.006, 2012.
  21. Masaki Yoshida, Fumiko Tajima, Satoru Honda, and Manabu Morishige, The 3D numerical modeling of subduction dynamics: Plate stagnation and segmentation, and crustal advection in the wet mantle transition zone, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 117(B4), B04104, doi:10.1029/2011JB008989, 2012.
  22. Masaki Yoshida, Dynamic role of the rheological contrast between cratonic and oceanic lithospheres in the longevity of cratonic lithosphere: A three-dimensional numerical study, Tectonophysics, 532-535, 156-166, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2012.01.029, 2012.
  23. Masaki Yoshida and M. Santosh, Future supercontinent assembled in the northern hemisphere, Terra Nova, 23(5), 333-338, doi:10.1111/j.1365-3121.2011.01018.x, 2011b. [Summary] [This paper was featured in New Scientist.]
  24. Masaki Yoshida and M. Santosh, Supercontinents, mantle dynamics and plate tectonics: A perspective based on conceptual vs. numerical models, Earth-Science Reviews, 105(1-2), 1-24, doi:10.1016/j.earscirev.2010.12.002, 2011a.
  25. Manabu Morishige, Satoru Honda, and Masaki Yoshida, Possibility of hot anomaly in the sub-slab mantle as an origin of low seismic velocity anomaly under the subducting Pacific plate, Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 183(1-2), 353-365, doi:10.1016/j.pepi.2010.04.002, 2010.
  26. Masaki Yoshida, Preliminary three-dimensional model of mantle convection with deformable, mobile continental lithosphere, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 295(1-2), 205-218, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2010.04.001, 2010b.
  27. Claudia Adam, Masaki Yoshida, Takehi Isse, Daisuke Suetsugu, Yoshio Fukao, and Guilhem Barruol, South Pacific hotspot swells dynamically supported by mantle flows, Geophysical Research Letters, 37(8), L08302, doi:10.1029/2010GL042534, 2010.
  28. Masaki Yoshida, Temporal evolution of the stress state in a supercontinent during mantle reorganization, Geophysical Journal International, 180(1), 1-22, doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2009.04399.x, 2010a.
  29. Masaki Yoshida and Tomoeki Nakakuki, Effects on the long-wavelength geoid anomaly of lateral viscosity variations caused by stiff subducting slabs, weak plate margins and lower mantle rheology, Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 172(3-4), 278-288, doi:10.1016/j.pepi.2008.10.018, 2009.
  30. Masaki Yoshida, Mantle convection with longest-wavelength thermal heterogeneity in a 3-D spherical model: Degree one or two?, Geophysical Research Letters, 35(23), L23302, doi:10.1029/2008GL036059, 2008b.
  31. Masaki Yoshida, Core-mantle boundary topography estimated from numerical simulations of instantaneous mantle flow, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 9(7), Q07002, doi:10.1029/2008GC002008, 2008a.
  32. Masaki Yoshida and Akira Kageyama, Low-degree mantle convection with strongly temperature- and depth-dependent viscosity in a three-dimensional spherical shell, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 111(B3), B03412, doi:10.1029/2005JB003905, 2006.
  33. Masaki Yoshida and Masaki Ogawa, Plume heat flow in a numerical model of mantle convection with moving plates, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 239(3-4), 276-285, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2005.09.006, 2005.
  34. Akira Kageyama and Masaki Yoshida, Geodynamo and mantle convection simulations on the Earth Simulator using the Yin-Yang grid, Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 16, 325-338, doi:10.1088/1742-6596/16/1/045, 2005.
  35. Akira Kageyama, Masanori Kameyama, Satoru Fujihara, Masaki Yoshida, Mamoru Hyodo, and Yoshinori Tsuda, A 15.2 TFlops Simulation of Geodynamo on the Earth Simulator, Proceedings of the ACM/IEEE Supercomputing Conference (SC2004), 35, doi:10.1109/SC.2004.1, 2004. [This paper won The SC2004 Gordon Bell Award (Peak Performance) from Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)]
  36. Masaki Yoshida, Influence of two major phase transitions on mantle convection with moving and subducting plates, Earth, Planets and Space, 56(11), 1019-1033, doi:10.1186/BF03352544, 2004b.
  37. Masaki Yoshida, Possible effects of lateral viscosity variations induced by plate-tectonic mechanism on geoid inferred from numerical models of mantle convection, Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 147(1), 67-85, doi:10.1016/j.pepi.2004.06.011, 2004a.
  38. Masaki Yoshida and Akira Kageyama, Application of the Yin-Yang grid to a thermal convection of a Boussinesq fluid with infinite Prandtl number in a three-dimensional spherical shell, Geophysical Research Letters, 31(12), L12609, doi:10.1029/2004GL019970, 2004.
  39. Masaki Yoshida and Masaki Ogawa, The role of hot uprising plumes in the initiation of plate-like regime of three-dimensional mantle convection, Geophysical Research Letters, 31(5), L05607, doi:10.1029/2003GL017376, 2004.
  40. Tetsuzo Seno and Masaki Yoshida, Where and why do large shallow intraslab earthquakes occur?, Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 141(3), 183-206, doi:10.1016/j.pepi.2003.11.002, 2004.
  41. Masaki Yoshida, Satoru Honda, Motoyuki Kido, and Yasuyuki Iwase, Numerical simulation for the prediction of the plate motions: Effects of lateral viscosity variations in the lithosphere, Earth, Planets and Space, 53(7), 709-721, doi:10.1186/BF03352399, 2001.
  42. Satoru Honda, Masaki Yoshida, Sakie Ootorii, and Yasuyuki Iwase, The timescales of plume generation caused by continental aggregation, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 176(1), 31-43, doi:10.1016/S0012-821X(99)00319-2, 2000.
  43. Masaki Yoshida, Yasuyuki Iwase, and Satoru Honda, Generation of plumes under a localized high viscosity lid on 3-D spherical shell convection, Geophysical Research Letters, 26(7), 947-950, doi:10.1029/1999GL900147, 1999.

Non-reviewed Papers

  1. Masaki Yoshida, What forces drive continents and plates?: What we know in the 100th year of the establishment of the continetal drift theory, Kagaku, 85(7), 692-704, 2015. (in Japanese)
  2. Yoshio Fukao, Tomoeki Nakakuki, Shoichi Yoshioka, Michio Tagawa, Takatoshi Yanagisawa, Yasuko Yamagishi, Masaki Yoshida, Masanori Kameyama, Atsushi Suzuki, Yasuyuki Iwase, Yoshito Hirayama, and Dave Stegman, Numerical simulation of the mantle convection and subduction process, Annual Report of the Earth Simulator, April 2006-March 2007, 83-88, 2007.
  3. Akira Kageyama, Masanori Kameyama, Masaki Yoshida, Mamoru Hyodo, and Mikito Furuichi, Computer simulations of geodynamo, mantle convection, and earthquake, Annual Report of the Earth Simulator, April 2005-March 2006, 139-145, 2006.
  4. Akira Kageyama, Masanori Kameyama, Masaki Yoshida, and Mamoru Hyodo, Computer simulations of geodynamo and mantle convection, Annual Report of the Earth Simulator, April 2004-March 2005, 133-138, 2005.
  5. Akira Kageyama, Masanori Kameyama, Satoru Fujihara, Masaki Yoshida, and Mamoru Hyodo, Development of numerical methods for geodynamo and mantle convection simulations, Annual Report of the Earth Simulator, April 2003-March 2004, 105-108, 2004b.
  6. Satoru Honda, Masaki Yoshida, Yasuyuki Iwase, and Tomoeki Nakakuki, Plume generation caused by the thermal insulating effect of the continent, Monthly Chikyu, 23(7), 507-510, 2001. (in Japanese)

Books and Edited Special Issues of Journal

  1. Masaki Yoshida (Guest Editor), Plate and plume tectonics: Numerical simulation and seismic tomography, Special issue of Geoscience Frontiers, Elsevier B.V., Amsterdam, Netherlands, January 2015 (Editorial: Geoscience Frontiers, 6(1), 1-2, doi:10.1016/j.gsf.2014.08.001, 2015).
  2. Masaki Yoshida, How and why did the Earth form: Mysteries of mantle convection and supercontinents, Blue Backs Series B1883, pp.268, Kodansha Ltd., September 2014. (in Japanese)


  1. Masaki Yoshida, Numerical studies on the dynamics of the Earth's mantle convection with moving plates, Ph. D. Thesis, University of Tokyo, pp. 203, 2003.
  2. Masaki Yoshida, Numerical modeling of mantle convection and surface tectonics, Master's Thesis, Hiroshima University, pp. 165, 2000.
  3. Masaki Yoshida, Effects of stiff continental lithosphere on three-dimensional spherical convection and analyses of toroidal-poloidal velocity fields, Bachleor's Thesis, Hiroshima Univeristy, pp. 52, 1998.
  4. Masaki Yoshida, Geology of the southwestern area of Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture, Thesis for promotion, Department of Earth and Planetary Systems Science, Faculty of Science, Hiroshima University, 1996.