Continental rifting and the implications for plate tectonic reconstructions

  title={Continental rifting and the implications for plate tectonic reconstructions},
  author={G. Vink},
  journal={Journal of Geophysical Research},
  • G. Vink
  • Published 1982
  • Geology
  • Journal of Geophysical Research
Previous plate tectonic reconstructions have tried to recreate the pre-rifting (Pangea) configuration of the continents by matching contours or lineaments that are thought to represent the continental boundaries. Such reconstructions have the inherent assumptions that no extension occurs within the continent during rifting, that the continental boundaries are isochrons, and that the continents rift without distortion. This paper proposes a model for continental breakup with distortion, where… Expand
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