Extensional basin geometry and the elastic lithosphere

  title={Extensional basin geometry and the elastic lithosphere},
  author={Cynthia J. Ebinger and J. A. Jackson and A. Foster and Nathan Hayward},
  journal={Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences},
  pages={741 - 765}
  • C. EbingerJ. A. Jackson N. Hayward
  • Published 15 April 1999
  • Geology
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Although the morphology and dimensions of continental rift basins vary considerably worldwide, one aspect is similar; tectonically active rifts are bordered on one or both sides by relatively long (tens of kilometres) normal fault systems (termed border faults) that largely control basin morphology. We compile data constraining the geometry of border faults within the tectonically active East African Rift system, and evaluate these results with respect to variations in thickness of the elastic… 

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