Preferential rifting of continents: A source of displaced terranes

@article{Vink1984PreferentialRO,
  title={Preferential rifting of continents: A source of displaced terranes},
  author={G. Vink and W. Morgan and Wu-Ling Zhao},
  journal={Journal of Geophysical Research},
  year={1984},
  volume={89},
  pages={10072-10076}
}
Lithospheric rifting, while prevalent in the continents, rarely occurs in oceanic regions. To explain this preferential rifting of continents, we compare the total strength of different lithospheres by integrating the limits of lithospheric stress with depth. Comparisons of total strength indicate that continental lithosphere is weaker than oceanic lithosphere by about a factor of 3. Also, a thickened crust can halve the total strength of normal continental lithosphere. Because the weakest area… Expand
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