Relationships between pre-rift structure and rift architecture in Lakes Tanganyika and Malawi, East Africa

@article{Versfelt1989RelationshipsBP,
  title={Relationships between pre-rift structure and rift architecture in Lakes Tanganyika and Malawi, East Africa},
  author={J. Versfelt and B. R. Rosendahl},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1989},
  volume={337},
  pages={354-357}
}
Continental rift systems are rips in plates caused by focusing of extensional stresses along some zone. In the same way that tensile cracks in the side of a brick building generally follow the mortar between bricks, rifts initially follow the weakest pathways in the pre-rift materials. There has even been a suggestion that the occurrence of rifts is controlled by pre-rift structure1–3, although many workers do not subscribe to such direct causality. The relationships between pre-rift structure… CONTINUE READING