Rift asymmetry and continental uplift

  title={Rift asymmetry and continental uplift},
  author={C. Doglioni and E. Carminati and E. Bonatti},
[1] The topography of ocean ridges and rifts show a distinct asymmetry. The eastern sides of the East Pacific Rise, the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and the NW Indian Ridge are, on average, 100–300 m more elevated than the conjugate flank to the west. The asymmetry is maintained when bathymetry is plotted versus the square root of crustal age. A comparable topographic asymmetry occurs in the Red Sea and Baikal rifts where the “eastern” continental shoulders are more elevated. We suggest that depleted… Expand
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