Volume 19. Processes of Continental Rifting

1st Edition

Selected Papers from the Lunar and Planetary Institute Topical Conference on the Processes of Planetary Rifting, Held in St. Helena, California, U.S.A., December 3-5, 1981

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Selected papers from the Lunar and Planetary Institute Topical Conference, St. Helena, CA, USA, 3-5 Dec. 1981

Table of Contents


Dedication to S. Thomas Crough (1947-1982)

Preface

List of Authors

Introduction—Processes of Continental Rifting

Models of Rifting

Mechanism of Graben Formation—the Wedge Subsidence Hypothesis

Rifts and Swells: Geophysical Constraints on Causality

Mechanisms of Active and Passive Rifting

Mechanisms of Uplift Preceding Rifting

Convective Thinning of the Lithosphere: A Mechanism for Rifting and Mid-Plate Volcanism on Earth, Venus, and Mars

Mechanical Aspects of Continental Rifting

Submarine Rifting at Mid-Ocean Ridges

Hotspot Tracks and the Early Rifting of the Atlantic

Mechanism of Subsidence of Ancient Cratonic Rift Basins

Phenomena of Pulsation Tectonics Related to the Breakup of the Eastern North America Continental Margin

Geophysical Constraints on Rifting

Gravity Study of the Central African Rift System: A Model of Continental Disruption. 1. The Ngaoundere and Abu Gabra Rifts

Gravity Study of the Central African Rift System: A Model of Continental Disruption. 2. The Darfur Domal Uplift and Associated Cainozoic Volcanism

Baikal Rift: Active or Passive? — Comparison of the Baikal and Kenya Rift Zones

Processes of Planetary Rifting as Seen in the Rifting and Break Up of Africa

The Distribution and Implications of Heat Flow from the Gregory Rift in Kenya

Constraints on Rift Thermal Processes from Heat Flow and Uplift

Magnetotelluric Results Opposing Magma Origin of Crustal Conductors in the Rio Grande Rift

Crustal Structure of the Northern Mississippi Embayment and a Comparison with Other Continental Rift Zones

The Role of Seismic Refraction Data for Studies of the Origin an Evolution of Continental Rifts

Geological and Geochemical Constraints on R

Details

Language:
English
Copyright:
© 1983
Published:
Imprint:
Elsevier Science
Electronic ISBN:
9781483289823
Print ISBN:
9780444421982

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@qu:This volume, in certain important aspects, is a considerable advance on any previous collection of papers on rifts and rift valleys. It probably contains a better blend of modelling and formulation of hypotheses, with access to new information and the results of painstaking research, than any recent compilation. @source: Journal of Structural Geology