Rift Initiation & Evolution


The GeoPRISMS RIE Initiative focus on the fundamental processes active within rifts and rifted margins, from the initial localization of continental rupture, the structural, magmatic, and sedimentary processes that control the growth of rift zones, through the late stages of rifting and the transition to oceanic spreading and the resulting stratigraphic and tectonic architecture of passive margins. This initiative emphasizes the interactions between climate, erosion and sediment transport, and deposition and plate boundary deformation, including mantle dynamics to gain a comprehensive understanding of lithospheric evolution along rifted margins.

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