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Continental Breakup and Sedimentary Basin Formation

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Coffin, MF and Sawyer, DS and Reston, TJ and Stock, JM, Continental Breakup and Sedimentary Basin Formation, EOS, Transactions American Geophysical Union, America, 87, 47, pp. 528-529. (2006) [Newspaper Article]

Abstract

Earth history is punctuated by continents breaking apart and births of oceans, phenomena occurring today in places such as the high Arctic, East Africa/Red Sea, the Gulf of California, and the western Pacific near Papua New Guinea. The tectonic, magmatic, geodynamic, and sedimentary processes associated with continental rifting and breakup interact to produce a variety of margin styles of rifting and breakup, ranging from narrow to hyperextended margins, from weakly to strongly magmatic margins, and from sedimentstarved to thickly sedimented margins. The wide variety of styles has puzzled and inspired Earth scientists for generations, who have employed an increasingly diverse and sophisticated set of observational tools to investigate, and conceptual models to explain, continental rifting and breakup.

Item Details

Item Type:Newspaper Article
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geology
Research Field:Marine Geoscience
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in the Earth Sciences
Author:Coffin, MF (Professor Mike Coffin)
ID Code:75240
Year Published:2006
Deposited By:IMAS - Directorate
Deposited On:2012-01-18
Last Modified:2012-01-18
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