Title

Geophysical Project in Ethiopia Studies Continental Breakup

Abstract

As continental rift zones evolve to sea floor spreading, they do so through progressive episodes of lithospheric stretching, heating, and magmatism, yet the actual process of continental breakup is poorly understood. The East African Rift system in northeastern Ethiopia is central to our understanding of this process, as it lies at the transition between continental and oceanic rifting. We are exploring the kinematics and dynamics of continental breakup through the Ethiopia Afar Geoscientific Lithospheric Experiment (EAGLE), which aims to probe the crust and upper mantle structure between the Main Ethiopian (continental) and Afar (ocean spreading) rifts, a region providing an ideal laboratory to examine the process of breakup as it is occurring. EAGLE is a multidisciplinary study centered around the most advanced seismic project yet undertaken in Africa. Our study follows the Kenya Rift International Seismic Project,and capitalizes on the IRIS/PASSCAL broadband seismic array, providing a telescoping view of the East African Rift within this suspected plume province.

Department(s)

Geography, Geology, and Planning

Document Type

Article

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1029/2003eo350002

Publication Date

2003

Recommended Citation

Maguire, P. K. H., C. J. Ebinger, G. W. Stuart, G. D. Mackenzie, K. A. Whaler, J‐M. Kendall, M. A. Khan et al. "Geophysical Project in Ethiopia Studies Continental Breakup." EOS, Transactions American Geophysical Union 84, no. 35 (2003): 337-343.

Journal Title

EOS, Transactions American Geophysical Union

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