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Role of mantle flow in Nubia-Somalia plate divergence

Stamps, D. S.; Iaffaldano, G.; Calais, E.


Present-day continental extension along the East African Rift System (EARS) has often been attributed to diverging sublithospheric mantle flow associated with the African Superplume. This implies a degree of viscous coupling between mantle and lithosphere that remains poorly constrained. Recent advances in estimating present-day opening rates along the EARS from geodesy offer an opportunity to address this issue with geodynamic modeling of the mantle-lithosphere system. Here we use numerical...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015-01-20
Type: Journal article
Source: Geophysical Research Letters
DOI: 10.1002/2014GL062515
Access Rights: Open Access


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