Submarine slope processes in rift-margin basins, Miocene Suez Rift, Egypt
Lorna J. Strachan et al., School of Earth, Environment & Atmospheric Sciences, University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK. Posted online 31 October 2012; http://dx.doi.org/10.1130/B30665.1.
Submarine rift basins are prominent features on Earth's surface that provide insight to plate tectonics and contain important economic deposits. This study by Lorna J. Strachan and colleagues of ancient (Miocene) strata in the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, reveals the complexity of sediment transport and deposition in an actively-rifting submarine basin. The research focuses on rift-margin basin evolution immediately adjacent to rift-bounding faults. Erosion and transport on the steep rift margin resulted in deposits built from energetic coalescing channelized gravity-flow deposits. Contemporaneous tectonic events modified seafloor relief, changing the pathways of sedime
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