Helmholtz Centre Potsdam
GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences
Abstract (EDOC: 4459)
In north-eastern Siberia the active mid-ocean Gakkel Ridge interacts with the continental shelf of the Laptev Sea. Extension has affected the shelf since at least the Early Tertiary and has resulted in the formation of a complex horst and graben system. We present new seismic data from the Laptev Sea including deep seismic soundings. The most prominent rift basin is the Ust' Lena Rift with a minimum E–W width of 300 km at latitude 75°N and a Cenozoic infill up to 13 km in thickness. The asymmetric shape of the basin and conclusive evidence for a detachment imply a simple-shear geometry. The suggested rift model combines a ramp and flat geometry for the detachment with ductile stretching beneath the detachment. A major west-dipping, hingeline, listric fault separates the Ust' Lena Rift from the Laptev Horst. The 100–150 km wide Laptev Horst is subdivided into three units by narrow rift grabens. Another prominent rift graben is the Anisin Basin, which is located in the northern shelf area. Though the Laptev Sea Rift formed in interaction with an active mid-oceanic ridge, there are indications that the Laptev Sea rift is of the ''passive rift' type. The rift was developed east of a SW–NE trending transfer zone which links the Gakkel Ridge to the Laptev Sea Rift.
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