Rift and Rifted Margins Online Seminar

Main rift faults, plates, plate boundaries, GPS plate velocities between adjacent blocks and minimum horizontal stress directions. ©Mikenorton - Own work
Global map of rifts. ©Sascha Brune
Geodynamic processes acting on continental rifts. ©Sascha Brune
Volcano-tectonic landforms connected to rifting on Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland: faults, fissures, elongated volcanoes of subglacial origin, postglacial lava fields. ©Ray Swi-hymn from Sijhih-Taipei, Taiwan
An artificial rendering of the Albertine Rift, which forms the western branch of the East African Rift. Visible features include (from background to foreground): Lake Albert, the Rwenzori Mountains, Lake Edward, the volcanic Virunga Mountains, Lake Kivu, and the northern part of Lake Tanganyika. ©Christoph Hormann - http://earth.imagico.de/view.php?site=rift2a

The series is motivated by the high likelihood that normal conferences won't go back to business-as-usual very soon. So we see this seminar series as an opportunity to keep the exchange of ideas going within the scientific community surrounding rifts and rifted margins. It is currently organised by Sascha Brune  (GFZ Potsdam), Susanne Buiter (RWTH Aachen), Gianreto Manatschal (Strasbourg Univ.), Lucia Perez-Diaz (Halliburton & Oxford Univ.), and Giacomo Corti (Florence Univ.).

Each seminar session is setup as a one-hour Zoom Meeting with 3 short talks (13-15 min) belonging to one scientific topic. There will be 3-5 minutes of open discussion after each talk. The seminar takes place on Monday 16:00 CET every two weeks with the same format but on a different topic.

Live meeting attendance links and session schedules are distributed through a dedicated webinar mailing list. To receive updates, simply subscribe at https://www.listserv.dfn.de/sympa/subscribe/riftwebinar.

Coming up...

21. Linking tectonics, paleoenvironment, and paleontology in the East African Rift | 3rd May (2021), 16:00 CET


Annett Junginger (Univ. of Tübingen, Germany) “The formation of the Middle Pleistocene Suguta-Turkana Mega Lake in the Northern Kenya Rift and indications from its sediments for major tectonic and climatic changes”

Veronika Muiruri (National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya) "Vegetation history and paleoenvironments of Lake Magadi/Koora basin in the southern Rift Valley”

Mathieu Schuster (Univ. of Strasbourg, France) "Sedimentation and environmental evolution in continental rifts: key outcomes of the RiLakS project in the Turkana Depression (East African Rift System)"

22. Rifting episodes - Iceland and Afar | 17th May (2021), 16:00 CET


Freysteinn Sigmundsson (University of Iceland) “Monitoring and modelling of recent rifting events in Iceland”

Thorbjörg Ágústsdóttir (Iceland GeoSurvey) title: t.b.a.

Tim Wright (Univ. of Leeds, UK): “Geodetic observations of rifting episodes and their long-lived signatures”

23. Failed Rifts | 31st May (2021), 16:00 CET


Carol Stein (University of Illinois at Chicago, US): "Insights from North America’s Failed Midcontinent Rift into the Evolution of Continental Rifts and Passive Continental Margins”

Roi Granot (Ben Gurion University, Israel) Title: t.b.a.

David Fernández-Blanco (Barcelona Center of Subsurface Imaging, Spain) "The not-so-failed Suez Rift”

Past seminars

20. Normal fault networks | 12th April (2021), 16:00 CET


Jack Williams (Cardiff University) "Onshore to offshore active fault databases in Malawi - implications for fault networks and seismic hazard in amagmatic continental rifts" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYhRoHLamN4

Casey Nixon (Univ. of Bergen, Norway) "The Corinth Rift fault network – fault activity, strain localization and seismic hazard assessment for an active rift" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1NRV5CtBtI

Sophie Pan (Imperial College London, UK) "Understanding the growth of normal fault networks using crustal-scale observations and numerical modelling" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7g70m3kmM0

19. Segmentation and width of continental margins | 22th March (2021), 16:00 CET


Gwenn Peron-Pinvidic (NGU&NTNU, Norway) "The Mid Norwegian rift system with focus on the along-strike segmentation between the Møre and Vøring segments" https://youtu.be/fCSD2dLR1wY

Guy Lang (University of Haifa, Israel) "What determines the width of a volcanic margin? The case of the Eastern North American Margin" https://youtu.be/eicawhP8puI

Hongdan Deng (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK) "South China Sea documents the transition from wide continental rift to continental break up" https://youtu.be/oFTbyZfvFEs

18. Wide rifts | 8th March (2021), 16:00 CET


Roger Buck (Columbia University, US) "Effects of viscosity, gravity, and surface processes on the structure of wide rifts" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qH_6OzFK2bQ

Donna Whitney (University of Minnesota, US), Megan Korchinski (University of Minnesota, Texas University) "Wide rifts: from collapsed orogens to passive margins" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfrTM85wC3k

Alejandra L.Cameselle (University of Vigo, Spain) "Understanding the 3D formation of a wide rift: The central South China Sea rift system" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybxQbLNEECk

17. Low angle normal faulting | 22th February (2021), 16:00 CET


John Fletcher (CICESE in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico) "What do multifault earthquakes teach us about the mechanics of LANFs" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7pphCk1Co0&t=3s

James Biemiller (Univ. of Texas at Austin, US) "Seismic and aseismic deformation on the active Mai'iu low-angle normal fault, Papua New Guinea" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90Rs8kdLZGA&feature=youtu.be

Tim Reston (Univ. of Birmingham, UK) "Rider blocks and the mechanics of low-angle normal faulting" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TbJBY--Kl4&feature=youtu.be

16. Geothermal energy in the East African Rift| 8th February (2021), 16:00 CET


Nicholas Mariita (Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, Kenya) "Current status of Geothermal Energy Development in the East Africa Rift System" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcQpwUyGvyE&feature=youtu.be

Friedemann Samrock (ETH Zürich, Switzerland) "Magnetotelluric investigation of rift volcanism and associated geothermal systems in central Ethiopia" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IboXAbUEi00

15. Rift magmatism | 25th January (2021), 16:00 CET


Karen Fontijn (Univ. of Brussels) "Volcanology of the East African Rift" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qqjr-c5c1Hg&list=PLVfj9WkLxeDYIGlt_8inHgY0Y-7HuJ3_c

Juliet Biggs (Univ. of Bristol) "New insights into the spatial and temporal distribution of magmatism with mature continental rifts" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEUowgVv-wE&list=PLVfj9WkLxeDYIGlt_8inHgY0Y-7HuJ3_c&index=2

Craig Magee (Univ. of Leeds) "Rift magmatism dynamics in 3D: Perspectives from rifted margins" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAXE1iY8I4k&list=PLVfj9WkLxeDYIGlt_8inHgY0Y-7HuJ3_c&index=3

14. Volatile release in extensional settings | 11th January (2021), 16:00 CET


Tobias Fischer (Univ. of New Mexico, US) "Breaking a continent: volatile release and role of the craton" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NY3AjxoP_i0&list=PLVfj9WkLxeDYWgTBexj-91Q4OmsKUppwA&index=1

Raphael Pik (Nancy Univ.) "CO₂ flux in the East African Rift: the Afar case" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dS7B_O0SrzI&list=PLVfj9WkLxeDYWgTBexj-91Q4OmsKUppwA&index=2

Carlo Cardellini (Univ. of Perugia) "CO₂ fluxes from diffuse degassing in Italy" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUfax0bwbWo&list=PLVfj9WkLxeDYWgTBexj-91Q4OmsKUppwA&index=3

13. Structure and dynamics of the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary beneath rifts 30th November (2020), 16:00 CET


Catherine Rychert (Univ. of Southampton) “A dynamic lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSNeoTYg5wM&list=PLVfj9WkLxeDajsCf5h1fBGF8-yhFDa-4m

Tyrone Rooney (Michigan State Univ.) “Pulsed magmatism and extension: Linking magmatic and tectonic events in East Africa"

Nicolas Luca Celli (Dublin Inst. for Advanced Sciences) "African cratonic lithosphere carved by mantle plumes" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrCjyy6wSZY&list=PLVfj9WkLxeDajsCf5h1fBGF8-yhFDa-4m&index=2&t=4s

12. Ancient rifts exposed in mountain belts | 16th November (2020), 16:00 CET


Thibault Duretz (Univ. Rennes, France) “Numerical modeling of Cretaceous Pyrenean Rifting: the interaction between mantle exhumation and syn-rift salt tectonics” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYF-KONFMzA

Charlotte Ribes (Total, France) “The syn rift stratigraphic record across a fossil magma-poor rifted margin: the example of the northwestern Adriatic margin exposed in the Central Alps.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDVULKukMR0&t=3s

Johannes Jakob (NGU, Norway) “A Neoproterozoic Iapetus Rifted Margin Preserved in the Scandinavian Caledonides” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxqkBilj3R0

11. Strain localization and inheritance | 2nd November (2020), 16:00 CET


Åke Fagereng (Cardiff Univ., UK): "How do inherited, ductile structures influence active rifting?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFIeVK9d-Z8&t=52s

Folarin Kolawole (BP & Univ. Oklahoma, US): “Multiphase Rift Lengthening and Widening Facilitated by Progressive Structural Inheritance, Shire Rift Zone, East Africa” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFNKF_k-jA8

Pauline Chenin (Univ. Strasbourg, France): “The role of inheritance throughout the Wilson Cycle: the example of the North Atlantic rift system in Western Europe” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_V4N2NnQZk

10. Geothermal energy in rift basins | 19th October (2020), 16:00 CET


Magdalena Scheck-Wenderoth  (GFZ Potsdam, Germany) "Relevance of deep lithosphere structure for geothermal exploration in rifts” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QBWrLWkm3Y

Mariane Peter-Borie (BRGM, France) “Overview of a conceptual model of the Geothermal System of the Upper Rhine Graben” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXWDRJci9is&t=975s

James Faulds (Univ. Nevada, US) “Favorable structural settings & exploration strategies for geothermal systems in rift basins” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yU-o_joLGcE&t=922s

9. Salt tectonics | 5th October (2020), 16:00 CET


Clara Rodriguez (Petronas) “Salt deposition, tectonics and dissolution during passive margin development: Insights from the Santos Basin, offshore Brazil” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ta122Jqxy2c

Mark Rowan (Rowan Consulting, Inc.) “The OCT and late-synrift salt: margin-parallel variations in the southern Gulf of Mexico” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gy-16usxmDA

Tim Dooley (Univ. Texas) “Loading complex salt isopachs: progradational loading of salt-filled rift systems” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ln4jTw6yhzo

8. Vertical movements - from rift inception to breakup | 21st September (2020), 16:00 CET


Garry Karner (ExxonMobil UIS, Global Tectonics) “Tectonic significance of passive margin breakup magmatic packages” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaLDtALFuEM

Jolante van Wijk (New Mexico Tech) "Afar plume constraints from Somali rifted margin stratigraphy” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2BKr5tJEDE

Claudio Faccenna (UT Austin & Roma Tre) “Deep mantle root of the Nile river“ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jt7srnrYU8Q

7. Inheritance | 7th September (2020), 16:00 CET


Thomas Phillips (Durham University, UK) “Structural inheritance across spatial scales – Rifting of heterogeneous crust in the Great South Basin, New Zealand” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwDl86Bd3Co

Chris Morley (Chiang Mai University, Thailand) “Impact of diverse depths and scales of fabric inheritance on Cenozoic rift development in Thailand.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cX4suOIwelw

 Mohamed Gouiza (University of Leeds, UK) “Segmentation at rifted margins, the role of rheological inheritance in the Labrador Sea” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgOfuCd4IzY

6. Distal margin and continent-ocean transition | 24th August (2020), 16:00 CET


Dieter Franke (BGR Hannover, Germany) “Magmatic rifting in NE Greenland” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvoTgDL87Eo

Julie Tugend (Sorbonne Univ., France) "Diversity in continent-ocean transition: implications for breakup styles" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNJD_gokq6o 

Lucia Perez-Diaz (Halliburton & Oxford Univ., UK) "Continent-ocean boundary - the end of the line?" 

5. What shapes magmatic margins? | 10th August (2020), 16:00 CET


Chiara Civiero (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies) “Origin of volcanism in the Afro-Arabian rift system: new insights from seismic tomography” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EB-VZq3sQI

Anne Becel (Lamont-Doherty) “Seismic Evidence for a Prolonged Continental Breakup at the Eastern North American Volcanic Rifted Margin” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-TozMdjw2E

Christian Schiffer (Uppsala University) “A new paradigm for oceans? – A radical hypothesis for structure, tectonics and magmatism in the North Atlantic” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCDMXLhuLVs

4. Deep crustal imaging | 27th July (2020), 16:00 CET


Tim Minshull (Univ. Southampton) “New insights into the Deep Galicia Margin from ocean bottom seismic data” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYJMkyKHijQ

Kim Welford (Memorial Univ. Newfoundland) “Wide-angle deep seismic profiling of the Newfoundland, Labrador, and Irish Atlantic rifted margins” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZf9KyZMtM8

Emma Chambers (Univ. Southampton) “Using radial anisotropy to image melt storage in the crust” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGpqWZ-1iZI

3. Normal fault evolution and associated earthquakes | 13th July (2020), 16:00 CET


Bailey Lathrop (Imperial College London, UK): “Using growth faults in 3D seismic to better understand normal fault kinematics” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQ0ecnfO83o&t=822s

Duna Roda-Boluda  (GFZ Potsdam, Germany): “Erosion and sediment export during normal fault evolution” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8EEVDZ03vY

Zoe Mildon (University of Plymouth, UK): “Earthquake clusters, normal fault interaction and seismic hazard" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNEq-bPCXmc

2. Surface processes - affecting and recording rift tectonics | 29th June (2020), 16:00 CET


Lisa McNeill (Univ. Southampton, UK): "Exploring the development of the young and highly active Corinth rift (Greece) using ocean drilling and marine geophysics" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wn1KqpwP8q4

Stephen Watkins (Geneva Univ., Switzerland): “Straight from the source’s mouth: Controls on sediment export across an active rift, central Greece” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UI7uZVCuQxs

Pietro Sternai (Univ. Milan, Italy): “Surface processes forcing on extensional rock melting" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AnTvPFbDt8

1. Tectonics and magmatic contributions to rifting | 15th June (2020), 16:00 CET


Mike Kendall (University of Oxford) "Seismic evidence for magma-assisted rifting in Ethiopia" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=we4kwqiWm1Q

Cécile Doubre (Université de Strasbourg) "The role of magma in distributing extensional deformation in Afar" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6w2Ndbc5AoU

Sarah J. Oliva  (Tulane University) "Insights into fault‐magma interactions in an early‐stage continental rift" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PggVABj3_KM