Rifts provide a unique window into the geodynamic system of our planet and the processes that shape the surface of the Earth. This project aims at a thorough understanding of continental rift dynamics and rifted margin formation by means of a comprehensive multi-scale numerical modelling design.
We welcome new PhD student Derek Neuharth. Derek’s research topic is “Geodynamics of Continental Rifted Margin Formation – Numerical Modelling of Rift Processes from Localisation to Break-up”.
Congratulations to Ethiopian colleague Ameha Muluneh who gained a TWAS-DFG fellowship with which he will visit us from January to April 2019. Ameha will work on "Rheology of Continental Rifting: A Multi-observational approach integrating geophysical, geological and geodynamic techniques" with a special focus on the Ethiopian Rift.
Two new article preprints are online:
(1) Max's paper on strain localisation reproducing rheological experiments and beyond (Link to EarthArXiv);
(2) Sascha's analysis of rift obliquity since 230 Ma (Link to Solid Earth Discussion).
We welcome new team member Tim Hake for his internship on automated fault analysis in numerical models.
Our block course on geodynamic modelling at the University of Potsdam was a great success. We thank the 21 participants for their team spirit and enthusiasm.
We welcome new team member Esther Heckenbach for her internship on transient vs. steady state behaviour in continental rifts.
Nonlinear viscoplasticity in ASPECT
Glerum, A., Thieulot, C., Fraters, M., Blom, C., and Spakman, W. (2018), Nonlinear viscoplasticity in ASPECT: benchmarking and applications to subduction. Solid Earth, v. 9, p. 267–294 [Link to Paper].
Forces within rifts
Brune, S., (2018), Forces within continental and oceanic rifts: Numerical modeling elucidates the impact of asthenospheric flow on surface stress, Geology, v. 46, p. 191–192, doi: 10.1130/focus022018.1. [Link to Paper]
A connection between rifting and climate
Brune, S., Williams, S.E., and Müller, R.D. (2017): Potential links between continental rifting, CO2 degassing and climate change through time, Nature Geoscience, doi: 10.1038/s41561-017-0003-6 [Link to Paper].
Rift Linkage Modelling in East Africa
Brune, S., Corti, G., and Ranalli, G. (2017) Controls of inherited lithospheric heterogeneity on rift linkage: Numerical and analogue models of interaction between the Kenyan and Ethiopian rifts across the Turkana depression: Tectonics, p. 2017TC004739, doi: 10.1002/2017TC004739. [More Info, Animations, and Downloads]
Rifted Margin Architecture and Crustal Rheology
Brune, S., Heine, C., Clift, P.D., and Pérez-Gussinyé, M., 2017, Rifted margin architecture and crustal rheology: Reviewing Iberia-Newfoundland, central South Atlantic, and South China sea: Marine and Petroleum Geology, 79, 257–281, doi: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2016.10.018. [More Info, Animations, and Downloads]
Abrupt plate accelerations due to rifting
Brune, S., Williams, S.E., Butterworth, N.P., Müller, R.D. (2016): Abrupt plate accelerations shape rifted continental margins: Nature, 536 (7615), 201–204, doi:10.1038/nature18319. [More Info, Animations, and Downloads]
Numerical Models on Centimetre-Scale
Cyprych, D., Brune, S., Piazolo, S., Quinteros, J. (2016): Strain localization in polycrystalline material with second phase particles: Numerical modeling with application to ice mixtures: Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, doi:10.1002/2016GC006471. [Link to Paper]
Brune, S. (2016): Rifts and rifted margins: A review of geodynamic processes and natural hazards. Invited Review Paper in Geophysical Monograph, 219 “Plate Boundaries and Natural Hazards”, Duarte and Schellart (Eds.), AGU/Wiley Publishing. [Link to Paper]
2016 - 2021
Manfred Strecker, Henry Wichura, Simon Riedl (Institut für Erd- und Umweltwissenschaften, Universität Potsdam)
Simon Williams, Dietmar Müller (EarthByte Group, University of Sydney, Australia)
Giacomo Corti (Florence University, Italy)