Unraveling the rules of rifts
Abstract--The stratigraphic and sedimentological patterns seen in continental rift basins appear to follow rules based on the relationship between the basin's growth through time and the resulting change in the area of the depositional surface as the basin fills. Using relatively simple models based on these rules we can separate the real tectonic, climatic, and sedimentological "events" from the unfolding of the necessary consequences of the filling of a trough.

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