Articles | Volume 10, issue 1
Research article
31 Jan 2019
Research article |  | 31 Jan 2019

Structural expression of a fading rift front: a case study from the Oligo-Miocene Irbid rift of northwest Arabia

Reli Wald, Amit Segev, Zvi Ben-Avraham, and Uri Schattner


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AR by Reli Wald on behalf of the Authors (14 Dec 2018)  Manuscript 
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (18 Dec 2018) by Michal Malinowski
RR by Piotr Krzywiec (21 Dec 2018)
ED: Publish as is (23 Dec 2018) by Michal Malinowski
ED: Publish as is (23 Dec 2018) by Federico Rossetti (Executive editor)
AR by Reli Wald on behalf of the Authors (26 Dec 2018)  Manuscript 
Short summary
Plate-scale rifting is frequently expressed by the subsidence of structural basins along an axis, but postdating tectonic and magmatic activity mostly obscures them. A 3-D subsurface imaging and facies analysis down to 1 km reveals uniquely preserved Galilean basins subsiding along a failing rift front in two main stages. Rifting within a large releasing jog (20–9 Ma), followed by localized grabenization off the Dead Sea fault plate boundary (9–5 Ma), prevents them from dying out peacefully.