Articles | Volume 8, issue 6
Research article
22 Nov 2017
Research article |  | 22 Nov 2017

Extension parallel to the rift zone during segmented fault growth: application to the evolution of the NE Atlantic

Alodie Bubeck, Richard J. Walker, Jonathan Imber, Robert E. Holdsworth, Christopher J. MacLeod, and David A. Holwell


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Short summary
We present a field-based study of relay zone development using examples from the Koa’e fault system (Hawai’i) and the Krafla fissure swarm (Iceland). We show the evolution of second-order deformation within these zones and illustrate the effects of horizontal (heave) displacement gradients in evolving continental rift systems. Data are consistent with faults and intrusions from the Faroe Islands and E Greenland. We propose a new model for the evolution of segmented basins along the NE Atlantic.