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https://doi.org/10.5194/se-8-45-2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-8-45-2017
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16 Jan 2017
Research article |  | 16 Jan 2017

The Kenya rift revisited: insights into lithospheric strength through data-driven 3-D gravity and thermal modelling

Judith Sippel, Christian Meeßen, Mauro Cacace, James Mechie, Stewart Fishwick, Christian Heine, Magdalena Scheck-Wenderoth, and Manfred R. Strecker

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The Kenya Rift is a zone along which the African continental plate is stretched as evidenced by strong earthquake and volcanic activity. We want to understand the controlling factors of past and future tectonic deformation; hence, we assess the structural and strength configuration of the rift system at the present-day. Data-driven 3-D numerical models show how the inherited composition of the crust and a thermal anomaly in the deep mantle interact to form localised zones of tectonic weakness.