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https://doi.org/10.5194/se-9-1187-2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-9-1187-2018
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26 Oct 2018
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Oblique rifting: the rule, not the exception

Sascha Brune, Simon E. Williams, and R. Dietmar Müller

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Fragmentation of continents often involves obliquely rifting segments that feature a complex three-dimensional structural evolution. Here we show that more than ~ 70 % of Earth’s rifted margins exceeded an obliquity of 20° demonstrating that oblique rifting should be considered the rule, not the exception. This highlights the importance of three-dimensional approaches in modelling, surveying, and interpretation of those rift segments where oblique rifting is the dominant mode of deformation.