Thesis / Dissertation

A low-temperature thermochronology investigation of the Turkana Depression: Implications for the development of the East African Rift System

Samuel C Boone, Andrew JW Gleadow (ed.)

Published : 2018

Abstract

The Turkana Depression is one of the most important segments of the East African Rift System (EARS) for studying the onset of intracontinental rifting and the influence of pre-existing lithospheric heterogeneities on focussing later magmatism and strain. Defining the topographic lowlands separating the Ethiopian and East African Domes, the Turkana Depression hosts the earliest manifestations of EARS-related volcanism (Eocene) and basin formation (Paleogene), as suggested by seismic data. Here in northern Kenya and southern Ethiopia, the EARS is expressed by a difuse region (~300 km) of deformation and highly attenuated crust (~ 20 km), in marked contrast to the narrow rift trends (~50 km) an..

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