Structural Evolution of the Rift Zones in the Middle East

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Gass and Gibson have proposed1 an evolutionary scheme for the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and Ethiopian rifts in which the separation of the Arabian, Nubian and Somalian blocks is produced not by divergence but by a north-eastward rotation, at varying velocities, of these three crustal plates about the pole of rotation for the two crustal plates of Arabo-Asia and Africa deduced by Le Pichon and Heirtzler2.

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