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Plate Tectonics of the Red Sea and East Africa

Nature volume 226, pages 243248 (18 April 1970) | Download Citation

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The relative motion between the plates on each side of the East African Rift Valley can be obtained from the opening of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. The calculated direction of relative motion agrees well with fault plane solutions for earthquakes north of the equator.

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  1. Department of Geodesy and Geophysics, University of Cambridge, Madingley Rise, Cambridge

    • D. P. MCKENZIE
    •  & D. DAVIES
  2. Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory, Columbia University, Palisades, New York 10964

    • P. MOLNAR

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