Rupturing Continental Lithosphere in the Main Ethiopian Rift

January 29, 2010
A Hot Plume Meets a Cold Craton

Featuring

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Simon Klemperer
Professor
Stanford University

Simon uses seismic methods to image lithosphere structure, and to understand the growth, composition and tectonic evolution of continental crust. His research emphasis acquisition of new data sets to explore "natural laboratories": key regions of earth that exemplify important active process.

A key "Rupturing Continental Lithosphere" experiment has been the examination of the East Africa Rift in Ethiopia, where we see processes transitional between continental and oceanic rifting. Other recent foci of Klemperer's research in continental tectonics have been the Basin-and-Range province of western North America, Tibet and the Himalaya, and the MARGINS "Subduction Factory" experiment in the Marianas.