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Tectonic geomorphology of passive margins and continental hinterlands

Blenkinsop, Thomas G. and Moore, A. 2013. Tectonic geomorphology of passive margins and continental hinterlands. In: Shroder, John F. ed. Treatise on Geomorphology, Vol. 5. London: Academic Press, pp. 71-92. (10.1016/B978-0-12-374739-6.00083-X)

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Passive margins, created at the margins of rifted continents, are affected by thermal, isostatic, flexural, buckling (plate tectonic), and dynamic (mantle) stresses. Variations among these give rise to diverse topographic expressions. The geometry of rifting also has a major effect on topography. Thus, many low-relief margins lacking a fringing escarpment occur at the failed arms of triple junctions. Variations in lithospheric flexural rigidity influence the response of passive margins following rifting. Postrifting evolution of the continental hinterland is more readily explained by stresses related to plate tectonic processes than by the dynamic uplift over plumes.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Earth and Environmental Sciences
Subjects: Q Science > QE Geology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Backwearing; Continental hinterland; Downwearing; Dynamic topography; Epeirogeny; Erosion; Escarpment; Flexural isostacy; Lithospheric buckling; Monocline; Passive margin; Rift; Tectonic geomorphology; Uplift
Additional Information: Chapter 5.5, in Vol. 5 (ISBN: 9780123983473). Reprinted in series: Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences (ISBN: 9780124095489)
Publisher: Academic Press
ISBN: 9780123747396
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 06:10

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