continental rift

continental rift

n.
A long, narrow fissure in the earth marking a zone of the lithosphere that has become thinner because tectonic plates underlying the region have moved away from one other.
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Our research is [an] attempt to quantify magmatic C[O.sub.2] gases from nonvolcanic and continental rift regions."
The HZS mainly has experienced three tectonic events during the Cenozoic: the Paleogene continental rift stage, the Miocene passive continental margin stage (postrift stage), and the Late Miocene-Quaternary Neotectonic stage (Figure 2).
It hit its heights under Michael Laudrup, the former La Liga ace taking charge of EIGHT Spanish players which even the Dane admitted was too much as talk of a continental rift in the Liberty dressing room emerged.
ANGEL RANGEL has slammed talk of a continental rift at the Liberty Stadium, claiming the Swansea City collective have shown their togetherness.
Although Jake_M is very different from known Martian rocks, Stolper and colleagues realized that it is very similar in its chemical composition to a relatively rare type of terrestrial igneous rock, known as a mugearite, which is typically found on ocean islands and in continental rift zones.
Area 7 is an offshore block located at the southern part of the Mindoro Basin-Cuyo Platform, a continental rift basin.
In Afar, that continental rift meets two ocean rifts, one bisecting the Red Sea and the other the Gulf of Aden.
This phenomenon is due to the tectonic continental rift that led to the formation of the Great African Rift Valley.