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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Research project: Active fault kinematics during non-volcanic rifting in East Africa - Dormant

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Global seismic networks document frequent and unusually deep earthquakes in the parts of the East African rift lacking central volcanoes. The deep seismicity means that we can use earthquakes to probe the geometry and kinematics of extensional fault systems through the entire crust, and to understand the distribution of strain between large offset border fault systems and intra-basinal faults.

The southern Tanganyika rift zone in southern Tanzania is the ideal setting to understand a tectonically-active crustal-scale fault system since it has the highest seismicity rate within East Africa.

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Figure 1


1.5 years of passive seismic data from a network of 13 broadband seismic stations recording in southern Lake Tanganyika


Key Objective

To use earthquake and structural data to understand the mechanics of tectonic and deformation in East Africa

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Figure 2

Key Contacts

Dr Derek Keir

Professor Jon Bull

Professor Cindy Ebinger

PhDs and Other Opportunities


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