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Research project

Syn-rift stratigraphy, fault and basin evolution of the Corinth Rift

Project overview

Initial extension controls later rift development and ultimately the structure of rifted margins. This project quantifies rift processes within the Gulf of Corinth, a rare example of rifting at its earliest stage, by comprehensive integration of marine geophysical datasets collected by multiple groups since 1995 to generate a framework of stratigraphy and fault networks offshore. This allows investigatation of very early rift evolution at a range of scales by generating a high resolution analysis and new chronological model of the syn-rift stratigraphy within the active rift and a detailed rift fault network, including details of fault activity (hence hazard potential), growth and interaction. Together these components will be used to develop a detailed history of rift evolution in space and time at a resolution not generated before within a continental rift system. The project is linked to proposed scientific ocean drilling (IODP) in the Corinth Rift, Greece.


Lead researcher

Professor Lisa Mcneill

Professor of Tectonics

Research interests

  • Active tectonics
  • Geohazards

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Other researchers

Professor Jonathan Bull

Professor in Ocean & Earth Science

Research interests

  • Fluid Flow and Carbon Capture and Storage
  • Monitoring, Measurement and Verification

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Professor Tim Henstock

Professor of Geophysics

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