Tectonic Inheritance in Continental Rifts and Passive Margins

  • Achyuta Ayan Misra
  • Soumyajit Mukherjee

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Earth Sciences book series (BRIEFSEARTH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Achyuta Ayan Misra, Soumyajit Mukherjee
    Pages 1-6
  3. Achyuta Ayan Misra, Soumyajit Mukherjee
    Pages 7-8
  4. Achyuta Ayan Misra, Soumyajit Mukherjee
    Pages 9-20
  5. Achyuta Ayan Misra, Soumyajit Mukherjee
    Pages 21-52
  6. Achyuta Ayan Misra, Soumyajit Mukherjee
    Pages 53-60
  7. Achyuta Ayan Misra, Soumyajit Mukherjee
    Pages 61-62
  8. Achyuta Ayan Misra, Soumyajit Mukherjee
    Pages 63-65
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 67-88

About this book


This work reviews the mechanism of rifting with a focus on pre-existing tectonic weaknesses in pre-rift and/or basement rocks, i.e., on tectonic inheritance. The passive margins that are studied in this book are the Norwegian Continental Shelf, the Eastern North America and the East and West Indian Continental Margins. The continental rifts that have been analysed are the East African Rift System, the Brazilian Continental Rift Systems and the European Cenozoic Rift System. It states how rifts and passive margins serve as valuable locations for hydrocarbon exploration. Tectonic inheritance/heritage examines the influence of pre-existing/pre-rift elements on the geometry, genesis and propagation of rift-related faults. Such elements include anisotropies in the shallow crustal levels, as well as the rheology of the lithosphere. Inheritance greatly influences the architecture of rifted passive margins including the attitude of faults and geometry of horsts, (half-) grabens, transfer zones etc. Inheritance is also a determining factor in the width of rifts and rift shoulder topography.


Hydrocarbon Exploration Passive Margin Rift Tectonic Inheritance Tectonic Reactivation

Authors and affiliations

  • Achyuta Ayan Misra
    • 1
  • Soumyajit Mukherjee
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Earth Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India and Exploration, Petroleum BusinessReliance Industries Ltd.Navi Mumbai, MaharashtraIndia
  2. 2.Earth SciencesIndian Institute of Technology BombayMumbaiIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-20576-2
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-20575-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-20576-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-5369
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-5377
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