Fast rift propagation at a slow-spreading ridge Academic Article uri icon


  • Bathymetric, magnetic, gravity, and morphologic data from the flank of the slow-spreading Mid-Atlantic Ridge reveal obliquely oriented features that offset magnetic isochrons and morphological patterns within individual ridge segments. These features form angles of similar to 10 degrees-40 degrees with the isochrons and are inferred to result from rift propagation at rates several times the spreading rate, representing the fastest propagators get observed at a slow-spreading ridge. These fast propagators appear to have formed as a result of tectonic extension migrating along ridge segments as the segments change from more magmatic to less magmatic periods of spreading.

publication date

  • 1997