[unav_all] FW: AGU Session T-19: Salton Trough: Findings and Questions

Susan Eriksson eriksson at unavco.org
Fri Jul 31 15:00:05 MDT 2009

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Subject: AGU Session T-19: Salton Trough: Findings and Questions

Announcement of an upcoming AGU session, from Daniel Brothers, SIO:

AGU Session T-19: Gulf of California-Salton Trough Rift Margin: Recent
Findings and Remaining Questions

We would like to encourage everyone working within the Gulf of
California-Salton Trough rift system to submit an abstract to this Fall 2009
AGU Tectonophysics session. We welcome abstracts from all authors,
regardless if they receive funding or not from the NSF-MARGINS Rupturing
Continental Lithosphere initiative. The abstract deadline is Thursday,
September 3, 2009. The period for abstract submission is currently open.
Follow this link:


to submit an abstract. Please feel free to contact one of the conveners with
any questions.

Continental rifting and formation of ocean basins is a fundamental component
of plate tectonics. The Gulf of California-Salton Trough represents an
active oblique-divergent plate boundary that provides a superb natural
laboratory to study processes driving continental rifting and the spatial
and temporal evolution of a young rifted margin. The Gulf of
California-Salton Trough has been a focus site for the NSF-MARGINS
ŒRupturing Continental Lithosphere¹ (RCL) initiative for nearly a decade,
resulting in transformative research and discoveries from a focused
community of earth scientists. Although much has been discovered about this
young rift during the past decade, many fundamental questions remain in the
following areas: (1) understanding early continental break-up and extension,
(2) the role of magmatism and fluids, (3) 4-D distribution of lithospheric
strain, (4) the interplay of sedimentation and climate and their influences
on rift architecture, (5) timing of marine incursion, and (6) the nature of
the continent-ocean lithospheric boundary. As Margins RCL reaches its 10th
year, this session serves to highlight recent and ongoing research in the
Gulf of California-Salton Trough, and to summarize remaining questions
regarding processes that rupture continental lithosphere. We invite all
abstracts pertaining to the physical development of this rift system.

Scott Bennett (UC Davis) sekbennett at ucdavis.edu
Daniel Brothers (Scripps) dbrother at ucsd.edu
Jared Kluesner (Scripps) jkluesne at ucsd.edu

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