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Journal of Petroleum Geology


Journal of Petroleum Geology, Vol.15, No.2, pp. 127-134, 1992

┬ęCopyright 2000 Scientific Press, Ltd.


J. Makris* and C. H. Henke*

*Institute of Geophysics, Hamburg University, Bundesstr. 55, W-2000 Hamburg 13, Germany.


The Authors have deduced from seismic, gravity and other geophysical data that strike-slip processes mainly controlled the early break-up stages of the Arabian Plate from Africa, initiating the Red Sea Rift Sea-floor spreading is only 5 million yrs old, and is still limited in the central and parts of the southern Red Sea. The area was a zone of structural weakness as early as 600 million yrs ago, and was reactivated in the late Oligocene with intense magmatic activity and the development of a continental rift.

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