Gravity anomalies across the Dead Sea rift and comparison with other rift zones

Robert L. Kovach, Zvi Ben-Avraham

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Abstract

A series of gravity profiles across the axis of the Dead Sea rift have been constructed from various sources. Comparison of these profiles with those from other continental rift zones demonstrates an interesting correlation between the sign and magnitude of the Bouguer anomaly field and the width of the rift zone. About 100 km in width is the critical distance for the Bouguer gravity anomaly to change from negative to positive, implying that at least this amount of separation must occur before denser material is able to rise beneath the rift zone and offset the negative effect produced by the shallow, but relatively thick, low-density sediments typically present in continental rift zones.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-162
Number of pages8
JournalTectonophysics
Volume111
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - 10 Jan 1985
Externally publishedYes

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