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Project D2: Geodynamic modelling of extreme uplift in the Rwenzoris

This project looks at the possible geodynamic driver for extreme uplift in the Rwenzori mountains and adjacent rift flanks, reaching an altitude of about 5000 m a.s.l. within an extensional setting. Such extreme values cannot be explained at present, with any existing rift modelling scenario, which cuts off at about 2 km rift shoulder uplift. The project will address three different hypotheses for extreme uplift: 1) uplift through significant volume of a vertical channel like melt intrusion, 2) buoyancy through delamination of an old suture zone, 3) 3-D modelling of transtension, with vorticity of the craton and secondary compression due to flip of rift shoulders.

 

Project members:

Prof. Dr. H. Schmeling
Dr. E. Sebazungu
Dr. H. Wallner

Contact information available via Team

RiftLink Theme D Project D2