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Selected recent scientific publications on the Main Rift Ethiopian Rift by the CNR-IGG/University of Florence research team (email me to request a pdf)

Philippon M., Corti G., Sani F., Bonini M., Balestrieri M.L., Molin P., Willingshofer E., Sokoutis D., Cloetingh S. (2014). Evolution, distribution and characteristics of rifting in southern Ethiopia. Tectonics, 33, 485-508, doi:10.1002/2013TC003430.

Corti G., Sani F., Philippon M., Sokoutis D., Willinghofer E., Molin P. (2013). Quaternary volcano-tectonic activity in the Soddo region, western margin of the Southern Main Ethiopian Rift. Tectonics, 32, 861-879.

Corti, G. Philippon, M., Sani F., Keir, D., Kidane, T. (2013). Re-orientation of the extension direction and pure extensional faulting at oblique rift margins: comparison between the Main Ethiopian Rift and laboratory experiments. Terra Nova, 25, 396–404.

Benvenuti M., Bonini M., Tassi F., Corti G., Sani F., Agostini A., Manetti P., Vaselli O. (2013).  Holocene lacustrine fluctuations and deep CO2 degassing in the northeastern Lake Langano Basin (Main Ethiopian Rift). Journal of African Earth Sciences, 77, 1-10.

Agostini A., Bonini M., Corti G., Sani F., Manetti P. (2011). Distribution of Quaternary deformation in the central Main Ethiopian Rift, East Africa. Tectonics, 30, TC4010, doi:10.1029/2010TC002833.

Agostini A., Bonini M., Corti G., Sani F., Mazzarini F. (2011). Fault architecture in the Main Ethiopian Rift and comparison with experimental models: implications for rift evolution and Nubia-Somalia kinematics. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 301, 479-492.

Corti G. (2009). Continental rift evolution: from rift initiation to incipient break-up in the Main Ethiopian Rift, East Africa. Earth Science Reviews, 96, 1–53.

Corti G. (2008). Control of rift obliquity on the evolution and segmentation of the main Ethiopian rift. Nature Geoscience, 1, 258-262.

Abebe T., Manetti P., Bonini M., Corti G., Innocenti F., Mazzarini F. (2005). Geological Map (Scale 1:200 000) of the Northern Main Ethiopian Rift and its implication for the volcano-tectonic evolution of the Rift. Geological Society of America Maps and Charts, MCH094, Boulder, Colorado.

Orlando A., Abebe T., Manetti P., Santo A.P., Corti G. (2006). Petrology of mantle xenoliths from Megado and Dilo, Kenya Rift, southern Ethiopia. Ofioliti, 31, 71-87.

Bonini M., Corti G., Innocenti F., Manetti P., Mazzarini F., Abebe T., Pecskay Z. (2005). The evolution of the Main Ethiopian Rift in the frame of Afar and Kenya rifts propagation. Tectonics, 24, TC1007, doi:10.1029/2004TC001680.

Tommasini S., Manetti P., Innocenti F., Abebe T., Sintoni M.F., Conticelli S. (2005) The Ethiopian subcontinental mantle domains: geochemical evidence from Cenozoic mafic lavas. Mineralogy and Petrology, 84,259-281.

Mazzarini F., Corti G., Manetti P., Innocenti F. (2004). Strain rate and bimodal volcanism in the continental rift: Debre Zeyt volcanic field, northern MER, Ethiopia. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 39, 415–420.


Other papers on continental rifting

Isola I., Mazzarini F., Corti G., Bonini M. (2014). Spatial variability of volcanic features in early-stage rift settings: the case of the Tanzania divergence, East African rift system. Terra Nova, in press.

Corti G., Ranalli G., Agostini A., Sokoutis D. (2013). Inward migration of faulting during continental rifting: effects of pre-existing lithospheric structure and extension rate. Tectonophysics, 594, 137-148.

Corti G., Iandelli I., Cerca M. (2013). Experimental modeling of rifting at craton margins. Geosphere,9(1), 138–154, doi:10.1130/GES00863.1.

Corti G. (2012). Evolution and characteristics of continental rifting: analogue modeling-inspired view and comparison with examples from the East African Rift System. Tectonophysics, 522-523, 1-33,

Corti G., Calignano E., Petit C., Sani F. (2011). Controls of lithospheric structure and plate kinematics on rift architecture and evolution: an experimental modeling of the Baikal Rift. Tectonics, 30, TC3011, doi:10.1029/2011TC002871.

Corti G., Ranalli G., Mulugeta G., Agostini A., Sani F., Zugu A. (2010). Control of the rheological structure of the lithosphere on the inward migration of tectonic activity during continental rifting.
Tectonophysics, 490, 165--172.

Agostini A., Corti G., Zeoli A., Mulugeta G. (2009). Evolution, pattern and partitioning of deformation during oblique continental rifting: Inferences from lithospheric-scale centrifuge models. Geochemistry, Geosphysics, Geosystems (GCubed), 10, Q11015, doi:10.1029/2009GC002676.

Sokoutis D., Corti G., Bonini M., Brun J.-P., Cloetingh S. Mauduit T., Manetti P. (2007). Modelling the extension of heterogeneous hot lithosphere. Tectonophysics, 444, 63-79.

Corti G., Bonini, M., Innocenti, F., Manetti, P., Piccardo, G.B., Ranalli, G. (2007). Experimental models of extension of continental lithosphere weakened by percolation of asthenospheric melts. Journal of Geodynamics, 43, 465–483.

Bonini M., Corti G., Del Ventisette C., Manetti P., Mulugeta G., Sokoutis D. (2007). Modelling the lithospheric rheology control on the Cretaceous rifting in West Antarctica. Terra Nova, 19, 360-366.

Corti, G., J. van Wijk, S. Cloetingh, and C. K. Morley (2007). Tectonic inheritance and continental rift architecture: Numerical and analogue models of the East African Rift system. Tectonics, 26, TC6006,

Corti G., Manetti P. (2006). Asymmetric rifts due to asymmetric Mohos: an experimental approach. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 245, 315-329, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2006.02.004.

Corti G. (2005). Dynamics of periodic instabilities during stretching of the continental lithosphere: View from centrifuge models and comparison with natural examples. Tectonics, 24, TC2008, doi:10.1029/2004TC001739.

Corti G., Bonini M., Sokoutis D., Innocenti F., Manetti P., Cloetingh S., Mulugeta G. (2004). Continental rift architecture and patterns of magma migration: a dynamic analysis based on centrifuge models. Tectonics, 23, TC2012, doi:10.1029/2003TC001561.

Corti G. (2004). Centrifuge modelling of the influence of crustal fabrics on the development of transfer zones: insights into the mechanics of continental rifting architecture. Tectonophysics, 384, 191-208. (The paper has been also included in Experimental Earth - Virtual Journal, Volume 2, Issue 4, August 2004

Corti G., Van Wijk J., Bonini M., Sokoutis D., Cloetingh S., Innocenti F., Manetti P. (2003). Transition from continental break-up to punctiform seafloor spreading: how fast, symmetric and magmatic. Geophysical Research Letters, 30 (12), 1604, doi:10.1029/2003GL017374.

Corti G., Bonini M., Conticelli S., Innocenti F., Manetti P., Sokoutis D. (2003). Analogue modelling of continental extension: a review focused on the relations between the patterns of deformation and the presence of magma. Earth-Science Reviews, 63, 169-247.

Corti G., Bonini M., Innocenti F., Manetti P., Mulugeta G., Sokoutis D., Cloetingh S. (2003). Rift-parallel magma migration and localisation of magmatic activity at transfer zones. Acta Vulcanologica, 14-15, 17-26.

Corti G., Bonini M., Mazzarini F., Boccaletti M., Innocenti F., Manetti P., Mulugeta G., Sokoutis D. (2002). Magma-induced strain localization in centrifuge models of transfer zones. Tectonophysics, 348, 205-218.

Corti G., Bonini M., Innocenti F., Manetti P., Mulugeta G. (2001). Centrifuge models simulating magma emplacement during oblique rifting. Journal of Geodynamics, 31, 557-576.

Bonini M., Sokoutis D., Mulugeta G., Boccaletti M., Corti G., Innocenti F., Manetti P., Mazzarini F. (2001). Dynamics of magma emplacement in centrifuge models of continental extension with implications for flank volcanism. Tectonics, 20, 1053-1065.

For more information please contact:
Dr. Giacomo Corti, National Research Council of Italy, Institute of Geosciences and Earth Resources
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