The East African Rift System – Geophysical Aspects

  1. Charles L. Drake
  1. R.W. Girdler

Published Online: 21 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/SP005p0075

Geodynamics: Progress and Prospects

Geodynamics: Progress and Prospects

How to Cite

Girdler, R.W. (1976) The East African Rift System – Geophysical Aspects, in Geodynamics: Progress and Prospects (ed C. L. Drake), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/SP005p0075

Author Information

  1. School of Physics, the University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU, U.K.

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1976

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875902036

Online ISBN: 9781118664902



  • Dead Sea-Aqaba;
  • East African Rift System;
  • Eastern rift;
  • Gulf of Aden and Southern Afar;
  • Gulf of Suez;
  • Red Sea and northern Afar;
  • Western rift


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • General Considerations

  • Gulf of Suez (Nubia-Sinai)

  • Dead Sea-Aqaba (Sinai-Arabia)

  • Red Sea North of 16.25°N (Nubia-Arabia)

  • Red Sea South of 16.25°N (Danakil-Arabia)

  • Northern Afar (Nubia-Danakil)

  • Gulf of Aden (Arabia-Somalia)

  • Southern Afar (Somalia-Arabia Plus Danakil)

  • Eastern (Gregory) Rift (Nubia-Somalia)

  • The Western Rift