Journal Highlights

Interactions between propagating rotational rifts and linear rheological heterogeneities: insights from three-dimensional laboratory experiments

Editors’ Highlight—The paper reports key findings on how rifts propagate and interact with pre-existing structures in the lithosphere, using a novel analog modeling setup and high spatio-temporal resolution deformation monitoring. The apparatus was designed to investigate the role that large-scale inherited structural or thermal weaknesses play in the localization of strain and rifting under a rotational boundary condition, which is rare in the literature. The authors compare the experimental results with natural examples in the Tyrrhenian Sea and in the Red Sea—Gulf of Aden rift system. This manuscript brings novel insights on strain propagation during scissor-like opening rifting.