Opening of the Central Atlantic Ocean: Implications for Geometric Rifting and Asymmetric Initial Seafloor Spreading after Continental Breakup

Frauke Klingelhoefer1, Youssef Biari1, Mohamed Sahabi2, Thomas Funck3, Massinissa Benabdellouahed4, Michael Schnabel5, Christian J Reichert6, Marc-Andre Gutscher7, Adrien Bronner8 and James A Austin Jr9, (1)IFREMER, Plouzané, France, (2)University of Chouaib doukkali, Department of Geology, El Jadida, Morocco, (3)GEUS, Copenhagen K, Denmark, (4)Kibbutz Maabarot, Israel, (5)BGR, Hannover, Germany, (6)BGR Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources, Hannover, Germany, (7)CNRS, Paris Cedex 16, France, (8)Institut de Physique du Globe, Strasbourg, France, (9)Univ TX Austin-Inst for Geophy, Austin, TX, United States