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Synonyms for rift

Synonyms for rift

a usually narrow partial opening caused by splitting and rupture

to crack or split into two or more fragments by means of or as a result of force, a blow, or strain

Synonyms for rift

a gap between cloud masses

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a narrow fissure in rock

a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)

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In addition, a number of papers were presented, for comparative purposes, on other margins and analogues from older rifted margins now exposed on land.
The total length of rifted margin was more than 25,000 km, suggesting a staggered climatic response to uplift as rifting progressed diachronously, somewhat like a zipper.
Instead of rifted blocks littering the edge of the continent, Norway's continental margin is underlain by a series of gently dipping reflectors that tilt away from the continent.
These are generally interpreted as remnants of the cratonic crust that was rifted during Mesoproterozoic extension, the eastern limit of which may be reflected in a prominent series of west-facing crustal-scale homoclines beneath the Foreland Belt.
This contends that the platform began to grow about 160 million years ago, after the African and North American plates were rifted apart, opening the Atlantic Ocean.