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EAGLE (Ethiopia-Afar Geoscientific Lithospheric Experiment)

US-EAGLE (Ethiopia-Afar Geoscientific Lithospheric Experiment) is the US component of the international EAGLE program to investigate modification of lithospheric structure during continental breakup. With US collaborators from UTEP, Penn State and SWMSU we are working with UK scientists from Leicester, London, Leeds and Edinburgh in a comprehensive investigation of the deep structure of the Main Ethiopian Rift, at the point where the archetypal narrow continental rift - the East African Rift - is becoming dominated by magmatism as it progresses towards ocean rifting in the Afar Triangle and southern Red Sea. Katie Keranen (crustal group graduate) and Ewenet Gashawbeza (crustal group graduate) are working on this project. Previously two undergraduates, Andrea Les and Michele Cash, worked on this project and assisted with fieldwork in Ethiopia. For more on the science objectives of the project, click here. In June 2004 Prof. Klemperer co-organized the NSF-funded US-Africa Workshop on Anatomy of Continental Rifts: The evolution of the East African Rift System from nascent extension to continental breakup in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.



Principal Investigator:

Simon Klemperer

Current Research Interests: 
Biographical Information
I attended Cambridge University as an undergraduate; took my PhD at Cornell University within the Consortium for Continental Reflection profiling (COCORP) then returned to Cambridge to work with the British Institutions Reflection Profiling Syndicate (BIRPS), latterly as a Royal Society Research Fellow. In 1990 I joined Stanford University, where I continue research into crustal structure and evolution.

I study the growth, tectonic evolution, and deformation of the continents (see my Google Scholar profile).
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