Extension and associated tectonic exhumation have been described across a diverse spectrum of geodynamic environments, ranging from lithospheric-scale extension along divergent plate margins to extensional faulting within compressional orogenic belts. Normal faulting structurally dominates extensional tectonic environments such as passive continental margins, intra-continental extensional provinces and rifts, extensional back-arc basins, and mid-oceanic ridge inside corner extensional systems. In addition, structural domains characterized by normal faulting or extensional crustal attenuation commonly occur within collisional orogens and within transcurrent deformation belts. Numerous studies over the past decades have investigated extensional faulting in these different extensional tectonic environments to elucidate the architecture of...

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