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Detailed outcrop study of Miocene platform carbonates along the southwestern margin ofthe Gulf of Suez rift, together with an extensive review of comparable systems elsewhere, has generated new tectono–sedimentary models for marine rift–basin carbonate systems. Both syntectonic and post–tectonic platforms are described for various extensional settings in rift basins. Syntectonic platforms are defined as systems deposited during periods associated with active faulting in rift basins. Post–tectonic platforms are defined as carbonate systems deposited after periods of active extensional faulting that develop over preexisting, fault–generated rift topography. Carbonate systems that occupy transfer zones are also defined, which display the effects...

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