Collaborative Research: Tectonic and Magmatic Processes During Early-Stage Rifting: An Integrated Study of Northern Lake Malawi, Africa

Lead PI: Donna Jean Shillington , Dr. Cornelia Class , James Gaherty , , Scott Nooner

Unit Affiliation: Marine and Polar Geophysics, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO)

April 2012 - March 2020
Africa ; Sub-Saharan Africa ; Lake Malawi
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: The project will explore what controls the emergence and early evolution of segmentation and magmatism in young rifts and how they relate to extension in time and space. The team will acquire and analyze a dense multi-faceted geophysical, geochemical, and geological dataset in the northern Lake Malawi region.

OUTCOMES: Installed a network of GPS stations and analyzed existing GPS data, 117 volcanic samples collected and returned to LDEO for analysis, and presented a poster at GeoPRISMS.


National Science Foundation (NSF)


Marine Geology & Geophysics (MG&G), Seismology, Geology & Tectonophysics (SG&T), Geochemistry


University of Rochester, Pennsylvania State University, Cornell University, Syracuse University, University of Dar Es Salaam, UDSM Tanzania, Ardhi University, Malawi Geological Survey Department, Geological Survey of Tanzania



geophysics tectonic segmentation seismology mid-ocean ridge young rifts magmatism lake malawi geochemistry