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1. n. [Geology]

Region in which the Earth's crust is pulling apart and creating normal faults and down-dropped areas or subsidence.

See: aulacogencrustgrabenhorstmidoceanic ridgenormal faultplate tectonicssubsidencetranspressiontranstension

Cross sections and maps of evaporites, rifting, and subsidence.

2. vt. [Geology]

To pull apart the Earth's crust.

See: aulacogen