This paintings reports the mechanism of rifting with a spotlight on pre-existing tectonic weaknesses in pre-rift and/or basement rocks, i.e., on tectonic inheritance. The passive margins which are studied during this booklet are the Norwegian Continental Shelf, the japanese North the United States and the East and West Indian Continental Margins. The continental rifts which have been analysed are the East African Rift process, the Brazilian Continental Rift structures and the ecu Cenozoic Rift method. It states how rifts and passive margins function precious destinations for hydrocarbon exploration. Tectonic inheritance/heritage examines the effect of pre-existing/pre-rift parts at the geometry, genesis and propagation of rift-related faults. Such parts comprise anisotropies within the shallow crustal degrees, in addition to the rheology of the lithosphere. Inheritance vastly impacts the structure of rifted passive margins together with the angle of faults and geometry of horsts, (half-) grabens, move zones and so forth. Inheritance can also be a deciding upon consider the width of rifts and rift shoulder topography.
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