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Interactions between tectonics, erosion, and sedimentation during the recent evolution of the alpine orogen: analogue modeling insights

  • Bonnet, Cécile Department of Earth Science, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
  • Malavieille, Jacques Geosciences Montpellier, Université Montpellier II, France
  • Mosar, Jon Department of Geosciences–Earth Sciences, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
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  • Tectonics. - 2007, vol. 26, no. 6, p. TC6016
English On the basis of a section across the northwestern Alpine wedge and foreland basin, analogue modeling is used to investigate the impact of surface processes on the orogenic evolution. The basis model takes into account both structural and lithological heritages of the wedge. During shortening, erosion and sedimentation are performed to maintain a critical wedge. Frontal accretion leads to the development of a foreland thrust belt; underplating leads to the formation of an antiformal nappe stack in the internal zones. Important volumes of analogue materials are eroded out of the geological record, which in the case of the Alps suggests that the original lengths and volumes may be underestimated. The foreland basin evolves differently depending on the amounts of erosion/sedimentation. Its evolution and internal structuring is governed by the wedge mechanics, thought to be the main controlling mechanism in the development of the Molasse basin in a feedback interaction with surface processes.
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Département de Géosciences
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