Characteristics of collisional orogens with low topographic build-up : an example from the Carpathians

Matenco, L. and Krézsek, C. and Merten, S. and Schmid, Stefan M. and Cloetingh, S. and Andriessen, P.. (2010) Characteristics of collisional orogens with low topographic build-up : an example from the Carpathians. Terra Nova, 22 (3). pp. 155-165.

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Sequence stratigraphy in the hinterland, kinematic analysis of thin-skinned thrusting in the foreland and thermochronological tracking of exhumation in the orogenic core are combined to quantify the mechanics of an orogen with low topographic build-up. The Carpathian system demonstrates that collisional deformation can couple and thicken the lower orogenic plate along reverse faults that dip more steeply than the subduction zone, defining a foreland-coupling type of collision. Near the surface, this is expressed by wide antiforms in the upper plate and the thin-skinned orogenic wedge. A sequence stratigraphic analysis of the back-arc Transylvanian Basin demonstrates that the sedimentary architecture records orogenic uplift pulses with both short and long wavelengths. These correspond to the activation of individual thrust sheets in the thin-skinned wedge and to lower-plate coupling events respectively.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Ehemalige Einheiten Umweltwissenschaften > Tektonik (nn)
UniBasel Contributors:Schmid, Stefan M.
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Blackwell Science
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Deposited On:22 Mar 2012 14:02

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