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Cross-strike discontinuities in the Moine Thrust Belt of NW Scotland : their identity, tectonic significance, and evolution

Leslie, Graham; Krabbendam, Maarten; Kelly, Michael; Goodenough, Kathryn; Clarke, Stuart; Williams, Graham. 2012 Cross-strike discontinuities in the Moine Thrust Belt of NW Scotland : their identity, tectonic significance, and evolution. Rendiconti Online Societa Geologica Italiana, 21 (1). 40-41.

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Abstract/Summary

Abrupt lateral changes in thrust geometry occur in many mountain-building fold-and-thrust belts. Whilst many works have dealt with palinspastic reconstructions and transport-direction-parallel balanced cross-sections, far fewer show a full three-dimensional architecture, or examine how these lateral variations in thrust architecture can be linked via so-called ‘transverse zones’ that demarcate different segments of the thrust belt. When identified, these transverse zones are commonly thought to be related to kinematic responses to irregularities generated across pre-existing, sometimes re-activated, sub-décollement basement faults, contrasts in pre-thrusting cover strata deformation across basement faults, development of duplex structures/antiformal stacks, and/or along-strike variations in mechanical stratigraphy. In many cases however the causative structure is concealed, either by distal parts of the thrust belt or by the foreland basin and so must be deduced from the overall structural architecture (Krabbendam & Leslie, 2010).

Item Type: Publication - Article
Programmes: BGS Programmes 2010 > Geology and Landscape (Scotland)
Date made live: 18 Mar 2013 16:31 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/500518

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