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Subsidence, stress regime and rotation(s) of a tectonically active sedimentary basin within the western Alpine Orogen: the Tertiary Piedmont Basin (Alpine domain, NW Italy)

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B. Carrapa
B. Carrapa
1
Vrije Universiteit, Faculty of Earth and life Sciences, De Boelelaan 1085, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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G. Bertotti
G. Bertotti
1
Vrije Universiteit, Faculty of Earth and life Sciences, De Boelelaan 1085, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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W. Krijgsman
W. Krijgsman
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Utrecht University, Paleomagnetic Laboratory ‘Fort Hoofddijk’, Faculty of Earth Sciences, Budapestlaan 17, 3584 CD Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Published:
January 01, 2003

Abstract

The Oligocene to Miocene Tertiary Piedmont Basin (TPB) is located in the NW part of Italy at the junction between the Apennine and the Alpine thrust belts. The position of the TPB on top of the Alpine/Apennine Orogen poses fundamental questions as to the tectonics of the basin subsidence. Having undergone little deformation, the TPB sediments provide an insight into the stress regime and rotations in the kinematically very complex area surrounding the basin itself. In this study we integrate subsidence and structural analysis with measurements of magnetic susceptibility anisotropy (AMS) and natural remanent magnetization (NRM) in order to better constrain the tectonic kinematics of the basin evolution. A major important period of subsidence occurred in the Middle Miocene involving the whole basin. During this period the TPB experienced NE-SW-directed compression and limited shortening. Some NW-SE-directed compressional features have been identified and they were probably active during post Tortonian times. Structures associated with north-south tension are quite common, but the amount of strain that they accommodate is minor. In addition this research provides new preliminary data suggesting counterclockwise rotation in the TPB by c. 20° which has taken place during Middle Miocene time.

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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

Tracing Tectonic Deformation Using the Sedimentary Record

T. McCann
T. McCann
Geologisches Institut, Bonn, Germany
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A. Saintot
A. Saintot
Instituut voor Aardwetenschappen, Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands
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Geological Society of London
Volume
208
ISBN electronic:
9781862394568
Publication date:
January 01, 2003

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