Cenozoic strike-slip faulting from the eastern margin of the Wilkes Subglacial Basin to the western margin of the Ross Sea Rift: an aeromagnetic connection
Fausto Ferraccioli, Emanuele Bozzo, 2003. "Cenozoic strike-slip faulting from the eastern margin of the Wilkes Subglacial Basin to the western margin of the Ross Sea Rift: an aeromagnetic connection", Intraplate Strike-Slip Deformation Belts, F. Storti, R. E. Holdsworth, F. Salvini
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Tectonic modelling of regional aeromagnetic anomaly patterns suggests Cenozoic right-lateral strike-slip faulting along an inherited fault system of the Transantarctic Mountains and adjacent hinterland. We name it here the Prince Albert Fault System. The Reeves Fault and David Fault are Cenozoic right-lateral strike-slip faults and form part of the NW-SE-striking segment of this complex fault system, extending to the eastern margin of the Wilkes Subglacial Basin. Our aeromagnetic interpretation suggests therefore that the Wilkes Subglacial Basin may be connected to the Cenozoic strike-slip kinematic framework of the Transantarctic Mountains and western Ross Sea Rift. The southernmost segment of the Prince Albert Fault System parallels the N-S-striking McMurdo Sound Fault Zone and, together with it, defines a transtensional western Ross Sea Rift margin. High-resolution aeromagnetic images define the Cape Roberts pull-apart basin and suggest that Cenozoic magmatism may have focused along the transtensional western Ross Sea Rift margin itself.
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Intraplate Strike-Slip Deformation Belts
Intraplate strike-slip deformation belts are common tectonic features, particularly at convergent plate boundaries, where they are produced by both oblique convergence and continental indentation. These lithosphere-scale structures, which also occur in other geodynamic environments such as passive margins, are characterized by complex structural architectures, by the occurrence of large earthquakes, and by the fast uplift and/or subsidence of localized crustal sectors.
Intraplate strike-slip belts can also control the ascent and emplacement of deeply sourced magmas. In some cases, intraplate strike-slip belts link with oceanic fracture zones and transform faults, transferring transform shear from the ridges to the interior of the plates. This evidence has an important impact of the classical concept of transform faulting.
This volume contains 13 papers from an international field of contributors. Studies of intraplate strike-slip deformation belts from Africa, Antarctica, Eurasia, North America and South America are included.