Regional-scale structural role of Permian salt within the Central European Basin System
Yuriy Petrovich Maystrenko, Ulf Bayer, Magdalena Scheck-Wenderoth, 2012. "Regional-scale structural role of Permian salt within the Central European Basin System", Salt Tectonics, Sediments and Prospectivity, G. I. Alsop, S. G. Archer, A. J. Hartley, N. T. Grant, R. Hodgkinson
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The Central European Basin System (CEBS) includes the former Northern and Southern Permian Basins together with superimposed Meso-Cenozoic sub-basins and contains a thick layer of Upper Permian (Zechstein) salt. This salt was mobilized in response to several post-Permian tectonic events. In order to analyse the regional relationship between the structural pattern of the Meso-Cenozoic sedimentary cover and the distribution of the Upper Permian salt, a 3D structural model of the CEBS has been constructed. In this model, the Permian salt is resolved as an extra layer for the entire basin system. According to the 3D structural model, the salt layer is strongly deformed as a result of halokinetic activity. The thickest salt is localized within salt walls and diapirs, reaching up to 9 km of thickness. A regional structural 3D analysis of the overburden in relation to underlying ductile salt demonstrates that the geometry of the sedimentary cover is strongly complicated by a variety of salt structures. The withdrawal of the Permian salt appears to have played a key role in both deposition and deformation of Meso-Cenozoic deposits in addition to tectonically forced regional subsidence.