Salt-related structures on the Bristol Channel coast, Somerset (UK)
James Trude, Rod Graham, Robin Pilcher, 2012. "Salt-related structures on the Bristol Channel coast, Somerset (UK)", Salt Tectonics, Sediments and Prospectivity, G. I. Alsop, S. G. Archer, A. J. Hartley, N. T. Grant, R. Hodgkinson
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This paper presents a new interpretation of well-known outcrops on the south coast of the Bristol Channel at Watchet in southern England. It is prompted by our recent experience of high-quality three-dimensional seismic datasets from areas such as the Gulf of Mexico and Brazil which are dominated by salt tectonics. Previous structural interpretations of the Watchet outcrops were explained in terms of extension, inversion and strike-slip tectonics. We suggest that some of the structures in the area are not easily explained by any of these mechanisms, but that they are collapse structures associated with salt withdrawal and imply salt diapirism during the Late Triassic and Early Jurassic.