Abstract

The tectonics involved in the structural development of uplifts in the stable platforms are suggested to be a natural consequence of loading the platform by sedimentary rocks. Any original compensated topography on the platform will cause differential loading with sediments thicker and the load greater in the valleys than over the hills. If the wavelength of topography is large, differential vertical movements can occur causing an amplification of the original topography and the growth of an arch. If the wavelength lies in a critical region defined by the flexural rigidity of the lithosphere, stress differences within the lithosphere caused by the loading may exceed the elastic limit producing faulting and the development of horsts. The Boothia Uplift, the Early and Middle Paleozoic development of the Peace River Uplift and other structures in Canada are suggested to be examples of such a process.

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