The Tyrrhenian Basin is a region created by Neogene extensional tectonics related to slab rollback of the east-southeast–migrating Apennine subduction system, commonly believed to be actively underthrusting the Calabrian arc. A compilation of >12,000 km of multichannel seismic profiles, much of them recently collected or reprocessed, provided closer scrutiny and the mapping of previously undetected large compressive structures along the Tyrrhenian margin. This new finding suggests that Tyrrhenian Basin extension recently ceased. The ongoing compressional reorganization of the basin indicates a change of the regional stress field in the area, confirming that slab rollback is no longer a driving mechanism for regional kinematics, now dominated by the Africa-Eurasia lithospheric collision.
Recent inversion of the Tyrrhenian Basin
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Nevio Zitellini, César R. Ranero, M. Filomena Loreto, Marco Ligi, Marco Pastore, Filippo D’Oriano, Valenti Sallares, Ingo Grevemeyer, Stefan Moeller, Manel Prada; Recent inversion of the Tyrrhenian Basin. Geology doi: https://doi.org/10.1130/G46774.1
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