Breccia-cored domes in the Northern Flinders Ranges, South Australia, have been regarded as diapirs analogous to diapiric salt structures in northwestern Germany and the Gulf Coast. It is shown that the core of the Blinman Dome is not intrusive and is not composed of less dense rocks; hence a diapiric process cannot apply. It is suggested that much of the breccia of the core is formed by deformation of a stratigraphic unit composed of interbedded competent and incompetent beds at a Flinders Ranges décollement and results from folding. If this model is correct, the Flinders Ranges structures should occur at décollements in other parts of the world.

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