Articles | Volume 10, issue 4
Research article
05 Jul 2019
Research article |  | 05 Jul 2019

A systematic comparison of experimental set-ups for modelling extensional tectonics

Frank Zwaan, Guido Schreurs, and Susanne J. H. Buiter

Related authors

Analogue modelling of basin inversion: implications for the Araripe Basin (Brazil)
Pâmela C. Richetti, Frank Zwaan, Guido Schreurs, Renata S. Schmitt, and Timothy C. Schmid
Solid Earth, 14, 1245–1266,,, 2023
Short summary
(D)rifting in the 21st century: Key processes, natural hazards and geo-resources
Frank Zwaan, Tiago Alves, Patricia Cadenas, Mohamed Gouiza, Jordan Phethean, Sascha Brune, and Anne Glerum
EGUsphere,,, 2023
Short summary
The link between Somalian Plate rotation and the East African Rift System: an analogue modelling study
Frank Zwaan and Guido Schreurs
Solid Earth, 14, 823–845,,, 2023
Short summary
Analogue modelling of basin inversion: a review and future perspectives
Frank Zwaan, Guido Schreurs, Susanne J. H. Buiter, Oriol Ferrer, Riccardo Reitano, Michael Rudolf, and Ernst Willingshofer
Solid Earth, 13, 1859–1905,,, 2022
Short summary
Complex rift patterns, a result of interacting crustal and mantle weaknesses, or multiphase rifting? Insights from analogue models
Frank Zwaan, Pauline Chenin, Duncan Erratt, Gianreto Manatschal, and Guido Schreurs
Solid Earth, 12, 1473–1495,,, 2021
Short summary

Related subject area

Subject area: Tectonic plate interactions, magma genesis, and lithosphere deformation at all scales | Editorial team: Structural geology and tectonics, paleoseismology, rock physics, experimental deformation | Discipline: Tectonics
Extensional exhumation of cratons: insights from the Early Cretaceous Rio Negro–Juruena belt (Amazonian Craton, Colombia)
Ana Fonseca, Simon Nachtergaele, Amed Bonilla, Stijn Dewaele, and Johan De Grave
Solid Earth, 15, 329–352,,, 2024
Short summary
Hydrogen solubility of stishovite provides insights into water transportation to the deep Earth
Mengdan Chen, Changxin Yin, Danling Chen, Long Tian, Liang Liu, and Lei Kang
Solid Earth, 15, 215–227,,, 2024
Short summary
Networks of geometrically coherent faults accommodate Alpine tectonic inversion offshore southwestern Iberia
Tiago M. Alves
Solid Earth, 15, 39–62,,, 2024
Short summary
Melt-enhanced strain localization and phase mixing in a large-scale mantle shear zone (Ronda peridotite, Spain)
Sören Tholen, Jolien Linckens, and Gernold Zulauf
Solid Earth, 14, 1123–1154,,, 2023
Short summary
Selective inversion of rift basins in lithospheric-scale analogue experiments
Anindita Samsu, Weronika Gorczyk, Timothy Chris Schmid, Peter Graham Betts, Alexander Ramsay Cruden, Eleanor Morton, and Fatemeh Amirpoorsaeed
Solid Earth, 14, 909–936,,, 2023
Short summary

Cited articles

Abbate, E. and Sagri, M.: Dati e considerazioni sul margine orientale dell'altopiano etiopico nelle province del Tigrai e del Wollo, Bollettino della Società geologica italiana, 88, 489–497, 1969. 
Abdelmalak, M. M., Bulois, C., Mourgues, R., Galland, O., Legland, J.-B., and Gruber, C.: Description of new dry granular materials of variable cohesion and friction coefficient: Implications for laboratory modeling of the brittle crust, Tectonophysics, 684, 39–51,, 2016. 
Ackermann, R. V.: Spatial distribution of rift related fractures: field observations, experimental modelling, and influence on drainage networks, Unpublished PhD thesis, Rutgers University, USA, 1997. 
Acocella, V., Faccenna, C., Funiciello, R., and Rossetti, F.: Sand-box modelling of basement-controlled transfer zones in extensional domains, Terra Nova, 11, 149–156,, 1999. 
Acocella, V., Morvillo, P., and Funiciello, R.: What controls relay ramps and transfer faults within rift zones?, Insights from analogue models, J. Struct. Geol., 27, 397–408,, 2005. 
Short summary
This work was inspired by an effort to numerically reproduce laboratory models of extension tectonics. We tested various set-ups to find a suitable analogue model and in the process systematically charted the impact of set-ups and boundary conditions on model results, a topic poorly described in existing scientific literature. We hope that our model results and the discussion on which specific tectonic settings they could represent may serve as a guide for future (analogue) modeling studies.