Articles | Volume 10, issue 4
Research article
02 Aug 2019
Research article |  | 02 Aug 2019

Overprinting translational domains in passive margin salt basins: insights from analogue modelling

Zhiyuan Ge, Matthias Rosenau, Michael Warsitzka, and Rob L. Gawthorpe

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Salt basins are important as they bear abundant natural resources and record valuable geological information. However, some models of salt basin evolution do not fully reconcile with natural examples. Using state-of-the-art analogue modelling, we investigate how a relatively stable area, the translational domain, occurs and gets overprinted in salt basins. The results suggest that that variation of sediment deposition is the key factor for overprinting the translational domain.