Articles | Volume 10, issue 6
Solid Earth, 10, 2045–2072, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-10-2045-2019
Solid Earth, 10, 2045–2072, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-10-2045-2019

Research article 19 Nov 2019

Research article | 19 Nov 2019

Tectonic processes, variations in sediment flux, and eustatic sea level recorded by the 20 Myr old Burdigalian transgression in the Swiss Molasse basin

Philippos Garefalakis and Fritz Schlunegger

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The controls on the 20 Myr old Burdigalian transgression in the Swiss Molasse basin have been related to a reduction in sediment flux, a rise in global sea level, or tectonic processes in the adjacent Alps. Here, we readdress this problem and extract stratigraphic signals from the Upper Marine Molasse deposits in Switzerland. In conclusion, we consider rollback tectonics to be the main driving force controlling the transgression, which is related to a deepening and widening of the basin.