Articles | Volume 10, issue 2
Research article
13 Mar 2019
Research article |  | 13 Mar 2019

Control of increased sedimentation on orogenic fold-and-thrust belt structure – insights into the evolution of the Western Alps

Zoltán Erdős, Ritske S. Huismans, and Peter van der Beek


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AR by Zoltán Erdős on behalf of the Authors (20 Feb 2019)  Manuscript 
ED: Publish as is (28 Feb 2019) by Bernhard Grasemann
ED: Publish as is (28 Feb 2019) by Federico Rossetti (Executive editor)
AR by Zoltán Erdős on behalf of the Authors (01 Mar 2019)
Short summary
We used a 2-D thermomechanical code to simulate the evolution of an orogen. Our aim was to study the interaction between tectonic and surface processes in orogenic forelands. We found that an increase in the sediment input to the foreland results in prolonged activity of the active frontal thrust. Such a scenario could occur naturally as a result of increasing relief in the orogenic hinterland or a change in climatic conditions. We compare our results with observations from the Alps.