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https://doi.org/10.5194/se-10-391-2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-10-391-2019
Research article
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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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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.