Articles | Volume 10, issue 3
Research article
28 Jun 2019
Research article |  | 28 Jun 2019

Deformation of intrasalt competent layers in different modes of salt tectonics

Mark G. Rowan, Janos L. Urai, J. Carl Fiduk, and Peter A. Kukla


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AR by Mark Rowan on behalf of the Authors (02 Jun 2019)
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ED: Publish as is (05 Jun 2019) by Susanne Buiter (Executive editor)
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Short summary
Ancient evaporite sequences were deposited as interlayered rocksalt, other evaporites, and non-evaporite rocks that have enormous differences in strength. Whereas the ductile layers flow during deformation, strong layers are folded and/or torn apart, with the intrasalt deformation dependent on the mode and history of salt tectonics. This has important implications for accurately imaging and interpreting subsurface seismic data and for drilling wells through evaporite sequences.