Articles | Volume 11, issue 4
Solid Earth, 11, 1187–1204, 2020

Special issue: Inversion tectonics – 30 years later

Solid Earth, 11, 1187–1204, 2020

Research article 06 Jul 2020

Research article | 06 Jul 2020

Extension and inversion of salt-bearing rift systems

Tim P. Dooley and Michael R. Hudec


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ED: Publish as is (08 May 2020) by Piotr Krzywiec
ED: Publish as is (10 May 2020) by Susanne Buiter(Executive Editor)
Short summary
Sandbox models investigated extension and inversion of salt-bearing rifts such as those found in the Moroccan High Atlas, North Africa. Sand packs were stretched and the structural lows were filled with a salt analog. Models were then subjected to additional extension and loading that remobilized the salt into diapirs. During shortening the distribution of the salt in the overburden governed the structural styles and trends in the supra-salt strata, strongly decoupled from subsalt deformation.