Articles | Volume 11, issue 4
Solid Earth, 11, 1187–1204, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-11-1187-2020

Special issue: Inversion tectonics – 30 years later

Solid Earth, 11, 1187–1204, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-11-1187-2020
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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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.