Articles | Volume 11, issue 4
Solid Earth, 11, 1489–1510, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-11-1489-2020

Special issue: Inversion tectonics – 30 years later

Solid Earth, 11, 1489–1510, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-11-1489-2020
Research article
11 Aug 2020
Research article | 11 Aug 2020

Pre-inversion normal fault geometry controls inversion style and magnitude, Farsund Basin, offshore southern Norway

Thomas B. Phillips et al.

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Normal faults often reactivate under compression, in a process called inversion. The 3D geometry of these structures (and the effect on resultant inversion structural style) is often not considered. Using seismic reflection data, we examine how stresses form different inversion styles that are controlled by the geometry of the pre-existing structure. Geometrically simple faults are preferentially reactivated; more complex areas are typically not reactivated and instead experience bulk uplift.