Articles | Volume 11, issue 5
Solid Earth, 11, 1823–1847, 2020

Special issue: New insights into the tectonic evolution of the Alps and the...

Solid Earth, 11, 1823–1847, 2020

Research article 13 Oct 2020

Research article | 13 Oct 2020

Long-wavelength late-Miocene thrusting in the north Alpine foreland: implications for late orogenic processes

Samuel Mock et al.

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Based on thermochronological data, we infer thrusting along-strike the northern rim of the Central Alps between 12–4 Ma. While the lithology influences the pattern of thrusting at the local scale, we observe that thrusting in the foreland is a long-wavelength feature occurring between Lake Geneva and Salzburg. This coincides with the geometry and dynamics of the attached lithospheric slab at depth. Thus, thrusting in the foreland is at least partly linked to changes in slab dynamics.