Articles | Volume 11, issue 3
Research article
17 Jun 2020
Research article |  | 17 Jun 2020

Control of 3-D tectonic inheritance on fold-and-thrust belts: insights from 3-D numerical models and application to the Helvetic nappe system

Richard Spitz, Arthur Bauville, Jean-Luc Epard, Boris J. P. Kaus, Anton A. Popov, and Stefan M. Schmalholz


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AR by Lorena Grabowski on behalf of the Authors (16 Mar 2020)  Author's response
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (22 Mar 2020) by Susanne Buiter
RR by O. Adrian Pfiffner (25 Mar 2020)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (25 Mar 2020) by Susanne Buiter
AR by Richard Spitz on behalf of the Authors (20 Apr 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (21 Apr 2020) by Susanne Buiter
ED: Publish as is (21 Apr 2020) by Susanne Buiter(Executive Editor)
Short summary
We apply three-dimensional (3D) thermo-mechanical numerical simulations of the shortening of the upper crustal region of a passive margin in order to investigate the control of 3D laterally variable inherited structures on fold-and-thrust belt evolution and associated nappe formation. The model is applied to the Helvetic nappe system of the Swiss Alps. Our results show a 3D reconstruction of the first-order tectonic evolution showing the fundamental importance of inherited geological structures.