Articles | Volume 12, issue 6
Solid Earth, 12, 1443–1471, 2021

Special issue: Inversion tectonics – 30 years later

Solid Earth, 12, 1443–1471, 2021
Research article
29 Jun 2021
Research article | 29 Jun 2021

Dawn and dusk of Late Cretaceous basin inversion in central Europe

Thomas Voigt et al.

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Basin inversion in central Europe is believed to have started during Late Cretaceous (middle Turonian) and probably proceeded until the Paleogene. Data from different marginal troughs in central Europe point to an earlier start of basin inversion (in the Cenomanian). The end of inversion is overprinted by general uplift but had probably already occurred in the late Campanian to Maastrichtian. Both the start and end of inversion occurred with low rates of uplift and subsidence.