Articles | Volume 12, issue 8
Solid Earth, 12, 1719–1747, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-12-1719-2021

Special issue: Inversion tectonics – 30 years later

Solid Earth, 12, 1719–1747, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-12-1719-2021

Research article 04 Aug 2021

Research article | 04 Aug 2021

Thick- and thin-skinned basin inversion in the Danish Central Graben, North Sea – the role of deep evaporites and basement kinematics

Torsten Hundebøl Hansen et al.

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We have analysed the role of deep salt layers during tectonic shortening of a group of sedimentary basins buried below the North Sea. Due to the ability of salt to flow over geological timescales, the salt layers are much weaker than the surrounding rocks during tectonic deformation. Therefore, complex structures formed mainly where salt was present in our study area. Our results align with findings from other basins and experiments, underlining the importance of salt tectonics.