Articles | Volume 12, issue 8
Method article
30 Aug 2021
Method article |  | 30 Aug 2021

Contribution of gravity gliding in salt-bearing rift basins – a new experimental setup for simulating salt tectonics under the influence of sub-salt extension and tilting

Michael Warsitzka, Prokop Závada, Fabian Jähne-Klingberg, and Piotr Krzywiec


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A new analogue modelling approach was used to simulate the influence of tectonic extension and tilting of the basin floor on salt tectonics in rift basins. Our results show that downward salt flow and gravity gliding takes place if the flanks of the rift basin are tilted. Thus, extension occurs at the basin margins, which is compensated for by reduced extension and later by shortening in the graben centre. These outcomes improve the reconstruction of salt-related structures in rift basins.