Articles | Volume 12, issue 10
Solid Earth, 12, 2425–2438, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-12-2425-2021

Special issue: Inversion tectonics – 30 years later

Solid Earth, 12, 2425–2438, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-12-2425-2021

Research article 27 Oct 2021

Research article | 27 Oct 2021

The Subhercynian Basin: an example of an intraplate foreland basin due to a broken plate

David Hindle and Jonas Kley

Model code and software

davidhindle/flexure-1d-hs: flexure-1d-hs_v1.0-beta D. Hindle https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4642171

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Short summary
Central western Europe underwent a strange episode of lithospheric deformation, resulting in a chain of small mountains that run almost west–east across the continent and that formed in the middle of a tectonic plate, not at its edges as is usually expected. Associated with these mountains, in particular the Harz in central Germany, are marine basins contemporaneous with the mountain growth. We explain how those basins came to be as a result of the mountains bending the adjacent plate.