Articles | Volume 14, issue 2
Research article
03 Mar 2023
Research article |  | 03 Mar 2023

Analogue modelling of the inversion of multiple extensional basins in foreland fold-and-thrust belts

Nicolás Molnar and Susanne Buiter

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Progression of orogenic wedges over pre-existing extensional structures is common in nature, but deciphering the spatio-temporal evolution of deformation from the geological record remains challenging. Our laboratory experiments provide insights on how horizontal stresses are transferred across a heterogeneous crust, constrain which pre-shortening conditions can either favour or hinder the reactivatation of extensional structures, and explain what implications they have on critical taper theory.