Articles | Volume 14, issue 5
Research article
30 May 2023
Research article |  | 30 May 2023

Structural control of inherited salt structures during inversion of a domino basement-fault system from an analogue modelling approach

Oriol Ferrer, Eloi Carola, and Ken McClay

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Using an experimental approach based on scaled sandbox models, this work aims to understand how salt above different rotational fault blocks influences the cover geometry and evolution, first during extension and then during inversion. The results show that inherited salt structures constrain contractional deformation. We show for the first time how welds and fault welds are reopened during contractional deformation, having direct implications for the subsurface exploration of natural resources.