Analogue modelling of basin inversion
Analogue modelling of basin inversion
Editor(s): Frank Zwaan, Michael Rudolf, Riccardo Reitano, Susanne Buiter, Ernst Willingshofer, and Guido Schreurs
Extensional and transtensional tectonic deformation leads to the formation of fault-bounded sedimentary basins, which may be inverted by subsequent compressional or transpressional tectonic events. Examples of such inverted basins can be found around the globe, and an in-depth understanding of inversion processes is not only important from a scientific – structural geology and tectonics – point of view but also for unravelling trap structures that can play a role in resource exploration and underground storage. Analogue modellers have studied basin inversion processes since at least the 1980s, providing important insights into the dynamics involved, but have dedicated only limited attention to the topic over the past decade(s). This special issue therefore aims to spark a renewal of basin inversion modelling efforts, and we invite contributions focussing on a number of suggested key topics.

Next to advancing fundamental concepts in basin inversion through cutting-edge analogue modelling efforts, this special issue is also intended to promote and further establish analogue modelling as a quantitative method for studying tectonic processes and to bring together the international analogue modelling community (with full support from the EPOS Multi-scale Laboratories, MSL, network). We therefore urge authors not only to present novel modelling studies of basin inversion but also to actively discuss, establish, modernize and describe (lab) protocols and to include extensive background information on their modelling techniques. We furthermore encourage creating videos or poster presentations that can be shared online, broadcasting the magic and beauty of analogue modelling to the wider (Earth sciences) community and to the general public.

If you are interested in contributing to this special issue and would like to know more, please send us a message (email to:

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02 Feb 2024
Fold localization at pre-existing normal faults: field observations and analogue modelling of the Achental structure, Northern Calcareous Alps, Austria
Willemijn Sarah Maria Theresia van Kooten, Hugo Ortner, Ernst Willingshofer, Dimitrios Sokoutis, Alfred Gruber, and Thomas Sausgruber
Solid Earth, 15, 91–120,,, 2024
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07 Dec 2023
Analogue modelling of basin inversion: implications for the Araripe Basin (Brazil)
Pâmela C. Richetti, Frank Zwaan, Guido Schreurs, Renata S. Schmitt, and Timothy C. Schmid
Solid Earth, 14, 1245–1266,,, 2023
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31 Aug 2023
Analogue experiments on releasing and restraining bends and their application to the study of the Barents Shear Margin
Roy Helge Gabrielsen, Panagiotis Athanasios Giannenas, Dimitrios Sokoutis, Ernst Willingshofer, Muhammad Hassaan, and Jan Inge Faleide
Solid Earth, 14, 961–983,,, 2023
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29 Aug 2023
Selective inversion of rift basins in lithospheric-scale analogue experiments
Anindita Samsu, Weronika Gorczyk, Timothy Chris Schmid, Peter Graham Betts, Alexander Ramsay Cruden, Eleanor Morton, and Fatemeh Amirpoorsaeed
Solid Earth, 14, 909–936,,, 2023
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14 Jul 2023
Does the syn- versus post-rift thickness ratio have an impact on the inversion-related structural style?
Alexandra Tamas, Dan M. Tamas, Gabor Tari, Csaba Krezsek, Alexandru Lapadat, and Zsolt Schleder
Solid Earth, 14, 741–761,,, 2023
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12 Jul 2023
Inversion of accommodation zones in salt-bearing extensional systems: insights from analog modeling
Elizabeth Parker Wilson, Pablo Granado, Pablo Santolaria, Oriol Ferrer, and Josep Anton Muñoz
Solid Earth, 14, 709–739,,, 2023
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04 Jul 2023
Inversion of extensional basins parallel and oblique to their boundaries: inferences from analogue models and field observations from the Dolomites Indenter, European eastern Southern Alps
Anna-Katharina Sieberer, Ernst Willingshofer, Thomas Klotz, Hugo Ortner, and Hannah Pomella
Solid Earth, 14, 647–681,,, 2023
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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
Solid Earth, 14, 571–589,,, 2023
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27 Apr 2023
Magnetic fabric analyses of basin inversion: a sandbox modelling approach
Thorben Schöfisch, Hemin Koyi, and Bjarne Almqvist
Solid Earth, 14, 447–461,,, 2023
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21 Apr 2023
Role of inheritance during tectonic inversion of a rift system in basement-involved to salt-decoupled transition: analogue modelling and application to the Pyrenean–Biscay system
Jordi Miró, Oriol Ferrer, Josep Anton Muñoz, and Gianreto Manastchal
Solid Earth, 14, 425–445,,, 2023
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10 Mar 2023
Time-dependent frictional properties of granular materials used in analogue modelling: implications for mimicking fault healing during reactivation and inversion
Michael Rudolf, Matthias Rosenau, and Onno Oncken
Solid Earth, 14, 311–331,,, 2023
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03 Mar 2023
Analogue modelling of the inversion of multiple extensional basins in foreland fold-and-thrust belts
Nicolás Molnar and Susanne Buiter
Solid Earth, 14, 213–235,,, 2023
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16 Dec 2022
Analogue modelling of basin inversion: a review and future perspectives
Frank Zwaan, Guido Schreurs, Susanne J. H. Buiter, Oriol Ferrer, Riccardo Reitano, Michael Rudolf, and Ernst Willingshofer
Solid Earth, 13, 1859–1905,,, 2022
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02 Sep 2022
Control of crustal strength, tectonic inheritance, and stretching/ shortening rates on crustal deformation and basin reactivation: insights from laboratory models
Benjamin Guillaume, Guido M. Gianni, Jean-Jacques Kermarrec, and Khaled Bock
Solid Earth, 13, 1393–1414,,, 2022
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