Dawn and dusk of Late Cretaceous basin inversion in central Europe

  • Central Europe was affected by a compressional tectonic event in the Late Cretaceous, caused by the convergence of Iberia and Europe. Basement uplifts, inverted graben structures and newly formed marginal troughs are the main expressions of crustal shortening. Although the maximum activity occurred in a short period between 90 and 75 Ma, the exact timing of this event is still unclear. Dating of start and end of basin inversion is very different depending on the applied method. On the basis of borehole data, facies and thickness maps, the timing of basin re-organisation was reconstructed for several basins in Central Europe. The obtained data point to a synchronous start of basin inversion already at 95 Ma (Cenomanian), 5 Million years earlier than commonly assumed. The end of the Late Cretaceous compressional event is more difficult to pinpoint, because regional uplift and salt migration disturb the signal of shifting marginal troughs. Unconformities of Late Campanian to Paleogene age on inverted structures indicate slowly declining uplift rates.

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Author:Thomas VoigtGND, Jonas KleyORCiDGND, Silke VoigtGND
Parent Title (English):Solid earth discussions
Publisher:Copernicus Publ.
Place of publication:Göttingen
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2020/11/25
Date of first Publication:2020/11/25
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2023/05/03
Page Number:41
First Page:1
Last Page:41
This work was in part funded by German Research Foundation grants KL 495/9 and DFG 5215834. The European Union financially supported research in the Bohemian-Saxonian Cretaceous Basin in the frame of two projects (GRACE and ResiBil).
Begutachteter Artikel erschienen in: Solid earth, 12.2021, Nr. 6, S. 1443–1471, doi: 10.5194/se-12-1443-2021
Institutes:Geowissenschaften / Geographie / Geowissenschaften
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 55 Geowissenschaften, Geologie / 550 Geowissenschaften
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 4.0