Estimating inversion: results from clay models

G. Eisenstadt, M. O. Withjack

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Physical models using wet clay show that, although both fold and fault geometries change with increasing amounts of inversion, it is difficult to estimate the magnitude of inversion. Estimates of inversion from null point analysis, amounts of uplift above regional datum, or line length balancing, grossly underestimate the amount of shortening in the models. In addition, both the 50% and 100% inversion models lack the large-scale deformation features typically associated with compression. These results suggest that both quantitative and qualitative techniques used to calculate inversion magnitude can significantly underestimate the amount of shortening. Furthermore, if the inversion uplift is eroded or if many small-scale deformation features are not imaged seismically, then inversion may go unrecognized. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-136
Number of pages18
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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