Experimental models of extensional forced folds

M. O. Withjack, J. Olson, E. Peterson

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Single-layer and multi-layer clay models are used to study the development of forced folds above normal faults. Modeling results show that the deformation patterns associated with extensional forced folding depend on the dip of the underlying normal fault and the presence of layer-parallel detachments. The model-predicted deformation patterns are simlar to those of extensional forced folds from the Gulf of Suez and offshore Norway. This similarity suggests that the modelling results apply to extensional forced folds and can provide guidelines for interpreting field, well, and seismic data. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1038-1054
Number of pages17
JournalAmerican Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Geology
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)


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