Miocene forebulge development previous to broken foreland partitioning in the southern Central Andes, west-central Argentina

Federico M. Dávila, Ricardo A. Astini, Teresa E. Jordan, George Gehrels, Miguel Ezpeleta

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Abstract

In the distal region of the modern flat-slab segment in the southern Central Andes, an unusual stack of middle Miocene paleosols together with regional upwarping and normal faulting indicate episodic aggradation and condensed sedimentation contemporaneous with the principal stage of foreland basin development associated with foreland flexure farther to the west. These features are consistent with development of a forebulge zone during the early stages of a proposed asymmetric foreland basin system. Sedimentary thickness farther east and far from the Cordilleran tectonic loads suggests accommodation and preservation driven by "nonisostatic" dynamic subsidence. Regional overlapping relationships and basin modeling suggest that the Modern broken foreland (present Sierras Pampeanas) can be interpreted as a reactivation of a formerly partitioned broad forebulge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberTC5016
JournalTectonics
Volume26
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Geochemistry and Petrology

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