Structural analyses carried out in the southern-central Alborz (Iran) have shown that the evolution of this belt has been strongly conditioned by the inversion of pre-existent extensional faults. Inversion tectonics has been identified especially in the southern part of the belt, and it is related to the reactivation of grabens formed in the foreland of the Late Triassic Eo-Cimmerian orogen, resulting from the accretion of the Iranian block to Eurasia. Three main associations of structuresdactive during the late Cenozoicdhave been distinguished: (1) EeW thrust faults and folds followed by the activation of (2) EeW right-lateral strike-slip faults associated to large ENEeWSW trending en e´chelon folds, and finally (3) ESEeWNW to SEeNW thrust faults and left-lateral strike-slip faults inverting in some cases previous EeW right-lateral faults. Central Alborz is strongly controlled by the geometry of pre-existing tectonic discontinuities, which are responsible for strain partitioning between strike-slip and reverse faults during convergence. These results provide new insights on the style and evolution of this complex intracontinental belt, which can be considered a significant example of transpressive tectonics.

Zanchi, A., Berra, F., Mattei, M., Ghassemi, M., & Sabouri, J. (2006). Inversion tectonics in Central Alborz, Iran. JOURNAL OF STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY, 28(11), 2023-2037 [10.1016/j.jsg.2006.06.020].

Inversion tectonics in Central Alborz, Iran

ZANCHI, ANDREA MARCO;
2006-10-05

Abstract

Structural analyses carried out in the southern-central Alborz (Iran) have shown that the evolution of this belt has been strongly conditioned by the inversion of pre-existent extensional faults. Inversion tectonics has been identified especially in the southern part of the belt, and it is related to the reactivation of grabens formed in the foreland of the Late Triassic Eo-Cimmerian orogen, resulting from the accretion of the Iranian block to Eurasia. Three main associations of structuresdactive during the late Cenozoicdhave been distinguished: (1) EeW thrust faults and folds followed by the activation of (2) EeW right-lateral strike-slip faults associated to large ENEeWSW trending en e´chelon folds, and finally (3) ESEeWNW to SEeNW thrust faults and left-lateral strike-slip faults inverting in some cases previous EeW right-lateral faults. Central Alborz is strongly controlled by the geometry of pre-existing tectonic discontinuities, which are responsible for strain partitioning between strike-slip and reverse faults during convergence. These results provide new insights on the style and evolution of this complex intracontinental belt, which can be considered a significant example of transpressive tectonics.
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Tectonic inversion; Fault analysis; Paleostress; Central Alborz; Cimmerian orogeny; Iran
English
2023
2037
Zanchi, A., Berra, F., Mattei, M., Ghassemi, M., & Sabouri, J. (2006). Inversion tectonics in Central Alborz, Iran. JOURNAL OF STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY, 28(11), 2023-2037 [10.1016/j.jsg.2006.06.020].
Zanchi, A; Berra, F; Mattei, M; Ghassemi, M; Sabouri, J
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