Howell, L, Egan, S, Leslie, G, Clarke, S, Mitten, A and Pringle, JK (2020) The influence of low-density granite bodies on extensional basins. Geology Today. ISSN 0266-6979

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The Carboniferous North Pennine Basin remains the type locality for the ‘block and basin’ tectonic framework model. It has been widely believed that during periods of tectonic extension, large low-density bodies within the basement permit buoyant blocks to resist isostatic subsidence. However, lithosphere-scale structural and geodynamic modelling experiments dispute this; suggesting instead that the formation of intra-basinal highs occurs prior to lithospheric extension. In northern England, this poorly understood tectonic framework is controlled by a combination of tectonic stress, the buoyancy forces of low-density granite, lithospheric flexure and, importantly, the inherited structural framework. It is hoped that further study can lead to a greater appreciation of the interplay of structural and geodynamic process that control the ‘block and basin’ framework.

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Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GB Physical geography
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Chemical and Physical Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2019 13:36
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2021 01:30

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