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Controlling factors for differential subsidence in the Sonoma Foreland Basin (Early Triassic, western USA)

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 April 2017

Biogéosciences UMR6282, CNRS, Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté, 21000 Dijon, France
Biogéosciences UMR6282, CNRS, Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté, 21000 Dijon, France
Biogéosciences UMR6282, CNRS, Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté, 21000 Dijon, France
Biogéosciences UMR6282, CNRS, Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté, 21000 Dijon, France
Sorbonne Universités, UPMC Univ Paris 06, CNRS, Institut des Sciences de la Terre de Paris (iSTeP), 4 place Jussieu 75005 Paris, France
Biogéosciences UMR6282, CNRS, Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté, 21000 Dijon, France
Biogéosciences UMR6282, CNRS, Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté, 21000 Dijon, France
Laboratoire Magmas et Volcans, CNRS, IRD, OPGC, Université Blaise Pascal, 63038 Clermont Ferrand, France
Biogéosciences UMR6282, CNRS, Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté, 21000 Dijon, France
UMR 5023 LEHNA, Université Lyon 1, 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex, France
140 South 700 East, Spanish Fork, Utah 84660, USA
1134 Johnson Ridge Lane, West Jordan, Utah 84084, USA
Department of Earth Science, Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah 84058, USA
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Sediments deposited from the Permian–Triassic boundary (~252 Ma) until the end-Smithian (Early Triassic; c. 250.7 Ma) in the Sonoma Foreland Basin show marked thickness variations between its southern (up to c. 250 m thick) and northern (up to c. 550 m thick) parts. This basin formed as a flexural response to the emplacement of the Golconda Allochthon during the Sonoma orogeny. Using a high-resolution backstripping approach, a numerical model and sediment thickness to obtain a quantitative subsidence analysis, we discuss the controlling factor(s) responsible for spatial variations in thickness. We show that sedimentary overload is not sufficient to explain the significant discrepancy observed in the sedimentary record of the basin. We argue that the inherited rheological properties of the basement terranes and spatial heterogeneity of the allochthon are of paramount importance in controlling the subsidence and thickness spatial distribution across the Sonoma Foreland Basin.

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