Journal article

Tectonic framework for the Cenozoic cratonic basins of Australia

M Sandiford, M Quigley, P de Broekert, S Jakica

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF EARTH SCIENCES | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2009

Abstract

Variations in the extent of Cenozoic marine inundation of Australia, as revealed by the distribution of marine and nearshore deposits, points to a tectonic regime involving three distinct modes of deformation. At the longest wavelengths (order 103 km), the continent has experienced southwest-up, northeast-down tilting with an amplitude of ~300 m since the Late Eocene. We attribute this tilting to the dynamic topographic response to the northward motion of Australia towards the subduction realm of Indonesia and the western Pacific, as well as its passage across a complexly structured mantle. At short wavelengths (order 101 km), variations in elevation are associated with cumulative fault move..

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