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
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..View full abstract
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This work has been supported by ARC Discovery grants DP0558705, DP0558705 and DP556133, and has benefited from discussions with Mike Gurnis, Malcolm Wallace, Dan Clark, Jim Bowler, Dietmar Muller and Baohong Hou.