Title: Faulting history at the eastern termination of the high atlas fault (Western High Atlas, Morocco)
Authors: Sintubin, Manuel ×
Nefly, M
Rypens, Jan
Van Zegbroek, B #
Issue Date: 1997
Publisher: Kluwer academic publ
Series Title: Geologie en mijnbouw vol:76 issue:3 pages:187-195
Abstract: At its eastern termination, the High Atlas Fault in the Western High Atlas in Morocco, consists of a splay of three faults. In the interjacent fault blocks, Neo-and Paleoproterozoic basement, forming the northernmost extremity of the NW-African Craton, is cropping out. The Precambrian basement witnesses a long history of brittle deformation starting at the end of the Pan-African Orogeny. A subsequent episode of normal faulting can be related to the development of a Hercynian basin along the northern passive margin of the cratonic promontory. With regard to the main tectonic activity in the Western High Atlas, basically two models exist: one emphasising block tectonics reflecting Mesozoic rifting followed by Alpine uplift and inversion, the other emphasising Late Paleozoic dextral wrench tectonics. The analysis of the fault activity along the splay faults reveals a predominantly Alpine history, consisting of the Triassic development of the 'Atlas Rift' along the axial zone of the orogen, followed by uplift and inversion. The Late Jurassic to Cenozoic fault activity took place in a sinistral transpressive regime and was partitioned over the three splay faults. Dextral strike-slip fault activity could not be demonstrated in the fault blocks nor along the splay faults. Therefore the faults were probably not involved in Late Paleozoic dextral wrench tectonics.
ISSN: 0016-7746
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
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× corresponding author
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