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Geophysical characterisation of two segments of the Møre-Trøndelag Fault Complex, Mid-Norway

By A. Nasuti, C. Pascal, J. Ebbing and J. F. Tønnesen


The Møre-Trøndelag Fault Complex (MTFC) has controlled the tectonic evolution of Mid-Norway and its shelf for the past 400 Myr through repeated reactivations during Paleozoic, Mesozoic and perhaps Cenozoic times, the very last phase of reactivation involving normal to oblique slip faulting. Despite its pronounced signature in the landscape, its deep structure has remained unresolved until now. We focused on two specific segments of the MTFC (i.e. the so-called "Tjellefonna" and "Bæverdalen" faults) and acquired multiple geophysical data sets (i.e. gravity, magnetic, resistivity and shallow refraction profiles). A 100–200 m wide zone of gouge and/or brecciated bedrock dipping steeply to the south is interpreted as being the "Tjellefonna Fault" <i>stricto sensu</i>. The fault appears to be flanked by two additional but minor damage zones. A secondary normal fault also steeply dipping to the south but involving indurated breccias was detected ~1 km farther north. The "Bæverdalen Fault" is interpreted as a ~700 m wide and highly deformed zone involving fault gouge, breccias and lenses of intact bedrock, as such it is probably the most important fault segment in the studied area and accommodated most of the strain during presumably late Jurassic normal faulting. Our geophysical data are indicative of a "Bæverdalen Fault" dipping steeply towards the south, in agreement with the average orientation of the local tectonic grain. Our findings suggest that the influence of Mesozoic normal faulting along the MTFC on landscape development is more complex than previously anticipated

Topics: LCC:Geology, LCC:QE1-996.5, LCC:Science, LCC:Q, DOAJ:Earth Sciences, DOAJ:Earth and Environmental Sciences
Publisher: Copernicus GmbH
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.5194/sed-3-159-2011
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