Interaction between mantle and crustal detachments: A non-linear system controlling lithospheric extension

Rosenbaum, Gideon, Regenauer-Lieb, K. and Weinberg, R. F. (2009). Interaction between mantle and crustal detachments: A non-linear system controlling lithospheric extension. In: AGU Fall Meeting 2009 Abstracts. 2009 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, U.S.A., (T31F-06-T31F-06). 14-18 December 2009.

Author Rosenbaum, Gideon
Regenauer-Lieb, K.
Weinberg, R. F.
Title of paper Interaction between mantle and crustal detachments: A non-linear system controlling lithospheric extension
Conference name 2009 AGU Fall Meeting
Conference location San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.
Conference dates 14-18 December 2009
Convener American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Proceedings title AGU Fall Meeting 2009 Abstracts   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Washington, DC, U.S.A.
Publisher American Geophysical Union
Publication Year 2009
Sub-type Published abstract
ISSN 0096-3941
Volume 90
Issue 52 Supp.
Start page T31F-06
End page T31F-06
Total pages 1
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
We use numerical modelling to investigate the development of crustal and mantle detachment faults during lithospheric extension. Our models simulate a wide range of rift systems with varying values of crustal thickness and heat flow, showing how strain localization in the mantle interacts with localization in the upper crust and controls the evolution of extensional systems. Model results reveal a richness of structures and deformation styles, which grow in response to a self-organized mechanism that minimizes the internal stored energy of the system by localizing deformation at different levels of the lithosphere. Crustal detachment faults are well developed during extension of overthickened (60 km) continental crust, even when the initial heat flow is relatively low (50 mW/m2). In contrast, localized mantle deformation is most pronounced when the extended lithosphere has a normal crustal thickness (30-40 km) and an intermediate (60-70 mW/m2) heat flow. Results show a non-linear response to subtle changes in crustal thickness or heat flow, characterized by abrupt and sometime unexpected switches in extension modes (e.g. from diffuse rifting to effective lithospheric-scale rupturing) or from mantle- to crust-dominated strain localization. We interpret this non-linearity to result from the interference of doming wavelengths. Disharmony of crust and mantle doming wavelengths results in efficient communication between shear zones at different lithospheric levels, leading to rupturing of the whole lithosphere. In contrast, harmonious crust and mantle doming inhibits interaction of shear zones across the lithosphere and results in a prolonged rifting history prior to continental breakup.
Subjects 970104 Expanding Knowledge in the Earth Sciences
040313 Tectonics
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Presented during Session T31F: "Continental Deformation and Rheological Complexity I".

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