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Long-lasting transcurrent tectonics in SWAlps evidenced by Neogene to present-day stress fields.

Abstract : The SW Alps are an active orogen undergoing intra-mountainous extension and peripheral compression. We discuss the significance of syn-orogenic extension based on a comparison of paleo-stress derived from faultslip data inversion reflecting the long-term (b12 Ma) evolution of SW Alps and the present-day stress state obtained by the inversion of the focal mechanisms of the last 30-years seismicity. The resulting stress states of long-term and active tectonic regimes are in good agreement, showing that extension accompanies strike-slip and reverse faulting in the southern part of the belt. The extensional deformation regime is limited to specific tectonic domains that can be interpreted as 'transitional' between pure strike-slip segments where the deformation concentrates on inherited ductile shear zones that were formed between 32° and 20 Ma ago. We thus propose that the extensional deformation in the SW Alps can be defined as a local deformation in a pull-apart type domain (High Durance - Jausiers area) or above slowly exhuming internal massifs (Dora Maira - Ivrea Body) along a curved boundary between the slowly rotating Apulian block and the relatively immobile Western Europe. The transcurrent fault system merges into a compressional front along the Mediterranean - Ligurian coast mainly to the east of San Remo.
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Victorien Bauve, Romain Plateaux, Yann Rolland, Guillaume Sanchez, Nicole Béthoux, et al.. Long-lasting transcurrent tectonics in SWAlps evidenced by Neogene to present-day stress fields.. Tectonophysics, Elsevier, 2014, 621 (May), pp.85-100. ⟨10.1016/j.tecto.2014.02.006⟩. ⟨hal-01068698⟩



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