Upton, Phaedra, Craw, Dave and Walcott, Rachel (2014) Far-field deformation resulting from rheologic differences interacting with tectonic stresses: an example from the Pacific/Australian plate boundary in Southern New Zealand. Geosciences, 4 (3). pp. 93-113. ISSN 2076-3263

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Abstract

The Miocene in Southern New Zealand was dominated by strike-slip tectonics. Stratigraphic evidence from this time attests to two zones of subsidence in the south: (a) a middle Cenozoic pull-apart basin and (b) a regionally extensive subsiding lake complex, which developed east and distal to the developing plate boundary structure. The lake overlay a block of crust with a significantly weak mid-crustal section and we pose the question: can rheological transitions at an angle to a plate boundary produce distal subsidence and/or uplift? We use stratigraphic, structural and geophysical observations from Southern New Zealand to constrain three-dimensional numerical models for a variety of boundary conditions and rheological scenarios. We show that coincident subsidence and uplift can result from purely strike-slip boundary conditions interacting with a transition from strong to weak to strong mid-crustal rheology. The resulting pattern of vertical displacement is a function of the symmetry or asymmetry of the boundary conditions and the extent and orientation of the rheological transitions. For the Southern New Zealand case study, subsidence rates of ~0.1 mm/yr are predicted for a relative plate motion of 25 mm/yr, leading to ~500 m of subsidence over a 5 Ma time period, comparable to the thickness of preserved lacustrine sediments.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article belongs to the Special Issue Geological Mapping and Modeling of Earth Architectures.
Uncontrolled Keywords: paleogeography; crustal rheology; tectonic subsidence; New Zealand; Otago Schist; Lake Manuherikia hillslopes; lithology; LiDAR
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DU Oceania (South Seas)
Q Science > QE Geology
Theme: Understanding the natural world
Department: Natural Sciences
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Depositing User: Ross Anderson
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2013 12:24
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2014 15:25
URI: http://repository.nms.ac.uk/id/eprint/1106

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