Istituto di Geoscienze e Georisorse     
Moratti G., Bonini M. Structural development of the Neogene Radicondoli-Volterra and adjoining hinterland basins in Western Tuscany (Northern Apennines, Italy). In: Geological Journal, vol. 33 (4) pp. 223 - 241. Wiley, 1998.
This paper presents a geological-structural study of some Neogene hinterland basins of the Northern Apennines, located on the Tyrrhenian side of the chain. These basins developed on the already delineated thrust-fold belt from middle-late Tortonian times. Their evolution has been commonly referred to an extensional tectonic regime, related to the opening of the Tyrrhenian Sea. New data have allowed us to hypothesize a different tectonic evolution for the chain, where compressive tectonics plays a major role both in the external and in the hinterland area. In this frame, the hinterland area located west of a major outcropping crustal thrust (Mid-Tuscany Metamorphic Ridge) has been the target of a geological-structural investigation. The field mapping and structural analysis has been focused on the syntectonic sediments of the Radicondoli-Volterra basin as well as on adjoining minor basins. These basins commonly display a synclinal structure and are generally located in between basement culminations, probably corresponding to thrust anticlines. Sediments of the hinterland basins have been affected by compressive deformation and regional unconformities separate stratigraphic units due to the activity of basement thrusts. In the study area, normal faulting either accommodates the thrusting processes or post-dates compressive deformation. A chronology of faulting and a six-stage evolution of this area are presented, providing further insights for the Neogene tectonic evolution of the Northern Apennines.
URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1099-1034
Subject field mapping
structural analysis
hinterland basins
late Miocene-Pliocene
thick-skinned tectonics
Northern Apennines

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