Istituto di Geoscienze e Georisorse     
Perrone G., Morelli M., Piana F., Fioraso F., Nicoḷ G., Mallen L., Cadoppi P., Balestro G., Tallone S. Current tectonic activity and differential uplift along the Cottian Alps/Po Plain boundary (NW Italy) as derived by PS-InSAR data. In: Journal of Geodynamics, vol. 66 pp. 65 - 78. Elsevier, 2013.
Iso-Kinematic maps have been derived from spatial statistics (Hot Spot and geostatistical analysis) of Permanent Scatterers Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (PS-InSAR) data, and compared with geological, geomorphological, seismological and GPS data in order to analyse the current tectonics and the crustal mobility, at the boundary between the Cottian Alps and the Western Po Plain. This area corresponds to the subsurface junction between the Western Alpine chain and the Northern Apennines.PS data show that the Western Alps are currently uplifting with respect to the adjoining Western Po Plain, as confirmed by the GPS data. The Iso-Kinematic Boundary between these two sectors partly coincides with a regional N-S fault system developed along the inner seismogenic border of the Cottian Alps. Focal mechanisms indicate transpressive movements along this Iso-Kinematic Boundary, which separates two domains characterized by different fault geometry and kinematics, namely: (a) the Cottian Alps, where N-S transtensive/normal faults have developed, and (b) the subsurface Western Po Plain, where NW-SE transpressive/reverse faults are dominant.This articulated tectonic setting results from the complex strain partitioning of the oblique convergence between the European and Adria plates, which is still ongoing, as indicated by seismotectonic and geodetic data.
URL: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-geodynamics/
Subject current tectonics
Northern Apennines
PS-InSAR interferometry
Western Alps

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