Decoupled flexure in the South Pyrenean Foreland


  • D. Waltham,

  • C. Docherty,

  • C. Taberner


Complex subsidence patterns during the mid-late Eocene of the easternmost South Pyrenean foreland are well explained by a decoupled flexure model in which upper crustal buckling is accommodated by ductile flow in the mid-lower crust while, simultaneously and independently, the lower lithosphere flexes above a ductile asthenosphere. The resulting predicted subsidence values agree with observation to well within the estimated uncertainties. The resulting lithospheric effective elastic thickness (EET) estimate (10±3 km) is low but similar to values obtained in the South Pyrenean foreland by other authors. The separate EET obtained for the upper crust (1.5±0.8 km) also agrees with tentative values given by other workers.