Title

Deep structure and crustal configuration of the Jeffara basin (Southern Tunisia) based on regional gravity, seismic reflection and borehole data: How to explain a gravity maximum within a large sedimentary basin?

Abstract

The Jeffara basin of southern Tunisia contains a thick sequence of mainly Triassic and Permian sediments that is characterized by a gravity maximum. To explain the positive gravity signature over the Jeffara sedimentary basin and to obtain a more quantitative representation of the subsurface structure, a regional 2.5D gravity model constrained by seismic reflection and borehole data was constructed along a NE-SW trending profile. The depth to the crust/mantle implies that the Jeffara basin is associated with crustal thinning. The gravity model also implies that subsidence is controlled by a basement stepped down by relatively low-displacement faulting. This sedimentary subsidence, as described by a listric-faulting model, is probably caused by a thinned crust.

Department(s)

Geography, Geology, and Planning

Document Type

Article

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jog.2008.07.004

Keywords

tunisia, jeffara, sedimentary basin, gravity anomalies, modelling

Publication Date

2009

Journal Title

Journal of Geodynamics

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