Journal of Structural Geology: Fault kinematics and localised inversion within the Troms-Finnmark Fault Complex, SW Barents Sea

The article “Fault kinematics and localised inversion within the Troms-Finnmark Fault Complex, SW Barents Sea” is now available in the Journal of Structural Geology, by the NTNU team Ioannis Zervas, Kamaldeen O. Omosanya, Stephen John Lippard, and Ståle Johansen. 

Abstract: 

The areas bounding the Troms-Finnmark Fault Complex are affected by complex tectonic evolution. In this work, the history of fault growth, reactivation, and inversion of major faults in the Troms-Finnmark Fault Complex and the Ringvassøy Loppa Fault Complex is interpreted from three-dimensional seismic data, structural maps and fault displacement plots. Our results reveal eight normal faults bounding rotated fault blocks in the Troms-Finnmark Fault Complex. Both the throw-depth and displacement-distance plots show that the faults exhibit complex configurations of lateral and vertical segmentation with varied profiles. Some of the faults were reactivated by dip-linkages during the Late Jurassic and exhibit polycyclic fault growth, including radial, syn-sedimentary, and hybrid propagation. Localised positive inversion is the main mechanism of fault reactivation occurring at the Troms-Finnmark Fault Complex. The observed structural styles include folds associated with extensional faults, folded growth wedges and inverted depocentres. Localised inversion was intermittent with rifting during the Middle Jurassic–Early Cretaceous at the boundaries of the Troms-Finnmark Fault Complex to the Finnmark Platform. Additionally, tectonic inversion was more intense at the boundaries of the two fault complexes, affecting Middle Triassic to Early Cretaceous strata. Our study shows that localised folding is either a product of compressional forces or of lateral movements in the Troms-Finnmark Fault Complex. Regional stresses due to the uplift in the Loppa High and halokinesis in the Tromsø Basin are likely additional causes of inversion in the Troms-Finnmark Fault Complex.

Reference: 

Zervas, I., Omosanya, K.O., Lippard, S.J., Johansen, S.E(2018): Fault kinematics and localised inversion within the Troms-Finnmark Fault Complex, SW Barents Sea. Journal of Structural Geology 2018, Volume 109, April 2018, Pages 10-26. DOI: 10.1016/j.jsg.2018.01.001 [intranet]