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Namibian extensional domain with growth strata Interpretation

VSA Author: Rob Butler
Date Created: 2009-08-17

A structural interpretation of the extensional domain to the gravitational system, offshore Namibia, showing arbitrarily selected correlations across faults and wedges of growth strata (green and blue tones). The base of the growth strata is outlined by the thick blue pick. These sections have a vertical exaggeration of approximately 3.75:1, assuming a constant velocity of 2.7 km/s. The maximum extension implied by the separation along the detachment (distance A-C) is 71 km, reducing to 44 km if the residual pre-kinematic strata are included.


  • Interpretation Administrator:
    • Rob Butler
  • VSA Author:
    • Rob Butler

Geological Interpretation

Deformation Structures
Listric, Roll-Over Anticlines, Mud, Detachments

Tectonostratigraphic Style
Growth Strata, Post-tectonic

Depositional Architecture
Erosional, Non-Erosional

Age of Strata

Age of Deformation

Geological Context

Plate Settings and Margins

DW fold-thrust belts, Shale

Basin Setting
Passive Margin

Geographic Context

Physical Geography

Political Geography
Namibia, Republic of


Survey Information
Marine, Multichannel 2D

Data Presentation
Vertical Scale - Time, Amplitude

Image Type
Vertical Profile