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On the syn-orogenic basins of the Alps-Apennines tectonic system in NW Italy

Fabrizio Piana1, Anna d'Atri2, and Andrea Irace1
Fabrizio Piana et al.
  • 1CNR IGG TO, Istituto di Geoscienze e Georisorse, Torino, Italy (
  • 2Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università di Torino, Italy (

The Alps and the westernmost part of Apennines physically join in NW Italy (Piemonte), where the Apennine thrusts interfered, since Late Oligocene, with both the inner boundary faults of the uplifting Alps axial belt and the outer fronts of the Alpine antithetic retrobelt (the Southern Alps). As the two orogenic belts had been intergrowing since the late Oligocene, coeval syn-orogenic basins developed on both, either as separate depocenters or, more frequently, to form a continuous sedimentary domain, strongly controlled by the tectonic evolution of the Alps-Apennines orogenic system.  These syn-orogenic basins both recorded the main stages of the Alps (neoAlpine events) and Apennines tectonic evolution, whose evidence (mostly represented by regional-scale unconformities) can be correlated within each basin and across them. Correlations (in terms of sharing common geologic events) can be found also with the middle Eocene to lower Oligocene basal part of the Alpine foreland basin succession, which extended continuously on the external side of the Western Alps. This contribution will briefly discuss this complex matter in an integrated Alpine-Apennines perspective and in the frame of the post-Eocene evolution of the Western Mediterranean area.

How to cite: Piana, F., d'Atri, A., and Irace, A.: On the syn-orogenic basins of the Alps-Apennines tectonic system in NW Italy, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-14220,, 2021.

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