Intrusion versus inversion-a 3D density model of the southern rim of the Northwest German Basin

Bilgili, F., Götze, H. J., Pasteka, R., Schmidt, S. and Hackney, R. (2009) Intrusion versus inversion-a 3D density model of the southern rim of the Northwest German Basin International Journal of Earth Sciences, 98 (3). pp. 571-583. DOI 10.1007/s00531-007-0267-y.

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An unsolved problem of regional importance for both the evolution and structure of the Northwest German Basin is the existence or non-existence of the so-called Bramsche Massif. Explaining the nature of this massif and the cause of a related strong, positive Bouguer anomaly (Bramsche Anomaly) is critical. In the study described here, we tested an existing "intrusion model" against a newer "inversion model" in the southern Northwest German Basin. In the intrusion model, the strongly-positive Bouguer anomaly represents the gravity effect of an intrusion at depths between 6 and 10 km. More recent interpretations invoke tectonic inversion rather than intrusion to explain increased burial and the low level of hydrocarbon maturity found in boreholes. We tested these different interpretations by constructing 3D forward density models to 15 km depth. The intrusion model was updated and adjusted to incorporate recent data and we also modelled pre-Zechstein structures using different scenarios. The final model has a very good fit between measured and modelled gravity fields. Based on currently available seismic and structural models, as well as borehole density measurements, we show that the positive Bouguer anomaly cannot be modeled without a high-density, intrusive-like body at depth. However, further in-sight into the crustal structures of the Bramsche region requires more detailed investigations.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: 3D gravity modelling Bramsche anomaly Geotectonic Atlas Northwest German Basin Geoinformation system lower saxony example
Research affiliation: Kiel University
DOI etc.: 10.1007/s00531-007-0267-y
ISSN: 1437-3254
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2011 05:53
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2012 10:09

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