Structural features of the Middle Tirso Valley (Central Sardinia - Italy) from geoelectrical and gravity data

T. Andriani, R. Balia, M. Loddo, G. Pecorini, A. Tramacere

Abstract


The Middle Tirso Valley is located in Central Sardinia and lies between two structural highs, the Marghine-Goceano chain and the Barbagia Paleozoic horst. The geological structures of the area, potentially interesting for its geothermal resources, are rather complex and dominated by two regional faults the Marghine fault and the Nuoro fault which affect the Palaeozoic basement and the Tertiary volcano-sedimentary deposits. Combined modelling of gravity and geoelectrical data defines the shape and extent of this Tertiary basin. The Bouguer anomaly is mainly characterized by a three-dimensional gravity low which has been named «Bolotana-Sedilo gravity low», corresponding to a structure generated by collapses attributable to transcurrent and extensional tectonic events. The down faulted zone is filled with a Tertiary low density volcano-sedimentary sequence extending southwards and overlain by Pliocene-Quaternary basalts. Another regional structure named «Tirso Fault» is proposed

Keywords


Gravity survey;geoelectrical soundings;sardinia

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.4401/ag-3564
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Published by INGV, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia - ISSN: 2037-416X