Two-stage development of the Wind River Basin, Wyoming : Laramide shortening followed by post-Laramide regional extension, localized backsliding, and arch collapse
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This study addressed mechanisms and timing of fracture development in basement-involved foreland basins. Fracture analyses were used to test hypotheses for the structural development of the Wind River Basin in central Wyoming. Current debates in the Rocky Mountains of North America include the mechanisms and timing of fracture development and how the fractures relate to the Laramide Orogeny, which was responsible for the bulk of Phanerozoic deformation in the region. These fracture systems have important implications, especially for hydrocarbon recovery. This study tested hypotheses for fracture ...