Prof. Dr. Jonas Kley


Research interests

I have a strong interest in the deformation of sedimentary basins and the structures forming there, including salt pillows and diapirs. I started in foreland fold-and-thrust belts trying to answer questions such as: How much shortening have they accommodated? How does that relate to different structural styles, and what controls the evolution of those styles? The last question soon led me to look at rifting and reactivation (inversion), and widened my interest from orogenic forelands to include the deformation of continental interiors. As of now I have worked a lot in the Central Andes of Bolivia and northern Argentina, but also in Germany and in the Tien Shan and Pamir mountains of Central Asia. A recently added region of interest is North America´s Mid-Continent Rift.




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A selection of recent publications

Malz, A., Madritsch, H., Meier, B., Kley, J. (2016). An unusual triangle zone in the external northern Alpine foreland (Switzerland): Structural inheritance, kinematics and implications for the development of the adjacent Jura fold-and-thrust belt. Tectonophysics 670. 127-143. doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2015.12.025


Stein, C.A., Kley, J., Stein, S., Hindle, D., Keller, R.G. (2015). North America's Midcontinent Rift: When rift met LIP. Geosphere, First published on August 13, 2015, doi:10.1130/GES01183.1


Warsitzka, M., Kley, J., Kukowski, N. (2015): Analogue experiments of salt flow and pillow growth due to basement faulting and differential loading. Solid Earth 6, 9-31.


Stein, S., Kley, J., Hindle, D., Friedrich, A. (2015). Exploring Natural Hazard Policies with Bike Helmets and Bus Fares. EOS, 31 March 2015. link to online article


Arfai, J., Jaehne, F., Lutz, R., Franke, D., Gaedicke, C., Kley, J. (2014): Late Palaeozoic to Early Cenozoic geological evolution of the northwestern German North Sea (Entenschnabel): New results and insights. Netherlands Journal of Geosciences-Geologie En Mijnbouw 93, 147-174.




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