Encyclopedia of Planetary Landforms

2015 Edition
| Editors: Henrik Hargitai, Ákos Kereszturi

Disharmonic Folds

  • Henrik HargitaiEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-3134-3_609


Folding style where vertically adjacent sediment layers develop different wavelengths and different amplitudes of folds (Price and Cosgrove 1990, p. 304).


Irregular fold pattern: a fold exhibiting sharp changes in wavelength, symmetry, and shape, as compared to adjacent folds (Allaby 2013).


Rootless folds, dome structures, and disharmonic folding in Candor and Melas Chasma (Fig. 1) are interpreted as similar to salt diapirs and salt domes on Earth (Milliken et al. 2007) or, alternatively, as subaqueous mass movement deposits (Weitz et al. 2003).  Honeycomb terrain in Hellas Basin (Fig. 2) is interpreted as a result of salt diapirism, soft sediment deformation, or crustal doming (Mangold and Allemand 2003).
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.NASA Ames Research Center/NPPMoffett FieldUSA