On the Nature of the Alpine Stress Field

  • Horst J. Neugebauer
Conference paper
Part of the Rock Mechanics / Felsmechanik / Mécanique des Roches book series (ROCK, volume 9)


The present stress field of the Swiss Alps, as it becomes evident from various observational methods, is discussed with regard to its specific character. In order to understand the nature of the observations, different mechanisms of crustal loading will be considered.

By means of the results of two-dimensional numerical experiments on the dynamics of the Alpine crustal structure, the influence of particular load systems on the modelled stress field will be specified.

These considerations strongly support the view that the present stress field of the Alps is dominated by the structural and morphological features of the crust.


Stress Field Rhenish Massif Isostatic Equilibrium Isostatic Anomaly Plane Strain Finite Element 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Horst J. Neugebauer
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  1. 1.Institut für GeophysikTechnische Universität ClausthalClausthal-ZellerfeldFederal Republic of Germany

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