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Research article
26 Apr 2024
Research article |  | 26 Apr 2024

Physical modeling of ice-sheet-induced salt movements using the example of northern Germany

Jacob Hardt, Tim P. Dooley, and Michael R. Hudec

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We investigate the reaction of salt structures on ice sheet transgressions. We used a series of sandbox models that enabled us to experiment with scaled-down versions of salt bodies from northern Germany. The strongest reactions occurred when large salt pillows were partly covered by the ice load. Subsurface salt structures may play an important role in the energy transition, e.g., as energy storage. Thus, it is important to understand all processes that affect their stability.