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Saddle structure in Precambrian gneiss

An anticline , anticline , anticlinory or geological saddle is an arching of stratified rocks created by folding . In a narrow sense, the term is limited to bulges in which the original top / bottom relationship of the layer sequence is preserved. The general case of bulging without taking age sequence into account is called antiform . An anticline is created by compressing part of the earth's crust by means of lateral pressure. Large and small folds can overlap, so that the rock of a large geological fold usually appears undulating.

The geometric structure that is inverse to the anticline is called the syncline . On the earth's surface , which has been leveled by erosion , the oldest rocks lie near an anticline in the center and are surrounded by younger rocks.


  • Hans Murawski, Wilhelm Meyer: Geological dictionary. 12th edition, Spektrum, Heidelberg 2010, ISBN 978-3-8274-1810-4 .
  • Frank Press , Raymond Siever , John Grotzinger: General Geology . Introduction to the Earth System (original title: Understanding Earth, translated by Volker Schweizer), 5th edition. Spectrum, Heidelberg / Berlin, 2007, ISBN 978-3-8274-1812-8 .

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Press & Siever 2003: 259
  2. Murawski & Meyer 1998: 11.