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Geomechanical model explains stress field and pore pressure in the Paris Basin

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This paper suggests a non-tectonic and transient (possibly climatic) source of stresses in sedimentary basins that can become an earthquake hazard in some conditions. The authors present a geomechanical model to explain the stress field and pore pressure in the Paris Basin. The analysis is motivated by outstanding issues on the origin of the stress state in the Paris Basin, and the potential for gravity, pressure solution, and visco-elasticity as the controls on the basin stresses and pressures. This study has the potential to expand our understanding of stress state in the Paris Basin, and more generally in anisotropic, visco-elastic geomaterials.