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  1. Geodynamics Project

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Drake, Charles L.

    1977-01-01

    Describes activities of Geodynamics Project of the Federal Council on Science and Technology, such as the application of multichannel seismic-reflection techniques to study the nature of the deep crust and upper mantle. (MLH)

  2. NASA Geodynamics Program

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1984-01-01

    Activities and achievements for the period of May 1983 to May 1984 for the NASA geodynamics program are summarized. Abstracts of papers presented at the Conference are inlcuded. Current publications associated with the NASA Geodynamics Program are listed.

  3. NASA geodynamics program: Bibliography

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1990-01-01

    The Seventh Geodynamics Program report summarizes program activities and achievements during 1988 and 1989. Included is a 115 page bibliography of the publications associated with the NASA Geodynamics Program since its initiation in 1979.

  4. Fundamentals studies in geodynamics

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Anderson, D. L.

    1980-01-01

    Research in geodynamics, seismology, and planetary quakes is presented. Terradynamics and plate tectonics are described using dynamic models. The early evolution of the Earth's mantle is also discussed.

  5. NASA geodynamics program

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1980-01-01

    The history and development of the geodynamics program are described, in addition to accomplishments and plans for the future years activities. Extramural grant titles are listed for general research, Lageos investigations, and Magsat investigations.

  6. Geodynamics: Introduction and Background

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1984-01-01

    An overview is given of the field of geodynamics and its major scientific questions. The NASA geodynamics program is described as well as its status and accomplishments projected by 1988. Federal coordination and international cooperation in monitoring tectonic plate motion, polar motion, and Earth rotation are mentioned. The development of a GPS receiver for civilian geodesy and results obtained using satellite laser ranging and very long baseline interferometry in measuring crustal dynamics, global dynamics, and the geopotential field are reported.

  7. Fundamental studies in geodynamics

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Anderson, D. L.; Hager, B. H.; Kanamori, H.

    1981-01-01

    Research in fundamental studies in geodynamics continued in a number of fields including seismic observations and analysis, synthesis of geochemical data, theoretical investigation of geoid anomalies, extensive numerical experiments in a number of geodynamical contexts, and a new field seismic volcanology. Summaries of work in progress or completed during this report period are given. Abstracts of publications submitted from work in progress during this report period are attached as an appendix.

  8. Laser Geodynamics Satellite I

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1976-01-01

    The LAGEOS I (Laser Geodynamics Satellite) was developed and launched by the Marshall Space Flight Center on May 4, 1976 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California . The two-foot diameter satellite orbited the Earth from pole to pole and measured the movements of the Earth's surface.

  9. Geodynamics Branch research report, 1982

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Kahn, W. D. (Editor); Cohen, S. C. (Editor)

    1983-01-01

    The research program of the Geodynamics Branch is summarized. The research activities cover a broad spectrum of geoscience disciplines including space geodesy, geopotential field modeling, tectonophysics, and dynamic oceanography. The NASA programs which are supported by the work described include the Geodynamics and Ocean Programs, the Crustal Dynamics Project, the proposed Ocean Topography Experiment (TOPEX) and Geopotential Research Mission. The individual papers are grouped into chapters on Crustal Movements, Global Earth Dynamics, Gravity Field Model Development, Sea Surface Topography, and Advanced Studies.

  10. Seismological Constraints on Geodynamics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lomnitz, C.

    2004-12-01

    Earth is an open thermodynamic system radiating heat energy into space. A transition from geostatic earth models such as PREM to geodynamical models is needed. We discuss possible thermodynamic constraints on the variables that govern the distribution of forces and flows in the deep Earth. In this paper we assume that the temperature distribution is time-invariant, so that all flows vanish at steady state except for the heat flow Jq per unit area (Kuiken, 1994). Superscript 0 will refer to the steady state while x denotes the excited state of the system. We may write σ 0=(J{q}0ṡX{q}0)/T where Xq is the conjugate force corresponding to Jq, and σ is the rate of entropy production per unit volume. Consider now what happens after the occurrence of an earthquake at time t=0 and location (0,0,0). The earthquake introduces a stress drop Δ P(x,y,z) at all points of the system. Response flows are directed along the gradients toward the epicentral area, and the entropy production will increase with time as (Prigogine, 1947) σ x(t)=σ 0+α {1}/(t+β )+α {2}/(t+β )2+etc A seismological constraint on the parameters may be obtained from Omori's empirical relation N(t)=p/(t+q) where N(t) is the number of aftershocks at time t following the main shock. It may be assumed that p/q\\sim\\alpha_{1}/\\beta times a constant. Another useful constraint is the Mexican-hat geometry of the seismic transient as obtained e.g. from InSAR radar interferometry. For strike-slip events such as Landers the distribution of \\DeltaP is quadrantal, and an oval-shaped seismicity gap develops about the epicenter. A weak outer triggering maxiμm is found at a distance of about 17 fault lengths. Such patterns may be extracted from earthquake catalogs by statistical analysis (Lomnitz, 1996). Finally, the energy of the perturbation must be at least equal to the recovery energy. The total energy expended in an aftershock sequence can be found approximately by integrating the local contribution over

  11. From Geodynamics to Simplicity

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Anderson, D. L.

    2002-12-01

    Mantle convection and plate tectonics are often thought as synonymous. Convection is sometimes treated as the driver or plate tectonics is viewed as simply a manifestation of mantle convection. Mantle plumes are regarded as supplying some of the elements missing in the plate tectonic and mantle convection paradigms, such as island chains, swells and large igneous provinces. An alternate view is motivated by Prigogine's concept of far-from-equilibrium self-organization ( SOFFE), not to be confused with Bak's self-organized criticality ( SOC) . In a SOFFE system the components interact, and the system is small compared to the outside world to which it is open. There must be multiple possible states and dissipation is important. Such a system is sensitive to small changes. Rayleigh-Benard convection in a container with isothermal walls is such a self-organizing system ; the driving bouyancy and the dissipation ( viscosity ) are in the fluid. In Marangoni convection the driving forces ( surface tension ) and dissipation are in the surface film and this organizes the surface and the underlying fluid. The mantle provides energy and matter to the interacting plate system but forces in the plates drive and dissipate the energy. Thus, plate tectonics may be a SOFFEE system that drives convection,as are systems cooled from above, in general. If so, plates will reorganize as boundary conditions change ; incipient plate boundaries will emerge as volcanic chains at tensile regions. Plates are defined as regions of lateral compression ( force chains ), rather than strength, and they are ephemeral. The plate system, rather than mantle viscosity, will modulate mantle cooling. The supercontinent cycle, with episodes of reorganization and massive magmatism, may be a manifestation of this far-from-equilibrium, driven from above, system. Geodynamics may be simpler than we think. Plate tectonics is certainly a more powerful concept once the concepts of rididity, elasticity, homogeneity

  12. The NASA Geodynamics Program: An overview

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1983-01-01

    This NASA Geodynamics Program overview collectively examines the history, scientific basis, status, and results of the NASA Program and outlines plans for the next five to eight years. It is intended as an informative nontechnical discussion of geodynamics research.

  13. Basic research for the geodynamics program

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Mueller, I. I.

    1985-01-01

    The current technical objectives for the geodynamics program consist of (1) optimal utilization of laser and Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) observations for reference frames for geodynamics; (2) utilization of range difference observations in geodynamics; and (3) estimation techniques in crustal deformation analysis.

  14. On The Geodynamics In Latvia

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Balodis, Janis; Haritonova, Diana; Janpaule, Inese; Normand, Madara; Silabiedis, Gunars; Zarinjsh, Ansis; Rubans, Agusts; Kalinka, Maris; Jumare, Izolde; Lasmane, Ieva

    2013-12-01

    This paper discusses the research work done in Institute of Geodesy and Geoinformation, University of Latvia, and Department of Geomatics, Riga Technical Univesity, devoted to the geodynamics in Latvia: national geoid model computation, using different methods and data sets, in order to improve its precision; analysis of LatPos and EUPOS®-Riga GNSS permanent station observation data time series for time period of 5 years; development of digital zenith camera for vertical deflection determination.

  15. Mud Volcanoes, Geodynamics and Seismicity

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    Martinelli, Giovanni; Panahi, Behrouz

    The purpose of the book is to link together knowledge obtained in the observation of mud volcanism and local seismicity. Geological, Seismological, Geophysical and Geochemical parameters are considered. The book represents the modern state of the art after many decades of observations. The book fills an editorial gap and improves knowledge in the fields of natural risks and energy resources. Mud volcanism occurs both onshore and offshore in many places of the world. Mud volcanic phenomena have been to date described by local monographs or by articles published in scientific journals and no books were published on topics highlighting the link between mud volcanism, geodynamics and seismicity.

  16. Laser geodynamic satellite (LAGEOS II)

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Portelli, C.; Ousley, G. W., Sr.

    1991-01-01

    The Laser Geodynamic Satellite 2 (LAGEOS 2) is nearly identical to the LAGEOS 1 satellite, which was launched by NASA in 1976. However, LAGEOS 2 is completely passive, and is equipped with fused silian corner reflectors for ranging with ground-based lasers. The addition of LAGEOS 2 will provide the GSFC laser network with significantly increased satellite tracking opportunities, because LAGEOS 1 is at a 110-degree inclination and LAGEOS 2 will be at a 52-degree inclination. The flight profile is given, and information is presented in tabular form on the following topics: Deep Space Network support, frequency assignments, telemetry, tracking, and tracking support responsibility.

  17. Geodynamics map of northeast Asia

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Parfenov, Leonid M., (compiler); Khanchuk, Alexander I.; Badarch, Gombosuren; Miller, Robert J.; Naumova, Vera V.; Nokleberg, Warren J.; Ogasawara, Masatsugu; Prokopiev, Andrei V.; Yan, Hongquan

    2013-01-01

    This map portrays the geodynamics of Northeast Asia at a scale of 1:5,000,000 using the concepts of plate tectonics and analysis of terranes and overlap assemblages. The map is the result of a detailed compilation and synthesis at 5 million scale and is part of a major international collaborative study of the mineral resources, metallogenesis, and tectonics of northeast Asia conducted from 1997 through 2002 by geologists from earth science agencies and universities in Russia, Mongolia, northeastern China, South Korea, Japan, and the USA.

  18. Basic research for the geodynamics program

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Mueller, I. I.

    1982-01-01

    Work performed and data obtained in geodynamic research is reported. The purpose was to obtain utilization of: (1) laser and very long baseline interferometry (VLBI); (2) range difference observation in geodynamics; (3) development of models for ice sheet and crustal deformations. The effects of adopting new precession, nutation and equinox corrections on the terrestrial reference frame are investigated.

  19. Basic research for the geodynamics program

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1984-01-01

    Some objectives of this geodynamic program are: (1) optimal utilization of laser and VLBI observations as reference frames for geodynamics, (2) utilization of range difference observations in geodynamics, and (3) estimation techniques in crustal deformation analysis. The determination of Earth rotation parameters from different space geodetic systems is studied. Also reported on is the utilization of simultaneous laser range differences for the determination of baseline variation. An algorithm for the analysis of regional or local crustal deformation measurements is proposed along with other techniques and testing procedures. Some results of the reference from comparisons in terms of the pole coordinates from different techniques are presented.

  20. International GPS Service for Geodynamics

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Zumberge, J. F. (Editor); Urban, M. P. (Editor); Liu, R. (Editor); Neilan, R. E. (Editor)

    1996-01-01

    This 1995 annual report of the IGS International GPS (Global Positioning System) Service for Geodynamics - describes the second operational year of the service. It provides the many IGS contributing agencies and the rapidly growing user community with essential information on current organizational and technical matters promoting the IGS standards and products (including organizational framework, data processing strategies, and statistics showing the remarkable expansion of the GPS monitoring network, the improvement of IGS performance, and product quality). It also introduces important practical concepts for network densification by integration of regional stations and the combination of station coordinate solutions. There are groups of articles describing general aspects of the IGS, the Associate Analysis Centers (AACs), Data Centers, and IGS stations.

  1. GLOBAL DISASTERS: Geodynamics and Society

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    Vikulina, Marina; Vikulin, Alexander; Semenets, Nikolai

    2013-04-01

    The problem of reducing the damage caused by geodynamic and social disasters is a high priority and urgent task facing the humanity. The vivid examples of the earthquake in Japan in March 2011 that generated a new kind of threat - the radiation pollution, and the events in the Arabic world that began in the same year, are dramatic evidences. By the middle of this century, the damage from such disastrous events is supposed to exceed the combined GDP of all countries of the world. The database of 287 large-scale natural and social disasters and global social phenomena that have occurred in the period of II B.C.E. - XXI A.D. was compiled by the authors for the first time. We have proposed the following phenomenological model: the scale of disasters over the time does not decrease, there is a minimum of accidents in the XV century; the numbers of accidents have cycles lasting until the first thousand years, natural and social disasters in the aggregate are uniformly distributed in time, but separately natural and social disasters are nonuniform. Thus, due to the evaluation, a 500-year cycle of catastrophes and 200-300 and 700-800-year periodicities are identified. It is shown that catastrophes are grouped into natural and social types by forming clusters. The hypothesis of the united geo-bio-social planetary process is founded. A fundamentally new feature of this research is the assumptions about the statistical significance of the biosphere and the impact of society on the geodynamic processes. The results allow to formulate a new understanding of global disaster as an event the damage from which the humanity will be unable to liquidate even by means of the total resource potential and the consequence of which may turn into the irreversible destruction of civilization. The correlation between the natural and social phenomena and the possible action mechanism is suggested.

  2. The NASA Geodynamics Program report, 1981

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1982-01-01

    The activities of the NASA Geodynamics Program in 1981 both in achieving improved measurement precision and in establishing the foundation for the acquisition and analysis of scientific data are discussed.

  3. Preliminary northeast Asia geodynamics map

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Parfenov, Leonid M., (compiler); Khanchuk, Alexander I.; Badarch, Gombosuren; Miller, Robert J.; Naumova, Vera V.; Nokleberg, Warren J.; Ogasawara, Masatsugu; Prokopiev, Andrei V.; Yan, Hongquan

    2003-01-01

    This map portrays the geodynamics of Northeast Asia at a scale of 1:5,000,000 using the concepts of plate tectonics and analysis of terranes and overlap assemblages. The map is the result of a detailed compilation and synthesis at 5 million scale and is part of a major international collaborative study of the Mineral Resources, Metallogenesis, and Tectonics of Northeast Asia conducted from 1997 through 2002 by geologists from earth science agencies and universities in Russia, Mongolia, Northeastern China, South Korea, Japan, and the USA. This map is the result of extensive geologic mapping and associated tectonic studies in Northeast Asia in the last few decades and is the first collaborative compilation of the geology of the region at a scale of 1:5,000,000 by geologists from Russia, Mongolia, Northeastern China, South Korea, Japan, and the USA. The map was compiled by a large group of international geologists using the below concepts and definitions during collaborative workshops over a six-year period. The map is a major new compilation and re-interpretation of pre-existing geologic maps of the region. The map is designed to be used for several purposes, including regional tectonic analyses, mineral resource and metallogenic analysis, petroleum resource analysis, neotectonic analysis, and analysis of seismic hazards and volcanic hazards. The map consists of two sheets. Sheet 1 displays the map at a scale of 1:5,000,000, explanation. Sheet 2 displays the introduction, list of map units, and source references. Detailed descriptions of map units and stratigraphic columns are being published separately. This map is one of a series of publications on the mineral resources, metallogenesis, and geodynamics,of Northeast Asia. Companion studies and other articles and maps , and various detailed reports are: (1) a compilation of major mineral deposit models (Rodionov and Nokleberg, 2000; Rodionov and others, 2000; Obolenskiy and others, in press a); (2) a series of

  4. Information Technology Developments for Geodynamics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bensen, G. D.; Meertens, C. M.; Sheehan, A. F.

    2004-12-01

    Some recent research at UNAVCO and the University of Colorado has been focused on Rocky Mountain tectonics, and Information Technology (IT) in the areas of data visualization and distributed data serving. At UNAVCO, we are participating in the geodynamics work in the Rocky Mountain Testbed of the GEON NSF funded (IT) Research project (www.geongrid.org). As part of this work, a variety of seismic tomography models, GPS velocity vector data, strain rate models and other data have been recompiled into a standard format. These data and models are being incorporated into our OPeNDAP server and the Integrated Data Viewer (IDV). OPeNDAP servers are platform independent, self-describing distributed data servers allowing easy access to a wide audience. The IDV is a freely distributed visualization and analysis tool developed by UCAR that has several exciting capabilities such as online collaboration, and a variety of 1-d, 2-d and 3-d viewing options. Necessary solid earth viewing capabilities (earthquakes, focal mechanisms, faults, etc.) are currently being added to the IDV. Both our OPeNDAP server and visualization tool are being integrated into the GEON portal, a website for data searching, analysis, and visualization. Designing and implementing such systems now allows us to be more prepared for the volumes of data anticipated from various EarthScope projects. As part of the scientific research for GEON, we have also begun investigations of Colorado seismicity. The 1992 Rocky Mountain Front IRIS/PASSCAL seismic experiment recorded many local earthquakes. We have begun to locate these events and are working to create focal mechanisms and calculations of stress drop for this region. These will aid in improving seismic hazard and risk assessments for the rapidly growing Rocky Mountain population. New IT capabilities will help augment the quality of this work through sharing the data with a larger audience, providing a means to view and analyze integrated data, and quickly

  5. Research program of the Geodynamics Branch

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Kahn, W. D. (Editor); Cohen, S. C. (Editor); Boccucci, B. S. (Editor)

    1986-01-01

    This report is the Fourth Annual Summary of the Research Program of the Geodynamics Branch. The branch is located within the Laboratory for Terrestrial Physics of the Space and Earth Sciences Directorate of the Goddard Space Flight Center. The research activities of the branch staff cover a broad spectrum of geoscience disciplines including: tectonophysics, space geodesy, geopotential field modeling, and dynamic oceanography. The NASA programs which are supported by the work described in this document include the Geodynamics and Ocean Programs, the Crustal Dynamics Project and the proposed Ocean Topography Experiment (TOPEX). The reports highlight the investigations conducted by the Geodynamics Branch staff during calendar year 1985. The individual papers are grouped into chapters on Crustal Movements and Solid Earth Dynamics, Gravity Field Modeling and Sensing Techniques, and Sea Surface Topography. Further information on the activities of the branch or the particular research efforts described herein can be obtained through the branch office or from individual staff members.

  6. Geodynamics - Tracking satellites to monitor global change

    SciTech Connect

    Beutler, G.; Morgan, P.; Neilan, R.E. Canberra Univ. JPL, Pasadena, CA )

    1993-02-01

    The major goals and organizational structure of the International GPS Geodynamics Service (IGS), a new Navstar satellite tracking service, are described. IGS activities are aimed at providing the scientific community with data on GPS orbits accurate enough for performing regional and local GPS analysis and daily earth rotation information.

  7. Research activities of the Geodynamics Branch

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Kahn, W. D. (Editor); Cohen, S. C. (Editor)

    1984-01-01

    A broad spectrum of geoscience disciplines including space geodesy, geopotential field modeling, tectonophysics, and dynamic oceanography are discussed. The NASA programs, include the Geodynamics and Ocean Programs, the Crustal Dynamics Project, the proposed Ocean Topography Experiment (TOPEX), and the Geopotential Research Mission (GRM). The papers are grouped into chapters on Crustal Movements, Global Earth Dynamics, Gravity Field Model Development, Sea Surface Topography, and Advanced Studies.

  8. Basic research for the geodynamics program

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1986-01-01

    Further development of utility program software for analyzing final results of Earth rotation parameter determination from different space geodetic systems was completed. Main simulation experiments were performed. Results and conclusions were compiled. The utilization of range-difference observations in geodynamics is also examined. A method based on the Bayesian philosophy and entropy measure of information is given for the elucidation of time-dependent models of crustal motions as part of a proposed algorithm. The strategy of model discrimination and design of measurements is illustrated in an example for the case of crustal deformation models.

  9. Application of space technology to geodynamics.

    PubMed

    Flinn, E A

    1981-07-01

    Measurements of the movement and deformation of tectonic plates are needed for many research areas in geodynamics, but observations with adequate accuracy and frequency of measurement are not feasible if classical geodetic methods are used. Long-baseline microwave interferometry and laser ranging to Earth satellites are among the new techniques that have been developed within the past decade to make the required measurements. Fixed and mobile stations using both these methods have been constructed in several countries and are now being used in an internationally coordinated research program. Baseline length accuracy better than 2 to 3 centimeters (1 standard deviation) is expected within the next 5 years. PMID:17741174

  10. Geodynamic environments of ultra-slow spreading

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    Kokhan, Andrey; Dubinin, Evgeny

    2015-04-01

    Ultra-slow spreading is clearly distinguished as an outstanding type of crustal accretion by recent studies. Spreading ridges with ultra-slow velocities of extension are studied rather well. But ultra-slow spreading is characteristic feature of not only spreading ridges, it can be observed also on convergent and transform plate boundaries. Ultra-slow spreading is observed now or could have been observed in the past in the following geodynamic environments on divergent plate boundaries: 1. On spreading ridges with ultra-slow spreading, both modern (f.e. Gakkel, South-West Indian, Aden spreading center) and ceased (Labrador spreading center, Aegir ridge); 2. During transition from continental rifting to early stages of oceanic spreading (all spreading ridges during incipient stages of their formation); 3. During incipient stages of formation of spreading ridges on oceanic crust as a result of ridge jumps and reorganization of plate boundaries (f.e. Mathematicians rise and East Pacific rise); 4. During propagation of spreading ridge into the continental crust under influence of hotspot (Aden spreading center and Afar triple junction), under presence of strike-slip faults preceding propagation (possibly, rift zone of California Bay). Ultra-slow spreading is observed now or could have been observed in the past in the following geodynamic environments on transform plate boundaries: 1. In transit zones between two "typical" spreading ridges (f.e. Knipovich ridge); 2. In semi strike-slip/extension zones on the oceanic crust (f.e. American-Antarctic ridge); 3. In the zones of local extension in regional strike-slip areas in pull-apart basins along transform boundaries (Cayman trough, pull-apart basins of the southern border of Scotia plate). Ultra-slow spreading is observed now or could have been observed in the past in the following geodynamic environments on convergent plate boundaries: 1. During back-arc rifting on the stage of transition into back-arc spreading (central

  11. Geodynamic laser ranging system laser transmitter

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Dallas, J. L.; Czechanski, J. P.; Coyle, D. B.; Zukowski, B. J.; Seery, B. D.

    1991-01-01

    A description is given of the requirements and design options in the development of a spaceborne laser transmitter for NASA's Geodynamic Laser Ranging System. Three different oscillators are considered. The first is an injection-seeded ring oscillator yielding 1 mJ of energy within a 120-ps pulse. The second is a frequency-modulated mode-locked oscillator emitting 0.30 nJ in a 20-ps pulse. The third is a self-starting, additive pulse mode-locked laser. Detailed design considerations and preliminary results of these lasers are reported as well as the design of a unique multipass amplifier.

  12. Geodynamical Evolution and Tectonic Framework of China

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    LIU, Guangding

    In this paper, we show that the tectonic framework of mainland China consists of "three latitudinal strips", namely, Tianshan-Yinshan-Yanshan, Qinling-Dabie, and Nanling; "two longitudinal strips" namely, Daxing'anling Taihangshan Wulingshan, Helanshan-Longmenshan; and "two triangles", Songpan-Ganzi, and Chaidamu. The geodynamic evolution of China can be considered in five-stages, which can be summarised as a kind of "teeterboard-like" process. The evolutionary process is that in the Palaeozoic era, the China mainland had lower elevation in the west and higher in the east, with OrdosSichuan as an axis. After the Mesozoic era, because the blocks of Qiangtang, Gangdese, and India collided and sutured with the Tarim block. During this time closure of the Tethys ocean occurred, and the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau formed. In the Cenozoic subduction of the Pacific plate northwestwards under the Philippine Sea began, and the Philippine Sea block converged towards the Eurasian plate. This was associated with extension and thinning of the crust in East China, which resulted in the uplift of the land in the west and subsidence in the east of China. Finally, we point out that research on the geodynamic evolution of the terranes is of practical significance in prospecting for mineral deposits and hydrocarbon resources.

  13. The evolution of Hadean-Eoarchaean geodynamics

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    O'Neill, C.; Debaille, V.

    2014-11-01

    Geodynamic modelling of Hadean/Eoarchaean tectonics typically requires higher rates of internal heat production, and higher mantle temperatures, in models that possess temperature-dependent viscosity and a yield criterion. In such models under Hadean conditions, for a wide range of geodynamic configurations and modelling approaches, subduction has a propensity to fail. This has led to the suggestion that the predominant tectonic regime in the Hadean was stagnant-lid convection, with intermittent recycling events. Various lines of evidence support this suggestion, from i) the long mixing time of mantle isotopic anomalies or compositional heterogeneities, such as 142Nd, 182W, and platinum group elements, to ii) the long residence time of the Hadean protolith to the Jack Hills zircons, and iii) thermal evolution models, which typically require lower heat flux in the past to avoid the "Archaean thermal catastrophe". The framework provided by stagnant lid, or episodic overturn, convection, iv) provides an explanation for the formation of early Archaean TTGs and greenstones, and v) explains the interleaving arc-plume sequence observed in many Archaean terranes, suggesting subduction initiation events may have been common, increasing their preservation potential. Implications include a low magnetic field strength in the Hadean, which is consistent with emerging paleointensity data from these times.

  14. Experimental, Numerical and Observational Models in Geodynamics

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    Lithgow-Bertelloni, Carolina

    2015-04-01

    Geodynamics, the study of the forces that drives all Earth's processes is a rich field that deeply connects all aspects of geological and geophysical studies, from surface observations of the sedimentary record to knowledge of deep Earth structure from mineral physics and seismology. In the context of the solid Earth geodynamics primarily focuses on lithosphere and mantle dynamics, while core dynamics is the purview of geomagnetism. I will focus this talk on the former, its historical context and future developments. We have known the equations of motion and mechanics for ~200 years, but only relatively recently can they be solved with enough accuracy and resolution to do geology. We have made great strides since Arthur Holmes conceptual models of mantle flow, thanks to computational and experimental advances. We can know model plate boundaries globally with resolutions in the order of a few kms and image temperature and velocity simultaneously in the laboratory in 3D and non-intrusively. We have also learned a great deal about the physics of the Earth, from composition to rheology. New theories on plate boundary rheology are paving the way for self-consistent generation of plates from mantle flow. New computational methods allow for adaptive meshing, fabric development and history, so we can study deformation and compare directly to geological observations in mountain ranges and continental rifts. We can use ever more sophisticated images of mantle structure from seismic and other geophysical data to probe the relationship between melting, flow and dynamical processes. We can reconstruct landscapes and relief, plate motions and sedimentation and ask how much the mantle has contributed to drainage reversal, sedimentation and climate change. The future of the field is ever brighter.

  15. Scientific Data Analysis and Software Support: Geodynamics

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Klosko, Steven; Sanchez, B. (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    The support on this contract centers on development of data analysis strategies, geodynamic models, and software codes to study four-dimensional geodynamic and oceanographic processes, as well as studies and mission support for near-Earth and interplanetary satellite missions. SRE had a subcontract to maintain the optical laboratory for the LTP, where instruments such as MOLA and GLAS are developed. NVI performed work on a Raytheon laser altimetry task through a subcontract, providing data analysis and final data production for distribution to users. HBG had a subcontract for specialized digital topography analysis and map generation. Over the course of this contract, Raytheon ITSS staff have supported over 60 individual tasks. Some tasks have remained in place during this entire interval whereas others have been completed and were of shorter duration. Over the course of events, task numbers were changed to reflect changes in the character of the work or new funding sources. The description presented below will detail the technical accomplishments that have been achieved according to their science and technology areas. What will be shown is a brief overview of the progress that has been made in each of these investigative and software development areas. Raytheon ITSS staff members have received many awards for their work on this contract, including GSFC Group Achievement Awards for TOPEX Precision Orbit Determination and the Joint Gravity Model One Team. NASA JPL gave the TOPEX/POSEIDON team a medal commemorating the completion of the primary mission and a Certificate of Appreciation. Raytheon ITSS has also received a Certificate of Appreciation from GSFC for its extensive support of the Shuttle Laser Altimeter Experiment.

  16. Adaptive Finite Element Methods in Geodynamics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Davies, R.; Davies, H.; Hassan, O.; Morgan, K.; Nithiarasu, P.

    2006-12-01

    Adaptive finite element methods are presented for improving the quality of solutions to two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) convection dominated problems in geodynamics. The methods demonstrate the application of existing technology in the engineering community to problems within the `solid' Earth sciences. Two-Dimensional `Adaptive Remeshing': The `remeshing' strategy introduced in 2D adapts the mesh automatically around regions of high solution gradient, yielding enhanced resolution of the associated flow features. The approach requires the coupling of an automatic mesh generator, a finite element flow solver and an error estimator. In this study, the procedure is implemented in conjunction with the well-known geodynamical finite element code `ConMan'. An unstructured quadrilateral mesh generator is utilised, with mesh adaptation accomplished through regeneration. This regeneration employs information provided by an interpolation based local error estimator, obtained from the computed solution on an existing mesh. The technique is validated by solving thermal and thermo-chemical problems with known benchmark solutions. In a purely thermal context, results illustrate that the method is highly successful, improving solution accuracy whilst increasing computational efficiency. For thermo-chemical simulations the same conclusions can be drawn. However, results also demonstrate that the grid based methods employed for simulating the compositional field are not competitive with the other methods (tracer particle and marker chain) currently employed in this field, even at the higher spatial resolutions allowed by the adaptive grid strategies. Three-Dimensional Adaptive Multigrid: We extend the ideas from our 2D work into the 3D realm in the context of a pre-existing 3D-spherical mantle dynamics code, `TERRA'. In its original format, `TERRA' is computationally highly efficient since it employs a multigrid solver that depends upon a grid utilizing a clever

  17. Geodynamical studies using integrated gravity studies

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    Fernandez, J.; Tiampo, K. F.; Rundle, J. B.

    2014-12-01

    The expansion and proliferation of new data, at regional and global scales, over the past 30 years has allowed us to measure different geophysical signals (displacement, gravity, seismicity, etc.) with unprecedented spatial resolution and precision. Here we consider observations with both terrestrial and space origin, as well as new data obtained from the fusion of both types of observations. Advances in statistical geodynamics requires improved tools for data processing, fusion, modelling and interpretation in order to obtain the maximum value from these new, large data sets, in conjunction with the development of new applications. A clear example is the space gravimetry carried out using different satellites (e.g., GRACE and GOCE) which has allowed, using the available data, the development of combined gravity models such as GGMPlus (http://geodesy.curtin.edu.au/research/models/GGMplus/), with a spatial resolution of 200 m within ±60º geographic latitude. An additional example is the use of the gravity gradients determined by the GOCE satellite to estimate the stress field and its temporal variations at global scales. Here we will present a new research project aimed at providing estimates of gravity, strain and stress at varying spatial scales, integrated using advanced techniques for statistical data assimilation.

  18. Geodynamic contributions to global climatic change

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    Bills, Bruce G.

    1992-01-01

    Orbital and rotational variations perturb the latitudinal and seasonal pattern of incident solar radiation, producing major climatic change on time scales of 10(exp 4)-10(exp 6) years. The orbital variations are oblivious to internal structure and processes, but the rotational variations are not. A program of investigation whose objective would be to explore and quantify three aspects of orbital, rotational, and climatic interactions is described. An important premise of this investigation is the synergism between geodynamics and paleoclimate. Better geophysical models of precessional dynamics are needed in order to accurately reconstruct the radiative input to climate models. Some of the paleoclimate proxy records contain information relevant to solid Earth processes, on time scales which are difficult to constrain otherwise. Specific mechanisms which will be addressed include: (1) climatic consequences of deglacial polar motion; and (2) precessional and climatic consequences of glacially induced perturbations in the gravitational oblateness and partial decoupling of the mantle and core. The approach entails constructing theoretical models of the rotational, deformational, radiative, and climatic response of the Earth to known orbital perturbations, and comparing these with extensive records of paleoclimate proxy data. Several of the mechanisms of interest may participate in previously unrecognized feed-back loops in the climate dynamics system. A new algorithm for estimating climatically diagnostic locations and seasons from the paleoclimate time series is proposed.

  19. Eclogites and their geodynamic interpretation: a history

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    Godard, Gaston

    2001-09-01

    Haüy coined the term eclogite, meaning "chosen rock", in 1822, but de Saussure had already observed rocks of this type in the Alps four decades earlier. Throughout the 19th century, the origin of eclogite remained an enigma, in spite of great progress in our knowledge of this rock. The first chemical analyses, carried out around 1870, showed that its bulk composition was the same as gabbro. Therefore, eclogite was thought to be either an igneous rock of gabbroic composition or a metamorphosed gabbro. This second hypothesis became preferred when progressive transitions were observed between gabbros and eclogites. In 1903, simply by comparing the molar volumes of gabbroic and eclogite parageneses, Becke inferred that eclogite was the high-pressure equivalent of gabbro. In 1920, eclogite was involved in the conception of the metamorphic facies by Eskola. However, a few researchers denied the existence of an eclogite facies, and claimed that high stress instead of high lithostatic pressure could generate eclogites. In the 1960s, consideration of the water pressure parameter also favoured the belief that eclogite was simply the anhydrous equivalent of amphibolite. Finally, eclogite was definitely considered as a high-pressure metamorphic rock following the development of experimental petrology and the application of thermodynamics. In recent years, the discovery of ultrahigh-pressure coesite-bearing rocks in the crust has drastically changed geologists' ideas concerning the limits of eclogite-facies crustal metamorphism. Eclogites have been involved in several geodynamic theories. Around 1900, kimberlite studies favoured the idea that eclogite might be abundant in the interior of the Earth. In 1912, Fermor predicted the existence of a dense eclogite-bearing zone in the mantle. This "eclogite layer" hypothesis was still envisaged as late as 1970. The alternative "peridotite" hypothesis became preferred when experimental investigations demonstrated that the gabbro

  20. Geodynamic evolution of the lithosphere beneath the Eastern Anatolia region: Constraints from geodynamic modeling

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    Memis, Caner; Hakan Gogus, Oguz; Pysklywec, Russell; Keskin, Mehmet; Celal Sengor, A. M.; Topuz, Gultekin

    2016-04-01

    The east Anatolian orogenic plateau is characterized by an average elevation of 2 km, and is delimited by the Bitlis-Zagros collision zone to the south and the Pontide arc to the north. Stratigraphic evidence suggests that the high plateau attained its current elevation since the Serravallian (about 12 million years ago), but probably did not reach its present height until at least the latest Pliocene. While the crustal shortening following the Arabia-Eurasia collision in the south enabled its relatively rapid rise and regional tectonic evolution, the presumed removal of the downgoing slab beneath east Anatolia has potentially played a significant role in this geodynamic configuration. According to the proposed scenario, the northward subducting slab of Neo-Tethys peels away from the overlying crust similar to the lithospheric delamination model. In this work, we performed a series of lithospheric removal models by varying rheological, physical and mechanical properties by using 2D numerical geodynamic experiments, (e.g. plate convergence rate, crustal thickness, mantle lithosphere yield-stress). Our model results show that the average amount of delamination hinge motion is maximum (18 km/my) when the lower crustal rheology is felsic granulite. The slab break-off only occurs at lower convergence rates (≤ 2 cm/yr), and is imposed on the margin of delaminating mantle lithosphere. The surface uplift takes place above the asthenospheric column (or plateau gap) through isostatic and thermal support of asthenospheric upwelling, and varies dependent on the width of the asthenospheric column. However; with higher plate convergence rates (≥3 cm/yr), the asthenospheric column does not widen enough and the continental collision occurs rather than delamination/peeling away. In this case, the average uplift appears in the central section of the crust, and this exceeds a surface elevation of 3 km. All model results are consistent with the observations from the Eastern

  1. Ukrainian network of permanent geodynamic stations: Current status and perspective

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    Yatskiv, Y.; Bolotin, S.; Bolotina, O.; Khoda, O.; Medvedsky, M.; Sydorenko, G.; Stopkhay, Y.; Volvach, O.

    Current status and perspective of establishing the Ukrainian network of permanent geodynamic stations (UKRGEONETWORK) is reviewed in connection with Integrated Space Geodetic Systems project. The UKRGEONETWORK consists of several stations which form GPS, SLR, and VLBI subnetworks as well as Gravimetry subsystem. Some information concerned with current activity of the UKRGEONETWORK in particular precise orbit determination in software complex Kiev-Geodynamic, ionospheric modelling in Klio program, and EOP determination on SteelBreeze software is given. Plan for upgrading the hardware of stations and for increasing the number of collocation sites is considered.

  2. Transregional zones of concentrated deformation: Structure, evolution, and comparative geodynamics

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    Leonov, M. G.

    2016-03-01

    The comparative tectonic characterization of transregional linear structures (zones of concentrated deformations) is given for the Pieniny Klippen Belt, the Main Mongolian Lineament, and the transregional Alpine Fault Zone. They represent significant geodynamic elements of the Earth's crust, which separate large crustal segments and reflect their interaction in time and space. The main features of the structure, evolution, and geodynamics inherent to zones of concentrated deformations are described. It is shown that the similarity of their outlines, morphology, internal structure, and kinematic features is combined with a clearly distinct structural position, set of rock associations, formation mechanism, and their role in the origin of mobile belts.

  3. Geodynamic and metabolic cycles in the Hadean

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    Russell, M. J.; Arndt, N. T.

    2004-09-01

    High-degree melting of hot dry Hadean mantle at ocean ridges and plumes resulted in a crust about 30km thick, overlain in places by extensive and thick mafic volcanic plateaus. Continental crust, by contrast, was relatively thin and mostly submarine. At constructive and destructive plate boundaries, and above the many mantle plumes, acidic hydrothermal springs at ~400°C contributed Fe and other transition elements as well as P and H2 to the deep ocean made acidulous by dissolved CO2 and minor HCl derived from volcanoes. Away from ocean ridges, submarine hydrothermal fluids were cool (≤100°C), alkaline (pH ~10), highly reduced and also H2-rich. Reaction of solvents in this fluid with those in ocean water was catalyzed in a hydrothermal mound, a natural self-restoring flow reactor and fractionation column made up of carbonates and freshly precipitated Fe-Ni sulfide and greenrust pores and bubbles, developed above the alkaline spring. Acetate and the amino acetate glycine were the main products, much of which was eluted to the ocean. Other organic byproducts were retained, concentrated and reacted within the compartments. These compartments comprising the natural hydrothermal reactor consisted partly of greigite (Fe5NiS8). It was from reactions between organic modules confined within these inorganic compartments that the first prokaryotic organism evolved. These acetogenic precursors to the Bacteria diversified and migrated down the mound and into the ocean floor to inaugurate the "deep biosphere". Once there the Bacteria, and the recently differentiated Archaea, were protected from cataclysmic heating events caused by large bolide impacts. Geodynamic forces led to the eventual obduction of the deep biosphere into the photic zone where, initially protected by a thin veneer of sediment, the use of solar energy was mastered and photosynthesis emerged. The further evolution to oxygenic photosynthesis was effected as catalytic [CaMn4+] bearing molecules that otherwise

  4. Geodynamic and metabolic cycles in the Hadean

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    Russell, M. J.; Arndt, N. T.

    2005-04-01

    High-degree melting of hot dry Hadean mantle at ocean ridges and plumes resulted in a crust about 30km thick, overlain in places by extensive and thick mafic volcanic plateaus. Continental crust, by contrast, was relatively thin and mostly submarine. At constructive and destructive plate boundaries, and above the many mantle plumes, acidic hydrothermal springs at ~400°C contributed Fe and other transition elements as well as P and H2 to the deep ocean made acidulous by dissolved CO2 and minor HCl derived from volcanoes. Away from ocean ridges, submarine hydrothermal fluids were cool (≤100°C), alkaline (pH ~10), highly reduced and also H2-rich. Reaction of solvents in this fluid with those in ocean water was catalyzed in a hydrothermal mound, a natural self-restoring flow reactor and fractionation column developed above the alkaline spring. The mound consisted of brucite, Mg-rich clays, ephemeral carbonates, Fe-Ni sulfide and green rust. Acetate and glycine were the main products, some of which were eluted to the ocean. The rest, along with other organic byproducts were retained and concentrated within Fe-Ni sulfide compartments. These compartments, comprising the natural hydrothermal reactor, consisted partly of greigite (Fe5NiS8). It was from reactions between organic modules confined within these inorganic compartments that the first prokaryotic organism evolved. These acetogenic precursors to the bacteria diversified and migrated down the mound and into the ocean floor to inaugurate the "deep biosphere". Once there they were protected from cataclysmic heating events caused by large meteoritic impacts. Geodynamic forces led to the eventual obduction of the deep biosphere into the photic zone where, initially protected by a thin veneer of sediment, the use of solar energy was mastered and photosynthesis emerged. The further evolution to oxygenic photosynthesis was effected as catalytic [Mn,Ca]-bearing molecules that otherwise would have been interred in

  5. The Ukrainian geodynamics school of Alexander Ya. Orlov.

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    Yatskiv, Ya. S.

    First of all a short review of the Orlov's biography is given. Afterwards some scietific achievements of A. Orlov in the field of geodynamics are discussed. Particular attention is paid on the definition of the "mean latitude" and the "mean pole of epoch" given by A. Orlov.

  6. Operations of the International GPS Geodynamics Service (IGS)

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    Beutler, G.; Neilan, R.; Mueller, I.

    1993-01-01

    This paper focuses on the operations, organization, and interfaces of the International GPS Geodynamics Service (IGS) which is expected to contribute to geodesy for many years to come. It briefly summarizes the history of the IGS, reports on IGS '92 campaign activities, and describes the current IGS terms of reference and proposal status.

  7. Coupling geodynamic earthquake cycles and dynamic ruptures

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    van Zelst, Iris; van Dinther, Ylona; Gabriel, Alice-Agnes; Heuret, Arnauld

    2016-04-01

    Studying the seismicity in a subduction zone and its effects on tsunamis requires diverse modelling methods that span spatial and temporal scales. Hundreds of years are necessary to build the stresses and strengths on a fault, while consequent earthquake rupture propagation is determined by both these initial fault conditions and the feedback of seismic waves over periods of seconds up to minutes. This dynamic rupture displaces the sea floor, thereby causing tsunamis. The aim of the ASCETE (Advanced Simulations of Coupled Earthquake and Tsunami Events) project is to study all these aspects and their interactions. Here, we present preliminary results of the first aspects in this modelling chain: the coupling of a seismo-thermo-mechanical (STM) code to the dynamic rupture model SeisSol. STM models of earthquake cycles have the advantage of solving multiple earthquake events in a self-consistent manner concerning stress, strength and geometry. However, the drawback of these models is that they often lack in spatial or temporal resolution and do not include wave propagation. In contrast, dynamic rupture models solve for frictional failure coupled to seismic wave propagation. We use the software package SeisSol (www.seissol.org) based on an ADER-DG discretization allowing high-order accuracy in space and time as well as flexible tetrahedral meshing. However, such simulations require assumptions on the initial fault stresses and strengths and its geometry, which are hard to constrain due to the lack of near-field observations and the complexity of coseismic conditions. By adapting the geometry as well as the stress and strength properties of the self-consistently developing non-finite fault zones from the geodynamic models as initial conditions for the dynamic rupture models, the advantages of both methods are exploited and modelling results may be compared. Our results show that a dynamic rupture can be triggered spontaneously and that the propagating rupture is

  8. Planetary cores: a geodynamic perspective (Invited)

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    Nimmo, F.

    2010-12-01

    How can measurements of planetary core materials improve our understanding of their geodynamical behaviour? Here I will focus on three aspects of this questions: 1) core formation; 2) the growth and rheology of solid cores; 3) dynamo activity. Core formation occurs either due to the heat generated by short-lived nuclides (for small bodies) or due to gravitational energy released during impacts (for large bodies) [1]. Core formation results in elemental fractionation; such fractionation depends on P,T and oxygen fugacity [2], and for Earth-mass bodies occurs as a succession of discrete events. Experimental measurements of siderophile element partition coefficients are necessary to infer conditions during accretion, though these inferences are non-unique [3]. Core formation may also lead to isotopic fractionation of elements such as Si [4] and Fe [5], although the latter in particular is currently uncertain and merits further experimental investigation. Core solidification depends on the slopes of the adiabat and melting curve, and on the concentration and nature of the light element(s) present [6,7]. Solidification may proceed from outside in (for small bodies) or from inside out (for larger bodies); the solid may be either lighter or heavier than the fluid, depending on the core composition. Thus, core solidification is complex and poorly understood; for instance, Ganymede and Mercury’s cores may be in a completely different solidification regime to that of the Earth [8,9]. Solidification can also vary spatially, giving rise to inner core seismological structure [10,11]. The viscosity of a solid inner core is an important and poorly constrained parameter [12] which controls core deformation, core-mantle coupling and tidal heating. Super-Earths probably lack solid inner cores [13], though further high-P experimental data are needed. Core dynamos are usually thought to be driven by compositional or thermal buoyancy [14] , with the former effect dominant for small

  9. Geodynamic Evolution of the Banda Sea Region

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    Kaymakci, N.; Decker, J.; Orange, D.; Teas, P.; Van Heiningen, P.

    2013-12-01

    We've carried out a large on- and offshore study in Eastern Indonesia to characterize the major structures and to provide constraints on the Neogene geodynamic evolution of the Banda Sea region. The onshore portion utilized remote sensing data and published geology. We tied the onshore to the offshore using recently acquired high resolution bathymetric data (16m and 25m bin size) and 2D seismic profiles that extend from Sulawesi in the west to Irian Jaya in the east across the northern part of the Banda Arc. We interpret the northern boundary of the 'Birds Head' (BH) of Papua, the Sorong Fault, to be a sinistral strike-slip fault zone with a minimum of 48 km displacement over the last few million years. The western boundary fault of Cendrawasih Basin defines the eastern boundary of BH and corresponds to the Wandamen Peninsula which comprises high pressure metamorphic rocks, including eclogite and granulite facies rocks, with exhumation ages from 4 to 1 Ma. Earthquake focal mechanism solutions indicate that the eastern boundary of BH is linked with a large scale offshore normal fault which we suggest may be related to the exhumation of the Wandamen Peninsula. The eastern boundary of Cendrawasih Basin is defined by a large transpressive belt along which BH is decoupled from the rest of Papua / Irian Jaya. This interpretation is supported by recent GPS studies. We propose that the BH and the Pacific plate are coupled, and therefore the Birds Head is therefore completely detached from Irian Jaya. Furthermore, Aru Basin, located at the NE corner of Banda Arc, is a Fault-Fault-Transform (FFT) type triple junction. According to available literature information the Banda Sea includes three distinct basins with different geologic histories; the North Banda Sea Basin (NBSB) was opened during 12-7 Ma, Wetar-Damar Basin (WDB) during 7-3.5 Ma and Weber Basin (WB) 3-0 Ma. Our bathymetric and seismic data indicated that the NBSB and Weber Basin lack normal oceanic crust and are

  10. Study of a close-grid geodynamic measurement system

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    1977-01-01

    The Clogeos (Close-Grid Geodynamic Measurement System) concept, a complete range or range-rate measurement terminal installed in a satellite in a near-polar orbit with a network of relatively simple transponders or retro-reflectors on the ground at intervals of 0.1 to 10 km was reviewed. The distortion of the grid was measured in three dimensions to accuracies of + or - 1 cm with important applications to geodynamics, glaciology, and geodesy. User requirements are considered, and a typical grid, designed for earthquake prediction, was laid out along the San Andreas, Hayward, and Calaceras faults in southern California. The sensitivity of both range and range-rate measurements to small grid motions was determined by a simplified model. Variables in the model are satellite altitude and elevation angle plus grid displacements in latitude, and height.

  11. International Geodynamics Research Center opens in Kyrgyz Republic

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    Zeigarnik, Vladimir A.; Schelochkov, Gennady G.; Molnar, Peter

    On June 10, 2000, the International Research Center-Geodynamic Proving Ground was inaugurated near Bishkek, the capital city of the Kyrgyz Republic.The centers purpose will be to facilitate collaborative research in geodynamics, not only between Kyrgyz and Russian scientists, but involving scientists from other countries as well.The new center takes advantage of existing capabilities in geophysical research at both the Scientific Station of the Associated Institute of High Temperatures, Russian Academy of Sciences, and at Kyrgyz institutes. For instance, the Kyrgyz Seismograph Network, operated by the Kyrgyz Institute of Seismology (KIS) and the Scientific Station, with support from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF),consists of 10 state-of-the-art broadband seismographs whose data are transmitted in near-real time to the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at the University of California in San Diego.

  12. Cultural and Technological Issues and Solutions for Geodynamics Software Citation

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    Heien, E. M.; Hwang, L.; Fish, A. E.; Smith, M.; Dumit, J.; Kellogg, L. H.

    2014-12-01

    Computational software and custom-written codes play a key role in scientific research and teaching, providing tools to perform data analysis and forward modeling through numerical computation. However, development of these codes is often hampered by the fact that there is no well-defined way for the authors to receive credit or professional recognition for their work through the standard methods of scientific publication and subsequent citation of the work. This in turn may discourage researchers from publishing their codes or making them easier for other scientists to use. We investigate the issues involved in citing software in a scientific context, and introduce features that should be components of a citation infrastructure, particularly oriented towards the codes and scientific culture in the area of geodynamics research. The codes used in geodynamics are primarily specialized numerical modeling codes for continuum mechanics problems; they may be developed by individual researchers, teams of researchers, geophysicists in collaboration with computational scientists and applied mathematicians, or by coordinated community efforts such as the Computational Infrastructure for Geodynamics. Some but not all geodynamics codes are open-source. These characteristics are common to many areas of geophysical software development and use. We provide background on the problem of software citation and discuss some of the barriers preventing adoption of such citations, including social/cultural barriers, insufficient technological support infrastructure, and an overall lack of agreement about what a software citation should consist of. We suggest solutions in an initial effort to create a system to support citation of software and promotion of scientific software development.

  13. Applications of Geodesy to Geodynamics, an International Symposium

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    Mueller, I. I. (Editor)

    1978-01-01

    Geodetic techniques in detecting and monitoring geodynamic phenomena are reviewed. Specific areas covered include: rotation of the earth and polar motion; tectonic plate movements and crustal deformations (space techniques); horizontal crustal movements (terrestrial techniques); vertical crustal movements (terrestrial techniques); gravity field, geoid, and ocean surface by space techniques; surface gravity and new techniques for the geophysical interpretation of gravity and geoid undulation; and earth tides and geodesy.

  14. Drilling the solid earth: global geodynamic cycles and earth evolution

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    Shervais, John W.; Arndt, Nicholas; Goodenough, Kathryn M.

    2015-09-01

    The physical and chemical evolution of the Earth is driven by geodynamic cycles that are global in scale, operating over 4.57 Ga of Earth's history. Some processes are truly cyclic, e.g., the Wilson Cycle, while others are irreversible (e.g., core formation). Heat and mass transfer between the lowermost mantle (e.g., core-mantle boundary) and the surface drives these global geodynamic processes. Subduction of lithospheric plates transfers cool fractionated material into the lower mantle and leads indirectly to the formation of new oceanic lithosphere, while the rise of thermochemical plumes recycles the remnants of these plates back to the surface, driven by heat transfer across the core-mantle boundary. These global geodynamic cycles are responsible for hotspot volcanism, the formation of continental crust, collisional orogenies, continental rifting, subduction zone processes (arcs, accretionary prisms), and ore deposits. Each of these presents opportunities for investigation by continental scientific drilling. In addition, these cycles affect other processes that are targets of continental scientific drilling: the origin and evolution of life and an oxygenated atmosphere, the impact of large volcanic eruptions on climate, and geological hazards such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. In this paper, we present the scientific rationale for continental scientific drilling to study global geodynamic processes, review past successes in this realm that were sponsored in part by ICDP, and suggest potential new targets for drilling campaigns that focus on solid earth evolution. This paper builds on discussions at the 2013 ICDP Science Meeting on the future of continental scientific drilling, held in Potsdam in November 2013.

  15. Multi-phase multi-component reactive flow in Geodynamics

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    Oliveira, Beñat; Afonso, Juan Carlos; Zlotnik, Sergio

    2016-04-01

    Multi-phase multi-component reactive flow (MPMCRF) controls a number of important complex geodynamic/geochemical problems, such as melt generation and percolation, metasomatism, rheological weakening, magmatic differentiation, ore emplacement, and fractionation of chemical elements, to name a few. These interacting processes occur over very different spatial and temporal scales and under very different physico-chemical conditions. Therefore, there is a strong motivation in geodynamics for investigating the equations governing MPMCRF, their mathematical structure and properties, and the numerical techniques necessary to obtain reliable and accurate results. In this contribution we present results from a novel numerical framework to solve multiscale MPMCRF problems in geodynamic contexts. Our approach is based on the effective tracking of the most basic building blocks: internal energy and chemical composition. This is achieved through the combination of rigorous solutions to the conservation equations (mass, energy and momentum) for each dynamic phase (instead of the more common "mixture-type" approach) and the transport equation for the chemical species, within the context of classical irreversible thermodynamics. Interfacial processes such as phase changes, chemical diffusion+reaction, and surface tension effects are explicitly incorporated in the context of ensemble averaging. Phase assemblages, mineral and melt compositions, and all other physical parameters of multi-phase systems are obtained through dynamic free-energy minimization procedures.

  16. Time-dependent, irreversible entropy production and geodynamics.

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    Regenauer-Lieb, Klaus; Karrech, Ali; Chua, Hui Tong; Horowitz, Franklin G; Yuen, Dave

    2010-01-13

    We present an application of entropy production as an abstraction tool for complex processes in geodynamics. Geodynamic theories are generally based on the principle of maximum dissipation being equivalent to the maximum entropy production. This represents a restriction of the second law of thermodynamics to its upper bound. In this paper, starting from the equation of motion, the first law of thermodynamics and decomposition of the entropy into reversible and irreversible terms,(1) we come up with an entropy balance equation in an integral form. We propose that the extrema of this equation give upper and lower bounds that can be used to constrain geodynamics solutions. This procedure represents an extension of the classical limit analysis theory of continuum mechanics, which considers only stress and strain rates. The new approach, however, extends the analysis to temperature-dependent problems where thermal feedbacks can play a significant role. We apply the proposed procedure to a simple convective/conductive heat transfer problem such as in a planetary system. The results show that it is not necessary to have a detailed knowledge of the material parameters inside the planet to derive upper and lower bounds for self-driven heat transfer processes. The analysis can be refined by considering precise dissipation processes such as plasticity and viscous creep. PMID:19948557

  17. Concept of Spatial Information System for Pieniny geodynamic polygon

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    Pasnikowski, M.; Chmiel, J.; Choromanski, M.; Pillich, A.; Szynal, P.; Galecka, M.; Jarmuz, D.

    2009-04-01

    The poster presents the conception of Spatial Information System (SIS) for geodynamic polygon of Pieniny Klippen Belt (PKB). Geodynamic research of the region, conducted by the staff of Faculty of Geodesy and Cartography of Warsaw University of Technology since the sixties of twentieth century, concern the vertical and horizontal movements and changes of Earth gravity parameters. The collected material all this time, very rich in observations and documentations, as well as further research planned in the region were an inspiration to establish the SIS. The designed system is concerned to be useful basically for collection of the results received so far and planned observation epochs as well. Its target functionality will allow to support the data presentations, analyses of the obtained results and planning process for next research in the future. The proposed conception of the database is described in the poster. The database of the considered SIS contains the following elements: information about geological structures of PKB, localizations of control points of geodynamic polygon and collected observations like: measurements of angles and distances, GNSS, precise and trigonometric levelling, gravimetric. The selected pilot layers of the SIS are based on: DTM, topographic maps, administrative and geologic maps. The data in the project are used to cover and characterize the three tectonic units distinguished in the study area. The ESRI software was used for main part of the work in the project.

  18. Automated Testing Infrastructure and Result Comparison for Geodynamics Codes

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    Heien, E. M.; Kellogg, L. H.

    2013-12-01

    The geodynamics community uses a wide variety of codes on a wide variety of both software and hardware platforms to simulate geophysical phenomenon. These codes are generally variants of finite difference or finite element calculations involving Stokes flow or wave propagation. A significant problem is that codes of even low complexity will return different results depending on the platform due to slight differences in hardware, software, compiler, and libraries. Furthermore, changes to the codes during development may affect solutions in unexpected ways such that previously validated results are altered. The Computational Infrastructure for Geodynamics (CIG) is funded by the NSF to enhance the capabilities of the geodynamics community through software development. CIG has recently done extensive work in setting up an automated testing and result validation system based on the BaTLab system developed at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. This system uses 16 variants of Linux and Mac platforms on both 32 and 64-bit processors to test several CIG codes, and has also recently been extended to support testing on the XSEDE TACC (Texas Advanced Computing Center) Stampede cluster. In this work we overview the system design and demonstrate how automated testing and validation occurs and results are reported. We also examine several results from the system from different codes and discuss how changes in compilers and libraries affect the results. Finally we detail some result comparison tools for different types of output (scalar fields, velocity fields, seismogram data), and discuss within what margins different results can be considered equivalent.

  19. Precambrian geodynamics: models vs. concepts and constrains (Invited)

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    Gerya, T.; Sizova, E.; Brown, M.

    2013-12-01

    In contrast to modern-day plate tectonics, studying Precambrian geodynamics presents a unique challenge as currently there is no agreement upon paradigm concerning the global geodynamics and lithosphere tectonics for the early Earth. Further progress in this direction requires cross-disciplinary efforts with a special emphasis placed upon quantitative testing of existing geodynamic concepts and extrapolating back in geological time, using both global and regional scale thermomechanical numerical models, which have been validated for present day Earth conditions. Here, we focus on discussing results of recent modeling studies in the context of existing concepts and constraints for Precambrian geodynamics. The three key features of Precambrian Earth evolution are outlined based on combining available observations and thermomechanical models (cf. review by Gerya, 2013): (1) Early Archean pre-subduction geodynamics was dominated by plume tectonics and the development of hot accretionary orogens with low topography, three-dimensional deformation and pronounced gravitational tectonics. Mantle downwellings and lithospheric delamination (dripping-off) processes are likely to have played a key role in assembling and stabilizing the hot orogens on a timescale up to hundreds of millions of years. Both oceanic-like and continental-like lithospheres were rheologically weak due to the high Moho temperature (>800 °C) and melt percolation from hot partially molten sublithospheric mantle (Sizova et al., 2010). (2) Wide spread development of modern-style subduction on Earth started during Mesoarchean-Neoarchean at 3.2-2.5 Ga. This is marked by the appearance of paired metamorphic complexes and oldest eclogite ages in subcontinental lithospheric mantle. Numerical models suggest that the transition occurred at mantle temperatures 175-250 °C higher than present day values, and was triggered by stabilization of rheologically strong plates of both continental and oceanic type (Sizova

  20. Numerical Modeling in Geodynamics: Success, Failure and Perspective

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    Ismail-Zadeh, A.

    2005-12-01

    A real success in numerical modeling of dynamics of the Earth can be achieved only by multidisciplinary research teams of experts in geodynamics, applied and pure mathematics, and computer science. The success in numerical modeling is based on the following basic, but simple, rules. (i) People need simplicity most, but they understand intricacies best (B. Pasternak, writer). Start from a simple numerical model, which describes basic physical laws by a set of mathematical equations, and move then to a complex model. Never start from a complex model, because you cannot understand the contribution of each term of the equations to the modeled geophysical phenomenon. (ii) Study the numerical methods behind your computer code. Otherwise it becomes difficult to distinguish true and erroneous solutions to the geodynamic problem, especially when your problem is complex enough. (iii) Test your model versus analytical and asymptotic solutions, simple 2D and 3D model examples. Develop benchmark analysis of different numerical codes and compare numerical results with laboratory experiments. Remember that the numerical tool you employ is not perfect, and there are small bugs in every computer code. Therefore the testing is the most important part of your numerical modeling. (iv) Prove (if possible) or learn relevant statements concerning the existence, uniqueness and stability of the solution to the mathematical and discrete problems. Otherwise you can solve an improperly-posed problem, and the results of the modeling will be far from the true solution of your model problem. (v) Try to analyze numerical models of a geological phenomenon using as less as possible tuning model variables. Already two tuning variables give enough possibilities to constrain your model well enough with respect to observations. The data fitting sometimes is quite attractive and can take you far from a principal aim of your numerical modeling: to understand geophysical phenomena. (vi) If the number of

  1. Effects of differentiation on the geodynamics of the early Earth

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    Piccolo, Andrea; Kaus, Boris; White, Richard; Johnson, Tim

    2016-04-01

    Archean geodynamic processes are not well understood, but there is general agreement that the mantle potential temperature was higher than present, and that as a consequence significant amounts of melt were produced both in the mantle and any overlying crust. This has likely resulted in crustal differentiation. An early attempt to model the geodynamic effects of differentiation was made by Johnson et al. (2014), who used numerical modeling to investigate the crust production and recycling in conjunction with representative phase diagrams (based on the inferred chemical composition of the primary melt in accordance with the Archean temperature field). The results of the simulations show that the base of the over-thickened primary basaltic crust becomes gravitational unstable due to the mineral assemblage changes. This instability leads to the dripping of dense material into the mantle, which causes an asthenospheric return flow, local partial melting and new primary crust generation that is rapidly recycled in to mantle. Whereas they gave important insights, the previous simulations were simplified in a number of aspects: 1) the rheology employed was viscous, and both elasticity and pressure-dependent plasticity were not considered; 2) extracted mantle melts were 100% transformed into volcanic rocks, whereas on the present day Earth only about 20-30% are volcanic and the remainder is plutonic; 3) the effect of a free surface was not studied in a systematic manner. In order to better understand how these simplifications affect the geodynamic models, we here present additional simulations to study the effects of each of these parameters. Johnson, T.E., Brown, M., Kaus, B., and VanTongeren, J.A., 2014, Delamination and recycling of Archaean crust caused by gravitational instabilities: Nature Geoscience, v. 7, no. 1, p. 47-52, doi: 10.1038/NGEO2019.

  2. Geodynamic Research at the Department of Planetary Geodesy, SRC PAS

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    Brzeziński, Aleksander; Jóźwik, Mieczysław; Kaczorowski, Marek; Kalarus, Maciej; Kasza, Damian; Kosek, Wiesław; Nastula, Jolanta; Szczerbowski, Zbigniew; Wińska, Małgorzata; Wronowski, Roman; Zdunek, Ryszard; Zieliński, Janusz B.

    2016-06-01

    The Department of Planetary Geodesy of the Space Research Centre PAS has been conducting research on a broad spectrum of problems within a field of global dynamics of the Earth. In this report we describe the investigations on selected subjects concerning polar motion (modeling and geophysical interpretation of the Chandler wobble, hydrological excitation of seasonal signals, search for optimal prediction methods), tectonic activity in the region of the Książ Geodynamic Laboratory of the SRC, and finally the new joint Polish-Italian project GalAc analyzing feasibility and usefulness of equipping second-generation Galileo satellites with accelerometers.

  3. International GPS (Global Positioning System) Service for Geodynamics

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    Zumberge, J. F. (Editor); Liu, R. (Editor); Neilan, R. E. (Editor)

    1995-01-01

    The International GPS (Global Positioning System) Service for Geodynamics (IGS) began formal operation on January 1, 1994. This first annual report is divided into sections, which mirror different aspects of the service. Section (1) contains general information, including the history of the IGS, its organization, and the global network of GPS tracking sites; (2) contains information on the Central Bureau Information System; (3) describes the International Earth Rotation Service (IERS); (4) details collecting and distributing IGS data in Data Center reports; (6) describes how the IGS Analysis Centers generate their products; (7) contains miscellaneous contributions from other organizations that share common interests with the IGS.

  4. The compressible adjoint equations in geodynamics: equations and numerical assessment

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    Ghelichkhan, Siavash; Bunge, Hans-Peter

    2016-04-01

    The adjoint method is a powerful means to obtain gradient information in a mantle convection model relative to past flow structure. While the adjoint equations in geodynamics have been derived for the conservation equations of mantle flow in their incompressible form, the applicability of this approximation to Earth is limited, because density increases by almost a factor of two from the surface to the Core Mantle Boundary. Here we introduce the compressible adjoint equations for the conservation equations in the anelastic-liquid approximation. Our derivation applies an operator formulation in Hilbert spaces, to connect to recent work in seismology (Fichtner et al (2006)) and geodynamics (Horbach et al (2014)), where the approach was used to derive the adjoint equations for the wave equation and incompressible mantle flow. We present numerical tests of the newly derived equations based on twin experiments, focusing on three simulations. A first, termed Compressible, assumes the compressible forward and adjoint equations, and represents the consistent means of including compressibility effects. A second, termed Mixed, applies the compressible forward equation, but ignores compressibility effects in the adjoint equations, where the incompressible equations are used instead. A third simulation, termed Incompressible, neglects compressibility effects entirely in the forward and adjoint equations relative to the reference twin. The compressible and mixed formulations successfully restore earlier mantle flow structure, while the incompressible formulation yields noticeable artifacts. Our results suggest the use of a compressible formulation, when applying the adjoint method to seismically derived mantle heterogeneity structure.

  5. On the Coupling of Geodynamic and Resistivity Models: A Progress Report and the Way Forward

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    Heise, Wiebke; Ellis, Susan

    2016-01-01

    Magnetotelluric (MT) studies represent the structure of crust and mantle in terms of conductivity anomalies, while geodynamic modelling predicts the deformation and evolution of crust and mantle subject to plate tectonic processes. Here, we review the first attempts to link MT models with geodynamic models. An integration of MT with geodynamic modelling requires the use of relationships between conductivity and rheological parameters such as viscosity and melt fraction, which are provided by laboratory measurements of rock properties. Owing to present limitations in our understanding of these relationships, and in interpreting the trade-off between scale and magnitude of conductivity anomalies from MT inversions, most studies linking MT and geodynamic models are qualitative rather than providing hard constraints. Some recent examples attempt a more quantitative comparison, such as a study from the Himalayan continental collision zone, where rheological parameters have been calculated from a resistivity model and compared to predictions from geodynamic modelling. We conclude by demonstrating the potential in combining MT results and geodynamic modelling with examples that directly use MT results as constraints within geodynamic models of ore bodies and studies of an active volcano-tectonic rift.

  6. Geodynamic reconstructions of the South America-Antarctica plate system

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    Vérard, Christian; Flores, Kennet; Stampfli, Gérard

    2012-01-01

    The South America-Antarctica plate system shows many oceanic accretionary systems and subduction zones that initiated and then stopped. To better apprehend the evolution of the system, geodynamic reconstructions (global) have been created from Jurassic (165 Ma) to present, following the techniques used at the University of Lausanne. However, additional synthetic magnetic anomalies were used to refine the geodynamics between 33 Ma and present. The reconstructions show the break up of Gondwana with oceanisation between South America (SAM) and Antarctica (ANT), together with the break off of 'Andean' geodynamical units (GDUs). We propose that oceanisation occurs also east and south of the Scotian GDUs. Andean GDUs collide with other GDUs crossing the Pacific. The west coast of SAM and ANT undergo a subsequent collision with all those GDUs between 103 Ma and 84 Ma, and the Antarctic Peninsula also collides with Tierra del Fuego. The SAM-ANT plate boundary experienced a series of extension and shortening with large strike-slip component, culminating with intra-oceanic subduction leading to the presence of the 'V-' and 'T-' anomalies in the Weddell Sea. From 84 Ma, a transpressive collision takes place in the Scotia region, with active margin to the east. As subduction propagates northwards into an old and dense oceanic crust, slab roll-back initiates, giving rise to the western Scotia Sea and the Powell Basin opening. The Drake Passage opens. As the Scotian GDUs migrate eastwards, there is enough space for them to spread and allow a north-south divergence with a spreading axis acting simultaneously with the western Scotia ridge. Discovery Bank stops the migration of South Orkney and 'collides with' the SAM-ANT spreading axis, while the northern Scotian GDUs are blocked against the Falkland Plateau and the North-East Georgia Rise. The western and central Scotia and the Powell Basin spreading axes must cease, and the ridge jumps to create the South Sandwich Islands Sea

  7. Geodynamic setting of recent volcanism in North Eurasia

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    Kovalenko, V. I.; Yarmolyuk, V. V.; Bogatikov, O. A.

    2009-09-01

    A GIS layout of the map of recent volcanism in North Eurasia is used to estimate the geodynamic setting of this volcanism. The fields of recent volcanic activity surround the Russian and Siberian platforms—the largest ancient tectonic blocks of Eurasia—from the arctic part of North Eurasia to the Russian Northeast and Far East and then via Central Asia to the Caucasus and West Europe. Asymmetry in the spatial distribution of recent volcanics of North Eurasia is emphasized by compositional variations and corresponding geodynamic settings. Recent volcanic rocks in the arctic part of North Eurasia comprise the within-plate alkaline and subalkaline basic rocks on the islands of the Arctic Ocean and tholeiitic basalts of the mid-ocean Gakkel Ridge. The southern, eastern, and western volcanic fields are characterized by a combination of within-plate alkaline and subalkaline basic rocks, including carbonatites in Afghanistan, and island-arc or collision basalt-andesite-rhyolite associations. The spatial distribution of recent volcanism is controlled by the thermal state of the mantle beneath North Eurasia. The enormous mass of the oceanic lithosphere was subducted during the formation of the Pangea supercontinent primarily beneath Eurasia (cold superplume) and cooled its mantle, having retained the North Pangea supercontinent almost unchanged for 200 Ma. Volcanic activity was related to the development of various shallow-seated geodynamic settings and deep-seated within-plate processes. Within-plate volcanism in eastern and southern North Eurasia is controlled, as a rule, by upper mantle plumes, which appeared in zones of convergence of lithospheric plates in connection with ascending hot flows compensating submergence of cold lithospheric slabs. After the breakdown of Pangea, which affected the northern hemisphere of the Earth insignificantly, marine basins with oceanic crust started to form in the Cretaceous and Cenozoic in response to the subsequent breakdown of

  8. Linking plate reconstructions with deforming lithosphere to geodynamic models

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    Müller, R. D.; Gurnis, M.; Flament, N.; Seton, M.; Spasojevic, S.; Williams, S.; Zahirovic, S.

    2011-12-01

    While global computational models are rapidly advancing in terms of their capabilities, there is an increasing need for assimilating observations into these models and/or ground-truthing model outputs. The open-source and platform independent GPlates software fills this gap. It was originally conceived as a tool to interactively visualize and manipulate classical rigid plate reconstructions and represent them as time-dependent topological networks of editable plate boundaries. The user can export time-dependent plate velocity meshes that can be used either to define initial surface boundary conditions for geodynamic models or alternatively impose plate motions throughout a geodynamic model run. However, tectonic plates are not rigid, and neglecting plate deformation, especially that of the edges of overriding plates, can result in significant misplacing of plate boundaries through time. A new, substantially re-engineered version of GPlates is now being developed that allows an embedding of deforming plates into topological plate boundary networks. We use geophysical and geological data to define the limit between rigid and deforming areas, and the deformation history of non-rigid blocks. The velocity field predicted by these reconstructions can then be used as a time-dependent surface boundary condition in regional or global 3-D geodynamic models, or alternatively as an initial boundary condition for a particular plate configuration at a given time. For time-dependent models with imposed plate motions (e.g. using CitcomS) we incorporate the continental lithosphere by embedding compositionally distinct crust and continental lithosphere within the thermal lithosphere. We define three isostatic columns of different thickness and buoyancy based on the tectonothermal age of the continents: Archean, Proterozoic and Phanerozoic. In the fourth isostatic column, the oceans, the thickness of the thermal lithosphere is assimilated using a half-space cooling model. We also

  9. Geodynamics branch data base for main magnetic field analysis

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    Langel, Robert A.; Baldwin, R. T.

    1991-01-01

    The data sets used in geomagnetic field modeling at GSFC are described. Data are measured and obtained from a variety of information and sources. For clarity, data sets from different sources are categorized and processed separately. The data base is composed of magnetic observatory data, surface data, high quality aeromagnetic, high quality total intensity marine data, satellite data, and repeat data. These individual data categories are described in detail in a series of notebooks in the Geodynamics Branch, GSFC. This catalog reviews the original data sets, the processing history, and the final data sets available for each individual category of the data base and is to be used as a reference manual for the notebooks. Each data type used in geomagnetic field modeling has varying levels of complexity requiring specialized processing routines for satellite and observatory data and two general routines for processing aeromagnetic, marine, land survey, and repeat data.

  10. Estimation of Geodetic and Geodynamical Parameters with VieVS

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    Spicakova, Hana; Bohm, Johannes; Bohm, Sigrid; Nilsson, tobias; Pany, Andrea; Plank, Lucia; Teke, Kamil; Schuh, Harald

    2010-01-01

    Since 2008 the VLBI group at the Institute of Geodesy and Geophysics at TU Vienna has focused on the development of a new VLBI data analysis software called VieVS (Vienna VLBI Software). One part of the program, currently under development, is a unit for parameter estimation in so-called global solutions, where the connection of the single sessions is done by stacking at the normal equation level. We can determine time independent geodynamical parameters such as Love and Shida numbers of the solid Earth tides. Apart from the estimation of the constant nominal values of Love and Shida numbers for the second degree of the tidal potential, it is possible to determine frequency dependent values in the diurnal band together with the resonance frequency of Free Core Nutation. In this paper we show first results obtained from the 24-hour IVS R1 and R4 sessions.

  11. Coupling a geodynamic seismic cycling model to rupture dynamic simulations

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    Gabriel, Alice; van Dinther, Ylona

    2014-05-01

    The relevance and results of dynamic rupture scenarios are implicitly linked to the geometry and pre-existing stress and strength state on a fault. The absolute stresses stored along faults during interseismic periods, are largely unquantifiable. They are, however, pivotal in defining coseismic rupture styles, near-field ground motion, and macroscopic source properties (Gabriel et al., 2012). Obtaining these in a physically consistent manner requires seismic cycling models, which directly couple long-term deformation processes (over 1000 year periods), the self-consistent development of faults, and the resulting dynamic ruptures. One promising approach to study seismic cycling enables both the generation of spontaneous fault geometries and the development of thermo-mechanically consistent fault stresses. This seismo-thermo-mechanical model has been developed using a methodology similar to that employed to study long-term lithospheric deformation (van Dinther et al., 2013a,b, using I2ELVIS of Gerya and Yuen, 2007). We will innovatively include the absolute stress and strength values along physically consistent evolving non-finite fault zones (regions of strain accumulation) from the geodynamic model into dynamic rupture simulations as an initial condition. The dynamic rupture simulations will be performed using SeisSol, an arbitrary high-order derivative Discontinuous Galerkin (ADER-DG) scheme (Pelties et al., 2012). The dynamic rupture models are able to incorporate the large degree of fault geometry complexity arising in naturally evolving geodynamic models. We focus on subduction zone settings with and without a splay fault. Due to the novelty of the coupling, we first focus on methodological challenges, e.g. the synchronization of both methods regarding the nucleation of events, the localization of fault planes, and the incorporation of similar frictional constitutive relations. We then study the importance of physically consistent fault stress, strength, and

  12. Effects of turbulence on the geodynamic laser ranging system

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    Churnside, James H.

    1993-01-01

    The Geodynamic Laser Ranging System (GLRS) is one of several instruments being developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for implementation as part of the Earth Observing System in the mid-1990s (Cohen et al., 1987; Bruno et al., 1988). It consists of a laser transmitter and receiver in space and an array of retroreflectors on the ground. The transmitter produces short (100 ps) pulses of light at two harmonics (0.532 and 0.355 microns) of the Nd:YAG laser. These propagate to a retroreflector on the ground and return. The receiver collects the reflected light and measures the round-trip transit time. Ranging from several angles accurately determines the position of the retroreflector, and changes in position caused by geophysical processes can be monitored.

  13. Geomorphology and Geodynamics at Crustal Boundaries within Asia and Africa

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    2004-01-01

    The release of SRTM images by NASA over the past two years year has been greeted by foreign Earth scientist's as "NASA's gift to the World". The goodwill that this has engendered in parts of Africa. India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, as scientists in those countries contemplated what many of them considered an unprovoked and unjustifiable US invasion of Iraq, cannot be underestimated. We have used SRTM images from Africa and India and elsewhere to examine aspects of tectonism, geodynamics and tsunami and earthquake hazards. Highlights of this research are itemized in this final report. One difficulty that has arisen is , of course, that the funding for the science lead the availability of the data by more than a year. and as a result many of the findings are as yet unpublished.

  14. Geodynamics--where are we and what lies ahead?

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    Drake, C L; Maxwell, J C

    1981-07-01

    The introduction and evolution of the plate tectonics hypothesis during the past two decades has sparked the current renaissance of research in the earth sciences. An outgrowth of active geophysical and geological exploration of the oceans, the plate tectonics model has come under intense scrutiny by geologists, geochemists, and geophysicists who have attempted to apply the model to the origin and growth of continents, the generation of oceanic and continental crust, and the nature of the lithosphere, asthenosphere, and underlying mantle with respect to their evolution through time and to the driving mechanism or mechanisms for plate tectonics. The study of other terrestrial planets and moons has been helpful in understanding the earth model. The unequal distribution of geological features, both in the continents and oceans, emphasizes the need for ongoing studies of international scope such as the recently completed International Geodynamics Project and its successor, the International Lithosphere Program, both stressing studies related to the dynamics of the lithosphere. PMID:17741165

  15. Mantle Plume Dynamics Constrained by Seismic Tomography and Geodynamics

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    Glisovic, P.; Forte, A. M.

    2012-12-01

    We construct a time-dependent, compressible mantle convection model in three-dimensional spherical geometry that is consistent with tomography-based instantaneous flow dynamics, using an updated and revised pseudo-spectral numerical method [Glisovic et al., Geophys. J. Int. 2012]. We explored the impact of two end-member surface boundary conditions, for a rigid and plate-like surface, along with geodynamically-inferred radial viscosity profiles. In each case we find that deep-mantle hot upwellings are durable and stable features in the mantle-wide convective circulation. These deeply-rooted mantle plumes show remarkable longevity over very long geological time spans (several hundred million years), mainly owing to the high viscosity in the lower mantle. Our very-long time convection simulations suggest that the deep-mantle plumes beneath the following hotspots: Pitcairn, Easter, Galapagos, Crozet, Kerguelen, Caroline and Cape Verde, are most reliably resolved in the present-day tomographic images.

  16. Coupling geodynamic with thermodynamic modelling for reconstructions of magmatic systems

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    Rummel, Lisa; Kaus, Boris J. P.; White, Richard

    2016-04-01

    Coupling geodynamic with petrological models is fundamental for understanding magmatic systems from the melting source in the mantle to the point of magma crystallisation in the upper crust. Most geodynamic codes use very simplified petrological models consisting of a single, fixed, chemistry. Here, we develop a method to better track the petrological evolution of the source rock and corresponding volcanic and plutonic rocks by combining a geodynamic code with a thermodynamic model for magma generation and evolution. For the geodynamic modelling a finite element code (MVEP2) solves the conservation of mass, momentum and energy equations. The thermodynamic modelling of phase equilibria in magmatic systems is performed with pMELTS for mantle-like bulk compositions. The thermodynamic dependent properties calculated by pMELTS are density, melt fraction and the composition of the liquid and solid phase in the chemical system: SiO2-TiO2-Al2O3-Fe2O3-Cr2O3-FeO-MgO-CaO-Na2O-K2O-P2O5-H2O. In order to take into account the chemical depletion of the source rock with increasing melt extraction events, calculation of phase diagrams is performed in two steps: 1) With an initial rock composition density, melt fraction as well as liquid and solid composition are computed over the full upper mantle P-T range. 2) Once the residual rock composition (equivalent to the solid composition after melt extraction) is significantly different from the initial rock composition and the melt fraction is lower than a critical value, the residual composition is used for next calculations with pMELTS. The implementation of several melt extraction events take the change in chemistry into account until the solidus is shifted to such high temperatures that the rock cannot be molten anymore under upper mantle conditions. An advantage of this approach is that we can track the change of melt chemistry with time, which can be compared with natural constraints. In the thermo-mechanical code the

  17. Magnetohydrodynamic Convection in the Outer Core and its Geodynamic Consequences

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    Kuang, Weijia; Chao, Benjamin F.; Fang, Ming

    2004-01-01

    The Earth's fluid outer core is in vigorous convection through much of the Earth's history. In addition to generating and maintaining Earth s time-varying magnetic field (geodynamo), the core convection also generates mass redistribution in the core and a dynamical pressure field on the core-mantle boundary (CMB). All these shall result in various core-mantle interactions, and contribute to surface geodynamic observables. For example, electromagnetic core-mantle coupling arises from finite electrically conducting lower mantle; gravitational interaction occurs between the cores and the heterogeneous mantle; mechanical coupling may also occur when the CMB topography is aspherical. Besides changing the mantle rotation via the coupling torques, the mass-redistribution in the core shall produce a spatial-temporal gravity anomaly. Numerical modeling of the core dynamical processes contributes in several geophysical disciplines. It helps explain the physical causes of surface geodynamic observables via space geodetic techniques and other means, e.g. Earth's rotation variation on decadal time scales, and secular time-variable gravity. Conversely, identification of the sources of the observables can provide additional insights on the dynamics of the fluid core, leading to better constraints on the physics in the numerical modeling. In the past few years, our core dynamics modeling efforts, with respect to our MoSST model, have made significant progress in understanding individual geophysical consequences. However, integrated studies are desirable, not only because of more mature numerical core dynamics models, but also because of inter-correlation among the geophysical phenomena, e.g. mass redistribution in the outer core produces not only time-variable gravity, but also gravitational core-mantle coupling and thus the Earth's rotation variation. They are expected to further facilitate multidisciplinary studies of core dynamics and interactions of the core with other

  18. Geodynamics of the Eastern Pacific Region, Caribbean and Scotia Arcs. Volume 9

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    Cabre, R.

    1983-01-01

    This book analyze the geodynamic phenomena related to the interaction of the eastern Pacific with the Americas between Canada and the Antarctic peninsula. Studies include the Cordilleran arcs and Juan de Fuca plate.

  19. Chronological constraints on the Permian geodynamic evolution of eastern Australia

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    Li, Pengfei; Rosenbaum, Gideon; Vasconcelos, Paulo

    2014-03-01

    The New England Orogen in eastern Australia developed as a subduction-related orogen in the Late Devonian to Carboniferous, and was modified in the Permian by deformation, magmatism and oroclinal bending. The geodynamics associated with the development of the New England oroclines and the exact timing of major tectonic events is still enigmatic. Here we present new 40Ar/39Ar results from metasedimentary and volcanic rocks from the southern New England Orogen. Eight grains from four metasedimentary samples (Texas beds) that originated in the Late Devonian to Carboniferous accretionary wedge yielded reproducible plateau ages of ~ 293, ~ 280, ~ 270 and ~ 260 Ma. These results suggest a complex thermal history associated with multiple thermal events, possibly due to the proximity to Permian intrusions. Two samples from mafic volcanic rocks in the southernmost New England Orogen (Alum Mountain Volcanics and Werrie Basalt) yielded eruption ages of 271.8 ± 1.8 and 266.4 ± 3.0 Ma. The origin of these rocks was previously attributed to slab breakoff, following a period of widespread extension in the early Permian. We suggest that this phase of volcanism marked the transition from backarc extension assisted by trench retreat to overriding-plate contraction. The main phase of oroclinal bending has likely occurred during backarc extension in the early Permian, and terminated at 271-266 Ma with the processes of slab segmentation and breakoff.

  20. Geodynamics and temporal variations in the gravity field

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    Mcadoo, D. C.; Wagner, C. A.

    1989-01-01

    Just as the Earth's surface deforms tectonically, so too does the gravity field evolve with time. Now that precise geodesy is yielding observations of these deformations it is important that concomitant, temporal changes in the gravity field be monitored. Although these temporal changes are minute they are observable: changes in the J2 component of the gravity field were inferred from satellite (LAGEOS) tracking data; changes in other components of the gravity field would likely be detected by Geopotential Research Mission (GRM), a proposed but unapproved NASA gravity field mission. Satellite gradiometers were also proposed for high-precision gravity field mapping. Using simple models of geodynamic processes such as viscous postglacial rebound of the solid Earth, great subduction zone earthquakes and seasonal glacial mass fluctuations, we predict temporal changes in gravity gradients at spacecraft altitudes. It was found that these proposed gravity gradient satellite missions should have sensitivities equal to or better than 10(exp -4) E in order to reliably detect these changes. It was also found that satellite altimetry yields little promise of useful detection of time variations in gravity.

  1. Simulation of 3D Global Wave Propagation Through Geodynamic Models

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    Schuberth, B.; Piazzoni, A.; Bunge, H.; Igel, H.; Steinle-Neumann, G.

    2005-12-01

    This project aims at a better understanding of the forward problem of global 3D wave propagation. We use the spectral element program "SPECFEM3D" (Komatitsch and Tromp, 2002a,b) with varying input models of seismic velocities derived from mantle convection simulations (Bunge et al., 2002). The purpose of this approach is to obtain seismic velocity models independently from seismological studies. In this way one can test the effects of varying parameters of the mantle convection models on the seismic wave field. In order to obtain the seismic velocities from the temperature field of the geodynamical simulations we follow a mineral physics approach. Assuming a certain mantle composition (e.g. pyrolite with CMASF composition) we compute the stable phases for each depth (i.e. pressure) and temperature by system Gibbs free energy minimization. Elastic moduli and density are calculated from the equations of state of the stable mineral phases. For this we use a mineral physics database derived from calorimetric experiments (enthalphy and entropy of formation, heat capacity) and EOS parameters.

  2. Late Cenozoic Basin Architecture in Central Turkey: Geodynamic Implications

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    Gurbuz, A.; Kazanci, N.

    2014-12-01

    The Lake Tuz basin is the largest intracontinental basin in Turkey and has hydrocarbon and industrial mineral reserves. Thus, there are several studies particularly intended for the pre-Neogene geology of the basin. However, there is not any detailed study related to the geological units of Neogene and Quaternary periods. This study aims to exhibit facies features of these units within spatial and temporal distributions according to field studies. In the other hand, the region has modelled through stratigraphically by computing more than 250 borehole data within 3D GeoScientific Information System. In light of obtained model, basement topographies of Neogene and Quaternary units has revealed. The model indicate high amounts of sedimentation during the Mio-Pliocene with a southward increasing thickness of a freshwater lake basin while it is a shallow saline lake basin today that regressed towards the north during the Plio-Quaternary. The combination of these results with regional geological and geophysical data (i.e. gravity and crustal thickness) allows geodynamic implications for central Turkey. The spatio-temporal variations of Late Cenozoic units reflect the main effect of endogenic forces that were caused due to lithospheric slab break-off and following asthenospheric upwelling under central Turkey.

  3. Application of VLBI and satellite laser ranging to geodynamics

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    Coates, R. J.

    1983-01-01

    The NASA Crustal Dynamics Project has developed very-long baseline interferometer (VLBI) systems and satellite laser ranging (SLR) systems for geodynamics measurements. In VLBI, a radio noise signal from a distant quasar is received by two or more radio antennas and coherently recorded. These recordings are cross-correlated to determine the relative signal delays between stations which are used to derive the vector baselines between the stations. The SLR systems accurately determine the range to a retroreflector satellite as a function of time with short laser pulses. These range measurements from several stations to the same satellite are used in orbit analysis programs to determine the position of the stations and the vector baselines between the stations. Measurements with these systems have achieved precisions of a few centimeters in length for distances of several thousand km. These systems are now operating in a global network for measuring the relative motion of the N. American, Pacific, S. American, Nazca, Eurasian and Australian tectonic plates. Highly mobile VLBI and SLR systems are being operated at many sites in the active earthquake areas in western N. America in order to determine the crustal deformation and strain accumulation.

  4. Geodynamically Consistent Interpretation of Seismic Tomography under the Hawaiian Hotspot

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    Bercovici, D.; Samuel, H.

    2006-12-01

    Recent theoretical developments as well as increased data quality and coverage have allowed seismic tomographic imaging to better resolve narrower structures at both shallow and deep mantle depths. However, despite these improvements, the interpretation of tomographic images remains problematic mainly because of: (1) the trade off between temperature and composition and their different influence on mantle flow; (2) the difficulty in determining the extent and continuity of structures revealed by seismic tomography. We present a study on mantle thermal plumes, which illustrate the need to consider both geodynamic and mineral physics for a consistent interpretation of tomographic images in terms of temperature composition and flow. We focus on the identification of thermal plume by seismic tomography beneath the Hawaiian hot spot: a set of 3D numerical experiments is performed in a spherical shell to model a rising plume beneath a moving plate. The thermal structure obtained is converted into body waves seismic velocities using mineral physics considerations. We then build synthetic travel time data by propagating front waves in the obtained seismic structure. This synthetic data will be used to construct a travel time tomographic model, which is compared with actual tomographic models based on data from the ongoing PLUME seismic experiment. This comparison will allow a more consistent and quantitative interpretation of seismic tomography and plume structure under Hawaii.

  5. Geodynamic Effects of Ocean Tides: Progress and Problems

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    Richard, Ray

    1999-01-01

    Satellite altimetry, particularly Topex/Poseidon, has markedly improved our knowledge of global tides, thereby allowing significant progress on some longstanding problems in geodynamics. This paper reviews some of that progress. Emphasis is given to global-scale problems, particularly those falling within the mandate of the new IERS Special Bureau for Tides: angular momentum, gravitational field, geocenter motion. For this discussion I use primarily the new ocean tide solutions GOT99.2, CSR4.0, and TPXO.4 (for which G. Egbert has computed inverse-theoretic error estimates), and I concentrate on new results in angular momentum and gravity and their solid-earth implications. One example is a new estimate of the effective tidal Q at the M_2 frequency, based on combining these ocean models with tidal estimates from satellite laser ranging. Three especially intractable problems are also addressed: (1) determining long-period tides in the Arctic [large unknown effect on the inertia tensor, particularly for Mf]; (2) determining the global psi_l tide [large unknown effect on interpretations of gravimetry for the near-diurnal free wobble]; and (3) determining radiational tides [large unknown temporal variations at important frequencies]. Problems (2) and (3) are related.

  6. High Speed Networking and Large-scale Simulation in Geodynamics

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    Kuang, Weijia; Gary, Patrick; Seablom, Michael; Truszkowski, Walt; Odubiyi, Jide; Jiang, Weiyuan; Liu, Dong

    2004-01-01

    Large-scale numerical simulation has been one of the most important approaches for understanding global geodynamical processes. In this approach, peta-scale floating point operations (pflops) are often required to carry out a single physically-meaningful numerical experiment. For example, to model convective flow in the Earth's core and generation of the geomagnetic field (geodynamo), simulation for one magnetic free-decay time (approximately 15000 years) with a modest resolution of 150 in three spatial dimensions would require approximately 0.2 pflops. If such a numerical model is used to predict geomagnetic secular variation over decades and longer, with e.g. an ensemble Kalman filter assimilation approach, approximately 30 (and perhaps more) independent simulations of similar scales would be needed for one data assimilation analysis. Obviously, such a simulation would require an enormous computing resource that exceeds the capacity of a single facility currently available at our disposal. One solution is to utilize a very fast network (e.g. 10Gb optical networks) and available middleware (e.g. Globus Toolkit) to allocate available but often heterogeneous resources for such large-scale computing efforts. At NASA GSFC, we are experimenting with such an approach by networking several clusters for geomagnetic data assimilation research. We shall present our initial testing results in the meeting.

  7. Global Biomass Variation and its Geodynamic Effects, 1982-1998

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    Rodell, M.; Chao, B. F.; Au, A. Y.; Kimball, J. S.; McDonald, K. C.

    2005-01-01

    Redistribution of mass near Earth's surface alters its rotation, gravity field, and geocenter location. Advanced techniques for measuring these geodetic variations now exist, but the ability to attribute the observed modes to individual Earth system processes has been hampered by a shortage of reliable global data on such processes, especially hydrospheric processes. To address one aspect of this deficiency, 17 yrs of monthly, global maps of vegetation biomass were produced by applying field-based relationships to satellite-derived vegetation type and leaf area index. The seasonal variability of biomass was estimated to be as large as 5 kg m(exp -2). Of this amount, approximately 4 kg m(exp -2) is due to vegetation water storage variations. The time series of maps was used to compute geodetic anomalies, which were then compared with existing geodetic observations as well as the estimated measurement sensitivity of the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE). For gravity, the seasonal amplitude of biomass variations may be just within GRACE'S limits of detectability, but it is still an order of magnitude smaller than current observation uncertainty using the satellite-laser-ranging technique. The contribution of total biomass variations to seasonal polar motion amplitude is detectable in today's measurement, but it is obscured by contributions from various other sources, some of which are two orders of magnitude larger. The influence on the length of day is below current limits of detectability. Although the nonseasonal geodynamic signals show clear interannual variability, they are too small to be detected.

  8. Structural Analysis and Geodynamic Implications of Tessera Terrain, Venus

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    Hansen, V. L.; Willis, J. J.

    1996-03-01

    Understanding processes of tessera formation is fundamental to Venus tectonic and geodynamic models. We examined tessera terrain in Ishtar Terra, crustal plateaus, and as inliers within the plains using high-resolution Magellan SAR imagery. We describe several major types of tesseraeeach found in specific geologic or geomorphic regions. Fold and S-C tessera terrain are found only in Ishtar Terra; lava flow and basin-and-dome terrains reside within the interior of crustal plateaus, whereas folded ribbon terrain and extended folded terrain comprise margins of crustal plateaus; and star terrain lies within central Phoebe. Inliers are divisible into fracture-dominated and graben-dominated tesserae, which may represent ancient flooded coronae-chasmata and crustal plateaus, respectively. Thus tesserae might form in several tectonic environments, including as a result of (1) subsurface flow in Ishtar Terra, (2) as sequences of surface-layer extension and contraction in crustal plateaus, (3) as highly-extended, previously-deformed crustal plateaus which have deflated or sunken, and become flooded and thus preserved as large plains inliers, and (4) as densely-fractured surface layersfractured as a result of corona and chasma formationwhich have since sunken and become flooded, and thus preserved as isolated, scattered, highly-fractured inliers. If these models of formation are correct, tesserae would not form a global onion skin; they would not represent a globally synchronous unit; they would not record a single period of deformation; and it would not infer a single mechanism for tesserae formation.

  9. Tightly Coupled Geodynamic Systems: Software, Implicit Solvers & Applications

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    May, D.; Le Pourhiet, L.; Brown, J.

    2011-12-01

    The generic term "multi-physics" is used to define physical processes which are described by a collection of partial differential equations, or "physics". Numerous processes in geodynamics fall into this category. For example, the evolution of viscous fluid flow and heat transport within the mantle (Stokes flow + energy conservation), the dynamics of melt migration (Stokes flow + Darcy flow + porosity evolution) and landscape evolution (Stokes + diffusion/advection over a surface). The development of software to numerically investigate processes that are described through the composition of different physics components are typically (a) designed for one particular set of physics and are never intended to be extended, or coupled to other processes (b) enforce that certain non-linearity's (or coupling) are explicitly removed from the system for reasons of computational efficiency, or due the lack of a robust non-linear solver (e.g. most models in the mantle convection community). We describe a software infrastructure which enables us to easily introduce new physics with minimal code modifications; tightly couple all physics without introducing splitting errors; exploit modern linear/non-linear solvers and permit the re-use of monolithic preconditioners for individual physics blocks (e.g. saddle point preconditioners for Stokes). Here we present a number of examples to illustrate the flexibility and importance of using this software infra-structure. Using the Stokes system as a prototype, we show results illustrating (i) visco-plastic shear banding experiments, (ii) how coupling Stokes flow with the evolution of the material coordinates can yield temporal stability in the free surface evolution and (iii) the discretisation error associated with decoupling Stokes equation from the heat transport equation in models of mantle convection with various rheologies.

  10. ELEFANT: a user-friendly multipurpose geodynamics code

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    Thieulot, C.

    2014-07-01

    A new finite element code for the solution of the Stokes and heat transport equations is presented. It has purposely been designed to address geological flow problems in two and three dimensions at crustal and lithospheric scales. The code relies on the Marker-in-Cell technique and Lagrangian markers are used to track materials in the simulation domain which allows recording of the integrated history of deformation; their (number) density is variable and dynamically adapted. A variety of rheologies has been implemented including nonlinear thermally activated dislocation and diffusion creep and brittle (or plastic) frictional models. The code is built on the Arbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian kinematic description: the computational grid deforms vertically and allows for a true free surface while the computational domain remains of constant width in the horizontal direction. The solution to the large system of algebraic equations resulting from the finite element discretisation and linearisation of the set of coupled partial differential equations to be solved is obtained by means of the efficient parallel direct solver MUMPS whose performance is thoroughly tested, or by means of the WISMP and AGMG iterative solvers. The code accuracy is assessed by means of many geodynamically relevant benchmark experiments which highlight specific features or algorithms, e.g., the implementation of the free surface stabilisation algorithm, the (visco-)plastic rheology implementation, the temperature advection, the capacity of the code to handle large viscosity contrasts. A two-dimensional application to salt tectonics presented as case study illustrates the potential of the code to model large scale high resolution thermo-mechanically coupled free surface flows.

  11. Crisis of isotope geodynamics: Sm-Nd aspect

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    Pushkarev, Y. D.; Nikitina, L. P.

    2009-04-01

    Isotope geochemistry for many years contributes to improve our understanding of the Earth's interiors. There are a lot of models of the crust-mantle system evolution based on the isotope data. Indeed, identification of various types of the mantle material on the basis of isotope composition of its magmatic derivatives has opened perspective to fill geophysical models with the geochemical content. Study of the mantle material composition, changing in time and in space, with the same approach originated a new branch of geology, which was named chemical geodynamics or isotope geodynamics. Opportunities of the new approach have been unambiguously admitted more than 30 years ago after DePaolo & D.Wasserburg pioneer works, dedicated to development of Sm-Nd isotope systematics. This systematics became the most considerable component in the basement of isotope geodynamics as a whole. Since then nobody ever discussed the constrains of this siystematics. At the same time there are many contradictions in it. There are numerous mantle xenoliths depleted in main elements (Pearson et al., 2003), for which the whole variation curve normalized to chondrite is plotted below chondrite level. Paradox of the situation is that this mantle material has REE pattern which displays a continuous decrease of their concentration from La to Lu. Accordingly, Sm/Nd ratio in such material is lower than in chondrites. Through some time this material will be able to generate melts with ENd<0, which is considered to be the characteristic of the enriched mantle. At the same time, the material producing such melts in terms of the total REE concentration and the main elements concentration is high depleted. Another example, which demonstrates the independent variations of the main elements concentration, of the total REE contents, of Sm/Nd ratio and of Nd isotope composition in a source of the mantle magmatic derivatives, is connected with tholeiites of the middle ocean ridges and ocean islands

  12. Error analysis for the proposed close grid geodynamic satellite measurement system (CLOGEOS)

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    Mueller, I. I.; Vangelder, B. H. W.; Kumar, M.

    1975-01-01

    The close grid geodynamic measurement system experiment which envisages an active ranging satellite and a grid of retro-reflectors or transponders in the San Andreas fault area is a detailed simulated study for recovering the relative positions in the grid. The close grid geodynamic measurement system for determining the relative motion of two plates in the California region (if feasible) could be used in other areas of the world to delineate and complete the picture of crustal motions over the entire globe and serve as a geodetic survey system. In addition, with less stringent accuracy standards, the system would also find usage in allied geological and marine geodesy fields.

  13. The Geodynamic Evolution Of Sri Lanka: A Review

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    Kehelpannala, K.

    2006-12-01

    collisions perhaps led to the final assembly of Gondwana around Sri Lanka. The arc accretion scenario would question any Gondwana reconstruction liking Sri Lanka with India. A detailed study of the deep crust of Sri Lanka involving seismic profiling as suggested in LEGENDS initiative would be important for understanding not only its exact position in Gondwana but also the geodynamic evolution and mechanisms of assembly of this supercontinent around Sri Lanka.

  14. Active Tectonics And Modern Geodynamics Of Sub-Yerevan Region

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    Avanesyan, M.

    2004-05-01

    The given work is dedicated to active tectonics and modern geodynamics of Sub-Yerevan region. This region is interesting as a one of regions with maximal seismic activity in Armenia. The high level of seismic risk of this region is conditioned by high level of seismic hazard, high density of the population, as well as presence of objects of special importance and industrial capacities. The modern structure of Sub-Yerevan region and the adjacent area, as well as the Caucasus entirely, has mosaic-block appearance, typical for collision zone of Arabian and Eurasian plates. Distinctively oriented active faults of various ranges and morphological types are distinguished. These faults, in their turn, form various-scale active blocks of the Earth's crust and their movement defines seismic activity of the region. The researches show, that all strong earthquakes in the region were caused by movements by newest and activated ancient faults. In order to reveal the character of Earth's crust active blocks movement, separation of high gradients of horizontal and vertical movements and definition of stress fields highest concentration regions by GPS observations, high-accuracy leveling and study of earthquake focal mechanisms a new seismotectonic model is developed, which represents a combination of tectonic structure, seismic data, newest and modern movements. On the basis of comparison and analysis of these data zones with potential maximal seismic hazard are separated. The zone of joint of Azat-Sevan active and Yerevan abysmal faults is the most active on the territory of Sub-Yerevan region. The directions relatively the Earth's crust movement in the zones of horizontal and vertical movement gradients lead to conclusion, that Aragats-Tsakhkunian and Gegam active blocks undergo clockwise rotation. This means, that additional concentration of stress must be observed in block corners, that is confirmed by location of strong earthquakes sources. Thus, on the North 1988 Spitak (M

  15. Kinematic model for Tenerife Island (Canary Islands, Spain): Geodynamic interpretation in the Nubian plate context

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    Berrocoso, M.; Carmona, J.; Fernández-Ros, A.; Pérez-Peña, A.; Ortiz, R.; García, A.

    2010-12-01

    Establishment of a geodetic network in Tenerife is the starting point for the use of GPS and other precise geodetic techniques in the support of the study of kinematics and their relation with island volcanic activity. This paper is focused on the characterization of volcanotectonic activity of Tenerife, to determine the geodynamic framework for volcanic surveillance. TEGETEIDE network, set up in 2005 and re-observed each year, is composed of seven GNSS-GPS stations scattered throughout the island. A horizontal deformation model is presented in order to explain the observed island displacement pattern in the geodynamic context of the Nubian plate. According to the models obtained, the most important geologic structures, such as the volcanic rifts and the caldera, determine the current deformation pattern of Tenerife. The geodynamics of the most stable areas of the island behave similarly to that observed from the permanent GNSS-GPS reference stations located in La Palma and Gran Canaria Islands. Anomalous geodynamic behaviour has been detected in two zones of Tenerife, which configure an NW-SE axis crossing the central sector of the island, related with the volcanotectonic activity of the island and its surroundings.

  16. Geodetic and Geodynamic Studies at Department of Geodesy and Geodetic Astronomy Wut

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    Brzeziński, Aleksander; Barlik, Marcin; Andrasik, Ewa; Izdebski, Waldemar; Kruczyk, Michał; Liwosz, Tomasz; Olszak, Tomasz; Pachuta, Andrzej; Pieniak, Magdalena; Próchniewicz, Dominik; Rajner, Marcin; Szpunar, Ryszard; Tercjak, Monika; Walo, Janusz

    2016-06-01

    The article presents current issues and research work conducted in the Department of Geodesy and Geodetic Astronomy at the Faculty of Geodesy and Cartography at Warsaw University of Technology. It contains the most important directions of research in the fields of physical geodesy, satellite measurement techniques, GNSS meteorology, geodynamic studies, electronic measurement techniques and terrain information systems.

  17. Role of the Earth's rotation in global geodynamics

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    Pavlenkova, N.

    2009-04-01

    Role of the Earth's rotation in the global geodynamics. Pavlenkova N.I., Institute of Physics of the Earth of Russian Academy of Science, B.Grusinskaja 10, 123995, Moscow, ninapav@ifz.ru Geophysical studies show several regularities in Earth's structures which are not explained by the traditional global tectonics conceptions. (1) The surface of the Earth, as well as a surface of other planets, precisely shares on two hemispheres with a different relief and structure of an earth's crust: on the Pacific (oceanic) hemisphere with the lowered relief and a thin oceanic crust, and a continental hemisphere with prevalence of the raised relief and a thick continental crust. (2) There is a regular system of global lineaments and ring structures which are stretched on thousand kilometers, covering continents and oceans. As one of examples it is possible to result system of rift zones (mid-oceanic ridges), forming a ring around of the Antarctica with rift branches from it through everyone of 90 degrees. (3) Asymmetry with a relief of a day time surface when to each raised structure there corresponds the lowered surface on the opposite side of globe is observed. (4) The continental and oceanic mantles have different compositions and deep roots (>300 km) beneath the continents are prominent as regions with relatively high seismic velocities. There are regular connections between geological structures and deep mantle roots. (5) The classical lithosphere-asthenosphere model is not confirmed by seismic data. The asthenosphere can not be traced as a continuous layer, there are disconnected lenses (asthenolenses) even beneath mid-oceanic ridges. Significant horizontal movements of the lithosphere, as proposed by the global plate tectonics, would destroy all these regularities and crust-mantle interaction. To make an agreement between all observed data, the fluids-rotation hypothesis is proposed. The hypothesis supposes two main energy sources of the global tectonics: the

  18. A geodynamical perspective on the subduction of Cocos and Rivera plates beneath Mexico and Central America

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    Manea, V. C.; Manea, M.; Ferrari, L.

    2013-12-01

    The Middle America subduction zone (MASZ) is one of the world’ most complex convergent margins as it involves the subduction of the Rivera and Cocos young oceanic plates beneath the North American and Caribbean plates and is bounded by the Gulf of California rift and the Panama slab window. Characterized by contorted and unusual slab geometry, irregularly distributed seismicity and volcanism, exceptionally large slow slip events (SSE) and non-volcanic tremors (NVT), this subduction system represents a great natural laboratory for better understanding geodynamic processes at a fundamental level. Based on a solid observational foundation, and incorporating the latest experimental results into a coherent geodynamical framework, we shed light on the main processes controlling the subduction system evolution in this region. The tectonics, volcanism, slab geometry and segmentation along the margin are reviewed from a geodynamical perspective. We proposed and discussed a series of evolutionary scenarios for the Mexican and Central American subduction zones, providing a coherent starting base for future geodynamical modeling studies tailored to this active margin. We discuss comparatively the recently discovered SSEs and NVTs along the MASZ, and try to differentiate among the proposed mechanisms responsible for these observations. Finally we discuss the recent seismic anisotropy observations in a geodynamic context, offering an integrated view of mantle flow pattern along the entire active margin. Although the MASZ as a whole may be considered a fairly complicated region with many unusual features and sometimes controversial interpretations, its complexity and unusual characteristics can improve our knowledge about the linkage between deep and surface processes associated with subduction zone dynamics.

  19. A Geodynamical Perspective on the Subduction of Cocos and Rivera plates beneath Mexico and Central America

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    Manea, V.; Manea, M.; Ferrari, L.

    2013-05-01

    The Middle America subduction zone (MASZ) is one of the world most complex convergent margins as it involves the subduction of the Rivera and Cocos young oceanic plates beneath the North American and Caribbean plates and is bounded by the Gulf of California rift and the Panama slab window. Characterized by contorted and unusual slab geometry, irregularly distributed seismicity and volcanism, exceptionally large slow slip events (SSE) and non-volcanic tremors (NVT), this subduction system represents a great natural laboratory for better understanding geodynamic processes at a fundamental level. Based on a solid observational foundation, and incorporating the latest experimental results into a coherent geodynamical framework, we shed light on the main processes controlling the subduction system evolution in this region. The tectonics, volcanism, slab geometry and segmentation along the margin are reviewed from a geodynamical perspective. We proposed and discussed a series of evolutionary scenarios for the Mexican and Central American subduction zones, providing a coherent starting base for future geodynamical modeling studies tailored to this active margin. We discuss comparatively the recently discovered SSEs and NVTs along the MASZ, and try to differentiate among the proposed mechanisms responsible for these observations. Finally we discuss the recent seismic anisotropy observations in a geodynamic context, offering an integrated view of mantle flow pattern along the entire active margin. Although the MASZ as a whole may be considered a fairly complicated region with many unusual features and sometimes controversial interpretations, its complexity and unusual characteristics can improve our knowledge about the linkage between deep and surface processes associated with subduction zone dynamics.

  20. A Geodynamical Perspective on the Subduction of Cocos and Rivera plates beneath Mexico and Central America

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    Constantin Manea, Vlad; Manea, Marina; Ferrari, Luca

    2013-04-01

    The Middle America subduction zone (MASZ) is one of the world most complex convergent margins as it involves the subduction of the Rivera and Cocos young oceanic plates beneath the North American and Caribbean plates and is bounded by the Gulf of California rift and the Panama slab window. Characterized by contorted and unusual slab geometry, irregularly distributed seismicity and volcanism, exceptionally large slow slip events (SSE) and non-volcanic tremors (NVT), this subduction system represents a great natural laboratory for better understanding geodynamic processes at a fundamental level. Based on a solid observational foundation, and incorporating the latest experimental results into a coherent geodynamical framework, we shed light on the main processes controlling the subduction system evolution in this region. The tectonics, volcanism, slab geometry and segmentation along the margin are reviewed from a geodynamical perspective. We proposed and discussed a series of evolutionary scenarios for the Mexican and Central American subduction zones, providing a coherent starting base for future geodynamical modeling studies tailored to this active margin. We discuss comparatively the recently discovered SSEs and NVTs along the MASZ, and try to differentiate among the proposed mechanisms responsible for these observations. Finally we discuss the recent seismic anisotropy observations in a geodynamic context, offering an integrated view of mantle flow pattern along the entire active margin. Although the MASZ as a whole may be considered a fairly complicated region with many unusual features and sometimes controversial interpretations, its complexity and unusual characteristics can improve our knowledge about the linkage between deep and surface processes associated with subduction zone dynamics.

  1. Cenozoic geodynamic evolution of the western Mediterranean domain: A view from the Neogene peri-Tyrrhenian basins

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    Roure, F.; Montadert, L.; Mueller, C.

    1988-08-01

    Biostratigraphic and structural studies of synorogenic Neogene deposits in the southern Apennines, Calabria, and Cicily are compared to similar data from Sardinia and the Tyrrhenian Sea to trace the geodynamic evolution of the western Mediterranean domain.

  2. On the Utility of High-Resolution InSAR Data for Geodynamic Applications

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    Zhang, Y.; Amelung, F.

    2014-12-01

    High-spatial and high-temporal resolution InSAR data acquired by the TerraSAR-X and Cosmo-Skymed satellites is becoming increasingly available for geodynamic applications, including volcanic crises, the arctic ice sheets and land subsidence problems. The advantage of these second-generation SAR systems is that processes can be resolved that were not visible by the low-resolution first-generation systems, such as pre-eruptive deformation of a volcanic dome and uplift or subsidence of the bedrock in response to a glacial surge. The drawback is the limited temporal coherence because these satellites operate at X-Band, which makes them suitable only for particular environments. In this poster we present a variety of applications. Our purpose is to better define the potential of these systems for geodynamic applications.

  3. Seismic imaging of the geodynamic activity at the western Eger rift in central Europe

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    Mullick, N.; Buske, S.; Hrubcova, P.; Ruzek, B.; Shapiro, S.; Wigger, P.; Fischer, T.

    2015-04-01

    The western Eger rift at the Czech-German border in central Europe is an important geodynamically active area within the European Cenzoic rift system (ECRS) in the forelands of the Alps. Along with two other active areas of the ECRS, the French Massif Central and the east and west Eifel volcanic fields, it is characterized by numerous CO2-rich fluid emission points and frequent micro-seismicity. Existence of a plume(s) is indicated in the upper mantle which may be responsible for these observations. Here we reprocess a pre-existing deep seismic reflection profile '9HR' and interpret the subsurface structures as mapped by seismic reflectivity with previous findings, mainly from seismological and geochemical studies, to investigate the geodynamic activity in the subsurface. We find prominent hints of pathways which may allow magmatic fluids originating in the upper mantle to rise through the crust and cause the observed fluid emanations and earthquake activity.

  4. Geodynamic model for the development of the Cameroon Hot Line (Equatorial Africa)

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    Nkono, Collin; Féménias, Olivier; Demaiffe, Daniel

    2014-12-01

    This work proposes a new geodynamic model for the development of the Cameroon Hot Line (CHL) in Equatorial Africa. It is based on the analysis of the distribution of lineaments and of magmatic bodies (Paleogene anorogenic ring-complexes and Neogene volcanic centres). Two successive geodynamic models are proposed to explain the distribution of the Cainozoic to recent magmatic activity. They are both sinistral. The first one, during the Paleogene, developed around the N ∼ 70°E direction while the second one (Neogene) is oriented around the N ∼ 130°E direction. The two periods are separated by a short transition. The emplacement follows the local reactivation of pre-existing (Pan-African) faults in relation to the collision between the Afro-Arabian and Eurasian plates, during the Alpine history.

  5. Geodynamics of Central Europe Based On Observations of The GPS Euref Stations

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    Schenk, V.

    When azimuths of the horizontal movement vectors processed from GPS data mon- itored during several campaigns on regional networks situated in the Central Europe (the East Sudeten, the West Alps, the Trans-Alpen area) were compared, they dis- played remarkable changed in their values evaluated from two sequential campaigns with respect to next ones. As adopted, the GPS data processed of one campaign are ordinarily linked to a close EUREF station (or stations) to be joined to an Interna- tional Terrestrial Reference Frame (ITRF). Even though the interconnection to the ITRF, the vector azimuths for one site evaluated from different campaigns can still show changes. To eliminate this effect, available movements of the Central European EUREF stations were analysed with respect to geological structural units in that rela- tively coincident character of geodynamic movements are expected. Several "geody- namic" units were identified and delineated for an area of the Central Europe. Then, directions of the horizontal vector azimuths of network sites were incorporated into the unit scheme above mentioned. The paper will present data analysis of the EU- REF stations, the geodynamic unit scheme for the Central Europe and comparisons of geodynamic horizontal movements of the EUREF stations and the network sites. Fur- ther, an assessment of interrelated movements among the individual structural units was estimated. The geodynamic pattern of Central European unit movements brings more transparent understanding of mutual relations between EUREF stations and the regional GPS networks observations. The data analyse of GPS observations were sup- ported by the program of Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport 'Research Centre', No. LN00A005, and by the project of the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic, No. 205/01/0480.

  6. Seismological and Geodynamic Monitoring Network in the "javakheti" Test Zone in the Southern Caucasus

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    Arakelyan, A.; Babayan, H.; Karakhanyan, A.; Durgaryan, R.; Basilaia, G.; Sokhadze, G.; Bidzinashvili, G.

    2012-12-01

    The Javakheti Highland located in the border region between Armenia and Georgia (sharing a border with Turkey) is an area in the Southern Caucasus of young Holocene-Quaternary volcanism and a region with convergence of a number of active faults. Issues related to the geometry, kinematics and slip-rate of these faults and assessment of their seismic hazard remain unclear in part due to the fragmentary nature of the studies carried out soley within the borders of each of the countries as opposed to region wide. In the frame of the ISTC A-1418 Project "Open network of scientific Centers for mitigation risk of natural hazards in the Southern Caucasus and Central Asia" the Javakheti Highland was selected as a trans-border test-zone. This designation allowed for the expansion and upgrading of the seismological and geodynamic monitoring networks under the auspices of several international projects (ISTC CSP-053 Project "Development of Communication System for seismic hazard situations in the Southern Caucasus and Central Asia", NATO SfP- 983284 Project "Caucasus Seismic Emergency Response") as well as through joint research programs with the National Taiwan University and Institute of Earth Sciences (IES, Taiwan), Universite Montpellier II (France) and Ecole et Observatoire des Sciences de la Terre-Université de Strasbourg (France). Studies of geodynamic processes, and seismicity of the region and their interaction have been carried out utilizing the newly established seismological and geodynamic monitoring networks and have served as a basis for the study of the geologic and tectonic structure . Upgrading and expansion of seismological and geodynamic networks required urgent solutions to the following tasks: Introduction of efficient online systems for information acquisition, accumulation and transmission (including sattelite systems) from permanent and temporary installed stations, Adoption of international standards for organization and management of databases in GIS

  7. Iberia geodynamics: An integrative approach from the Topo-Iberia framework

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    Gallart, Josep; Azor, Antonio; Fernández, Manel; Pulgar, Javier A.

    2015-11-01

    During the last decade, a major target for several international research teams has been to improve the knowledge on the Geodynamics of the Iberian plate and surrounding domains. The complexity of this area and the scarcity of appropriate constraints had been evidenced by the very different evolutionary models proposed in past decades. Hence, the recent efforts to tackle the key questions and derive new conclusive constraints have been afforded through large-scale research approaches that combine expertise on geology, geophysics and geodesy.

  8. An efficient and general approach for implementing thermodynamic phase equilibria information in geophysical and geodynamic studies

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    Afonso, Juan Carlos; Zlotnik, Sergio; Díez, Pedro

    2015-10-01

    We present a flexible, general, and efficient approach for implementing thermodynamic phase equilibria information (in the form of sets of physical parameters) into geophysical and geodynamic studies. The approach is based on Tensor Rank Decomposition methods, which transform the original multidimensional discrete information into a separated representation that contains significantly fewer terms, thus drastically reducing the amount of information to be stored in memory during a numerical simulation or geophysical inversion. Accordingly, the amount and resolution of the thermodynamic information that can be used in a simulation or inversion increases substantially. In addition, the method is independent of the actual software used to obtain the primary thermodynamic information, and therefore, it can be used in conjunction with any thermodynamic modeling program and/or database. Also, the errors associated with the decomposition procedure are readily controlled by the user, depending on her/his actual needs (e.g., preliminary runs versus full resolution runs). We illustrate the benefits, generality, and applicability of our approach with several examples of practical interest for both geodynamic modeling and geophysical inversion/modeling. Our results demonstrate that the proposed method is a competitive and attractive candidate for implementing thermodynamic constraints into a broad range of geophysical and geodynamic studies. MATLAB implementations of the method and examples are provided as supporting information and can be downloaded from the journal's website.

  9. Multi-disciplinary contributions of HartRAO to global geodesy and geodynamics

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    Combrinck, Ludwig

    2015-04-01

    The Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (South Africa) supports global initiatives in both geodesy and geodynamics through an active programme of science platform provision in Africa, the Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean and Antarctica. Our involvement ranges from the installation of tide gauges, Global Navigation Satellite Systems stations, seismometers and accelerometers on remote islands to the installation of radar reflectors in Antarctica which enable accurate, geo-referenced maps of the Antarctic coast line to be made. Currently we also participate in the African VLBI Network (AVN), with the aim to densify not only astronomical observatories in Africa, but to improve the geometry and distribution of advanced geodetic and geophysical equipment to facilitate development of research platforms in Africa, which can be used for geodynamics and related sciences, supporting international projects such as the WEGENER initiative. We present our multi-disciplinary activities during the last decade and sketch the way forward. Participation of Africa in the global arena of astronomy, geodesy, geodynamics and related fields will receive a major boost during the next decade. This is partially due to the development of a component of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) in Africa but also due to the Global Geodetic Observing System (GGOS) project and the international objectives of higher geodetic accuracies and more stable reference frames. Consequent spinoffs into many disciplines relying on global reference frames and sub-cm positional accuracies stand to benefit and Africa can play a major role in improving both science and network geometries.

  10. Online Geodynamics: interactive web-applications for graduate students in Earth Sciences

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    Manea, M.; Manea, V. C.

    2009-04-01

    In teaching geosciences classes it is essential to provide students with the possibility of having hands-on experiences, even if sometimes they happen to be only in the virtual world. In the portal created for the Computational Geodynamics Laboratory (http://www.geociencias.unam.mx/geodinamica), we present web-based applications, which will help students to manipulate and visualize not only data but also to understand concepts like mantle convection, plate reconstruction or plate deformation. The "Toolbox" option provides a set of state of the art applications (WebMap, WebPlates, WebFlexure, WebGravity, and WebConvec), in which logged-in users can run on-line various programs, without previous knowledge of advanced programming. WebPlates is used in Plate Tectonics classes, helping students to identify and familiarize themselves with various tectonic plates, different tectonic limits, hotspots, etc. WebFlexure is used to study the mechanical behavior of oceanic plates at trenches. WebConvec comes with four cases, analyzing the thermal and thermo-chemical convection in different conditions. In this way the students can be aware of how variation of various physical parameters can affect the modeling results. The "Models" section presents a collection of dynamic numerical models created in the Computational Geodynamics Laboratory. In this section, the logged-in user can visualize convection and deformation models, tectonic plate reconstructions, or geophysical field data, like geoid, gravity, etc. All these applications are actively used in the Geodynamics classes.

  11. The geodynamic polygon of Santiago de cuba: A scientific and socio-economic perspective

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    Marqués, M. E.; Hernández, J. R.; Chuy, T.; Venereo, A.

    1983-09-01

    Since 1971 the Cuban Institute of Geodesy and Cartography and the Institutes of Geography corresponding to the Academy of Sciences from Cuba and the U.S.S.R. have been investigating recent geodynamic processes in Cuban territory, applying geodesy, geologic and geomorphologic methods. In the eastern region the correlation of morpho-structural characteristics with the velocities of recent vertical crustal movements, the results of seismologic observations and the socio-economic importance of the region Santiago de Cuba, led to the necessity for the establishment of a geodynamic polygon, for the study in complex and integral form of the relation between recent vertical movements and seismicity, to assist in the prediction of earthquakes. This paper shows the results in the preliminary profiles corresponding to relative velocities of vertical crustal movements for the most important first and second order nivelation routed in the studied area, the territorial distribution of the seismological events in the southeastern region, as well as judgments in the density of epicentral distribution; it explains the proposed altimetric observation net for a geodynamic polygon and the complex system of geoscientific investigations which must be carried out.

  12. Ocean tide, Baltic Sea and atmospheric loading model tilt comparisons with interferometric geodynamic tilt observation - case study at Lohja2 geodynamic station, southern Finland

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    Ruotsalainen, H.; Nordman, M.; Virtanen, J.; Virtanen, H.

    2015-12-01

    Ocean loading models, Baltic Sea loading and atmospheric loading tilt models are compared with the long interferometric water level tilt meter recordings at the Lohja2 geodynamics laboratory in southern Finland. The tilt meter shows a high response to different loading phenomena, and it can be used to study earth dynamics, earth structure modeling, and 2D surface mass loading model validation. Special attention is paid on the Baltic Sea and atmospheric loading tilt oscillations. The four ocean loading models used show deviating values compared to the measured earth tide tilt parameters. The CSR4.0 ocean loading model fits best to analyzed tidal tilt observations at the site. After reductions of earth tides, ocean, the Baltic Sea and atmospheric loading tilt, the largest residual tilt signals are located in frequency bands below 0.5 cycle/day.

  13. The Geodynamic Origins of Western U.S. Topography: Correlations and Speculations.

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    Coblentz, D.; van Wijk, J.; Phillips, S.; Karlstrom, K.; Chase, C.

    2008-12-01

    The topography of the Earth's surface provides important information for regional and global geomorphic studies because it reflects the interplay between tectonic-associated processes of uplift and climate- associated processes of erosion. The topography of the actively deforming western U.S. Cordillera is characterized by high relief and regionally high elevation, typically exceeding 1.5 km. Intriguingly, much of the high elevation coincides with thin or attenuated continental crust, necessitating topographic support by anomalous buoyancy of the mantle - suggesting that geodynamics responsible for the topography in the Western U.S. has a significant component associated with deep sources in the upper mantle. In an attempt to sharpen our understanding of the underlying geodynamics, we present a quantitative comparison of three databases (topography, geoid and Lg Q) that provide information about the geodynamics of the western U.S. at different depth scales. The unprecedented breadth and density of the USArray allows us to resolve lateral variations of 1-Hz Lg (a prominent seismic phase on most short period, regional distance seismograms along continental paths, resulting from the superposition of trapped, crustal shear waves) attenuation to 0.5 degrees over much of the western United States. In the Western U.S., Lg Q ranges from 60 to 550 and shows striking correlation with regional geology and topography, with lowest Q associated with recent volcanic and geothermal activity, and active shear zones, and highest Q associated with older, stable crust, intrusives, and competent, topographically bounded blocks in the Basin and Range. Several areas - most notably Yellowstone, the margins of the Colorado Plateau, and the Aspen Anomaly - exhibit a strong correlation between the surface topography, long-wavelength geoid anomalies and Lg Q and provide compelling support for the notion that many of the topographic features that characterize the Western U.S. are associated

  14. Morphometry of scoria cones, and their relation to geodynamic setting: A DEM-based analysis

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    Fornaciai, Alessandro; Favalli, Massimiliano; Karátson, Dávid; Tarquini, Simone; Boschi, Enzo

    2012-03-01

    The morphometry of a great number of scoria cones, belonging to volcanic fields of various geodynamic settings, has been measured and analyzed, addressing the question whether there is a relation between the prevalent cone shape in a given field and the geodynamic setting of the field itself. Morphometric analysis was carried out on freely downloadable digital elevation models (DEMs). The accuracy of the used DEMs and the associated error in scoria cone morphometry were determined by cross-comparing high-resolution LIDAR-derived DEMs, USGS NED, TINITALY DEM and ASTER GDEM. The 10-m TINITALY/01 and USGS NED DEMs are proven to be suitable for scoria cone morphometry, whereas ASTER GDEM can be used reliably for cones with volume greater than 30 × 106 m3. According to a detailed morphometry of all scoria cones, we propose that the cones related to subductional setting show relatively higher values of Hco/Wco and lower values of Wcr/Wco than the cones related to extensional setting. The detected differences can be imputable to peculiar eruption dynamics resulting in slight but systematic changes in shape, and differences in lithological and sedimentological characteristics that govern post-eruptive erosion. To constrain the pathway of scoria cone erosion, the detected morphometric changes were also interpreted using a simple linear degradation model. Utilizing the obtained simulation results, the inferred initial cone base, and the age of scoria cones, we calculated a diffusion coefficient (K) for several dated cones, which are related to the prevalent climate. Our results, despite the high error associated, allow to assess the median K for all volcanic fields. Due to the complexity of the factors behind, it is not easy to understand if the prevalent shape characterizing a certain volcanic field is due mainly to sin-eruptive or post-eruptive mechanisms; however, our distinction between the two main geodynamic settings may be the first step to decipher these factors.

  15. Laboratory test results of the high speed optical tracking system for the Spaceborne Geodynamic Ranging System

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    Zagwodzki, Thomas W.; White, David L.

    1987-02-01

    The high speed, high resolution optical tracking system for the Spaceborne Geodynamic Ranging System employs a two-axis gimbaled pointing device that can operate from a Space Shuttle platform and can track multiple retroreflector ground targets with arcsec accuracy. Laboratory tests of the stepping characteristics of the pointing system for various step sizes and directions has shown arcsec repeatability with little wasted motion, overshoot, or ringing. The worst rms tracking jitter was 1 and 2 arcsec in the roll and pitch axes, respectively, at the maximum tracking rate of 2 deg/sec.

  16. Constraining Mantle Heterogeneities with Joint Inversions of Seismic, Geodynamic, and Mineral Physics Data

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    Lu, C.; Grand, S. P.; Forte, A. M.; Simmons, N. A.

    2014-12-01

    Two outstanding goals of solid earth geophysics are to determine the chemical structure of the Earth and to understand the dynamics of its interior. The dynamics of the mantle are controlled by density variations and combined knowledge of density structure and seismic velocities provide the strongest constraints on chemical heterogeneity. Unfortunately, most of the traditional geophysical methods such as seismic tomography and geodynamic modeling alone cannot adequately resolve the density structure within the mantle. Thus, seismic, geodynamic and mineral physics joint inversion methods have been applied to better understand the dynamics of the mantle in recent years (e.g. Simmons et al. 2010). In these joint inversions, P wave and S wave travel times, as well as four convection-related geodynamic observations (free air gravity, tectonic plate motion, dynamic topography, and the excess ellipticity of the core-mantle boundary) can be used to produce 3-D models of density and seismic velocities simultaneously. The approach initially attempts to find a model that assuming temperature controls lateral variations in mantle properties and then to consider more complicated lateral variations that account for the presence of chemical heterogeneity to further fit data. Here we present new joint inversion results include 50% more new S wave travel time data than in previous work and geodynamic data that extend to larger spherical harmonic degrees. In addition, temperature derivatives of P and S velocity and density have been determined using an updated mineral physics dataset. For the first time we include non-linear anelastic temperature effects on velocities in the joint inversion. The anelastic effects decrease the required high density component within the lower mantle superplumes. The hypothesis that temperature variations explain most observed heterogeneity within the mantle is consistent with our data. Reference: Simmons, N. A., A. M. Forte, L. Boschi, and S. P. Grand

  17. Laboratory test results of the high speed optical tracking system for the Spaceborne Geodynamic Ranging System

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    Zagwodzki, Thomas W.; White, David L.

    1987-01-01

    The high speed, high resolution optical tracking system for the Spaceborne Geodynamic Ranging System employs a two-axis gimbaled pointing device that can operate from a Space Shuttle platform and can track multiple retroreflector ground targets with arcsec accuracy. Laboratory tests of the stepping characteristics of the pointing system for various step sizes and directions has shown arcsec repeatability with little wasted motion, overshoot, or ringing. The worst rms tracking jitter was 1 and 2 arcsec in the roll and pitch axes, respectively, at the maximum tracking rate of 2 deg/sec.

  18. An Introduction to the Tectonophysics Special Issue "Geodynamics and Environment in East Asia" — Tribute to Jacques Angelier (1947-2010)

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    Siame, Lionel L.; Chang, Chung-Pai

    2012-11-01

    We underline the general research context in the field of Earth Sciences in Taiwan. We briefly present the geodynamical setting of the Taiwan area. We present the contributions included in the Tectonophysics special issue "Geodynamics and Environment in East Asia" — Tribute to Jacques Angelier (1947-2010)"

  19. Chapter 4: Regional magnetic domains of the Circum-Arctic: A framework for geodynamic interpretation

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    Saltus, R.W.; Miller, E.L.; Gaina, C.; Brown, P.J.

    2011-01-01

    We identify and discuss 57 magnetic anomaly pattern domains spanning the Circum-Arctic. The domains are based on analysis of a new Circum-Arctic data compilation. The magnetic anomaly patterns can be broadly related to general geodynamic classification of the crust into stable, deformed (magnetic and nonmagnetic), deep magnetic high, oceanic and large igneous province domains. We compare the magnetic domains with topography/bathymetry, regional geology, regional free air gravity anomalies and estimates of the relative magnetic 'thickness' of the crust. Most of the domains and their geodynamic classification assignments are consistent with their topographic/bathymetric and geological expression. A few of the domains are potentially controversial. For example, the extent of the Iceland Faroe large igneous province as identified by magnetic anomalies may disagree with other definitions for this feature. Also the lack of definitive magnetic expression of oceanic crust in Baffin Bay, the Norwegian-Greenland Sea and the Amerasian Basin is at odds with some previous interpretations. The magnetic domains and their boundaries provide clues for tectonic models and boundaries within this poorly understood portion of the globe. ?? 2011 The Geological Society of London.

  20. Postcollisional lithospheric evolution of the Southeast Carpathians: Comparison of geodynamical models and observations

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    Göǧüş, Oǧuz H.; Pysklywec, Russell N.; Faccenna, Claudio

    2016-05-01

    Seismic evidence and thermal and topographic transients have led to the interpretation of lithospheric removal beneath the Southeast Carpathians region. A series of numerical geodynamic experiments in the context of the tectonic evolution of the region are conducted to test the surface-crustal response to lithosphere delamination and slab break-off. The results show that a delamination-type removal ("plate-like" migrating instability) causes a characteristic pattern of surface uplift/subsidence and crustal extension/shortening to occur due to the lithospheric deformation and dynamic/thermal forcing of the sublithospheric mantle. These features migrate with the progressive removal of the underlying lithosphere. Model results for delamination are comparable with observables related to the geodynamic evolution of the Southeast Carpathians since 10 Ma: the mantle structure inferred by seismic tomography, migrating patterns of uplift (>1.5 km) and subsidence (>2 km) in the region, crustal thinning in the Carpathian hinterland and thickening at the Focsani depression, and regional extension in the Carpathian corner (e.g., opening of Brasov basin) correlating with volcanism (e.g., Harghita and Persani volcanics) in the last 3 Myr.

  1. The geodynamical evolution of the Northern Apennines chain (Central Italy): an exploring numerical model

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    Pauselli, Cristina; Federico, Costanzo; Braun, Jean

    2004-04-01

    In this paper, 2D thermo-mechanical models with crustal deformation, driven by subduction, are performed to test the geodynamical scenario of a slab-retreat for the Northern Apennines chain (Central Italy). In the models, the lithosphere is regarded as a non-linear Maxwell visco-elastic body capable of brittle failure at low pressure and temperature and of viscous creep at elevated temperature, in Lagrangian description of deformations. We focus particularly on the time variation of the thermal field across the chain in order to evaluate the influence of temperature on the final crustal-scale deformation. Bearing in mind the difficulty to "frame" the history of an orogen in a simple, unique model and the intrinsic limitations of numerical technique, the performed models were able to give a deeper insight into the evolution of this region. On the basis of the results, we suggest that the presence of roll-back retreat together with the intrusion of an asthenospheric rise on the retreating lithosphere justify particular geological and geophysical features observed today across the chain. The models predict that this geodynamical scenario determines both the collapse of the previously formed Alpine orogen and the observed progradation of the deformation front toward east. The models also predict that the regional uplift that has interested the western sector of the chain (Tuscany), is due to the increase of temperature connected with the asthenospheric rise.

  2. Geodetic implications on block formation and geodynamic domains in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctic Peninsula

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    Berrocoso, M.; Fernández-Ros, A.; Prates, G.; García, A.; Kraus, S.

    2016-01-01

    The South Shetland Islands archipelago is dynamically complex due to its tectonic surroundings. Most islands are part of a formerly active volcanic arc, although Deception, Penguin and Bridgeman Islands, as well as several submarine volcanoes, are characterized by active back-arc volcanism. Geodetic benchmarks were deployed and the movement of the lithosphere to which they were fixed measured to provide geodynamic insight for the South Shetland Islands, Bransfield Basin and Antarctic Peninsula area based on surface deformation. These benchmarks' data add spatial and temporal coverage to previous results. The results reveal two different geodynamic patterns, each confined to a distinct part of the South Shetland Islands archipelago. The inferred absolute horizontal velocity vectors for the benchmarks in the northeastern part of the archipelago are consistent with the opening of the Bransfield Basin, while benchmark vectors in the southwestern part of the archipelago are similar to those of the benchmarks on the Antarctic Peninsula. In between, Snow, Deception and Livingston Islands represent a transition zone. In this area, the horizontal velocity vectors relative to the Antarctic plate shift northeastwards from N to NW. Furthermore, the South Shetland Islands benchmarks, except for that at Gibbs (Elephant) Islands, indicate subsidence, which might be a consequence of the slab roll-back at the South Shetland Trench. In contrast, the uplift revealed by the Antarctic Peninsula benchmarks suggests glacial isostatic adjustment after the Larson B ice-shelf breakup.

  3. Recent geodynamic pattern of the eastern part of the Bohemian Massif

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    Schenk, V.; Schenková, Z.; Grácová, M.

    2009-04-01

    The Bohemian Massif, a Precambrian cratonic terrane, had been affected by several orogeneses forming its tectonic pattern. To detect the recent geodynamic motions going on fundamental geological structures of the Massif four regional geodynamic networks were established for epoch GPS measurements and one countrywide GEONAS network for permanent GPS satellite signals monitoring. In the east part of the Bohemian Massif sinistral movements on the Sudetic NW-SE faults and as well on the NNE-SSW faults of the Moravo-Silesian tectonic system have been detected. The sinistral trends dominate on many faults situated close to the contact of the Moldanuabian and Lugian parts and the Moravo-Silesian part of the Bohemian Massif. Because of tectonic systems intersections an existence of dextral movements cannot be excluded. Additional analyses displayed that eastern part of the Massif could be under extending trends. The preliminary site velocities assessed from GPS data for the eastern part of the Bohemian Massif are discussed from a viewpoint of regional geological structure motions. The work was supported by the Grant Agency of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (Project IAA300460507), the Targeted Research Programme of the Academy of Sciences of the CR (1QS300460551) and by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of the Czech Republic (Projects LC506 and 1P05ME781).

  4. Geological and geophysical evidences for mud diapirism in south-eastern Sicily (Italy) and geodynamic implications

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    Barreca, Giovanni

    2014-12-01

    A recent investigation on the northern margin of the Hyblean Plateau in south-eastern Sicily highlights the occurrence of a clayey diapiric intrusion into the foreland carbonate series. The piercing body, exposed along a ∼270 long and ∼30 m deep NE-SW elongated quarry, consists of serpentinite-bearing clayey material. As suggested by the internal contractional features and by its geometric relations with the adjacent rocks, the clayey body intruded in the foreland series producing on its flanks a set of domino-arranged normal faults which nucleated as a result of gravitative collapse. Taking into account previous petrological studies, which provided information about the origin of the mud, a deep geodynamic model for the northern part of the Hyblean Plateau is here presented. The mud diapirs originated from the uprising of pre-existing serpentinite bodies and others products of alteration probably developed along an ancient ridge-transform intersection where a hydrothermally altered mantle wedge occurred. This interpretation is supported by seismic, magnetic and gravimetric anomalies beneath the analyzed area and has implications on its geodynamic evolution.

  5. Detrital provenance of Early Mesozoic basins in the Jiangnan domain, South China: Paleogeographic and geodynamic implications

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    Xu, Xianbing; Tang, Shuai; Lin, Shoufa

    2016-04-01

    Detrital provenance analysis is an effective way to understand paleogeographic change and geodynamics. In this paper, we present petrological, whole-rock geochemical and detrital zircon U-Pb geochronological analysis of Early and Middle Jurassic terrestrial clastic rocks in the Jingdezhen Basin and the Huangshan Basin in the Jiangnan domain, South China. Petrology and whole-rock geochemistry show that the source rocks are dominated by intermediate to acid component. The Chemical Index of Alteration ranges from 69 to 86, suggesting a moderate weathering history for the source rocks. The Early-Middle Jurassic sediments in the Jingdezhen and Huangshan basins were mostly sourced from magmatogenic greywackes and felsic magmatic rocks, respectively. Detrital zircons have seven age peaks at ~ 240 Ma, ~ 430 Ma, ~ 1390 Ma, ~ 1880 Ma, ~ 2500 Ma, -3200 Ma and 788-999 Ma (a wide peak). Provenance analysis indicates that the source rocks are in the Jiangnan domain, the Northwest Zhejiang Basin and the Wuyishan domain. Combining these with previous results and paleocurrent directions, we infer that the NE-trending Wuyishan and Xuefengshan domains and the nearly E-W-Jiangnan domain and Nanling tectonic belt were orogenic uplifts and watersheds during the Late Triassic to Middle Jurassic. The Early Mesozoic geodynamics in the South China Block was related to the westward subduction of the Paleo-Pacific Plate and the northward continent-continent collision following the closure of the Paleo-Tethys Ocean.

  6. Great earthquakes in the 21st century and geodynamics of the Tibetan Plateau

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    Zhang, Pei-Zhen; Engdahl, Eric Robert

    2013-01-01

    What are the geodynamic processes that caused these deadly earthquakes? Why have these earthquakes caused so much damage? What are the key lessons that we have learned from these devastating earthquakes? Answers to these questions will significantly enhance not only our understanding of earthquake occurrence but also our ability to reduce seismic hazard. Under the framework of bi-lateral cooperation on earthquake sciences between China and USA, the Second Bi-Lateral Workshop on Earthquake Sciences was held in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China, from April 22 to 25, 2011. Among the goals of this workshop was a review of recent advances in the study of great earthquakes and the exchange of ideas on earthquake disaster reduction. The principle theme of the workshop was "Great Earthquakes in the 21st Century and Geodynamics." This Special Issue contains a total of 24 papers presented during the workshop. The contributions cover a wide-range of topics associated with the theme. This preface summarizes the main points of the papers presented in this issue.

  7. Monitoring deep geodynamic processes within Vrancea intermediate-depth seismic zone by geodetic means

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    Besutiu, Lucian; Zlagnean, Luminita

    2015-04-01

    Background Located in the bending zone of East Carpathians, the so-called Vrancea zone is one of the most active seismic regions in Europe. Despite many years of international research, its intermediate-depth seismicity within full intra-continental environment still represents a challenge of the 21st century. Infrastructure In the attempt to join the above-mentioned efforts, the Solid Earth Dynamics Department (SEDD) in the Institute of Geodynamics of the Romanian Academy has developed a special research infrastructure, mainly devoted to gravity and space geodesy observations. A geodetic network covering the epicentre area of the intermediate-depth earthquakes has been designed and implemented for monitoring deep geodynamic processes and their surface echoes. Within each base-station of the above-mentioned network, a still-reinforced concrete pillar allows for high accuracy repeated gravity and GPS determinations. Results Starting from some results of the previously run CERGOP and UNIGRACE European programmes, to which additional SEDD repeated field campaigns were added, an unusual geodynamic behaviour has been revealed in the area. 1) Crust deformation: unlike the overall uprising of East Carpathians, as a result of denudation followed by erosion, their SE bending zone, with Vrancea epicentre area exhibits a slight subsidence. 2) Gravity change: more than 200 microgals non-tidal gravity decrease over a 20 years time-span has been noticed within the subsiding area. Extended observations showed the gravity lowering as a nowadays continuing process. Interpretation This strange combination of topography subsidence and gravity lowering has been interpreted in terms of crust stretching in the Vrancea epicentre zone due to the gravity pull created by densification of the lower crust as a result of phase-transform processes taking place in the lithospheric compartment sunken into the upper mantle. The occurrence of crust earthquakes with vertical-extension focal

  8. Watching structural and geodynamic features of a plate boundary: Peceneaga-Camena Fault

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    Besutiu, L.; Zlagnean, L.

    2009-04-01

    The Peceneaga - Camena Fault represents one of the major lithosphere contacts on the Romanian territory. Its nature and dynamics have been subject to many geological and geophysical researches since the beginning of the 20th century. Based on geophysical evidence some authors consider PCF as a plate boundary, the strike-slip contact between the Moesian Micro-Plate (MoP) and East European Plate (EEP). Deep seismic soundings along the international line II had revealed its trans-crustal nature, with a 10 km step at both Conrad and Moho discontinuities. It is likely that the geodynamic evolution of this major tectonic accident is tightly connected to the opening of the W Black Sea basin. Seismic tomography studies have outlined strong fingerprints of the W Black Sea opening within its NW inland. In depth extension of PCF may be clearly seen within the tomography images down to more than 150 km. It seems that lithosphere expelled by the rifting split MoP into several compartments by creating or reactivating a NW trending major fault system to which the PCF belongs. After the W Black Sea rifting ended its evolution, the geodynamic engine in the area seems to be the active rifting in the SW Arabian Plate (red Sea and Aden Bay) pushing northward the Arabian Plate by about 48 mm/yr, and further on, pushing a MoP segment towards the Carpathians. Under this pushing, the above-mentioned MoP compartments move towards the Carpathians, staying together by friction. However, when tectonic forces overcome the friction, the slivers may relatively slip each other, thus generating earthquakes along their wedges. The presence of some scarce seismicity along PCF seems to confirm the idea. To check up the above mentioned geodynamic scenario, a geodetic experiment has been imagined to monitor PCF flanks displacement. Two Leica TC 1201 total stations were installed on the southern flank of PCF (belonging to MoP) in order to measure the distance to a laser reflector installed on the

  9. Chemical geodynamics

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    Zindler, A.; Hart, S.

    Consideration is given to the following three principal boundary conditions relating to the nature and development of chemical structure in the earth's mantle: (1) inferred scale lengths for mantle chemical heterogeneities, (2) interrelationships of the various isotopic tracers, and (3) the bulk composition of the earth. These boundary conditions are integrated with geophysical constraints in order to evaluate models for the development of the physical and chemical structure of the mantle. Data indicate that: (1) km-size heterogeneities can survive diffusive equilibrium for billions of years; (2) the mantle is chemically heterogeneous on both very small and very large scales; (3) isotopic heterogeneities in the mantle require the existence of four 'end-member' components (DMM, HIMU, EM I, and EM II) and are consistent with the existence of at least two additional components (BSE, PREMA); and (4) primitive undepleted mantle can made up no more than about 55 percent of the total mantle.

  10. Putting Phase Equilibria into Geodynamic Models: An Equation of State Approach (Invited)

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    Connolly, J.

    2009-12-01

    The use of free energy minimization codes to calculate the proportions and properties of minerals and consequently bulk rock properties is now commonplace in geophysical modeling. In effect such applications imply the existence of an equation of state, which is the optimized free energy as a function of its independent variables, for the rocks of interest. The essential feature of the equation of state is that all thermodynamic properties can be derived from it, a feature that requires that its derivatives are continuous. The equation of state may be calculated dynamically within the larger framework of a geodynamic code or it may be implemented statically via tables that are calculated prior to the solution of the geodynamic application. The virtues of static implementation is its extreme simplicity, computational efficiency, and that the finite resolution of the table assures that the equation of state is numerically differentiable for any choice of independent state variables. However, the memory required to store the requisite multidimensional tables may necessitate dynamic implementations for problems involving multi-component mass transfer, e.g., as in reactive melt transport. Paradoxically, the unlimited accuracy of dynamic solutions creates a potential numerical instability, the Stefan problem, for geodynamic governing equations formulated in terms of pressure and temperature. This instability arises because the derivatives of an equation of state for a polyphase aggregate as a function of pressure and temperature are singular at the conditions of a low order phase transformation. An equation of state as a function of specific entropy, specific volume and chemical composition eliminates this difficulty and, additionally, leads to a robust formulation of the energy and mass conservation equations. In this formulation, energy and mass conservation furnish evolution equations for entropy and volume and the equation of state serves as an update rule for

  11. Achievements and Planned Programmes of Activities of The Csg.5/6 "geodynamics of Northern Carpathians"

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    Zablotskyj, F.; Tretyak, K.

    Within the programme of the regional group CSG.5/6 "Geodynamics of Northern Carpathians", the following main lines are carried out. (1) Geodetic and geophysical investigations of the recent crustal movements and geophysical analysis of deep struc- ture on the Carpathian geodynamic test field. (2) Subsequent study of geological struc- tures in the region of Northern Carpathians. On the initiative of the Main Astronomical Observatory, the National Space Agency and the Aerogeodetic Enterprise of Ukraine two permanent GPS stations, UZHL and SULP, were being established during last 1.5 years. The first one is situated in the zone of Transcarpathian flexure (Uzhgorod, University) and the second one - in the west of East-European plate (the Precarpathi- ans, Lviv, Polytechnic University). In addition to the long-term project "Restoration of Ukrainian-Polish complex geophysical station at Pip Ivan Mount in Charnohora (Ukrainian Carpathians)", the following actions are planned for 2002-2004. (1) To carry out the complex geodetic, geophysical, geological and geomorphological in- vestigations in this region, which is less studied in comparison with other areas in Carpathians. The comparison of simultaneous appearance of geophysical processes in these regions will allow detect a degree of influence of endogenic, exogenic, and antro- pogenig factors on present day hydro-geological processes in the whole Carpathian region. (2) To create a network of permanent stations for the complex geophysical and geodynamic monitoring, which will include measurements of intensity of Earth's surface deformation field, remote photogrammetric measurements of intensity of de- structive and shift processes, the determination of parameters of gravity and mag- netic fields, seismic and electrometric measurements, spectral analysis of space im- ages for quality and quantity estimations of technogenic and antropogenic activity, generalization of data on evolution and dynamics of river systems and

  12. Geodynamic Mechanisms of plateau uplift and strain distribution in Eastern Anatolia

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    Caner Memiş, Ömer; Hakan Göğüş, Oğuz; Pysklywec, Russell N.; Karabulut, Hayrullah; Keskin, Mehmet

    2015-04-01

    The Eastern Anatolia region (with an average ~2 km elevation) is dominated by N-S shortening and it represents one of the best examples for active/young continental collision between the Arabian and Eurasian plates. Studies suggest that the entire plateau began to rise since the plate collision (about 13 Ma) along the Bitlis-Zagros suture zone and this collision follows the accretion of the units of the Neotethyan ocean where oceanic lithosphere fragments (e.g., ophiolites) underlies the younger units across most of the plateau at present. Seismic imaging of the deep lithosphere in the region suggests that most of the plateau is underlain by 65 km thick total lithosphere and 45 km thick crust. Corroborating the seismological work, petrological interpretations of younger volcanic rocks from the central part of the plateau (e.g., Erzurum-Kars plateau) suggest an asthenospheric source, therefore the mantle lithosphere most likely have been removed form beneath the plateau in the last 10-13 Myr. Proposed geodynamic models that accounts for the observed tectonic anomalies and inferred lithospheric removal in the east Anatolia include: (1) slab steepening/ and break off under the subduction-accretion complex in the south; and (2) mantle lithosphere delamination in the north. A series of numerical geodynamic experiments are carried out to explain the near-surface characteristics (crustal thickness, surface strain rate and heat flow) of the each hypothesis, including combined styles of break-off and delamination. We investigate the role of various controlling parameters in these experiments (e.g., plate convergence velocity, mantle lithosphere density, and crustal density) and relate the model predictions against observed geological, geophysical, and petrological anomalies for Eastern Anatolia. Model results are also considered in the context of the last 30 Myrs geodynamic evolution of the Tibetan plateau (with an elevation average of 5 km), where both Eastern Anatolia and

  13. Autonomous geodynamics of the Pamir-Tien Shan junction zone from seismology data

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    Lukk, A. A.; Shevchenko, V. I.; Leonova, V. G.

    2015-11-01

    The geodynamics of the Tajik Depression, the junction zone of the Pamirs and Tien Shan, is typically considered in the context of plate tectonic concept, which implies intense subhorizontal compression of the zone resulting from the subduction of the Indian and Eurasian lithospheric plates. This convergence has been reliably confirmed by the GPS measurements. However, the joint analysis of the geological structure, seismicity, and geodimeter measurements conducted during a few years at the Garm geodynamical testing site of the Schmidt Institute of Physics of the Earth, Russian Academy of Sciences, demonstrates a widening of the Tajik Depression instead of its shortening, as should be expected from the subhorizontal compression predominant in the present-day stress-state of this region. This conclusion, together with the data from the other regions, suggests that, along with the plate tectonic mechanisms, there are also other, local, autonomous drivers that contribute to the tectogenesis of this region. Besides, the probable existence of these autonomous sources within the Tajik Depression directly follows from the seismology data. Among them is the crustal spreading within the depression suggested by the seismotectonic displacements in the focal mechanisms of the earthquakes. These displacements are directed in different azimuths off the axial's most subsided part of the depression at a depth of 20-30 km. Above this region the distribution of seismotectonic deformations (STD) is chaotic. This pattern of deformation is barely accounted for by a simple model of subhorizontal compression of the Earth's crust in the region. In our opinion, these features of the seismotectonic deformation in the crust within the studied part of the Tajik Depression is probably associated with the gain in the volume of the rocks due to the inflow of the additional material, which is supplied from the bottom crust or upper mantle by the deep fluids. This increase in the rock volume

  14. Dynamic topography of the southern Central Anatolian Plateau, Turkey, and geodynamic driving mechanisms

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    Schildgen, T. F.; Cosentino, D.; Dudas, F. O.; Niedermann, S.; Strecker, M. R.; Echler, H.; Yildirim, C.

    2010-12-01

    Collision between Eurasia and Arabia and subsequent westward extrusion of the Anatolian microplate explains the development of major intracontinental fault systems in Anatolia that have remained active to the present-day. Concurrent, and probable episodic uplift of the Central and Eastern Anatolian plateaus (CAP and EAP), however, suggests that additional geodynamic mechanisms have contributed to the late Cenozoic morphologic development of the region. Sedimentary basins spanning the southern margin of the CAP provide insights on the timing and rates of different phases of surface uplift, giving constraints to test which geodynamic processes have contributed to surface uplift, orogenic plateau growth, and coupled landscape/climate evolution. Stratigraphic and geomorphic records of uplift and subsidence in the Mut Basin at the southern CAP margin and along the Göksu River record dynamic topographic development. Biostratigraphy and Sr isotope stratigraphy on the highest (ca. 2 km) uplifted marine sediments of the Mut basin furnish a maximum age of ca. 8 Ma for the onset of late Cenozoic uplift of the region. A Pliocene to early Pleistocene marine section, inset within the older stratigraphy at ca. 0.2 to 1.2 km elevation, reveals a history of subsidence and renewed uplift, following the initial uplift that occurred between ca. 8 Ma and Pliocene time. The most recent phase of uplift continued with possibly minor interruptions during the Quaternary, and is recorded by a series of fluvial terraces preserved between 30 and 143 m above the modern Göksu River. One terrace (143 m) reveals a 21Ne model exposure age of ca. 160 ka; ongoing exposure age determination will further constrain the uplift history. Different geodynamic mechanisms have likely contributed to surface uplift along the southern CAP margin. Initial uplift may have been associated with the predominantly sinistral Ecemis fault system that spans the southern and southeastern CAP margin. Neogene counter

  15. New age constraints for the geodynamic evolution of the Sistan Suture Zone, eastern Iran

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    Bröcker, Michael; Fotoohi Rad, Gholamreza; Burgess, Ray; Theunissen, Stephanie; Paderin, Ilya; Rodionov, Nikolay; Salimi, Zohre

    2013-06-01

    The Sistan Suture Zone (SSZ) in eastern Iran extends as a N-S trending belt over more than 700 km along the border area between Iran and Afghanistan. The SSZ formed as a result of eastward-directed subduction of a Neotethyan ocean basin beneath the Afghan block and includes a tectonic mélange consisting of disrupted meta-ophiolitic rocks within a low-grade matrix of ultramafic, mafic and pelitic schists. Some mélange blocks were affected by eclogite-, blueschist- and/or epidote amphibolite-facies P-T conditions. Understanding of the petrological and geochronological record of these rocks plays a key role in unravelling the geodynamic evolution of the SSZ. The main aim of the present study was to assess the geological significance of previously published 40Ar/39Ar ages (c. 116-139 Ma) which have not provided robust age constraints for geodynamic reconstructions on a regional scale. For this purpose, samples were collected within a NNW-SSE trending belt spanning a distance of c. 120 km that exposes the major occurrences of high-pressure/low temperature rocks and epidote amphibolites. Multi-point Rbsbnd Sr mineral isochrons indicate a regional consistent pattern with ages ranging between c. 83 and c. 87 Ma for eight samples representing different metamorphic grade and widely separated locations (weighted mean = 85.7 ± 0.8 Ma). Additional 40Ar/39Ar dating for five of these samples yielded in most cases ages that are identical to the Rbsbnd Sr results within analytical uncertainty. For one sample the 40Ar/39Ar age of 81.3 ± 1.3 Ma is about 3 myr younger than the corresponding Rbsbnd Sr age. A still younger Rbsbnd Sr age of 78.9 ± 0.5 Ma was determined for a retrograde epidote-biotite assemblage in an overprinted domain of an eclogite. Ion probe Usbnd Pb zircon ages for two eclogites and two meta-acidic rocks from the mélange yielded weighted mean 206Pb/238U ages of 87.3 ± 1.4 Ma, 86.1 ± 1.5 Ma, 88.7 ± 1.4 Ma and 87.2 ± 1.2 Ma, respectively. The results of this

  16. Gnss Geodetic Monitoring as Support of Geodynamics Research in Colombia, South America

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    Mora-Paez, H.; Acero-Patino, N.; Rodriguez-Zuluaga, J. S.; Diederix, H.; Bohorquez-Orozco, O. P.; Martinez-Diaz, G. P.; Diaz-Mila, F.; Giraldo-Londono, L. S.; Cardozo-Giraldo, S.; Vasquez-Ospina, A. F.; Lizarazo, S. C.

    2013-05-01

    To support the geodynamics research at the northwestern corner of South America, GEORED, the acronym for "Geodesia: Red de Estudios de Deformación" has been adopted for the Project "Implementation of the National GNSS Network for Geodynamics" carried out by the Colombian Geological Survey, (SGC), formerly INGEOMINAS. Beginning in 2007, discussions within the GEORED group led to a master plan for the distribution of the base permanent GPS/GNSS station array and specific areas of interest for campaign site construction. The use of previously identified active faults as preferred structures along which stresses are transferred through the deformational area led to the idea of segmentation of the North Andes within Colombia into 20 tectonic sub-blocks. Each of the 20 sub-blocks is expected to have, at least, three-four permanent GPS/GNSS stations within the block along with construction of campaign sites along the boundaries. Currently, the GEORED Network is managing 46 continuously including: 40 GEORED GPS/GNSS continuously operating stations; 4 GNSS continuously operating stations provided by the COCONet (Continuously Operating Caribbean GPS Observational Network) Project; the Bogotá IGS GPS station (BOGT), installed in 1994 under the agreement between JPL-NASA and the SGC; and the San Andres Island station, installed in 2007 under the MOU between UCAR and the SGC. In addition to the permanent installations, more than 230 GPS campaign sites have been constructed and are being occupied one time per year. The Authority of the Panama Canal and the Escuela Politecnica de Quito have also provided data of 4 and 5 GPS/GNSS stations respectively. The GPS data are processed using the GIPSY-OASIS II software, and the GPS time series of daily station positions give fundamental information for both regional and local geodynamics studies. Until now, we have obtained 100 quality vector velocities for Colombia, 23 of them as part of the permanent network. The GPS/GNSS stations

  17. An attempt to monitor tectonic forces in the Vrancea active geodynamic zone: The Baspunar experiment

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    Besutiu, Lucian; Zlagnean, Luminita; Plopeanu, Marin

    2013-04-01

    An alternative model attempting to explain the unusual sub-crustal seismicity occurring in the bending zone of East Carpathians within full intra-continental environment (the so-called Vrancea zone) has assumed the presence of a FFT unstable triple junction between the three lithospheric compartments joining the area: East European Plate (EEP), Intra-Alpine Microplate (IaP) and the Moesian Microplate (MoP). Geophysical imprints (e.g. EM data, potential fields, seismic tomography), and indirect geological evidence (e.g. absence of the volcanism associated to subduction zones, the unusual high Neogene tectonic subsidence, symmetry and normal faulting within compressional environment of Focsani basin) support the hypothesis. The above-mentioned model considers the intermediate-depth seismicity as the result of the thermo-baric-accommodation phenomena generated within the colder lithosphere collapsed into the hotter upper mantle. Therefore, the amount of seismic energy thus released should be related to the volume of the lithosphere brought into thermo-baric disequilibrium by sinking into the upper mantle. Vertical dynamics of the Vrancea unstable triple junction (VTJ) seems to be controlled by the both tangential tectonic forces driving the neighbouring plates and the gravitational pull created by the eclogitization of VTJ lower crust. But, while eclogitization provides a relatively constant force, acceleration of sinking is expected to be provided by changes in the tectonic forces acting on VTJ. As changes in tectonic forces should reflect in changes of the dynamics of lithospheric compartments, geodetic means were considered for helping in their monitoring. The Peceneaga-Camena Fault (PCF) is a major lithospheric contact separating MoP and EEP, starting from the W Black Sea basin to the Vrancea zone. Geological evidence advocate for its variable geodynamic behaviour during the time, both as left-lateral or right-lateral fault. Unfortunately, GPS campaigns, so far

  18. Arctic geodynamics: Continental shelf and deep ocean geophysics. ERS-1 satellite altimetry: A first look

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    Anderson, Allen Joel; Sandwell, David T.; Marquart, Gabriele; Scherneck, Hans-Georg

    1993-01-01

    An overall review of the Arctic Geodynamics project is presented. A composite gravity field model of the region based upon altimetry data from ERS-1, Geosat, and Seasat is made. ERS-1 altimetry covers unique Arctic and Antarctic latitudes above 72 deg. Both areas contain large continental shelf areas, passive margins, as well as recently formed deep ocean areas. Until ERS-1 it was not possible to study these areas with satellite altimetry. Gravity field solutions for the Barents sea, portions of the Arctic ocean, and the Norwegian sea north of Iceland are shown. The gravity anomalies around Svalbard (Spitsbergen) and Bear island are particularly large, indicating large isostatic anomalies which remain from the recent breakup of Greenland from Scandinavian. Recently released gravity data from the Armed Forces Topographic Service of Russia cover a portion of the Barents and Kara seas. A comparison of this data with the ERS-1 produced gravity field is shown.

  19. Tectonic and geodynamic setting of oil and gas basins of the Soviet Union

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    Khain, V.E.; Sokolov, B.A. ); Kleshchev, K.A.; Shein, V.S. )

    1991-02-01

    Within the territory of the Soviet Union and its off-shore economic zone are about 70 sedimentary basins containing oil and gas. The basins include almost all basin types described in present-day plate-tectonic classifications, namely (1) intracontinental and pericontinental rifts, suprarift syneclises, and zones of pericratonic downwarps; (2) ancient passive margins of continents with adjacent overthrust fold system; (3) modern passive margins of continents; (4) zones of convergence of lithospheric plates (i.e., zones of subduction of oceanic plates below continental plates); and (5) zones of collision of continental lithospheric plates. So, far, the only type of basin not identified within the territory of the Soviet Union is the pull-apart basin. The location and distribution of oil and gas deposits in the section of a basin, prevailing types of traps, and scale of potential resources are all features influenced by the geodynamic type of the basin.

  20. Constraining the rheology of the lithosphere and upper mantle with geodynamic inverse modelling

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    Kaus, Boris; Baumann, Tobias

    2016-04-01

    The rheology of the lithosphere is of key importance for the physics of the lithosphere. Yet, it is probably the most uncertain parameter in geodynamics as experimental rock rheologies have to be extrapolated to geological conditions and as existing geophysical methods such as EET estimations make simplifying assumptions about the structure of the lithosphere. In many geologically interesting regions, such as the Alps, Andes or Himalaya, we actually have a significant amount of data already and as a result the geometry of the lithosphere is quite well constrained. Yet, knowing the geometry is only one part of the story, as we also need to have an accurate knowledge on the rheology and temperature structure of the lithosphere. Here, we discuss a relatively new method that we developed over the last few years, which is called geodynamic inversion. The basic principle of the method is simple: we compile available geophysical data into a realistic geometric model of the lithosphere and incorporate that into a thermo-mechanical numerical model of lithospheric deformation. In order to do so, we have to know the temperature structure, the density and the (nonlinear) rheological parameters for various parts of the lithosphere (upper crust, upper mantle, etc.). Rather than fixing these parameters we assume that they are all uncertain. This is used as a priori information to formulate a Bayesian inverse problem that employs topography, gravity, horizontal and vertical surface velocities to invert for the unknown material parameters and temperature structure. In order to test the general methodology, we first perform a geodynamic inversion of a synthetic forward model of intra-oceanic subduction with known parameters. This requires solving an inverse problem with 14-16 parameters, depending on whether temperature is assumed to be known or not. With the help of a massively parallel direct-search combined with a Markov Chain Monte Carlo method, solving the inverse problem

  1. Geodynamic settings of microcontinents, non-volcanic islands and submerged continental marginal plateau formation

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    Dubinin, Evgeny; Grokholsky, Andrey; Makushkina, Anna

    2016-04-01

    Complex process of continental lithosphere breakup is often accompanied by full or semi isolation of small continental blocks from the parent continent such as microcontinents or submerged marginal plateaus. We present different types of continental blocks formed in various geodynamic settings. The process depends on thermo-mechanical properties of rifting. 1) The continental blocks fully isolated from the parent continent. This kind of blocks exist in submerged form (Elan Bank, the Jan-Mayen Ridge, Zenith Plateau, Gulden Draak Knoll, Batavia Knoll) and in non-submerged form in case of large block size. Most of listed submerged blocks are formed in proximity of hot-spot or plume. 2) The continental blocks semi-isolated from the parent continent. Exmouth Plateau, Vøring, Agulhas, Naturaliste are submerged continental plateaus of the indicated category; Sri Lanka, Tasmania, Socotra are islands adjacent to continent here. Nowadays illustration of this setting is the Sinai block located between the two continental rifts. 3) The submerged linear continental blocks formed by the continental rifting along margin (the Lomonosov Ridge). Suggested evolution of this paragraph is the rift propagation along existing transtensional (or another type) transform fault. Future example of this type might be the California Peninsula block, detached from the North American plate by the rifting within San-Andreas fault. 4) The submerged continental blocks formed by extensional processes as the result of asthenosphere flow and shear deformations. Examples are submerged blocks in the central and southern Scotia Sea (Terror Bank, Protector Basin, Discovery Bank, Bruce Bank etc.). 5) The continental blocks formed in the transform fault systems originated in setting of contradict rifts propagation in presence of structure barriers, rifts are shifted by several hundreds kilometers from each other. Examples of this geodynamic setting are Equatorial Atlantic at the initial development stage

  2. MLDs, LABs, and Moho's, Oh My! Using Geodynamical Models to Guide Interpretations of Geophysical Observations

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    Cooper, C. M.; Miller, M. S.

    2014-12-01

    As we peer deeper and in more detail into cratonic lithosphere, intriguing structures arise to peak our curiosity and imagination. Seismic discontinuity imaging reveals anomalous features that appear as depths (~100-160 km) that appear to be shallower than the base of the tomographically inferred cratonic lithosphere (~150-300 km). These are now been known as mid-lithospheric discontinuities (MLD). Magnetotelluric data shows regions of low resistivity suggesting regions of hydration or presence of carbon in graphite form. But how do we interpret these observations and how do we use them to learn more about craton formation and evolution? Some explanations for these anomalies include melt accumulation, the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary (LAB), and phase transitions. We propose that many of the structures might actually be related to the initial formation of the cratonic lithosphere. We use a combination of geodynamic models and observations of the depths and orientations of mid-lithospheric seismic discontinuities from a compilation of recent receiver function observations within various regions of cratonic lithosphere around the world and new results from the West African Craton to test whether some of the imaged structure can be attributed to the initial formation of thickened cratonic lithosphere. The formation of thick, cratonic lithosphere should introduce complex structures that could then be preserved within the long-lived regions (to then be later captured by eager geophysicists). We performed numerical simulations of the thickening of lithosphere. We considered two types of thickening - either a process akin to (1) thrust stacking or (2) viscous thickening of the lithospheric material.. In particular, we looked to delineate regions that showed regions with mid-lithospheric discontinuities occurring at variable depths and orientations. Our geodynamic models provide an explanation for the observation that some cratonic regions exhibit mid

  3. Upper mantle and crustal structure of the East Greenland Caledonides: New geophysical evidence and geodynamic implications

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    Schiffer, C.; Balling, N.; Jacobsen, B. H.; Hejrani, B.; Nielsen, S. B.

    2013-12-01

    The East Greenland and Scandinavian Caledonides once formed a major coherent mountain range, as a consequence of the collision of the continents of Laurentia and Baltica. The crustal and upper mantle structure was furthermore influenced by several geodynamic processes leading to the formation of the North Atlantic passive margins, including the gravitational collapse, extension, rifting and a possible influence by volcanism related to the Iceland hot spot. The landscape and topography were finally shaped by extensive erosion, finding its peak in the quaternary glaciations. Seismological data were acquired in the East Greenland Caledonides by the Ella-Ø-array for a period of two years (2009-2011). The array containing 11 broadband seismometers was situated at approximately 73 °N covering a distance of 270 km from the Greenland Ice Sheet to the Atlantic coast, north of the Iceland Ridge. A Receiver Function study based on an average of 36 events per station reveals a clear eastward dipping high-velocity structure underneath the study area. The geophysical character, supported by synthetic modelling, is consistent with a 10 km thick subducted slab of eclogitized oceanic crust. This might be the key for unravelling of a complex geodynamic setting and development leading to the formation of the Caledonides. The distinct preservation of structures in the upper mantle to depths of 100 km or more, limits the impact of subsequent collision and extension related deformation. In support of this interpretation, we present selected results from on-going detailed studies of the crustal and upper mantle, including a Receiver Function inversion, seismic P-wave travel time tomography and gravity modelling.

  4. Software Attribution for Geoscience Applications in the Computational Infrastructure for Geodynamics

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    Hwang, L.; Dumit, J.; Fish, A.; Soito, L.; Kellogg, L. H.; Smith, M.

    2015-12-01

    Scientific software is largely developed by individual scientists and represents a significant intellectual contribution to the field. As the scientific culture and funding agencies move towards an expectation that software be open-source, there is a corresponding need for mechanisms to cite software, both to provide credit and recognition to developers, and to aid in discoverability of software and scientific reproducibility. We assess the geodynamic modeling community's current citation practices by examining more than 300 predominantly self-reported publications utilizing scientific software in the past 5 years that is available through the Computational Infrastructure for Geodynamics (CIG). Preliminary results indicate that authors cite and attribute software either through citing (in rank order) peer-reviewed scientific publications, a user's manual, and/or a paper describing the software code. Attributions maybe found directly in the text, in acknowledgements, in figure captions, or in footnotes. What is considered citable varies widely. Citations predominantly lack software version numbers or persistent identifiers to find the software package. Versioning may be implied through reference to a versioned user manual. Authors sometimes report code features used and whether they have modified the code. As an open-source community, CIG requests that researchers contribute their modifications to the repository. However, such modifications may not be contributed back to a repository code branch, decreasing the chances of discoverability and reproducibility. Survey results through CIG's Software Attribution for Geoscience Applications (SAGA) project suggest that lack of knowledge, tools, and workflows to cite codes are barriers to effectively implement the emerging citation norms. Generated on-demand attributions on software landing pages and a prototype extensible plug-in to automatically generate attributions in codes are the first steps towards reproducibility.

  5. Program of Geodynamic Investigation for the Site of a New Nuclear Power Plant in Hungary

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    Trosits, D.; Horvath, F.; Katona, T.; Gerstenkorn, A.

    2014-12-01

    Preparation of a new nuclear power plant project is going on in Hungary at Paks site. Although there is an operating plant at the site, comprehensive geological, geophysical investigation has to be implemented in accordance with Hungarian nuclear safety regulation and international norms for confirming the site acceptability and providing a neotectonic basis for site seismic hazard assessment. The scope, techniques and methods of investigations have to be adapted to the geotectonic environment of the site and Pannonian Basin as a whole. The poster presents a brief summary of the program and provides a detailed description of the seismic survey focusing on the 3D subsurface imaging that is the most important task of planned geophysical investigations. The 3D geophysical imaging provides essential geodynamic information to assess the capability of near site faults and for the seismic hazard analysis, as well as for the hydrogeological modeling. The planned seismic survey gives a unique dataset for understanding the spatial relationship between individual fault segments. The 3D survey allows predicting and characterization of deformations induced by recent lithospheric stresses that is crucial for assessing the tectonic stability of the area. 3D seismic survey has to be combined with appropriate 2D and 3D shallow seismic profiling. The obtained 3D seismic data are also used for numerical geodynamic modeling. Rheology of rocks fundamentally influences the frequency of seismic activity, i.e. the accumulation and release of seismic energy. Regarding this the Pannonian Basin has specific features: the crust is thin and thermal gradients are high. This implies the whole lithosphere can be considered rheologically weak and its behavior is mostly plastic. It is suspected that most of the fault zones in the Pannonian basin are restricted to the sedimentary fill and the uppermost crust, and rest of the lithosphere experiences aseismic deformation.

  6. The geodynamics of the Gulf of Mexico and its topographic evolution

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    Bower, D. J.; Gurnis, M.

    2014-12-01

    The Gulf of Mexico formed by subsidence due to continental extension and seafloor spreading that accommodated the motion of the Yucatan block during the Late Jurassic-Early Cretaceous. The Yucatan block rotated approximately 45° counterclockwise about an Euler Pole located offshore Florida. It has been proposed that mainly thermal cooling and sediment loading drove subsequent subsidence of the Gulf. However, back-stripping analysis reveals rapid tectonic subsidence (2.5 km) starting around 66 Ma and ending at 40 Ma that remains unexplained. We test the hypothesis that the rapid subsidence can be explained by dynamic topography associated with the Laramide Orogeny. We develop new kinematic theory to build deforming plate models using a continental stretching factor (or crustal thickness) map and the paleogeographic software GPlates. ``Deforming tectonic blocks'' are defined along small circles about the opening Euler Pole using neighboring stretching-factor contours. These deforming blocks are palinspastically reconstructed assuming constant true strain which means that deformation occurs more rapidly as the crust is increasingly thinned. The deforming plate model is incorporated in a global plate history model. We use the combined plate history model to constrain the thermal evolution of the lithosphere and slabs in the upper mantle and plate motions in geodynamic models. This ensures that our geodynamic models are consistent with geological and geophysical observations and thus enables us to investigate the spatial and temporal evolution of subsidence in the Gulf. We compare dynamic and total topography from the models with tectonic subsidence maps and subsidence curves. In addition, we predict mantle structure, notably the distribution of slabs, to compare with seismic tomography and waveform observations.

  7. Fast and Robust Newton strategies for non-linear geodynamics problems

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    Le Pourhiet, Laetitia; May, Dave

    2014-05-01

    Geodynamic problems are inherently non-linear, with sources of non-inearities arising from the (i) rheology, (ii) boundary conditions and (iii) the choice of time integration scheme. We have developed a robust non-linear scheme utilizing PETSc's non-linear solver framework; SNES. Through the SNES framework, we have access to a wide range of globalization techniques. In this work we extensively use line search implementation. We explored a wide range different strategies for solving a variety of non-linear problems specific to geodynamics. In this presentation, we report of the most robust line-searching techniques which we have found for the three classes of non-linearities previously identified. Among the class of rheological non-linearities, the shear banding instability using visco-plastic flow rules is the most difficult to solve. Distinctively from its sibling, the elasto-plastic rheology, the visco-plastic rheology causes instantaneous shear localisation. As a results, decreasing time-stepping is not a viable approach to better capture the initial phase of localisation. Furthermore, return map algorithms based on a consistent tangent cannot be used as the slope of the tangent is infinite. Obtaining a converged non-linear solution to this problem only relies on the robustness non-linear solver. After presenting a Newton methodology suitable for rheological non-linearities, we examine the performance of this formulation when frictional sliding boundary conditions are introduced. We assess the robustness of the non-linear solver when applied to critical taper type problems.

  8. Multiscale, multiphysics geomechanics for geodynamics applied to buckling instabilities in the middle of the Australian craton

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    Regenauer-Lieb, Klaus; Veveakis, Manolis; Poulet, Thomas; Paesold, Martin; Rosenbaum, Gideon; Weinberg, Roberto F.; Karrech, Ali

    2015-10-01

    We propose a new multi-physics, multi-scale Integrated Computational Materials Engineering framework for 'predictive' geodynamic simulations. A first multiscale application is presented that allows linking our existing advanced material characterization methods from nanoscale through laboratory-, field and geodynamic scales into a new rock simulation framework. The outcome of our example simulation is that the diachronous Australian intraplate orogenic events are found to be caused by one and the same process. This is the non-linear progression of a fundamental buckling instability of the Australian intraplate lithosphere subject to long-term compressive forces. We identify four major stages of the instability: (1) a long wavelength elasto-visco-plastic flexure of the lithosphere without localized failure (first 50 Myrs of loading); (2) an incipient thrust on the central hinge of the model (50-90 Myrs); (3) followed by a secondary and tertiary thrust (90-100 Myrs) 200 km away to either side of the central thrust; (4) a progression of subsidiary thrusts advancing towards the central thrust (? Myrs). The model is corroborated by multiscale observations which are: nano-micro CT analysis of deformed samples in the central thrust giving evidence of cavitation and creep fractures in the thrust; mm-cm size veins of melts (pseudotachylite) that are evidence of intermittent shear heating events in the thrust; and 1-10 km width of the thrust - known as the mylonitic Redbank shear zone - corresponding to the width of the steady state solution, where shear heating on the thrust exactly balances heat diffusion.

  9. Basin geodynamics and sequence stratigraphy of Upper Triassic to Lower Jurassic deposits of Southern Tunisia

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    Carpentier, Cédric; Hadouth, Suhail; Bouaziz, Samir; Lathuilière, Bernard; Rubino, Jean-Loup

    2016-05-01

    Aims of this paper are to propose a geodynamic and sequential framework for the late Triassic and early Jurassic of and south Tunisia and to evidence the impact of local tectonics on the stratigraphic architecture. Facies of the Upper Triassic to Lower Jurassic of Southern Tunisia have been interpreted in terms of depositional environments. A sequential framework and correlation schemes are proposed for outcrops and subsurface transects. Nineteen middle frequency sequences inserted in three and a half low frequency transgression/regression cycles were evidenced. Despite some datation uncertainties and the unknown durations of Lower Jurassic cycles, middle frequency sequences appear to be controlled by eustasy. In contrast the tectonics acted as an important control on low frequency cycles. The Carnian flooding was certainly favored by the last stages of a rifting episode which started during the Permian. The regression accompanied by the formation of stacked angular unconformities and the deposition of lowstand deposits during the late Carnian and Norian occured during the uplift and tilting of the northern basin margins. The transpressional activity of the Jeffara fault system generated the uplift of the Tebaga of Medenine high from the late Carnian and led to the Rhaetian regional angular Sidi Stout Unconformity. Facies analysis and well-log correlations permitted to evidence that Rhaetian to Lower Jurassic Messaoudi dolomites correspond to brecciated dolomites present on the Sidi Stout unconformity in the North Dahar area. The Early-cimmerian compressional event is a possible origin for the global uplift of the northern African margin and Western Europe during the late Carnian and the Norian. During the Rhaetian and the early Jurassic a new episode of normal faulting occured during the third low frequency flooding. This tectonosedimentary evolution ranges within the general geodynamic framework of the north Gondwana margin controlled by the opening of both

  10. Geodynamics of the Dead Sea Fault: Do active faulting and past earthquakes determine the seismic gaps?

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    Meghraoui, Mustapha

    2014-05-01

    The ~1000-km-long North-South trending Dead Sea transform fault (DSF) presents structural discontinuities and includes segments that experienced large earthquakes (Mw>7) in historical times. The Wadi Araba and Jordan Valley, the Lebanese restraining bend, the Missyaf and Ghab fault segments in Syria and the Ziyaret Fault segment in Turkey display geometrical complexities made of step overs, restraining and releasing bends that may constitute major obstacles to earthquake rupture propagation. Using active tectonics, GPS measurements and paleoseismology we investigate the kinematics and long-term/short term slip rates along the DSF. Tectonic geomorphology with paleoseismic trenching and archeoseismic investigations indicate repeated faulting events and left-lateral slip rate ranging from 4 mm/yr in the southern fault section to 6 mm/yr in the northern fault section. Except for the northernmost DSF section, these estimates of fault slip rate are consistent with GPS measurements that show 4 to 5 mm/yr deformation rate across the plate boundary. However, recent GPS results showing ~2.5 mm/yr velocity rate of the northern DSF appears to be quite different than the ~6 mm/yr paleoseismic slip rate. The kinematic modeling that combines GPS and seismotectonic results implies a complex geodynamic pattern where the DSF transforms the Cyprus arc subduction zone into transpressive tectonics on the East Anatolian fault. The timing of past earthquake ruptures shows the occurrence of seismic sequences and a southward migration of large earthquakes, with the existence of major seismic gaps along strike. In this paper, we discuss the role of the DSF in the regional geodynamics and its implication on the identification of seismic gaps.

  11. The demise of the Oligo-Miocene fluvial system of the Levant and its geodynamic significance

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    Vachtman, Dina; Mart, Yossi

    2015-04-01

    The Levant rift system is a linear assemblage of axial rifts and their mountainous flanks that comprises two structurally distinct sections. The southern segment is built of series of secondary axial grabens, which trend northwards and are separated from each other by poorly rifted threshold zones, which is the northern extension of the Red Sea continental break-up. The northern section comprises the SW-trending Karasu - Hatay rifts, from which the Ghab graben branches southwards, which is tectonically attributed to the westward migration of Anatolia. A system of large rivers transected the southern section of the Levant from central Arabia in the east to the Mediterranean Sea in the west during the Oligo-Miocene, leaving behind 5 km thick series of clastic deposits at sea, and sandstones and conglomerates of variable thickness on land. The demise of that fluvial system was gradual, stretching from the late Miocene to the early Pleistocene, where coastal rivers were truncated from their sources due to the growth of segmented rift. The geodynamic process that constrains the development of the rifts of the southern Levant and their elevated flanks is oblique rifting, where several small rifts start the evolution along a weakness zone concurrently, separated by wide and inactive threshold zones. Gradually the rifts grow along their long axes to interconnect, shrinking the threshold zone to their disappearence. Such geodynamic history best accounts for the observations of relicts of late Miocene fluvial deposits on mountaintops, large river beds dated to the late Miocene-early Pliocene, and large marine fan deposits of early Pliocene age, where rivers continued to flow in the threshold zones, but truncated by the emerging rifts.

  12. Upper Mantle Anisotropy Beneath the Ordos Basin in China and its geodynamic significance

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    Wang, Liangshu; Mi, Ning; Huang, Zhouchuan; Xu, Mingjie

    2016-04-01

    The Ordos basin is a stable block between the Eastern and Western China, and surrounded by active thrust belts and extensional graben systems. Investigations on the upper-mantle deformation and flowing pattern beneath the Ordos basin will help to illuminate how the different geodynamical processes affect the intra-continental deformation in China. From five portable seismic arrays in the southern Ordos block, SKS and SKKS phases are used to estimate the S-wave splitting parameters. The results show distinct anisotropy in the upper mantle beneath the Ordos area. To the southwest of the Ordos, the orientations of anisotropy are NNW-SSE, which are subparallel to the thrust belt and boundary faults between the Ordos and the Northeast Tibetan Plateau, mapping a clockwise mantle flow induced by the eastward extrusion of the Northeast Tibetan Plateau and deflected by the Ordos block. To the south of the Ordos, mantle flow direction is nearly E-W, parallel to the strike-slip direction of the Weihe graben, indicating an eastward mantle flow from the NE Tibetan plateau to the eastern part of China. To the east of the Ordos, the direction of fast S-wave is changing slowly from NWW-SSE to E-W, perpendicular to the main tectonic direction in Shanxi graben system, showing an extension feature similar to that of the North China. Above results illuminate much information on the mass deformation and migration in the upper mantle resulting from the interactions between the Ordos block and its surrounding dynamic systems. It can be seen that the thrust faults and extensional grabens around the Ordos block are the positions where the anisotropy shows obvious change. As the boundary area of different blocks, they are the key areas to adjust the transformation between different geodynamic systems.

  13. Geodynamic models of the deep structure of the natural disaster regions of the Earth

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    Rodnikov, A. G.; Sergeyeva, N. A.; Zabarinskaya, L. P.

    2012-04-01

    Investigation of the deep structure and creation of geodynamic models of natural disaster regions are important for understanding of the nature of such phenomena as earthquakes, eruptions of volcanoes, tsunami and others. Carrying out of such researches is necessary for definition of areas of potential risk, forecasting and the prevention of negative consequences of acts of nature. Research region is active continental margins of the Sea of Okhotsk, and especially the area of Neftegorsk earthquake which has occurred on May, 28th 1995 in the North Sakhalin and caused many victims and destructions. The geodynamic model of the lithosphere in the region of Neftegorsk earthquake has been constructed along the profile crossing the North Sakhalin Basin, Deryugin Basin and ophiolite complex between them. The Deryugin Basin was formed at the site of an ancient deep trench after the subduction of the Okhotsk Sea Plate under Sakhalin. The basin is located above a hot plume in the mantle at a depth of 25 km. The ophiolite belt of ultramafic magmatic rocks is an ancient (K2-Pg) paleosubduction zone separating the Deryugin basin from the North Sakhalin Basin. The thickness of the ancient seismic focal zone is 80 km. It is probably that the structures of the North Sakhalin have been formed in the following way. In the Late Cretaceous the oceanic Okhotsk Sea Plate subducted under Sakhalin, the eastern part of which was an andesite island arc. Approximately in Miocene the subduction of the plate apparently ceased. In that time the Tatar Rift Strait was formed. Ophiolite rocks of the subduction zones as a result of compression have been squeezed out on a surface. The ophiolite complex combined by the ultrabasic rocks, fixes position of ancient subduction zone. It is probable that the manifestation of the Neftegorsk earthquake was a result of activization of this ancient subduction zone. On a surface the subduction zone manifests itself as deep faults running along Sakhalin. The

  14. Geodynamic evolution and sedimentary infill of the northern Levant Basin: A source to sink-perspective

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    Hawie, N.

    2013-12-01

    Nicolas Hawie a,b,c (nicolas.hawie@upmc.fr) Didier Granjeon c (didier.granjeon@ifpen.fr) Christian Gorini a,b (christian.gorini@upmc.fr) Remy Deschamps c (remy.deschamps@ifpen.fr) Fadi H. Nader c (fadi-henri.nader@ifpen.fr) Carla Müller Delphine Desmares f (delphine.desmares@upmc.fr) Lucien Montadert e (lucien.montadert@beicip.com) François Baudin a (francois.baudin@upmc.fr) a UMR 7193 Institut des Sciences de la Terre de Paris, Université Pierre et Marie Curie/ Univ. Paris 06, case 117. 4, place Jussieu 75252 Paris Cedex 05, France b iSTEP, UMR 7193, CNRS, F-75005, Paris, France c IFP Energies nouvelles, 1-4 avenue du Bois Préau 92852 Rueil Malmaison Cedex, France d UMR 7207, Centre de Recherche sur la Paleobiodiversité et les Paleoenvironnements. Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Tour 46-56 5ème. 4, place Jussieu 75252 Paris Cedex 05, France e Beicip Franlab, 232 Av. Napoléon Bonaparte, 95502 Rueil-Malmaison, France Sedimentological and biostratigraphic investigations onshore Lebanon coupled with 2D offshore reflection seismic data allowed proposing a new Mesozoic-Present tectono-stratigraphic framework for the northern Levant Margin and Basin. The seismic interpretation supported by in-depth facies analysis permitted to depict the potential depositional environments offshore Lebanon as no well has yet been drilled. The Levant region has been affected by successive geodynamic events that modified the architecture of its margin and basin from a Late Triassic to Middle Jurassic rift into a Late Cretaceous subduction followed by collision and Miocene-Present strike slip motion. The interplay between major geodynamic events as well as sea level fluctuations impacted on the sedimentary infill of the basin. During Jurassic and Cretaceous, the Levant Margin is dominated by the aggradation of a carbonate platform while deepwater mixed-systems prevailed in the basin. During the Oligo-Miocene, three major sedimentary pathways are expected to drive important

  15. Geodynamic inversion to constrain the rheology of the lithosphere: What is the effect of elasticity?

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    Baumann, Tobias; Kaus, Boris; Thielmann, Marcel

    2016-04-01

    The concept of elastic thickness (T_e) is one of the main methods to describe the integrated strength of oceanic lithosphere (e.g. Watts, 2001). Observations of the Te are in general agreement with yield strength envelopes estimated from laboratory experiments (Burov, 2007, Goetze & Evans 1979). Yet, applying the same concept to the continental lithosphere has proven to be more difficult (Burov & Diament, 1995), which resulted in an ongoing discussion on the rheological structure of the lithosphere (e.g. Burov & Watts, 2006, Jackson, 2002; Maggi et al., 2000). Recently, we proposed a new approach, which constrains rheological properties of the lithosphere directly from geophysical observations such as GPS-velocity, topography and gravity (Baumann & Kaus, 2015). This approach has the advantage that available data sets (such as Moho depth) can be directly taken into account without making the a-priori assumption that the lithosphere is thin elastic plate floating on the mantle. Our results show that a Bayesian inversion method combined with numerical thermo-mechanical models can be used as independent tool to constrain non-linear viscous and plastic parameters of the lithosphere. As the rheology of the lithosphere is strongly temperature dependent, it is even possible to add a temperature parameterisation to the inversion method and constrain the thermal structure of the lithosphere in this manner. Results for the India-Asia collision zone show that existing geophysical data require India to have a quite high effective viscosity. Yet, the rheological structure of Tibet less well constrained and a number of scenarios give a nearly equally good fit to the data. Yet, one of the assumptions that we make while doing this geodynamic inversion is that the rheology is viscoplastic, and that elastic effects do not significantly alter the large-scale dynamics of the lithosphere. Here, we test the validity of this assumption by performing synthetic forward models and retrieving

  16. New age constraints for the geodynamic evolution of the Neotethyan Sistan ocean, eastern Iran

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    Broecker, M.; Fotoohi Rad, R.; Burgess, R.; Salimi, Z.

    2012-12-01

    The paleotectonic history of Iran is characterized by the existence of numerous microcontinental blocks which record the fragmentation of a Gondwana-derived crustal segment [1]. Due to the complex interaction between individual blocks and a severe lack of robust geochronologic evidence it has yet not been possible to fully resolve the regional geodynamic framework. Detailed knowledge about the existence and life span of oceanic basins surrounding individual continental segments plays a key role in unravelling the subsequent geotectonic record that has been strongly controlled by various stages of the Arabia-Eurasia collision and the closing of different Tethyan ocean basins. The focus of this study is on the Sistan Suture Zone (SSZ) in eastern Iran which extends as a N-S trending belt over more than 700 km along the border area between Iran and Aghanistan. The SSZ formed as a result of eastward-directed subduction of a Neotethyan ocean basin beneath the Afghan block and includes a tectonic mélange consisting of disrupted meta-ophiolitic rocks within a low-grade matrix of ultramafic, mafic and pelitic schists. Large slabs of ultramafic and mafic rocks record no or only low-grade metamorphism, but some smaller (<200 m) and volumetrically subordinate blocks were affected by eclogite-, blueschist- and/or epidote amphibolite facies P-T conditions. Understanding of the petrological and geochronological record of the HP and amphibolite-facies rocks plays a key role in unravelling the geodynamic evolution of the SSZ. Published Ar-Ar data for such samples indicate a considerable range of apparent ages (ca. 116-139 Ma) for white mica and amphibole [2]. These dates were interpreted to indicate cooling below ca. 350 °C, which led to the conclusion that both HP metamorphism and the epidote-amphibolite-facies stage are older than 125 Ma. The main aim of the present study was to assess the geological significance of this data set in the light of a potential contamination with

  17. Using mineral elasticities to link geodynamics and seismic observations in the lowermost mantle.

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    Wookey, J.; Walker, A. M.; Nowacki, A.; Walpole, J.; Kendall, J.

    2012-12-01

    The base of the mantle is the site of the most significant change in physical parameters in the Earth system: the core-mantle boundary. As the region which mediates core-mantle interactions and acts as the lower boundary for mantle convection understanding its properties is key to understanding the broader dynamics of the mantle. One issue is the participation of material in the lowermost mantle (often referred to as D″) in whole mantle convection. This is exemplified by the questions outstanding about the origin of the large, low shear-velocity provinces observed beneath Africa and the Pacific. While the consensus view is that these are long-term, stable features which are compositionally distinct (lending them higher density than their surroundings), a dominantly thermal origin (whereby they are lower density transitory upwellings, such as clustered plumes) is favoured by a number of very recent studies. Observations of seismic anisotropy (which results from the deformation of mantle minerals) are key to understanding the geodynamic nature of the lowermost mantle. There are a broad set of observations of D″ anisotropy, ranging from tomographic to waveform studies which allow resolution of a more general anisotropy style. These observations show variation at a range of length scales, with some regions apparently very complex. To interpret them robustly in terms of geodynamics requires significant knowledge of lowermost mantle mineralogy. Mineralogical information comes from both laboratory experiments and theoretical calculations. In addition to single-crystal elasticities of relevant mantle phases we also need information about deformation mechanisms in order to calculate the aggregate seismic anisotropy. While candidate determinations of these latter parameters exist there is no consensus as to the dominant mechanism for the mineral likely to be most significant for the lowermost mantle region - post-perovskite. In order to test these candidates we have

  18. Constraining the rheology of the lithosphere through joint geodynamic and gravity inversion

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    Kaus, Boris; Baumann, Tobias; Popov, Anton

    2013-04-01

    In order to understand the physics of the lithospheric deformation and continental collision we need to have better constraints on its rheology and in particular on the effective viscosity of various parts of the lithosphere. Typically, rheology is determined from laboratory experiments on small rock samples, which are extrapolated to geological conditions - an extrapolation over 10 orders of magnitude in deformation rates. These laboratory experiments generally show that small changes in the composition of the rocks, such as adding a bit of water, can dramatically change its viscosity. Moreover, it is unclear which rocktype gives the best mechanical description of, for example, the upper crust and whether a small sample is even appropriate to describe the large scale mechanical behaviour of the crust (or whether this is rather controlled by heterogeneities such as fault zones and batholiths). So the viscosity of the lithosphere is probably the least constrained parameter in geodynamics and might vary over maybe 10 orders of magnitude. The concept of the effective elastic thickness is often used to make statements about the mechanical strength of the lithosphere. Whereas there is general agreement that the concept of EET works will in oceanic lithospheres, there are huge discrepancies in the EET for active collision belts in continental lithospheres, partly because the (mechanical) lithosphere at those locations is unlikely to be a thin elastic plate floating on a viscous mantle, but is rather multi-layered. Ideally, we thus need a new independent method that allows constraining the effective rheology of the lithosphere directly from geophysical data, which is the aim of this work. Our method uses the fact that geodynamically the controlling parameters of lithospheric deformation are its effective viscosity and density structure (which can both be depth-dependent). By performing a forward simulation with a lithospheric deformation code we can model both the gravity

  19. Using Interactive Visualization to Analyze Solid Earth Data and Geodynamics Models

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    Kellogg, L. H.; Kreylos, O.; Billen, M. I.; Hamann, B.; Jadamec, M. A.; Rundle, J. B.; van Aalsburg, J.; Yikilmaz, M. B.

    2008-12-01

    The geological sciences are challenged to manage and interpret increasing volumes of data as observations and simulations increase in size and complexity. Major projects such as EarthScope and GeoEarthScope are producing the data needed to characterize the structure and kinematics of Earth's surface and interior at unprecedented resolution. At the same time, high-performance computing enables high-precision and fine- detail simulation of geodynamics processes, complementing the observational data. To facilitate interpretation and analysis of these datasets, to evaluate models, and to drive future calculations, we have developed methods of interactive visualization with a special focus on using immersive virtual reality (VR) environments to interact with models of Earth's surface and interior. VR has traditionally been used primarily as a presentation tool allowing active navigation through data. Reaping the full intellectual benefits of immersive VR as a tool for accelerated scientific analysis requires building on the method's strengths, that is, using both 3D perception and interaction with observed or simulated data. Our approach to VR takes advantage of the specialized skills of geoscientists who are trained to interpret geological and geophysical data generated from field observations. Interactive tools allow the scientist to explore and interpret geodynamic models, tomographic models, and topographic observations, while feature extraction tools support quantitative measurement of structures that emerge from numerical simulations or field observations. The use of VR technology enables us to improve our interpretation of crust and mantle structure and of geodynamical processes. Mapping tools based on computer visualization allow virtual "field studies" in inaccessible regions, and an interactive tool allows us to construct digital fault models for use in numerical models. Using the interactive tools on a high-end platform such as an immersive virtual reality

  20. Geodynamic models of convergent margin tectonics: transition from rifted margin to overthrust belt and consequences for foreland-basin development

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    Stockmal, G.S.; Beaumont, C.; Boutilier, R.

    1986-02-01

    A quantitative geodynamic model for overthrusting of a passive continental margin during attempted continental subduction demonstrates the mechanical and thermal coupling between overthrust loads, the lithosphere, and the associated foreland basin. The model treated the lithosphere as a two-dimensional nonuniform elastic plate whose strength is controlled thermally. The thermal and flexural evolution of a margin is followed from initial rifting and passive-margin development, through overthrusting and foreland-basin deposition, to postdeformational erosion.

  1. Tomographic-Geodynamic Model Comparisons and the Presence of Post-Perovskite and Chemical Heterogeneity in Earth's Lowermost Mantle

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    Koelemeijer, P.; Deuss, A. F.; Ritsema, J.; van Heijst, H. J.; Davies, R.; Schuberth, B. S. A.; Chust, T.

    2014-12-01

    Dynamic processes occurring in the mantle and core interact at the core-mantle boundary (CMB), which marks the largest thermal and compositional interface inside the Earth. This interplay has produced a myriad of complex structures in the lowermost mantle that offer valuable insights into the dynamics of this region. Large-low-shear velocity provinces (LLSVPs) dominate shear wave velocity (Vs) models of the deep mantle. In addition, global tomography studies generally find an increase in the ratio of shear wave to compressional wave velocity (Vp) variations, accompanied by a significant anti-correlation between shear wave and bulk sound velocity (Vc) variations. These seismic characteristics, also observed in the recent SP12RTS tomographic model, have primarily been interpreted in terms of chemical variations but could potentially also be explained by the presence of the deep mantle post-perovskite (pPv) phase. In this contribution, we attempt to interpret the observed seismic characteristics by linking them to dynamic processes occurring in the deep mantle. For this purpose, we compare the shear and compressional wave velocity structure of SP12RTS to mantle structure derived from geodynamic models of mantle convection. We project the geodynamic models into the SP12RTS model parametrization and use its resolution operator to account for the limited tomographic resolution. We include geodynamic models with and without the post-perovskite phase and/or chemical variations and in addition vary the CMB temperature. Although the reparametrization and tomographic filtering significantly affect the obtained mantle structure, we demonstrate that the patterns observed in the ratios and correlations of seismic velocities are robust features. Our tomographic-geodynamic model comparison suggests that the seismic characteristics can be explained by the presence of post-perovskite but it allows no discrimination between isochemical and thermochemical models of mantle convection.

  2. Using Global Plate Velocity Boundary Conditions for Embedded Regional Geodynamic Models

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    Taramon Gomez, Jorge; Morgan, Jason; Perez-Gussinye, Marta

    2015-04-01

    The treatment of far-field boundary conditions is one of the most poorly resolved issues for regional modeling of geodynamic processes. In viscous flow, the choice of far-field boundary conditions often strongly shapes the large-scale structure of a geosimulation. The mantle velocity field along the sidewalls and base of a modeling region is typically much more poorly known than the geometry of past global motions of the surface plates as constrained by global plate motion reconstructions. For regional rifting models it has become routine to apply highly simplified 'plate spreading' or 'uniform rifting' boundary conditions to a 3-D model that limits its ability to simulate the geodynamic evolution of a specific rifted margin. One way researchers are exploring the sensitivity of regional models to uncertain boundary conditions is to use a nested modeling approach in which a global model is used to determine a large-scale flow pattern that is imposed as a constraint along the boundaries of the region to be modeled. Here we explore the utility of a different approach that takes advantage of the ability of finite element models to use unstructured meshes than can embed much higher resolution sub-regions within a spherical global mesh. In our initial project to validate this approach, we create a global spherical mesh in which a higher resolution sub-region is created around the nascent South Atlantic Rifting Margin. Global Plate motion BCs and plate boundaries are applied for the time of the onset of rifting, continuing through several 10s of Ma of rifting. Thermal, compositional, and melt-related buoyancy forces are only non-zero within the high-resolution subregion, elsewhere, motions are constrained by surface plate-motion constraints. The total number of unknowns needed to solve an embedded regional model with this approach is less than 1/3 larger than that needed for a structured-mesh solution on a Cartesian or spherical cap sub-regional mesh. Here we illustrate

  3. From StGermain to Underworld: Enabling Community-based code Development in Geodynamics

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    Quenette, S. M.; Moresi, L.; Sunter, P. D.; Hodkinson, L.; Lo, A.; Hassan, R.; Appelbe, B.; Turnbull, R.

    2005-12-01

    Each discipline of geophysics has traditionally focused on limited sets of closely related phenomena using methodologies and data sets optimized for its specific area of interest. Why is that? Single discipline, single scale, foundation physics problems are relatively easy to code in Fortran, and hence they eventually become optimized for best performance whilst simultaneously becoming difficult to adapt to new interests. Yet geodynamicists want to break these ``out-of-scope'' barriers, and incorporate signals of interests beyond their immediate phenomena of interest. In turn this often entails a multi physics, multi scale and multi discipline development model. Multi physics is potentially easy to code, but application limited by the choice of numerical technique of the code. Multi scale is a numerical and discretisation issue that is closely related to the fundamental data structures of the code. This is difficult to change, and the ideal is hybrids of optimized solutions at desired scales. Multi discipline is much more focused on people and how they form problem constraints, the language / ontology they use, and their expectation in usability. In summary: facilitating a multi scale, multi physics , multi disciplinary development environment is difficult, complicated and generally not of core interest to a geodynamicist. However, today, with more powerful CPU architectures, we can move away from Fortran style coding with little wall-time cost. We have more powerful numerical techniques and models for constitutive laws, where disciplines beyond those specific to geodynamics such as numerical science, material science and computational science have progressed. Furthermore, more well proven and established libraries are available, when chosen and applied appropriately, lead to less work and for better results. How can we capitalize on this? We propose a multi-level community development model that allows computational scientists, numerical scientists, material

  4. Crustal Accretion and Mantle Geodynamics at Microplates: Constraints from Gravity Analysis

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    Ames, K.; Georgen, J. E.; Dordevic, M. M.

    2013-12-01

    Oceanic crustal accretion occurs in a variety of locations, including mid-ocean ridges and back-arc spreading centers, and in unique settings within these systems, such as plate boundary triple junctions, intra-transform spreading centers, and microplates. This study focuses on crustal accretion and mantle geodynamics at microplates. The Easter and Juan Fernandez microplates are located in the South Pacific along the Pacific, Nazca and Antarctic plate boundaries. Both microplates formed 3-5 Ma and they are currently rotating clockwise at 15 deg/Ma and 9 deg/Ma respectively (e.g., Searle et al. J. Geol. Soc. Lond. 1993). The study area also encompasses the Easter/Sala y Gomez mantle plume and the Foundation seamount chain, both of which are located close to spreading centers. We calculate mantle Bouguer anomaly (MBA) from satellite gravity measurements and shipboard soundings in order to gain a better understanding of the thermal structure of these two oceanic microplates and to quantify the effect that melting anomalies may have on their boundaries. We assume a crustal thickness of 6.0 km, a 1.7 g/cm^3 density difference at the water/crust interface, and a 0.6 g/cm^3 density difference at the crust/mantle interface. The west rift of the Easter microplate has an MBA low ranging from approximately -50 to -100 mGal, while the east rift has slightly higher MBA values ranging from roughly 10 to -50 mGal. The west rift of the Juan Fernandez microplate has a maximum MBA low of about -100 mGal with a sharp increase to -20 mGal at -35 deg S. The east rift of the Juan Fernandez microplate is characterized by more variable MBA, ranging from 0 to -140 mGal. The MBA low associated with the Easter/Sala y Gomez mantle plume has a maximum amplitude about 150 mGal. Likewise, the Foundation seamounts show a gravity low of -140 to -150 mGal. These spatial variations in gravity, as well as published isotopic data and exploratory numerical models, are used to constrain upper mantle

  5. Geodynamic models for the post-orogenic exhumation of the lower crust

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    Bodur, O. F.; Gogus, O.; Karabulut, H.; Pysklywec, R. N.; Okay, A. I.

    2015-12-01

    Recent geodynamic modeling studies suggest that the exhumation of the high pressure and the very/ultra high-pressure crustal rocks may occur due to the slab detachment (break-off), slab roll-back (retreat) and the buoyancy-flow controlled subduction channel. We use convective removal (Rayleigh-Taylor, 'dripping' instability) mechanism to quantitatively investigate the burial and the exhumation pattern of the lower/middle crustal rocks from ocean subduction to post-collisional geodynamic configuration. In order to address the model evolution and track crustal particles for deciphering P-T-t variation, we conduct a series of thermo-mechanical numerical experiments with arbitrary Eularian-Lagrangian finite element code (SOPALE). We show how additional model parameters (e.g moho temperature, upper-middle crustal activation energy, density contrast between the lithosphere and the underlying mantle) can effectively influence the burial and exhumation depths, rate and the styles (e.g clockwise or counterclockwise). First series of experiments are designed to investigate the exhumation of crustal rocks at 32 km depth for only post-collisional tectonic setting -where pre-existing ocean subduction has not been implemented-. Model predictions show that a max. 8 km lower crustal burial occurs concurrent with the lower crustal convergence as a response to the mantle lithosphere dripping instability. The subsequent exhumation of these rocks up to -25 km- is predicted at an exhumation rate of 1.24 cm/year controlled by the removal of the underlying mantle lithosphere instability with crustal extension. At the second series of experiments, we tracked the burial and exhumation history of crustal particles at 22 and 31 km depths while pre-existing ocean subduction has been included before the continental collision. Model results show that burial depths down to 62 km occurs and nearly the 32 km of exhumation is predicted again by the removal of the mantle lithosphere after the

  6. Tectonics, recent geodynamics and seismicity of Azerbaijan part of the Greater Caucasus

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    Aliyev, Fuad; Kangarli, Talat; Rahimov, Fuad; Murtuzov, Zaur; Aliyev, Ziya

    2016-04-01

    Transition area of the Eastern Caucasus - Caspian Megadepression corresponds to a periclinal submergence zone of the mountain folded structure of the Greater Caucasus under Pliocene-Holocenic sedimentary complex of Caspian megabasin. Being a part of Alpine-Himalayan folded belt, Greater Caucasus has formed during alpine stage of tectogenesis under geodynamic conditions of convergent interactions between Northern and Southern Caucasus continental microplates. This process has been accompanied by pseudosubduction of the first plate under the second with formation of allochtonous accretion prism above underthrust zone. Modern folding and napping structure of the orogeny has formed as a result of the horizontal movements of different phases and subphases of alpine tectogenesis, that are presented represented by Late Cimmerian - Wallachian tectonic phases within Azerbaijan territory. Limited by meridional fault-slip zones, Caspian megadepression present itself as a young structure that layered on sublatitudinal convergent zone and developed during Late Miocene (10 million years ago) as a flexure zone between two indenters which actively move northward provoking their separation from the African continent and Arabian plate in the west and secession from Central Iranian plate of the Lut block in the east. The acting movement of Arabian plate to the north results in accumulation of the horizontal stress at the current stage of tectogenesis. Current process reveals itself both in the fragmentation of Southern and Northern Caucasus continental microplates into various-size blocks along the general and anti-Caucasus trended faults, and in consideration horizontal and vertical movements within the convergence zone. All these factors define the complexity of geodynamic condition revealed here, in which seismic activity of a transition zone become apparent. There exist the seismic zones here that are confined both to a convergence line and to the fault zones that confine Caspian

  7. Geodynamically Consistent Interpretation of Seismic Tomography for Thermal and Thermochemical Mantle Plumes

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    Samuel, H.; Bercovici, D.

    2006-05-01

    Recent theoretical developments as well as increased data quality and coverage have allowed seismic tomographic imaging to better resolve narrower structures at both shallow and deep mantle depths. However, despite these improvements, the interpretation of tomographic images remains problematic mainly because of: (1) the trade off between temperature and composition and their different influence on mantle flow; (2) the difficulty in determining the extent and continuity of structures revealed by seismic tomography. We present two geodynamic studies on mantle plumes which illustrate the need to consider both geodynamic and mineral physics for a consistent interpretation of tomographic images in terms of temperature composition and flow. The first study aims to investigate the coupled effect of pressure and composition on thermochemical plumes. Using both high resolution 2D numerical modeling and simple analytical theory we show that the coupled effect of composition and pressure have a first order impact on the dynamics of mantle thermochemical plumes in the lower mantle: (1) For low Si enrichment of the plume relative to a reference pyrolitic mantle, an oscillatory behavior of the plume head is observed; (2) For Si-enriched plume compositions, the chemical density excess of the plume increases with height, leading to stagnation of large plume heads at various depths in the lower mantle. As a consequence, these thermochemical plumes may display broad (~ 1200 km wide and more) negative seismic velocity anomalies at various lower mantle depths, which may not necessarily be associated with upwelling currents. The second study focuses on the identification of thermal mantle plumes by seismic tomography beneath the Hawaiian hot spot: we performed a set of 3D numerical experiments in a spherical shell to model a rising plume beneath a moving plate. The thermal structure obtained is converted into P and S wave seismic velocities using mineral physics considerations. We

  8. Parallel implementation of the particle simulation method with dynamic load balancing: Toward realistic geodynamical simulation

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    Furuichi, M.; Nishiura, D.

    2015-12-01

    Fully Lagrangian methods such as Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) and Discrete Element Method (DEM) have been widely used to solve the continuum and particles motions in the computational geodynamics field. These mesh-free methods are suitable for the problems with the complex geometry and boundary. In addition, their Lagrangian nature allows non-diffusive advection useful for tracking history dependent properties (e.g. rheology) of the material. These potential advantages over the mesh-based methods offer effective numerical applications to the geophysical flow and tectonic processes, which are for example, tsunami with free surface and floating body, magma intrusion with fracture of rock, and shear zone pattern generation of granular deformation. In order to investigate such geodynamical problems with the particle based methods, over millions to billion particles are required for the realistic simulation. Parallel computing is therefore important for handling such huge computational cost. An efficient parallel implementation of SPH and DEM methods is however known to be difficult especially for the distributed-memory architecture. Lagrangian methods inherently show workload imbalance problem for parallelization with the fixed domain in space, because particles move around and workloads change during the simulation. Therefore dynamic load balance is key technique to perform the large scale SPH and DEM simulation. In this work, we present the parallel implementation technique of SPH and DEM method utilizing dynamic load balancing algorithms toward the high resolution simulation over large domain using the massively parallel super computer system. Our method utilizes the imbalances of the executed time of each MPI process as the nonlinear term of parallel domain decomposition and minimizes them with the Newton like iteration method. In order to perform flexible domain decomposition in space, the slice-grid algorithm is used. Numerical tests show that our

  9. Glacial isostatic adjustment in Fennoscandia from GRACE data and comparison with geodynamical models

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    Steffen, Holger; Denker, Heiner; Müller, Jürgen

    2008-10-01

    The Earth's gravity field observed by the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellite mission shows variations due to the integral effect of mass variations in the atmosphere, hydrosphere and geosphere. Several institutions, such as the GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ) Potsdam, the University of Texas at Austin, Center for Space Research (CSR) and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, provide GRACE monthly solutions, which differ slightly due to the application of different reduction models and centre-specific processing schemes. The GRACE data are used to investigate the mass variations in Fennoscandia, an area which is strongly influenced by glacial isostatic adjustment (GIA). Hence the focus is set on the computation of secular trends. Different filters (e.g. isotropic and non-isotropic filters) are discussed for the removal of high frequency noise to permit the extraction of the GIA signal. The resulting GRACE based mass variations are compared to global hydrology models (WGHM, LaDWorld) in order to (a) separate possible hydrological signals and (b) validate the hydrology models with regard to long period and secular components. In addition, a pattern matching algorithm is applied to localise the uplift centre, and finally the GRACE signal is compared with the results from a geodynamical modelling. The GRACE data clearly show temporal gravity variations in Fennoscandia. The secular variations are in good agreement with former studies and other independent data. The uplift centre is located over the Bothnian Bay, and the whole uplift area comprises the Scandinavian Peninsula and Finland. The secular variations derived from the GFZ, CSR and JPL monthly solutions differ up to 20%, which is not statistically significant, and the largest signal of about 1.2 μGal/year is obtained from the GFZ solution. Besides the GIA signal, two peaks with positive trend values of about 0.8 μGal/year exist in central eastern Europe, which are not GIA-induced, and

  10. The relationship between global palaeointensity variations and geodynamics: documenting the evolutionary cycle of Pangaea

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    Biggin, A.; Thomas, N.

    2003-04-01

    Long-term variations in the geomagnetic field palaeointensity (PI) are fundamentally linked to global geodynamics through a chain of events commencing with intense plate tectonic activity at the surface and culminating in changes in the pattern of outer core convection which essentially control the field intensity. Therefore, establishing a reliable palaeointensity record over geological timescales can provide a valuable source of information in documenting broad geodynamic changes such as the evolutionary cycle of supercontinents. In this paper, we present an interpretation of palaeointensity variation for the 400--100 Ma period, based on a detailed statistical analysis of the PINT global palaeointensity database. We link palaeointensity changes to four major stages in the evolutionary cycle of Pangaea. (1) From 400 to 350 Ma, during supercontinent amalgamation, the PI is low reflecting low heat flux, a hot lowermost mantle (LMM) and layered mantle convection. (2) Between 350 and 250 Ma, the PI initially rose rapidly reflecting increased heat flux resulting from cooling of the LMM achieved by catastrophic avalanching of ancient subducted ocean crust following a period of ponding at the 660 km boundary layer. Subsequently, from 325--250 Ma, PI decreased reflecting decreased heat flux across the CMB, which we interpret as a response to mantle restabilisation and warming. (3) From 250--175 Ma the PI was generally low in response to mantle insulation during a period of supercontinent assembly when the mantle became very hot. (4) The final period in the evolutionary cycle, from 180--10 Ma, is initially characterised by a gradual rise in PI (175--120 Ma) which is interpreted as being a response to the introduction of cold material into the lower mantle following widespread subduction during the dispersal of Pangaea. Subsequently, from 120--10 Ma, PI appears to have risen to a peak at around 50 Ma, then decreased, possibly documenting another catastrophic mantle

  11. Brittle Solvers: Lessons and insights into effective solvers for visco-plasticity in geodynamics

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    Spiegelman, M. W.; May, D.; Wilson, C. R.

    2014-12-01

    Plasticity/Fracture and rock failure are essential ingredients in geodynamic models as terrestrial rocks do not possess an infinite yield strength. Numerous physical mechanisms have been proposed to limit the strength of rocks, including low temperature plasticity and brittle fracture. While ductile and creep behavior of rocks at depth is largely accepted, the constitutive relations associated with brittle failure, or shear localisation, are more controversial. Nevertheless, there are really only a few macroscopic constitutive laws for visco-plasticity that are regularly used in geodynamics models. Independent of derivation, all of these can be cast as simple effective viscosities which act as stress limiters with different choices for yield surfaces; the most common being a von Mises (constant yield stress) or Drucker-Prager (pressure dependent yield-stress) criterion. The choice of plasticity model, however, can have significant consequences for the degree of non-linearity in a problem and the choice and efficiency of non-linear solvers. Here we describe a series of simplified 2 and 3-D model problems to elucidate several issues associated with obtaining accurate description and solution of visco-plastic problems. We demonstrate that1) Picard/Successive substitution schemes for solution of the non-linear problems can often stall at large values of the non-linear residual, thus producing spurious solutions2) Combined Picard/Newton schemes can be effective for a range of plasticity models, however, they can produce serious convergence problems for strongly pressure dependent plasticity models such as Drucker-Prager.3) Nevertheless, full Drucker-Prager may not be the plasticity model of choice for strong materials as the dynamic pressures produced in these layers can develop pathological behavior with Drucker-Prager, leading to stress strengthening rather than stress weakening behavior.4) In general, for any incompressible Stoke's problem, it is highly advisable to

  12. AlpArray Austria - Illuminating the subsurface of Austria and understanding of Alpine geodynamics

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    Fuchs, Florian; Bokelmann, Götz; Bianchi, Irene; Apoloner, Maria-Theresia; AlpArray Working Group

    2015-04-01

    AlpArray Austria is a research project to study the geodynamics of the Eastern Alps and the subsurface of Austria with a large-scale mobile broadband seismological network. AlpArray Austria is part of the AlpArray project - a unique European transnational research initiative in which 64 research institutes from 17 countries join their expertise to advance our knowledge about the structure and evolution of the lithosphere beneath the entire Alpine area. AlpArray Austria is coordinated by the Department of Meteorology and Geophysics (IMGW) at the University of Vienna and funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). During spring 2015 the deployment of 42 mobile broadband seismometers (and two permanent stations) will commence and by autumn 2015 Austria will be completely covered by a dense seismological network with an average station spacing of about 40 kilometers. The mobile network consisting of 27 Reftek 151 60s sensors (provided by IMGW) and 15 Trillium 120s instruments (provided by the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, DIAS, Ireland) will complement the permanent Austrian seismic network operated by the Austrian Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik (ZAMG) that will also install the two permanent stations. AlpArray Austria will be continuously recording high-quality ground motion data for three years. Seismic data will be distributed through the European Integrated Data Archive (EIDA) and shared with the collaborating AlpArray institutes. AlpArray Austria will shed light on the detailed geological structure and geodynamical evolution of the Eastern Alps and the subsurface of Austria. Utilizing seismic analysis methods such as shear wave splitting, receiver functions and body wave dispersion the AlpArray Austria working group at IMGW will, together with the international partners, focus on seismic anisotropy in the upper mantle, the location of interfaces and tomography, to answer outstanding questions on slab geometry and subduction polarity under

  13. Geophysical Monitoring of Geodynamic Processes of Earth Crust of Central Armenia

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    Pashayan, R.

    2012-12-01

    applied which allows with the help of hydrogeodynamic observations, observations of geochemistry of underground water, module of full vector of magnetic field and seismic regime of the region to carry out the monitoring of modern geodynamic processes of Armenia. The character of distribution of hydrogeodeformational processes in time and space was studied. The character of time-spatial distribution of geodynamic stress was defined. Key Words: Deformation , Geophysical Monitoring, Earthqukae Source

  14. Ambiguity resolution strategies using the results of the International GPS Geodynamics Service (IGS)

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    Mervart, Leoš; Beutler, Gerhard; Rothacher, Markus; Wild, Urs

    1994-03-01

    Resolving the initial phase ambiguities of GPS carrier phase observations was always considered an important aspect of GPS processing techniques. Resolution of the so-called wide-lane ambiguities using a special linear combination of the L 1 and L 2 carrier and code observations has become standard. New aspects have to be considered today: (1) Soon AS, the so-called Anti-Spoofing, will be turned on for all Block II spacecrafts. This means that precise code observations will be no longer available, which in turn means that the mentioned approach to resolve the wide-lane ambiguities will fail. (2) Most encouraging is the establishment of the new International GPS Geodynamics Service (IGS), from where high quality orbits, earth rotation parameters, and eventually also ionospheric models will be available. We are reviewing the ambiguity resolution problem under these new aspects: We look for methods to resolve the initial phase ambiguities without using code observations but using high quality orbits and ionospheric models from IGS, and we study the resolution of the ”narrow-lane ambiguities” (after wide-lane ambiguity resolution) using IGS orbits.

  15. Geodynamic implications of paleomagnetic data from Tertiary sediments in Sakhalin, Russia (NW Pacific)

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    Weaver, Richard; Roberts, Andrew P.; Flecker, Rachel; MacDonald, David I. M.; Fot'yanova, Lidiya M.

    2003-02-01

    N-S trending right-lateral strike-slip faults, which were active in the Tertiary, transect Sakhalin, Russia, while Mesozoic forearc and accretionary rocks testify to an earlier period of subduction. Several kinematic models have been proposed for the region, but the details required to constrain these models, such as the timing of the transition from subduction to strike-slip tectonics in Sakhalin, are still unknown. Even first-order tectonic features, such as the boundaries of the plates with which Sakhalin evolved during the Tertiary, are poorly known. Paleomagnetic results from around Sakhalin were obtained to constrain the geodynamic evolution of the region. Comparison of paleomagnetic inclination data with the apparent polar wander paths for the Eurasian, Pacific, and North American Plates suggests that Sakhalin probably evolved with the North American Plate, although a history including the Eurasian Plate cannot be ruled out. Paleomagnetic declination data suggest that significant clockwise vertical axis rotation has occurred in Sakhalin since the mid-Paleocene. It is likely that this rotational deformation was accommodated by Tertiary activity on right-lateral strike-slip faults, which may be associated with the opening of the Japan Sea, Tatar Strait, and Kuril Basin. These data contradict a published kinematic model for eastern Sakhalin, where counterclockwise vertical axis rotations were predicted for Neogene basins in the East Sakhalin Mountains. Agreement is better, however, with published paleomagnetic data from southern Sakhalin, where clockwise vertical axis rotations were documented.

  16. Large-scale changes of the atmosphere (climate), geodynamics and biosphere due to the galactic shocks

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    Khristoforova, D.

    2009-04-01

    The Solar system periodically passes through spiral arms of the Galaxy, which are stellar density waves. Processes due to the presence of galactic shocks (shock waves) may be responsible for the abrupt atmosphere changes (climate), geodynamics (supercontinental cycle, large tectonic processes, mantle convection, geomagnetic field and others) and biosphere. Galactic shocks (GS) are the narrow region of high gas compression along the inner edge of spiral wave. Shock wave leads to the interstellar dust compression and to the phase transition in the interstellar gas. GS are large-scale trigger mechanism of active star formation. GS ultimately changes temperature, pressure and the radiation balance. It is quite surprisingly that majority of the "data points" of the geochronological and stratigraphic scales are closely related to the time moments when the Solar system has passed through the galactic shocks. This extraterrestrial cause for the change of physical and chemical conditions on the Earth had profound effects on the biologic extinction and explosions. This hypothesis explains the biologic explosion in Cambrian, the Permian - Triassic and Cretaceous-Tertiary extinctions, i.e., the beginning of Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic. It is valid in the frame of galactic shock model that any discussion time estimates of these past events and their implications for the future must be quantitative. It will permit an evaluation of age of greater catastrophes and changes in the Earth history, of the future meets with the spiral arms of the Galaxy. It predicts the existence of chronological scales of other planets.

  17. Geodynamic implications for the formation of the Betic-Rif orogen from magnetotelluric studies

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    Martí, A.; Queralt, P.; Roca, E.; Ledo, J.; Galindo-ZaldíVar, J.

    2009-01-01

    Magnetotelluric data from the central Betics mountains (Spain) have been used to determine the electrical resistivity of the crust after a three-dimensional (3D) interpretive approach. At shallow levels (<2 km), the resulting model shows good correlation between the geoelectric structures and the geologic units. At greater depths (>3 km), the most striking and well-resolved feature of the model is an upper-middle crust conductive body, located at the core of the Internal Betics antiform. This approximately 14-km-thick body is interpreted as basic or ultrabasic rocks containing a conducting mineral phase. Its structural location above the sole thrust of the Betic orogen and beneath the Nevado-Filábride complex confirms the presence of a major suture zone between this complex and the autochthonous Iberian plate. This suture may correspond to an ancient oceanic or transitional domain developed between Iberia and the Alboran Domain during the opening of the Tethys Ocean, partially subducted and closed during the development of the Betic orogen. The possible geodynamic scenarios for the Betics have been reconsidered, taking into account this new constraint.

  18. Surveying with the A10-20 Absolute Gravimeter for Geodesy and Geodynamics - first results

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    Krynski, Jan; Sekowski, Marcin

    2010-05-01

    The A10 is the first outdoor absolute gravimeter that allows for the determination of gravity with high precision. Absolute gravity survey with the A10 becomes highly competitive in terms of both efficiency and precision with traditional relative gravity survey. The portable A10-20 absolute gravimeter has been installed at the Borowa Gora Geodetic-Geophysical Observatory in September 2008. Since then a number of test measurements was conducted. Under laboratory conditions the series of gravity determination was obtained at two independent pillars at Borowa Gora as well as in Metsahovi and the BIPM gravimetric laboratories. Also a number outdoor gravity measurements with the use of mobile gravimetric laboratory was performed at the stations of gravity control in Poland and in Finland. The results obtained indicate high quality of gravity determination with the A10 under laboratory conditions and unprecedented quality under field conditions. They confirm the applicability of the A10 absolute gravimeter to the modernization of gravity control and high precision gravity survey required in modern gravity networks, but also its usefulness in microgravimetry as well as geodynamics. Some practical problems concerning the use of the A10 and its operational procedure including laser and frequency standard are discussed.

  19. Geodynamic Inferences from Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Expedition 330 to the Louisville Seamount Trail

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    Koppers, A. A.; Yamazaki, T.; Geldmacher, J.; Scientific Party, E. 3; IODP Expedition 330 Scientific Party

    2011-12-01

    Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Expedition 330 drilled five different guyots in the Louisville Seamount Trail ranging in age between 80 and 50 Ma. The primary goals of this expedition were to drill a sufficiently large number of in situ lava flows at each seamount for high-quality estimates of their paleolatitudes using paleomagnetic measurements, for improving the overall age progression using high-precision 40Ar/39Ar geochronology, and for detailed geochemical studies of the volcanic evolution of these seamounts. With these data we can provide the unique record of the paleolatitude shift (or lack thereof) of the Louisville mantle plume and compare it with the ~15° paleolatitude shift observed for seamounts in the Hawaiian-Emperor Seamount Trail over the same time period. These comparisons are of fundamental importance to determine whether these two primary hotspots have moved coherently or not, to understand the nature of hotspots and convection in the Earth's mantle, and to evaluate the possibility of true polar wander. We will present new 40Ar/39Ar age data for Sites U1372, U1373, U1374 and U1376 in conjunction with Expedition 330 shipboard paleomagnetic inclination data to discuss the geodynamic inferences from the resulting paleolatitude history of the Louisville hotspot between 80 and 65 Ma.

  20. The solution of fundamental problems of geodynamics, geophysics, geology and planetology

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    Barkin, Yury

    2010-05-01

    On the base of geodynamic model of the forced gravitational swing and displacement of shells of a planet under action of a gravitational attraction of surrounding (external) celestial bodies [1], [2] the fundamental problems of geodynamics, geology, planetology, geophysics, etc. have been studied and solved. 1). The mechanism of cyclic variations of activity of natural processes in various time scales. 2). The nature of eccentric positions of the core and the mantle of the Earth. A role of the Moon, the Sun, Neptune and other celestial bodies in activization of the swing of core-mantle system of the Earth. 3). Power of endogenous activity of planetary natural processes on planets and satellites. 4). The nature of correlations of natural processes with features of motion of baricenter of the solar system. 5). An explanation of influence of bodies of solar system on excitation of variations of planetary processes with Milankovitch's periods (in tens and hundred thousand years). 6). A possible explanation of geological cycles as result of excitation of solar system at its motion in a gravitational field of the Galaxy. 7). The phenomenon of polar inversion of natural processes on the Earth, both other planets and satellites. 8). Spasmodic (step-by-step) and catastrophic changes of activity of natural processes. 9). Sawtooth (gear curve) variations of natural processes. 10). The phenomenon of twisting of hemispheres (latitude zones) of celestial bodies. 11). Formation of the pear-shaped form of celestial bodies and the mechanism of its change. 10). Ordered planetary structures in spatial distribution of geological formations. 12). The phenomena of bipolarity of celestial bodies and antipodality of formations. Many fundamental problems of natural sciences have been obtained an explanation on the basis of developed geodynamic model (Barkin, 2002, 2009). The fundamental problems of celestial mechanics and geodynamics, geophysics and the geology, excited of scintific

  1. Tracing the origin of Geodynamics: The Alfred Wegener Memorial Expedition 2014

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    Stüwe, Kurt

    2015-04-01

    2012 marked the 100st anniversary of the seminal publications on Continental Drift Theory by Alfred Wegener. These publications (and Wegener's book "On the origin of the continents", published three years later) are widely accepted to be the fundamental breakthrough that opened the path to the Theory of Plate Tectoncis and ultimately the path to modern Geodynamics some 50 years later. In the same historic year of the 1912 publications, Alfred Wegener set off for what was to become the most dramatic of his three Greenland expeditions. On this expedition Wegener and Koch crossed the entire northern icecap of Greenland. In honour of the hundreds anniversary of Wegener's publications, the Austrian Academy of Sciences funded an expedition to trace the footsteps of the 1912 expedition in the spirit of Alfred Wegener, while also conducting modern Earth Science. This expedition that was conducted in summer 2014. For the expedition, a 1952 Cessna180 was acquired in Alaska, adapted with bush wheels, wing extensions and extra tanks and was flown by the author and one of the worlds most renown bush pilots from Alaska in a 10 day effort to Greenland. There, the entire NE Greenland Caledonides were covered and photographed. Field work for a masters projects was conducted and samples were collected from a series of some of the most remote locations in the Caledonides ever visited. Most spectacularly, the original sled of Wegeners 1912 expedition was found some 30 kilometers from its expected location in the Dove Bugt Region of northeastern Greenland.

  2. Metamorphic history and geodynamic significance of the Early Cretaceous Sabzevar granulites (Sabzevar structural zone, NE Iran)

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    Nasrabady, M.; Rossetti, F.; Theye, T.; Vignaroli, G.

    2011-11-01

    The Iranian ophiolites are part of the vast orogenic suture zones that mark the Alpine-Himalayan convergence zone. Few petrological and geochronological data are available from these ophiolitic domains, hampering a full assessment of the timing and regimes of subduction zone metamorphism and orogenic construction in the region. This paper describes texture, geochemistry, and the pressure-temperature path of the Early Cretaceous mafic granulites that occur within the Tertiary Sabzevar ophiolitic suture zone of NE Iran. Whole rock geochemistry indicates that the Sabzevar granulites are likely derived from a MORB-type precursor. They are thus considered as remnants of a dismembered dynamo-thermal sole formed during subduction of a back-arc basin (proto-Sabzevar Ocean) formed in the upper-plate of the Neotethyan slab. The metamorphic history of the granulites suggests an anticlockwise pressure-temperature loop compatible with burial in a hot subduction zone, followed by cooling during exhumation. Transition from a nascent to a mature stage of oceanic subduction is the geodynamic scenario proposed to accomplish for the reconstructed thermobaric evolution. When framed with the regional scenario, results of this study point to diachronous and independent tectonic evolutions of the different ophiolitic domains of central Iran, for which a growing disparity in the timing of metamorphic equilibration and of pressure-temperature paths can be expected to emerge with further investigations.

  3. Geodynamics of passive margins: insights from the DFG Schwerpunktprogramm SAMPLE for the South Atlantic and beyond

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    Bunge, Hans-Peter

    2016-04-01

    The DFG Priority Program SAMPLE (South Atlantic Margin Processes and Links with onshore Evolution: http://www.sample-spp.de/), which is to be completed 2016, has studied the evolution of the South Atlantic from its Cretaceous inception to the present day. The program has an explicit interdisciplinary focus, drawing on constraints from deep Earth geophysics, lithosphere and basin dynamics, petrology, landscape evolution and geodesy, thus linking processes that are commonly studied in isolation. Starting from the premise that passive margins are first-order geo-archives, the program has placed the South Atlantic opening history into an observational and theoretical context that considers seismic imaging, plate motion histories, uplift and subsidence events, magmatic and surface evolution, together with models of mantle convection and lithosphere dynamics. A primary lesson is that passive margins are active, displaying a range of vertical motion (i.e. dynamic topography) events, apparently correlated with plate motion changes, that do not conform to traditional rifting models of passive margins. I will summarize some observational results of the program, and place them into a geodynamic context.

  4. Preliminary results of systematic sampling of gas manifestations in geodynamically active areas of Greece

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    Daskalopoulou, Kyriaki; D'Alessandro, Walter; Calabrese, Sergio; Kyriakopoulos, Konstantinos

    2016-04-01

    Greece is located on a convergent plate boundary comprising the subduction of the African Plate beneath the Eurasian, while the Arabian plate approaches the Eurasian in a northwestward motion. It is considered to be one of the most tectonically active regions of Earth with a complex geodynamic setting, deriving from a long and complicated geological history. Due to this specific geological background, conditions for the formation of many thermal springs are favoured. In the past years, almost all the already known sites of degassing (fumaroles, soil gases, mofettes, gas bubbling in cold and thermal waters) located in the Hellenic area were sampled at least one time. Collected samples were analysed for their chemical (He, Ne, Ar, O2, N2, H2, H2S, CO, CH4 and CO2) and isotopic composition (He, C and N). Some of these sites have been selected for systematic sampling. Four of them have records longer than 10 years with tens of samplings also considering some literature data. Two of the sites are located in active volcanic areas (Santorini and Nisyros) while the other two are close to actively spreading graben structures with intense seismic activity (Gulf of Korinth and Sperchios basin). Results allowed to define long term background values and also some interesting variation related to seismic or volcanic activity.

  5. A New Set of Focal Mechanisms and a Geodynamic Model for the Eastern Tennessee Seismic Zone

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    Cooley, M. T.; Powell, C. A.; Choi, E.

    2014-12-01

    We present a new set of 26 focal mechanisms for the eastern Tennessee seismic zone (ETSZ) and discuss the implications for regional uplift. The mechanisms are for earthquakes with magnitudes 2.5 and greater occurring after 1999. The ETSZ is the second largest seismic zone in the central and eastern US and the seismicity is attributed to reactivation of a major Grenville-age shear zone. P- and S- wave velocity models, the distribution of hypocenters, focal mechanisms, and potential field anomalies suggest the presence of a basement shear zone. The new focal mechanism solutions supplement and are consistent with a previously calculated set of 26 focal mechanisms for the period 1983-1993. Focal mechanisms fall into two groups. The first group shows strike-slip motion on steeply dipping nodal planes striking N-S/E-W and NE-SW/NW-SE. Mechanisms in the second group display primarily dip-slip motion and are constrained geographically to the southern portion of the seismic zone. Events in the second group are among the shallowest in the dataset (8-12 km). We are developing a geodynamic model of the regional structure to examine the stress regime, which may be changing with depth. This model will be used to determine a possible relationship between the localized normal faulting and previously established recent regional uplift.

  6. Performance of Basic Geodynamic Solvers on BG/p and on Modern Mid-sized CPU Clusters

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    Omlin, S.; Keller, V.; Podladchikov, Y.

    2012-04-01

    Nowadays, most researchers have access to computer clusters. For the community developing numerical applications in geodynamics, this constitutes a very important potential: besides that current applications can be speeded up, much bigger problems can be solved. This is particularly relevant in 3D applications. However, current practical experiments in geodynamic high-performance applications normally end with the successful demonstration of the potential by exploring the performance of the simplest example (typically the Poisson solver); more advanced practical examples are rare. For this reason, we optimize algorithms for 3D scalar problems and 3D mechanics and design concise, educational Fortran 90 templates that allow other researchers to easily plug in their own geodynamic computations: in these templates, the geodynamic computations are entirely separated from the technical programming needed for the parallelized running on a computer cluster; additionally, we develop our code with minimal syntactical differences from the MATLAB language, such that prototypes of the desired geodynamic computations can be programmed in MATLAB and then copied into the template with only minimal syntactical changes. High-performance programming requires to a big extent taking into account the specificities of the available hardware. The hardware of the world's largest CPU clusters is very different from the one of a modern mid-sized CPU cluster. In this context, we investigate the performance of basic memory-bounded geodynamic solvers on the large-sized BlueGene/P cluster, having 13 Gb/s peak memory bandwidth, and compare it with the performance of a typical modern mid-sized CPU cluster, having 100 Gb/s peak memory bandwidth. A memory-bounded solver's performance depends only on the amount of data required for its computations and on the speed this data can be read from memory (or from the CPUs' cache). In consequence, we speed up the solvers by optimizing memory access and CPU

  7. Slab dragging and the recent geodynamic evolution of the western Mediterranean plate boundary region

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    Spakman, Wim; Chertova, Maria V.; van den Berg, Arie P.; Thieulot, Cedric; van Hinsbergen, Douwe J. J.

    2016-04-01

    The Tortonian-Present geodynamic evolution of the plate boundary between North Africa and Iberia is characterized by first-order enigmas. This concerns, e.g., the diffuse tectonic activity of the plate boundary; the crustal thickening below the Rif; the closing of the northern Moroccan marine gateways prior to the Messinian Salinity Crisis; crustal extension of the central to eastern Betics; the origin and sense of motion of the large left-lateral Trans Alboran Shear Zone (TASZ) and Eastern Betic Shear Zone (EBSZ); and lithosphere delamination of the North African continental edge. Many explanations have been given for each of these seemingly disparate tectonic features, which invariably have been addressed in the plate tectonic context of the NW-SE relative plate convergence between the major plates since the Tortonian, mostly independently from each other. Usually there is no clear role for the subducted slab underlying the region, except for presumed rollback, either to SW or to the W, depending on the type of observations that require explanation. Here we integrate the dynamic role of the slab with the NW-SE relative plate convergence by 3-D numerical modelling of the slab evolution constrained by absolute plate motions (Chertova et al., JGR,2014 & Gcubed 2014). By combining observations and predictions from seismology, geology, and geodesy, with our numerical 3-D slab-mantle dynamics modelling, we developed a new and promising geodynamic framework that provides explanations of all noted tectonic enigmas in a coherent and connected way. From the Tortonian until today, we propose that mantle-resisted slab dragging combines with the NW-SE plate convergence across the (largely) unbroken plate boundary to drive the crustal deformation of the region. Slab dragging is the lateral transport, pushing or pulling, of slab through the mantle by the absolute motion of the subducting plate (Chertova et al., Gcubed, 2014). Because the slab is connected to both the Iberian

  8. Grain size evolution in the mantle and its effect on geodynamics and seismic observables

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    Myhill, R.; Dannberg, J.; Eilon, Z.; Gassmoeller, R.; Moulik, P.; Faul, U.; Asimow, P. D.

    2014-12-01

    Infrastructure for Geodynamics, 2014. Stixrude, L. and Lithgow-Bertelloni, C., HeFESTo: Thermodynamics and Elasticity of the Mantle, AGU Fall Meeting 2013.

  9. Paleomagnetic and geochronologic constraints on the geodynamic evolution of the Central Dinarides

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    de Leeuw, Arjan; Mandic, Oleg; Krijgsman, Wout; Kuiper, Klaudia; Hrvatović, Hazim

    2012-01-01

    The geodynamic evolution of the Dinaride Mountains of southeastern Europe is relatively poorly understood, especially in comparison with the neighboring Alps and Carpathians. Here, we construct a new chronostratigraphy for the post-orogenic intra-montane basins of the Central Dinarides based on paleomagnetic and 40Ar/39Ar age data. A first phase of basin formation occurred in the late Oligocene. A second phase of basin formation took place between 18 and 13 Ma, concurrent with profound extension in the neighboring Pannonian Basin. Our paleomagnetic results further indicate that the Dinarides have not experienced any significant tectonic rotation since the late Oligocene. This implies that the Dinarides were decoupled from the adjacent Adria and the Tisza–Dacia Mega-Units that both underwent major rotation during the Miocene. The Dinaride orogen must consequently have accommodated significant shortening. This is corroborated by our AMS data that indicate post-Middle Miocene shortening in the frontal zone, wrenching in the central part of the orogen, and compression in the hinterland. A review of paleomagnetic data from the Adria plate, which plays a major role in the evolution of the Dinarides as well as the Alps, constrains rotation since the Early Cretaceous to 48 ± 10° counterclockwise and indicates 20° of this rotation took place since the Miocene. It also shows that Adria behaved as an independent plate from the Late Jurassic to the Eocene. From the Eocene onwards, coupling between Adria and Africa was stronger than between Adria and Europe. Adria continued to behave as an independent plate. The amount of rotation within the Adria-Dinarides collision zone increases with age and proximity of the sampled sediments to undeformed Adria. These results significantly improve our insight in the post-orogenic evolution of the Dinarides and resolve an apparent controversy between structural geological and paleomagnetic rotation estimates for the Dinarides as well

  10. Geodynamic background of the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake based on 3D visco-elastic numerical modelling

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    Liu, Chang; Zhu, Bojing; Yang, Xiaolin; Shi, Yaolin

    2016-03-01

    The 2008 Wenchuan earthquake (Mw7.9) occurred in the Longmen Shan fault zone. The stress change and crustal deformation during the accumulation period is computed using 3D finite element modelling assuming visco-elastic rheology. Our results support that the eastward movement of the Tibetan Plateau resulting from the India-Eurasia collision is obstructed at the Longmen Shan fault zone by the strong Yangtze craton. In response, the Tibetan ductile crust thickens and accumulates at the contact between the Tibetan Plateau and the Sichuan Basin. This process implies a strong uplift with the rate of about 1.8 mm/a of the upper crust and induces a stress concentration nearly at the bottom of the Longmen Shan fault zone. We believe that the stress concentration in the Longmen Shan fault zone provides a very important geodynamic background of the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake. Using numerical experiments we find that the key factor controlling this stress concentration process is the large viscosity contrast in the middle and lower crusts between the Tibetan Plateau and the Sichuan Basin. The results show that large viscosity contrast in the middle and lower crusts accelerates the stress concentration in the Longmen Shan fault zone. Fast moving lower crustal flow accelerates this stress accumulation process. During the inter-seismic period, spatially the maximum stress accumulation rate of the eastern margin of the Tibetan Plateau is located nearly at the bottom of the brittle upper crust of the Longmen Shan fault zone. The spatial distribution of the stress accumulation along the strike of the Longmen Shan fault zone is as follows: the normal stress decreases while the shear stress increases from southwest to northeast along the Longmen Shan fault zone. This stress distribution explains the thrust motion in the SW and strike-slip motion in the NE during the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake.

  11. Carbon-dioxide flow measurement in geodynamically active area of West Bohemia

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    Vlcek, Josef; Fischer, Tomas; Heinicke, Jens

    2016-04-01

    Geodynamically active area of West Bohemia is interesting not only due to its earthquake swarms occurrence but also due to degassing flux of magmatic origin occurring in natural moffettes and mineral springs. While monitoring of earthquakes is done by a standard local seismic network, monitoring of amount of CO2 is at its initial stage. Despite lack of data, the 2014 earthquake swarm showed also very interesting increase in CO2 flow. This correlation with seismicity motivated us to develop robust and reliable methods of CO2 flow measurement, which would be sufficient to create denser monitoring network. Standard usage of gas-flowmeter for the purpose of gas flow measurement is dependent on the weather and device conditions, which makes the measurement instable in time and unreliable. Although gas-flowmeter is also accompanied with measurement of the gas pressure in the well to check flow rate value, reliability of this method is still low. This problematic behavior of the flow measurement was the reason to test new methods to measure CO2 amount - the first is based on measuring the density water with bubbles in the well by differential pressure gauge. The second one utilizes electric conductivity measurement to determine the density of bubbles in the water-gas mixture. Advantage of these methods is that their probes are directly in the well or moffette, where the concentration is measured. This approach is free of the influence of moving parts and assures the independence of measurements of environmental conditions. In this paper we show examples of obtained data series from selected sites and compare the trend of the curves, the mutual relations of the measured quantities and the influence of environmental conditions.

  12. Continental Flood Basalts of Bennett Island, East Siberian Sea: High Arctic Geodynamics

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    Tegner, Christian; Pease, Victoria

    2014-05-01

    Volcanism provides a means of tracing mantle melting events and crustal evolution. The High Arctic includes a rich portfolio of volcanic rocks outcropping in the Circum-Arctic borderlands and imaged geophysically beneath the Alpha-Mendeleev Ridge that have been lumped together as a High-Arctic Large Igneous Province (HALIP). However, the ages (c. 440-60 Ma) and compositions (tholeiitic-alkaline-calc-alkaline) reported varies considerably and geological correlations remain elusive. One of the possible correlative events is the formation of continental flood basalts and sills in the Canadian Arctic Islands, Svalbard, Franz Josef Land and Bennett Island. These flood basalts have previously been linked to mantle plume melting and may represent a short-lived LIP event at c. 124-122 Ma. We present new data for a 350 m thick continental flood basalt succession at Bennett Island examined during fieldwork in Septemer 2013 on a joint Russian (VSEGEI) - Swedish (SWEDARCTIC) expedition to the De Long Archipelago. This volcanic succession is composed of 20 near-horisontal, undeformed flow units overlying a thin sedimentary succession of Cretaceous age (?) including coal seams and possibly volcaniclastic material that, in turn, unconformably overlies a more steeply dipping succession of Cambrian and Ordovician sediments. The flows are thinnest (c. 2-10 m) and aphyric to very-sparsely olivine-phyric in the lower portion. In contrast, the flows in the upper portion are thicker (>20 m) and aphyric to sparsely plagioclase-phyric. We will discuss new petrographic and compositional data for the Bennett Island flood basalts, possibly including new U-Pb age data. The aim is to evaluate their petrogenesis, to discuss their possible correlation to the flood basalt and sill successions of the Canadian Arctic Islands, Svalbard and Franz Josef Land and evaluate the geodynamic evolution of the High Arctic.

  13. GNSS strain rate patterns and their application to investigate geodynamical credibility of the GNSS velocities

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    Araszkiewicz, Andrzej; Figurski, Mariusz

    2015-04-01

    The potential that lies in the use of GNSS measurements for crustal deformation studies have already noticed in the beginning of the first of such a system (GPS). Today thanks to the development of satellite positioning techniques it is possible to detect displacement on the Earth surface with an accuracy less than 1 cm. With long-term observations we can determine the velocities even more accurately. Growing demand in the last years for GNSS applications, both for scientific and civil use, meant that new networks of the reference stations were created. Such a dense GNSS networks allow to conduct research in the field of crust deformation at a higher spatial resolution than before. In Europe most of the research focuses on Mediterranean regions, where we can monitor events resulting from the tectonic plates collision. But even in Central Europe we can see effect of Africa push. In our research we focused on Polish territory, where in the past 5 years a nearly 300 reference stations were established. With minimal movements that have been observed in Poland, a key issue in this type of research is to determine the geodynamic reliability of the estimated stations velocities. While the long-term observations enable us to determine the very accurate velocities, it hard to indicate how reliably they reflect actual tectonic movements is. In this paper we proposed a method for testing the reliability of stations velocities based on the strain rate field analysis. The method is based on the analysis of the distribution of the rate of deformation tensor components obtained for triangular elements built on the basis of assessed station. The paper presents the results of numerical simulations and initial use of the method for the Polish network of reference stations: ASG-EUPOS

  14. Seismicity and geodynamics in the central part of the Vanuatu Arc

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    Baillard, C.; Crawford, W. C.; Ballu, V.; Regnier, M. M.; Pelletier, B.; Garaebiti, E.

    2013-12-01

    The Vanuatu Arc (VA) in the southwest Pacific ocean (167°E, 13-20°S), is highly seismically active, with more than 35 events of magnitude Mw ≥ 7 since 1973 (USGS catalog). The geodynamics are dominated by the east-dipping subduction of the Australian Plate under the North Fiji Basin microplate. Convergence rates are estimated to be between 130 and 170 mm/yr, except in the central part of the VA where convergence slows to 30-40 mm/yr. This slowing appears to be the result of blockage by the subducting d'Entrecastaux ridge. To quantify the tectonics of this blocked section, we deployed 30 seismometers in 2008-2009 and 8 GPS stations since 2008, in the forearc region of the central VA. The seismometers recorded more than 100 events/day. Detailed analysis of the earthquake catalog reveals: 1) a seismic gap between 40 and 60 km deep under the two largest islands of the VA (Santo and Malekula); 2) subduction plane and intraplate faulting within the down-going plate; and 3) reduced activity beneath Malekula island , perhaps indicating a locked patch on the subduction plane. We infer the geometry of the subduction interface by combining our catalog with unpublished data from the 2000 Santo Mw 6.9 earthquake and aftershocks and the USGS and Global CMT catalogs. The subduction interface appears to be composed of two different panels: a shallow one with a small dip angle and a deeper one with higher dip starting at a depth of ~50 km. We compare finite-element modeling of these panels to the geodetic data to test the connectedness of the two panels and their degree of locking.

  15. Project MANTIS: A MANTle Induction Simulator for coupling geodynamic and electromagnetic modeling

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    Weiss, C. J.

    2009-12-01

    A key component to testing geodynamic hypotheses resulting from the 3D mantle convection simulations is the ability to easily translate the predicted physiochemical state to the model space relevant for an independent geophysical observation, such as earth's seismic, geodetic or electromagnetic response. In this contribution a new parallel code for simulating low-frequency, global-scale electromagnetic induction phenomena is introduced that has the same Earth discretization as the popular CitcomS mantle convection code. Hence, projection of the CitcomS model into the model space of electrical conductivity is greatly simplified, and focuses solely on the node-to-node, physics-based relationship between these Earth parameters without the need for "upscaling", "downscaling", averaging or harmonizing with some other model basis such as spherical harmonics. Preliminary performance tests of the MANTIS code on shared and distributed memory parallel compute platforms shows favorable scaling (>70% efficiency) for up to 500 processors. As with CitcomS, an OpenDX visualization widget (VISMAN) is also provided for 3D rendering and interactive interrogation of model results. Details of the MANTIS code will be briefly discussed here, focusing on compatibility with CitcomS modeling, as will be preliminary results in which the electromagnetic response of a CitcomS model is evaluated. VISMAN rendering of electrical tomography-derived electrical conductivity model overlain by an a 1x1 deg crustal conductivity map. Grey scale represents the log_10 magnitude of conductivity [S/m]. Arrows are horiztonal components of a hypothetical magnetospheric source field used to electromagnetically excite the conductivity model.

  16. Cross-sectional anatomy and geodynamic evolution of the Central Pontide orogenic belt (northern Turkey)

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    Hippolyte, J.-C.; Espurt, N.; Kaymakci, N.; Sangu, E.; Müller, C.

    2016-01-01

    Geophysical data allowed the construction of a ~250-km-long lithospheric-scale balanced cross section of the southern Black Sea margin (Espurt et al. in Lithosphere 6:26-34, 2014). In this paper, we combine structural field data, stratigraphic data, and fault kinematics analyses with the 70-km-long onshore part of the section to reconstruct the geodynamic evolution of the Central Pontide orogen. These data reveal new aspects of the structural evolution of the Pontides since the Early Cretaceous. The Central Pontides is a doubly vergent orogenic wedge that results from the inversion of normal faults. Extensional subsidence occurred with an ENE-trend from Aptian to Paleocene. We infer that the Black Sea back-arc basin also opened during this period, which was also the period of subduction of the Tethys Ocean below the Pontides. As in the Western Pontides, the Cretaceous-Paleocene subsidence was interrupted from Latest Albian to Coniacian time by uplift and erosion that was probably related to a block collision and accretion in the subduction zone. The restoration of the section to its pre-shortening state (Paleocene) shows that fault-related subsidence locally reached 3600 m within the forearc basin. Structural inversion occurred from Early Eocene to Mid-Miocene as a result of collision and indentation of the Pontides by the Kırşehir continental block to the south, with 27.5 km (~28 %) shortening along the section studied. The inversion was characterized by NNE-trending shortening that predated the Late Neogene dextral escape of Anatolia along the North Anatolian Fault and the modern stress field characterized by NW-trending compression within the Eocene Boyabat basin.

  17. Simulation of late Cenozoic South American flat-slab subduction using geodynamic models with data assimilation

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    Hu, Jiashun; Liu, Lijun; Hermosillo, Armando; Zhou, Quan

    2016-03-01

    The formation mechanisms of flat slabs in South America remain unclear. To quantitatively evaluate the earlier proposed mechanisms, we simulate the post-100 Ma subduction history below South America using 4-D geodynamic models by progressively incorporating plate kinematics, seafloor ages and key tectonic features including the buoyant oceanic crust, continental cratons, oceanic plateaus (i.e. the inferred Inca plateau, subducting Nazca Ridge and Juan Fernandez Ridge), as well as deformable trench profiles according to recent geological reconstructions. We find that, in the absence of an overriding plate and subducting buoyancy features, the seafloor age affects slab dip angle by controlling the slab's mechanical strength (i.e., the resistance to bending) and negative buoyancy (integrated positive density anomaly that enhances bending). Our models show that slab strength dominates its buoyancy at age >30 Ma and the opposite for younger ages. The existence of a thick overriding plate reduces the slab dip by increasing dynamic suction, and individual cratonic roots further lead to along-trench variations of dip angle reduction. While dynamic suction from the overriding plate generates a permanent reduction of the long-wavelength slab dip angle, it is the final addition of subducting oceanic plateau and aseismic ridges that produces the transient and localized flat-slabs as observed. These results suggest that all mechanisms except the buoyancy features affect the slab dip only at large spatial scales. Our best-fit model with all the above tectonic features included provides a good match to both the upper mantle Benioff zones and the temporal evolution of volcanic arcs since the mid-Miocene. The imperfect match of the Peruvian flat-slab is likely associated with the uncertain 3-D configuration of the Amazonian craton.

  18. Study of the recent geodynamic processes in the Kopet-Dag region

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    Izyumov, S. F.; Kuzmin, Yu. O.

    2014-11-01

    The time series of the uniquely long geodetic observations of recent geodynamic processes in the Kopet-Dag region are analyzed. The regional observations of contemporary vertical movements cover a 75-year period; the zonal and local systems of leveling measurements, which provide an increased degree of spatiotemporal detail (the distance between the benchmarks is less than 1 km and the measurements are repeated with a frequency of once per month to two times per annum), have been functioning for 50 years. It is shown that during the last 40-50 years, the regional stress field in the forefront of the Main Kopet-Dag thrust and collision zone of the Turanian and Iranian plates is quasi static. The annual average trend rate of strains estimated from a set of the time series of uniquely long geodetic observations is (3-5) × 10-8 yr-1, which is only one to two amplitudes of tidal deformations of the solid Earth. The local deformations in the fault zone reach the rates that are by 1.5-2 orders of magnitude higher than in the block part of the region. It is found that the segments of the Earth's surface within the axial part of the depression experience persistent uplifting, which indicates that they do not follow the scheme of inherited evolution characteristic of the fault-block structures of the region. It is demonstrated that these anomalous uplifts can be caused by the variations in the weak seismicity in the zone of the North Ashgabat Fault.

  19. Tectonosedimentary evolution of the Crotone basin, Italy: Implications for Calabrian Arc geodynamics

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    Smale, J.L. ); Rio, D. ); Thunell, R.C. )

    1990-05-01

    Analysis of outcrop, well, and offshore seismic data has allowed the Neogene tectonosedimentary evolution of an Ionian Sea satellite basin to be outlined. The Crotone basin contains a series of postorogenic sediments deposited since Serravallian time atop a complex nappe system emplaced in the early Miocene. The basin's evolution can be considered predominantly one of distension in a fore-arc setting punctuated by compressional events. The earliest sediments (middle-late Miocene) consist of conglomerates, marls, and evaporites infilling a rapidly subsiding basin. A basin-wide Messinian unconformity and associated intraformational folding mark the close of this sedimentary cycle. Reestablishment of marine conditions in the early Pliocene is documented by sediments which show a distinct color banding and apparent rhythmicity, which may represent the basin margin to lowermost Pliocene marl/limestone rhythmic couplets present in southern Calabria. A bounding unconformity surface of middle Pliocene age (3.0 Ma), which corresponds to a major northwest-southeast compressional event, closes this depositional sequence. The basin depocenter shifted markedly toward the southeast, and both chaotic and strong subparallel reflector seismic facies of wide-ranging thicknesses fill the depositional topography created during this tectonic episode. Basin subsidence decreases dramatically in the late Pliocene and cessates in response to basin margin uplift in the early Pleistocene. The chronostratigraphic hierarchy of these depositional sequences allows them to constrain the deformational history of the basin. In addition, similar depositional hierarchies in adjacent basins (i.e., Paola, Cefalu, and Tyrrhenian Sea) allow them to tie the stratigraphy and evolution of the Crotone basin to the geodynamic evolution of the Calabrian arc system.

  20. A scalable, parallel matrix-free Stokes solver for geodynamic applications

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    May, D.

    2013-12-01

    Here I describe a numerical method suitable for studying non-linear, large deformation processes in crustal and lithopspheric dynamics. The method utilizes a hybrid spatial discretisation which consists of mixed finite elements for the Stokes flow problem, coupled to a Lagrangian marker based discretisation to represent the material properties (viscosity and density). This approach is akin to the classical Marker-And-Cell (MAC) scheme of Harlow and the subsequently developed Material Point Method (MPM) of Sulsky and co-workers. The geometric flexibility and ease of modelling large deformation processes afforded by such mesh-particle methods has been exploited by the lithospheric dynamics community over the last 20 years. The strength of the Stokes preconditioner fundamentally controls the scientific throughput achievable and represents the largest bottleneck in the development of our understanding of geodynamic processes. The possibility to develop a 'cheap' and efficient preconditioning methodology which is suitable for the mixed Q2-P1 element is explored here. I describe a flexible strategy, which aims to address the Stokes preconditioning issue using an upper block triangular preconditioner, together with a geometric multi-grid preconditioner for the viscous block. The key to the approach is to utilize algorithms and data-structures that exploit current multi-core hardware and avoid the need for excessive global reductions. In order to develop a scalable method, special consideration is given to; the definition of the coarse grid operator, the smoother and the coarse grid solver. The performance characteristics of this hybrid matrix-free / partially assembled multi-level preconditioning strategy is examined. The robustness of the preconditioner with respect to the viscosity contrast and the topology of the viscosity field, together with the parallel scalability is demonstrated.

  1. Cenozoic fluid-magmatic centers, geodynamics, seismotectonics and volcanism in Northern Caucasus

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    Sobissevitch, Alexei L.; Masurenkov, Yuri P.; Nechaev, Yuri V.; Pouzich, Irina N.; Laverova, Ninel I.

    2010-05-01

    The central segment of Alpine mobile folded system of the Greater Caucasus is characterized by complex crossing of the active faults of different structural directions. On the crossings of disjunctive knots of Caucasian WNW and Trans-Caucasian NS faults the two Cenozoic fluid-magmatic centers are located featuring dormant yet not extinct volcanoes of Elbrus and Kazbek. Mentioned centers are known as the Elbrus volcano-plutonic center, the Kazbek volcano-plutonic center, they are outlined according to the results of geological, geomorphological and geophysical studies. Geodynamic position of the Elbrus volcano within the Transcaucasia uplift is considered with respect to evolution of volcanic processes and possible resumption of volcanic activity in this region. In order to carry out the multidisciplinary study of geological and geophysical processes in the vicinity of the volcanic dome it is essential to obtain reliable information about basic parameters of local magmatic structures. Results of complimentary geological and geophysical studies carried out in the Elbrus volcanic area are presented and compared to the results of theoretical approaches as well as with numerical simulations and processing of remote sensing data. In particular, the satellite imagery processing carried out according to original technology based on determination of surface lineaments and consequent transition to analysis of the field of tectonic disintegration of the lithosphere may allow one to obtain independent knowledge about deep subsurface structures for the given territory. As a result, the 3D model of tectonic disintegration field under the Elbrus volcano has been constructed. The two anomalous domains have been outlined and they were associated with local deep magmatic source and peripheral magmatic chamber of the Elbrus volcano. Comparative analysis of experimental geophysical data obtained by means of microgravity studies over the same territory, magneto-telluric profiling and

  2. Bayesian geodynamic inversion to constrain the rheology of the flat subduction system in southwestern Mexico

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    Gérault, Mélanie; Bodin, Thomas

    2016-04-01

    The flat slab in southwestern Mexico differs from others at the present-day because (1) it is associated with abundant arc volcanism, (2) it is associated with extension in the arc and a neutral state of stress in the fore-arc, (3) it generates relatively low seismic activity, (4) the continental mantle lithosphere is very thin or nonexistent, (5) it is not directly caused by the subduction of thickened oceanic crust, and (6) there is no nearby cratonic keel. In a recent study, we showed that the topography in the area is controlled by both isostatic and dynamic contributions. The Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt is either isostatically supported or slightly buoyed up by a low-density mantle wedge. To the contrary, the forearc is pulled downward by the flat slab, resulting in about 1 km of subsidence. Using a two-dimensional instantaneous Stokes flow finite-elements model, we found a combination of slab, mantle, and subduction interface properties that can predict the observed topography, plate velocities, and stress state in the continent. However, this solution is not unique, and there are trade-offs between these properties such that several combinations can provide a similarly good fit to the data. In this work, we present a geodynamic inversion to further investigate what viscosities and densities are required in different zones of the subduction system to explain the observations collected at the surface. The inverse problem is cast in a Bayesian framework, where model parameters (e.g. the viscosity in the mantle wedge and along the subduction interface) can be reconstructed in a probabilistic sense, and where trade-offs and uncertainties can be quantitatively constrained. We use a direct parameter search approach based on a Markov chain Monte Carlo (McMC) scheme to test a large number of potential scenarios.

  3. Flexural Rigidity Around Ross Island, Antarctica Based On Geodynamic Modeling And Seismic Stratigraphy

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    Jha, S.; Witt, D. R.; Harry, D. L.

    2013-12-01

    Quantifying the flexural subsidence history around Mt. Erebus, located on Ross Island in the southern Ross Sea of West Antarctica, is essential to separating the tectonic, volcanic, and climatic signals in the stratigraphic record contained in regional seismic reflection and borehole data. Toward this end, we analyze both broken and continuous plate models of flexural subsidence due to volcanic loading around Mt. Erebus. Seismic reflection data from the IT90AR71, NBP0401-118m and NBP0401-126m seismic surveys are used to identify stratigraphic horizons associated with loading during different eruptive events. Based on results obtained by ANTOSTRAT, we have identified 5 seismic horizons RSb1 (early Oligocene), RSb2 (late Oligocene to early Miocene), RSb3 (early Miocene), RSb4(early to middle Miocene) and RSb5 (middle Miocene), which are correlated with the CIROS-1 drill hole, in the Eastern Ross Sea to identify 5 episodes of flexural subsidence related to Ross Island volcanic loading. The seismic data indicate that the flexural bulge associated with all 5 volcanic loading events is located at an average distance of 250 km from Mt. Erebus. We use the position of the flexural bulge and the dip of strata within the basin to constrain geodynamic models of flexural subsidence due to volcanic loading. We assume a mantle density of 3200 kg/m^3 and density of sedimentary basin infill of 2700 kg/m^3. Our preliminary results suggest that a broken plate, point load model is the most ideal case for Ross Island. The flexural rigidity is approximately 10^22.5 N-m, and the cumulative load of all volcanic episodes of Mt. Erebus is 9x10^11 N.

  4. Seismicity of mid-oceanic ridges and its geodynamic implications: a review [review article

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    Rundquist, D. V.; Sobolev, P. O.

    2002-07-01

    The global system of mid-oceanic ridges (MOR) is one of the longest active seismic belts where most of the earthquake epicenters are located continuously within a narrow axial zone. We summarized the principal results of the studies in MOR seismicity and their implications for geodynamics. The studies of epicenter distribution along the ridges and of focal mechanisms make an important contribution to the development of plate tectonics. During recent decades, a great amount of information on MOR structure and sea-floor spreading has become available. Geological and geophysical observations revealed a partitioning of the ridge by numerous discontinuities of several orders, which is reflected in the seismicity. There is a clear difference in seismic regime between two kinds of first-order segments—transform faults and spreading centers. The first have seismic moment release one-two orders higher; their contribution into the total seismic budget of MOR increases with higher spreading rate. The relationships between the seismic moment release, fault length and spreading rate are quite different for transform and rift parts of MOR; this confirms the difference in the geometry of their respective earthquake source volumes. In both these cases, the principal factor controlling the ridge seismicity is the thermal structure of the lithosphere. Microseismic experiments using ocean bottom seismometers, hydrophones and sonobuoys have perceptibly reduced the cutoff magnitude of complete reporting and the location uncertainty. Large numbers of microearthquakes are usually recorded almost everywhere near the ridge axis, even during relatively short recording times. More detailed location of epicenters and focal depths acquired great significance in the studies of magmatism, hydrothermal circulation and fracturing on MOR. Some spatial relationships seem to emerge between epicenter distribution and the location of hydrothermal sulfide deposits along the MOR. Several hierarchical

  5. The Tertiary dike magmatism in the Southern Alps: geochronological data and geodynamic significance

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    Bergomi, Maria Aldina; Zanchetta, Stefano; Tunesi, Annalisa

    2015-03-01

    The relationships between tectonics and magmatic activity in the Alps are still debated. Despite an active subduction since the Late Cretaceous, no arc-related magmatism is recorded prior of the Middle Eocene. The emplacement of plutons along the Insubric Fault in a short time span (~34-28 Ma) has been generally interpreted in terms of the slab break-off model. The Tertiary magmatism, however, is also characterized by the occurrence of widespread calcalkaline dikes not necessarily intruded along the Insubric Fault. The geochemical features of dikes vary along the Alps belt and are interpreted in terms of mantle source heterogeneity and degree of crustal contamination. U-Pb zircon dating of studied dikes indicates intrusion ages in the 42- to 34-Ma time interval. These data provide evidence for a pre-Oligocene magmatic activity that was not solely limited to the Adamello batholith. Moreover, it appears that dikes rejuvenate from SE to NW, in an opposite direction with respect to the Alpine subduction polarity. Thus, a more complex geodynamic scenario than the slab break-off model must be envisaged. The absence of arc magmatism prior to the Middle Eocene can be explained by the low-angle subduction of the Tethyan slab that confined the mantle partial melting zone away from the orogenic wedge. The onset of the Apennines subduction at 55-50 Ma caused the Alpine slab to retreat. The partial melting zone progressively migrated beneath the orogenic wedge and finally reached the axial belt in the Late Eocene, when the Alpine collision was completed. Only at this stage, slab break-off occurred and promoted the intrusion of the Periadriatic plutons.

  6. Global Geodynamic Constraints on the Structure and Dynamic State of the Continental Lower crust

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    Auerbach, P.; Forte, A.; Moucha, R.; Perry, C.

    2009-05-01

    Owing to the paucity of direct observations or constraints, the structure, composition and rheology of the lower crust of continents is not as well understood as the upper crust. Knowledge of lower crustal rheology is important for understanding how deep-seated lithospheric stresses generated by the convecting mantle are transmitted to the overlying brittle crust and how these stresses maintain surface topographic inequalities. Understanding the lateral variability of lower crustal thickness and density yields important clues on the thermo-chemical processes that have controlled the evolution, growth and mineralogy of the continental crust. Here we present the initial results of a global-scale study concerned with inferring the lateral changes in the lowermost crustal thickness and/or density and the implications for the stresses acting between the lithospheric mantle and the crust. Our approach involves quantifying the relationship between components of the non-isostatic topography, inferred by stripping away the isostatically compensated CRUST2.0 (Bassin et al. 2003) model, and predictions of surface dynamic topography predicted on the basis of a mantle convection model incorporating a recent joint seismic-geodynamic tomography model (Simmons et al. 2009). The specific focus will be on the modifications needed in lower crust structure that yield an optimal match between the CRUST2.0 inferences of non-isostatic topography and convection-driven dynamic undulations. The modified crustal structure will be used to explore the implications for the gravitational potential energy (GPE) of the compensated crust and hence the basal stresses acting at crust-mantle interface. Our overall objective is to constrain the dynamics of crust-mantle coupling and its contribution to surface geophysical observables.

  7. Geodynamic constraints on stress and strength of the continental lithosphere during India-Asia collision.

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    Kaus, B. J. P.; Schmalholz, S. M.; Lebedev, S.; Deschamps, F.

    2009-04-01

    There has been quite some debate in recent years on what the long-term strength of the continental lithosphere is and how it is related to the occurrence of earthquakes. One of the best studied areas in this respect is the India-Asia collision zone, where -in some profiles- the Moho depth is known to within a few km's. A relocation of earthquake source locations revealed that in India earthquakes occur throughout the whole lithosphere whereas in Tibet, earthquakes are restricted to the upper 10-15 km of the crust with few exceptions slightly above or below the Moho. The lack of substantial earthquake activity in the sub-Moho mantle lithosphere seems puzzling since (1D) strength envelop models for the continental lithosphere predict large differential stresses (and brittle failure) in these locations. A way out of this paradox is to assume that the rheology of the mantle lithosphere (i.e. the effective viscosity) is significantly smaller than usually assumed, either because of the effects of hydration, or because of increased Moho temperatures. As a consequence, the strength of the lithosphere resides in the crust and not in the upper mantle as previously assumed. This conclusion gets some support from spectral-based inverse models of the effective elastic thickness (using topography and gravity as input data), which is typically smaller than the seismogenic thickness. Even though this explanation might appear appealing at first, there are at least two major problems with it: (1) Estimations of the effective elastic thickness (EET) of the lithosphere are non-unique and model-dependent. Others, using a direct (non-spectral) modelling approach, find significantly larger values of the EET in the same locations (again using gravity & topography as constraints). (2) Long term geodynamic models indicate that if the mantle lithosphere would indeed be as weak as suggested, it would be very difficult to generate plate-tectonics like behavior: Subducting slabs behave more

  8. Late Permian to Late Triassic basin evolution of North Vietnam: geodynamic implications for the South China and Indochina blocks

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    Rossignol, Camille; Bourquin, Sylvie; Hallot, Erwan; Poujol, Marc; Roger, Françoise

    2015-04-01

    The core of South East Asia is composed of a mosaic of continental blocks, among which the Indochina and the South China blocks (present day northern Vietnam), amalgamated during the Permian and/or the Triassic. Late Permian to Late Triassic geodynamic evolution of these two blocks remains controversial. The main discussion points concern the existence and the closure of an oceanic domain separating the Indochina and the South China blocks during this period. Especially, the polarity and the timing of the subduction zone that led to the collision between the blocks as well as the present location of the suture delimiting them are a matter of debate. Despite the valuable information they can provide, the sedimentary basins from northern Vietnam have been neglected in the previous studies dealing with the geodynamic evolution of South East Asia. To determine the geodynamic evolution of the area, the basins of Sam Nua and Song Da, presently located in North Vietnam, have been investigated using a combined approach involving sedimentology, geochronology (U-Pb/zircon) and geochemistry (whole-rock major and trace elements composition of both volcanic and volcaniclastic rocks). The palaeoenvironment evolution, the main unconformities, their age and the tectonic affinities of the interbedded volcanic and volcaniclastics series have been characterized for these two basins. Our results demonstrate (i) that the Song Da Basin exhibits a palaeogeographic affinity with the South China block, (ii) the occurrence of extensive calk-alkaline volcanism and associated volcaniclastic deposits in the Sam Nua Basin, related to the existence of an active magmatic arc during the Early and the lower Middle Triassic, (iii) a South dipping (present day coordinate) oceanic lithosphere beneath the Indochina block, deduced from the location of the magmatic arc south of the potential suture zones, (iv) that an angular unconformity postdates the lower Middle Triassic volcaniclastic deposits in the

  9. On principles, methods and recent advances in studies towards a GPS-based control system for geodesy and geodynamics

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    Delikaraoglou, Demitris

    1989-01-01

    Although Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) and Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR) are becoming increasingly important tools for geodynamic studies, their future role may well be fulfilled by using alternative techniques such as those utilizing the signals from the Global Positioning System (GPS). GPS, without the full implementation of the system, already offers a favorable combination of cost and accuracy and has consistently demonstrated the capability to provide high precision densification control in the regional and local areas of the VLBI and SLR networks. This report reviews VLBI and SLR vis-a-vis GPS and outlines the capabilities and limitations of each technique and how their complementary application can be of benefit to geodetic and geodynamic operations. It demonstrates, albeit with a limited data set, that dual-frequency GPS observations and interferometric type analysis techniques make possible the modelling of the GPS orbits for several days with an accuracy of a few meters. The use of VLBI or SLR sites as fiducial stations together with refinements in the orbit determination procedures can greatly reduce the systematic errors in the GPS satellite orbits used to compute the positions of non-fiducial locations. In general, repeatability and comparison with VLBI of the GPS determined locations are of the order of between 2 parts in 10 to the 7th power and 5 parts in 10 to the 8th power for baseline lengths less than 2000 km. This report is mainly a synthesis of problems, assumptions, methods and recent advances in the studies towards the establishment of a GPS-based system for geodesy and geodynamics and is one phase in the continuing effort for the development of such a system. To some, including the author, it seems reasonable to expect within the next few years that more evidence will show GPS to be as a powerful and reliable a tool as mobile VLBI and SLR are today, but largely more economical.

  10. Constraining mantle flow with seismic and geodynamic data: A joint approach

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    Simmons, Nathan A.; Forte, Alessandro M.; Grand, Stephen P.

    2006-06-01

    impenetrable flow boundaries at depths of 670 km, 1200 km, and 1800 km. This hypothesis testing shows that the combined global seismic and geodynamic data sets are best reconciled when a whole-mantle flow scenario is considered. Convection models with restrictive flow boundaries within the lower mantle provide distinctly poorer fits to these combined data sets providing evidence that the mantle flows without permanent hindrance at the boundaries considered.

  11. ENVIMINE - developing environmental and geodynamical safety related to mine closure in the Barents region

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    Väisänen, Ulpu; Kupila, Juho; Kozyrev, Anatoly; Konukhin, Vladimir; Alakangas, Lena

    2015-04-01

    assessment of environmental impacts. Database will be used for developing recommendations for providing environmental and geodynamical safety of Umbozero. The project was partly funded by the European Union.

  12. Stratigraphic signatures of crustal shortening and central Andean geodynamics in the Altiplano plateau, southern Peru

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    Perez, Nicholas D.; Horton, Brian K.

    2014-05-01

    the coarse-grained Upper Tinajani Formation. Oligocene to early Miocene basin evolution was controlled by flexural subsidence driven by shortening along the Ayaviri fault and broader Eastern Cordillera. Subsequent basin reorganization was initiated by punctuated out-of-sequence motion along the southwest basin margin (Pasani fault). The record of variable, punctuated shortening and subsidence emphasizes the role of upper-crustal thrusting in driving hinterland tectonics. However, it remains unclear if out-of-sequence thrusting in the northern Altiplano was a localized deformation event indicative of critical wedge dynamics, changing magmatic-arc processes, or a geodynamic response to complex patterns of lithospheric removal and pulses of surface uplift.

  13. Self-organized geodynamics of karst limestone landscapes and coupled terra rossa/bauxite formation

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    Merino, E.; Wang, Y.; Banerjee, A.

    2012-12-01

    Why do flat limestones overlain by terra rossa or bauxite systematically adopt so-called karst geomorphology, which consists of sets of roughly regularly spaced wormholes, or funnels, or sinkholes, or tower karst? The idea that the funnels and sinkholes are located at the intersections of preexisting sets of subvertical fractures is untenable. New field and petrographic evidence (Merino & Banerjee, J. Geology, 2008) revealed that, rather than 'residual' or 'detrital' (the only options that have been on the table for decades), the terra rossa/bauxite clays and Al- and Fe-oxyhydroxides grow authigenically at the base of the terra rossa, replacing the underlying limestone at a generally downward-moving reaction front several centimeters thick. The clay-for-limestone replacement, which preserves solid volume (because it takes place by clay-growth-driven pressure solution of calcite), releases H+ ions. These dissolve more calcite, generating considerable leached porosity in a narrow zone that travels with the replacement front. We proposed (Merino & Banerjee, J. Geology, 2008) that the moving leached-porosity maximum created at the front could trigger the reactive-infiltration instability (Chadam et al, IMA J. Appl. Math., 1986), causing the replacement-and-leaching reaction front to become regularly fingered, with the fingers jumping in scale to funnels, these to sinks, and these, when deep enough and merged together laterally, to tower karst. This new geodynamics would account both for the world-wide association of terra rossa and bauxite with karst limestones, and for the stunning, self-organized geomorphology of karst itself. We are testing these ideas through linear stability analysis of a simplified reaction-transport system of equations and through numerical solution of the full non-linear system of reaction-transport equations applicable, including aqueous speciation. Preliminary calculations (Banerjee & Merino, J. Geology, 2011) suggest that the replacement

  14. Melt-induced weakening of the lithosphere: theory and geodynamic implications

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    Gerya, T.

    2015-12-01

    long-term effective strength of the lithosphere. Thus, the low long-term strength of the melt-weakened lithosphere is associated with high volume-averaged deviatoric stress for this lithosphere. Possible geodynamic implications of melt-induced weakening for modern and early Earth tectonic processes are discussed.

  15. Geodynamic features along the Christianna-Santorini-Kolumbo tectonic line (South Aegean Sea, Greece)

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    Nomikou, Paraskevi; Papanikolaou, Dimitrios; Carey, Steve; Bejelou, Konstantina; Sakellariou, Dimitris; Kilias, Stefanos; Camilli, Rich; Escartin, Javier; Bell, Kathrine; Parks, Michelle

    2013-04-01

    inside Santorini caldera related to a shallow magmatic intrusion indicated by inflation. Recently, several earthquakes occurred in the region south of Christianna at the SW edge of the CSK line. This CSK line has possibly fed the post-caldera eruptions and is the main path for fluid circulation. In conclusion, the CSK tectonic line displays a special character in terms of morphology, volcanism, hydrothermal activity, seismicity and tectonic structure. It may cause important geohazards to the highly touristic Santorini island. Further seafloor investigations along this active line can provide insights into the overall geodynamic activity and aid the archipelago's hazard preparedness.

  16. Neoproterozoic/Lower Palaeozoic geodynamic evolution of Dronning Maud Land: integrating geology and geophysics

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    Jacobs, Joachim; Andreas, Läufer; Clark, Chris; Kleinhanns, Ilka; Elburg, Marlina; Ruppel, Antonia; Estrada, Solveig; Damaske, Detlef; Jokat, Wilfried; Riedel, Sven; Lucka, Nicole

    2013-04-01

    East Antarctica probably formed by amalgamation of a number of cratons along distinct Ediacaran mobile belts, including the ca. 600-500 Ma East African-Antarctic Orogen (EAAO) that dissects Dronning Maud Land (DML). New field-work during the international expeditions Geodynamic Evolution of East Antarctica (GEA) I + II in the austral summers 2010/11 and 2011/12, and first geochronological results from eastern DML reveal a complex tectonic architecture across the belt. In western DML, the EAAO reworks older Mesoproterozoic crust of the Maud Belt; the westernmost boundary of the mobile belt is characterized by a major dextral transpressional shear zone. In central DML, a major magnetic anomaly, the Forster anomaly, was interpreted as a cryptic suture of the EAAO (Riedel et al. 2012). The area where the Forster anomaly crosses the DML mountains is poorly investigated so far, but appears to coincide with a major strike slip shear zone in the southern Kurze Mts. and the occurrence of major Ediacaran granulite bodies. East of the Forster anomaly, the magnetic anomaly pattern changes significantly and typical Maud type crust is not present any longer. GEA II targeted a range of nunataks between Sør Rondane and central DML that had never been visited previously (from Blåklettane and Bergekongen in the E to Urna and Sørsteinen in the W). These nunataks are dominated by medium- to high-grade metasedimentary and metavolcanic rocks of possibly Neoproterozoic age, including abundant marble and graphite schists. Sør Rondane in eastern DML, is dominated by two distinct blocks separated by the dextral Main Shear Zone. The northwestern block is still part of the eastern EAAO, where new SHRIMP zircon data from metamorphic rims provide ages of ca. 560 Ma. The southeastern block is made up of a TTG terrane, which provides four new SHRIMP zircon dates between 990-980 Ma, interpreted as igneous crystallization ages (oceanic arc). The TTG terrane shows limited tectonic overprint and

  17. Geodynamic evolution of eastern Dronning Maud Land: research highlights from an international geological-geophysical approach

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    Jacobs, Joachim; Ehlburg, Marlina; Laeufer, Andreas; Clark, Chris; Kleinhanns, Ilka; Andersen, Tom; Mieth, Matthias; Ruppel, Antonia; Damaske, Detlef; Lucka, Nicole; Estrada, Solveig; Jokat, Wilfried

    2014-05-01

    East Antarctica formed by amalgamation of a number of cratons along distinct Ediacaran mobile belts, including the ca. 600-500 Ma East African-Antarctic Orogen (EAAO) and the Kuunga Orogen that apparently converge in Dronning Maud Land (DML). In central DML, the major Forster Magnetic Anomaly separates rocks with Grenville-age protolith ages of ca. 1130-1000 Ma to the W, from rocks with Early Neoproterozic protolith ages, c. 1000-930 Ma, to the East. The Forster Magnetic Anomaly is therefore interpreted as a suture. New field-work during two recent international expeditions, Geodynamic Evolution of East Antarctica (GEA) I + II, and first geoscientic results reveal a complex tectonic architecture between Sør Rondane and central DML. East of the Forster anomaly, the magnetic anomaly pattern changes significantly and typical Maud type crust is not present any longer. GEA II targeted a range of nunataks between Sør Rondane and central DML that had never been visited previously (from Blåklettane and Bergekongen in the E to Urna and Sørsteinen in the W). These nunataks are dominated by medium- to high-grade metasedimentary and metavolcanic rocks of possibly Neoproterozoic age, including abundant marble and graphite schists. Sør Rondane in eastern DML, is dominated by two distinct blocks separated by the dextral Main Shear Zone. The northwestern block appears as part of the EAAO or the Kuunga Orogen, where new SHRIMP zircon data from metamorphic rims provide ages of ca. 560 Ma. The southeastern block is made up of a TTG terrane, which provides 12 new zircon crystallistation ages ranging from 1000-930 Ma. The TTG terrane has predominantly oceanic affinities and the wide range of ages might indicate long-lasting accretionary tectonics. The TTG terrane shows in part limited tectonic overprint and could be the southeastern foreland of the EAAO or the Kuunga Orogen. Close to the contact of the two blocks, grey geisses and augen-gneisses gave zircon crystallization ages of

  18. Paleoproterozoic andesitic volcanism in the southern Amazonian craton (northern Brazil); lithofacies analysis and geodynamic setting

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    Roverato, Matteo; Juliani, Caetano; Capra, Lucia; Dias Fernandes, Carlos Marcelo

    2016-04-01

    volcano-sedimentary basins. Our approach permits to better identify different processes operating on volcanic edifices and to constrain the depositional environment and thus geodynamic setting of Precambrian continental volcanic belts. Acknowledgments: We acknowledge CAPES/CNPq project n° 402564/2012-0 (Programa Ciências sem Fronteiras), CNPq/CT-Mineral (Proc. 550.342/2011-7) and INCT-Geociam (573733/2008-2) - CNPq/MCT/FAPESPA/PETROBRAS.

  19. Correlating basaltic composition with stages of geodynamic settings associated with breakup of supercontinent Rodinia

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    Sinha, A.; Hanan, B. B.

    2010-12-01

    The breakup of supercontinents is often accompanied by magmatism associated with many possible geodynamic scenarios and interactions between the mantle and the overlying continental lithosphere. We examine the geochemical and isotopic signature of late Proterozoic basalts of the Catoctin Volcanic Province (CVP) along eastern North America to identify the temporal tectono-magmatic stages associated with dispersal. We model Stage I basalt generation to be associated with incipient supercontinent extension with its chemical/isotopic signature dominated by sub-continental lithosphere mantle (SCLM). Stage II basalts mark transition to an incipient oceanic rift where Ocean island basalt (plume) or mid-ocean ridge basalt sources are diluted by SCLM. Stage III basalts are related to a mature mid-ocean ridge system where the source is dominated by the depleted asthenosphere MORB source. New isotopic and geochemical data from the Catoctin Formation (type area of CVP) in the region of the central Appalachian orogen show incompatible element ratios of Zr/Y = 4.91, La/Yb = 5.73, Th/Ta = 1.37 and Hf/Th = 2.82, as well as primitive mantle normalized trace element abundances with OIB affinity like Hawaii. These lavas have similar low Nb/La (0.63-1.04) as Hawaii but slightly higher Th/Ta (1.1-2.12). In Pb-Pb isotope space define a pseudo- binary trend between continental lithosphere-like sources and an OIB-like source similar to a C-like plume component suggestive of Stage II. Basalts of the Unicoi, Bassett and Sams Creek Formations are similar to the Catoctin Formation and are modeled as Stage II magmatism. Other basalts hosted within the Lynchburg and Ashe-Alligator Back formations are of both high (>2 wt %) and low (<2%) TiO2 types, where the low Titanium group is best modeled as stage I, while higher TiO2 samples reflect stage II OIB dominated source similar to the basalts of the Catoctin Formation. We emphasize that in order to confirm these stages additional precise

  20. Geodynamic evolution of the northern Dinarides and the southern part of the Pannonian Basin

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    Tari, Vlasta; Pamić, Jakob

    1998-11-01

    Most of the recent geodynamic interpretations of the Pannonian Basin focus on its relation to the formation of the Carpathians and the Alpine orogeny. However, also the Dinarides were severely affected by Neogene tectonics related to the formation of the Pannonian Basin. Especially in the northernmost Dinarides Neogene deformation played a very important role in the evolution of this mountain chain. Geological records clearly show evidence of two phases of plate convergence along the northern and eastern margins of the present-day Dinarides. At the end of the Jurassic the Dinaridic parts of the Tethys ophiolites were obducted onto the northeastern margins of the Apulian microplate. The second phase is documented in the central part of the northernmost Dinarides. It is genetically related to an ancient volcanic arc, as indicated by Late Cretaceous-Palaeogene trench sediments with blueschist olistolithes which are interlayered by basalt, rhyolites, pyroclastics, medium-pressure metamorphosed trench sediments, and associated synkinematic granitoids. In the northern part of the Dinarides subduction processes terminated with the Eocene compressional event which caused the uplift of the Dinarides. Numerous intramontane basins with shallow-marine, fluviatile and lacustrine deposits were generated during the Oligocene. Penecontemporaneous andesites which are found along the Drava and Sava depressions of the South Pannonian Neogene Basin can be correlated with the easternmost Periadriatic tonalites. However, observations do not indicate strike-slip faulting at that time in this area. The Neogene rift stage initiated the evolution of the Pannonian Basin. It is marked by extruded submarine trachyandesites of Karpathian age, Badenian basalts, andesites, dacites and rhyolites, and Pannonian alkali basalts, which are interlayered by coeval sedimentary rocks. Main evidence for the large-scale tectonic transport of large Dinaridic blocks into the Pannonian Basin area are the

  1. Cenozoic tectono-stratigraphic evolution east of the Lesser Antilles subduction zone: geodynamic implications

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    Pichot, T.; Patriat, M.; Westbrook, G. K.; Nalpas, T.; Roest, W. R.; Gutscher, M.

    2011-12-01

    from northeast to southeast of the Tiburon Rise. Although their source remains uncertain, their deposition coincides chronologically with the onset of the last major tectonic phase, accompanying the Barracuda Ridge uplift. This deformation is still active, as expressed by folds and faults affecting the seafloor. These structures are rooted in uplifted basement along the WNW-ESE trends of the fracture zones. There was a general northward migration of the zone of deformation and uplift of oceanic crust during the Neogene and Quaternary. This complex geodynamic situation is produced by transpression between the North American and South American plates and by deformation associated with their passage into the Lesser Antilles subduction zone.

  2. The North America - South America plate boundary zone: new elements for a geodynamic model

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    Roest, W. R.; Pichot, T.; Patriat, M.; Westbrook, G. K.; Gutscher, M.

    2011-12-01

    The location and functioning of the North America - South America plate boundary zone remain unknown, despite significant past efforts to decipher its precise position and the associated deformation. The Barracuda Ridge and the Tiburon Rise, two major oceanic basement ridges, are situated at the western end of this diffuse plate-boundary zone, where they enter the subduction zone beneath the Lesser Antilles island arc. The deformation of these features, and the intervening sedimentary basins and their stratigraphy record the history of NoAM-SoAM motion in this area. Kinematic studies based on reconstruction of past plate motions and GPS measurements predict small convergence during the Tertiary in the western part of this boundary zone, between the Marathon and Fifteen Twenty fracture zones. However, the differences between the different models remains too large to predict the NoAM-SoAM relative motions in this area confidently, as small changes in the postions of their rotation poles have major consequences for the expected distribution of deformation, because of their proximity to the area. Recent geophysical data acquired in this region has enabled us to locate the major structural features, and to propose an improved timing of the deformation. Seismic lines confirm the transpressional tectonic regime over a zone that is about 250 km wide, between the Barracuda Trough and the Tiburon Rise. The geodynamic situation is complicated by the fact that the deformation in the area of the Tiburon Rise and the Barracuda Ridge is clearly influenced by the flexural bulge of the active subduction zone, which uplifts the western ends of both ridges and provides a distinct western boundary to the Tiburon sedimentary basin, a trough situated between them. We have attempted to distinguish the influence of both the NoAM-SoAM convergence and the subduction process. In the North Atlantic west of Iberia, an apparently similar diffuse plate boundary zone between Europe and Africa

  3. Advantages of a conservative velocity interpolation (CVI) scheme for particle-in-cell methods with application in geodynamic modeling

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    Wang, Hongliang; Agrusta, Roberto; Hunen, Jeroen

    2015-06-01

    The particle-in-cell method is generally considered a flexible and robust method to model the geodynamic problems with chemical heterogeneity. However, velocity interpolation from grid points to particle locations is often performed without considering the divergence of the velocity field, which can lead to significant particle dispersion or clustering if those particles move through regions of strong velocity gradients. This may ultimately result in cells void of particles, which, if left untreated, may, in turn, lead to numerical inaccuracies. Here we apply a two-dimensional conservative velocity interpolation (CVI) scheme to steady state and time-dependent flow fields with strong velocity gradients (e.g., due to large local viscosity variation) and derive and apply the three-dimensional equivalent. We show that the introduction of CVI significantly reduces the dispersion and clustering of particles in both steady state and time-dependent flow problems and maintains a locally steady number of particles, without the need for ad hoc remedies such as very high initial particle densities or reseeding during the calculation. We illustrate that this method provides a significant improvement to particle distributions in common geodynamic modeling problems such as subduction zones or lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary dynamics.

  4. Tectono-sedimentary evolution of the Tertiary Piedmont Basin (NW Italy) within the Oligo-Miocene central Mediterranean geodynamics

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    Maino, Matteo; Decarlis, Alessandro; Felletti, Fabrizio; Seno, Silvio

    2013-06-01

    analyze the tectono-sedimentary and thermochronometric constraints of the Tertiary Piedmont Basin (TPB) and its adjoining orogen, the Ligurian Alps, providing new insights on the basin evolution in response to a changing geodynamic setting. The geometry of the post-metamorphic faults of the Ligurian belt as well as the fault network that controlled the Oligo-Miocene TPB deposition has been characterized through a detailed structural analysis. Three main faulting stages have been distinguished and dated thanks to the relationships among faults and basin stratigraphy and thermochronometric data. The first stage (F1, Rupelian-Early Chattian) is related to the development of extensional NNW-directed faults, which controlled the exhumation of the orogen and the deposition of nearshore clastics. During the Late Chattian, the basin drowning is marked by mudstones and turbidites, which deposition was influenced by the second faulting stage (F2). This phase was mainly characterized by NE- to ENE-striking faults developed within a transtensional zone. Since the Miocene, the whole area was dominated by transpressive tectonics. The sedimentation was represented by a condensed succession followed by a very thick, turbiditic complex. At the regional scale, this succession of events reflects the major geodynamic reorganization in the central Mediterranean region during the Oligo-Miocene times, induced by the late-collisional processes of the Alps, by the eastward migration of the Apennines subduction and by the opening of extensional basins (i. e., the Liguro-Provençal Ocean).

  5. A China-US collaborative effort to build a web-based grid computational environment for geodynamics

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    Zhang, H.; Shi, Y.; Liu, M.; Wu, Z.; Li, Q.

    2005-12-01

    Information technology is causing a revolution in geosciences research: various cyberinfrastructures now provide easy access to vast amount of multidisciplinary data; low-cost computer clusters and grids offer unprecedented computing power. Geodynamics modeling, which is to turn data into knowledge and understanding, plays a key role in this revolution. However, developing proper computer codes to take full advantage of the data and hardware resources is beyond most users. To address this challenge, we are developing a web-based community modeling environment that will allow users to generate and run finite element codes on parallel computers by providing only the basic mathematical description of the physical processes to be modeled. We have developed preliminary modules for a variety of geodynamic problems, including global mental convection and lithospheric deformation. Collaborating with GEON and PRAGMA, we are adapting the system for grid computing and developing a web-based service. In this presentation we will introduce this modeling environment, show some examples, and discuss some of the challenges we are facing.

  6. Geodynamic and Magmatic Evolution of the Eastern Anatolian-Arabian Collision Zone, Turkey

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    Keskin, Mehmet

    2014-05-01

    The Eastern Anatolian-Arabian Collision Zone represents a crucial site within the Tethyan domain where a subduction system involving a volcanic arc (i.e. Cretaceous to Oligocene Pontide volcanic arc in the north) associated with a large subduction-accretion complex (i.e. Cretaceous to Oligocene Eastern Anatolian Accretionary Complex i.e. "EAAC" in the south) turned later into a major continental collision zone that experienced a series of geodynamic events including lithospheric delamination, slab-steepening & breakoff, regional domal uplift, widespread volcanism and tectonic escape via strike slip fault systems. The region includes some of the largest volcanic centers (e.g. Karacadaǧ, Aǧırkaya caldera, Ararat, Nemrut, Tendürek and Süphan volcanoes) and plateaus (e.g. The Erzurum-Kars Plateau) as well as the largest transform fault zones in the Mediterranean region. A recent geodynamic modeling study (Faccenna et al., 2013) has suggested that both the closure of the Tethys Ocean and the resultant collision were driven by a large scale and northerly directed asthenospheric mantle flow named the "Tethyan convection cell". This convection cell initiated around 25 Ma by combined effects of mantle upwelling of the Afar super plume located in the south, around 3,000 km away from the collision zone and the slab-pull of the Tethyan oceanic lithosphere beneath Anatolia in the north. The aforementioned mantle flow dragged Arabia to the north towards Eastern Anatolia with an average velocity of 2 cm/y for the last 20 My, twice as fast as the convergence of the African continent (i.e. 1 cm/y) with western and Central Turkey. This 1 cm/y difference resulted in the formation of the left lateral Dead Sea Strike Slip Fault between the African and Arabian plates. Not only did this mantle flow result in the formation of a positive dynamic topography in the west of Arabian block, but also created a dynamic tilting toward the Persian Gulf (Faccenna et al., 2013). Another

  7. Eastern Mediterranean geodynamics revised: a new Aegean extension realm in space, time and direction identified in the western Cyclades

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    Grasemann, B.; Edwards, M.; Schneider, D.; Iglseder, C.; Zámolyi, A.; Rambousek, C.; Mueller, M.; Voit, K.; Thoeni, M.; Kloetzli, U.; Exner, U.

    2006-12-01

    The Eastern Mediterranean is renowned for its striking geodynamic features; strong seismicity with distinctive spatial and subsurface distributions, lucid slab tomography and accelerated slab retreat bourne out by some of the globally greatest angular velocities for continental crust displacement. The key questions of historical persistence of or precursor(s) to this setting are addressed by the early blueschist genesis and exhumation during collision and subsequent later-orogenic extension. The extension, in particular, is critical to the geodynamic models; the magnitude, distribution, kinematics, thermal structure and overall timetable are key variables. When and how did extension migrate /switch to the Cretan region and the presently active Gulf of Corinth? Most constraints have hitherto come from the central and western Cyclades (e.g. Naxos, Mykonos, Tinos, Paros) where an overall N-NE directed kinematics of Mid-Late Miocene extension (including any attendant melting) are documented through structural analyses, crystallisation and/or cooling geochronology and geobarometry. The eastern Cyclades meanwhile have lacked such comprehensive study. Project ACCEL (Aegean Core Complexes along an Extended Lithosphere) has obtained equivalent datasets for the eastern Cyclades that identify a realm of opposite kinematic sense (S-SW directed) crustal extension coeval with anatexis and multiple crustal failure that are apparently protracted since Eocene to Late Miocene; much earlier than for the central and western Cyclades. On Serifos island, P/T conditions (from petrology and deformation mechanisms), zircon U-Pb TIMS crystallisation ages, Rb-Sr cooling ages and structural surveying reveal that a major granodiorite intrusion syn- to post-dates a top-to-SSW, mid-upper crustal, mylonitic lithospheric-scale extensional detachment. This entire package further cross-cuts an earlier top-to-SSW, lower-mid crustal, high strain zone that mylonitises an S-type granite whose zircons

  8. Geo-information approach to the study of Romashkino oil field geodynamics

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    Usmanov, S.; Sharipov, B.; Akhmetov, A.; Delev, A.

    2012-04-01

    Geodynamic processes have an immediate influence on a fluid dynamics, for that version they are of significant importance in the formation and reformation processes of oil and gas deposits. The object of our analysis was Romashkino oil field, which is confined to the anticlinal structure of the arch part of the South Tatar Arch. The initial data in our project include the series of a paper maps, which contain the location of the intersection of production and injection wells with the Kyn horizont at the Romashkino oil field and geologic engineering information, which contains the flow rates's inversions data of the well's production activity. Inversion occurs as a periodic increasing of the flow rates which is not caused by the external special influence on the well, against the long-term production activity's decreasing by the decreasing of oil's flow rates. During the analysis of the data we identified the anomalous wells in which the hydrocarbon feed process was observed with the highest probability based on several criteria. By the using of modern GIS technology we have compared the plots, in which an anomal wells are located, with a block structure of the basement and the sedimentary cover, and with the deconsolidated and fluid's penetrability zones of the crystalline basement. For analysis of tabular data array we used ArcGis software package. Romashkino's map was vectorized by using the EasyTrase and when we assigned a number to each object. When the project was exported to ArcGIS and data obtained the geographic coordinates. We obtained the following attributes for the testing wells: the year of exploitation's beginning, the period of the inversion, the ratio of flow rates before and after inversion, and others. We created a series of maps with location of wells, with a flow rate's inversion by the year (1957-1998) for Minnibayevo area and by the five-year intervals for Minnibayevo area separately and for the Romashkino oil field. The maps of the inversion

  9. Geophysical constraints on geodynamic processes at convergent margins: A global perspective

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    Artemieva, Irina; Thybo, Hans; Shulgin, Alexey

    2016-04-01

    convergence rate. (4) Local isostasy is not satisfied at the convergent margins as evidenced by strong free air gravity anomalies of positive and negative signs. However, near-isostatic equilibrium may exist in broad zones of distributed deformation such as Tibet. (5) No systematic patterns are recognized in heat flow data due to strong heterogeneity of measured values which are strongly affected by hydrothermal circulation, magmatic activity, crustal faulting, horizontal heat transfer, and also due to low number of heat flow measurements across many margins. (6) Low upper mantle Vs seismic velocities beneath the convergent margins are restricted to the upper 150 km and may be related to mantle wedge melting which is confined to shallow mantle levels. Artemieva, I.M., Thybo, H., and Shulgin, A., 2015. Geophysical constraints on geodynamic processes at convergent margins: A global perspective. Gondwana Research, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gr.2015.06.010

  10. The Seismic Cycle on Spontaneously Evolving Subduction Faults in Geodynamic Simulations

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    Mai, P. M.; van Dinther, Y.; Gerya, T.; Dalguer, L. A.; Morra, G.

    2012-12-01

    Inaccessible and complex subduction zones are the sites of recent, globally destructive earthquakes and the tectonic setting in which the majority of seismic energy is released (>85%). While increasing amounts of data are available to help understand the short-term behavior of thrust earthquakes, the long-term evolution of seismicity remains elusive due to our limited observational time span. Realistic modeling of subduction zone physics can help to improve our understanding of the long-term, i.e. tens of thousands of years, seismic cycle in subduction zones. The feasibility of modeling seismic cycles with a quasi-static, visco-elasto-plastic, continuum-mechanics based numerical model typically used in geodynamics (I2ELVIS) was demonstrated in van Dinther et al. (in review). Their work shows that cycles of analog earthquakes can be simulated if velocity-weakening friction is included. The present study incorporates such a slip-rate dependent friction, but uses a spontaneously evolving, more realistic geometrical and rock physical setup of a continental margin, including hydration, sedimentation, and metamorphic reactions. We thus include the three proposed ingredients (Wang, 2007) to simulate the seismic cycle in subduction zones: a) a rate-dependent friction, b) visco-elastic mantle relaxation, and c) slow tectonic loading. We conduct a systematic parameter study involving subduction velocity and material properties to examine plate coupling, energy dissipation ratios regarding the thrust, outer-rise, and overriding plate, and the impact of mantle relaxation versus afterslip on postseismic geodetic displacements. Velocity-weakening friction within this complex, spontaneously evolving setting produces a regular series of first-order trench-breaking mega events every several hundreds of years. Seismic events are characterized by rapid velocity reversals during which the overriding plate is decoupled from the accelerating subducting plate and rebounds seaward causing

  11. Modern geodynamical motion of the Northern Caucasus from data of GPS/GLONASS observations

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    Milyukov, Vadim; Zharov, Vladimir; Mironov, Alexey; Myasnikov, Andrey; Kaufman, Mark

    2010-05-01

    The northern part of the Greater Caucasus is one of the most geodynamically active regions of Russia. This is a zone of complex tectonics resulting from interaction between two of the Earth's major lithospheric plates, Arabia and Eurasia. Therefore, the region as a whole is characterized by a complex system of faults, with meridional and diagonal structures. The first GPS and absolute gravity campaign in the Black Sea and Northern Caucasus regions was carried out between 1993 and 1994 as part of the SELF project. One of the points of the GPS measurements was transformed in the stationary station. This station is located in Karatchay-Cherkessia Republic of the Russian Federation. Since 1997 the Zelenchukskaya station has been part of the European Reference Frame (EUREF) GPS network with a code ZECK. Within the last few years we have established three new stationary GPS/GLONASS stations in the Northern Caucasus. The first (site code TRSK) is located in the Kabardino-Balkaria Republic, near the Elbrus volcano. It began to operate in 2005. The second one is located in Karatchay-Cherkessia Republic (site code KISL). This station has been in operation since 2006. The third is located in Vladikavkaz, the capital of North Ossetia Republic (site code VLAD). The continuous GPS measurements began in 2008. These four stationary stations form the base for the regional Northern Caucasus GPS network, which can be called the Northern Caucasus Deformation Array (NCDA). We analyse the GPS data using BERNESE 5.0 GPS software. As a reference site we use the Mendeleevo station, located in the Moscow region (IGS site code MDVJ). The striking aspect of the velocity field of the Northern Caucasus derived from the NDCA stations is the rapid motion in the north-east direction with almost equal velocities of about 28 mm/yr. The motion of the feducial site MDVJ (Moscow region) is characterised by a similar velocity value (25 mm/yr) in the same direction. Therefore the motion of the Northern

  12. Geodynamic inversion to constrain the non-linear rheology of the lithosphere

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    Baumann, T. S.; Kaus, Boris J. P.

    2015-08-01

    , we first perform a geodynamic inversion of a synthetic forward model of intraoceanic subduction with known parameters. This requires solving an inverse problem with 14-16 parameters, depending on whether temperature is assumed to be known or not. With the help of a massively parallel direct-search combined with a Markov Chain Monte Carlo method, solving the inverse problem becomes feasible. Results show that the rheological parameters and particularly the effective viscosity structure of the lithosphere can be reconstructed in a probabilistic sense. This also holds, with somewhat larger uncertainties, for the case where the temperature distribution is parametrized. Finally, we apply the method to a cross-section of the India-Asia collision system. In this case, the number of parameters is larger, which requires solving around 1.9 × 106 forward models. The resulting models fit the data within their respective uncertainty bounds, and show that the Indian mantle lithosphere must have a high viscosity. Results for the Tibetan plateau are less clear, and both models with a weak Asian mantle lithosphere and with a weak Asian lower crust fit the data nearly equally well.

  13. Neoproterozoic geodynamic evolution of SW-Gondwana: a southern African perspective

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    Frimmel, H. E.; Basei, M. S.; Gaucher, C.

    2011-04-01

    Our current understanding of the tectonic history of the principal Pan-African orogenic belts in southwestern Africa, reaching from the West Congo Belt in the north to the Lufilian/Zambezi, Kaoko, Damara, Gariep and finally the Saldania Belt in the south, is briefly summarized. On that basis, possible links with tectono-stratigraphic units and major structures on the eastern side of the Río de la Plata Craton are suggested, and a revised geodynamic model for the amalgamation of SW-Gondwana is proposed. The Río de la Plata and Kalahari Cratons are considered to have become juxtaposed already by the end of the Mesoproterozoic. Early Neoproterozoic rifting led to the fragmentation of the northwestern (in today's coordinates) Kalahari Craton and the splitting off of several small cratonic blocks. The largest of these ex-Kalahari cratonic fragments is probably the Angola Block. Smaller fragments include the Luis Alves and Curitiba microplates in eastern Brazil, several basement inliers within the Damara Belt, and an elongate fragment off the western margin, named Arachania. The main suture between the Kalahari and the Congo-São Francisco Cratons is suspected to be hidden beneath younger cover between the West Congo Belt and the Lufilian/Zambezi Belts and probably continues westwards via the Cabo Frío Terrane into the Goiás magmatic arc along the Brasilia Belt. Many of the rift grabens that separated the various former Kalahari cratonic fragments did not evolve into oceanic basins, such as the Northern Nosib Rift in the Damara Belt and the Gariep rift basin. Following latest Cryogenian/early Ediacaran closure of the Brazilides Ocean between the Río de la Plata Craton and the westernmost fragment of the Kalahari Craton, the latter, Arachania, became the locus of a more than 1,000-km-long continental magmatic arc, the Cuchilla Dionisio-Pelotas Arc. A correspondingly long back-arc basin (Marmora Basin) on the eastern flank of that arc is recognized, remnants of which

  14. Triassic and Jurassic-Cretaceous deposits in the Western Chukotka: geodynamic implications, provenance studies and deformation

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    Tuchkova, M.

    2012-04-01

    chemical composition and mineral assemblages are different from Triassic sandstone. Besides, Upper Jurassic sandstones differs from Cretaceous sandstones. Our investigations indicate that Triassic, Upper Jurassic, and Lower Cretaceous sedimentary basins were related to different source provenance. In the paper will discuss the sedimentation, provenances, and geodynamic settings of Triassic and Jurassic-Cretaceous deposits. The studied part of western Chukotka is composed of variably deformed, folded and cleaved rhythmic deposits. Widely distributed and intensively deformed Triassic sequences (Tuchkova et al., 2007) and J-K units both intruded by Aptian-Albian postcollisional plutons and dikes (Katkov et al., 2010). Collisional-related fabric and subsequent granitoids are complicated by small-scale latest normal faults, in particular related to the westernmost segment of South Chukchi (Hope) basin development in Upper Cretaceous (?)-Cenozoic. Intensity of the compressional deformation of Jurassic-Cretaceous rocks is significantly less than in Triassic sequence. Work was supported by RBRR projects 11-05-00787, 11-05-00074, Scientific school # NSh-5177.2012.5, kontrakts No. 04.740.11.0190, and 01/14/20/11.

  15. Eclogite in West Papua (Wandamen Peninsula), petrological and geochemical characterization : geodynamical implications

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    de Sigoyer, Julia; Pubellier, Manuel; Bailly, Vivien; Ringenbach, Jean-Claude

    2010-05-01

    The Lengguru accretionary wedge (West Papua) is located in a very active geodynamical context. It results from the oblique convergence between the Pacific plate and the Australian plate. All the wedge has been build between 11 and 2 Ma (Bailly et al., 09). Exceptional boulders of fresh eclogites were discovered in the internal part of the Lengguru wedge, in the so called Wandamen peninsula. The Wandamen peninsula displays an increasing metamorphic gradient from West to East. This metamorphic peninsula may also be regarded as the continuation of the inner part of the Central range of Papua New Guinea farther east. The eclogites area embedded in metasediments that present similarities with Mesozoic and Cenozoic sediments of the Australian margin in the continuation of Lengguru wedge. According to geochemical analysis of major and traces elements on the two freshest eclogites, their protolith has a Fe-Ti gabbroic composition. The CIPW norm of these rocks suggest a protolith, with 32% of pyroxenes, 47% of anorthite, less than 3% of olivine, with 7% of ilmenite and 7% of magnetite. Major elements show a tholeiitic characters. Traces elements suggest a T MORB signature with a high content of TiO2. The eclogites are medium to coarse grained. The metamorphic paragenesis consists of clinopyroxenes, garnets, amphiboles, rutiles, quartz and accessory minerals like apatites. Clinopyroxenes with omphacitic composition (XJd: 0.3-0.4) are poecilitic, rare textures of retrogression (symplectites) are observed. Symplectites are composed by diopside or Na-Ca-Fe pyroxene XJd (0.18) and albite, locally calcic amphiboles can replace the clinopyroxene. Garnet of several millimeters (3-4 mm) result from the aggregation of smaller euhedral crystals (500-700 µm). Some of them display atoll microstructure and exhibit a core filled by omphacite, slightly green amphibole, or by quartz. They contain minute inclusions of omphacite, amphibole, apatite, quartz. Many rutiles exsolutions are

  16. Impact origin of the Ontong Java Plateau? Geophysical and geodynamic evidence.

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    Coffin, M.; Ingle, S.

    2003-04-01

    The ca. 120 Ma Ontong Java Plateau (OJP), the most voluminous large igneous province (LIP) on Earth, encompasses approximately 57 million cubic km of crust in the western Pacific Ocean. OJP defies explanation by extant plume models, and cannot be linked to any hotspot track or currently active hotspot. The arrival of a hot plume at the base of oceanic lithosphere, accompanied by voluminous decompression melting, should have resulted in a combination of buoyancy and crustal growth capable of maintaining OJP above sea level. Yet all OJP basalts sampled from obducted Solomon Islands sections or drilled erupted well below sea level. Furthermore, plateaus within oceanic lithosphere should subside via either thermal conduction or continuous viscous spreading of the anomalous mantle material, but paleoenvironments interpreted from OJP sediment show that the OJP subsided either very little or erratically. A cylindrical, approximately 300 km deep, low velocity root is centered beneath OJP's thickest crust. Although its slow shear wave velocities could indicate a thermal anomaly of up to 700 degrees K, high enough to create continued volcanism, OJP shows no evidence of active or recent volcanism, so this keel probably represents a chemical heterogeneity. Shear wave splitting suggests that ambient Pacific asthenosphere flows around the root, implying that it is rheologically strong and rigidly coupled to OJP's crust. Key geophysical and geodynamic results are thus at odds with a plume model for OJP's origin, and an extraterrestrial impact model for OJP, together with extensive neighboring deep ocean basalts in the Nauru, Pigafetta, and East Mariana basins that also formed at ca. 120 Ma, seems much more consistent with existing data and results. A bolide approximately 50 km in diameter would create a crater about 500 km across and 150 km deep, accounting for the volume of OJP's crust and mantle root. Pacific lithosphere would be deformed within a 1000 km radius of the center

  17. Granitoids of different geodynamic settings of Baikal region (Russia) their geochemical evolution and origin

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    Antipin, Viktor; Sheptyakova, Natalia

    2016-04-01

    In the southern folded framing of the Siberian craton the granitoid magmatism of different ages involves batholiths, small low-depth intrusions and intrusion-dyke belts with diverse mineral and geochemical characteristics of rocks. Granitoid formation could be related to the Early Paleozoic collision stage and intra-plate magmatism of the Late Paleozoic age of the geologic development of Baikal area. The Early Paleozoic granitoids of Khamar-Daban Ridge and Olkhon region revealed their closeness in age and composition. They were referred to syncollision S-type formations derived from gneiss-schistose substratum of metamorphic sequences. The magmatic rocks were classified into various geochemical types comprising formations of normal Na-alkalinity (migmatites and plagiogranites), calc-alkaline and subalkaline (K-Na granitoids, granosyenites and quartz syenites) series. It is significant, that plagiomigmatites and plagiogranites in all elements repeat the shape of the chart of normalized contents marked for trend of K-Na granitoids, but at considerably lower level of concentrations of all elements. This general pattern of element distribution might indicate similar anatectic origin of both granitoid types, but from crustal substrata distinguished by composition and geochemical features. Comparative geochemical analysis pointed out that the source of melts of the Early Paleozoic granitoids of the Olkhon (505-477 Ma) and Khamar-Daban (516-490 Ma) complexes of the Baikal region could be the crustal substratum, which is obviously the criterion for their formation in the collisional geodynamic setting. Using the Late Paleozoic subalkaline magmatism proceeding at the Khamar-Daban Range (Khonzurtay pluton, 331 Ma) as an example, it was found that the formation of monzodiorite-syenite-leucogranite series was considerably contributed by the processes of hybridism and assimilation through mixing of the upper mantle basaltoid magma derived melts of granitic composition. The

  18. Daly Lecture: Geochemical Insights into Mantle Geodynamics and Plume Structure (Invited)

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    Weis, D. A.

    2010-12-01

    with time (such as an increase of Pb isotopic ratios). Hawaiian post-shield and rejuvenated lavas have more Kea-like geochemical characteristics than the underlying shield lavas with only two exceptions. Their isotopic compositions are much less variable and extend towards more depleted values that depart from the shield mixing trends and that do not intersect MORB-type compositions. Comparable observations have been made on other oceanic islands [6] and this implies that the depleted component in mantle plumes is distinct from the MORB source, and is most likely unique to each plume. These results from Hawaii will be compared to other hotspots in different tectonic settings, such as Kerguelen, Galapagos, and Iceland, and some implications for mantle geodynamics will be discussed. [1] Gast et al. (1964) Science 145, 1181-1185. [2] Tatsumoto (1978) Earth and Planetary Science Letters 38, 63-87. [3] Abouchami et al. (2005) Nature 434, 3401-3406. [4] Weis et al. (2009) Eos Trans. AGU, 90(52), Abstract V41F-03. [5] Farnetani and Hofmann (2009, 2010) Earth and Planetary Science Letters 282, 314-322; 295, 231-240. [6] White (2010) Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences 38, 133-160.

  19. Tracing lithosphere amalgamation through time: chemical geodynamics of sub-continental lithospheric mantle

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    Wittig, Nadine

    2014-05-01

    The theory of plate tectonics is a relatively young concept in the Earth Sciences and describes the surface expression of planetary cooling via magmatism and reconciles mantle convection and plate movement with orogenesis, earthquakes and volcanism. Detailed observation of current tectonic plate movement has purported a relatively clear picture of the planet's geodynamics. Modern oceanic basins are the predominant sites of thermal equilibration of Earth interior resulting from decompressional, convective melting of peridotites. This magmatism generates mid-ocean ridge mafic crust and depleted upper mantle and in this model, oceanic crust becomes associated with buoyant mantle to form oceanic lithosphere. Subduction zones return this material together with sediments into the deeper mantle and presumably aid the formation of continental crust via arc magmatism. The mechanisms of continental crust amalgamation with buoyant mantle are less clear, and distinctly more difficult to trace back in time because metamorphism and metasomatism render the processes associating convecting mantle with continental crust elusive. Paramount in assessing these mechanisms is understanding the timing of crust and mantle formation so that the onset of plate tectonics and potential changes in modi operandi with respect to convection, mantle composition and melting pressure and temperature may be traced from the early Hadean to the present day. Typically the formation age of continental crust is more easily determined from felsic samples that contain accessory and relatively robust phases such as zircon and monazite that render a geochronological approach feasible. The lack of equally robust minerals and pervasive and ubiquitous metasomatism afflicting obducted orogenic peridotites and mantle xenoliths obliterates primary mineralogical and geochemical information. Hence it has proven difficult to acquire mantle depletion ages from continental lithospheric mantle, perhaps with the exception

  20. International Tectonic Map of the Circumpolar Arctic and its Significance for Geodynamic Interpretations

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    Petrov, O. V.; Morozov, A.; Shokalsky, S.; Leonov, Y.; Grikurov, G.; Poselov, V.; Pospelov, I.; Kashubin, S.

    2011-12-01

    In 2003 geological surveys of circum-arctic states initiated the international project "Atlas of Geological Maps of Circumpolar Arctic at 1:5 000000 scale". The project received active support of the UNESCO Commission for the Geological Map of the World (CGMW) and engaged a number of scientists from national academies of sciences and universities. Magnetic and gravity maps were prepared and printed by the Norwegian Geological Survey, and geological map was produced by the Geological Survey of Canada. Completion of these maps made possible compilation of a new Tectonic Map of the Arctic (TeMAr), and this work is now in progress with Russian Geological Research Institute (VSEGEI) in the lead of joint international activities. The map area (north of 60o N) includes three distinct roughly concentric zones. The outer onshore rim is composed of predominantly mature continental crust whose structure and history are illustrated on the map by the age of consolidation of craton basements and orogenic belts. The zone of offshore shelf basins is unique in dimensions with respect to other continental margins of the world. Its deep structure can in most cases be positively related to thinning and rifting of consolidated crust, sometimes to the extent of disruption of its upper layer, whereas the pre-rift evolution can be inferred from geophysical data and extrapolation of geological evidence from the mainland and island archipelagoes. The central Arctic core is occupied by abyssal deeps and intervening bathymetric highs. The Eurasia basin is commonly recognized as a typical oceanic opening separating the Barents-Kara and Lomonosov Ridge passive margins, but geodynamic evolution of Amerasia basin are subject to much controversy, despite significant intensification of earth science researchin the recent years. A growing support to the concept of predominance in the Amerasia basin of continental crust, particularly in the area concealed under High Arctic Large Igneous Province, is

  1. Geodynamic and Magmatic Evolution of the Eastern Anatolian-Arabian Collision Zone, Turkey

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    Keskin, Mehmet

    2014-05-01

    The Eastern Anatolian-Arabian Collision Zone represents a crucial site within the Tethyan domain where a subduction system involving a volcanic arc (i.e. Cretaceous to Oligocene Pontide volcanic arc in the north) associated with a large subduction-accretion complex (i.e. Cretaceous to Oligocene Eastern Anatolian Accretionary Complex i.e. "EAAC" in the south) turned later into a major continental collision zone that experienced a series of geodynamic events including lithospheric delamination, slab-steepening & breakoff, regional domal uplift, widespread volcanism and tectonic escape via strike slip fault systems. The region includes some of the largest volcanic centers (e.g. Karacadaǧ, Aǧırkaya caldera, Ararat, Nemrut, Tendürek and Süphan volcanoes) and plateaus (e.g. The Erzurum-Kars Plateau) as well as the largest transform fault zones in the Mediterranean region. A recent geodynamic modeling study (Faccenna et al., 2013) has suggested that both the closure of the Tethys Ocean and the resultant collision were driven by a large scale and northerly directed asthenospheric mantle flow named the "Tethyan convection cell". This convection cell initiated around 25 Ma by combined effects of mantle upwelling of the Afar super plume located in the south, around 3,000 km away from the collision zone and the slab-pull of the Tethyan oceanic lithosphere beneath Anatolia in the north. The aforementioned mantle flow dragged Arabia to the north towards Eastern Anatolia with an average velocity of 2 cm/y for the last 20 My, twice as fast as the convergence of the African continent (i.e. 1 cm/y) with western and Central Turkey. This 1 cm/y difference resulted in the formation of the left lateral Dead Sea Strike Slip Fault between the African and Arabian plates. Not only did this mantle flow result in the formation of a positive dynamic topography in the west of Arabian block, but also created a dynamic tilting toward the Persian Gulf (Faccenna et al., 2013). Another

  2. New data on the age and geodynamic interpretation of the Kalba-Narym granitic batholith, eastern Kazakhstan

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    Kotler, P. D.; Khromykh, S. V.; Vladimirov, A. G.; Navozov, O. V.; Travin, A. V.; Karavaeva, G. S.; Kruk, N. N.; Murzintsev, N. G.

    2015-06-01

    Geological and new geochronological data are summarized for the Kalba-Narym granitic batholith in eastern Kazakhstan, and their geodynamic interpretation is suggested. In the structure of the batholith, we consider (from late to early) the Kunush plagiogranitic complex, the Kalguta granodiorite-granitic association, and the Kalba granitic, Monastery leucogranitic, and Kainda granitic complexes. The granitic complexes of the Kalba-Narym batholith were formed between the Carboniferous-Permian and the Early-Middle Permian (˜30 Ma). New data indicate that formation of the Kalba-Narym batholith was related to the activity of the Tarim mantle plume. Heating of the lithosphere by the plume coincided with postcollision collapse of the orogenic structure and led to the crust melting and formation of the studied granitic complexes in a relatively short period.

  3. Geodynamic Drivers of Vertical Crustal Motion: Integrating Paleoaltimetry with Basin Development in the Central Andean Plateau of Southern Peru

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    Sundell, K. E., II; Saylor, J. E.; Lapen, T. J.; Villarreal, D. P.; Styron, R. H.; Horton, B. K.; Cardenas, J.

    2015-12-01

    Determining the spatial and temporal relationships between surface uplift, tectonic subsidence, and exhumation during periods of oblique crustal shortening is essential to discriminating geodynamic processes controlling formation of high topography in the central Andes. Although subsidence analysis is now a standard tool, paleoelevation estimation remains a challenging task, as estimates based on proxy data can be complicated by uncertainties in the relative controls of tectonics and climate. We therefore adopt an approach of combining established tools of subsidence analysis and detrital geochronology with emerging methods of volcanic glass paleoaltimetry, which enables us to explore a broad range of viable interpretations to understand the development of intermontane basins and their relationship to the development of the central Andean plateau. We investigated a suite of temporally overlapping and spatially separate Cenozoic basins spanning the east-west extent of the central Andean plateau in southern Peru. These basins contain an exceptional record of the vertical movements of this region. We calculate sediment accumulation and subsidence rates through decompaction of measured stratigraphic sections, and reconstruct past environmental conditions based on the stable isotopic composition of ancient waters preserved in hydrated volcanic glass. These data and published records of crustal shortening and exhumation show that although paleoaltimetry data in the study areas may be interpreted in various ways, they are best explained by multiple geodynamic processes driving (i) Eocene-early Miocene development of high topography in the Western Cordillera, then (ii) a pulsed middle Miocene-present building of the central Andean plateau from west to east, consistent with global climate changes as well as regional climate shifts driven by topographic development of the Andean orogen.

  4. U/Pb dating of subduction-collision in the Brooks Range: implications for Mesozoic geodynamics of Arctic Alaska

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    Lemonnier, Nicolas; Labrousse, Loic; Agard, Philippe; McClelland, Bill; Cobble, Mattew; Till, Alison; Roeske, Sarah

    2016-04-01

    The paleogeographic and geodynamic evolution of Northern Alaska is crucial to understand the connection between the Arctic and Pacific realms. The opening of the Canada Basin (CB) is debated both in terms of inception time (between 190 and 140 Ma) and driving mechanisms. The prevalent model assumes that CB opened in a back-arc position within the Arctic-Alaska-Chukotka (AAC) terrane following a change in subduction polarity from S- to N-dipping subduction The adjacent Brooks Range orogen (BRO) is thought to have formed when the Koyukuk volcanic arc collided with the southern extension of AAC. This collision therefore potentially provides key information for Arctic geodynamics, and for the mechanisms of CB opening, but neither the detailed timing of this collisional history nor its duration are well known. In order to constrain the timing of the collision, we performed in-situ zircon U-Pb SIMS analyses on eclogites from the BRO s.l. (BR and Seward Peninsula), which indicate that peak burial (at 510 ± 60°C, 1.6 ± 0.2 GPa) during continental subduction and subsequent collision occurred at 141 ± 6 Ma (n=10, MSWD = 1.6). Eclogite metamorphism therefore postdates the initial rifting stage of the CB but predates effective sea-floor spreading. Younger zircon domains (114 ± 13 Ma) associated with retrograde assemblages could indicate a late thermal pulse or recrystallisation during exhumation in the collisional wedge. Combined with all available information on timing, these new age constraints are used to build a tectonic model for coeval evolution of the Brooks Range and the Canada Basin. The intra-Kingak "Jurassic Unconformity" at the Jurassic Cretaceous Boundary (Houseknecht, pers. communication) could actually be considered as the signature of the AAC-Koyukuk arc collision stage in the CB.

  5. Paleogeographic evolution of the central segment of the South Atlantic during Early Cretaceous times: Paleotopographic and geodynamic implications

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    Chaboureau, Anne-Claire; Guillocheau, François; Robin, Cécile; Rohais, Sébastien; Moulin, Maryline; Aslanian, Daniel

    2013-09-01

    The geodynamic processes that control the opening of the central segment of the South Atlantic Ocean (between the Walvis Ridge and the Ascension FZ) are debated. In this paper, we discuss the timing of the sedimentary and tectonic evolution of the Early Cretaceous rift by drawing eight paleogeographic and geodynamic maps from the Berriasian to the Middle-Late Aptian, based on a biostratigraphic (ostracodes and pollen) chart recalibrated on absolute ages (chemostratigraphy, interstratified volcanics, Re-Os dating of the organic matter). The central segment of the South Atlantic is composed of two domains, with a two phases evolution of the pre-drift ("rifting") times: a rift phase characterized by tilted blocks and growth strata, followed by a sag basin. The southern domain includes the Namibe, Santos and Campos Basins. The northern domain extends from the Espirito Santo and North Kwanza Basins, in the south, to the Sergipe-Alagoas and North Gabon Basins to the north. Extension started in the northern domain during the Late Berriasian (Congo-Camamu Basin to the Sergipe-Alagoas-North Gabon Basins) and migrated southward. At that time, the southern domain was not a subsiding domain (emplacement of the Parana-Etendeka Trapp). Extension started in this southern domain during the Early Barremian. The rift phase is shorter in the south (5-6 Ma, Barremian to base Aptian) than in the north (19 to 20 Myr, Upper Berriasian to base Aptian). The sag phase is of Middle to Late Aptian age. In the northern domain, this transition corresponds to a hiatus of Early to Middle Aptian age. From the Late Berriasian to base Aptian, the northern domain evolves from a deep lake with lateral highs to a shallower organic-rich one with no more highs. The lake migrates southward in two steps, until the Valanginian at the border between the northern and southern domains, until the Early Barremian, north of Walvis Ridge.

  6. Estimation of Non-Seasonal Oceanic Mass Redistribution and its Geodynamic Effects from the Topex/Poseidon Observation

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    Chao, Benjamin F.; Ray, Richard D.; Au, A. Y.

    1999-01-01

    Mass redistribution in terms of angular momentum will change the Earth's rotation under the conservation of angular momentum. It also changes the external gravitational field according to Newton's gravitational law. These small geodynamic variations can be measured very accurately by modem space geodetic techniques. We report on new estimates of the oceanic tidal angular momentum and hence the tidal variations in the Earth's rotation rate and polar motion. These are deduced from the new tidal solutions GOT99 and TPXO.3, plus M2 and Mf estimates (with error bars) from TPXO.4a. Comparisons with observed diurnal/semidiurnal tidal variations are generally similar to previous model estimates. Comparisons of models and observations of Mf polar motion are confused, with neither models nor observations agreeing among themselves or with each other. Part of this is caused by differences in Mf currents; model TPXO.4 shows current-intensive Rossby modes along western boundaries of major basins, which are indeed expected on theoretical grounds. Unfortunately, there are no reliable in situ observations of Mf currents useful for comparing models. On non-tidal oceanic mass redistribution we compute the principal components of the multi-year T/P sea surface height (SSH) field using EOF (empirical orthogonal functions) taking into consideration of the latitude-dependent area weighting. Emphasis is placed upon non-seasonal and interannual oscillations on regional scales, including ENSO and the North Atlantic Oscillation. Steric corrections to the observed SSH due to sea surface temperature changes (which has no geodynamic effects) is now under study using POCM ocean model output.

  7. Geodynamical aspects of the Eurasia-Nubia collision zone in Sicily (Italy): new data from a dense CGPS network

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    Bruno, V.; Mattia, M.; Palano, D.; Rossi, M.; Gresta, S.

    2006-12-01

    The collisional processes acting along the boundary between the Eurasian and Nubian plates in Sicily (Italy) is a critical geological context for the definition of the hazard related to intense volcanic activity and to a diffuse low-to-medium seismic activity. The Catania section of the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV-Ct) currently manage a network of about 40 continuous GPS stations. Many of these stations are devoted to the monitoring of active volcanic areas (Etna, Stromboli, Vulcano and Pantelleria), but some of these stations can help to improve the current knowledge of the geodynamical aspects of Sicily. In this work we show the first results of the analysis of the data from the INGV-Ct GPS network finalised to the estimation of velocity fields. The time span covered by our stations is different, ranging from 10 years to, at least, 3 years. We analysed the data using the GAMIT/GLOBK software (King and Bock, 1995; Herring, 1995) in a two step approach: in the first step we used double-differenced phase observations from each day to estimate station coordinates, atmospheric zenith delays at each station, and orbital and Earth orientation parameters, applying loose constrains to all parameters. In the second step we used the estimated station coordinates and their covariances from each day as quasi-observations to estimate a consistent set of coordinates and velocities for the entire period (10 years). Our estimates are computed in ITRF00 system with respect to an Eurasia and also Nubia-fixed reference frame, in order to distinguish the kinematic of the different plates. The analysis of these velocities and of the main strain parameters in some peculiar areas more densely covered by our network (Aeolian Islands, Eastern Sicily) gives new insights in the small scale processes linking the geodynamical aspects and the volcanic activity and a description of the features related to the large scale process of the collision.

  8. Installation of two high-sensitivity laser strainmeters in a new underground geodynamical observatory (GEODYN) at Canfranc (Spain)

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    Crescentini, L.; Botta, V.; Amoruso, A.; Bettini, A.

    2012-04-01

    High-sensitivity wide-band strain measurements allow an advanced study of different geodynamic phenomena, both local and global, in a spectrum ranging from short period seismic waves to tectonic deformation. Among the latest results produced by the few high-sensitivity wide-band laser interferometers operating allover the world, the analysis of the strain recorded by the Gran Sasso (Italy) laser interferometers before and after the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake allowed putting tight constraints on earthquake nucleation processes and other pre-seismic phenomena, and detecting the slow diffusive propagation of an aseismic rupture during the first hours following the main event.The Gran Sasso interferometers are operating since several years, proving their high reliability. An improved version of the Gran Sasso interferometers have been recently installed in the Canfranc (Spain) underground Laboratory (LSC). The LSC is located at depth in one of the most seismically active areas in Western Europe, at the Pyrenean chain that marks the boundary between the European plate and the Iberian microplate. These features make it particularly suitable and interesting for hosting an advanced integrated geodynamic observatory (GEODYN), of which the interferometers are part. The first tests on strain data evidence a much lower noise level with respect that the Gran Sasso installations, expecially in the frequency band 0.0001 to 0.1 Hz, suggesting the capability of producing clear records of low-frequency seismic waves, Earth free oscillations, and possible local aseismic stress release. We will give a technical description of the installation, show some examples of recordings, and discuss the local distortion of the deformation field, as obtained by comparing Earth tide predictions and observations.

  9. A new view for the geodynamics of Ecuador: Implication in seismogenic source definition and seismic hazard assessment

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    Yepes, Hugo; Audin, Laurence; Alvarado, Alexandra; Beauval, Céline; Aguilar, Jorge; Font, Yvonne; Cotton, Fabrice

    2016-05-01

    A new view of Ecuador's complex geodynamics has been developed in the course of modeling seismic source zones for probabilistic seismic hazard analysis. This study focuses on two aspects of the plates' interaction at a continental scale: (a) age-related differences in rheology between Farallon and Nazca plates—marked by the Grijalva rifted margin and its inland projection—as they subduct underneath central Ecuador, and (b) the rapidly changing convergence obliquity resulting from the convex shape of the South American northwestern continental margin. Both conditions satisfactorily explain several characteristics of the observed seismicity and of the interseismic coupling. Intermediate-depth seismicity reveals a severe flexure in the Farallon slab as it dips and contorts at depth, originating the El Puyo seismic cluster. The two slabs position and geometry below continental Ecuador also correlate with surface expressions observable in the local and regional geology and tectonics. The interseismic coupling is weak and shallow south of the Grijalva rifted margin and increases northward, with a heterogeneous pattern locally associated to the Carnegie ridge subduction. High convergence obliquity is responsible for the North Andean Block northeastward movement along localized fault systems. The Cosanga and Pallatanga fault segments of the North Andean Block-South American boundary concentrate most of the seismic moment release in continental Ecuador. Other inner block faults located along the western border of the inter-Andean Depression also show a high rate of moderate-size earthquake production. Finally, a total of 19 seismic source zones were modeled in accordance with the proposed geodynamic and neotectonic scheme.

  10. About the Relation Between Geodynamics of the Sedimentary Basin and the Properties of Crude Oil

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    Muslimov, R.; Plotnikova, I.

    2012-04-01

    Earlier, we wrote and reported about the modern geodynamic activity of the territory of South-Tatar arch, where the Romashkino oil field. We identified a periodic change in flow rates of oil and oil density at Romashkino and other oil fields of the South Tatar arch. Now we have studied the composition of oils and bitumoids from uneven (in terms of age) deposites of the sedimentary cover and basement rocks in the zones of possible hydrocarbon seepage in the central squares of Romashkinskoye field. The results of the comparative studies allowed us to come to the conclusion that the formation of oil-bearing deposits of Romashkinskoye field owes to the income and mixing of hydrocarbons (HC) fluids from different sources. The analysis of geological and production data (GPD) that was held during the many years of exploitation of the development wells of Romashkinskoye field by TatNIPIneft under the direction of I.F. Glumov suggests contemporary inflow of hydrocarbons in the industrial oil reservoir of the Pashi horizon of Romashkinskoye field and the existence of localized areas of inflow of new portions of HC. A number of criteria was worked out in the analysis of the GPD; that allowed us to identify among the total number of wells those, in which the process of hydrocarbon seepage was recorded with the greatest probability. Such wells were called anomalous. One of the directions of this research was to study the geochemical characteristics of oil from anomalous wells and to determine the degree of similarity and difference between this oil and the oil from both normal wells (in which the signs of deep seepage is not recorded), and bituminoid from the crystalline basement and sedimentary cover. If the hypothesis of a recurrent (also in modern times) influx of deep hydrocarbon is correct, then the oil from the anomalous wells should have specific features in comparison with the wells located outside the areas of the expected inflow. The results of geochemical studies of