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  1. Depressed mantle discontinuities beneath Iceland: Evidence of a garnet controlled 660 km discontinuity?

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    Jenkins, J.; Cottaar, S.; White, R. S.; Deuss, A.

    2016-01-01

    The presence of a mantle plume beneath Iceland has long been hypothesised to explain its high volumes of crustal volcanism. Practical constraints in seismic tomography mean that thin, slow velocity anomalies representative of a mantle plume signature are difficult to image. However it is possible to infer the presence of temperature anomalies at depth from the effect they have on phase transitions in surrounding mantle material. Phase changes in the olivine component of mantle rocks are thought to be responsible for global mantle seismic discontinuities at 410 and 660 km depth, though exact depths are dependent on surrounding temperature conditions. This study uses P to S seismic wave conversions at mantle discontinuities to investigate variation in topography allowing inference of temperature anomalies within the transition zone. We employ a large data set from a wide range of seismic stations across the North Atlantic region and a dense network in Iceland, including over 100 stations run by the University of Cambridge. Data are used to create over 6000 receiver functions. These are converted from time to depth including 3D corrections for variations in crustal thickness and upper mantle velocity heterogeneities, and then stacked based on common conversion points. We find that both the 410 and 660 km discontinuities are depressed under Iceland compared to normal depths in the surrounding region. The depression of 30 km observed on the 410 km discontinuity could be artificially deepened by un-modelled slow anomalies in the correcting velocity model. Adding a slow velocity conduit of -1.44% reduces the depression to 18 km; in this scenario both the velocity reduction and discontinuity topography reflect a temperature anomaly of 210 K. We find that much larger velocity reductions would be required to remove all depression on the 660 km discontinuity, and therefore correlated discontinuity depressions appear to be a robust feature of the data. While it is not possible

  2. Multiplicity of the 660-km discontinuity beneath the Izu-Bonin area

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    Zhou, Yuan-Ze; Yu, Xiang-Wei; Yang, Hui; Zang, Shao-Xian

    2012-05-01

    The relatively simple subducting slab geometry in the Izu-Bonin region provides a valuable opportunity to study the multiplicity of the 660-km discontinuity and the related response of the subducting slab on the discontinuity. Vertical short-period recordings of deep events with simple direct P phases beneath the Izu-Bonin region were retrieved from two seismic networks in the western USA and were used to study the structure of the 660-km discontinuity. After careful selection and pre-processing, 23 events from the networks, forming 32 pairs of event-network records, were processed. Related vespagrams were produced using the N-th root slant stack method for detecting weak down-going SdP phases that were inverted to the related conversion points. From depth histograms and the spatial distribution of the conversion points, there were three clear interfaces at depths of 670, 710 and 730 km. These interfaces were depressed approximately 20-30 km in the northern region. In the southern region, only two layers were identified in the depth histograms, and no obvious layered structure could be observed from the distribution of the conversion points.

  3. Seismic evidence against a mantle chemical discontinuity near 660 km depth beneath Izu-Bonin

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    Castle, John C.; Creager, Kenneth C.

    We analyze P-wave codas from 12 deep Izu-Bonin earthquakes recorded by hundreds of Western United States seismograph stations for evidence of small-amplitude phases caused by near-source mantle discontinuities. For nearly every event, the dominant phase in the coda is the result of an S-to-P conversion from a nearly horizontal discontinuity ranging in depth from 650 to 690 km. This is interpreted as a thermally depressed spinel to perovskite and magnesiowüstite phase transition. If the 660-km seismic discontinuity is also associated with a change in chemistry, it would be dynamically depressed by a subducting slab. We consistently see that there is no nearly horizontal discontinuity between 700 and 1000 km with shear wave velocity contrast exceeding 1%; this observation places constraints on the properties of a postulated chemical discontinuity separating the upper and lower mantles.

  4. Topography of the 410 and 660 km discontinuities beneath the Korean Peninsula and southwestern Japan using teleseismic receiver functions

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    Lee, Sang-Hyun; Rhie, Junkee; Park, Yongcheol; Kim, Kwang-Hee

    2014-09-01

    Topography of the 410 and 660 km seismic upper mantle discontinuities beneath the Korean Peninsula and southwestern Japan were determined using teleseismic receiver functions. P receiver functions were migrated from delayed times to corresponding piercing (conversion) points of P-to-S converted phases, using one-dimensional (1-D) and three-dimensional (3-D) models. Receiver functions were then stacked using Common Conversion Point (CCP) techniques, to enhance signal-to-noise ratios and thereby reduce uncertainty (noise). The 410 and 660 km discontinuities were clearly imaged, as positively valued amplitude peaks of CCP stacked receiver functions in the study area. Topographic variations were roughly consistent with the low temperature of the subducting Pacific Plate. However, the complex structure of the subducting Pacific Plate produced distinct changes of upper mantle discontinuities, which cannot be explained by temperature variations alone. Depression of the 410 km discontinuity, observed in a wide region extending from the Korean Peninsula to Kyushu Island, may be related to trench rollback history. Furthermore, the topography of the 660 km discontinuity varies significantly with latitude. At latitudes higher than 38°N, its depth remains unchanged, despite the presence of the stagnant slab, while significant depression has been observed at latitudes below 36°N. This may have been caused by differences in the angles of subduction of the Japan slab and the Izu-Bonin slab. However, heterogeneity of the water content of slabs may also have contributed to this topographical difference.

  5. Topography of the 660-km seismic discontinuity beneath Izu-Bonin: Implications for tectonic history and slab deformation

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    Castle, John C.; Creager, Kenneth C.

    1998-06-01

    We analyze the P wave codas of 65 paths from deep northwestern Pacific earthquakes recorded by arrays of stations in Germany, the western United States, India, and Turkmenistan. We identify a phase resulting from a near-source S-to-P conversion at a nearly horizontal discontinuity ranging in depth from 650 to 730 km, which we interpret as a thermally depressed spinel to perovskite and magnesiowüstite phase transition. We migrate these data along with 39 more from Wicks and Richards [1993], accounting for three-dimensional ray bending by the sloping discontinuity, to produce a high-resolution topography map of the 660-km discontinuity in the Izu-Bonin region. Assuming an equilibrium phase transition, we interpret the discontinuity depth in terms of local temperatures. The slab, if defined by a thermal anomaly greater than -400°K, is only about 100 km thick near 28°N suggesting the slab is penetrating into the lower mantle with little or no advective thickening. Farther to the north, however, cold material appears spread out over a wide region, consistent with the slab having been laid down flat on the 660-km discontinuity as the trench retreated 2000 km eastward. Both the narrow slab to the south and the flat-lying slab to the north are consistent with recent high-resolution tomographic images. The depression to 745 km along the arc is consistent with a maximum thermal anomaly of about 1100°K. Along the entire arc, the depression occurs directly beneath the deepest earthquakes, even where seismicity is dipping at 45° and stops at 450 km depth, suggesting that the slab steepens to a vertical dip at the deepest seismicity. This change to a vertical orientation suggests that the slab loses strength temporarily through a physical process which causes the seismicity to increase dramatically and then abruptly cease.

  6. The thermal influence of the subducting slab beneath South America from 410 and 660 km discontinuity observations

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    Collier, J. D.; Helffrich, G. R.

    2001-11-01

    Regional seismic network data from deep South American earthquakes to western United States and western European seismic arrays is slant stacked to detect weak near-source interactions with upper mantle discontinuities. These observations are complemented by an analysis of earlier work by Sacks & Snoke (1977) who observed S to P conversions from deep events to stations in South America, and similar observations from 1994-95 events using the BANJO and SEDA networks. Observations of the depth of the 410km discontinuity are made beneath central South America in the vicinity of the aseismic region of the subducting Nazca Plate. These results image the 410km discontinuity over a lateral extent of up to 850km perpendicular to the slab and over a distance of 2700km along the length of the slab. Away from the subducting slab the discontinuity is mainly seen near its global average depth, whilst inside the slab there is evidence for its elevation by up to around 60km but with significant scatter in the data. These results are consistent with the presence of a continuous slab through the aseismic region with a thermal anomaly of 900°C at 350km depth. This value is in good agreement with simple thermal models though our data are too sparse to accurately constrain them. Sparse observations of the 660km discontinuity agree with tomographic models suggesting penetration of the lower mantle by the slab in the north but stagnation at the base of the transition zone in the south. The geographical distribution of the data, however, does not allow us to rule out the possibility of slab stagnation at the base of the transition zone in the north. These observations, together with the presence of deep earthquakes, require more complicated thermal models than previously used to explain them, possibly including changes in slab dip and age with depth.

  7. Imaging Resolution of 410-km and 660-km Discontinuities

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    Deng, Kai; Zhou, Ying

    2014-05-01

    Seismic discontinuities in the mantle transition zone at depths of about 410 and 660 km are associated with olivine phase transformations. The depths of the discontinuities provide important constraints on the thermal structure of the mid mantle. Teleseismic receiver functions as well as PP and SS precursors have been widely used in imaging topographic variations of the 410 and 660 discontinuities. Ray-theory based migration and stacking methods are often used to enhance signals of the converted and reflected waves, assuming that the effects of 3-D structure in wavespeed can be averaged out. In this study, we investigate the resolution of traditional methods in imaging the 410-km and 660-km discontinuity topography based on wave propagation simulations using the Spectral Element Method (SEM). We calculate synthetic seismograms in laterally heterogeneous wavespeed models with lateral variations in the 410-km and 660-km discontinuity depths. The SEM synthetics are processed following standard migration and stacking techniques to image the discontinuities. We show that 3-D wave speed structure beneath seismic stations can introduce significant artifacts in transition zone discontinuity topography. We also investigate finite-frequency effects of P-to-S converted waves as well as PP and SS precursors in imaging the discontinuities by varying the length scale of depth variations in the 410-km and 660-km discontinuities in SEM simulations, and show that wave front healing effects depend on the length scale of the depth variation as well as epicentral distances. Finally we compare receiver function delay times with calculations based on finite frequency sensitivity and show that wave front healing effects can be properly accounted for.

  8. Imaging Resolution of the 410-km and 660-km Discontinuities

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    Deng, K.; Zhou, Y.

    2014-12-01

    Structure of seismic discontinuities at depths of about 410 km and 660 km provides important constraints on mantle convection as the associated phase transformations in the transition zone are sensitive to thermal perturbations. Teleseismic P-to-S receiver functions have been widely used to map the depths of the two discontinuities. In this study, we investigate the resolution of receiver functions in imaging topographic variations of the 410-km and 660-km discontinuities based on wave propagation simulations using the Spectral Element Method (SEM). We investigate finite-frequency effects of direct P waves as well as P-to-S converted waves by varying the length scale of discontinuity topography in the transition zone. We show that wavefront healing effects are significant in broadband receiver functions. For example, at a period of 10 to 20 seconds, the arrival anomaly in P-to-S converted waves is about 50% of what predicted by ray theory when the topography length scale is in the order of 400 km. The observed arrival anomaly further reduces to 10-20% when the topography length scale reduces to about 200 km. We calculate 2-D boundary sensitivity kernels for direct P waves as well as receiver functions based on surface wave mode summation and confirm that finite frequency-effects can be properly accounted for. Three-dimensional wavespeed structure beneath seismic stations can also introduce significant artifacts in transition zone discontinuity topography if time corrections are not applied, and, the effects are dependent on frequency.

  9. Role of the transition zone and 660 km discontinuity in mantle dynamics

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    Ringwood, A. E.

    1994-10-01

    Recent seismic evidence suggests that subducted slabs experience resistance to further descent when they encounter the 660 km seismic discontinuity. Several possible causes of this resistance are evaluated. It is concluded that the chemical composition of the lower mantle is similar to that of the upper mantle, and that compositional change is therefore unlikely to be the cause of resistance to slab penetration. The proposal that a large increase of viscosity at the 660 km discontinuity impedes descending slabs is also rejected. However, three other factors are identified, each of which is capable of causing substantial resistance to descending slabs: (1) the negative slope of the transformation of silicate spinel to Mg-perovskite+magnesiowuestite; (2) differentiation of oceanic lithosphere into basaltic and depleted peridotitic layers, causing the slab to be buoyant compared with surrounding mantle pyrolite between depths of 660-800 km; (3) the accumulation of former oceanic crust to produce a gravitationally stable layer of garnetite (about 50 km thick) on top of the 660 km discontinuity. The combined effects of these sources of resistance provide a filter for subducted slabs. Those slabs with seismic zones extending below 600 km may possess sufficient negative buoyancy and strength to overcome the barriers and penetrate into the lower mantle. However, the resistance causes strong buckling and plastic thickening of these slabs, which accumulate to form huge blobs or 'megaliths' underneath the 660 km discontinuity. In contrast, slabs with seismic zones extending no deeper than 300 km possess much smaller degrees of negative buoyancy and strength and hence are unable to penetrate the 660 km discontinuity. Slabs of this type are recycled within the transition zone and upper mantle. Mixing and petrological homogenization processes are less efficient in the transition zone than in the upper mantle (above 400 km). The transition zone is composed mainly of ancient slabs

  10. In situ X-ray diffraction study of post-spinel transformation in peridotite mantle: Implication to 660 km discontinuity

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    Litasov, K.; Ohtani, E.; Suzuki, A.; Funakoshi, K.

    2004-12-01

    The 660-km seismic discontinuity in the Earth's mantle is identified with the transformation of ringwoodite (spinel (Mg,Fe)2SiO4-phase) to (Mg,Fe)SiO3-perovskite and (Mg,Fe)O-ferropericlase. It was suggested using quench experiments that the transformation boundary has significant negative Clapeyron slope (-3 MPa/K, Ito and Takahashi, 1989) responsible for depressions and elevations of the 660-km discontinuity in subduction zones and hot spots of mantle plumes. Recent in situ x-ray diffraction studies in Mg2SiO4 system indicate that negative slope of the boundary is much gentler (-1.3 MPa/K) (Fei et al., 2004). Therefore there must be another factors resulting in significant depth variations of the 660-km discontinuity. In this study, we present the phase relations in anhydrous pyrolite by in situ X-ray diffraction measurements to examine the influence of additional components and Mg/Si-ratio on post-spinel phase transformation. Experiments were carried out using Speed-1500 multianvil apparatus installed at BL04B1 at synchrotron radiation facility `Spring-8' (Hyogo, Japan). Starting materials were synthetic glass representing SiO2-Al2O3-FeO-MgO-CaO-pyrolite. Graphite capsule were used as a sample container. Co-doped MgO was used as the pressure medium and a cylindrical LaCrO3 heater was used as the heating element. Temperature was measured with a WRe thermocouple. Different equation of states for Au and MgO was used for pressure calibration. The phase relations were determined at 20-25 GPa and temperature up to 2300 K. We observed easy nucleation of Mg-perovskite and ferropericlase from ringwoodite-bearing assembly in the temperature range of 1600-2200 K. The obtained post-spinel phase boundary can be expressed as P (GPa) = - 0.0004 T (K) + 22.26 using pressures calibrated by Au scale (Anderson et al., 1989). The choice of pressure scale does not have significant influence on the slope of phase transformation. Our experiments demonstrated that variations of

  11. The kinetics of the reaction of majorite plus ferropericlase to ringwoodite: Implications for mantle upwellings crossing the 660 km discontinuity

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    Dobson, D. P.; Mariani, E.

    2014-12-01

    We have measured the kinetics of reaction between MgO and majoritic garnet at 20 GPa and 1773-2123 K as a proxy for the reaction between perovskite and ferropericlase during mantle upwelling across the 660 km seismic discontinuity. Ringwoodite forms a layer between MgO and garnet and, in the case of aluminous garnets the interface between ringwoodite and garnet develops a fingering instability resulting in a complex intergrowth at this interface. By contrast, the MgO-ringwoodite interface is always planar for an initial planar MgO-garnet interface. Two thicknesses are therefore defined; (1) a layer thickness, X1, which is the maximum thickness of ringwoodite which forms a plane-parallel bounded layer next to the MgO, and (2) an interface thickness, X2, which is the maximum extent of the intergrowth region away from the ringwoodite layer. The growth of both of these regions can be described by apparent rate constants, ki, which are Arrhenius with ln ⁡ (k10) = - 6.36 ± 0.25m2 /s and E1 = 456 ± 40 kJ /mol for the ringwoodite layer, and ln ⁡ (k20) = - 9.2 ± 3.3m2 /s and E2 = 371 ± 53 kJ /mol for the intergrowth region. The fingering instability is caused by the incompatibility of aluminium in ringwoodite and its low chemical diffusivity in garnet which results in an increase of surface area at the ringwoodite-garnet interface to minimise the aluminium concentration at the interface. The intergrowth region contains a fine-grained mixture of ringwoodite and garnet which coarsens very slowly with time. This might result in a transient weakening of upwelling regions of mantle just above the 660 km seismic discontinuity allowing some viscous decoupling between the upper and lower mantle.

  12. Effect of water in depleted mantle on post-spinel transition and implication for 660 km seismic discontinuity

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    Ghosh, Sujoy; Ohtani, Eiji; Litasov, Konstantin D.; Suzuki, Akio; Dobson, David; Funakoshi, Kenichi

    2013-06-01

    We have determined the post-spinel transition boundary in anhydrous and hydrous Mg2SiO4 in a temperature range from 1173 to 2023 K at 19.3-25.4 GPa using synchrotron in situ X-ray diffraction measurements. The phase boundary in Mg2SiO4 is located at 22 GPa and 1800 K and 22.1 GPa and 1500 K, which is slightly lower (~0.3-0.5 GPa) than that determined in the previous in situ measurements using the same pressure scale [e.g. Katsura et al., 2003, Post-spinel transition in Mg2SiO4 determined by high P-Tin situ X-ray diffractometry. Phys. Earth Planet. Inter. 136, 11-24]. The Clapeyron slope of Mg2SiO4 was found to be gentle i.e. between -0.4 and -0.7 MPa/K, which is also consistent with previous in situ measurements, but inconsistent with diamond anvil cell experiments and theoretical estimations. The phase boundary in Mg2SiO4+2 wt% H2O which is relevant to Fe free-depleted harzburgitic composition is located between 23.4 and 23.6 GPa and 1500 K, which shifts the hydrous boundary to the higher pressures relative to anhydrous Mg2SiO4 from 1.3 to 1.0 GPa. The result for hydrous Mg2SiO4 shows steeper Clapeyron slope between -3.2 and -3.1 MPa/K compared with anhydrous Mg2SiO4 and hydrous pyrolite system. The present data suggest that water has a strong influence on 660 km discontinuity and the depressions observed at this boundary in several regions, especially related to subduction zones, can be explained by the presence of water in depleted harzburgite component.

  13. Bridging the Gap Between Seismic Observations and Mineral Physics Interpretations: a Hypothesis for Hydrous Majorite Associated With a Stagnant Slab Near the 660 km Discontinuity

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    Tajima, F.; Katayama, I.; Nakagawa, T.

    2008-12-01

    Our broadband seismic body waveform analyses have determined a fairly broad region of high velocity anomaly (HVA) in the northwestern Pacific suggesting that the subducting plate is lying flat or piling up in the upper mantle transition zone (MTZ). That is in agreement with long- wavelength tomography studies although we found that a typical wavelength of HVA is shorter, and the total volume of the stagnant slab is considerably less than the tomographic image and much smaller than that of subducted plate during the known subduction history (Tajima and Grand, 1998). We also found variation of the discontinuity depth (~660 to 690 km) with HVA and a highly localized low velocity anomaly zone (LVAZ) near the 660 km discontinuity (Tajima and Nakagawa, 2006). We postulated a variable distribution of geochemical properties associated with a cold stagnant slab at the bottom of the MTZ where the contrast of a hydrous garnet-rich layer (subducted crust of MORB origin) versus bulk peridotite is involved. The estimated seismic properties in the MTZ, which are not unambiguous, can be checked for various conditions and validated through synthetic high pressure (P) and temperature (T) experiments. Two recent experimental studies under high P and T conditions provide supportive feedback for this hypothesis, i.e., a positive Clapeyron slope for hydrous garnet-perovskite phase transformation (Sano et al., 2006) and weaker hydrous garnet than peridotite in the MTZ (Katayama and Karato, 2008). On the other hand, seismic velocity measurements in laboratory experiments show that the garnetite with a MORB composition has significantly lower P- and S-wave velocities than wadsleyite and ringwoodite when these data are extrapolated to the conditions of the MTZ (Kono et al., 2007). However, the ultrasonic P- and S-wave velocity measurements of dry materials were performed at pressures up to 14.3 GPa at room temperature, and then the estimates of elastic properties for the MTZ condition are

  14. Density Structures of Oceanic Slabs and Surrounding Mantle Around the 660 km Discontinuity: Implications for the Fate of Old and Young Slabs

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    Ganguly, J.; Saxena, S. K.; Freed, A. M.

    2007-05-01

    We calculated density variations as a function of temperature around the 660 km deep seismic discontinuity in the Earth's mantle in different types of compositional units associated with a subducting slab and the ambient mantle. The calculations are based on computational thermodynamic approach of minimization of Gibbs free energy at a specified P-T condition, subject to the bulk compositional constraints of the system, that simultaneously yield stable mineral assemblage, mineral compositions and modal abundances. These results are converted to density profiles using appropriate data for physical properties and equations of state that are applicable to high P-T conditions. In addition, we also calculated thermal structures of several slabs, with the extremes being given by Tonga (140 Myr at trench, vertical velocity: 14 cm/yr; average dip: 60 degrees) and Peru (41 Myr, 4.4 cm/yr, 35 degrees). A slab was assumed to be lithologically stratified with a top basaltic crust, followed downwards by residual harzburgite and slightly depleted pyrolite. The surrounding mantle is taken to be undepleted pyrolite. Integration of the results of thermal and density calculations show that that all components of the Tonga slab are heavier than both ambient and thermally perturbed adjacent mantle, which has been cooled due to contact with the slab. Thus, old slabs with thermal minimum below 750 C, as in Tonga, should easily penetrate into the lower mantle unless resisted by slab roll back and/or a viscosity jump at the top of the lower mantle. In contrast, the harzburgite layer in warmer slabs, such as Peru, Marianas and Izu-Bonin, is slightly lighter than ambient mantle, causing near neutral or marginally negative net buoyancy of the slab. In this case, other factors, such as rollback and slab dip angle, may explain why some slabs in the northwest Pacific appear to penetrate into the lower mantle while others do not. In Peru-type warm slabs, buoyancy of the harzburgite layer may

  15. Seismic Structure of the Mantle Discontinuities beneath Northeast Asia

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    Li, J.; WANG, X.; Guo, G.

    2015-12-01

    Seismic structure of the upper mantle discontinuities is important for understanding the thermal structure, composition of the mantle, and scales of mantle circulation as well. Northeast Asia is located at the front edge of the subducting Pacific slab, which is an ideal place to study the interaction between the upper mantle discontinuities and the subducting slab. Seismic tomography images have revealed different morphologies of slabs in the deep mantle. A prominent stagnant slab is trapped in the MTZ beneath Japan Sea and southern Kuril trench; while the slabs penetrate into the lower mantle directly beneath the northern Kuril and southern Izu-Bonin trench. Due to the sparse distribution of seismic stations in the sea, investigation of the deep mantle structure beneath the broad sea regions is very limited. In this study, we applied the multiple-ScS reverberations analysis to waveforms recorded by the Chinese Regional Seismic Network and F-net. We took advantage of the dense distribution of stations and spatial clusters of intermediate and deep earthquakes occurred beneath Okhotsk Sea, Russia and Northeast China, and conducted a common-reflection-point (CRP) stacking to the data, that allows us to map the topography of the 410-km and 660-km discontinuities beneath Japan Sea, Kuril, and adjacent regions in detail. We also compiled previous results obtained from the high frequency receiver function and S-to-P converted wave analyzes, and compared the results in the overlapping island or continental margin regions. The comparison shows that the array stacking technique to long-period signals is effective in extracting the robust features of the upper mantle discontinuities. It can be used not only as a complimentary method to short-period waveform analysis, but also as an independent way which can be applied to regions with limited station coverage. This is the first time to show systematically a complete view of the topography of the 410-km and 660-km

  16. Mantle Transition Zone Discontinuities Beneath Alaska

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    Dahm, H. H.; Gao, S. S.; Liu, K. H.; Yang, B.

    2015-12-01

    The 410 and 660 km discontinuities (d410 and d660) beneath Alaska and adjacent areas are imaged by stacking radial receiver functions recorded by about 400 broadband seismic stations with up to 30 years of recording period, using the 1D IASP91 earth model. Significant and spatially systematic variations in the apparent depths of the d410 and d660 are observed. The mean apparent depth of d410 and d660 for the entire study area is 416±1.87 km and 664±1.83 km, respectively. The variations of the apparent depths of d410 and d660 result in a complex mantle transition zone (MTZ) structure. Central and south-central Alaska are characterized by a normal MTZ thickness, suggesting that the subducting Pacific slab does not thermally affect the upper MTZ. Beneath the Yakutat microplate, a complex MTZ structure is observed with an overall thin MTZ thickness, coinciding with a low velocity zone and thin lithospheric thickness revealed by previous seismic tomography and receiver function studies. Two large regions with hot MTZ are mapped beneath NNW and NNE Alaska with abnormal temperature ranges between +360 and +390 °K. Despite of the complexity of the MTZ structure beneath Alaska, the mean MTZ thickness for the entire Alaskan orocline is 247 ±2.76 km, suggesting normal MTZ temperature on average. For the majority of the areas, our study shows that lateral upper mantle velocity variations contribute the bulk of the observed apparent undulations of the MTZ discontinuities.

  17. Large-scale mantle discontinuity topography beneath Europe: Signature of akimotoite in subducting slabs

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    Cottaar, Sanne; Deuss, Arwen

    2016-01-01

    The mantle transition zone is delineated by seismic discontinuities around 410 and 660 km, which are generally related to mineral phase transitions. Study of the topography of the discontinuities further constrains which phase transitions play a role and, combined with their Clapeyron slopes, what temperature variations occur. Here we use P to S converted seismic waves or receiver functions to study the topography of the mantle seismic discontinuities beneath Europe and the effect of subducting and ponding slabs beneath southern Europe on these features. We combine roughly 28,000 of the highest quality receiver functions into a common conversion point stack. In the topography of the discontinuity around 660 km, we find broadscale depressions of 30 km beneath central Europe and around the Mediterranean. These depressions do not correlate with any topography on the discontinuity around 410 km. Explaining these strong depressions by purely thermal effects on the dissociation of ringwoodite to bridgmanite and periclase requires unrealistically large temperature reductions. Presence of several wt % water in ringwoodite leads to a deeper phase transition, but complementary observations, such as elevated Vp/Vs ratio, attenuation, and electrical conductivity, are not observed beneath central Europe. Our preferred hypothesis is the dissociation of ringwoodite into akimotoite and periclase in cold downwelling slabs at the bottom of the transition zone. The strongly negative Clapeyron slope predicted for the subsequent transition of akimotoite to bridgmanite explains the depression with a temperature reduction of 200-300 K and provides a mechanism to pond slabs in the first place.

  18. Topography of upper mantle seismic discontinuities beneath the North Atlantic: The Azores, Canary and Cape Verde plumes

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    Saki, Morvarid; Thomas, Christine; Nippress, Stuart E. J.; Lessing, Stephan

    2015-01-01

    We are mapping the topography of upper mantle seismic discontinuities beneath the North Atlantic and surrounding regions by using precursor arrivals to PP and SS seismic waves that reflect off the seismic discontinuities. Numerous source-receiver combinations have been used in order to collect a large dataset of reflection points beneath our investigation area. We analysed over 1700 seismograms from MW > 5.8 events using array seismic methods to enhance the signal to noise ratio. The measured time lag between PP (SS) arrivals and their corresponding precursors on robust stacks are used to measure the depth of the transition zone boundaries. The reflectors' depths show a correlation between the location of known hotspots and a significantly depressed 410 km discontinuity indicating a temperature increase of 50-300 K compared to the surrounding mantle. For the 660 km discontinuity three distinct behaviours are visible: (i) normal depths beneath Greenland and at a distance of a few hundred kilometres away from known hotspots, (ii) shallower 660 km discontinuity compared with the global average value near hotspots closer to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and (iii) very few observations of a 660 km discontinuity at the hotspot locations. We interpret our observations as a large upwelling beneath the southern parts of our study region, possibly due to the South Atlantic convection cell. The thermal anomaly may be ponding beneath the endothermic 660 km phase transformation and likely does not extend through the top of the transition zone as a whole, except for those branches which appear as the thinner upwellings of Azores, Canaries and Cape Verde hotspots at the surface.

  19. Mantle transition zone discontinuities beneath the contiguous United States

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    Gao, Stephen S.; Liu, Kelly H.

    2014-08-01

    Using over 310,000 high-quality radial receiver functions recorded by the USArray and other seismic stations in the contiguous United States, the depths of the 410 km and 660 km discontinuities (d410 and d660) are mapped in over 1,000 consecutive overlapping circles with a radius of 1°. The average mantle transition zone (MTZ) thickness for both the western and central/eastern U.S. is within 3 km from the global average of 250 km, suggesting an overall normal MTZ temperature beneath both areas. The Pacific Coast Ranges and the southern Basin and Range Province are underlain by a depressed d410, indicating higher-than-normal temperature in the upper MTZ. The proposed Yellowstone and Raton hot spots are not associated with clear undulations of the MTZ discontinuities, but d410 beneath another proposed hot spot, Bermuda, is depressed significantly and d660 has a normal depth. Low-temperature regions are found in the upper MTZ associated with the subducted Juan de Fuca slab beneath the northern Rocky Mountains and in two circular areas beneath the northern Basin and Range Province and the southern Colorado Plateau. Part of the Great Plains is characterized by a depressed d660. This observation, when combined with results from seismic tomography, suggests the existence of a cold region in the lower MTZ, probably associated with subducted Farallon slab segments.

  20. Mantle Transition Zone Discontinuities beneath the Contiguous United States

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    Gao, S. S.; Liu, K. H.

    2014-12-01

    The depths of the 410 km (d410) and 660 km (d660) discontinuities are robust indicators of in-situ temperature in the upper and lower boundary, respectively, of the mantle transition zone (MTZ), and thus can provide critical constraints on the depth extent of major tectonic features. Using over 310,000 high-quality radial receiver functions recorded by the USArray and other seismic stations in the contiguous United States, the depths of the d410 and d660 are mapped in over 1000 consecutive overlapping circles with a radius of 1 degree. The average MTZ thickness for both the western and central/eastern US is within 3 km from the global average of 250 km, suggesting an overall normal MTZ temperature beneath both areas. The Pacific Coast Ranges and the southern Basin and Range Province are underlain by a depressed d410, indicating higher-than-normal temperature in the upper MTZ. The proposed Yellowstone and Raton hotspots are not associated with clear undulations of the MTZ discontinuities, but d410 beneath another proposed hotspot, Bermuda, is depressed significantly and d660 has a normal depth. Low-temperature regions are found in the upper MTZ associated with the subducted Juan de Fuca slab beneath the northern Rocky Mountains, and in two circular areas beneath the northern Basin and Range Province and the southern Colorado Plateau. Part of the Great Plains is characterized by a depressed d660. This observation, when combined with results from seismic tomography, suggests the existence of a cold region in the lower MTZ, probably associated with subducted Farallon slab segments.

  1. Topography of Upper Mantle Seismic Discontinuities Beneath the North Atlantic: The Azores, Canary and Cape Verde Plumes

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    Thomas, C.; Saki, M.; Nippress, S. E. J.; Lessing, S.

    2014-12-01

    We are mapping the topography of upper mantle seismic discontinuities beneath the North Atlantic and surrounding regions by using precursor arrivals to PP and SS seismic waves that reflect off the seismic discontinuities. Numerous source-receiver combinations have been used in order to collect a large dataset of reflection points beneath our investigation area. We analysed over 1700 seismograms from MW>5.8 events using array seismic methods to enhance the signal to noise ratio. The measured time lag between PP (SS) arrivals and their corresponding precursors on robust stacks are used to measure the depth of the transition zone boundaries. The reflectors' depths show a correlation between the location of known hotspots and a significantly depressed 410 km discontinuity indicating a temperature increase of 50-300 K compared to the surrounding mantle. For the 660 km discontinuity three distinct behaviours are visible: i) normal depths beneath Greenland and at a distance of a few hundred kilometres away from known hotspots, ii) shallower 660 km discontinuity compared with the global average value near hotspots closer to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and iii) very few observations of a 660 km discontinuity at the hotspot locations. We interpret our observations as a large upwelling beneath the southern parts of our study region, possibly due to the South Atlantic convection cell. The thermal anomaly may be blocked by endothermic phase transformation and likely does not extend through the top of the transition zone except for those branches which appear as the Azores, Canaries and Cape Verde hotspots at the surface.

  2. Topography of upper mantle seismic discontinuities beneath the North Atlantic: the Azores, Canary and Cape Verde plumes

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    Saki, Morvarid; Thomas, Christine; Nippress, Stuart E. J.; Lessing, Stephan

    2015-04-01

    We are mapping the topography of upper mantle seismic discontinuities beneath the North Atlantic and surrounding regions by using precursor arrivals to PP and SS seismic waves that reflect off the seismic discontinuities. Many source-receiver combinations have been used in order to collect a large dataset of reflection points beneath our investigating area. We analyzed over 1700 seismograms from MW>5.8 events using array seismic methods to enhance the signal to noise ratio. The measured time lag between PP (SS) arrivals and their corresponding precursors on robust stacks are used to measure the depth of the transition zone boundaries. The reflectors' depths show a correlation between the location of hotspots and a significantly depressed 410 km discontinuity indicating a temperature increase of 200-300 K compared to the surrounding mantle. For the 660 km discontinuity three distinct behaviours are visible: i) normal depths beneath Greenland and at a distance of a few hundred kilometres away from the hotspots and ii) shallower 660 km discontinuity compared with the global average value near hotspots closer to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and iii) very few observations of a 660 km discontinuity at the hotspot locations. We interpret our observations as a large upwelling beneath the southern parts of our study region, possibly due to the South Atlantic convection cell. The thermal anomaly may be blocked by endothermic phase transformation and likely does not extend through the top of the transition zone as whole except for those branches which appear as the Azores, Canaries and Cape Verde hotspots at the surface.

  3. Imaging Mantle Discontinuities Beneath North America Using ScS Reverberations

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    Griebel, K. A.; Schmerr, N. C.; Courtier, A. M.; Lekic, V.

    2015-12-01

    Seismic discontinuities are rapid changes in velocity and density over depth that arise from mechanisms such as changes in mineralogy, major element composition, melt content, volatile abundance, anisotropy, or a combination of the above. Seismic imaging of discontinuities complements information provided by seismic tomography and is important for understanding the dynamics and the structure of the mantle. For example, imaging variations in the depth and sharpness of discontinuities can trace underlying variations in temperature and composition in the mantle. We use ScSScS precursors and ScS postcursors (ScS reverberations) to map the depth and sharpness of upper- and mid- mantle discontinuities beneath North America. To observe the reverberations, we collected broadband data recordings of earthquakes with depth > 300 km, source moment magnitude ≥ 5.5, and location < 60 degrees of EarthScope USArray stations. Two primary source regions met our qualifications: earthquakes from the subduction of the Nazca plate beneath South America, and earthquakes from the subduction of the Pacific plate beneath the Sea of Okhotsk. Our dataset consists of ~15 deep focus earthquakes that have well defined ScS and ScSScS arrivals. We use array processing to generate vespagrams for detecting the ScS reverberations. Seismic energy falling at the appropriate slowness and travel time for reflections from upper- and mid- mantle discontinuities is migrated to depth. We use the resulting ScS reverberation derived reflectivity profiles to obtain estimates for discontinuity depth and impedance contrast in the regions falling between the source and array. We can use this information to image parts of the mantle under North America. Preliminary results indicate presence of multiple discontinuities in the upper mantle, including the 410 km discontinuity, a complex 660 km discontinuity, and intermittent mid-mantle discontinuities at 800-900 km depth.

  4. Receiver Function Study of the Upper Mantle Discontinuities beneath Northeast China: Evidence for Local Mantle Upwelling Beneath the Songliao Basin

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    Tao, K.; Chen, Y. J.; Liu, H.; Niu, F.; Ning, J.; Grand, S. P.; Kawakatsu, H.; Tanaka, S.; Necessarray Project Team

    2011-12-01

    We employ receiver function technique and pseudo-station stacking method to study the crust and upper mantle discontinuities beneath Northeast China. Receiver functions are calculated from waveforms recorded by the NorthEast China Extended SeiSmic Array (NECESSArray). NECESSArray is a large deployment of 120 high quality broadband seismographs operated by a multi-national collaboration of China, United States and Japan. The operation of this array began in September 2009 and lasted for two years. This seismic experiment was designed to study the behavior of the Pacific subducting slab in the mantle transition zone, the cause of intraplate continental magmatism and tectonics in Northeast China, and the evolution of ancient Archean lithosphere. Preliminary results show strong velocity heterogeneity beneath the Songliao basin. In this region, there is a negative pulse before the Ps conversion of the Moho in most receiver functions and this may indicate the existence of a low velocity zone in the crust of the Songliao basin. There exists a negative pulse at about 37 s which might stand for the signature of a low velocity zone above the 410-km discontinuity. The most important finding is that both of the 410-km and the 660-km discontinuities are depressed. This observation suggests that a local mantle upwelling probably exists in the upper mantle above, including the upper part of, the transition zone, while the remnant subducted Pacific slab is remained in the lower part of the transition zone.

  5. Large-scale depressions on the 660 seismic discontinuity beneath Europe: signature of the role of akimotoite in subducting slabs

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    Cottaar, S.; Deuss, A. F.

    2015-12-01

    The upper and lower mantle are delineated by a seismic discontinuity around 660 km depth. This discontinuity is regularly associated with the dissociation of ringwoodite to bridgmanite and periclase, which has a negative Clapeyron slope, and appears to play a role in global mantle dynamics. Here we study the topography of this discontinuity and the one around 410 km, using receiver functions and investigate the effect of subducting and ponding slabs beneath Europe. We collected ~150,000 receiver functions across Europe over a time period from 2000 to 2014. After quality control, we use ~28,000 in a common conversion point stack. Corrections for lateral velocity variations are applied using the P- and S-velocity models in EU60 from Zhu et al. (2015). While northern Europe shows an average mantle transition zone, strong anomalous depressions of 30 km are seen in the topography of the 660 beneath central Europe and around the Mediterranean. There is no (anti-)correlated topographic anomaly on the 410 in these regions. The observed depressions beneath central Europe correlate with elevated seismic velocities above 660 km, and are therefore probably caused by cold subducted slab material. Temperature effects on the ringwoodite-bridgmanite transition alone cannot explain such a depression. Several wt% water deepens the 660 and increases the Clapeyron slope, but other geophysical observations, e.g. elevated Vp/Vs ratio, attenuation and electric conductivity, are not seen in these regions in various studies. Our preferred alternative hypothesis is the suggestion of Yu et al. (2011) that ringwoodite dissociates into akimotoite and periclase at temperatures beneath ~1400 K within the slab The subsequent transition of akimotoite to bridgmanite has a strong negative Clapeyron slope, which explains the deep discontinuity seen here in combination with cold temperatures, as well as providing a mechanism for slabs to pond in the mantle transition zone.

  6. Mantle transition zone structure beneath the Changbai volcano: Insight into deep slab dehydration and hot upwelling near the 410 km discontinuity

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    Tian, You; Zhu, Hongxiang; Zhao, Dapeng; Liu, Cai; Feng, Xuan; Liu, Ting; Ma, Jincheng

    2016-08-01

    We study the detailed mantle transition zone structure beneath the active Changbai intraplate volcano in Northeast China by using a receiver-function method. A total of 3005 teleseismic receiver functions recorded by 70 broadband stations are obtained by using a common-conversion-point stacking method. For conducting the time-to-depth conversion, we use a three-dimensional velocity model of the study region so as to take into account the influence of structural heterogeneities. Our results reveal significant depth variations of the 410, 520, and 660 km discontinuities. A broad depression of the 410 km discontinuity and a low-velocity anomaly are revealed beneath the Changbai volcano, which may reflect a large-scale hot mantle upwelling around the 410 km discontinuity with a positive Clapeyron slope. The 520 km discontinuity is identified clearly, and its uplift occurs above the stagnant Pacific slab. We also find a prominent depression of the 660 km discontinuity, which is elongated along the trend of deep earthquake clusters in a range of 39°N-44°N latitude, and the depression area has a lateral extent of about 400 km. Because the 520 and 660 km discontinuities correspond to positive and negative Clapeyron slopes, respectively, we think that the 520 uplift and the 660 depression are caused by the cold subducting Pacific slab. A part of the Pacific slab may have penetrated into the lower mantle and so caused the large-scale 660 depression in front of the deep earthquake clusters. Our results also reveal a part of the upper boundary of the subducting Pacific slab in the mantle transition zone.

  7. Upper Mantle Discontinuity Structure Beneath the Western Atlantic Ocean and Eastern North America from SS Precursors

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    Schmerr, N. C.; Beghein, C.; Kostic, D.; Baldridge, A. M.; West, J. D.; Nittler, L. R.; Bull, A. L.; Montesi, L.; Byrne, P. K.; Hummer, D. R.; Plescia, J. B.; Elkins-Tanton, L. T.; Lekic, V.; Schmidt, B. E.; Elkins, L. J.; Cooper, C. M.; ten Kate, I. L.; Van Hinsbergen, D. J. J.; Parai, R.; Glass, J. B.; Ni, J.; Fuji, N.; McCubbin, F. M.; Michalski, J. R.; Zhao, C.; Arevalo, R. D., Jr.; Koelemeijer, P.; Courtier, A. M.; Dalton, H.; Waszek, L.; Bahamonde, J.; Schmerr, B.; Gilpin, N.; Rosenshein, E.; Mach, K.; Ostrach, L. R.; Caracas, R.; Craddock, R. A.; Moore-Driskell, M. M.; Du Frane, W. L.; Kellogg, L. H.

    2015-12-01

    Seismic discontinuities within the mantle arise from a wide range of mechanisms, including changes in mineralogy, major element composition, melt content, volatile abundance, anisotropy, or a combination of the above. In particular, the depth and sharpness of upper mantle discontinuities at 410 and 660 km depth are attributed to solid-state phase changes sensitive to both mantle temperature and composition, where regions of thermal heterogeneity produce topography and chemical heterogeneity changes the impedance contrast across the discontinuity. Seismic mapping of this topography and sharpness thus provides constraint on the thermal and compositional state of the mantle. The EarthScope USArray is providing unprecedented access to a wide variety of new regions previously undersampled by the SS precursors. This includes the boundary between the oceanic plate in the western Atlantic Ocean and continental margin of eastern North America. Here we use a seismic array approach to image the depth, sharpness, and topography of the upper mantle discontinuities, as well as other possible upper mantle reflectors beneath this region. This array approach utilizes seismic waves that reflect off the underside of a mantle discontinuity and arrive several hundred seconds prior to the SS seismic phase as precursory energy. In this study, we collected high-quality broadband data SS precursors data from shallow focus (< 30 km deep), mid-Atlantic ridge earthquakes recorded by USArray seismometers in Alaska. We generated 4th root vespagrams to enhance the SS precursors and determine how they sample the mantle. Our data show detection of localized structure on the discontinuity boundaries as well as additional horizons, such as the X-discontinuity and a potential reflection from a discontinuity near the depth of the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary. These structures are related to the transition from predominantly old ocean lithosphere to underlying continental lithosphere, as while

  8. Variations of Hales Discontinuity beneath South India

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    Goyal, Ayush; Kosre, Goukaran Kumar; Borah, Kajaljyoti

    2016-04-01

    Thermodynamic studies show the spinel-garnet transition in fertile and hot mantle should be relatively narrow and should show up in the seismological studies as a discontinuity. The evidence for a shallow lithospheric mantle discontinuity was first proposed by Hales (1969) based on seismological travel time measurement from the Early Rise experiment in the Central United States, where a ~4% increase in the S-wave velocity at a depth of 75 km was observed. The recent studies show, in cratonic blocks with colder geotherms, that it appears at greater depths and over broader intervals, that is, from the Moho to 150 km depth. Different studies interpreted that Hales discontinuity may be due to seismic anisotropy or pervasive partial melts or cation ordering in mantle olivine. In the present study an attempt is made to model the Hales discontinuity in the South Indian shield, by jointly inverting group velocity dispersion and receiver functions, calculated from teleseismic earthquakes recorded at 20 broadband seismograph locations in the study region. South Indian shield is an amalgamation of several crustal blocks, namely, Eastern Dharwar Craton (EDC), Western Dharwar Craton (WDC), Southern Granulite Terrain (SGT) etc. Inversion modeling results show deeper Hales discontinuity (~104-110 km depth) in the south of WDC and SGT, while in the north of Western Dharwar Craton and Eastern Dharwar Craton it varies from ~70-80 km. It is also observed that the Hales Discontinuity is present at greater depth in the western part of Dharwar Craton, compared to the eastern part. Details of the depth, thickness, and the cause of the Hales discontinuity are also investigated. Keywords: Hales Discontinuity, South Indian Shield, Receiver Function, Craton, Inversion modeling.

  9. Shallow Mantle Discontinuities Beneath the North Anatolian Fault

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    Friedman, D. P.; Fischer, K. M.; Hopper, E.

    2015-12-01

    The goal of this study is to better understand deformation in the mantle lithosphere beneath continental strike-slip plate boundaries through Sp receiver function analysis of mantle discontinuities beneath the North Anatolian Fault (NAF). This fault zone marks the boundary between the Anatolian and Eurasian plates. Sp receiver functions were calculated using waveforms filtered with a variety of bandpasses, and 33 s to 4 s was found to produce coherent images while reducing interference between phases from the Moho and shallow mantle discontinuities. Using common conversion point stacking, we calculated 3D images of scattering beneath the region for two different cases: migration with the S-wave and P-wave velocities from the waveform tomography model of Fichtner et al. (2013) and with the AK135 velocity model. In both cases, a clear Moho is observed and Moho depth does not systematically vary between sides of the NAF. In contrast, shallow mantle discontinuities show pronounced changes in depth that correlate with strong lateral variations in mantle velocity observed in the Fichtner et al. tomography model, and some of these discontinuity depth variations occur within 50 km horizontally of the surface expression of the NAF. Where the tomography contains a clear high velocity lithospheric mantle layer, the Sp stack contains a negative velocity gradient at depths comparable to the base of the high velocity layer that can be interpreted as the seismological LAB. Where the tomography shows low mantle velocities that persist to the crust, a feature that may represent either anomalously low velocity lithosphere or upwelling asthenosphere beneath thin lithosphere, mantle discontinuities differ significantly from surrounding regions. Mantle discontinuity depth variations beneath the NAF also occur when the data are migrated with the AK135 model. Hence, the presence of the discontinuity depth variations is not an artifact of the assumed velocity model, although depths differ

  10. Seismic array constraints on the D″ discontinuity beneath Central America

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    Whittaker, Stefanie; Thorne, Michael S.; Schmerr, Nicholas C.; Miyagi, Lowell

    2016-01-01

    We analyzed 16,150 transverse component seismic recordings from 54 deep-focus earthquakes in the South American and Caribbean regions recorded at broadband stations in North America between 2005 and 2012. We treated subgroups of seismic stations within 3° radius geographical bins as seismic arrays and performed vespagram analysis. We focused on the S, ScS, and Scd arrivals and collected data in the epicentral distance range from 55° to 90°. In particular, we searched for D″ discontinuity presence in the vespagrams in a 25° by 35° (or 1520 by 2130 km) area beneath Central America. Analysis of these data showed 125 clear Scd observations, 180 Scd observations of lesser quality, and 343 nonobservations. We produced a new map of the discontinuity height beneath Central America. Our map shows an average discontinuity height of 286 ± 6 km (σ = 76 km). The region is punctuated by a large topographic high centered at approximately 10°N and 90°W with a maximum height of 380 km. Two smaller topographic highs are located at approximately 4°N and 81°W (discontinuity height of 320 km) and at 4°N and 70°W (height of 315 km). The observation of multiple Scd arrivals collocated with the strongest gradients in inferred topography provides evidence for topographic variation on the discontinuity rather than multiple discontinuities. The regions where the discontinuity has the greatest height can be explained by localized enrichment of mid-ocean ridge basalt from the subducted Farallon slab impinging on the core-mantle boundary.

  11. On the penetration of the 660 km phase change by mantle downflows

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    Bercovici, David; Schubert, Gerald; Tackley, Paul J.

    1993-01-01

    We present a simple analytic model of the interaction of cold convective downwelling currents with an endothermic phase change. The model describes the ponding and lateral spreading of downflows along the phase transition interface. A simple comparison of the vertical forces on the ponding material provides a necessary condition for a downflow to penetrate the phase boundary. This condition is fundamentally dependent on the geometry of the downflow. For planar downwellings, the model predicts a minimum ponding time before the structure can penetrate the phase boundary. For columnar (axisymmetric) downflows, there is no minimum time of spreading required before penetration can proceed. The model thus provides an explanation for the observation that in numerical models of three-dimensional convection with an endothermic phase change, cylindrical downflows penetrate the phase interface while planar ones do not. Since descending slabs in the Earth's mantle display a wide spectrum of geometries between planar and cylindrical (given various trench curvatures, as well as intersections of two or more subduction zones), this phenomenon may explain, in part, why some slabs appear to extend into the lower mantle while others are deflected at the 660 km discontinuity.

  12. D″ discontinuity structure beneath the North Atlantic from Scd observations

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    Yao, Yao; Whittaker, Stefanie; Thorne, Michael S.

    2015-05-01

    We analyzed transverse and radial component recordings from the 2010 M6.3 southern Spain earthquake (depth = 620 km) recorded on 370 broadband stations in North America. We grouped these seismograms into subarrays and applied fourth root vespa processing (vespagram analysis) in order to enhance low-amplitude arrivals. These vespagrams show clear Scd arrivals which indicate the existence of the D″ discontinuity beneath the North Atlantic Ocean (45-60°N, 45-55°W). These observations are best fit with a +2-4% velocity increase at the top of the D″ discontinuity at a height above the core-mantle boundary of 304 ± 14 km. We do not observe Scd arrivals at the eastern end of our study region which is consistent with the presence of the easternmost edge of the ancient Farallon plate.

  13. Seismological detection of "730-km" discontinuity beneath Japan subduction zone

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    Liu, Z.; Park, J. J.; Karato, S. I.

    2015-12-01

    Because the mantle transition zone likely contains a large amount of water (Karato, 2011; Pearson et al., 2014), vertical material transport across the transition would cause partial melting that may produce seismic signals above and/or below the transition zone. Schmandt et al. (2014) observed a seismic low-velocity zone (LVZ) at the top of the lower mantle (~730 km) beneath the southwestern US, arguing for dehydration melting due to downward flow across the 670-km discontinuity (670) from the transition zone. These authors further proposed a correlation between seismic velocity reductions and the direction of water transport, in which LVZ at ~730 km indicates materials moving downward from the transition zone, while the lack of LVZ at this depth would suggest an upward flow of mantle materials. Other regions also need to be investigated to confirm the correlation between this seismic feature and mantle water transport. We test their model by detecting "730-km" discontinuity beneath the Japan subduction zone using frequency-dependent receiver functions. In addition, water transport above the 410-km discontinuity (410) also plays an important role in global water circulation (Bercovici and Karato, 2003). Seismological studies (e.g. Courtier and Revenaugh, 2007; Schaeffer and Bostock, 2010) have observed LVZs above the 410, which might be caused by dehydration melting due to the upwelling of hydrated materials across the 410-km discontinuity from the transition zone. In this study, we also detect potential LVZs above 410 to establish a correlation between seismic velocity drop and flow direction. Around the Japan subduction zone, our preliminary results show evidence of low velocity zones below 670 in regions where stagnant slab is present for a substantial amount of time but not in other regions suggesting a variety of vertical mass transport in this region. Key words: transition zone, water transport, subduction zone, melting, receiver functions

  14. High resolution receiver function imaging of the seismic velocity discontinuities in the crust and upper mantle beneath eastern margin of Tibetan Plateau

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    Wu, J.; Wang, W.; Fang, L.; Ming, Y.

    2015-12-01

    The collision between Indian and Eurasian plates started about 50 Ma has resulted in intense deformation and crustal shortening in the Tibetan Plateau. Though studied with decades, the mechanism of deformation and southeastward expansion of the Tibetan Plateau remain controversial. As the tectonic transitional zone between the uplifting Tibetan Plateau and the Yangtze block, the eastern margin of the Tibetan Plateau is of particular interest. In past 10 years, several large scale dense seismic arrays were deployed in the eastern Tibetan Plateau with an average inter-station distance about 35km. We collected the seismic data of these densely deployed seismic arrays and the permanent seismic network in the eastern margin of the Tibetan Plateau, and obtained more than 300,000 high quality teleseismic Ps receiver functions. We have obtained high-resolution topographies of the Moho and upper mantle discontinuities beneath the eastern Tibetan Plateau by using receiver function common conversion points stacking technique. The results show a strong lateral variation of the crustal thickness, the depths of 410km and 660km seismic velocity discontinuities, and the thickness of upper mantle transitional zone in this region. Although the depth of the upper mantle discontinuities beneath Sichuan basin is similar to that of the average earth model, the thickness of the upper mantle transitional zone in the southeastern margin of the Tibetan Plateau is about 30km thicker. The lateral variation of the thickness of upper mantle transitional zone in the region may be related to the subduction process of the India plate. The spatial distribution of the velocity discontinuities has a good correlation with surface tectonic structure, indicating the upper mantle dynamic process has great inference on the crustal deformation and shortening in eastern margin of Tibetan Plateau.

  15. The Hales discontinuity and upper mantle anisotropy beneath cratons

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    Musacchio, G.; White, D. J.; Thomson, C. J.

    2003-04-01

    Seismic velocity discontinuities are commonly found within the upper 100 km of the mantle lithosphere, with great variability in their depth, lateral extent, and the polarity of velocity jump. Among the more commonly observed is the Hales discontinuity, identified in a variety of tectonic environments, and commonly associated with a high-velocity, highly reflective and sometimes anisotropic layer. In the Archean Western Superior Province of the Canadian Shield, long range R/WAR profiling gives a high-resolution estimate of the mantle V_P in the shallow upper mantle, providing a more certain determination of the nature of the Hales dicontinuity. Ray-based travel-time inversion of the data, have shown that Vp in the uppermost mantle is 8.0-8.3 km/s. A 15-20 km thick layer (layer-H) with >6% seismic anisotropy (N-S V_P of 8.3 km/s and E-W V_P of 8.8 km/s) dips northward at ˜10^o from a minimum depth of 48-50 km. The attitude of layer-H is consistent with the general tectonic strike; its depth range (50-75 km) falls within that of the Hales discontinuity. If a link between the Hales discontinuity and layer-H can be drawn, observations strengthen the objection that the estimated velocity contrast (0.2 to 0.4 km/s depending on the direction of wave propagation) is relatively high if layer-H represents a phase transition, and thus (re)opens the debate on the nature of shallow upper-mantle boundaries beneath continents. The high V_P and intermediate anisotropy of upper-mantle layer-H requires a harzburgite peridotitic composition with the a-axis of olivine aligned E-W. Layer-H might have emplaced during accretion (2.7 Ga Kenoran orogeny) of the North American proto-craton and be relic oceanic lithosphere. The Hales discontinuity might be an expression of continents accretion and map relic slabs in the shallow upper mantle.

  16. Receiver Function Imaging of the Mantle Transition Zone beneath the South China Block

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    Huang, H.; Tosi, N.; Chang, S. J.; Xia, S.; Qiu, X.

    2015-12-01

    Upper mantle discontinuities are influenced by convection-related thermal heterogeneities arising in complex geodynamic settings. Slab roll-back of the Pacific plate and mantle upwelling in the Meso-Cenozoic caused the extension and spreading of continental segments in the South China Block, leading to profound variations of the local temperature conditions. We processed 201 teleseismic events beneath 87 stations in the Hainan, Guangdong, and Fujian provinces in the South China Block, and extracted 4172 high-quality receiver functions. We imaged topographies of the mantle discontinuities by using phase-weighted common conversion point (PW-CCP) stacking of the receiver functions, which effectively improves the P-to-S converted phases. We found that the average depths of the discontinuities at 410 km and 660 km depth are 429 km and 680 km, respectively, while no clearly defined discontinuity at 520 km depth was detected. We mapped the thickness of the mantle transition zone (MTZ), which can reflect temperature and/or compositional heterogeneities as well as the presence of water, and used our results to discuss possible geodynamic implications. In particular, we found that the MTZ beneath the Leizhou Peninsula in the Hainan province is 43 km thinner than average. This scenario is compatible with a "Hainan plume" responsible for positive temperature anomalies of 380 K and 220 K at the 660 km and 410 km discontinuities, respectively. Prominent uplifting of the 660 km boundary beneath the coast regions may also support a horizontal channel flow of the Hainan plume.

  17. Mohorovicic discontinuity depth analysis beneath North Patagonian Massif

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    Gómez Dacal, M. L.; Tocho, C.; Aragón, E.

    2013-05-01

    The North Patagonian Massif is a 100000 km2, sub-rectangular plateau that stands out 500 to 700 m higher in altitude than the surrounding topography. The creation of this plateau took place during the Oligocene through a sudden uplift without noticeable internal deformation. This quite different mechanical response between the massif and the surrounding back arc, the short time in which this process took place and a regional negative Bouguer anomaly in the massif area, raise the question about the isostatic compensation state of the previously mentioned massif. In the present work, a comparison between different results about the depth of the Mohorovicic discontinuity beneath the North Patagonian Massif and a later analysis is made. It has the objective to analyze the crustal thickness in the area to contribute in the determination of the isostatic balance and the better understanding of the Cenozoic evolution of the mentioned area. The comparison is made between four models; two of these were created with seismic information (Feng et al., 2006 and Bassin et al., 2000), another model with gravity information (Barzaghi et al., 2011) and the last one with a combination of both techniques (Tassara y Etchaurren, 2011). The latter was the result of the adaptation to the work area of a three-dimensional density model made with some additional information, mainly seismic, that constrain the surfaces. The work of restriction and adaptation of this model, the later analysis and comparison with the other three models and the combination of both seismic models to cover the lack of resolution in some areas, is presented here. According the different models, the crustal thickness of the study zone would be between 36 and 45 Km. and thicker than the surrounding areas. These results talk us about a crust thicker than normal and that could behave as a rigid and independent block. Moreover, it can be observed that there are noticeable differences between gravimetric and seismic

  18. Seismic images of the mantle transition zone beneath Northeast China and the Sino-Korean craton from P-wave receiver functions

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    Zhang, Ruiqing; Gao, Zhanyong; Wu, Qingju; Xie, Zhenxing; Zhang, Guangcheng

    2016-04-01

    Seismic data from northeast (NE) China and the Sino-Korean craton were combined to image the upper mantle discontinuities at 410 and 660 km. Fine-scale topographic variations on these two discontinuities provide important clues for both delineating geometry of the subducting Pacific slab particularly at arc-arc junction and interpreting regional Cenozoic intraplate volcanism. We used over 90,000 receiver functions from 1916 teleseismic earthquakes recorded by 584 broadband seismic stations, primary those of temporary seismic arrays. We found the average depths of the two discontinuities to be 410 km and 672 km, respectively, beneath the study area. Results show that the 660-km discontinuity is strongly depressed by about 20-30 km in a narrow region beneath and around the Changbaishan volcano, consistent with the results of previous receiver function studies. In contrast, much of the Sino-Korean craton exhibits typical transition zone thickness (~ 260 km) and thus offers no evidence of a stagnated Pacific slab. Our results also reveal an elevated 660-km discontinuity and a thinner transition zone both to the west of the observed depression region and beneath the Kuril-Japan arc junction. This feature is most likely due to a tearing of the descending Pacific plate at both its leading and junction edges. An additional elevated 660-km discontinuity together with a thinner transition zone appears in the vicinity of the Dariganga lava field, supporting interpretations of a deep-rooted mantle plume. Our observations of an elevated 410-km discontinuity and a thicker transition zone correlate spatially with the diffuse distribution of volcanism around Hannuoba, Aershan and Wudalianchi. This correlation may suggest lithospheric removal as a mechanism for these magmatic activities.

  19. Seismic imaging of a mid-lithospheric discontinuity beneath Ontong Java Plateau

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    Tharimena, Saikiran; Rychert, Catherine A.; Harmon, Nicholas

    2016-09-01

    Ontong Java Plateau (OJP) is a huge, completely submerged volcanic edifice that is hypothesized to have formed during large plume melting events ∼90 and 120 My ago. It is currently resisting subduction into the North Solomon trench. The size and buoyancy of the plateau along with its history of plume melting and current interaction with a subduction zone are all similar to the characteristics and hypothesized mechanisms of continent formation. However, the plateau is remote, and enigmatic, and its proto-continent potential is debated. We use SS precursors to image seismic discontinuity structure beneath Ontong Java Plateau. We image a velocity increase with depth at 28 ± 4 km consistent with the Moho. In addition, we image velocity decreases at 80 ± 5 km and 282 ± 7 km depth. Discontinuities at 60-100 km depth are frequently observed both beneath the oceans and the continents. However, the discontinuity at 282 km is anomalous in comparison to surrounding oceanic regions; in the context of previous results it may suggest a thick viscous root beneath OJP. If such a root exists, then the discontinuity at 80 km bears some similarity to the mid-lithospheric discontinuities (MLDs) observed beneath continents. One possibility is that plume melting events, similar to that which formed OJP, may cause discontinuities in the MLD depth range. Plume-plate interaction could be a mechanism for MLD formation in some continents in the Archean prior to the onset of subduction.

  20. Seismic discontinuities beneath the southwestern United States from S receiver functions

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    Akanbi, Olufemi; Li, Aibing

    2016-05-01

    S-receiver functions along the Colorado Plateau-Rio Grande Rift-Great Plains Transect known as LA RISTRA in the southwestern United States have been utilized to map seismic discontinuities beneath this tectonically active region. Individual receiver functions were stacked according to ray piercing points with moveout corrections in order to improve the signal-to-noise ratio of the converted S-to-P phases. A mantle discontinuity, which is interpreted as the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary (LAB), is observed along the profile with depth ranging from 80 km beneath the Rio Grande Rift (RGR) to 100 km beneath the Great Plains (GP) and 120-180 km beneath the Colorado Plateau (CP). The shallow LAB beneath the Rio Grande Rift is indicative of lithosphere extension and asthenosphere upwarp. The LAB deepens sharply at the RGR-CP and RGR-GP boundaries, providing evidence for edge-driven, small-scale mantle convection beneath LA RISTRA. Two local discontinuities beneath the southeastern Colorado Plateau are imaged at ~ 250 km and ~ 300 km and could be the top and base of the eroded lithosphere, respectively. The S receiver function images suggest that edge-driven, small-scale convection is probably the mantle source for recent extension and uplift in the Rio Grande Rift and the Colorado Plateau.

  1. Mantle discontinuities and temperature under the North American continental keel

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    Li, Aibing; Fischer, Karen M.; Wysession, Michael E.; Clarke, Timothy J.

    1998-09-01

    A ubiquitous feature of upper-mantle seismic velocity models has been the presence of high-velocity `keels' beneath stable continental interiors. Uncertainty remains, however, regarding the maximum depth to which continental keels extend, the degree to which they have cooled the mantle that surrounds them and their role in mantle flow. Here we investigate thermal anomalies across the eastern margin of the North American continental keel by imaging the seismic discontinuities at depths of 410 and 660km with compressional-to-shear converted waves recorded by a 1,500-km-long seismometer deployment in the eastern United States. The thickness of the transition zone (the region nominally between depths of 410 and 660km) and the depth to the `410-km' discontinuity indicate that cold keel material and sub-keel downwellings must be largely confined to the upper mantle and may impinge on the transition zone only in localized regions and with thermal anomalies of less than ~150K. A 20-km depression of the `660-km' discontinuity to the south of the westernmost stations coincides with a region of fast velocity in the deep transition zone and may be associated with the remnants of the subducted Farallon plate,,.

  2. Seismic Discontinuities beneath the Southwestern United States from S Receiver Functions

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    Akanbi, O. E.; Li, A.

    2015-12-01

    S- Receiver functions along the Colorado Plateau-Rio Grande Rift-Great Plains Transect known as La RISTRA in the southwestern United States have been utilized to map the Moho and lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary (LAB) beneath this tectonically active region. The receiver functions were stacked according to ray piercing points with moveout corrections in order to improve the signal-to-noise ratio of converted S-to-P phases. The Moho appears at 30-40 km beneath the Rio Grande Rift (RGR) and deepens to 35-45 km beneath the Great Plains (GP) and the Colorado Plateau (CP). A sharp discontinuity is observed along the profile with the average depth of 80 km beneath the RGR, 100 km beneath the GP, and 160 km beneath the CP. This discontinuity is consistent with the top of a low velocity zone in a shear wave model beneath the array and is interpreted as the LAB. Strong phases imaged at ~90 km beneath the CP and GP could be a combination of side-lobes of the Moho conversions and primary Sp phases from a mid-lithosphere discontinuity (MLD). The relatively shallow Moho and LAB beneath the Rio Grande Rift is indicative of lithosphere extension and asthenosphere upwarp. In addition, the LAB shows depth-step depressions at the RGR-CP and RGR-GP boundaries, providing evidence for mantle downwelling. The variation of the lithospheric depth across the RISTRA array supports that edge-driven, small-scale mantle convection is largely responsible for the recent extension and uplift in the Rio Grande Rift and the Colorado Plateau.

  3. Isotopic discontinuities in ground water beneath Yucca Mountain, Nevada

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    Stuckless, J.S.; Whelan, J.F.; Steinkampf, W.C.; ,

    1991-01-01

    Analytical data for stable isotopes in ground water from beneath Yucca Mountain, when examined in map view, show areal patterns of heterogeneity that can be interpreted in terms of mixing of at least three end members. One end member must be isotopically heavy in terms of hydrogen and oxygen and have a young apparent 14C age such as water found at the north end of Yucca Mountain beneath Fortymile Wash. A second end member must contain isotopically heavy carbon and have an old apparent 14C age such as water from the Paleozoic aquifer. The third end member cannot be tightly defined. It must be isotopically lighter than the first with respect of hydrogen and oxygen and be intermediate to the first and second end members with respect to both apparent 14C age and ?? 13C. The variable isotopic compositions of hydrogen and oxygen indicate that two of the end members are waters, but the variable carbon isotopic composition could represent either a third water end member or reaction of water with a carbon-bearing solids such as calcite.

  4. fine structure of 410km discontinuity beneath the Southern Europe

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    Wan, K.; Wan, X.; Ni, S.

    2005-12-01

    In the distance range of 10-14 degrees, P waves from the topside reflection off the 410km discontinuity are very sensitive to the fine structure of the discontinuity. We analyzed 49 broadband seismograms from an earthquake ( May 18, 1998) in Italy (Mw 5.8) , recorded by Orfeus and SZGRF networks. Distances between the source and the stations were from 9° to 19°, and provided a detailed look at the 410km structure. On the other hand, the azimuth of these records were in a narrow range from 334° and 356°, so the differences in azimuth may have little effects on the waveforms. From our observation, P410 phase has little change in amplitude when the distance decreases from 15° to about 11.5°. However, an abrupt termination was observed from distance 11° to 10.5°. These features cannot be explained with PREM model. We calculated several groups of models with F-K method and compared their synthetic seismograms with the observed one. These models are: 1) two-step sharp jump models, with different thickness; 2) linear models; 3) linear-sharp jump models[Tim Melbourne, Don Helmberger, Journal of Geophysical Research, 1998]; 4) models calculated from a mineralogical model[Gaherty, Wang, Geophysical research letters, 1999]; Features in the observed waveform can be well modeled with model 3 and 4 while only parts of them fitted to model 1 or 2. But when we calculated with a less detailed model, seismograms of model 4 should have more noise than model 3. In conclusion, the structure of 410km discontinuity can be considered as a linear-sharp velocity jump, which is consistent with mineralogical models.

  5. Upper mantle discontinuity structure from underside reflections

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    Schmerr, Nicholas C.

    This research investigates Earth structure in the mantle transition zone, a range of depths bounded by two major solid-state phase transformations of the mineral olivine: the conversion of olivine to wadsleyite near 410 km depth, and the dissociation of ringwoodite into Mg-silicate perovskite plus magnesiowuestite near 660 km depth. The phase transformations are dependent upon the thermal and chemical state of the mantle; lateral heterogeneity in mantle temperature and composition will change the transformation depth. The denser, more compact structures of olivine possess higher seismic wave speeds and densities, thus giving rise to seismic discontinuities at the phase transitions. The depth and sharpness of the 410 and 660 km discontinuities are mapped using seismic energy that reflects from the underside of these boundaries to investigate the thermal and chemical state of the mantle. Underside reflections of shear and compressional seismic waves arrive as precursory energy several hundred seconds before the seismic phases SS and PP, which form as underside reflections off the crust. Using broadband datasets of precursors to SS and PP, topographic variation maps of the 410 km and 660 km boundaries are produced for study regions beneath the Pacific Ocean and South American continent. Beneath most of the Pacific, the discontinuities are found close to the global average, suggesting that the mantle in this region is not significantly perturbed in temperature and chemistry. However, within 1000 km of several Pacific hotspots, including Hawaii, there is evidence for hot upwelling material rising through the transition zone that correlates with the edges of extremely hot (i.e., seismically low velocity) regions of the lowermost mantle, supporting whole mantle convection. Beneath the South American continent there is evidence for both thermal and chemical variation near the subducting Nazca plate, consistent with cold, and hydrated materials sinking into the mantle

  6. Receiver function imaging of the mantle transition zone beneath the South China Block

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    Huang, Haibo; Tosi, Nicola; Chang, Sung-Joon; Xia, Shaohong; Qiu, Xuelin

    2015-10-01

    Upper mantle discontinuities are influenced by convection-related thermal heterogeneities arising in complex geodynamic settings. Slab rollback of the Pacific plate and mantle upwelling in the Meso-Cenozoic caused the extension and spreading of continental segments in the South China Block leading to profound variations of the local temperature conditions. We processed 201 teleseismic events beneath 87 stations in the Hainan, Guangdong, and Fujian provinces in the South China Block, and extracted 4172 high-quality receiver functions. We imaged the topography of the local mantle discontinuities by using phase-weighted common conversion point stacking of the receiver functions, which effectively improves the P-to-S-converted phases. We found that the average depths of the discontinuities at 410 and 660 km depth are 414 and 657 km, respectively, while no clearly defined discontinuity at 520 km depth was detected. We mapped the thickness of the mantle transition zone (MTZ), which can reflect temperature and/or compositional heterogeneities as well as the presence of water, and discussed possible geodynamic implications. In particular, we found that the MTZ beneath the Leizhou Peninsula in the Hainan province is 42 km thinner than average. This scenario suggests that the Hainan plume is responsible for positive temperature anomalies between ˜270 and 380 K and between ˜200 and 240 K at the 660 and 410 km discontinuities, respectively. We also observed a prominent uplifting of the 660 km boundary beneath the coast regions that may be indicative of lateral flow of the Hainan plume.

  7. D" Discontinuity Structure Beneath the North Atlantic Based on Observations from the Deep 2010 Spanish Earthquake

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    Yao, Y.; Whittaker, S.; Thorne, M. S.

    2014-12-01

    The D" discontinuity is typically observed as an increase in P- and S-wave velocity of 1-3% roughly 150-300 km above the CMB. The discontinuity shows strong laterally variability in spatial location and height above the CMB. Previous studies have revealed strong evidence for the existence of the discontinuity under North Central Asia, Alaska, the Arctic, Australasia, and Central America, but only a handful of observations have been made beneath the North Atlantic due to the limited numbers of deep earthquakes in Europe. We collected transverse component recordings from all available broadband stations in the USArray to examine the D" discontinuity structure under the North Atlantic using array processing techniques. We searched for earthquakes in the European region between Jan. 2005 and Jun. 2014 with moment magnitudes between 5.5 and 7.5, event depths greater than 75 km, and epicentral distances from 55° to 90°. A total of five events were found matching these criteria. We collected a total of 2077 transverse component seismograms. We inspected each trace manually and removed traces without clear S and ScS arrivals. The remaining traces were aligned and normalized to unity on the S-wave arrival and collected into 3° geographic bins. We calculated velocity seismograms (vespagrams) for each geographic bin and screened vespagrams based on signal-to-noise ratio and slowness resolution of S and ScS. Only the 616 km deep M6.3 southern Spain event of April 11th, 2010 demonstrated high enough data quality. A total of 372 transverse traces from this event were collected into 39 3° geographic bins. Clear Scd arrivals indicative of the D" discontinuity were identified on 20 out of 39 vespagrams. We calculated the height of the D" discontinuity above the CMB for each Scd observation based on the travel time difference between S and Scd. The results indicate a D" discontinuity with an average thickness of 261 km above the CMB beneath the North Atlantic between 45°-60° N

  8. Crust and mantle discontinuities, shear wave velocity structure, and azimuthal anisotropy beneath North America

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    Li, Aibing

    This thesis contains four chapters which investigate seismic discontinuity structure and shear wave velocity structure in the crust and upper mantle beneath the eastern and western edges of the North American craton. In chapters one and two, we imaged the Moho and discontinuities in the upper mantle and transition zone by stacking P to S converted phases on receiver functions recorded at the MOMA array in the eastern United States. The most interesting result is the relatively flat "410" discontinuity, which suggests that the North American lithospheric keel and any associated cold downwelling is largely confined in the upper mantle. A ˜20 km depression on the "660" discontinuity to southwest of the array may pinpoint the location of the subducted Farallon plate in the deep transition zone. Moho depth varies from 30 km to 49 km across the array, and a discontinuity observed at depths of 280 km to 320 km is most plausibly explained as the base of a low velocity zone. In chapters three and four, we applied a surface wave inversion technique to the northeastern United States and to the Colorado Rocky Mountain region. Azimuthally anisotropic phase velocities were obtained and then inverted for shear wave velocity structure. The North American lithospheric keel is imaged with high velocity anomalies in both study areas. Keel morphology is complex at its eastern edge, possibly reflecting erosion by a mantle plume. Strong velocity variations in the crust and shallow upper mantle across the Rocky Mountain region indicate that the mountains are supported by both crustal and mantle buoyancy. The strength of anisotropy increases with period beneath the keel in the east and beneath the central Rockies in the west, suggesting a highly anisotropic asthenosphere and mechanical decoupling between the lithosphere and deeper mantle.

  9. Crust and upper mantle structures beneath Northeast China from receiver function studies

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    Guo, Zhen; Cao, Yuliang; Wang, Xianguang; John Chen, Y.; Ning, Jieyuan; He, Weiguang; Tang, Youcai; Feng, Yongge

    2014-06-01

    P-wave and S-wave receiver function analyses have been performed along a profile consisted of 27 broadband seismic stations to image the crustal and upper mantle discontinuities across Northeast China. The results show that the average Moho depth varies from about 37 km beneath the Daxing'anling orogenic belt in the west to about 33 km beneath the Songliao Basin, and to about 35 km beneath the Changbai mountain region in the east. Our results reveal that the Moho is generally flat beneath the Daxing'anling region and a remarkable Moho offset (about 4 km) exists beneath the basin-mountain boundary, the Daxing'anling-Taihang Gravity Line. Beneath the Tanlu faults zone, which seperates the Songliao Basin and Changbai region, the Moho is uplift and the crustal thickness changes rapidly. We interpret this feature as that the Tanlu faults might deeply penetrate into the upper mantle, and facilitate the mantle upwelling along the faults during the Cenozoic era. The average depth of the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary (LAB) is ~80 km along the profile which is thinner than an average thickness of a continental lithosphere. The LAB shows an arc-like shape in the basin, with the shallowest part approximately beneath the center of the basin. The uplift LAB beneath the basin might be related to the extensive lithospheric stretching in the Mesozoic. In the mantle transition zone, a structurally complicated 660 km discontinuity with a maximum 35 km depression beneath the Changbai region is observed. The 35 km depression is roughly coincident with the location of the stagnant western pacific slab on top of the 660 km discontinuity revealed by the recent P wave tomography.

  10. Mantle transition zone beneath northeast China from P-receiver function

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    Zhang, R.; Wu, Q.

    2015-12-01

    We used receiver functions to examine lateral topographical variations on the 410- and 660-km beneath northeast China and particularly the Kuril-Japan arc junctions. Compared to other receiver functions studies, our analysis was based on greater station coverage of higher density by combining all recent seismic arrays so far deployed in northeast China. Our image shows that the 410-km is featured by a ~10-20 km uplift extending in the NNE direction beneath some areas of the Quaternary basaltic rocks distributed at Abaga and at Wudalianchi. The Clapeyron slope of the olivine phase transiton at 410-km suggests that the uplift is compatible with a negative thermal anomaly. We also confirm a significant depression of the 660 from the Changbai volcanism in the north to Korea in the south along the NW-SE direction. The depression is also accompanied by an uplift of the 660 to the west. The shallow 660-km discontinuity is also particularly detected beneath the Kuril-Japan arc junctions, while it was not detected before. The thermal anomaly at 410 km depth is most likely a remnant of a detached mantle lithosphere that recently sank to depth, thus providing robust evidence for the source and evolution of these basalts. The depression of the 660-km discontinuity may support that the subducting Pacific slab bends sharply and becomes stagnant when it meets strong resistance at a depth of about 670 km. After accumulation to a great extent the stagnant slab finally penetrates into the lower mantle. Combined with the previous triplicated studies, the shallow 660-km may suggest that descending Pacific slab at its leading and junction edges might be accommodated by a tearing near a depth of 660 km. Acknowledgements. Two liner seismic arrays were deployed by the Institute of Geophysics, China Earthquake Administration. The data of the permanent stations were provided by the Data Management Centre of China, National Seismic Network at the Institute of Geophysics, China Earthquake

  11. Seismic evidence for a tilted mantle plume and north-south mantle flow beneath Iceland

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    Shen, Y.; Solomon, S.C.; Bjarnason, I. Th; Nolet, G.; Morgan, W.J.; Allen, R.M.; Vogfjord, K.; Jakobsdottir, S.; Stefansson, R.; Julian, B.R.; Foulger, G.R.

    2002-01-01

    Shear waves converted from compressional waves at mantle discontinuities near 410- and 660-km depth recorded by two broadband seismic experiments in Iceland reveal that the center of an area of anomalously thin mantle transition zone lies at least 100 km south of the upper-mantle low-velocity anomaly imaged tomographically beneath the hotspot. This offset is evidence for a tilted plume conduit in the upper mantle, the result of either northward flow of the Icelandic asthenosphere or southward flow of the upper part of the lower mantle in a no-net-rotation reference frame. ?? 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Upper mantle discontinuity beneath the SW-Iberia peninsula: A multidisciplinary view.

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    Palomeras, Imma; de Lis Mancilla, Flor; Ayarza, Puy; Afonso, Juan Carlos; Diaz, Jordi; Morales, Jose; Carbonell, Ramon; Topoiberia Working Group

    2010-05-01

    Evidence for an upper mantle discontinuity located between 60 and 70 km depth have been provided by different seismic data sets acquired in the Southern Iberian peninsula. First indications of such a discontinuity were obtained by the very long offsets seismic refraction shot gathers acquired within the DSS ILIHA project in the early 90's. Clear seismic events recoded by the dense wide-angle seismic reflection shot gathers of the IBERSEIS experiment (2003) provided further constraints on the depth of the discontinuity and first-order estimates of its physical properties beneath the Ossa Morena Zone. Furthermore, the normal incidence Vibroseis deep seismic reflection images of the ALCUDIA transect (2007) extends this structure to the northeast beneath the Central Iberian Zone. This transect images deep laterally discontinuous reflections at upper mantle travel times (19 s) that roughly correspond to depths within the range of 60-70 km. Receiver function studies of the passive seismic recordings acquired by the IBERARRAY (TOPOIBERIA projects) provides additional support for the existence of this upper mantle structure and suggests that this is a relatively large scale regional feature. Two major scenarios need to be addressed when discussing the origin and nature of this deep structure. One is the tectonic scenario in which the structure maybe be related to a major tectonic event such as an old subduction process and therefore represent an ancient slab. A second hypothesis, would relate this feature to a phase change in the mantle. This latter assumption requires this feature ought to be a broader scale boundary which could be identified by different seismic techniques. Reflectivity modeling carried out over the IBERSEIS wide angle reflection data concludes that the observed phase is consistent with an heterogeneous gradient zone located at, approximately, 61-72 km depth. A layered structure with alternating velocities within ranges 8.1 to 8.3 km/s is necessary in

  13. Using Cross-Correlation to Detect Upper Mantle Phases beneath Spain and Morocco

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    Bonatto, L.; Schimmel, M.; Gallart, J.; Morales, J.

    2012-04-01

    A novel technique is implemented to search for weak amplitude upper mantle phases that arrive in the P-wave coda. Cross-correlation and stacking techniques are applied in order to detect waveform similarity and eliminate the source influence from the vertical and radial component of records from single stations. A pilot wave is selected from the vertical component, this wavelet contains the P-wave and part of its coda. Phase cross-correlation (PCC) and geometrically normalized cross-correlation (CCGN) are performed between this pilot and the vertical, and the radial component of each event. It is expected that this procedure detects P to s conversions, and reflections at different mantle discontinuities (such as 410-km and 660-km depth discontinuities). Stacking is used to enhance signals which arrive consistently (near receiver conversions and reflections) and attenuate isolated depth phases and also spurious arrivals. Besides the source equalization, PCC and CCGN provide relative travel times with respect to the P phase through their correlation maxima. The data set used in the real data example is obtained from more than 40 stations selected from the first phase of the IberArray seismic network deployment (TopoIberia project) in south Spain and north Morocco. P-wave reflections and P to s conversions at 410-km and 660-km upper mantle discontinuities were detected beneath the studied region. Both discontinuities are on average within the expected depth range from global studies.

  14. Evidence from three-dimensional seismic reflectivity images for enhanced melt supply beneath mid-ocean-ridge discontinuities

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    Kent; Singh; Harding; Sinha; Orcutt; Barton; White; Bazin; Hobbs; Tong; Pye

    2000-08-10

    Quantifying the melt distribution and crustal structure across ridge-axis discontinuities is essential for understanding the relationship between magmatic, tectonic and petrologic segmentation of mid-ocean-ridge spreading centres. The geometry and continuity of magma bodies beneath features such as overlapping spreading centres can strongly influence the composition of erupted lavas and may give insight into the underlying pattern of mantle flow. Here we present three-dimensional images of seismic reflectivity beneath a mid-ocean ridge to investigate the nature of melt distribution across a ridge-axis discontinuity. Reflectivity slices through the 9 degrees 03' N overlapping spreading centre on East Pacific Rise suggest that it has a robust magma supply, with melt bodies underlying both limbs and ponding of melt beneath large areas of the overlap basin. The geometry of melt distribution beneath this offset is inconsistent with large-scale, crustal redistribution of melt away from centres of upwelling. The complex distribution of melt seems instead to be caused by a combination of vertical melt transport from the underlying mantle and subsequent focusing of melt beneath a magma freezing boundary in the mid-crust.

  15. Plumes and Drips Beneath Northeast China and the Western United States (Invited)

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    Grand, S. P.; Tang, Y.; Niu, F.; Obayashi, M.; Chen, Y. J.; Kawakatsu, H.; Ning, J.; Ni, J.

    2013-12-01

    Northeast China and the western United States share common features in their tectonic history. Both regions experienced compressional tectonics and mountain building due to stresses induced by subduction processes on their boundaries. In Northeast China these events occurred in the Mesozoic and in the western United States a little later, up to the early Cenozoic. Subsequently, both regions experienced extension and widespread intraplate magmatism as the boundary conditions changed. We review the results from several seismic investigations for both regions and compare results. The NECESS project was a multi-national collaboration that consisted of the deployment of 140 broadband seismic stations across Northeast China. P and S wave tomography, receiver function analysis, and surface wave dispersion inversions were conducted to image the seismic structure of the upper mantle beneath the region. Fast seismic velocities from 500 to 660 km depth and a depressed 660 km discontinuity were found below the eastern edge of Northeast China. These observations are likely showing the subducting Pacific plate. At 420 latitude a gap in the deep transition zone fast velocities is observed coincident with an uplifted 660 km discontinuity. The shear wave tomography image shows a roughly 200 km diameter slow anomaly that can be traced from just below the gap in high velocities at 660 km depth to the shallow mantle beneath the Changbaishan volcanic field. We propose the gap in the deep slabs is a pathway for return flow upwelling that results in surface volcanism. Such deep upwelling at edges or gaps in deep slabs may be a common feature in subduction environments. In the shallow mantle strong lateral variations in velocity are seen across Northeast China that are associated with Cenozoic volcanic zones. Beneath a portion of the Xing'an mountains at 1160 longitude, a shallow slow anomaly associated with Pleistocene volcanism is adjacent to a high velocity anomaly at depths below 200

  16. Mid-lithospheric Discontinuity Beneath the Malawi Rift, Deduced from Gravity Studies and its Relation to the Rifting Process.

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    Njinju, E. A.; Atekwana, E. A.; Mickus, K. L.; Abdelsalam, M. G.; Atekwana, E. A.; Laó-Dávila, D. A.

    2015-12-01

    The World Gravity Map satellite gravity data were used to investigate the lithospheric structure beneath the Cenozoic-age Malawi Rift which forms the southern extension of the Western Branch of the East African Rift System. An analysis of the data using two-dimensional (2D) power spectrum methods indicates the two distinctive discontinuities at depths of 31‒44 km and 64‒124 km as defined by the two steepest slopes of the power spectrum curves. The shallower discontinuity corresponds to the crust-mantle boundary (Moho) and compares well with Moho depth determined from passive seismic studies. To understand the source of the deeper discontinuity, we applied the 2D power spectrum analysis to other rift segments of the Western Branch as well as regions with stable continental lithospheres where the lithospheric structure is well constrained through passive seismic studies. We found that the deeper discontinuity corresponds to a mid-lithospheric discontinuity (MLD), which is known to exist globally at depths between 60‒150 km and as determined by passive seismic studies. Our results show that beneath the Malawi Rift, there is no pattern of N-S elongated crustal thinning following the surface expression of the Malawi Rift. With the exception of a north-central region of crustal thinning (< 35 km), most of the southern part of the rift is underlain by thick crust (~40‒44 km). Different from the Moho, the MLD is shallower beneath the axis of the Malawi Rift forming a N-S trending zone with depths of 64‒80 km, showing a broad and gentle topography. We interpret the MLD as representing a sharp density contrast resulting from metasomatized lithosphere due to lateral migration along mobile belts of hot mantle melt or fluids from a distant plume and not from an ascending asthenosphere. These fluids weaken the lithosphere enhancing rift nucleation. The availability of satellite gravity worldwide makes gravity a promising technique for determining the MLD globally.

  17. Mantle transition zone beneath a normal seafloor in the northwestern Pacific: Electrical conductivity, seismic discontinuity, and water content

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    Matsuno, Tetsuo; Suetsugu, Daisuke; Utada, Hisashi; Baba, Kiyoshi; Tada, Noriko; Shimizu, Hisayoshi; Shiobara, Hajime; Isse, Takehi; Sugioka, Hiroko; Ito, Aki

    2016-04-01

    We conducted a joint electromagnetic and seismic field experiment to probe water content reserved in the mantle transition zone (MTZ) beneath a normal seafloor around the Shatsky Rise in the northwestern Pacific. Specifically for the investigation of the MTZ structure, we developed new ocean bottom instruments for providing higher S/N ratio data and having higher mobility in field experiment than ever. We installed our state-of-the-art instruments in two arrays to the north and south of the Shatsky Rise for 5 years from 2010 to 2015. We first analyzed data obtained in our and previous studies to elucidate an electrical conductivity structure through the magnetotelluric and geomagnetic depth sounding methods and seismic discontinuity depths or thickness of the MTZ through the P-wave receiver function method. An electrical conductivity structure beneath two observational arrays is represented well by an average 1-D model beneath the northern Pacific. A MTZ thickness beneath the north array is thicker than a global average of MTZ thickness by 22 km, and that beneath the south array is similar to the average. For estimating water content in the MTZ, we implemented a series of forward modeling of the electromagnetic responses based on the average 1-D electrical conductivity model, temperature profiles of the MTZ involving temperature anomalies estimated from the MTZ thickness perturbations, and electrical conductivities of dry and hydrous MTZ materials (wadsleyite and ringwoodite). A result of the forward modeling indicates that the maximum water content in the MTZ beneath the north array is 0.5 wt.%.

  18. Imaging the seismic structure of the crust and upper mantle beneath the Great Plains, Rio Grande Rift, and Colorado Plateau using receiver functions

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    Wilson, David; Aster, Richard; Ni, James; Grand, Stephen; West, Michael; Gao, Wei; Baldridge, W. Scott; Semken, Steve

    2005-05-01

    The seismic structure of the crust and upper mantle of the southwestern United States is examined using receiver functions calculated from teleseismic arrivals recorded in the Colorado Plateau-Rio Grande Rift-Great Plains Seismic Transect (LA RISTRA) experiment. We apply receiver function estimation and filtering methods developed by Wilson and Aster (2005) to produce receiver functions with decreased sensitivity to noise and deconvolutional instability. Crustal thickness and Vp/Vs ratios are estimated using both direct and reverberated P-to-S receiver function modes. We apply regularized receiver function migration methods to produce a multiple-suppressed image of the velocity discontinuity structure of the subsurface. Our results show that crustal thickness averages 44.1 ± 2.3 km beneath the Great Plains (GP) and 45.6 ± 1.1 km beneath the Colorado Plateau (CP). Crustal thinning beneath the Rio Grande Rift (RGR) is broadly symmetric about the rift axis, with the thinnest crust (35 km) located directly beneath the rift axis, suggesting a pure shear stretched lithosphere beneath the RGR. We also observe a prominent northwest dipping discontinuity, ranging from 65 to 85 km deep beneath the CP, and possible subcrustal discontinuities beneath the GP. These discontinuities, along with recent xenolith data, are consistent with preserved ancient lithospheric structures such as relict suture zones associated with Proterozoic subduction. We observe an upper mantle discontinuity at 220-300 km depth that may correlate with similar discontinuities observed beneath eastern North America. We also observe relatively flat discontinuities at 410 and 660 km depth, indicating there is not a large-scale thermal anomaly beneath the RGR at these depths.

  19. Mantle transition zone thinning beneath eastern Africa: Evidence for a whole-mantle superplume structure

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    Mulibo, Gabriel D.; Nyblade, Andrew A.

    2013-07-01

    to S conversions from the 410 and 660 km discontinuities observed in receiver function stacks reveal a mantle transition zone that is ~30-40 km thinner than the global average in a region ~200-400 km wide extending in a SW-NE direction from central Zambia, across Tanzania and into Kenya. The thinning of the transition zone indicates a ~190-300 K thermal anomaly in the same location where seismic tomography models suggest that the lower mantle African superplume structure connects to thermally perturbed upper mantle beneath eastern Africa. This finding provides compelling evidence for the existence of a continuous thermal structure extending from the core-mantle boundary to the surface associated with the African superplume.

  20. Toward a comprehensive understanding of transition zone seismic discontinuities: A new constraint near the stagnant slab region beneath China

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    Song, T. R. A.; Shen, X.; Stixrude, L. P.; Lithgow-Bertelloni, C. R.

    2015-12-01

    Plate tectonics and subduction operating over much of the Earth's history can induce mantle mixing, chemical heterogeneities and recycle volatiles into the mantle. Some slabs are penetrating into the deep lower mantle, but others are stagnated near the transition zone (TZ). Presumably, the thermochemical state of the TZ is a consequence of delicate balance and feedback between the short-term and long-term mixing. Near the stagnant slab, what's the thermochemical state of the TZ? what's the degree of hydration in the TZ? TZ seismic discontinuities hold the key to resolve the mystery of mass and heat transport in the Earth's mantle as well as the composition of the Earth's interior. But deciphering discontinuity properties are not trivial. Data were typically limited to either mantle triplications, converted waves (P-to-S or S-to-P) or mantle reflections (e.g. SS precursors, ScS reverberations). These observations place constraints on the velocity gradient near the discontinuity as well as discontinuity reflectivity, but hardly offer independent information on the density jump or/and density gradient. In few cases where multiple datasets are jointly analysed to resolve the density jump, the region of sensitivity (or the fresnel zone) of different dataset does not necessarily coincide. Finally, the use of short period (~1 Hz) data (e.g., P'P' precursors) or long period (~> 0.1 Hz) data (e.g., SS precursors) does not allow us to simultaneously address the transition width and the gradient near the discontinuity. We advocate a simple and effective strategy. Specifically, we involve broadband direct converted waves (e.g., P410s, P660s) and the topside reflections (the multiples, e.g., PpP410s, PpP660s) in the context of P wave receiver function technique. Such a tactic not only minimizes tradeoffs between velocity and density jumps, but allows self-consistent estimates of the shear velocity jump, the density jump, the transition width and the velocity/density gradient

  1. Using cross-correlation to map the Transition Zone thickness beneath the Iberian Peninsula and Morocco

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    Bonatto, L.; Schimmel, M.; Gallart, J.; Morales, J.

    2012-12-01

    Upper mantle discontinuities are commonly studied through the detection of waves which have been converted/reflected at these discontinuities. In this work a novel processing approach which is leaned on receiver functions and which is based on cross-correlation and stacking techniques was implemented to search for weak amplitude upper mantle phases that arrive in the P-wave coda, such as P-to-s conversions. To add consistency and robustness to the detections, the new approach has been used together with receiver functions. This, also permits to bridge observation gaps due to break down of one of the techniques inherent to data characteristics. The aim of this work is to map the limits of the Transition Zone, which are the 410-km and 660-km depth discontinuities, beneath the Iberian Peninsula and north Africa. The new processing approach uses two independent cross-correlations (phase cross-correlation and cross-correlation geometrically normalized) and stacking techniques (phase weighted stack) in order to eliminate the source influence and to enhance coherent signals detected for the different events at individual stations. A pilot wavelet is selected from the vertical component, this wavelet contains the P phase and part of its coda with the later arriving depth phases. Converted and reflected phases are then detected by the cross-correlation of this pilot with the vertical and radial component of each recorded event, and the stacking of cross-correlograms for common conversion point areas. Cross-correlation provides relative travel times with respect to the P phase through its correlation maxima, and stacking enhances the signals which arrive consistently (near receiver conversions and reflections) and attenuates isolated depth phases such as near source reverberations and spurious arrivals. Slant stacks are used to correctly identify these coda signals. The described process was performed for teleseismic earthquakes registered in the seismic network of Topo

  2. Sharpness of upper-mantle discontinuities determined from high-frequency reflections

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    Benz, H.M.; Vidale, J.E.

    1993-01-01

    AN understanding of the nature of seismic discontinuities in the Earth's upper mantle is important for understanding mantle processes: in particular, the amplitude and sharpness of these discontinuities are critical for assessing models of upper-mantle phase changes and chemical layering. So far, seismic studies aimed at determining the thickness and lateral variability of upper-mantle discontinuities have yielded equivocal results, particularly for the discontinuity at 410km depth1,2. Here we present short-period (0.8-2.0 s) recordings of upper-mantle precursors to the seismic phase P???P??? (PKPPKP) from two South American earthquakes recorded by the ???700-station short-period array in California. Our results show that the 410- and 660-km discontinuities beneath the Indian Ocean are locally simple and sharp, corresponding to transition zones of 4 km or less. These observations pose problems for mineral physics models3-5, which predict a transitional thickness greater than 6 km for the peridotite to ??-spinel phase transition. In contrast to the results of long-period studies6,7, we observe no short-period arrivals from near 520 km depth.

  3. Sharpness of upper-mantle discontinuities determined from high-frequency reflections

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    Benz, H.M.; Vidale, J.E.

    1993-01-01

    AN understanding of the nature of seismic discontinuities in the Earth's upper mantle is important for understanding mantle processes: in particular, the amplitude and sharpness of these discontinuities are critical for assessing models of upper-mantle phase changes and chemical layering. So far, seismic studies aimed at determining the thickness and lateral variability of upper-mantle discontinuities have yielded equivocal results, particularly for the discontinuity at 410km depth1,2. Here we present short-period (0.8-2.0 s) recordings of upper-mantle precursors to the seismic phase P???P??? (PKPPKP) from two South American earthquakes recorded by the ???700-station short-period array in California. Our results show that the 410- and 660-km discontinuities beneath the Indian Ocean are locally simple and sharp, corresponding to transi-tion zones of 4 km or less. These observations pose problems for mineral physics models3-5, which predict a transitional thickness greater than 6 km for the peridotite to ??-spinel phase transition. In contrast to the results of long-period studies6,7, we observe no short-period arrivals from near 520 km depth. ?? 1993 Nature Publishing Group.

  4. Transition zone structure beneath northern Italy investigated using receiver function analysis.

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    Levin, V.; Benoit, M.; Park, J.

    2006-12-01

    hard to identify in the west, under the extended lithosphere under the Thyrrenian Sea. The 660 km discontinuity is seen more clearly over most of the region, although its signature is broad, and often has multiple peaks. There appears to be a uniform effective depression of the 660 discontinuity. Most notably, directly beneath the Apennines the signature of 660 km discontinuity is disrupted, and additional P-S converted energy is seen within the transition zone (between 500 and 600 km).

  5. A New Approach to Study the Upper-Mantle Seismic Discontinuities Based on Triplication Data: Application to the Kuril Subduction Zone Using Hi-net Array

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    Park, S.; Okeler, A.; Ishii, M.

    2015-12-01

    Constraining seismic properties of the 410- and 660-km discontinuities is crucial for understanding the mantle composition and dynamics. One approach to study the transition zone is to use the "triplicated" arrivals of seismic data. When a wavefield encounters an abrupt increase in wave speed with depth, three different phases, direct, reflected, and transmitted phases, result, and they can arrive at the same distance, producing the triplicated arrivals. Properties of the triplication pattern provide constraints on the depth and velocity jump of the discontinuities. One of the challenging aspects of using the triplication data, however, is to identify the three individual phases, since they arrive close in time and the waveforms often overlap. In order to separate the phases, we apply Radon transform to the data. Based on the transformed data, the caustics are identified, and the depth and the velocity jump of the discontinuities are obtained. This method is applied to study the Kuril subduction zone, beneath a region northeast of Japan. We take advantage of the High-Sensitivity Seismograph Network in Japan that consists of more than 700 stations, to capture the triplication pattern with dense sampling in distance. Given the distribution of the stations, deep and intermediate earthquakes in the Sea of Okhotsk region that are located within the triplication distance range are considered. We constrain the percentage velocity jump and depth of the 410- and 660-km discontinuities. The discontinuity depth estimates show significant deviations from the global average, but are, in general, comparable to the SS precursors and tomographic studies of the region.

  6. Seismic tomography reveals the upper-mantle structure beneath the Carpathian-Pannonian system

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    Dando, B. D.; Houseman, G.; Stuart, G. W.; Hegedus, E.; Kovacs, A.; Brueckl, E. P.; Hausmann, H.; Radovanovic, S.

    2009-12-01

    The Carpathian Basins Project (CBP) aims to understand the formation of the Miocene-age extensional basins contained within the convergent arc of the Alpine-Carpathian system. To test competing models for the recent geological evolution of the Carpathian-Pannonian lithosphere and upper mantle, we present a new tomographic determination of P-wave velocity structure to depths of 700 km beneath this region. This model is based on inversion of seismic travel-time residuals from 97 broadband seismic stations. We include CBP data from a 15-month deployment of a high resolution network of 46 stations deployed NW-SE across the Vienna and western Pannonian basins through Austria, Hungary and Serbia, together with 10 broadband stations spread across the Pannonian basin and a further 41 permanent broadband stations. We use P-wave arrival times from 232 teleseismic events. To avoid contamination of our inversion results from crustal velocity variations, deterministic corrections are applied to our travel-time residuals using crustal velocity models obtained from controlled source experiments and sediment thickness maps. Our 3-D velocity model images the fast velocity structure of the eastern Alps down to ~350 km. Beneath the Pannonian basin the velocity variation at 300 km depth is dominated by a fast region which extends eastward from the Alpine anomaly and reaches down into the mantle transition zone (MTZ). This fast structure is limited on the North side by slow material beneath the North Carpathians. At depths greater than 450 km, below the eastern Pannonian basin, a slow anomaly extends to the base of the model. Beneath the same region Hetenyi et al. (submitted to GRL), used receiver functions from the CBP dataset, to show a localised depression of the 660 km discontinuity of up to ~40 km. We aim to address how the depression of the 660 km discontinuity and its associated density and velocity variations affect our tomographic images. Our results will help to provide

  7. Searching for the signal of the Iceland plume: Seismic observations of mantle discontinuities

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    Jenkins, J.; Cottaar, S.; White, R. S.; Deuss, A. F.

    2015-12-01

    The presence of a mantle plume beneath Iceland has long been hypothesised to explain its high volumes of crustal volcanism. Practical constraints in seismic tomography mean that thin slow velocity anomalies representative of a plume signature are difficult to image. However it is possible to infer the presence of temperature anomalies at depth from the effect they have on phase transitions in surrounding mantle material. Here, we use P to S seismic wave conversions at mantle discontinuities to search for the signal of a mantle plume beneath Iceland. We employ a large data set from a wide range of seismic stations across the North Atlantic region and a dense network in Iceland, including more than 100 University of Cambridge run stations. Data are used to create over 6000 receiver functions which are converted from time to depth including 3D corrections for variations in crustal thickness and upper mantle velocity heterogeneities. The global transition zone discontinuities at depths of 410 and 660km are thought to be caused by phase changes in the olivine component of mantle rocks. We find that both the 410 and 660 discontinuities are depressed under Iceland compared to normal depths in the surrounding region. The opposite signs of the Clapeyron slopes describing the olivine phase transitions predict anti-correlation of discontinuity topography, thus observations of correlated discontinuities are generally dismissed as an artefact due to under corrected upper mantle velocity variations. We suggest instead that the correlated topography we observe is caused by a garnet (as opposed to olivine) phase transition at 660 described by a positive Clapeyron slope, such that depression of the 660 is representative of a hot anomaly at depth. Observations of additional discontinuities in the upper mantle as well as observations of a deep ~1000km discontinuity also have the potential to shed light on the presence of a mantle plume at depth.

  8. Upper mantle beneath Southeast Asia from S velocity tomography

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    Lebedev, Sergei; Nolet, Guust

    2003-01-01

    We present a three-dimensional, S velocity model of the SE Asian-western Pacific upper mantle with 400-km lateral resolution. Using the novel Automated Multimode Inversion technique, we processed 4038 vertical-component seismograms and extracted 22,708 linear equations with uncorrelated uncertainties that constrain upper mantle structure. We used time-frequency windows to select signal with negligible proportion of scattered energy. The windows included the fundamental Rayleigh mode and S and multiple S waves. The observed range of S velocity variations is the widest (17-18%) in the upper 150 km of the mantle. High-velocity continental roots can reach beyond the present extent of the overlying Archean-Proterozoic crust by 500 km. Beneath some Precambrian units the roots are absent, which can be attributed to deformation and gradual destruction of the ancient lithosphere. At 120-150 km, S velocity beneath some cratons reaches 4.8 km/s; this can be accounted for by thermal and compositional effects. Beneath the Hainan Island area a low-velocity anomaly is observed from near the surface to the bottom of our model; the hot spot-type volcanism here may be caused by the deep-mantle Hainan plume. A low-velocity mantle domain underlies the south central Sea of Japan, surrounded on the surface by intraplate volcanoes. A deep-seismicity gap is present near 40°N in the Pacific slab subducting below and may result from a plume-slab interaction. A high-velocity anomaly is present in the transition zone beneath the northern boundary of the Yangtze Craton. We propose that the anomaly corresponds to subducted continental lithosphere, stagnant atop the 660-km discontinuity.

  9. Mapping Upper Mantle Seismic Discontinuities Using Singular Spectrum Analysis

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    Gu, Y. J.; Dokht, R.; Sacchi, M. D.

    2015-12-01

    Seismic discontinuities are fundamental to the understanding of mantle composition and dynamics. Their depth and impedance are generally determined using secondary seismic phases, most commonly SS precursors and P-to-S converted waves. However, the analysis and interpretation using these approaches often suffer from incomplete data coverage, high noise levels and interfering seismic phases, especially near tectonically complex regions such as subduction zones and continental margins. To overcome these pitfalls, we apply Singular Spectrum Analysis (SSA) to remove random noise, reconstruct missing traces and enhance the robustness of SS precursors and P-to-S conversions from seismic discontinuities. Our method takes advantage of the predictability of time series in frequency-space domain and performs a rank reduction using a singular value decomposition of the trajectory matrix. We apply SSA to synthetic record sections as well as observations of 1) SS precursors beneath the northwestern Pacific subduction zones, and 2) P-to-S converted waves from the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin (WCSB). In comparison with raw or interpolated data, the SSA enhanced reflectivity maps show a greater resolution and a stronger negative correlation between the depths of the 410 and 660 km discontinuities. These effects can be attributed to the suppression of incoherent noise, which tends to reduce the signal amplitude during normal averaging procedures, through rank reduction and the emphasis of principle singular values. Our new results suggest a more laterally coherent 520 km reflection in the western Pacific regions. Similar improvements in data imaging are achieved in western Canada, where strong lateral variations in discontinuity topography are observed in the craton-Cordillera boundary zone. Improvements from SSA relative to conventional approaches are most notable in under-sampled regions.

  10. The mantle transition zone beneath the Afar Depression and adjacent regions: implications for mantle plumes and hydration

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    Reed, C. A.; Gao, S. S.; Liu, K. H.; Yu, Y.

    2016-06-01

    The Afar Depression and its adjacent areas are underlain by an upper mantle marked by some of the world's largest negative velocity anomalies, which are frequently attributed to the thermal influences of a lower-mantle plume. In spite of numerous studies, however, the existence of a plume beneath the area remains enigmatic, partially due to inadequate quantities of broad-band seismic data and the limited vertical resolution at the mantle transition zone (MTZ) depth of the techniques employed by previous investigations. In this study, we use an unprecedented quantity (over 14 500) of P-to-S receiver functions (RFs) recorded by 139 stations from 12 networks to image the 410 and 660 km discontinuities and map the spatial variation of the thickness of the MTZ. Non-linear stacking of the RFs under a 1-D velocity model shows robust P-to-S conversions from both discontinuities, and their apparent depths indicate the presence of an upper-mantle low-velocity zone beneath the entire study area. The Afar Depression and the northern Main Ethiopian Rift are characterized by an apparent 40-60 km depression of both MTZ discontinuities and a normal MTZ thickness. The simplest and most probable interpretation of these observations is that the apparent depressions are solely caused by velocity perturbations in the upper mantle and not by deeper processes causing temperature or hydration anomalies within the MTZ. Thickening of the MTZ on the order of 15 km beneath the southern Arabian Plate, southern Red Sea and western Gulf of Aden, which comprise the southward extension of the Afro-Arabian Dome, could reflect long-term hydration of the MTZ. A 20 km thinning of the MTZ beneath the western Ethiopian Plateau is observed and interpreted as evidence for a possible mantle plume stem originating from the lower mantle.

  11. Crustal structure beneath southern Africa: insight into how tectonic events affect the Mohorovičić discontinuity

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    Delph, Jonathan R.; Porter, Ryan C.

    2015-01-01

    The long and complex history of southern Africa makes it a geological nexus for understanding how crust forms, evolves and survives plate tectonic processes over billions of years. The goal of this study is to characterize the crustal thickness, composition, and Moho impedance contrasts across the Kaapvaal and Zimbabwe Cratons and surrounding mobile belts, which range in age from Archean to Palaeozoic. We use data gathered from the 1997-1999 Southern Africa Seismic Experiment, the Africa Array (2006-2007) and the Global Seismographic Network (1993-2009) to generate P-wave receiver function Gaussian-weighted common conversion point stacks across the region in order to provide a continuous 3-D image of crustal variations throughout southern Africa. We observe thickened crust associated with mobile belts and the intrusion of the Bushveld Complex relative to the less-deformed cratons. The southern Kaapvaal and eastern Zimbabwe Cratons have a well-defined Moho with an average depth of ˜34 km and Vp/Vs of ˜1.73, indicative of felsic average crustal composition. We explain the felsic composition observed in the Kaapvaal Craton in the context of significant crustal modification related to the deposition of the Ventersdorp lavas. We find that the Bushveld Province, the site of the world's largest layered mafic intrusion, has a thick (>40 km) crust with a Vp/Vs > 1.8, indicative of a mafic average crustal composition. The magnitude of Moho conversions beneath the Bushveld Province is variable, with the lowest amplitude conversion appearing between the eastern and western limbs of the Bushveld Complex, indicative of mafic underplating beneath the region. In the Limpopo Belt and western Zimbabwe Craton, we observe low amplitude Moho conversions beneath the Okavango Dyke Swarm, and attribute this to the reworking of the crust by mafic underplating and intrusion during the Jurassic rifting of Gondwanaland. The Namaqua-Natal event thickened the crust and created a gradational

  12. Comparative Study on the Electrical Properties of the Oceanic Mantle Beneath the Northwest Pacific Ocean

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    Toh, H.

    2013-12-01

    We have been conducting long-term seafloor electromagnetic (EM) observations at two sites in the northwest Pacific since 2001. The older site was established at the deep seafloor (~5600m) on the northwest Pacific basin (Site NWP), while the new one was installed on the west Philippine basin (Site WPB) in 2006 at the slightly deeper (~5700m) seafloor. The ages of the oceanic basins at those sites are approximately 129 Ma for Site NWP (Shipboard Scientific Party of ODP Leg 191, 2000) and 49 Ma for Site WPB (Salisbury et al., 2006), respectively. The EM instruments deployed at those sites are seafloor EM stations (SFEMS; Toh et al., 2004 and 2006) and capable of measuring vector EM fields at the seafloor for as long as one year or more with other physical quantities such as the instruments' attitude, orientation and temperature. One of the objectives of the seafloor long-term EM observations by SFEMSs is to make a comparative study of the oceanic mantle with and without influence of the so-called 'stagnant slabs' in terms of their electrical conductivity. It is anticipated that the mantle transition zone under the influence of the stagnant slab has a higher electrical conductivity because the transition zone there could be wetter than that in the absence of the stagnant slab. In this context, the mantle transition zone beneath Site WPB can be said to have influence by the stagnant slab, while that beneath Site NWP does not. It, therefore, is basically possible to estimate how much water is present in each transition zone by comparison of the electrical conductivity profiles of the two. The one-dimensional electrical profile beneath Site NWP has been derived so far using the magnetotelluric (MT) and geomagnetic depth sounding (GDS) methods with significant jumps in the electrical property at 410 and 660km discontinuities. The jumps are approximately factors of 10 and 2, respectively (Ichiki et al., 2009). Here we show a profile beneath Site WPB using both MT and GDS

  13. On the 300km discontinuity with Conversion Phases SdP in the Tonga-Fiji Region

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    Zhou, Y.; Sui, Y.

    2011-12-01

    results from other researchers (c.f., Williams and Revenaugh, Geology, 2005), the conversion phases are at relatively high frequency, which means the 300 km discontinuity should be a first-order one as the 660 km discontinuity. Because of the limitation of focal depths which are useful for studying the 300 km discontinuity, we can't retrieve the information for the 520 or 660 km discontinuities. What's more, there is no obvious signal for the 410 km discontinuity, which may mean that the 300 km discontinuity is much stronger than the 410 km discontinuity or the topography of the 410 km discontinuity is larger than the 300 km discontinuity. Because of the small topography in the subduction zone of the Tonga-Fiji region, the 300 km discontinuity may be sensitive to pressure, but not temperature. And the discontinuity may be associated with either the coesite to stishovite transition or exsolution of stishovite from clinopyroxenes containing excess silica (William and Revenaugh, Geology, 2005; Zheng, et al., Science, 2007).

  14. Mantle discontinuities under southern Africa from precursors to P′ P′df

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    Xu, Fei; Vidale, John E.; Earle, Paul; Benz, Harley M.

    1998-01-01

    We investigate the reflection properties of upper-mantle discontinuities beneath southern Africa using precursors to the df branch of PKPPKP (P′ P′). The P′ P′df branch is weaker than the ab and bc branches, but it does not have the complication of a caustic and appears across a wider distance range. Stacks from hundreds of short-period seismograms recorded in California from the March 9, 1994 Tonga earthquake (Mw = 7.6) show an ∼5% reflection (at 3.5 s dominate period) from 660-km depth indicating a sharp “660” under southern Africa. A 3.5 s period reflection from 410-km depth is also visible in these stacks, but only ∼2% the strength of P′ P′df. This result contrasts with the observation of the “410” and the “660” reflecting comparable amounts of high-frequency energy under the Indian Ocean [Benz and Vidale, 1993a], indicating either a diffuse “410” boundary under southern Africa or global variations in the impedance change across the “410”. A 1.5 s period reflection may indicate the existence of fine-scale heterogeneity near 320-km depth. Reflectivity synthetic seismograms also show that a previously claimed reflection from 785-km depth has the more likely explanation as PcPPKP.

  15. Mantle discontinuities under southern Africa from precursors to P‧ P‧df

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    Xu, Fei; Vidale, John E.; Earle, Paul S.; Benz, Harley M.

    We investigate the reflection properties of upper-mantle discontinuities beneath southern Africa using precursors to the df branch of PKPPKP (P‧ P‧). The P‧ P‧ df branch is weaker than the ab and bc branches, but it does not have the complication of a caustic and appears across a wider distance range. Stacks from hundreds of short-period seismograms recorded in California from the March 9, 1994 Tonga earthquake (Mw = 7.6) show an ∼5% reflection (at 3.5 s dominate period) from 660-km depth indicating a sharp “660” under southern Africa. A 3.5 s period reflection from 410-km depth is also visible in these stacks, but only ∼2% the strength of P‧ P‧df. This result contrasts with the observation of the “410” and the “660” reflecting comparable amounts of high-frequency energy under the Indian Ocean [Benz and Vidale, 1993a], indicating either a diffuse “410” boundary under southern Africa or global variations in the impedance change across the “410”. A 1.5 s period reflection may indicate the existence of fine-scale heterogeneity near 320-km depth. Reflectivity synthetic seismograms also show that a previously claimed reflection from 785-km depth has the more likely explanation as PcPPKP.

  16. Global Observations of Mantle Discontinuities Using SS and PP Precursors

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    Deuss, Arwen

    2009-10-01

    SS and PP precursors are currently the only body wave data types that have significant coverage in both oceanic and continental regions to study the existence and characteristics of mantle discontinuities on a global scale. Here, the techniques used by global seismologists to observe SS and PP precursors are reviewed. Seismograms, aligned on SS or PP, are stacked using normal move out (NMO) techniques to obtain common depth point gathers. Bootstrap methods are employed to determine 95% confidence levels of the stacks and robustness of the observations. With these relatively simple techniques, a range of discontinuities has been found in the mantle up to 1,200 km depth. The stacks are dominated by the transition zone discontinuities at 410, 520 and 660 km depth, but additional discontinuities at 220, 300-350, 800-900 and 1,100-1,200 km depth are also seen in certain regions. An overview is given of the most recent observational results with a discussion of their mineral physical interpretation and geodynamical significance. Both seismology and mineral physics agree on the level of complexity at the transition discontinuities: a simple 410, a more complicated 520 and a highly complicated 660-km discontinuity are consistently found in both disciplines.

  17. The upper mantle beneath the Western Pacific and Southeast Asia

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    Lebedev, Sergei Aleksandrovich

    We present a high-resolution, three-dimensional S-velocity model of the upper mantle beneath the Western Pacific and Southeast Asia. We develop a novel Automated Multimode Inversion (AMI) technique that allows us to process a very large waveform data set with high accuracy. Information on upper mantle structure is obtained from vertical-component broadband seismograms, using the time and frequency windows that do not contain significant amounts of scattered energy. The time windows include both the fundamental Rayleigh mode and the S and multiple S waves, the body waves often triplicated. 4038 seismograms constrain the resulting tomographic model down to the 660-km discontinuity. The lateral resolution is about 400 km; velocity contrasts are located with a 100--400 km precision. Automated Multimode Inversion of surface waves proves an efficient technique for high-resolution upper-mantle imaging and presents opportunities for future developments that should further enhance tomographic resolution. The tomographic model offers new insights into the structure and dynamics of the SE Asia upper mantle. The western Yangtze Craton displays a signature of pronounced continental tectosphere; a strong high-velocity anomaly extends down to 300--350 km and continues about 500 km northwest outside of the cratonic boundaries; it is particularly fast beneath the Sichuan Basin. In the Sino-Korean Craton, the Archean Ordos Basin is fast down to 200--250 km depth; the eastern part of the craton is slow in the upper 250 km of the mantle. The Songliao Basin to the north of the craton is fast, at least down to 300 km; in agreement with geologic data, the fast ancient lithosphere of the Songliao Block extends west of the present boundaries of the basin. A pattern of deep high-velocity anomalies dominates the transition zone. The fastest anomaly, estimated to be up to 4--5%, is beneath the Bohai Gulf. The top of the fast anomaly is at a 250--300 km depth. The anomaly continues to the

  18. Mantle Transition Zone Structure Beneath Southeastern China and its Implications for Stagnant Slab and Water Transportation in the Mantle

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    Huang, Rong; Xu, Yixian; Luo, Yinhe; Jiang, Xiaohuan

    2014-09-01

    We determined depth variation of the 410- and 660-km discontinuities beneath southeastern China by common-converted-point stacking of -wave receiver functions of 121 permanent Chinese seismic stations. We then combined the results with seismic velocity variation to estimate temperature and water content variations in the mantle transition zone of the region. Previous tomographic studies have shown a stagnant slab in the mantle transition zone in eastern Asia that is connected to subduction of the western Pacific. Temperature variations obtained clearly outline the shape of the stagnant slab, with its western edge at 113.5E and the southern edge at 28.5N. The correlation between the location of the stagnant slab and surface tectonics suggests that the Cenozoic extension in eastern China is closely associated with the subduction of the western Pacific and its eastward migration. The water content of the stagnant slab is lower than in surrounding slabs, suggesting that the water has already been released from the subducting slab into the upper mantle.

  19. Preliminary Observations of the Mantle Transition Zone Beneath South America from Non-Plane Wave Stacking of P-to-S Receiver Functions

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    de Almeida Goetze, B.; Yu, Y.; Liu, K. H.; Gao, S. S.

    2015-12-01

    We performed a P-to-S receiver function (RF) study of the Mantle Transition Zone (MTZ) beneath South America. The dataset is a combination of all the available broadband seismic stations data of South America stored in three datacenters (IRIS, Universidade de São Paulo, and Rede Sismográfica Brasileira). RF stacking is made using the CCP method, with a nonplane wavefront assumption. RFs from 20803 teleseismic events generated 1861 stacked traces, with at least 4 RFs in 2 degrees radius. The results allow the identification of three major domains with distinct structure. The first domain, along the Cordillera has the 410 km discontinuity (D410) unusually deeper than normal, ~425 km depth, and reduced MTZ thickness, ~235 km. In the central portion of the continent, where the Nazca plate is believed to reach the MTZ, we find an area of about 10 degrees wide with the 660 km discontinuity (D660) depressed to ~675 km depth, and the MTZ is thicker, ~260 km. Lastly, the third domain occurs in the northeast of Brazil, where beneath the Archean cratons it was observed a very shallow D660 (~645 km) and thin MTZ (~235 km). The first domain indicates hotter than normal temperatures around the D410, most likely extending into the upper mantle, and might reflect an upwelling of a convection system behind the subducted plate. The second domain indicates colder than normal temperatures in the D660, and can be related to the emplacement of slab material above this discontinuity. In the third domain, the craton related environment, where colder and less altered lithosphere occurs, two hypotheses are offered to explain the shallow D660 and thin MTZ. Hot material is ascending from the lower mantle as part of the convective system related to the nearby mid-ocean ridge, or the Archean lithosphere acts as a refractory layer, not allowing heat to escape from the lower mantle upwards and being laterally dispersed by the MTZ.

  20. Negative velocity gradients adjacent to the 410 and 660 beneath USArray

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    Keifer, I. S.; Dueker, K. G.; Schmandt, B.

    2013-12-01

    Multiple seismic indications of an intermittent low-velocity layer, extending up to 70 km above the olivine-to-wadsleyite reaction at the 410 km seismic discontinuity, are sufficient to acknowledge it as a true feature. Geodynamic calculations suggest about a 1% porosity melt fraction can extend up to 70 km above the 410 km discontinuity to explain the negative velocity gradient (NVG) signals. The leading hypothesis for the origin of NVG above the 410 is the water-filter model (Bercovici and Karato, 2003), which predicts that adiabatic upwelling across the olivine-to-wadsleyite transition produces hydrous melt that is gravitationally stable atop the phase transition. A seismic discovery from EarthScope's USArray data is that intermittent NVG seismic signals are also imaged below the 410 and below the 660 km discontinuities. We suggest that the water-filter model offers potential explanations for these NVG's, which are best imaged beneath the central U.S. where downward flow across the transition zone is predicted as a result of sinking slabs in the lower mantle. We propose that the NVG just beneath the 410 could result from viscous entrainment of the above-410 melt layer into the transition zone. This could introduce a quenched layer of anomalously hydrated and low-velocity wadsleyite near the top of the transition zone. At the 660 downward entrainment of hydrous transition zone mantle across a substantial decrease in water storage capacity would cause water to be exsolved thereby introducing low-velocity melt near the top of the lower mantle. This sub-660 NVG should be a transient feature as the melt would percolate upward to return to the transition zone. The sub-410 NVG also is expected to be transient as a result of subsequent convection within the transition zone. In summary, our NVG interpretations are consistent with regional down-welling within a whole mantle convection system that concentrates water in the transition zone due to strong vertical variations

  1. Pacific slab beneath northeast China revealed by regional and teleseismic waveform modeling

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    WANG, X.; Chen, Q. F.; Wei, S.

    2015-12-01

    Accurate velocity and geometry of the slab is essential for better understanding of the thermal, chemical structure of the mantle earth, as well as geodynamics. Recent tomography studies show similar morphology of the subducting Pacific slab beneath northeast China, which was stagnant in the mantle transition zone with thickness of more than 200km and an average velocity perturbation of ~1.5% [Fukao and Obayashi, 2013]. Meanwhile, waveform-modeling studies reveal that the Pacific slab beneath Japan and Kuril Island has velocity perturbation up to 5% and thickness up to 90km [Chen et al., 2007; Zhan et al., 2014]. These discrepancies are probably caused by the smoothing and limited data coverage in the tomographic inversions. Here we adopted 1D and 2D waveform modeling methods to study the fine structure of Pacific slab beneath northeast China using dense regional permanent and temporary broadband seismic records. The residual S- and P-wave travel time, difference between data and 1D synthetics, shows significant difference between the eastern and western stations. S-wave travel time residuals indicate 5-10s earlier arrivals for stations whose ray path lies within the slab, compared with those out of the slab. Teleseimic waveforms were used to rule out the major contribution of the possible low velocity structure above 200km. Furthermore, we use 2D finite-difference waveform modeling to confirm the velocity perturbation and geometry of the slab. Our result shows that the velocity perturbation in the slab is significantly higher than those reported in travel-time tomography studies. ReferencesChen, M., J. Tromp, D. Helmberger, and H. Kanamori (2007), Waveform modeling of the slab beneath Japan, J. Geophys. Res.-Solid Earth, 112(B2), 19, doi:10.1029/2006jb004394.Fukao, Y., and M. Obayashi (2013), Subducted slabs stagnant above, penetrating through, and trapped below the 660 km discontinuity, J. Geophys. Res.-Solid Earth, 118(11), 5920-5938, doi:10.1002/2013jb010466

  2. No thermal anomalies in the mantle transition zone beneath an incipient continental rift: evidence from the first receiver function study across the Okavango Rift Zone, Botswana

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    Yu, Y.; Liu, K. H.; Moidaki, M.; Reed, C. A.; Gao, S. S.

    2015-08-01

    Mechanisms leading to the initiation and early-stage development of continental rifts remain enigmatic, in spite of numerous studies. Among the various rifting models, which were developed mostly based on studies of mature rifts, far-field stresses originating from plate interactions (passive rifting) and nearby active mantle upwelling (active rifting) are commonly used to explain rift dynamics. Situated atop of the hypothesized African Superplume, the incipient Okavango Rift Zone (ORZ) of northern Botswana is ideal to investigate the role of mantle plumes in rift initiation and development, as well as the interaction between the upper and lower mantle. The ORZ developed within the Neoproterozoic Damara belt between the Congo Craton to the northwest and the Kalahari Craton to the southeast. Mantle structure and thermal status beneath the ORZ are poorly known, mostly due to a complete paucity of broad-band seismic stations in the area. As a component of an interdisciplinary project funded by the United States National Science Foundation, a broad-band seismic array was deployed over a 2-yr period between mid-2012 and mid-2014 along a profile 756 km in length. Using P-to-S receiver functions (RFs) recorded by the stations, the 410 and 660 km discontinuities bordering the mantle transition zone (MTZ) are imaged for the first time. When a standard Earth model is used for the stacking of RFs, the apparent depths of both discontinuities beneath the Kalahari Craton are about 15 km shallower than those beneath the Congo Craton. Using teleseismic P- and S-wave traveltime residuals obtained by this study and lithospheric thickness estimated by previous studies, we conclude that the apparent shallowing is the result of a 100-150 km difference in the thickness of the lithosphere between the two cratons. Relative to the adjacent tectonically stable areas, no significant anomalies in the depth of the MTZ discontinuities or in teleseismic P- and S-wave traveltime residuals are

  3. Multiple mantle upwellings through the transition zone beneath the Afar Depression?

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    Hammond, J. O.; Kendall, J. M.; Stuart, G. W.; Thompson, D. A.; Ebinger, C. J.; Keir, D.; Ayele, A.; Goitom, B.; Ogubazghi, G.

    2012-12-01

    Previous seismic studies using regional deployments of sensors in East-Africa show that low seismic velocities underlie Africa, but their resolution is limited to the top 200-300km of the Earth. Thus, the connection between the low velocities in the uppermost mantle and those imaged in global studies in the lower mantle is unclear. We have combined new data from Afar, Ethiopia with 7 other regional experiments and global network stations across Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti and Yemen, to produce high-resolution models of upper mantle P- and S-wave velocities to the base of the transition zone. Relative travel time tomographic inversions show that within the transition zone two focussed sharp-sided low velocity regions exist: one beneath the Western Ethiopian plateau outside the rift valley, and the other beneath the Afar depression. Estimates of transition zone thickness suggest that this is unlikely to be an artefact of mantle discontinuity topography as a transition zone of normal thickness underlies the majority of Afar and surrounding regions. However, a low velocity layer is evident directly above the 410 discontinuity, co-incident with some of the lowest seismic velocities suggesting that smearing of a strong low velocity layer of limited depth extent may contribute to the tomographic models in north-east Afar. The combination of seismic constraints suggests that small low temperature (<50K) upwellings may rise from a broader low velocity plume-like feature in the lower mantle. This interpretation is supported by numerical and analogue experiments that suggest the 660km phase change and viscosity jump may impede flow from the lower to upper mantle creating a thermal boundary layer at the base of the transition zone. This allows smaller, secondary upwellings to initiate and rise to the surface. These, combined with possible evidence of melt above the 410 discontinuity can explain the seismic velocity models. Our images of secondary upwellings suggest that

  4. Body-wave imaging of Earth's mantle discontinuities from ambient seismic noise.

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    Poli, P; Campillo, M; Pedersen, H

    2012-11-23

    Ambient seismic noise correlations are widely used for high-resolution surface-wave imaging of Earth's lithosphere. Similar observations of the seismic body waves that propagate through the interior of Earth would provide a window into the deep Earth. We report the observation of the mantle transition zone through noise correlations of P waves as they are reflected by the discontinuities associated with the top [410 kliometers (km)] and the bottom (660 km) of this zone. Our data demonstrate that high-resolution mapping of the mantle transition zone is possible without using earthquake sources. PMID:23180858

  5. Body-wave imaging of Earth's mantle discontinuities from ambient seismic noise.

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    Poli, P; Campillo, M; Pedersen, H

    2012-11-23

    Ambient seismic noise correlations are widely used for high-resolution surface-wave imaging of Earth's lithosphere. Similar observations of the seismic body waves that propagate through the interior of Earth would provide a window into the deep Earth. We report the observation of the mantle transition zone through noise correlations of P waves as they are reflected by the discontinuities associated with the top [410 kliometers (km)] and the bottom (660 km) of this zone. Our data demonstrate that high-resolution mapping of the mantle transition zone is possible without using earthquake sources.

  6. Observations in variations in the amplitude and depths of the 410 and 520 km discontinuities from PdP and SdS bounce point studies.

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    Darensburg, A.; Ainiwaer, A.; Gurrola, H.

    2015-12-01

    To gain a better understanding of the upper mantle transition zone, we beamform EarthScope Transportable array data of events from the western Pacific ring of fire to produce relatively high frequency (0.75 Hz) PdP functions (underside P reflections from a depth d) of the mantle beneath the central Pacific from the society Islands across the Aleutian trench. Like most PdP studies, we fail to image the 660 km discontinuity so we focus on the 410, and 520. It is believed that the 410 and 520 km discontinuities are the result of exothermic phase changes in the Olivine mineral system at pressure and temperatures consistent with the indicated depths. Because these boundaries are hypothesized to be exothermic, we expect them to be deeper in hot regions and shallow in cool. Modeling of these boundaries by mineral physicists suggest the 410 occurs over a 10 km interval and the 520 over about 30 km. Our observed amplitudes of P410P as a function of frequency compared to waveform modeling indicate that the 410 phase change must occur over less 6 km. Our observations of a strong 520 km discontinuity at 0.75 Hz also suggests that this velocity contrast occurs over less than 10 km rather than the hypothesized 30 km. We found that the average depth to the 410 km discontinuity across our study area to be 420 km to 425km. The 520 km discontinuity appears to be strongest around Hawaii and north of the Aleutian trench. The depths of the P410P and P520P phases appear to be correlated in most areas where they occur together; deepest the north of the Aleutian trench and southwestern Alaska; and shallowest south of the westernmost Aleutian trench. One of the more surprising observations was that the P520P phase appears to be the smallest or not observable in regions with the strongest P410P phase. SdS observations will be added to this study for the AGU meeting.

  7. Transition from slab stagnation to penetration beneath the northwestern Pacific and South America (Invited)

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    Fukao, Y.; Obayashi, M.

    2010-12-01

    Subducting slabs tend to once deflect horizontally in the transition zone as stagnant slabs and then to penetrate into the lower mantle across the 660-km discontinuity. Here we present the detailed tomographic images of transition from stagnant-slab mode to penetrating-slab mode, based on the global ISC travel time data to which regional network data and long-term array observation data including ocean bottom data are added. The targets are the subducted slabs beneath South America and the northwestern Pacific. In South America the transition occurs across the northeastward extension of the sharp bend of the Peru-Chili trench. The slab to the south of this extension is stagnant above the 660, and to the north it plunges into the lower mantle across the 660. The transition is sharp as if the originally flat slab in the northern part was rotated into the present configuration by hinge faulting along the extension. We suspect that this hinge faulting either triggered the northward propagation of or truncated the southward propagation of the plunging motion of the slab into the lower mantle. Along the Kurile arc, the slab is flattened above the 660 in the southwest, penetrating in the northeast, with a transitional feature in between. In southern Kurile the flattened part has a deepest bottom near the junction with the dipping part. Such an along-arc change of slab configuration is indicative of a process of transition from stagnant-slab mode to penetrating-slab mode: the flattened part and dipping part of the slab begin to sink into the lower mantle at their junction so that the horizontal part is progressively dragged to and is eventually united to the dipping part as a penetrating slab. Along the Izu-Bonin-Mariana (IBM) arc, the slab is flattened above the 660 in the north (Izu-Bonin) and is penetrating the 660 in the south (Mariana) leaving the horizontal part in the transition zone. In the Izu-Bonin the flattened part has a deepest bottom near the junction with

  8. Evidence for Active Subduction Beneath Gibraltar

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    Gutscher, M.; Malod, J. A.; Rehault, J.; Contrucci, I. M.; Klingelhoefer, F.; Victor, L. M.; Spakman, W.

    2002-12-01

    The Gibraltar arc encompasses the Betic - Rif mountain belts with outward directed thrusting, surrounding a zone of strong Neogene subsidence and crustal thinning in the Western Alboran Sea. The SISMAR marine seismic survey conducted in April 2001 acquired over 3000 km of 360-channel seismic data with a 4.5 km long streamer and 1000 km of wide-angle data recorded by ocean bottom seismometers (OBS), completely spanning the actively deforming region between the margins of Portugal and northwest Morocco. We report on results from this seismic survey which reveal a thick chaotic sedimentary mass west of Gibraltar to be an actively deforming accretionary wedge, with east dipping thrust faults disrupting the seafloor and soleing out to an east dipping decollement. New travel-time tomographic results image a continuous east dipping body with high seismic velocities (i.e. a cold slab of oceanic lithosphere) descending from the Atlantic domain of the Gulf of Cadiz, passing through intermediate depth (60 - 120 km) seismicity beneath the Gibraltar Arc and Western Alboran Sea, and merging with a region of deep focus earthquakes 600 - 660 km below Granada Spain. Together these provide compelling evidence for an active east dipping subduction zone. Slab rollback towards the west provides a plausible mechanism for extension and subsidence in the Alboran Sea, while the associated westward advance of the Gibraltar Arc drives compressional deformation in the accretionary wedge where active mud volcanoes have recently been discovered. Active subduction beneath Gibraltar should be considered as a possible candidate for the source of the destructive Lisbon great earthquake (M 8.5-9) and tsunami of 1755 which ravaged the coast of the Gulf of Cadiz.

  9. What drives the Tibetan crust to the South East Asia? Role of upper mantle density discontinuities as inferred from the continental geoid anomalies

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    Rajesh, S.

    2012-04-01

    The Himalaya-Tibet orogen formed as a result of the northward convergence of India into the Asia over the past 55 Ma had caused the north south crustal shortening and Cenozoic upliftment of the Tibetan plateau, which significantly affected the tectonic and climatic framework of the Asia. Geodetic measurements have also shown eastward crustal extrusion of Tibet, especially along major east-southeast strike slip faults at a slip rate of 15-20 mm a-1 and around 40 mm a-1. Such continental scale deformations have been modeled as block rotation by fault boundary stresses developed due to the India-Eurasia collision. However, the Thin Sheet model explained the crustal deformation mechanism by considering varying gravitational potential energy arise out of varying crustal thickness of the viscous lithosphere. The Channel Flow model, which also suggests extrusion is a boundary fault guided flow along the shallow crustal brittle-ductile regime. Although many models have proposed, but no consensus in these models to explain the dynamics of measured surface geodetic deformation of the Tibetan plateau. But what remains conspicuous is the origin of driving forces that cause the observed Tibetan crustal flow towards the South East Asia. Is the crustal flow originated only because of the differential stresses that developed in the shallow crustal brittle-ductile regime? Or should the stress transfer to the shallow crustal layers as a result of gravitational potential energy gradient driven upper mantle flow also to be accounted. In this work, I examine the role of latter in the light of depth distribution of continental geoid anomalies beneath the Himalaya-Tibet across major upper mantle density discontinuities. These discontinuity surfaces in the upper mantle are susceptible to hold the plastic deformation that may occur as a result of the density gradient driven flow. The distribution of geoid anomalies across these density discontinuities at 220, 410 and 660 km depth in the

  10. Active Subduction Beneath The Gibraltar Arc

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    Gutscher, M.-A.; Malod, J.; Rehault, J.-P.; Contrucci, I.; Klingelhoefer, F.; Spakman, W.; Sismar Scientific Team

    The Gibraltar region features the arcuate Betic - Rif mountain belt with outward di- rected thrusting, surrounding a zone of strong Neogene subsidence and crustal thin- ning in the Western Alboran Sea. Until now its geodynamic interpretation has re- mained controversial. The Gibraltar Arc is located at the eastern end of the Azores- Gibraltar transform, a diffuse transpressional plate boundary between the Iberian and African Plates. Attention has recently been focussed on this plate boundary, while seeking the likely source of the destructive Lisbon great earthquake (M 8.5 - 9) and tsunami of 1755. The SISMAR marine seismic survey conducted in April 2001 ac- quired over 3000 km of 360-channel seismic data with a 4.5 km long streamer and 1000 km of wide-angle data recorded by ocean bottom seismometers (OBS), com- pletely spanning the actively deforming region between the margins of Portugal and northwest Morocco. Results from this seismic survey reveal a thick chaotic sedimen- tary mass west of Gibraltar to be an actively deforming accretionary wedge, with east dipping thrust faults disrupting the seafloor and soleing out to an east dipping decolle- ment. New travel-time tomographic results image a continuous east dipping body with high seismic velocities (i.e. a cold slab of oceanic lithosphere) descending from the Atlantic domain of the Gulf of Cadiz, passing through intermediate depth (60 - 120 km) seismicity beneath the Gibraltar Arc and Western Alboran Sea, and merging with a region of deep focus earthquakes 600 - 660 km below Granada Spain. Together these provide compelling evidence for an active east dipping subduction zone. Slab rollback towards the west provides a plausible mechanism for extension and subsidence in the Alboran Sea, while the associated westward advance of the Gibraltar Arc drives com- pressional deformation in the accretionary wedge where active mud volcanoes have recently been discovered.

  11. Structure of the Upper Mantle Beneath Northern Eurasia Derived from Russian Deep-Seismic PNE Profiles

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    Ryberg, Trond; Tittgemeyer, Marc; Wenzel, Friedemann

    From 1968 until 1990, Russian scientists carried out an intensive program of deep seismic sounding across the territory of the former Soviet Union, using Peaceful Nuclear Explosions (PNEs) as powerful sources for elastic waves. The explosions, both chemical and nuclear, were recorded by up to 400 shot-period (1-2 Hz) three-component, analog recording systems. The average station spacing of about 10 km along the profiles provided a data density not previously available for studies of the upper mantle and the transition zone. Observation distances of more than 3000 km allow the investigation of the velocity structure of the Earths crust and upper mantle to a depth of 700 km. The analog data have been digitized and used to constrain the fine structure of the upper mantle below Northern Eurasia. They reveal reflections and refractions from upper mantle discontinuities at 410, 520 and 660 km depth. Several properties of the recorded phases have been used to derive a regional P wave velocity model. Synthetic seismograms were calculated and compared with the observations to test these models. Characteristic for all the data in northern Eurasia is the absence of strong pre-critical reflections predicted by the global IASP91 model for the 660 km discontinuity. The appearance of two additional characteristic travel-time branches in the distance range of 2200 km was interpreted as being caused by the proposed and disputed upper mantle discontinuity at 520 km depth. Synthetic seismograms were calculated to constrain its properties. The recordings on the Quartz profile in Northern Eurasia have been used to constrain the nature of the globally observed high-frequency teleseismic P phase, which can be observed for shot-receiver distances of more than 3000 km. We suggest that this phase is caused by velocity fluctuations in the upper mantle acting as scatterers. This hypothesis was tested by extensive numerical simulations of the wave propagation using finite difference methods

  12. Mantle beneath the Gibraltar Arc from receiver functions

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    Morais, Iolanda; Vinnik, Lev; Silveira, Graça; Kiselev, Sergey; Matias, Luís

    2015-02-01

    P and S receiver functions (PRF and SRF) from 19 seismograph stations in the Gibraltar Arc and the Iberian Massif reveal new details of the regional deep structure. Within the high-velocity mantle body below southern Spain the 660-km discontinuity is depressed by at least 20 km. The Ps phase from the 410-km discontinuity is missing at most stations in the Gibraltar Arc. A thin (˜50 km) low-S-velocity layer atop the 410-km discontinuity is found under the Atlantic margin. At most stations the S410p phase in the SRFs arrives 1.0-2.5 s earlier than predicted by IASP91 model, but, for the propagation paths through the upper mantle below southern Spain, the arrivals of S410p are delayed by up to +1.5 s. The early arrivals can be explained by elevated Vp/Vs ratio in the upper mantle or by a depressed 410-km discontinuity. The positive residuals are indicative of a low (˜1.7 versus ˜ 1.8 in IASP91) Vp/Vs ratio. Previously, the low ratio was found in depleted lithosphere of Precambrian cratons. From simultaneous inversion of the PRFs and SRFs we recognize two types of the mantle: `continental' and `oceanic'. In the `continental' upper mantle the S-wave velocity in the high-velocity lid is 4.4-4.5 km s-1, the S-velocity contrast between the lid and the underlying mantle is often near the limit of resolution (0.1 km s-1), and the bottom of the lid is at a depth reaching 90-100 km. In the `oceanic' domain, the S-wave velocities in the lid and the underlying mantle are typically 4.2-4.3 and ˜ 4.0 km s-1, respectively. The bottom of the lid is at a shallow depth (around 50 km), and at some locations the lid is replaced by a low S-wave velocity layer. The narrow S-N-oriented band of earthquakes at depths from 70 to 120 km in the Alboran Sea is in the `continental' domain, near the boundary between the `continental' and `oceanic' domains, and the intermediate seismicity may be an effect of ongoing destruction of the continental lithosphere.

  13. Waveform modeling the deep slab beneath northernmost Nevada

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    Helmberger, D. V.; Sun, D.

    2011-12-01

    The interactions between subducted slab and transition zone are crucial issues in dynamic modeling. Previous mantle convection studies have shown that various viscosity structures can result in various slab shape, width, and edge sharpness. Recent tomographic images based on USArray data reveals strong multi-scale heterogeneous upper mantle beneath western US. Among those features, a slab-like fast anomaly extends from 300 to 600 km depth below Nevada and western Utah, which was suggested as a segmented chunk of the Farallon slab. But we still missing key information about the details of this structure and whether this structure flatten outs in the transition zone, where various tomographic models display inconsistent images. The study of multipathing and waveform broadening around sharp features have been proved a efficient way to study such features. Here, we use both P and S waveform data from High Lava Plains seismic experiments and USArray to produce a detailed image. If we amplify the Schmandt and Humphreys [2010] 's S-wave tomography model by 1.5, we can produce excellent travel-time fits. But the waveform distortions are not as strong as those observed in data for events coming from the southeast, which suggest a much sharper anomaly. The waveform broadening features are not observed for events arriving from northwestern. By fitting the SH waveform data, we suggest that this slab-like structure dips ~35° to the southeast, extending to a depth near 660 km with a velocity increase of about 5 per cent. To generate corresponding P model, we adapt the SH wave model and scale the model using a suite of R (=dlnVs/dlnVp) values. We find that synthetics from the model with R ≈ 2 can fit the observed data, which confirms the segmented slab interpretation of this high velocity anomaly.

  14. Imaging the Effects of Subducting Slabs on the Mantle Transition Zone with Pds Receiver Functions Beneath Southern Europe

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    Cottaar, S.; Deuss, A. F.

    2014-12-01

    The mantle is delineated by seismic discontinuities between 300 and 800 km depth. Variations in topography, width and occurrence of the discontinuities indicate lateral variations in temperature, composition and water content, as these variations influence the mantle phase transitions. Seismic studies of the conversions of pressure to shear waves (Pds phases) are an important tool to observe lateral variations in these discontinuities. Here we collect a Pds data set across all European seismic stations since 2000 that are available through ORFEUS or IRIS; resulting in ~500,000 event-station pairs. We deconvolve the radial component by the vertical component - assumed to represent the source component- using the iterative deconvolution method to obtain receiver functions. We assess the quality of a receiver function by the signal-to-noise ratio and by evaluating how well the radial component is reproduced when reconvolving the receiver function with the vertical component. This results in ~36,000 high quality receiver functions across Europe. Our receiver functions show little lateral variation in the depth of the transition zone discontinuities across the East European Craton, and we use this region as a reference to the more tectonically unstable regions. Around the Mediterranean, we look for signature of slabs ponding or penetrating at the discontinuity around 660 km. The Hellenic slab, which in tomographic models extends into the lower mantle, causes a signature of a disappearing '410' and a deeper, broader '660'. There are also potential signatures of '300' and '520' discontinuities in the slab region. To explain our observations we compute synthetic Ps receiver functions for mantle transition zone models of various temperatures for various compositional models. The synthetic seismic velocity models are computed using Perple_X (Connolly, 2005) with the mineral parameter database of Stixrude and Lithgow-Bertolloni (2011). The synthetics are computed with the

  15. Cultural Discontinuities and Schooling.

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    Ogbu, John U.

    1982-01-01

    Attempts to define the cultural discontinuity (between schools and students) hypothesis by distinguishing between universal, primary, and secondary discontinuities. Suggests that each of these is associated with a distinct type of school problem, and that secondary cultural discontinuities commonly affect minority students in the United States.…

  16. Correlation of the 410 km Discontinuity Low Velocity Layer with Tomographic Wavespeed Variations

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    Zhang, Z.; Dueker, K. G.

    2010-12-01

    The transition zone water-filter model predicts that a hydrous melt layer at the 410-km discontinuity is only actively produced in upwelling region, and does not exist in downwelling region (Bercovici and Karato, 2003). This prediction has been tested by stacking of P-S receiver functions using the RISTRA linear array which crosses west-Texas, New Mexico and Utah. The receiver functions are binned into the NW, SE, SW azimuthal quadrants and stacked to produce well-resolved images of the 410- and 660-km discontinuities. The three receiver function quadrant stack images find a correlation between the occurrence of negative polarity 410-km low velocity layer arrival and the teleseismic body wave velocity tomogram of Schmandt and Humphreys (2010); the 410 low velocity layer arrival is absent where the velocities about the 410 km discontinuity are relatively high and present where the velocities are low. Our finding is consistent with a simple interpretation of the transition zone water filter model which predicts the production of a hydrous melt layer where upflow of sufficiently hydrated transition zone mantle occurs and destruction of a hydrous melt layer where there is downflow. We test this prediction by analyzing the Colorado Rockies Experiment and Seismic Transects (CREST) seismic data which was collected in 2008-2009. This 15 month deployment of 59 CREST stations in tandem with 31 Transportable Array stations yields a total of 161 Mb>5.5 events at 30°-95° distances. The P-S receiver functions are calculated using a multi-channel deconvolution methodology and filtered with a 30-3 s post-deconvolution filter. The receiver function dataset contains about 1800 SV components after RMS, cross-correlation, and visual data quality culling. Common conversion point images are constructed using Pds timing correction from a 3-D upper mantle tomography model (McCarthy and Aster, pers. com.) to account for lateral P/S velocity heterogeneity.

  17. LAB and other lithospheric discontinuities below Cratons

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    Sodoudi, Forough

    2013-04-01

    Cratons are extremely stable continental areas of the Earth's crust, which have been formed and remained largely unchanged since Precambrian. However, their formation and how they survived destruction over billions of years remains a subject of debate. Seismic properties of the cratonic lithosphere reflect its composition and physical state and obtain basic constraints on processes of the formation and evolution of continents. Insight on these issues may be gained by determining the depth and the nature of the Lithosphere-Asthenosphere Boundary (LAB), which is a necessary element of the plate tectonic theory. However, It has proved quite "elusive" beneath the oldest continental areas. What is missing to date is a consensus on the feature that would correspond to the LAB and whether such a feature exists everywhere beneath cratons. The relatively recently developed S receiver function technique employing S-to-P conversions appears promising for detecting the LAB with a sufficiently high resolution and density. A growing number of regional observations obtained from S receiver function studies has detected discontinuities characterized by a significant negative velocity contrast in the upper mantle. However, challenges still remain in detecting the S-to-P conversions from the LAB beneath the Precambrian cratons. Some recent SRF studies observed a deep (> 160 km) negative velocity contrast beneath cratons and interpreted it as the LAB. For example, a deep LAB at about 250 km was reported beneath the Kalahari craton by different authors. Similar results were also obtained beneath some parts of the Canadian shield, East European Craton, Australia, the Arabian Shield and Tanzania craton. In contrast, other SRF studies found no evidence for negative discontinuities at these depths in the North American craton, in Kalahari craton or in Australia. Instead they revealed a very sharp negative velocity gradient at much shallower depth (60-150 km), leading some authors to infer

  18. Martian Surface Beneath Phoenix

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    2008-01-01

    This is an image of the Martian surface beneath NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander. The image was taken by Phoenix's Robotic Arm Camera (RAC) on the eighth Martian day of the mission, or Sol 8 (June 2, 2008). The light feature in the middle of the image below the leg is informally called 'Holy Cow.' The dust, shown in the dark foreground, has been blown off of 'Holy Cow' by Phoenix's thruster engines.

    The Phoenix Mission is led by the University of Arizona, Tucson, on behalf of NASA. Project management of the mission is by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. Spacecraft development is by Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver.

  19. Complex geometry of the subducted Pacific slab inferred from receiver function

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    Zhang, Ruiqing; Wu, Qingju; Zhang, Guangcheng

    2014-05-01

    In recent years, slab tear has received considerable attention and been reported in many arc-arc junctures in Pacific plate subdution zones. From 2009 to 2011, we deployed two portable experiments equipped with CMG-3ESPC seismometers and the recorders of REFTEK-130B in NE China. The two linear seismic arrays were designed nearly parallel, and each of them containing about 60 seismic stations extended about 1200 km from west to east spanning all surface geological terrains of NE China. The south one was firstly set up and continually operated over two year, while the north deployment worked only about one year. By using the teleseismic data collected by these two arrays, we calculate the P receiver functions to map topographic variation of the upper mantle discontinuities. Our sampled region is located where the juncture between the subducting Kuril and Japan slabs reaches the 660-km discontinuity. Distinct variation of the 660-km discontinuity is mapped beneath the regions. A deeper-than-normal 660 km discontinuity is observed locally in the southeastern part of our sampled region. The depression of the 660 km discontinuity may be resulted from an oceanic lithospheric slab deflected in the mantle transition zone, in good agreement with the result of earlier tomographic and other seismic studies in this region. The northeastern portion of our sampled region, however, does not show clearly the deflection of the slab. The variation of the tomography of the 660-km discontinuity in our sampled regions may indicate a complex geometry of the subducted Pacific slab.

  20. Imaging a Remnant Slab Beneath Southeastern US: New Results from Teleseismic, Finite-frequency Tomography.

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    Biryol, C. B.; Wagner, L. S.; Fischer, K. M.; Hawman, R. B.

    2014-12-01

    Our new results from teleseismic, finite-frequency, body-wave tomography analysis reveal a relatively steep east-dipping fast velocity anomaly beneath the Southeastern US. The resolving power of our dataset is good enough to retrieve major mantle anomalies, such as this fast velocity body, owing to the dense receiver coverage provided by US Transportable Array (TA) and the SouthEastern Suture of the Appalachian Margin Experiment (SESAME). Various resolution and recovery tests demonstrate the robustness of this anomaly in our tomographic model between the depths of 60 and 660 km. Our images reveal that the dip of this structure decreases significantly in the mantle transition zone where it terminates. We also observe major gaps in the lateral continuity of this structure. Based on the amplitude, location and geometry of the velocity perturbation, we interpret this anomaly as remnant subducted lithosphere, suspended in the upper mantle after a subduction phase as young as 100-110 Ma or as old as 1Ga. Basic calculations and evaluations on the geometry and location of this anomaly help us to narrow down the origin of this slab to the Farallon flat-slab subduction in the west and Grenville Subduction during assembly of supercontinent Rodinia. Our images reveal possible mechanisms that would allow this slab to remain in the upper mantle without sinking into deeper mantle for such extended periods of time. We believe the flat geometry of the slab near the transition zone and the fragmented nature provide important clues about processes that could delay/resist the sinking while providing necessary time for it to transform into a more neutrally buoyant state. In this respect, we believe our results have broad implications for subduction processes and piece-meal slab failure, as well as tectonic implications for characteristics of former subduction zones that help shape North American Plate.

  1. Modern Regression Discontinuity Analysis

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    Bloom, Howard S.

    2012-01-01

    This article provides a detailed discussion of the theory and practice of modern regression discontinuity (RD) analysis for estimating the effects of interventions or treatments. Part 1 briefly chronicles the history of RD analysis and summarizes its past applications. Part 2 explains how in theory an RD analysis can identify an average effect of…

  2. Deep earthquakes beneath the Fiji Basin, SW Pacific: Earth's most intense deep seismicity in stagnant slabs

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    Okal, E.A.; Kirby, S.H.

    1998-01-01

    Previous work has suggested that many of the deep earthquakes beneath the Fiji Basin occur in slab material that has been detached and foundered to the bottom of the transition zone or has been laid down by trench migration in a similar recumbent position. Since nowhere else in the Earth do so many earthquakes occur in slabs stagnated in the transition zone, these earthquakes merit closer study. Accordingly, we have assembled from historical and modern data a comprehensive catalogue of the relocated hypocenters and focal mechanisms of well-located deep events in the geographic area between the bottoms of the main Vanuatu and Tonga Wadati-Benioff zones. Two regions of deep seismogenesis are recognized there: (i) 163 deep shocks have occurred north of 15??S in the Vityaz Group from 1949 to 1996. These seismological observations and the absence of other features characteristic of active subduction suggest that the Vityaz group represents deep failure in a detached slab that has foundered to a horizontal orientation near the bottom of the transition zone. (ii) Another group of nearly 50 'outboard' deep shocks occur between about 450 and 660 km depth, west of the complexly buckled and offset western edge of the Tonga Wadati-Benioff zone. Their geometry is in the form of two or possibly three small-circle arcs that roughly parallel the inferred motion of Tonga trench migration. Earthquakes in the southernmost of these arcs occur in a recumbent high-seismic-wavespeed slab anomaly that connects both to the main inclined Tonga anomaly to the east and a lower mantle anomaly to the west [Van der Hilst, R., 1995. Complex morphology of subducted lithosphere in the mantle beneath the Tonga trench. Nature, Vol. 374, pp. 154-157.]. Both groups show complexity in their focal mechanisms. The major question raised by these observations is the cause of this apparent temporary arrest in the descent of the Tonga slab into the lower mantle. We approach these questions by considering the

  3. Mingus Discontinuous Multiphysics

    2014-05-13

    Mingus provides hybrid coupled local/non-local mechanics analysis capabilities that extend several traditional methods to applications with inherent discontinuities. Its primary features include adaptations of solid mechanics, fluid dynamics and digital image correlation that naturally accommodate dijointed data or irregular solution fields by assimilating a variety of discretizations (such as control volume finite elements, peridynamics and meshless control point clouds). The goal of this software is to provide an analysis framework form multiphysics engineering problems withmore » an integrated image correlation capability that can be used for experimental validation and model« less

  4. Discontinuous ephemeral streams

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    Bull, William B.

    1997-07-01

    Many ephemeral streams in western North America flowed over smooth valley floors before transformation from shallow discontinuous channels into deep arroyos. These inherently unstable streams of semiarid regions are sensitive to short-term climatic changes, and to human impacts, because hillslopes supply abundant sediment to infrequent large streamflow events. Discontinuous ephemeral streams appear to be constantly changing as they alternate between two primary modes of operation; either aggradation or degradation may become dominant. Attainment of equilibrium conditions is brief. Disequilibrium is promoted by channel entrenchment that causes the fall of local base level, and by deposition of channel fans that causes the rise of local base level. These opposing base-level processes in adjacent reaches are maintained by self-enhancing feedback mechanisms. The threshold between erosion and deposition is crossed when aggradational or degradational reaches shift upstream or downstream. Extension of entrenched reaches into channel fans tends to create continuous arroyos. Upvalley migration of fan apexes tends to create depositional valley floors with few stream channels. Less than 100 years is required for arroyo cutting, but more than 500 years is required for complete aggradation of entrenched stream channels and valley floors. Discontinuous ephemeral streams have a repetitive sequence of streamflow characteristics that is as distinctive as sequences of meander bends or braided gravel bars in perennial rivers. The sequence changes from degradation to aggradation — headcuts concentrate sheetflow, a single trunk channel conveys flow to the apex of a channel fan, braided distributary channels end in an area of diverging sheetflow, and converging sheetflow drains to headcuts. The sequence is repeated at intervals ranging from 15 m for small streams to more than 10 km for large streams. Lithologic controls on the response of discontinuous ephemeral streams include: (1

  5. Mingus Discontinuous Multiphysics

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    Pat Notz, Dan Turner

    2014-05-13

    Mingus provides hybrid coupled local/non-local mechanics analysis capabilities that extend several traditional methods to applications with inherent discontinuities. Its primary features include adaptations of solid mechanics, fluid dynamics and digital image correlation that naturally accommodate dijointed data or irregular solution fields by assimilating a variety of discretizations (such as control volume finite elements, peridynamics and meshless control point clouds). The goal of this software is to provide an analysis framework form multiphysics engineering problems with an integrated image correlation capability that can be used for experimental validation and model

  6. A discussion on “The 410-km-depth discontinuity: A sharpness estimate from near-critical reflections” by Vidale et al.

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    Krishna, V. G.; Ramesh, D. S.

    Vidale et al. [1995] presented a convincing evidence of a fairly sharp ‘410-km’ seismic discontinuity uncjer the western United States by examining clear noise-free reflected arrivals from this discontinuity in the near-critical distance range of 11.5° to 14° (Fig. Ia). They reconstructed the P velocity-depth model from the arrival times of the 410-km reflection and initial P waves across the distance range 8°-14°. The prominent features of the upper mantle P velocity model given by them include; a low velocity layer (LVL) in the depth range of about 110-200 km with a broad transitional bottom, a fairly large velocity gradient (0.4 km/s velocity increase from 200 to 410 km depth) above the 410-km discontinuity which is sharp and associated with a 5.5% velocity increase.Seismic estimates of sharpness as well as velocity contrast at the ‘410-km’ and ‘660-km’ discontinuities in the mantle transition zone provide important constraints to plausible models of composition, temperature and convective processes in the deep earth. The rapid increases of seismic wave velocities inferred in the transition zone, at depths of 410-Km and 660-km, are classically associated [Ringwood, 1975] with the pressure-induced phase transitions in Olivine which is considered to be the predominant mineral in the upper mantle. Recent observations of high quality coherent seismic reflections from the transition zone [Benz and Vidale, 1993; Vidale et al., 1995] conclusively reveal that the 410-km discontinuity is fairly sharp. Contrastingly the experimental results from mineral physics [Akaogi et al., 1989; Bina and Wood, 1987; Katsura and Ito, 1989] predict a substantially larger transition width, on the order of 6-19 km for the olivine-beta spinel phase transition at pressures corresponding to 410-km-depth discontinuity. Similar inconsistencies in the magnitude of velocity contrast at the 410-km discontinuity are also found [Duffy et al., 1995; Jeanloz, 1995] by comparison of

  7. Upper-mantle seismic discontinuities and the thermal structure of subduction zones

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    Vidale, J.E.; Benz, H.M.

    1992-01-01

    The precise depths at which seismic velocities change abruptly in the upper mantle are revealed by the analysis of data from hundreds of seismometers across the western United States. The boundary near 410 km depth is locally elevated, that near 660 km depressed. The depths of these boundaries, which mark phase transitions, provide an in situ thermometer in subduction zones: the observed temperature contrasts require at least moderate thickening of the subducting slab near 660 km depth. In addition, a reflector near 210 km depth may mark the bottom of the aesthenosphere.

  8. Crust and Mantle Structure Beneath the Samoan Islands

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    Browning, J. M.; Courtier, A. M.; Jackson, M. G.; Lekic, V.; Hart, S. R.; Collins, J. A.

    2013-12-01

    We used teleseismic receiver functions to map the seismic structure under the Samoan Islands in the southern Pacific Ocean. We acquired seismograms for the permanent seismic station, AFI, and for five temporary stations located across the island chain from the Samoan Lithospheric Integrated Seismic Experiment (SLISE). We used multiple-taper correlation and Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithms to calculate receiver functions for events with epicentral distance of 30° to 95° and examined the results in a frequency range of 1.0 - 5.0 Hz for crustal structure and 0.1 - 2.0 Hz for mantle structure. We identify complex crustal layering, including the interface between volcanic rocks and the ocean crust and a substantial underplated layer beneath the normal ocean crust. We find that the crust thins with decreasing age across the Samoan Islands and correlates with previous observations from gravity data (Workman, 2005). We additionally identify a velocity increase in the range of 50-100 km depth, potentially the Hales discontinuity. Deeper in the mantle, we observe transition zone thickness of 245-250 km across the island chain, which is within the margin of error for globally observed transition zone thickness. When migrated with IASP, transition zone discontinuity depths do appear deeper beneath the youngest island, indicating slower velocities and/or deeper discontinuity depths relative to the older islands in the system. We will provide improved constraints on transition zone discontinuity depths from ScS reverberations for all stations, and will place the crust and mantle results into a multi-disciplinary context, with comparisons to geochemical and surface observations. Workman, R., 2005. Geochemical characterization of endmember mantle components, Doctoral dissertation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, http://dspace.mit/edu/handle/1721.1/33721.

  9. Kinematics of Strong Discontinuities

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    Peterson, K.; Nguyen, G.; Sulsky, D.

    2006-01-01

    Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) provides a detailed view of the Arctic ice cover. When processed with the RADARSAT Geophysical Processor System (RGPS), it provides estimates of sea ice motion and deformation over large regions of the Arctic for extended periods of time. The deformation is dominated by the appearance of linear kinematic features that have been associated with the presence of leads. The RGPS deformation products are based on the assumption that the displacement and velocity are smooth functions of the spatial coordinates. However, if the dominant deformation of multiyear ice results from the opening, closing and shearing of leads, then the displacement and velocity can be discontinuous. This presentation discusses the kinematics associated with strong discontinuities that describe possible jumps in displacement or velocity. Ice motion from SAR data are analyzed using this framework. It is assumed that RGPS cells deform due to the presence of a lead. The lead orientation is calculated to optimally account for the observed deformation. It is shown that almost all observed deformation can be represented by lead opening and shearing. The procedure used to reprocess motion data to account for leads will be described and applied to regions of the Beaufort Sea. The procedure not only provides a new view of ice deformation, it can be used to obtain information about the presence of leads for initialization and/or validation of numerical simulations.

  10. Moho depth and two discontinuities variation in Taiwan from radial teleseismic receiver functions

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    Ton, C.; Chen, C. H.

    2005-12-01

    In this study, we use data recorded by the stations of Broadband Array in Taiwan for Seismology (BATS) to investigate the depths of major discontinuities of the crust in Taiwan. From the differential times between direct P wave and converted Ps phase and several multiple phases on radial teleseismic receiver function, we determine the Moho depth and the Vp/Vs ratios at these stations. More importantly, we develop a method which can let us use more seismic phases to examine other discontinuities in the crust. Using the arrival times of some specific phases on radial teleseismic receiver function, except for Moho discontinuity, we found that there are two discontinuities ( denoted by discontinuity 1 and discontinuity 2 ) existing in the crust that beneath some of stations. The Moho depth in Taiwan varies from 22 to 39 km and Vp/Vs ratios varies from 1.64~1.87. The deepest Moho depth in Taiwan locates at the Central Mountain Range (CMR) and consistent with the result obtained from gravity survey. The discontinuity 1 and the discontinuity 2 exist clearly in the CMR, in the southern region and the northeastern region of Taiwan. These two discontinuities both become unapparent in the northern region (volcano region) and in the southeastern region (plate convergent area) of Taiwan. The depth of the discontinuity 1 varies from 4.5 to 11 km and while the depth of the discontinuity 2 varies from 12 to 22 km in our estimation. Based on these results, we imply that the discontinuity 1 and 2 are basement and the Conrad discontinuity respectively.

  11. Stalactite Growth beneath Sea Ice.

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    Paige, R A

    1970-01-01

    Fresh ice stalactites were observed beneath sea ice in Antarctica. They are hollow, tapering, inverted cones having a base diameter between 10 and 20 centimeters and a tip diameter of 4 to 10 centimeters extending downward about 100 centimeters. The stalactites form when dense, chilled brine drains downward from the ice sheet into seawater of norma1 salinity and near-freezing temperature.

  12. Imaging Transition Zone Thickness Beneath South America from SS Precursors

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    Schmerr, N.; Garnero, E.

    2006-12-01

    We image detailed upper mantle discontinuity structure beneath a number of geologically active regions, including the South American subduction zone, the Scotia plate subduction zone, and several volcanic hotspots (e.g., the Galapagos Islands), in a region ~10,000 km by 10,000 km wide, spanning 70° S to 20° N and 20° W to 110° W. Precursors to the seismic phase SS are analyzed, which form as a result of underside reflections off seismic discontinuities beneath the midpoint of the SS path and are highly sensitive to discontinuity depth and sharpness. Our SS dataset consists of over 15,000 high-quality transverse component broadband displacement seismograms collected from the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS), the Canadian National Seismic Network (CNSN), as well as data from EarthScope seismic stations, and from the Canadian Northwest Experiment (CANOE) temporary broadband array deployment. This dataset densely samples several regions in our study area and significantly improves the sampling for this area compared to previous precursor studies. Data with common central SS bouncepoints are stacked to enhance precursory phases. Solution discontinuity structure depends on a number of factors, including dominant seismic period, crustal correction, signal-to-noise ratio threshold, and tomography model used for mantle heterogeneity correction. We exclude precursor data predicted to interfere with other seismic phases, such as topside reflections (e.g., s670sS), which have been demonstrated to contaminate final stacks. Solution transition zone thickness is at least 20 km thicker than global average estimates of 242 km along the northwestern portion of the South American subduction complex (Peru, Ecuador, and Columbia); this thickening extends 1000-1500 km to the east beneath the continent, but does not appear to continue south of -20° latitude along the convergent margin. A minimum of 10 km of thickening is imaged to the west of the Scotia

  13. Seismic interferometry of the mantle transition zone beneath the western United States

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    Anderson, H. R.; Thorne, M. S.; Schmerr, N. C.; Brown, S. P.

    2011-12-01

    Determination of mantle structure is critical in understanding the ongoing dynamic processes in the Earth's interior and determining how the deep interior is connected to volcanic and tectonic features at the surface. Discontinuities within the mantle originating from solid-to-solid mineralogical phase transitions of olivine are important indicators of mantle temperature and composition, and provide key clues for interpreting velocity heterogeneity imaged by seismic tomography. Here we develop a new cross-correlation interferometry technique, to image the detailed topography of discontinuity surfaces and associated phase transitions within the mantle transition zone. Our interferometric technique is applied to 185 events originating along the South American subduction zone, recorded as transverse component broadband seismograms at dense seismic arrays in North America, including EarthScope's Transportable Array, and at the Japanese F-net seismic network. To retrieve upper mantle discontinuity structure, we study underside reflections of S-wave energy from the upper mantle discontinuities, arriving as precursory energy to the seismic phase SS. Our interferometric analysis consists of migrating the direct S-wave energy transmitted through the transition zone discontinuities recorded at North American seismic arrays with SS precursor energy reflecting off the underside of the discontinuities recorded at the F-net seismic array. This approach removes uncertainties in earthquake location and seismic velocity structure on the source side of the underside reflection point, providing enhanced vertical resolution of discontinuity topography over past studies. We present newly detailed images of the mantle discontinuity structure beneath the western United States, and compare our results with tomographic imaging. Initial results indicate large variations in mantle temperature and composition across the western United States associated with the subducting Juan de Fuca slab

  14. The Gutenberg discontinuity: melt at the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary.

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    Schmerr, Nicholas

    2012-03-23

    The lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary (LAB) beneath ocean basins separates the upper thermal boundary layer of rigid, conductively cooling plates from the underlying ductile, convecting mantle. The origin of a seismic discontinuity associated with this interface, known as the Gutenberg discontinuity (G), remains enigmatic. High-frequency SS precursors sampling below the Pacific plate intermittently detect the G as a sharp, negative velocity contrast at 40- to 75-kilometer depth. These observations lie near the depth of the LAB in regions associated with recent surface volcanism and mantle melt production and are consistent with an intermittent layer of asthenospheric partial melt residing at the lithospheric base. I propose that the G reflectivity is regionally enhanced by dynamical processes that produce melt, including hot mantle upwellings, small-scale convection, and fluid release during subduction.

  15. Seismic evidence of the Hainan mantle plume by receiver function analysis in southern China

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    Wei, S. Shawn; Chen, Y. John

    2016-09-01

    The Lei-Qiong region is the largest igneous province in southern China and may be a surface expression of a mantle plume beneath the region (the Hainan mantle plume). To investigate the existence of the Hainan mantle plume, we used P-to-S receiver function to image the major seismic discontinuities beneath this region with a regional dense broadband array. We found that the Moho discontinuity beneath the Leizhou Peninsula, mostly covered by Cenozoic basaltic outcrops, is 10-15 km deeper compared to the adjacent region of Eurasian continental margin, showing a thickened local crust by upwelling mantle materials. Additionally, the imaged 410- and 660-km discontinuities suggest a thinner-than-normal mantle transition zone beneath the region, implying that hot materials penetrate through the transition zone from the lower mantle. Both seismic evidences support the existence of the mantle plume, which might be 170-200°C hotter than the surrounding mantle.

  16. Spectral methods for discontinuous problems

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    Abarbanel, S.; Gottlieb, D.; Tadmor, E.

    1985-01-01

    Spectral methods yield high-order accuracy even when applied to problems with discontinuities, though not in the sense of pointwise accuracy. Two different procedures are presented which recover pointwise accurate approximations from the spectral calculations.

  17. Ground-water flow and quality beneath sewage-sludge lagoons, and a comparison with the ground-water quality beneath a sludge-amended landfill, Marion County, Indiana

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    Bobay, K.E.

    1988-01-01

    The groundwater beneath eight sewage sludge lagoons, was studied to characterize the flow regime and to determine whether leachate had infiltrated into the glacio-fluvial sediments. Groundwater quality beneath the lagoons was compared with the groundwater quality beneath a landfill where sludge had been applied. The lagoons and landfills overlie outwash sand and gravel deposits separated by discontinuous clay layers. Shallow groundwater flows away from the lagoons and discharges into the White River. Deep groundwater discharges to the White River and flows southwest beneath Eagle Creek. After an accumulation of at least 2 inches of precipitation during 1 week, groundwater flow is temporarily reversed in the shallow aquifer, and all deep flow is along a relatively steep hydraulic gradient to the southwest. The groundwater is predominantly a calcium bicarbonate type, although ammonium accounts for more than 30% of the total cations in water from three wells. Concentrations of sodium, chloride, sulfate, iron, arsenic, boron, chemical oxygen demand, total dissolved solids, and methylene-blue-active substances indicate the presence of leachate in the groundwater. Concentrations of cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, mercury, nickel, selenium, and zinc were less than detection limits. The concentrations of 16 of 19 constituents or properties of groundwater beneath the lagoons are statistically different than groundwater beneath the landfill at the 0.05 level of significance. Only pH and concentrations of dissolved oxygen and bromide are higher in groundwater beneath the landfill than beneath the lagoons. 

  18. Regression Discontinuity Designs in Epidemiology

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    Moscoe, Ellen; Mutevedzi, Portia; Newell, Marie-Louise; Bärnighausen, Till

    2014-01-01

    When patients receive an intervention based on whether they score below or above some threshold value on a continuously measured random variable, the intervention will be randomly assigned for patients close to the threshold. The regression discontinuity design exploits this fact to estimate causal treatment effects. In spite of its recent proliferation in economics, the regression discontinuity design has not been widely adopted in epidemiology. We describe regression discontinuity, its implementation, and the assumptions required for causal inference. We show that regression discontinuity is generalizable to the survival and nonlinear models that are mainstays of epidemiologic analysis. We then present an application of regression discontinuity to the much-debated epidemiologic question of when to start HIV patients on antiretroviral therapy. Using data from a large South African cohort (2007–2011), we estimate the causal effect of early versus deferred treatment eligibility on mortality. Patients whose first CD4 count was just below the 200 cells/μL CD4 count threshold had a 35% lower hazard of death (hazard ratio = 0.65 [95% confidence interval = 0.45–0.94]) than patients presenting with CD4 counts just above the threshold. We close by discussing the strengths and limitations of regression discontinuity designs for epidemiology. PMID:25061922

  19. Lithospheric Architecture Beneath Hudson Bay

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    Porritt, R. W.; Miller, M. S.; Darbyshire, F. A.

    2015-12-01

    Hudson Bay overlies some of the thickest Precambrian lithosphere on Earth, whose internal structures contain important clues to the earliest workings of plate formation. The terminal collision, the Trans-Hudson Orogen, brought together the Western Churchill craton to the northwest and the Superior craton to the southeast. These two Archean cratons along with the Paleo-Proterozoic Trans-Hudson internides, form the core of the North American craton. We use S to P converted wave imaging and absolute shear velocity information from a joint inversion of P to S receiver functions, new ambient noise derived phase velocities, and teleseismic phase velocities to investigate this region and determine both the thickness of the lithosphere and the presence of internal discontinuities. The lithosphere under central Hudson Bay approaches 􏰂350 km thick but is thinner (􏰂200-250 km) around the periphery of the Bay. Furthermore, the amplitude of the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary (LAB) conversion from the S receiver functions is unusually large for a craton, suggesting a large thermal contrast across the LAB, which we interpret as direct evidence of the thermal insulation effect of continents on the asthenosphere. Within the lithosphere, midlithospheric discontinuities, significantly shallower than the base of the lithosphere, are often imaged, suggesting the mechanisms that form these layers are common. Lacking time-history information, we infer that these discontinuities reflect reactivation of formation structures during deformation of the craton.

  20. Lithospheric architecture beneath Hudson Bay

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    Porritt, Robert W.; Miller, Meghan S.; Darbyshire, Fiona A.

    2015-07-01

    Hudson Bay overlies some of the thickest Precambrian lithosphere on Earth, whose internal structures contain important clues to the earliest workings of plate formation. The terminal collision, the Trans-Hudson Orogen, brought together the Western Churchill craton to the northwest and the Superior craton to the southeast. These two Archean cratons along with the Paleo-Proterozoic Trans-Hudson internides, form the core of the North American craton. We use S to P converted wave imaging and absolute shear velocity information from a joint inversion of P to S receiver functions, new ambient noise derived phase velocities, and teleseismic phase velocities to investigate this region and determine both the thickness of the lithosphere and the presence of internal discontinuities. The lithosphere under central Hudson Bay approaches ˜350 km thick but is thinner (˜200-250 km) around the periphery of the Bay. Furthermore, the amplitude of the LAB conversion from the S receiver functions is unusually large for a craton, suggesting a large thermal contrast across the LAB, which we interpret as direct evidence of the thermal insulation effect of continents on the asthenosphere. Within the lithosphere, midlithospheric discontinuities, significantly shallower than the base of the lithosphere, are often imaged, suggesting the mechanisms that form these layers are common. Lacking time-history information, we infer that these discontinuities reflect reactivation of formation structures during deformation of the craton.

  1. Potential methane reservoirs beneath Antarctica.

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    Wadham, J L; Arndt, S; Tulaczyk, S; Stibal, M; Tranter, M; Telling, J; Lis, G P; Lawson, E; Ridgwell, A; Dubnick, A; Sharp, M J; Anesio, A M; Butler, C E H

    2012-08-30

    Once thought to be devoid of life, the ice-covered parts of Antarctica are now known to be a reservoir of metabolically active microbial cells and organic carbon. The potential for methanogenic archaea to support the degradation of organic carbon to methane beneath the ice, however, has not yet been evaluated. Large sedimentary basins containing marine sequences up to 14 kilometres thick and an estimated 21,000 petagrams (1 Pg equals 10(15) g) of organic carbon are buried beneath the Antarctic Ice Sheet. No data exist for rates of methanogenesis in sub-Antarctic marine sediments. Here we present experimental data from other subglacial environments that demonstrate the potential for overridden organic matter beneath glacial systems to produce methane. We also numerically simulate the accumulation of methane in Antarctic sedimentary basins using an established one-dimensional hydrate model and show that pressure/temperature conditions favour methane hydrate formation down to sediment depths of about 300 metres in West Antarctica and 700 metres in East Antarctica. Our results demonstrate the potential for methane hydrate accumulation in Antarctic sedimentary basins, where the total inventory depends on rates of organic carbon degradation and conditions at the ice-sheet bed. We calculate that the sub-Antarctic hydrate inventory could be of the same order of magnitude as that of recent estimates made for Arctic permafrost. Our findings suggest that the Antarctic Ice Sheet may be a neglected but important component of the global methane budget, with the potential to act as a positive feedback on climate warming during ice-sheet wastage.

  2. Potential methane reservoirs beneath Antarctica.

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    Wadham, J L; Arndt, S; Tulaczyk, S; Stibal, M; Tranter, M; Telling, J; Lis, G P; Lawson, E; Ridgwell, A; Dubnick, A; Sharp, M J; Anesio, A M; Butler, C E H

    2012-08-30

    Once thought to be devoid of life, the ice-covered parts of Antarctica are now known to be a reservoir of metabolically active microbial cells and organic carbon. The potential for methanogenic archaea to support the degradation of organic carbon to methane beneath the ice, however, has not yet been evaluated. Large sedimentary basins containing marine sequences up to 14 kilometres thick and an estimated 21,000 petagrams (1 Pg equals 10(15) g) of organic carbon are buried beneath the Antarctic Ice Sheet. No data exist for rates of methanogenesis in sub-Antarctic marine sediments. Here we present experimental data from other subglacial environments that demonstrate the potential for overridden organic matter beneath glacial systems to produce methane. We also numerically simulate the accumulation of methane in Antarctic sedimentary basins using an established one-dimensional hydrate model and show that pressure/temperature conditions favour methane hydrate formation down to sediment depths of about 300 metres in West Antarctica and 700 metres in East Antarctica. Our results demonstrate the potential for methane hydrate accumulation in Antarctic sedimentary basins, where the total inventory depends on rates of organic carbon degradation and conditions at the ice-sheet bed. We calculate that the sub-Antarctic hydrate inventory could be of the same order of magnitude as that of recent estimates made for Arctic permafrost. Our findings suggest that the Antarctic Ice Sheet may be a neglected but important component of the global methane budget, with the potential to act as a positive feedback on climate warming during ice-sheet wastage. PMID:22932387

  3. Imaging Canary Island hotspot material beneath the lithosphere of Morocco and southern Spain

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    Miller, Meghan S.; O'Driscoll, Leland J.; Butcher, Amber J.; Thomas, Christine

    2015-12-01

    The westernmost Mediterranean has developed into its present day tectonic configuration as a result of complex interactions between late stage subduction of the Neo-Tethys Ocean, continental collision of Africa and Eurasia, and the Canary Island mantle plume. This study utilizes S receiver functions (SRFs) from over 360 broadband seismic stations to seismically image the lithosphere and uppermost mantle from southern Spain through Morocco and the Canary Islands. The lithospheric thickness ranges from ∼65 km beneath the Atlas Mountains and the active volcanic islands to over ∼210 km beneath the cratonic lithosphere in southern Morocco. The common conversion point (CCP) volume of the SRFs indicates that thinned lithosphere extends from beneath the Canary Islands offshore southwestern Morocco, to beneath the continental lithosphere of the Atlas Mountains, and then thickens abruptly at the West African craton. Beneath thin lithosphere between the Canary hot spot and southern Spain, including below the Atlas Mountains and the Alboran Sea, there are distinct pockets of low velocity material, as inferred from high amplitude positive, sub-lithospheric conversions in the SRFs. These regions of low seismic velocity at the base of the lithosphere extend beneath the areas of Pliocene-Quaternary magmatism, which has been linked to a Canary hotspot source via geochemical signatures. However, we find that this volume of low velocity material is discontinuous along strike and occurs only in areas of recent volcanism and where asthenospheric mantle flow is identified with shear wave splitting analyses. We propose that the low velocity structure beneath the lithosphere is material flowing sub-horizontally northeastwards beneath Morocco from the tilted Canary Island plume, and the small, localized volcanoes are the result of small-scale upwellings from this material.

  4. Seismic Migration Imaging of the Lithosphere beneath the Afar Rift System, East Africa

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    Lee, T. T. Y.; Chen, C. W.; Rychert, C.; Harmon, N.

    2015-12-01

    The Afar Rift system in east Africa is an ideal natural laboratory for investigating the incipient continental rifting, an essential component of plate tectonics. The Afar Rift is situated at the triple junction of three rifts, namely the southern Red Sea Rift, Gulf of Aden Rift and Main Ethiopian Rift (MER). The ongoing continental rifting at Afar transitions to seafloor spreading toward the southern Red Sea. The tectonic evolution of Afar is thought to be influenced by a mantle plume, but how the plume affects and interacts with the Afar lithosphere remains elusive. In this study, we use array seismic data to produce high-resolution migration images of the Afar lithosphere from scattered teleseismic wavefields to shed light on the lithospheric structure and associated tectonic processes. Our preliminary results indicate the presence of lithospheric seismic discontinuities with depth variation across the Afar region. Beneath the MER axis, we detect a pronounced discontinuity at 55 km depth, characterized by downward fast-to-slow velocity contrast, which appears to abruptly deepen to 75 km depth to the northern flank of MER. This discontinuity may be interpreted as the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary. Beneath the Ethiopian Plateau, on the other hand, a dipping structure with velocity increase is identified at 70-90 km depth. Further synthesis of observations from seismic tomography, receiver functions, and seismic anisotropy in the Afar region will offer better understanding of tectonic significance of the lithospheric discontinuities.

  5. Mixing of discontinuously deforming media

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    Smith, L. D.; Rudman, M.; Lester, D. R.; Metcalfe, G.

    2016-02-01

    Mixing of materials is fundamental to many natural phenomena and engineering applications. The presence of discontinuous deformations—such as shear banding or wall slip—creates new mechanisms for mixing and transport beyond those predicted by classical dynamical systems theory. Here, we show how a novel mixing mechanism combining stretching with cutting and shuffling yields exponential mixing rates, quantified by a positive Lyapunov exponent, an impossibility for systems with cutting and shuffling alone or bounded systems with stretching alone, and demonstrate it in a fluid flow. While dynamical systems theory provides a framework for understanding mixing in smoothly deforming media, a theory of discontinuous mixing is yet to be fully developed. New methods are needed to systematize, explain, and extrapolate measurements on systems with discontinuous deformations. Here, we investigate "webs" of Lagrangian discontinuities and show that they provide a template for the overall transport dynamics. Considering slip deformations as the asymptotic limit of increasingly localised smooth shear, we also demonstrate exactly how some of the new structures introduced by discontinuous deformations are analogous to structures in smoothly deforming systems.

  6. Mixing of discontinuously deforming media.

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    Smith, L D; Rudman, M; Lester, D R; Metcalfe, G

    2016-02-01

    Mixing of materials is fundamental to many natural phenomena and engineering applications. The presence of discontinuous deformations-such as shear banding or wall slip-creates new mechanisms for mixing and transport beyond those predicted by classical dynamical systems theory. Here, we show how a novel mixing mechanism combining stretching with cutting and shuffling yields exponential mixing rates, quantified by a positive Lyapunov exponent, an impossibility for systems with cutting and shuffling alone or bounded systems with stretching alone, and demonstrate it in a fluid flow. While dynamical systems theory provides a framework for understanding mixing in smoothly deforming media, a theory of discontinuous mixing is yet to be fully developed. New methods are needed to systematize, explain, and extrapolate measurements on systems with discontinuous deformations. Here, we investigate "webs" of Lagrangian discontinuities and show that they provide a template for the overall transport dynamics. Considering slip deformations as the asymptotic limit of increasingly localised smooth shear, we also demonstrate exactly how some of the new structures introduced by discontinuous deformations are analogous to structures in smoothly deforming systems. PMID:26931594

  7. Lithospheric Convergence Preceded Extension in the Pannonian-Carpathian System

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    Houseman, Gregory; Stuart, Graham; Dando, Ben; Hetenyi, Gyorgy; Lorinczi, Piroska; Hegedus, Endre; Brueckl, Ewald

    2010-05-01

    The continuing collision of the Adriatic block with European continental lithosphere has its clearest expression now in the Alpine collision zone. Recent tomographic images of the upper mantle beneath the eastern Alps and western Pannonian Basin support the interpretation that in the Early Miocene the collision zone extended further east: a steeply dipping seismically fast structure stretches downward beneath the Eastern Alps reaching to the base of the transition zone, consistent with the long history of convergence in this region. This high velocity structure also extends eastward beneath the extensional Pannonian Basin. The high velocity anomaly beneath the Basin is strongly developed in transition zone depths (410 to 660 km) but the anomaly weakens upward. High velocities beneath the center of the extensional basin are unexpected because there is substantive evidence that the onset of extension in the Pannonian domain at around 17 Ma produced rapid extension of the lithosphere and replacement of the lower part of the lithosphere by hot asthenosphere. These deeper structures, however, must be explained by the long history of convergence that preceded the extension of the basin. Further evidence of a history of sustained convergence in the present Pannonian region is found in the depression of the 660 km seismic discontinuity beneath the Alps (Lombardi et al., EPSL, 2009) and also beneath the Pannonian Basin (Hetenyi et al., GRL, 2009). The 660 km discontinuity in both places is depressed by as much as 40 km, whereas the 410 km discontinuity is at approximately nominal depths. Evidently in both regions relatively dense material derived from the mid-Miocene collision sits stagnant on top of the 660 km discontinuity, where further descent is obstructed by the negative Clapeyron slope of the spinel-to-perovskite phase transition and/or the high viscosity of the lower mantle. The rapid extension of the Intra-Carpathian Basins in the Mid-Miocene (between about 17 and

  8. Physico-chemical constraints on cratonic lithosphere discontinuities

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    Aulbach, Sonja; Rondenay, Stéphane; Huismans, Ritske

    2014-05-01

    The origins of the mid-lithospheric discontinuity (MLD) and lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary (LAB) have received much attention over the recent years. Peculiarities of cratonic lithosphere construction - compositional and rheological stratification due to thickening in collisional settings or by plume subcretion, multiple metasomatic overprints due to longevity - offer a variety of possibilities for the generation of discontinuities. Interconnected small degrees of conductive partial melt (carbonate-rich melts, such as carbonatites and kimberlites, or highly alkaline melts) at the cratonic LAB, which produce seismic discontinuities, may be generated in the presence of volatiles. These depress the peridotite solidus sufficiently to intersect the mantle adiabat at depths near the cratonic LAB at ~160-220 km, i.e. above the depth of metal saturation where carbonatite becomes unstable. The absence of agreement between the different seismic and magnetotelluric estimates for the depth of the LAB beneath Kaapvaal may be due to impingement of a plume, leading to a pervasively, but heterogeneously metasomatised ('asthenospherised') hot and deep root. Such a root and hot sublithosphere may yield conflicting seismic-thermal-geochemical depths for the LAB. The question arises whether the chemical boundary layer should be defined as above or below the asthenospherised part of the SCLM, which has preserved isotopic, compositional (non-primitive olivine forsterite content) and physical evidence (e.g. from teleseismic tomography and receiver functions) for a cratonic heritage and which therefore is still distinguishable from the asthenospheric mantle. If cratonic lithosphere overlies anomalously hot mantle for extended periods of time, the LAB may be significantly thinned, aided by penetration of relatively high-degree Fe-rich partial melts, as has occurred beneath the Tanzanian craton. Xenoliths from the deep Slave craton show little evidence for 'asthenospherisation'. Its root

  9. Phase unwrapping using discontinuity optimization

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    Flynn, T.J.

    1998-03-01

    In SAR interferometry, the periodicity of the phase must be removed using two-dimensional phase unwrapping. The goal of the procedure is to find a smooth surface in which large spatial phase differences, called discontinuities, are restricted to places where their presence is reasonable. The pioneering work of Goldstein et al. identified points of local unwrap inconsistency called residues, which must be connected by discontinuities. This paper presents an overview of recent work that treats phase unwrapping as a discrete optimization problem with the constraint that residues must be connected. Several algorithms use heuristic methods to reduce the total number of discontinuities. Constantini has introduced the weighted sum of discontinuity magnitudes as a criterion of unwrap error and shown how algorithms from optimization theory are used to minimize it. Pixels of low quality are given low weight to guide discontinuities away from smooth, high-quality regions. This method is generally robust, but if noise is severe it underestimates the steepness of slopes and the heights of peaks. This problem is mitigated by subtracting (modulo 2{pi}) a smooth estimate of the unwrapped phase from the data, then unwrapping the resulting residual phase. The unwrapped residual is added to the smooth estimate to produce the final unwrapped phase. The estimate can be computed by lowpass filtering of an existing unwrapped phase; this makes possible an iterative algorithm in which the result of each iteration provides the estimate for the next. An example illustrates the results of optimal discontinuity placement and the improvement from unwrapping of the residual phase.

  10. Three-dimensional electrical conductivity structure beneath Australia from inversion of geomagnetic observatory data: evidence for lateral variations in transition-zone temperature, water content and melt

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    Koyama, Takao; Khan, Amir; Kuvshinov, Alexey

    2014-03-01

    In this paper, we report the 3-D electrical conductivity distribution beneath the Australian continent in the depth range 410-1600 km, which we have imaged by inverting C-response estimates from a regional network of geomagnetic observatories. The inversion scheme is based on a quasi-Newton optimization method while the forward algorithm relies on an integral-equation approach. To properly account for the ocean effect in responses at coastal observatories we included a high-resolution (1° × 1°) fixed thin laterally varying surface conductance layer. As starting model in the inversion we considered a laboratory-based 3-D conductivity model of the region obtained from seismic surface wave data and thermodynamic modelling. This model provides a good fit to observed C-response estimates supporting its choice as initial model. The most striking feature of the obtained 3-D model is a high-conductivity anomaly in the lower part of the mantle transition zone (MTZ; 520-660 km depth) beneath southeastern Australia implying considerable lateral as radial heterogeneity in the conductivity structure. The high-conductivity region appears to be 0.5-1 log units more conductive than previous global and other regionalized 1-D models. Further analysis using laboratory-based conductivity models combined with thermochemical phase equilibrium computations shows that the strong conductivity anomaly implies water contents of around 0.1 wt per cent in the upper part and >0.4 wt per cent in the lower part of the MTZ. This implies a large MTZ water reservoir that likely totals one to three times that which currently resides in the oceans. The amount of water in the lower MTZ appears to exceed the experimentally determined water storage capacity of the main lower MTZ mineral ringwoodite, which, as a result, undergoes dehydration-induced partial melting. Including contributions to conductivity from a thin melt layer (20 km thick) located in the mid-MTZ increases conductivity locally in the

  11. Large methane reserves beneath Antarctica?

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    Wadham, J. L.; Tulaczyk, S. M.; Stibal, M.; Arndt, S.; Telling, J.; Lis, G.; Lawson, E. C.; Dubnick, A.; Tranter, M.; Sharp, M. J.; Anesio, A.

    2010-12-01

    Once thought to be devoid of life, the Antarctic Ice Sheet is now known to be a dynamic reservoir of metabolically active microbial cells and organic carbon. Its potential to support the degradation of organic carbon to methane, however, has not yet been evaluated. Large marine sedimentary basins beneath the ice sheet (estimated to cover up to 50% by area and contain sedimentary sequences up to 3 km thick) remain thawed during glaciation. These basins are estimated to contain ~7000 Pg of organic carbon, assuming that sedimentary basins account for 1 and 2 M km2 of the West and East Antarctic Ice Sheets respectively, the organic carbon content of overridden marine sediments is 0.5 % and the mean sediment depth is 1 km. We predict that this carbon is microbially cycled to methane under anoxic conditions beneath the ice sheet. Laboratory experimental data are consistent with this and show that organic carbon overridden by glaciers and ice sheets produces methane under anoxic conditions, and at rates similar to those observed in sub-seafloor sediments. We numerically model the accumulation of methane in Antarctic sedimentary basins and show that sediment porewaters become over-saturated with methane over >1 Myr and that typical pressure/temperature conditions favour methane hydrate formation down to between ~500m and ~1000m in the sedimentary column. We calculate conservatively that a minimum of ~70 and ~360 PgC of releasable methane (clathrate + free gas) could be produced beneath the West and East Antarctic Ice Sheets over 3 and 30 Myr of glaciation respectively, which is of a similar order of magnitude to methane present as hydrate in Arctic permafrost. The stability of this releasable methane reserve depends sensitively upon in situ pressure conditions, and hence ice thickness. We show that only modest ice sheet retreat rates (700-2000 km2 a-1) are required to stimulate out gassing of releasable methane from Antarctic sedimentary basins at rates sufficient to

  12. Mantle anisotropy beneath the Earth's mid-ocean ridges

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    Nowacki, Andy; Kendall, J.-Michael; Wookey, James

    2012-02-01

    Observations of seismic anisotropy at oceanic spreading centres offer insights into mid-ocean ridge processes and the formation of new plates. Here, remote observations of seismic anisotropy beneath mid-ocean ridges are made using measurements of source-side shear wave splitting. Over 100 high-quality measurements are made using earthquakes that occur near mid-ocean ridges and transform faults, but are observed at teleseismic distances. In general, for off-axis ridge events, the polarisation of fast shear waves, ϕ″, is approximately parallel to the spreading direction. Nearer the ridge (<~50 km), ϕ″ becomes more scattered and is often ridge-parallel. Delay times, δt, tend to increase from < 1 s near the ridge axis to ˜ 3 s further away. Slow-spreading regions (Gakkel and Southwest Indian Ridges) show smaller amounts of splitting than faster spreading centres. At transform zones, the pattern is more complex. Coverage beneath the East Pacific Rise is especially good, and we observe a systematic increase in delay times in S wave splitting measurements compared to previous SKS splitting observations made at ocean-bottom seismometers. One compatible explanation is the presence of horizontally-aligned, connected layers of melt at depth; this is also compatible with other observations of the 'LAB' discontinuity and surface-wave derived measurements of radial anisotropy.

  13. Moho Depth Variation Beneath Southwest Japan Revealed From Inverted Velocity Structure Based on Receiver Functions

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    Shiomi, K.; Obara, K.; Sato, H.

    2004-12-01

    We determine the depth variation of the Moho discontinuity beneath Chugoku-Shikoku region, southwest Japan. We apply the receiver function analysis to teleseismic waveforms from more than 250 earthquakes with magnitude 5.5 or larger recorded by the High Sensitivity Seismograph Network (Hi-net). Integrating estimated receiver functions into six groups according to the back azimuth of each station, we estimate the seismic velocity structure for every group of the receiver functions by using the improved linearized time-domain waveform inversion method. This improved method adopts a weighting function to determine the shallow structure well and estimate both S and P wave velocity, simultaneously. We detect a clear velocity discontinuity corresponding to the Moho across which the S wave velocity changes to 4.5 km/s from 3.7 km/s. The depth of the discontinuity is about 30 km beneath northern (the Japan Sea) and southern (the Pacific) coastlines and more than 40 km beneath central part of the study region. In the central part, a low velocity layer (LVL) with 10 km thickness exists under the Moho. The depth of the upper boundary of the LVL is 45 to 50 km. The Philippine Sea plate (PHS) is subducting toward the northwest from the Nankai Trough beneath the Chugoku-Shikoku region where both the continental and the oceanic Moho exist. The LVL corresponds to the subducting oceanic crust of the PHS and the oceanic Moho is the bottom of the oceanic crust. The continental Moho of the Eurasian plate lies above the low velocity oceanic crust. However, at stations in the northern and southern part of the study region, we find only one major velocity discontinuity. We read the depth of these clear discontinuities from the inverted velocity models and map the Moho depth at the conversion point. By interpolating the results, we separately draw the depth contour of the continental and the oceanic Moho beneath Chugoku-Shikoku region under the assumptions: (1) the Moho of the Pacific

  14. Longitudinal vortices beneath breaking waves

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    Nepf, H. M.; Cowen, E. A.; Kimmel, S. J.; Monismith, S. G.

    1995-08-01

    The formation of longitudinal vortices has been observed in a wavy channel flow and appears to be linked to spilling breaking and/or to vertical vorticity generated by a wave instability at the wave maker. Both conditions were present when the wave slope, ak exceeded 0.25. The wave instability produced velocity jets beneath and just downstream of the plunger that could provide the initial perturbation for the CL2 instability mechanism (Faller and Caponi, 1978). The breaker activity could also contribute to the CL2 production mechanism by eliminating the negative, stabilizing shear observed within the wave maker wake and by providing seed perturbations to the vorticity field. As the cells evolved downstream, they were maintained through interaction with the bottom boundary layer. When the vortices were present, both vertical mixing and turbulent kinetic energy were enhanced. Despite some differences in scale these results suggest that Langmuir circulation may produce similar changes in the mixed layer.

  15. Langmuir circulations beneath growing waves

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    Phillips, W. R. C.

    2000-11-01

    The instability of a weakly sheared density stratified two dimensional wavy flow to longitudinal vortices is considered. The instability mechanism is Craik-Leibovich type 2, or CL2, and the problem is posited in the context of Langmuir circulations beneath irrotational wind driven surface waves. Of interest is the influence to the instability of growing or decaying waves according to linear theory. The basis for the study is an initial value problem posed by Leibovich & Paolucci (1981) in which the liquid substrate is of semi-infinite extent and the wind driven current is permitted to grow. At zero Richardson number, relative to the solution for neutral waves, it is found that growing waves act to stabilize the instability while decaying waves are destablizing. Furthemore while growing waves act to increase the spanwise wavenumber at onset, decaying waves act to decrease it. The influence of Prandtl and Richardson numbers is also discussed.

  16. Technological Discontinuities and Organizational Environments.

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    Tushman, Michael L.; Anderson, Philip

    1986-01-01

    Technological effects on environmental conditions are analyzed using longitudinal data from the minicomputer, cement, and airline industries. Technology evolves through periods of incremental change punctuated by breakthroughs that enhance or destroy the competence of firms. Competence-destroying discontinuities increase environmental turbulence;…

  17. The Morphosyntax of Discontinuous Exponence

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    Campbell, Amy Melissa

    2012-01-01

    This thesis offers a systematic treatment of discontinuous exponence, a pattern of inflection in which a single feature or a set of features bundled in syntax is expressed by multiple, distinct morphemes. This pattern is interesting and theoretically relevant because it represents a deviation from the expected one-to-one relationship between…

  18. Upper-mantle velocity structure beneath the Siberian platform

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    Priestley, Keith; Cipar, John; Egorkin, Anatoli; Pavlenkova, Nina

    1994-08-01

    We present a new velocity model for the continental upper mantle beneath central Siberia based on observations of the 1982'RIFT'Deep Seismic Sounding (DSS) profile. Three Peaceful Nuclear Explosions (PNE) were detonated to provide energy for the 2600 km long profile that extends from the Yamal Peninsula to the Mongolian border SE of Lake Baikal. In this paper, we model seismic recordings from the northernmost explosion since data from that shot shows unambiguous arrivals from the mantle-transition-zone discontinuities. The analysis combines forward-traveltime modelling and waveform matching using reflectivity synthetic seismograms. Our model for the lithosphere has velocities of 8.25-8.20 km s-1 from the Moho to 117 km depth. Between 117 and 123 km depth, a strong velocity gradient (8.30-8.53 km s-1) is required while a moderate gradient (8.53-8.55 km s-1) exists between 123 and 136 km depth. A low-velocity zone from 136 to 210 km depth terminates this phase arrival branch. The gradient again rises between 210 and 233 km and depth, culminating in a high-gradient zone (8.63-8.80 km s-1) between 233 and 235 km depth. Below the high-gradient zone, more moderate gradient (8.80-8.85 km s-1) is required from 235 to 253 km depth, terminating in a zone of lower velocity (8.62-8.64 km s-1) from 253 to 400 km depth. The upper-mantle transition zone consists of two high-gradient zones separated by a more moderate gradient. The upper zone is best modelled as a 35 km thick velocity gradient (8.64-9.45 km s-1) from 400 to 435 km depth. The existence of the velocity gradient is based on the observation that arrivals from this feature can be identified starting at 1580 km range and rapidly become prominent with increasing distance. A model with a first-order discontinuity predicts significant arrivals at ranges closer than 1580 km. Our observations contain no compelling evidence for a 520 km discontinuity, although a small discontinuity cannot be ruled out. The lower

  19. Seismic Structure of the Mantle Beneath the Pacific Hemisphere

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    Bagley, Brian C.

    Aside from xenoliths, the Earth's mantle is a region that is inaccessible directly, leaving us with limited tools to investigate its characteristics indirectly. Seismology is a tool well-suited for this purpose, and has provided valuable insight regarding many fundamental processes occurring within the mantle. It is fortuitous that the mantle is layered, and that these layers are often punctuated by distinct changes in density and/or velocity that are seismically detectable. By investigating the seismic structure of the mantle we are able to infer properties such as composition, temperature, anisotropy, and water content. Seismic tomography has informed our understanding of subduction and the fate of slabs, and we are beginning to realize that the lower mantle might also be rich with heterogeneity. Our picture of the Earth's mantle is becoming clearer, however, there is much that we do not understand. Receiver function studies of the oceans are fewer and suffer the common malady of looking beneath oceanic islands, not generic oceanic crust. Most of the detailed information regarding the seismic discontinuity structure of open ocean mantle comes from bottom-side reflections that are precursors to SS phases (a shear wave that has traveled from source to receiver with one bottom-side surface bounce in between). SS and PP (a compressional wave with a path analogous to SS) precursors offer extensive geographic coverage and good sensitivity to small velocity contrasts and reasonable localization. They do not perform well for shallow reflectors, or reflectors near the larger transition zone discontinuities. In our studies we use multiple ScS reverberations to gain better resolution of these features. The primary goals of this research are to study mantle discontinuities, and fill in some of the missing detail regarding mantle heterogeneity. We do this by examining the Pacific ocean, beginning with the open ocean mantle, then moving to the subduction zones in the west

  20. Continental crust beneath southeast Iceland.

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    Torsvik, Trond H; Amundsen, Hans E F; Trønnes, Reidar G; Doubrovine, Pavel V; Gaina, Carmen; Kusznir, Nick J; Steinberger, Bernhard; Corfu, Fernando; Ashwal, Lewis D; Griffin, William L; Werner, Stephanie C; Jamtveit, Bjørn

    2015-04-14

    The magmatic activity (0-16 Ma) in Iceland is linked to a deep mantle plume that has been active for the past 62 My. Icelandic and northeast Atlantic basalts contain variable proportions of two enriched components, interpreted as recycled oceanic crust supplied by the plume, and subcontinental lithospheric mantle derived from the nearby continental margins. A restricted area in southeast Iceland--and especially the Öræfajökull volcano--is characterized by a unique enriched-mantle component (EM2-like) with elevated (87)Sr/(86)Sr and (207)Pb/(204)Pb. Here, we demonstrate through modeling of Sr-Nd-Pb abundances and isotope ratios that the primitive Öræfajökull melts could have assimilated 2-6% of underlying continental crust before differentiating to more evolved melts. From inversion of gravity anomaly data (crustal thickness), analysis of regional magnetic data, and plate reconstructions, we propose that continental crust beneath southeast Iceland is part of ∼350-km-long and 70-km-wide extension of the Jan Mayen Microcontinent (JMM). The extended JMM was marginal to East Greenland but detached in the Early Eocene (between 52 and 47 Mya); by the Oligocene (27 Mya), all parts of the JMM permanently became part of the Eurasian plate following a westward ridge jump in the direction of the Iceland plume. PMID:25825769

  1. Continental crust beneath southeast Iceland.

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    Torsvik, Trond H; Amundsen, Hans E F; Trønnes, Reidar G; Doubrovine, Pavel V; Gaina, Carmen; Kusznir, Nick J; Steinberger, Bernhard; Corfu, Fernando; Ashwal, Lewis D; Griffin, William L; Werner, Stephanie C; Jamtveit, Bjørn

    2015-04-14

    The magmatic activity (0-16 Ma) in Iceland is linked to a deep mantle plume that has been active for the past 62 My. Icelandic and northeast Atlantic basalts contain variable proportions of two enriched components, interpreted as recycled oceanic crust supplied by the plume, and subcontinental lithospheric mantle derived from the nearby continental margins. A restricted area in southeast Iceland--and especially the Öræfajökull volcano--is characterized by a unique enriched-mantle component (EM2-like) with elevated (87)Sr/(86)Sr and (207)Pb/(204)Pb. Here, we demonstrate through modeling of Sr-Nd-Pb abundances and isotope ratios that the primitive Öræfajökull melts could have assimilated 2-6% of underlying continental crust before differentiating to more evolved melts. From inversion of gravity anomaly data (crustal thickness), analysis of regional magnetic data, and plate reconstructions, we propose that continental crust beneath southeast Iceland is part of ∼350-km-long and 70-km-wide extension of the Jan Mayen Microcontinent (JMM). The extended JMM was marginal to East Greenland but detached in the Early Eocene (between 52 and 47 Mya); by the Oligocene (27 Mya), all parts of the JMM permanently became part of the Eurasian plate following a westward ridge jump in the direction of the Iceland plume.

  2. Continental crust beneath southeast Iceland

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    Torsvik, Trond H.; Amundsen, Hans E. F.; Trønnes, Reidar G.; Doubrovine, Pavel V.; Gaina, Carmen; Kusznir, Nick J.; Steinberger, Bernhard; Corfu, Fernando; Ashwal, Lewis D.; Griffin, William L.; Werner, Stephanie C.; Jamtveit, Bjørn

    2015-01-01

    The magmatic activity (0–16 Ma) in Iceland is linked to a deep mantle plume that has been active for the past 62 My. Icelandic and northeast Atlantic basalts contain variable proportions of two enriched components, interpreted as recycled oceanic crust supplied by the plume, and subcontinental lithospheric mantle derived from the nearby continental margins. A restricted area in southeast Iceland—and especially the Öræfajökull volcano—is characterized by a unique enriched-mantle component (EM2-like) with elevated 87Sr/86Sr and 207Pb/204Pb. Here, we demonstrate through modeling of Sr–Nd–Pb abundances and isotope ratios that the primitive Öræfajökull melts could have assimilated 2–6% of underlying continental crust before differentiating to more evolved melts. From inversion of gravity anomaly data (crustal thickness), analysis of regional magnetic data, and plate reconstructions, we propose that continental crust beneath southeast Iceland is part of ∼350-km-long and 70-km-wide extension of the Jan Mayen Microcontinent (JMM). The extended JMM was marginal to East Greenland but detached in the Early Eocene (between 52 and 47 Mya); by the Oligocene (27 Mya), all parts of the JMM permanently became part of the Eurasian plate following a westward ridge jump in the direction of the Iceland plume. PMID:25825769

  3. 38 CFR 21.7635 - Discontinuance dates.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ....S.C. 3680(e)) (b) Course discontinued—course interrupted—course terminated—course not satisfactorily...) (e) Discontinued by VA. If VA discontinues payment to a reservist following the procedures stated...

  4. Bursts in discontinuous Aeolian saltation

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    Carneiro, M. V.; Rasmussen, K. R.; Herrmann, H. J.

    2015-01-01

    Close to the onset of Aeolian particle transport through saltation we find in wind tunnel experiments a regime of discontinuous flux characterized by bursts of activity. Scaling laws are observed in the time delay between each burst and in the measurements of the wind fluctuations at the fluid threshold Shields number θc. The time delay between each burst decreases on average with the increase of the Shields number until sand flux becomes continuous. A numerical model for saltation including the wind-entrainment from the turbulent fluctuations can reproduce these observations and gives insight about their origin. We present here also for the first time measurements showing that with feeding it becomes possible to sustain discontinuous flux even below the fluid threshold. PMID:26073305

  5. Discontinuities in recurrent neural networks.

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    Gavaldá, R; Siegelmann, H T

    1999-04-01

    This article studies the computational power of various discontinuous real computational models that are based on the classical analog recurrent neural network (ARNN). This ARNN consists of finite number of neurons; each neuron computes a polynomial net function and a sigmoid-like continuous activation function. We introduce arithmetic networks as ARNN augmented with a few simple discontinuous (e.g., threshold or zero test) neurons. We argue that even with weights restricted to polynomial time computable reals, arithmetic networks are able to compute arbitrarily complex recursive functions. We identify many types of neural networks that are at least as powerful as arithmetic nets, some of which are not in fact discontinuous, but they boost other arithmetic operations in the net function (e.g., neurons that can use divisions and polynomial net functions inside sigmoid-like continuous activation functions). These arithmetic networks are equivalent to the Blum-Shub-Smale model, when the latter is restricted to a bounded number of registers. With respect to implementation on digital computers, we show that arithmetic networks with rational weights can be simulated with exponential precision, but even with polynomial-time computable real weights, arithmetic networks are not subject to any fixed precision bounds. This is in contrast with the ARNN that are known to demand precision that is linear in the computation time. When nontrivial periodic functions (e.g., fractional part, sine, tangent) are added to arithmetic networks, the resulting networks are computationally equivalent to a massively parallel machine. Thus, these highly discontinuous networks can solve the presumably intractable class of PSPACE-complete problems in polynomial time.

  6. Reinforced ceramics employing discontinuous phases

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    Becher, P.F.

    1990-01-01

    The fracture toughness of ceramics can be improved by the incorporation of a variety of discontinuous reinforcing phases and microstructures. Observations of crack paths in these systems indicate that these reinforcing phases bridge the crack tip wake region. Recent developments in micromechanics toughening models applicable to such systems are discussed and compared with experimental observations. Because material parameters and microstructural characteristics are considered, the crack bridging models provide a means to optimize the toughening effects. 18 refs., 2 figs.

  7. 40 CFR 159.167 - Discontinued studies.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 25 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Discontinued studies. 159.167 Section 159.167 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (CONTINUED) PESTICIDE PROGRAMS... Discontinued studies. The fact that a study has been discontinued before the planned termination must...

  8. 40 CFR 159.167 - Discontinued studies.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 23 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Discontinued studies. 159.167 Section 159.167 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (CONTINUED) PESTICIDE PROGRAMS... Discontinued studies. The fact that a study has been discontinued before the planned termination must...

  9. 40 CFR 159.167 - Discontinued studies.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 24 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Discontinued studies. 159.167 Section 159.167 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (CONTINUED) PESTICIDE PROGRAMS... Discontinued studies. The fact that a study has been discontinued before the planned termination must...

  10. 40 CFR 159.167 - Discontinued studies.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 24 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Discontinued studies. 159.167 Section 159.167 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (CONTINUED) PESTICIDE PROGRAMS... Discontinued studies. The fact that a study has been discontinued before the planned termination must...

  11. 40 CFR 159.167 - Discontinued studies.

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    2012-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 25 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false Discontinued studies. 159.167 Section 159.167 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (CONTINUED) PESTICIDE PROGRAMS... Discontinued studies. The fact that a study has been discontinued before the planned termination must...

  12. Discontinuous mixed covolume methods for parabolic problems.

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    Zhu, Ailing; Jiang, Ziwen

    2014-01-01

    We present the semidiscrete and the backward Euler fully discrete discontinuous mixed covolume schemes for parabolic problems on triangular meshes. We give the error analysis of the discontinuous mixed covolume schemes and obtain optimal order error estimates in discontinuous H(div) and first-order error estimate in L(2).

  13. Constraining density and velocity jumps across the 410 km discontinuity

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    Saki, Morvarid; Thomas, Christine; Cobden, Laura; Abreu, Rafael

    2016-04-01

    We investigate the velocity and density structure of the olivine-to-wadsleyite transition using polarities of precursor arrivals to PP seismic waves that reflect off the 410 km discontinuity beneath the Northern Atlantic. Numerous source-receiver combinations have been used in order to collect a dataset of reflection points beneath our investigation area. We analyzed over 1700 seismograms from Mw > 5.8 using array seismology methods to enhance the signal to noise ratio. For each event the polarity of the PP phase is compared to polarity of the precursor signal and we find several events where the polarity of the precursors are opposite to that of PP. There does not seem to be any dependency of the observed polarities on the propagation direction of the seismic waves but interestingly there seems to be a dependency on the distance between source and receiver. The events with epicentral distances greater than 119 degrees mostly show opposite polarities, while for those with smaller epicentral distances the same polarity of the main phase and precursor signal is dominant. Using Zeoppritz equations, we analyzed more than 64 million combinations of density, compressional and shear wave velocities for both layers, above and below the 410 km discontinuity in order to find the best combination of those parameters that can explain the observations. The results are indicating combinations of density, P and S wave velocity exhibiting a smaller contrast compared to those from the pyrolite model (the density jump, however is still positive to provide physically meaningful results). The calculated reductions in both compressional and shear wave velocities go up to 13% but mostly fall within the range of less than 7- 8%. We interpret this reduction in elastic properties and seismic velocity of minerals as the effect of a higher than normal content of water of wadsleyite in this region, while we can exclude a reduction in iron.

  14. Crustal Thickness Beneath Ocean Islands

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    Gao, S. S.; Liu, K. H.; Cullers, R. L.

    2005-12-01

    We measured the thickness of the Earth's crust beneath about two dozen of the GDSN or GEOSCOPE stations located on ocean islands by stacking moveout-corrected high-quality P-to-S receiver functions (RFs). The RFs were filtered in the 0.05-0.5 Hz frequency bands to compress strong noises that are common for ocean island stations. Given the small (less than 2 s) time separation between the direct P and the P-to-S converted phase from the Moho, the PSmS phase, which has a negative polarity and can be clearly observed at almost all the stations, is used for the stacking. Preliminary resulting thickness at each of the stations is as follows: AFI (12.4 km), AIS (13.6), ASCN (9.6), BBSR (9.9), BORG (9.4), CRZF (6.6), GUMO (8.0), HNR (8.0), HOPE (19.0), KIP (13.0), MSEY (10.7), MSVF (15.1), NOUC (15.1), PAF (8.9), POHA (17.0), PPT (12.3), PTCN (10.4), RAR (12.8), RER (13.8), RPN (9.3), SEY (14.9), SHEL (17.5), TBT (14.1), XMAS (11.8). Crustal thickness at some of the stations has been measured previously, and our results are in general agreement with those measurements. Possible age-dependence of the resulting thickness and geological implications in the understanding of plume-lithosphere interactions and formation of ocean islands will be presented.

  15. Crustal structure beneath Eastern Greenland

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    Reiche, S.; Thybo, H.; Kaip, G.; Skjoth Bruun, A.; Reid, I.; Chemia, Z.; Greschke, B.

    2011-12-01

    The conjugate Atlantic passive margins of western Norway and eastern Greenland are characterized by the presence of coast-parallel mountain ranges with peak elevations of more than 3.5 km close to Scoresby Sund in Eastern Greenland. Knowledge about crustal thickness and composition below these mountain belts is needed for assessing the isostatic balance of the crust and to gain insight into possible links between crustal composition, rifting history and present-day topography of the North Atlantic Region. However, the acquisition of geophysical data onshore Greenland is logistically complicated by the presence of an up to 4 km thick ice sheet, permanently covering the largest part of the land mass. Hence previous seismic surveys have only been carried out offshore and near the coast of Greenland, where little information about the continental part of the crust could be gained. To get insight into crustal thickness and composition below the Greenland ice sheet, the TopoGreenland project collects the first ever seismic data onshore Greenland. Wide-angle data was acquired along an EW-trending profile, extending 350 km inland from the approximate edge of the stable ice cap near Scoresby Sund. Data is recorded by 350 Reftek Texan receivers for 10 equidistant shot points along the profile. We use forward ray tracing modelling to construct a two-dimensional velocity model from the observed travel times. These results show the first images of the subsurface velocity structure beneath the Greenland ice sheet and provide a link between the composition of the crust and the present-day topography of Greenland.

  16. Low-velocity zone atop the 410-km seismic discontinuity in the northwestern United States.

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    Song, Teh-Ru Alex; Helmberger, Don V; Grand, Stephen P

    2004-02-01

    The seismic discontinuity at 410 km depth in the Earth's mantle is generally attributed to the phase transition of (Mg,Fe)2SiO4 (refs 1, 2) from the olivine to wadsleyite structure. Variation in the depth of this discontinuity is often taken as a proxy for mantle temperature owing to its response to thermal perturbations. For example, a cold anomaly would elevate the 410-km discontinuity, because of its positive Clapeyron slope, whereas a warm anomaly would depress the discontinuity. But trade-offs between seismic wave-speed heterogeneity and discontinuity topography often inhibit detailed analysis of these discontinuities, and structure often appears very complicated. Here we simultaneously model seismic refracted waves and scattered waves from the 410-km discontinuity in the western United States to constrain structure in the region. We find a low-velocity zone, with a shear-wave velocity drop of 5%, on top of the 410-km discontinuity beneath the northwestern United States, extending from southwestern Oregon to the northern Basin and Range province. This low-velocity zone has a thickness that varies from 20 to 90 km with rapid lateral variations. Its spatial extent coincides with both an anomalous composition of overlying volcanism and seismic 'receiver-function' observations observed above the region. We interpret the low-velocity zone as a compositional anomaly, possibly due to a dense partial-melt layer, which may be linked to prior subduction of the Farallon plate and back-arc extension. The existence of such a layer could be indicative of high water content in the Earth's transition zone.

  17. Discontinuous dynamics with grazing points

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    Akhmet, M. U.; Kıvılcım, A.

    2016-09-01

    Discontinuous dynamical systems with grazing solutions are discussed. The group property, continuation of solutions, continuity and smoothness of solutions are thoroughly analyzed. A variational system around a grazing solution which depends on near solutions is constructed. Orbital stability of grazing cycles is examined by linearization. Small parameter method is extended for analysis of grazing orbits, and bifurcation of cycles is observed in an example. Linearization around an equilibrium grazing point is discussed. The results can be extended on functional differential equations, partial differential equations and others. Appropriate illustrations are depicted to support the theoretical results.

  18. Specific features of the melt percolation in mantle beneath the kimberlite pipes

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    Ashchepkov, I.

    2004-05-01

    Layered mantle sequences beneath kimberlite pipes influences on melt- fluid percolation. Units recognized from top: 1. Sp- and Sp-garnet facies primitive or Si-enriched. 10-20 kbar (I) heated to 70-90 mv/m2 similar to alkali basalt xenoliths; 2. Upper garnet facie -coarse enriched lherzolites 20-35 kbar (I-II) are diapiric rising from submelted (II) 3.Pyroxenite lens 35-45 kbar (III) 35-55 mv/m2 accumulated water from subducted peridotite dehydration; 4.Layered primary subduction harzburgite-eclogite sequence- 2-4 layers, 45-60 kbar (IV) 35-40 mv/m2; 5. Coarse Ga-dunites, B,C eclogites 60-65 kbar (V) 35 mv/m2 layer(Pokhilenko, Sobolev, 1987) is part of mantle wedge washed by fluids; 6. Lower asthenospheric unit are sheared or melt interacted peridotites resulted from melt impregnation or hot (to1400oC) pyroxenites intrusion 65-75 kbar (VI)or convective motion (Nixon,Boyd,1973); 7. Lower part lithospheric of keel dunites (Pokhilenko et al, 2003) or mixed with the pyroxenites or convective mantle material 75-120 kbar (VII) with subadiabatic PT conditions. Melt types. 1.Anatexic peridotite melts at 35 -40 kbar due to dehydration of slabs (hi- SiO2, Al2O3, CaO -alkalies ) rised to 19-12 kbars enriching diapir roofs and phase boundaries. 2. Subduction- related fluids-melts rising from slabs <45 with Na-Fe or 3.K- LILE metasomatites >70 kbar in continental margins (K- richterites and phlogopites decomposition); deep plum ultramafic kimberlite melts at 200 boundary melt due to density inversion (Agee, 2000), 4. differentiated protokimberlite melts created pre-eruption mantle feeding system; 5. basaltic melts came from 660km and crossing 200 boundary and stopped ~35 40 kbars interacting with pyroxenite lens, next light fluid-rich fractions riching 30-20 asthenospheric trap (Wyllie, 1973) causing Fe- Al enrichment. 7. Various hybrid melts produce by 2 types of plums forming pyroxenites, hydrous metasomatites near phase boundaries and tops of slabs layers. Growth of the

  19. Mantle Discontinuities and the Origins of the U.S. Cratonic Lithosphere

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    Fischer, K. M.; Hopper, E.

    2014-12-01

    The goals of this work are to probe how mantle lithosphere discontinuity structure varies beneath the cratonic terranes of the northern U.S. and to relate this structure to the processes that created and modified the cratonic mantle. Our region samples the Archean Wyoming, Medicine Hat and Superior cratons, and the Proterozoic terranes that lie between them. We imaged the mantle using Sp phases recorded by permanent and temporary seismic networks, including EarthScope's Transportable Array. Sp receiver functions for individual waveforms were obtained by extended time multi-taper deconvolution, and migrated into a 3D volume using common conversion point stacking, a spline representation of phase Fresnel zones, and 3D models for crust and mantle structure. The stack was bootstrapped. In the cratonic mantle, we observe multiple mid-lithospheric discontinuities (MLDs) that are characterized by three types of structures: a relatively continuous negative discontinuity (velocity decrease with depth) that lies in the 65-100 km depth range; deeper negative MLDs (80-145 km) that are more discontinuous and intermittent; and occasional positive MLDs at the greatest depths (>125 km). In contrast to the tectonically active western U.S., beneath cratonic regions we typically do not observe a strong negative discontinuty at the base of the tomographically-defined lithosphere, indicating that the transition to asthenospheric properties is gradual. The MLDs indicate strong layering in the cratonic mantle lithosphere. In multiple cases, one negative discontinuity dips below another, consistent with a slab of lithosphere imbricated beneath pre-existing cratonic mantle. One of the clearest examples is a north-dipping phase at depths of 80-130 km beneath the Cheyenne Belt, the suture between the Wyoming Craton and the accreted Proterozoic terranes to its south. In Sept. 2013, an unusual earthquake occurred within the high velocity mantle of the Wyoming craton at ~76 km, a depth that

  20. The structure and nature of the Moho beneath Central Iberia

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    Ehsan, Siddique Akhtar; Carbonell, Ramon; Ayarza, Puy; Martí, David; Poyatos, David Martínez; Pérez-Estaún, Andrés

    2015-11-01

    The Moho is the most conspicuous feature in the ALCUDIA deep normal incidence and wide-angle seismic reflection datasets acquired across the Central Iberia Zone. This discontinuity appears to be sub-horizontal with a slight dip toward the center of the Iberian Peninsula, beneath the Tajo Basin. Densely spaced wide-angle seismic reflection data reveal conspicuous PmP and SmS reflections in the shot records. These reflections, arriving over a 1.5 s time window and characterized by a relatively low frequency content, are used to infer the internal structure and characteristics of this crustal boundary in an effort to place constraints on its nature beneath the studied area. The wide-angle shot records were processed in order to generate low-fold stacks that reveal gradual deepening of Moho PmP phases from 10.2 s TWT (~ 31 km) in the Central Iberian Zone to 11.8 s TWT (~ 36 km) beneath the Tajo Basin. The Moho seismic signature was the main objective of a series of 1-D and 2-D synthetic modeling simulations. Reflectivity modeling was used as the 1-D modeling approach and an elastic finite difference scheme was used for the 2-D modeling. The Moho can be considered to be a self-similar/fractal heterogeneous media with a bimodal velocity distribution, alternating crustal and mantle values, with horizontal correlation lengths that range between 1 and 4 km and vertical correlation lengths that range from 0.2 to 1 km. The depth of this boundary is most probably the result of late to post-variscan re-equilibration processes affecting a previously deformed and laminated lower crust. The mechanisms that took part in this process might have differed to the north and south of the sampled Central Iberian Zone, being more thermally induced to the north, near the Central System. Processes leading to the layered structure of the Moho boundary, either tectonic or magmatic, should be further investigated.

  1. Receiver Function Analysis of the Lithospheric Structure Beneath the Western Great Plains

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    Thurner, S.; Zhai, Y.; Levander, A.

    2010-12-01

    thermal gradient that resulted from a difference in lithospheric thicknesses between the RGR and western Great Plains. This small-scale convection system is thought to include lithospheric material that has been delaminated from the region beneath the RGR. Our receiver function images reveal clear moho as well as LAB discontinuities and preliminary estimates indicate crustal thicknesses of ~40-50 km. These results can be used to better understand the tectonic transition from the extended RGR to the western edge of the stable North American craton.

  2. Upper Mantle Structure and Transition Zone Thickness Beneath Ocean Islands From Receiver Function Study

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    Li, X.; Kind, R.; Yuan, X.

    2001-12-01

    Receiver function analysis is a robust method to detect the main upper mantle discontinuities, to measure the transition zone thickness and to deduce the lateral temperature variation in the upper mantle. However, this method is limited by the distribution of the seismic stations. Till now the receiver function observations have been obtained mainly on the continents where most of the stations are located. Observations from oceanic stations are, in contrary, rarely published. One reason is the high noise level at the oceanic stations. In this work we have carefully selected teleseismic earthquake records with high signal-noise ratios and calculated receiver functions for stations on some ocean islands. Different low pass filters are applied to suppress the ocean noise. All the oceanic receiver functions have a later 410 arrivals, indicating a lower upper mantle velocity above these stations. The transition zone thickness varies, however, up to 30 km, which is significantly smaller than beneath Hawaii where a strong mantle plume was reported. Beneath Samoa island (AFI) in south Pacific ocean, the transition zone is about 3 seconds thinner than predicted by the IASP91 model (about 250oC temperature anomaly). Beneath Cook island (RAR), the transition zone thickness is normal, indicating that no temperature anomaly at that depth exists beneath the station. Beneath the Island Reunion (RER) in Indian ocean, both the 410 and the 660 are observed after a low pass filter is applied. The transition zone thickness is about 2 seconds less than the prediction of IASP91 model, associated with about 150oC excess mantle temperature.

  3. Mapping bedrock beneath glacial till using CDP seismic reflection methods

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    Keiswetter, D.; Black, R.; Steeples, D.

    1994-03-01

    This paper is a case history demonstrating the applicability of the common depth point (CDP) seismic reflection method to image bedrock beneath glacial till in northwestern Iowa. Reflections from the base of the 40-m thick glacial till are clearly observable on field files at around 45 to 50 ms two-way traveltime and possess a dominant frequency of around 100 Hz. The bedrock reflection is confirmed by drill data. The seismic data are of sufficient quality to detect local bedrock topographic changes and to interpret discontinuities along the till-bedrock interface. Finite-difference synthetic seismograms substantiate the interpreted reflections and the diffraction signatures from faults observed on the field files. At some locations along the seismic line, intra-till reflections are apparent on the field files. These intra-till features are on the order of tens of meters in length along the line traverse and reflections from them are not enhanced by common depth point processing. Intra-till reflections could be indicative of gravels or other alluvial materials that may serve as local aquifers.

  4. A Practical Guide to Regression Discontinuity

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    Jacob, Robin; Zhu, Pei; Somers, Marie-Andrée; Bloom, Howard

    2012-01-01

    Regression discontinuity (RD) analysis is a rigorous nonexperimental approach that can be used to estimate program impacts in situations in which candidates are selected for treatment based on whether their value for a numeric rating exceeds a designated threshold or cut-point. Over the last two decades, the regression discontinuity approach has…

  5. 38 CFR 21.7135 - Discontinuance dates.

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    2011-07-01

    ...) Eligibility expires. If the veteran is pursuing a course on the date of expiration of eligibility as... Bill-Active Duty) Payments-Educational Assistance § 21.7135 Discontinuance dates. The effective date of... dependent. If more than one type of reduction or discontinuance is involved, the earliest date will...

  6. 38 CFR 21.7135 - Discontinuance dates.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ...) Eligibility expires. If the veteran is pursuing a course on the date of expiration of eligibility as... Bill-Active Duty) Payments-Educational Assistance § 21.7135 Discontinuance dates. The effective date of... dependent. If more than one type of reduction or discontinuance is involved, the earliest date will...

  7. Discontinued drugs in 2008: cardiovascular drugs.

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    Zhang, Xu-Song; Xiang, Bing-Ren

    2009-07-01

    This perspective is part of an annual series of papers discussing drugs dropped from clinical development in the previous year. Specifically, this paper focuses on the 16 cardiovascular drugs discontinued in 2008. Information for this perspective was derived from a search of the Pharmaprojects database for drugs discontinued after reaching Phase I-III clinical trials. PMID:19548849

  8. Bacteria beneath the West Antarctic ice sheet.

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    Lanoil, Brian; Skidmore, Mark; Priscu, John C; Han, Sukkyun; Foo, Wilson; Vogel, Stefan W; Tulaczyk, Slawek; Engelhardt, Hermann

    2009-03-01

    Subglacial environments, particularly those that lie beneath polar ice sheets, are beginning to be recognized as an important part of Earth's biosphere. However, except for indirect indications of microbial assemblages in subglacial Lake Vostok, Antarctica, no sub-ice sheet environments have been shown to support microbial ecosystems. Here we report 16S rRNA gene and isolate diversity in sediments collected from beneath the Kamb Ice Stream, West Antarctic Ice Sheet and stored for 15 months at 4 degrees C. This is the first report of microbes in samples from the sediment environment beneath the Antarctic Ice Sheet. The cells were abundant ( approximately 10(7) cells g(-1)) but displayed low diversity (only five phylotypes), likely as a result of enrichment during storage. Isolates were cold tolerant and the 16S rRNA gene diversity was a simplified version of that found in subglacial alpine and Arctic sediments and water. Although in situ cell abundance and the extent of wet sediments beneath the Antarctic ice sheet can only be roughly extrapolated on the basis of this sample, it is clear that the subglacial ecosystem contains a significant and previously unrecognized pool of microbial cells and associated organic carbon that could potentially have significant implications for global geochemical processes.

  9. New insight into the Upper Mantle Structure Beneath the Pacific Ocean Using PP and SS Precursors

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    Gurrola, H.; Rogers, K. D.

    2013-12-01

    The passing of the EarthScope Transportable array has provided a dense data set that enabled beam forming of SS and PP data that resultes in improved frequency content to as much a 1 Hz in the imaging of upper mantle structure. This combined with the application of simultaneous iterative deconvolution has resulted in images to as much as 4 Hz. The processing however results in structure being averaged over regions of 60 to 100 km in radius. This is becomes a powerful new tool to image the upper mantle beneath Oceanic regions where locating stations is expensive and difficult. This presentation will summarize work from a number of regions as to new observations of the upper mantle beneath the Pacific and Arctic Oceans. Images from a region of the Pacific Ocean furthest from hot spots or subduction zones (we will refer to this as the 'reference region'). show considerable layering in the upper mantle. The 410 km discontinuity is always imaged using these tools and appears to be a very sharp boundary. It does usually appear as an isolated positive phase. There appears to be a LAB at ~100 km as expected but there is a strong negative phase at ~ 200 km with a positive phase 15 km deeper. This is best explained as a lens of partial melt as expected for this depth based on the geothermal gradient. If so this should be a low friction point and so we would expect it to accommodate plate motion. Imaging of the Aleutian subduction zone does show the 100 km deep LAB as it descends but this 200 km deep horizon appears as a week descending positive anomaly without the shallower negative pulse. In addition to the 410, 100 and 200 km discontinuities there are a number of paired anomalies, between the 200 and 400 km depths, with a negative pulse 15 to 20 km shallower then the positive pulse. We do not believe these are side lobes or we would see side lobes on the 100 km and 410 km discontinuities. We believe these to be the result of friction induced partial melt along zones of

  10. Crustal and uppermost mantle structure variation beneath La Réunion hotspot track

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    Fontaine, Fabrice R.; Barruol, Guilhem; Tkalčić, Hrvoje; Wölbern, Ingo; Rümpker, Georg; Bodin, Thomas; Haugmard, Méric

    2015-10-01

    The Piton de la Fournaise basaltic volcano, on La Réunion Island in the western Indian Ocean, is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. This volcano is classically considered as the surface expression of an upwelling mantle plume and its activity is continuously monitored, providing detailed information on its superficial dynamics and on the edifice structure. Deeper crustal and upper mantle structure under La Réunion Island is surprisingly poorly constrained, motivating this study. We used receiver function techniques to determine a shear wave velocity profile through the crust and uppermost mantle beneath La Réunion, but also at other seismic stations located on the hotspot track, to investigate the plume and lithosphere interaction and its evolution through time. Receiver functions (RFs) were computed at permanent broad-band seismic stations from the GEOSCOPE network (on La Réunion and Rodrigues), at IRIS stations MRIV and DGAR installed on Mauritius and Diego Garcia islands, and at the GEOFON stations KAAM and HMDM on the Maldives. We performed non-linear inversions of RFs through modelling of P-to-S conversions at various crustal and upper mantle interfaces. Joint inversion of RF and surface wave dispersion data suggests a much deeper Mohorovičić discontinuity (Moho) beneath Mauritius (˜21 km) compared to La Réunion (˜12 km). A magmatic underplated body may be present under La Réunion as a thin layer (≤3 km thick), as suggested by a previous seismic refraction study, and as a much thicker layer beneath other stations located on the hotspot track, suggesting that underplating is an important process resulting from the plume-lithosphere interaction. We find evidence for a strikingly low velocity layer starting at about 33 km depth beneath La Réunion that we interpret as a zone of partial melt beneath the active volcano. We finally observe low velocities below 70 km beneath La Réunion and below 50 km beneath Mauritius that could represent

  11. Structure of the crust and the lithosphere beneath the southern Puna plateau from teleseismic receiver functions

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    Heit, B.; Bianchi, M.; Yuan, X.; Kay, S. M.; Sandvol, E.; Kumar, P.; Kind, R.; Alonso, R. N.; Brown, L. D.; Comte, D.

    2014-01-01

    We present a teleseismic P and S receiver function study using data from a temporary passive-source seismic array in the southernmost Puna plateau and adjacent regions. The P receiver function images show the distribution of crustal thickness and Vp/Vs ratio for this area. Over much of the southern Puna plateau, the crustal thickness is 50-55 km, whereas to the west a thicker crust (∼60 to 75 km) is observed beneath much of the Andean volcanic arc region. From the Puna southward, there is little obvious change in the crustal thickness across the border of the plateau (south of 28°S). The crust is seen to progressively thin towards the east in the Pampean Ranges where it is 35-40 km thick. The southern Puna plateau is characterized overall by a low crustal Vp/Vs ratio (less than 1.70), implying a felsic crustal composition. An anomalously high Vp/Vs ratio of 1.87 is observed beneath the Cerro Galan volcanic center, in the region where a prominent crustal low-velocity zone identified below ∼10 km depth probably extends into the lower crust. The crustal thickness determined under the Cerro Galan area (59 km) is close to that of the rest of the southern Puna. The prominent high Vp/Vs ratio and low-velocity zone beneath the Galan region implies the presence of a zone of partial melt or a magma chamber is consistent with hypothesis calling for lithospheric delamination beneath the Galan caldera. A widespread crustal low-velocity layer observed beneath much of the southern Puna, correlates well with crustal low-velocity anomalies observed by teleseismic tomography. The lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary beneath the array can be clearly observed by both P and S receiver functions at depths of 70-90 km in agreement with previous studies suggesting a thin lithosphere beneath the high elevated plateau. The mantle transition zone discontinuities appear at expected depths.

  12. Imaging Magma Plumbing Beneath Askja Volcano, Iceland

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    Greenfield, T. S.; White, R. S.

    2015-12-01

    Using a dense seismic network we have imaged the plumbing system beneath Askja, a large central volcano in the Northern Volcanic Zone, Iceland. Local and regional earthquakes have been used as sources to solve for the velocity structure beneath the volcano. We find a pronounced low-velocity anomaly beneath the caldera at a depth of ~7 km around the depth of the brittle-ductile transition. The anomaly is ~10% slower than the initial best fitting 1D model and has a Vp/Vs ratio higher than the surrounding crust, suggesting the presence of increased temperature or partial melt. We use relationships between mineralogy and seismic velocities to estimate that this region contains ~10% partial melt, similar to observations made at other volcanoes such as Kilauea. This low-velocity body is deeper than the depth range suggested by geodetic studies of a deflating source beneath Askja. Beneath the large low-velocity zone a region of reduced velocities extends into the lower crust and is coincident with seismicity in the lower crust. This is suggestive of a high temperature channel into the lower crust which could be the pathway for melt rising from the mantle. This melt either intrudes into the lower crust or stalls at the brittle-ductile boundary in the imaged body. Above this, melt can travel into the fissure swarm through large dikes or erupt within the Askja caldera itself.We generate travel time tables using a finite difference technique and the residuals used to simultaneously solve for both the earthquake locations and velocity structure. The 2014-15 Bárðarbunga dike intrusion has provided a 45 km long, distributed source of large earthquakes which are well located and provide accurate arrival time picks. Together with long-term background seismicity these provide excellent illumination of the Askja volcano from all directions.hhhh

  13. Medical factors associated with early IVF discontinuation.

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    Troude, Pénélope; Guibert, Juliette; Bouyer, Jean; de La Rochebrochard, Elise

    2014-03-01

    Even when IVF is reimbursed by the social insurance system, as in France, high discontinuation rates have been reported and some patients drop out as soon as the first failed IVF cycle. This study aims to investigate medical factors associated with treatment discontinuation in an IVF centre after the first unsuccessful cycle. The study included 5135 couples recruited in eight French IVF centres and who had had an unsuccessful first IVF cycle in these centres in 2000-2002 (i.e. no live birth). Of these couples with a first failed IVF, 1337 did not have a second IVF in the centre (26%, 'early discontinuation group') and 3798 continued treatment with a second IVF in the centre. The characteristics of couples who discontinued IVF treatment were compared with those who continued using logistic regressions. Older women, women with duration of infertility >5years, with female factor or unexplained infertility, with 0 or 1 oocyte retrieved and no embryo transfer during the first IVF were more likely to discontinue treatment early. Risk of early discontinuation was associated with medical factors that are also well known to be associated with impaired chance of successful IVF. Even when IVF is reimbursed by the social insurance system, as in France, high discontinuation rates have been reported and some patients drop out as soon as the first failed IVF cycle. This study aims to investigate medical factors associated with treatment discontinuation in an IVF centre after the first unsuccessful cycle. The study included 5135 couples recruited in eight French IVF centres who had had an unsuccessful first IVF cycle in these centres in 2000-2002 (i.e. who remained childless after a first cycle). Of these couples with a first failed IVF, 1337 did not have a second IVF in the centre and 3798 continued treatment with a second IVF in the centre. The characteristics of couples who discontinued IVF treatment were compared with those who continued. After a first failed IVF cycle, more

  14. Ps receiver function imaging of crustal structure and Moho topography beneath the Northeast Caribbean

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    Ntuli, G.; Agrawal, M.; Pulliam, J.; Huerfano Moreno, V. A.; Polanco Rivera, E.

    2015-12-01

    Due to its tectonic history, the Caribbean plate contains complex fault systems that are likely to have disrupted the Moho. To study the region's subsurface structure we computed a 3D image of the Northeast Caribbean via "velocity analysis" with Ps receiver functions. In this technique we simultaneously find, via an optimization procedure, depths to major discontinuities (in this case the Moho) and P and S velocity profiles beneath each seismic station. Ps receiver functions are time series computed from three-component seismograms that identify waves converted from P- to S-type at velocity discontinuities, such as the Moho and subducting lithosphere. Data were requested from the IRIS Data Management Center for events that occurred in the 2005-15 time period with magnitudes of 5.5-8.0 and epicentral distances of 30°-95° from stations in the study region. Data pre-processing steps include tapering, removing the trend and mean, and rotating from Z-N-E to L-Q-T (ray-based) coordinate systems. Ps receiver functions were then computed via iterative deconvolution in the time domain and the best receiver functions were stacked and modeled to generate a 3D image of the subsurface. Shear velocity profiles for each station are varied in a procedure, driven by simulated annealing, that seeks to optimize the correlation of a target feature—in this case the Moho—in the set of pre-processed Ps receiver functions. This procedure is feasible only when station spacing is relatively dense, which limits its success in this region to the islands of Puerto Rico and Hispaniola. Individual receiver functions were computed for isolated stations in the NE Caribbean, as well, but velocity analysis is limited to the two islands that have the densest station coverage. Moho depths beneath Puerto Rico range from 24 km, in the north, to 37 km, in the south. Moho depths beneath Hispaniola range from 23 km to 36 km but exhibit a more complex pattern of variation than beneath Puerto Rico

  15. Does the Sharpness of the Gutenberg Discontinuity Require Melt?

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    Bagley, B.; Revenaugh, J.

    2008-12-01

    A low-velocity zone (LVZ) underlying the fast seismic lid has been recognized since Gutenberg (1959). While, strictly speaking, the asthenosphere and the LVZ are defined by different properties, their upper boundaries are functionally equivalent in the oceanic setting. The Gutenberg (G) discontinuity marks the seismically sharp upper boundary of the lid-low-velocity transition beneath oceans and is characterized by an abrupt shear wave impedance decrease of roughly 9%. Explanations for the low seismic velocities include a contrast in volatile content, structurally bound water, and the effects of temperature and grain size. Partial melt, which once enjoyed the status of an obvious cause, has fallen from favor, primarily because of the difficulty of retaining a connecting fluid phase in the LVZ. But recent results demonstrate large velocity decrements for very small grain boundary melt fractions that could remain unconnected and trapped in the LVZ (Faul and Jackson, 2007). In order to provide better constraints on the structure of the low-velocity zone, we have examined the G discontinuity beneath a large portion of the central and western Pacific. Our focus is on the sharpness of the G reflector and the impedance decrease across it. Using multiple ScS reverberations we sampled the G discontinuity along a series of oceanic paths. We obtain impedance decreases between 4.7 and 14.2%, averaging 9.1%, assuming a first-order discontinuity. Our data do not, however, require the change in impedance to be sharp and can easily tolerate an extended transition of 10 to 15 km with little change in the estimated impedance contrast. However, extending the transition further requires a greater net impedance decrease across the interval. This provides an important constraint on the thickness of the transition interval. Preliminary results that consider acceptable net impedance contrasts (obtained from surface wave and turning wave constraints on LVZ severity) impose a conservative

  16. [Prospective evaluation of antidepressant discontinuation].

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    Mourad, I; Lejoyeux, M; Adès, J

    1998-01-01

    The authors prospectively assessed symptoms induced by the interruption of antidepressants in 16 patients (11 women and 5 men), aged from 33 to 85 years (mean = 52.4 +/- 16.4), treated with antidepressants since at least two weeks. All patients were free of alcohol abuse or dependence disorder and of other dependence to psychoactive substances. None of them presented medical illness. Diagnosis were made by separate evaluations by two authors and confirmed with a semistructered assessment instrument: the Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia (Lifetime Version). All patients were submitted to a brutal discontinuation of their antidepressant agent. Patients were assessed twice, before the interruption of the antidepressant, and 72 hours later. Effects of antidepressant interruption were assessed by several means. Modification of anxiety and depression were evaluated using the Montgomery Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS) and the Hamilton Anxiety Scale. Symptoms of withdrawal were assessed with Cassano and al.'s scale SESSH including an evaluation of anxiety, agitation, irritability, anergy, difficulty on concentrating, depersonalization, sleep and appetite disorders, muscle pains, nausea, tremor, sweating, altered taste, hyperosmia, paresthesias, photophobia, motor incoordination, dizziness, hyperacousia pain, delirium. Fourteen of the 16 patients (87.5%) presented modifications of their somatic or psychic state 3 days after the interruption of the antidepressant treatment. Most frequent symptoms were: increase in anxiety (31%), increase in irritability (25%), sleep disorders (19%), decrease of anergia and fatigue (19%). Mean scores of anxiety and depression were not significantly modified by the withdrawal. Following TCAs interruption (7 patients) most frequent symptoms were sleep disorders; increase in anxiety, nausea. Among patients withdrawn from SSRIs (6 patients), most frequent symptoms were increase in anxiety, increase in irritability

  17. Solving ordinary differential equations with discontinuities

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    Gear, C.W.; Osterby, O.

    1981-09-01

    An algorithm is described that can detect and locate some discontinuities and provide information about their size, order and position. However, the success of the algorithm is strongly dependent on the location of the discontinuity with respect to the steps that straddle it. The major advantage of the scheme appears to be that a more reliable error estimate can be used when a discontinuity is present so that codes will be more robust. In some cases significant savings may accrue but it appears that a better restarting procedure than the one used will be necessary to realize most of those benefits.

  18. The Residue of Lithospheric Convergence in the Alpine-Pannonian-Carpathian system

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    Houseman, G. A.; Stuart, G. W.; Hetenyi, G.; Lorinczi, P.; Dando, B. D.

    2009-12-01

    The continuing collision of the Adriatic block with European continental lithosphere has its clearest expression now in the Alpine collision zone. In the Early Miocene the collision zone extended further east and included probably all of the regions within the Carpathian Mountain Range. In the Mid-Miocene between about 17 and 12 Ma, however, the Pannonian lithosphere extended rapidly and subsequently subsided, while convergence persisted in the Alps and the Carpathian arc. The change from convergence to extension in the Pannonian domain is associated with either rapid subduction roll-back or gravitational instability in which the lower part of the lithosphere was removed and replaced by hot asthenosphere. Throughout this time however, convergence has continued in the Alpine orogeny further west. It is surprising therefore to see similarities in the mantle transition zone beneath these two neighbouring regions whose lithospheres have, in the last 17 Myr at least, evolved in such different modes. New seismic images from beneath the Pannonian Basin (Hetenyi et al., GRL, in press) and from beneath the Alps (Lombardi et al., EPSL, 2009) show that both regions have a depressed 660 km discontinuity beneath a relatively normal-depth 410 km discontinuity. An important factor in both regions evidently is that relatively dense material derived from the mid-Miocene collision sits stagnant on top of the 660 km discontinuity, where further descent is obstructed by the negative Clapeyron slope of the spinel-to-perovskite phase transition and the high viscosity of the lower mantle. While the depression of the 660 km discontinuity beneath the Alps is directly associated with ongoing convergence, that beneath the Pannonian appears to be decoupled from the upper mantle circulation that accompanied the Miocene Pannonian extension. If the cold material at the base of the Pannonian upper mantle is the residue of lithospheric subduction, delamination, or gravitational instability, the

  19. New insight into structural heterogeneity beneath Taiwan

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    Wang, Z.

    2007-12-01

    To know whether the Eurasian lithosphere subducts beneath Taiwan is an important issue for a better understanding of mountain building, arc magmatism and plate collision in the western Pacific region. High- resolution 3-D velocity images are estimated at depths of 0-400 km beneath Taiwan by inverting a large number of arrival times from local and teleseismic events simultaneously. We used 215,676 P-wave arrival time data from 6782 shallow and intermediate-depth earthquakes that are located in and around the Taiwan Island. We also used 12,078 P-wave arrival times that are collected from 3-componenet seismograms of 1108 teleseismic events recorded by the networks installed by Taiwan, Japan and China. Our tomographic images provide further direct geophysical evidence for the tectonic models proposed by previous studies and revealed some new features of structural heterogeneity related to the subducted Eurasian lithosphere and the subducting Philippine Sea slab. Low-velocity anomalies beneath the active volcanoes are visible in the subduction zone of Taiwan, which might caused by the collision between the subducted Eurasian plate and the subducting Philippine Sea slab. In the southern portion of Taiwan, the Eurasian lithosphere is clearly imaged as a high velocity zone with a thickness of 65-80 km and subducted down to a depth of 300 km, whilst it has not been observed beneath North Taiwan. Despite that the existence of subducted Eurasia slab beneath Taiwan has been documented by Lellamant et al. (2001), the present study is the first one to provide high-resolution image and indicate that the Eurasian lithosphere stops at the depth of 300 km beneath South Taiwan but not under North Taiwan. Meanwhile, the present tomographic results are also coherent well with the geology and with plate reconstructions in the region. The previous study proposed that the plate convergence rate is constant at about 7 cm/yr (Seno et al., 1993), it takes about 4-5 Ma for the subducted slab

  20. Discontinuous spirals of stable periodic oscillations.

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    Sack, Achim; Freire, Joana G; Lindberg, Erik; Pöschel, Thorsten; Gallas, Jason A C

    2013-01-01

    We report the experimental discovery of a remarkable organization of the set of self-generated periodic oscillations in the parameter space of a nonlinear electronic circuit. When control parameters are suitably tuned, the wave pattern complexity of the periodic oscillations is found to increase orderly without bound. Such complex patterns emerge forming self-similar discontinuous phases that combine in an artful way to produce large discontinuous spirals of stability. This unanticipated discrete accumulation of stability phases was detected experimentally and numerically in a Duffing-like proxy specially designed to bypass noisy spectra conspicuously present in driven oscillators. Discontinuous spirals organize the dynamics over extended parameter intervals around a focal point. They are useful to optimize locking into desired oscillatory modes and to control complex systems. The organization of oscillations into discontinuous spirals is expected to be generic for a class of nonlinear oscillators. PMID:24284508

  1. Discontinuous Spirals of Stable Periodic Oscillations

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    Sack, Achim; Freire, Joana G.; Lindberg, Erik; Pöschel, Thorsten; Gallas, Jason A. C.

    2013-01-01

    We report the experimental discovery of a remarkable organization of the set of self-generated periodic oscillations in the parameter space of a nonlinear electronic circuit. When control parameters are suitably tuned, the wave pattern complexity of the periodic oscillations is found to increase orderly without bound. Such complex patterns emerge forming self-similar discontinuous phases that combine in an artful way to produce large discontinuous spirals of stability. This unanticipated discrete accumulation of stability phases was detected experimentally and numerically in a Duffing-like proxy specially designed to bypass noisy spectra conspicuously present in driven oscillators. Discontinuous spirals organize the dynamics over extended parameter intervals around a focal point. They are useful to optimize locking into desired oscillatory modes and to control complex systems. The organization of oscillations into discontinuous spirals is expected to be generic for a class of nonlinear oscillators. PMID:24284508

  2. Discontinuity stresses in metallic pressure vessels

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1971-01-01

    The state of the art, criteria, and recommended practices for the theoretical and experimental analyses of discontinuity stresses and their distribution in metallic pressure vessels for space vehicles are outlined. The applicable types of pressure vessels include propellant tanks ranging from main load-carrying integral tank structure to small auxiliary tanks, storage tanks, solid propellant motor cases, high pressure gas bottles, and pressurized cabins. The major sources of discontinuity stresses are discussed, including deviations in geometry, material properties, loads, and temperature. The advantages, limitations, and disadvantages of various theoretical and experimental discontinuity analysis methods are summarized. Guides are presented for evaluating discontinuity stresses so that pressure vessel performance will not fall below acceptable levels.

  3. Mantle transition zone thickness in the Central South-American Subduction Zone

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    Braunmiller, Jochen; van der Lee, Suzan; Doermann, Lindsey

    We used receiver functions to determine lateral variations in mantle transition zone thickness and sharpness of the 410- and 660-km discontinuities in the presence of subducting lithosphere. The mantle beneath the central Andes of South America provides an ideal study site owing to its long-lived subduction history and the availability of broadband seismic data from the dense BANJO/SEDA temporary networks and the permanent station LPAZ. For LPAZ, we analyzed 26 earthquakes between 1993-2003 and stacked the depth-migrated receiver functions. For temporary stations operating for only about one year (1994-1995), station stacks were not robust. We thus stacked receiver functions for close-by stations forming five groups that span the subduction zone from west to east, each containing 12 to 25 events. We found signal significant at the 2σ level for several station groups from P to S conversions that originate near 520- and 850-900 km depth, but most prominently from the 410- and 660-km discontinuities. For the latter, the P to S converted signal is clear in stacks for western groups and LPAZ, lack of coherent signal for two eastern groups is possibly due to incoherent stacking and does not necessitate the absence of converted energy. The thickness of the mantle transition zone increases progressively from a near-normal 255 km at the Pacific coast to about 295 km beneath station LPAZ in the Eastern Cordillera. Beneath LPAZ, the 410-km discontinuity appears elevated by nearly 40 km, thus thickening the transition zone. We compared signal amplitudes from receiver function stacks calculated at different low-pass frequencies to study frequency dependence and possibly associated discontinuity sharpness of the P to S converted signals. We found that both the 410- and 660-km discontinuities exhibit amplitude increase with decreasing frequency. Synthetic receiver function calculations for discontinuity topography mimicking observed topography show that the observed steep

  4. Discontinuous structure transition in a Debye cluster

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    Sheridan, T. E.

    2012-05-15

    We consider the structural phases of a cluster of identical particles confined in a two-dimensional biharmonic well and interacting through a screened Coulomb (Yukawa) potential (e.g., dusty plasma). For n = 6 particles, we show that there are one discontinuous and three continuous structure transitions, giving five structure phases. Two of these phases, the straight line and zigzag configurations, have previously been studied experimentally. We experimentally verify the discontinuous transition and observe the remaining three phases.

  5. Origins of the 520-km discontinuity

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    Vinnik, Lev

    2016-04-01

    The 520-km discontinuity is often explained by the phase transition from wadsleyite to ringwoodite, although the theoretical impedance of this transition is so small that the related converted and reflected seismic phases could hardly be seen in the seismograms. At the same time there are numerous reports on observations of a large discontinuity at this depth, especially in the data on SS precursors and P-wave wide-angle reflections. Revenaugh and Jordan (1991) argued that this discontinuity is related to the garnet/post-garnet transformation. Gu et al. (1998) preferred very deep continental roots extending into the transition zone. Deuss and Woodhouse proposed splitting of the 520-km discontinuity into two discontinuities, whilst Bock (1994) denied evidence of the 520-km discontinuity in the SS precursors. Our approach to this problem is based on the analysis of S and P receiver functions. Most of our data are related to hot-spots in and around the Atlantic where the appropriate converted phases are often comparable in amplitude with P410s and S410p. Both S and P receiver functions provide strong evidence of a low S velocity in a depth range from 450 km to 510 km at some locations. The 520-km discontinuity appears to be the base of this low-velocity layer. Our observations of the low S velocity in the upper transition zone are very consistent with the indications of a drop in the solidus temperature of carbonated peridotite in the same pressure range (Keshav et al. 2011), and this phenomenon provides a viable alternative to the other explanations of the 520-km discontinuity.

  6. Discontinuities of multi-Regge amplitudes

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    Fadin, V. S.

    2015-04-01

    In the BFKL approach, discontinuities of multiple production amplitudes in invariant masses of produced particles are discussed. It turns out that they are in evident contradiction with the BDS ansatz for n-gluon amplitudes in the planar N = 4 SYM at n ≥ 6. An explicit expression for the NLO discontinuity of the two-to-four amplitude in the invariant mass of two produced gluons is is presented.

  7. Enhanced Mantle Conductivity from Sulfides beneath the Sierra Nevada?

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    Park, S. K.

    2002-12-01

    A region of enhanced mantle conductivity (0.03-0.1 S/m) beneath the southern Sierra Nevada, where elevations of over 4000 m are found, has been attributed previously to 3-5% basaltic melt (Park et al., 1996) and to a mix of basaltic and sulfide melt (Ducea and Park, 2000). Because the sulfide melt is assumed to have similar conductivities to its solid counterpart (10,000 S/m), very small amounts (< 0.1%) of sulfide are needed in order to reduce the bulk conductivity from matrix values of about 0.003 S/m or even that of the matrix-basalt melt mix to the values observed. Basaltic melt percentages of less than 1% are needed in the presence of ~0.1% sulfide melt in order to match the observed mantle values. Xenoliths from the Holocene basalts in the Big Pine Volcanic Field contain 0.06-0.4% sulfide, so the estimated values are reasonable. Given the lack of evidence for volumetrically extensive, young (< 10 Ma) basaltic volcanism, calculated residence times of approximately 100 Ka for 3-5% partial melt, the short (about 300 Ka) times needed to develop connected pathways for the basalt, and the young extension of the adjacent Basin and Range province, a mixed melt with both basalt and sulfides seems more reasonable. This conclusion presupposes that the sulfide melt is somehow interconnected in the mantle. Models in which the matrix, the basaltic melt, and the sulfide melt each form interconnected, interlaced networks leads to much higher predictions of mantle conductivity; the sulfide melt fraction must be discontinuous in order to lower bulk conductivity. Petrological studies of sulfide-silicate systems confirm this conclusion; sulfide melts form isolated blebs on the surfaces of olivine within interconnected basaltic melt channels (Holzheid et al., 2000). Simple series-parallel models of ~1% continuous basaltic melt and ~0.01% discontinuous sulfide melt provide bulk conductivities comparable to the observed mantle values. More complicated equivalent media and Hashin

  8. Seismic Anisotropy Beneath the Southern Puna Plateau

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    Calixto Mory, F. J.; Sandvol, E. A.; Kay, S. M.; Comte, D.; Alvarado, P. M.; Heit, B.; Yuan, X.

    2011-12-01

    The central Andean plateau offers an excellent natural laboratory to study mantle flow along an active continental margin as well as the link between plateau uplift and lithospheric delamination. The region between 25°S to 28°S, known as the southern Puna plateau, is characterized by a number of anomalous features possibly indicative of delamination. A total of 43 US and 30 German broadband three component seismic stations were deployed across the southern Puna plateau for approximately two years. The region of study has the advantage of deep and intermediate depth seismicity beneath the array that can be used to constrain the depth distribution of seismic anisotropy in the upper mantle. Teleseismic shear wave splitting results show a transition from east-west fast directions in the east of the array to east-west and north-south in the middle of the array, beneath Galan, and to predominantly north-south in the west part of the array. Azimuthal analysis of local events shows that the events coming from the North of the array split predominantely in the west-south north-east direction. The events coming from the south show splitting into the south-east north-west. Events coming from the West and East show predominant slab parallel splitting. Furthermore, a comparison of the teleseismic and local splitting lag times would suggest the presence of a significant amount of inter- or sub-slab anisotropy. Surface wave measurements indicate the presence of a high velocity block beneath Galan, a very large ignimbrite volcanic center, at depths between 190km (0.007 Hz) and 150 km (0.009 Hz). This can be interpreted as a delaminated block that has resulted in widespread crustal melting. At those same depths there are two high velocity zones, south east and north west of vicuña pampa. At 105 km (0.0125 Hz) we start to see the slab which seems to be deeping to the south. A low velocity zone further east could be responsible for the flatness of the slab at 26°S. At shallower

  9. Using Seismic Discontinuities to Image Melt and Dynamics in the Sub-Continental Upper Mantle

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    Schmerr, N. C.; Courtier, A. M.; Hier-Majumder, S.; Lekic, V.

    2014-12-01

    Continents are assembled from multiple Proterozoic and Archean terranes to form stable cratonic platforms with associated deformation typically localized to margins and/or rift zones. Successive episodes of subsequent extension, compression, magmatism, accretion, and rifting have left the sub-continental upper mantle with a complex signature of thermal and chemical heterogeneity. One key interest is the history of melt production, migration, and storage in sub-continental upper mantle as it provides a window into past and present dynamical processes, including the differentiation and formation of continental structure. Here we examine seismic discontinuities within the mantle that arise from a wide range of mechanisms, including changes in mineralogy, major element composition, melt content, volatile abundance, anisotropy, or a combination of the above. Using a dataset of broadband seismograms of underside reflected S-waves arriving as precursors to the seismic phase SS, we determine the depth and impedance contrast of discontinuities in the depth range of 80-410 km. Our observations are compared to predictions for the seismic moduli from a mineral physics database using the software MuMaP (Multiphase Material Properties). MuMaP modeling allows us to vary the average regional temperature, mantle composition and account for the effects of melt (if present). In our initial study of the western North American plate, we detect the presence of the 410 km discontinuity, a discontinuity at 300 km depth (X), and a G discontinuity at 60-80 km depth. The X is indicative of the coesite to stishovite phase transition in the upper mantle and suggests substantial mixing of subducted basalt with the mantle. The presence of the G may indicate partial melt in the asthenosphere, melt frozen into the lithosphere, and/or anisotropic fabrics preserved beneath the continent. These hypotheses are evaluated against MuMap predictions for melt content and anisotropic structure in the upper

  10. Resolving mantle structure beneath the Pacific Northwest

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    Darold, A. P.; Humphreys, E.; Schmandt, B.; Gao, H.

    2011-12-01

    Cenozoic tectonics of the Pacific Northwest (PNW) and the associated mantle structures are remarkable, the latter revealed only recently by EarthScope seismic data. Over the last ~66 Ma this region experienced a wide range of tectonic and magmatic conditions: Laramide compression, ~75-53 Ma, involving Farallon flat-slab subduction, regional uplift, and magmatic quiescence. With the ~53 Ma accretion of Siletzia ocean lithosphere within the Columbia Embayment, westward migration of subduction beginning Cascadia, along with initiation of the Cascade volcanic arc. Within the continental interior the Laramide orogeny was quickly followed by a period of extension involving metamorphic core complexes and the associated initial ignimbrite flare-up (both in northern Washington, Idaho, and western Montana); interior magmo-tectonic activity is attributed to flat-slab removal and (to the south) slab rollback. Rotation of Siletzia created new crust on SE Oregon and, at ~16 Ma, the Columbia River Flood Basalt (CRB) eruptions renewed vigorous magmatism. We have united several EarthScope studies in the Pacific Northwest and have focused on better resolving the major mantle structures that have been discovered. We have tomographically modeled the body waves with teleseismic, finite-frequency code under the constraints of ambient noise tomography and teleseismic receiver function models of Gao et al. (2011), and teleseismic anisotropy models of Long et al. (2009) in order to resolve structures continuously from the surface to the base of the upper mantle. We now have clear imaging of two episodes of subduction: Juan De Fuca slab deeper than ~250 km is absent across much of the PNW, and it has an E-W tear located beneath northern Oregon; Farallon slab (the "Siletzia curtain") is still present, hanging vertically just inboard of the core complexes, and with a basal tear causing the structure to extend deeper (~600 km) beneath north-central Idaho than beneath south-central Idaho and

  11. Stratification of Seismic Anisotropy Beneath Hudson Bay

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    Darbyshire, F. A.; Eaton, D. W.; Bastow, I. D.

    2012-12-01

    The Hudson Bay region has a complex tectonic history spanning ~4 Ga of Earth's evolution. During the ~1.8 Ga Trans-Hudson orogeny, the Archean Superior and Western Churchill cratons collided following the subduction of a Pacific-scale ocean. It is thought that a significant amount of juvenile material is preserved in the Trans-Hudson Orogen, in part due to the complex double-indentor geometry of the Superior-Churchill collision. In the region of interest, the orogen lies beneath a large but shallow Paleozoic intra-cratonic basin. Studies of the crust and upper mantle beneath this region have been enabled through the HuBLE (Hudson Bay Lithospheric Experiment) project, through the deployment of broadband seismographs around the Bay and across the islands to the north. A surface-wave tomography study has taken advantage of the data coverage, providing new information on phase velocity heterogeneity and anisotropy for wave periods of 25-200 seconds (equivalent to depths from the lower crust to ~300 km). On a large scale, our results show that the entire region is underlain by a seismically fast lithospheric lid corresponding to the continental keel. The lithospheric thickness ranges from ~180km in the northeast, beneath a zone of Paleozoic rifting, to ~280km beneath central Hudson Bay. Within the lithosphere, seismic velocities vary laterally, including high-velocity material wrapping around the Bay in the uppermost mantle. In the mid-lithosphere, two high-velocity cores are imaged, with a zone of lower velocity between them beneath the Bay. We interpret these high-velocity structures to represent the strongest central cores of the Superior and Churchill cratons, with more-juvenile material preserved between them. The near-vertical geometry of the lower-velocity zone suggests that it is only the effects of terminal collision of the cratonic cores, rather than any preceding subduction, that is preserved today. The lowermost lithosphere has a more uniform velocity, and

  12. Lithospheric Structure and Earthquakes beneath Kashmir Himalaya

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    Wanchoo, S. K.; Powali, D.; Sharma, S.; Mitra, S.; Priestley, K. F.; Gaur, V. K.

    2014-12-01

    Over the last two centuries, convergence between India and Tibet has outpaced the cumulative slip released through Himalayan earthquakes and have resulted in seismic gap across Kashmir Himalaya. Recent GPS geodetic data from Kashmir show that the ongoing convergence is accumulated as elastic strain within a ~200 km wide locked decollement and is sufficiently stressed to drive a magnitude 8 or greater event. Recently published focal mechanism of the mb 5.7 (2013) Kishtwar earthquake and hypocentral distribution of small-to-moderate seismicity for the past 60 years, showed that the down dip end of the locked decollement is currently active and could possibly be the site of initiation of a future great earthquake. In order to assess the seismic hazard in this Kashmir gap, we require a detailed knowledge of the lithospheric structure and use it to reliably locate active faults. A pilot seismological experiment, of nine broadband seismographs, have been deployed across the Kashmir Himalaya to achieve this goal. These stations are sited on the Siwalik Himalaya (AKNR, NGRT, SMVD, SUND and TAPN), the Lesser Himalaya (RAMN and UDHM) and the Higher Himalaya (BADR and PHAG), and straddle major Himalayan thrust zones. Most of these stations have recorded high quality broadband data for a year, which has been used to compute receiver functions and relocate local earthquakes. The Moho Ps is the strongest arrival on all the receiver functions, and highlights the base of the underthrusting Indian crust as a large impedance contrast boundary. Forward modeling of receiver functions show that the crustal thickness increases from ~40 km beneath the Siwalik Himalaya to ~48 km beneath the Lesser Himalaya and to ~52 km beneath the Higher Himalaya. The average crustal Vp/Vs points to a felsic Indian crust underthrusting the Kashmir Himalaya. Relocated local earthquakes cluster around the hypocenter of the Kishtwar earthquake and attests to the active downdip end of the locked decollement.

  13. Bedrock topography beneath the Red Lake peatlands

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    Miller, P.; Shaw, G.H. . Geology Dept.); Glaser, P. . Limnological Research Center); Siegel, D. . Dept. of Geology)

    1992-01-01

    Detailed hydrologic investigations of peat landforms in the Red Lake Peatlands have revealed that groundwater flow is significantly related to the type of landform and vegetation community present at a given site. Hydrogeologic modeling of shallow groundwater systems suggests that bedrock topography is an important, perhaps the vital, boundary condition controlling groundwater flow. Determination of depth to bedrock beneath different peat landforms is necessary to test the hydrogeologic models and obtain a better understanding of the processes which produce them. Direct determination of bedrock depth in peatlands is hampered by the difficult conditions and high costs of boring. In addition, environmental impacts from boring activities would probably be substantial in these sensitive ecosystems. Shallow seismic methods appear to be the most promising approach to obtain the necessary data. Unfortunately the 2+ meters of peat covering Lake Agassiz sediments overlying the bedrock is not only a poor substrate for geophone emplacement, but is a strong attenuator of seismic waves. These difficulties have been overcome by constructing a tool which allows the geophones to be emplaced beneath the peat and into the top of the sediments. The shotgun cartridge source is also located beneath the peat. This combination results in very good seismic records, far better than those possible with surface sources and geophones. The results from a preliminary survey along a 600m line show that there are significant variations in bedrock topography below the peat. In a distance of less than 500m, depth to bedrock changes by about 30%, from about 55m to about 40m. This is similar to variations indicated by the models.

  14. 27 CFR 555.128 - Discontinuance of business.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 27 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms 3 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Discontinuance of business... Discontinuance of business. Where an explosive materials business or operations is discontinued and succeeded by... such facts and shall be delivered to the successor. Where discontinuance of the business or...

  15. 27 CFR 478.127 - Discontinuance of business.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 27 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms 3 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Discontinuance of business... Records § 478.127 Discontinuance of business. Where a licensed business is discontinued and succeeded by a... be delivered to the successor. Where discontinuance of the business is absolute, the records shall...

  16. 27 CFR 478.57 - Discontinuance of business.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 27 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms 3 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Discontinuance of business... Licenses § 478.57 Discontinuance of business. (a) Where a firearm or ammunition business is either discontinued or succeeded by a new owner, the owner of the business discontinued or succeeded shall within...

  17. 27 CFR 478.127 - Discontinuance of business.

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    2014-04-01

    ... 27 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms 3 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Discontinuance of business... Records § 478.127 Discontinuance of business. Where a licensed business is discontinued and succeeded by a... be delivered to the successor. Where discontinuance of the business is absolute, the records shall...

  18. 27 CFR 478.57 - Discontinuance of business.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... 27 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms 3 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Discontinuance of business... Licenses § 478.57 Discontinuance of business. (a) Where a firearm or ammunition business is either discontinued or succeeded by a new owner, the owner of the business discontinued or succeeded shall within...

  19. 27 CFR 478.127 - Discontinuance of business.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

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  20. 27 CFR 555.128 - Discontinuance of business.

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    2014-04-01

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  1. 27 CFR 555.128 - Discontinuance of business.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... 27 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms 3 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Discontinuance of business... Discontinuance of business. Where an explosive materials business or operations is discontinued and succeeded by... such facts and shall be delivered to the successor. Where discontinuance of the business or...

  2. 27 CFR 17.187 - Discontinuance of business.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... 27 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms 1 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Discontinuance of business... PRODUCTS Miscellaneous Provisions § 17.187 Discontinuance of business. The manufacturer shall notify TTB when business is to be discontinued. Upon discontinuance of business, a manufacturer's entire stock...

  3. 27 CFR 478.57 - Discontinuance of business.

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    2013-04-01

    ... Licenses § 478.57 Discontinuance of business. (a) Where a firearm or ammunition business is either discontinued or succeeded by a new owner, the owner of the business discontinued or succeeded shall within 30... 27 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms 3 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Discontinuance of...

  4. Late Pleistocene drainage systems beneath Delaware Bay

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    Knebel, H. J.; Circe, R.C.

    1988-01-01

    Analyses of an extensive grid of seismic-reflection profiles, along with previously published sedimentary data and geologic information from surrounding coastal areas, outline the ancestral drainage systems of the Delaware River beneath lower Delaware Bay. Major paleovalleys within these systems have southeast trends, relief of 10-35 m, widths of 1-8 km, and axial depths of 31-57 m below present sea level. The oldest drainage system was carved into Miocene sands, probably during the late Illinoian lowstand of sea level. It followed a course under the northern half of the bay, continued beneath the Cape May peninsula, and extended onto the present continental shelf. This system was buried by a transgressive sequence of fluvial, estuarine, and shallow-marine sediments during Sangamonian time. At the height of the Sangamonian sea-level transgression, littoral and nearshore processes built the Cape May peninsula southward over the northern drainage system and formed a contiguous submarine sedimentary ridge that extended partway across the present entrance to the bay. When sea level fell during late Wisconsinan time, a second drainage system was eroded beneath the southern half of the bay in response to the southerly shift of the bay mouth. This system, which continued across the shelf, was cut into Coastal Plain deposits of Miocene and younger age and included not only the trunk valley of the Delaware River but a large tributary valley formed by the convergence of secondary streams that drained the Delaware coastal area. During the Holocene rise of sea level, the southern drainage system was covered by a transgressive sequence of fluvial, estuarine, and paralic deposits that accumulated due to the passage of the estuarine circulation cell and to the landward and upward migration of coastal sedimentary environments. Some Holocene deposits have been scoured subsequently by strong tidal currents. The southward migration of the ancestral drainage systems beneath Delaware

  5. Imaging Lithospheric Structure beneath the Indian continent

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    Maurya, S.; Montagner, J. P.; Mangalampally, R. K.; Stutzmann, E.; Burgos, G.; Kumar, P.; Davuluri, S.

    2015-12-01

    The lithospheric structure and thickness to the LAB are the most debated issues, especially beneath continents. In this context, the structure and thickness of the Indian lithosphere has been controversial. Paleomagnetic data reveals that the Indian continent moved northwards at exceptionally high speeds (18-20 cm/year) and subsequently slowed down to 4-5 cm/year after its collision with Asia ≈40 Myr ago. This super mobility has been explained by an unusually thin Indian lithosphere (≈100 km; Kumar et al., 2007) in contradiction with the thick lithosphere that commonly underlies old cratonic nuclei. It is pertinent to note that the thermobarometric estimates on the ultramafic xenoliths from 65 Myr kimberlites of the Central India (Babu et al. 2009) suggest an approximately 175 km thick lithosphere. Also, recent results of P and S wave travel time tomography of India suggest that the lithospheric roots are not uniformly thick on a regional scale. Although high velocity roots typical of Precambrian shields are preserved beneath a few cratons of the Indian shield, they seem to have suffered attrition, in the plume ravaged regions like the NDVP and the Southern SGT (Singh et al., 2014). We assembled a new massive surface wave database towards obtaining 3D isotropic and anisotropic models for the Indian sub-continent, using surface waves. This necessitated processing of data from more than 500 seismic broadband stations across India and surrounding regions. Surface waves group and phase dispersion measurements are performed in a broad frequency range (16-250s). Our phase velocity anomaly maps recover most of the known geological structures. The cratons are associated with high velocity (4-6%) anomalies till 200 sec, with the WDC being faster than the EDC. Slow velocities in NW India and very high velocity anomalies (6-8%) beneath the central part of the Indo-Gangetic plains are possibly associated with the subducting Indian lithosphere. The LAB depths inferred from

  6. Method for simulating discontinuous physical systems

    DOEpatents

    Baty, Roy S.; Vaughn, Mark R.

    2001-01-01

    The mathematical foundations of conventional numerical simulation of physical systems provide no consistent description of the behavior of such systems when subjected to discontinuous physical influences. As a result, the numerical simulation of such problems requires ad hoc encoding of specific experimental results in order to address the behavior of such discontinuous physical systems. In the present invention, these foundations are replaced by a new combination of generalized function theory and nonstandard analysis. The result is a class of new approaches to the numerical simulation of physical systems which allows the accurate and well-behaved simulation of discontinuous and other difficult physical systems, as well as simpler physical systems. Applications of this new class of numerical simulation techniques to process control, robotics, and apparatus design are outlined.

  7. Life Beneath Glacial Ice - Earth(!) Mars(?) Europa(?)

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Allen, Carlton C.; Grasby, Stephen E.; Longazo, Teresa G.; Lisle, John T.; Beauchamp, Benoit

    2002-01-01

    We are investigating a set of cold springs that deposit sulfur and carbonate minerals on the surface of a Canadian arctic glacier. The spring waters and mineral deposits contain microorganisms, as well as clear evidence that biological processes mediate subglacial chemistry, mineralogy, and isotope fractionation . The formation of native sulphur and associated deposits are related to bacterially mediated reduction and oxidation of sulphur below the glacier. A non-volcanic, topography driven geothermal system, harboring a microbiological community, operates in an extremely cold environment and discharges through solid ice. Microbial life can thus exist in isolated geothermal refuges despite long-term subfreezing surface conditions. Earth history includes several periods of essentially total glaciation. lee in the near subsurface of Mars may have discharged liquid water in the recent past Cracks in the ice crust of Europa have apparently allowed the release of water to the surface. Chemolithotrophic bacteria, such as those in the Canadian springs, could have survived beneath the ice of "Snowball Earth", and life forms with similar characteristics might exist beneath the ice of Mars or Europa. Discharges of water from such refuges may have brought to the surface living microbes, as well as longlasting chemical, mineralogical, and isotopic indications of subsurface life.

  8. Rockburst Generation in Discontinuous Rock Masses

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    He, Ben-Guo; Zelig, Ravit; Hatzor, Yossef H.; Feng, Xia-Ting

    2016-10-01

    We study rockburst generation in discontinuous rock masses using theoretical and numerical approaches. We begin by developing an analytical solution for the energy change due to tunneling in a continuous rock mass using linear elasticity. We show that the affected zone where most of the increase in elastic strain energy takes place is restricted to an annulus that extends to a distance of three diameters from the tunnel center, regardless of initial tunnel diameter, magnitude of in situ stress, and in situ stress ratio. By considering local elastic strain concentrations, we further delineate the Rockbursting Prone Zone found to be concentrated in an annulus that extends to one diameter from the tunnel center, regardless of original stress ratio, magnitude, and the stiffness of the rock mass. We proceed by arguing that in initially discontinuous rock masses shear stress amplification due to tunneling will inevitably trigger block displacements along preexisting discontinuities much before shear failure of intact rock elements will ensue, because of the lower shear strength of discontinuities with respect to intact rock elements, provided of course that the blocks are removable. We employ the numerical discrete element DDA method to obtain, quantitatively, the kinetic energy, the elastic strain energy, and the dissipated energy in the affected zone in a discontinuous rock due to tunneling. We show that the kinetic energy of ejected blocks due to strain relaxation increases with increasing initial stress and with decreasing frictional resistance of preexisting discontinuities. Finally, we demonstrate how controlled strain energy release by means of top heading and bench excavation methodology can assist in mitigating rockburst hazards due to stain relaxation.

  9. The lithosphere-asthenosphere transition and radial anisotropy beneath the Australian continent

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    Yoshizawa, K.; Kennett, B. L. N.

    2015-05-01

    A new 3-D S wave speed model for the Australian region derived from multimode surface waves allows us to examine the nature of the lithosphere-asthenosphere transition (LAT) and its relation to radial anisotropy. In eastern Phanerozoic Australia the estimated depths of the LAT tie well with those from receiver functions. However, in the Archean and Proterozoic lithosphere in western and central Australia, the LAT derived from the surface wave model is generally much deeper than the discontinuities recognized from receiver functions and shows a smooth transition. There is significant radial anisotropy (SH > SV) in the upper lithosphere as well as in the LAT and the underlying asthenosphere. Strong anisotropy in the asthenosphere reflects the effects of present shear flow in the mantle beneath the continent. The lateral variation of lithospheric anisotropy correlates well with the suture zones between cratonic blocks, representing frozen anisotropy associated with the ancient tectonics of Australia.

  10. Upper mantle low-velocity layers beneath the High Lava Plains imaged by scattered-wavefield migration

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    Chen, C.; James, D. E.; Wagner, L. S.

    2011-12-01

    The High Lava Plains (HLP) in eastern Oregon represents one of the most active intraplate magmatic provinces on Earth. This region's recent tectonic history is dominated by voluminous mid-Miocene outpourings of the Steens and Columbia River flood basalts, followed by a period of bimodal volcanic activities, generating two roughly orthogonal time-progressive rhyolitic hotspot tracks: the northeastern-trending Snake River Plain and the northwestern-trending High Lava Plains. The causes of this complex tectonomagmatic evolution are not well understood, and geophysical constraints have been lacking regarding the detailed crustal and upper mantle structure in this region. From 2006 to 2009, a passive seismic experiment with the deployment of 118 broadband seismic stations was carried out as part of the multidisciplinary High Lava Plains project, which aims to investigate the causes of continental intraplate tectonomagmatism. These stations covered central and eastern Oregon, northern Nevada, and southwestern Idaho, with average spacing of 15-20 km, yielding unprecedented data density in the HLP region. A number of tomographic and receiver function studies has revealed complex structures beneath HLP. These include irregular Moho topography across the HLP, and concentrated low velocity anomalies in the uppermost mantle beneath regions of Holocene volcanism in southeastern Oregon (including areas of the Owyhee Plateau), as well as beneath volcanic centers near Steens Mountain and Newberry volcano. We complement these previous studies by generating high-resolution seismic images from scattered wavefield to detect seismic discontinuities beneath the HLP. We process 80 high-quality teleseismic events with good azimuthal coverage using a 2-D teleseismic migration algorithm based on the Generalized Radon Transform. The resulting migration images indicate the presence of several main features: 1) a prominent and varying Moho topography: the Moho is at ~40 km depth east of the

  11. Shear Wave Splitting Beneath the Galapagos Archipelago

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    Fontaine, F. R.; Burkett, P. G.; Hooft, E. E.; Toomey, D. R.; Solomon, S. C.; Silver, P. G.

    2004-12-01

    We report measurements of teleseismic shear wave splitting in the Galápagos Archipelago. The inferred lateral variations in azimuthal anisotropy allow us to examine the dynamics of an evolving hotspot-ridge system. The data are from SKS and SKKS phases, as well as S waves from deep sources, recorded by a relatively dense network of 10 portable broadband seismometers deployed from 1999 to 2003 for the IGUANA (Imaging Galápagos Upwelling and Neotectonics of the Archipelago) experiment and from the GSN broadband station in Santa Cruz (PAYG). We find a delay time between fast and slow shear waves of 0.4 to 0.9 s and fast polarization directions of N85-90° E beneath five stations at the leading and southern edge of the archipelago. Despite clear seismic signals, we did not find any anisotropy at the six stations located in the interior of the archipelago. For those stations that show shear wave splitting, there is an increase in the delay time toward the expected location of the Galápagos hotspot at the western edge of the archipelago. With the exception of Española, fast polarization directions (N85-90° E) are close to the current direction of absolute plate motion of the overlying Nazca plate (N91° E). The lack of azimuthal anisotropy in the interior of the archipelago is interpreted as an absence of strongly oriented mantle fabric beneath these stations. The apparent isotropy in this dynamic region, where we expect considerable mantle strain, is surprising. It is not likely that the olivine a-axis is oriented vertically beneath the interior of the archipelago as the Galápagos plume is thought to lie at the western edge. It is also unlikely that there are two layers of perpendicularly-oriented anisotropy which are solely confined to the center of the archipelago. However, there appears to be some correlation between the region of apparent isotropy and a zone of anomalously low upper mantle velocities imaged beneath Santiago and Marchena from surface waves by

  12. Imaging magma plumbing beneath Askja volcano, Iceland

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    Greenfield, Tim; White, Robert S.

    2015-04-01

    Volcanoes during repose periods are not commonly monitored by dense instrumentation networks and so activity during periods of unrest is difficult to put in context. We have operated a dense seismic network of 3-component, broadband instruments around Askja, a large central volcano in the Northern Volcanic Zone, Iceland, since 2006. Askja last erupted in 1961, with a relatively small basaltic lava flow. Since 1975 the central caldera has been subsiding and there has been no indication of volcanic activity. Despite this, Askja has been one of the more seismically active volcanoes in Iceland. The majority of these events are due to an extensive geothermal area within the caldera and tectonically induced earthquakes to the northeast which are not related to the magma plumbing system. More intriguing are the less numerous deeper earthquakes at 12-24km depth, situated in three distinct areas within the volcanic system. These earthquakes often show a frequency content which is lower than the shallower activity, but they still show strong P and S wave arrivals indicative of brittle failure, despite their location being well below the brittle-ductile boundary, which, in Askja is ~7km bsl. These earthquakes indicate the presence of melt moving or degassing at depth while the volcano is not inflating, as only high strain rates or increased pore fluid pressures would cause brittle fracture in what is normally an aseismic region in the ductile zone. The lower frequency content must be the result of a slower source time function as earthquakes which are both high frequency and low frequency come from the same cluster, thereby discounting a highly attenuating lower crust. To image the plumbing system beneath Askja, local and regional earthquakes have been used as sources to solve for the velocity structure beneath the volcano. Travel-time tables were created using a finite difference technique and the residuals were used to solve simultaneously for both the earthquake locations

  13. Ray theory of gas dynamic discontinuities

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kentzer, Czeslaw P.

    1987-12-01

    A geometric theory of the motion of surfaces of discontinuity is based on the quasi-linear algebraic system of generalized Rankine-Hugoniot jump conditions for an ideal gas. Vanishing of a characteristic determinant is necessary for the existence of a nontrivial jump. Geometrical, dynamical, and persistence conditions are applied to the discontinuity of an arbitrary strength, resulting in a set of Hamiltonian equations for the position coordinates and for the space-time normal to the surface. The rays are defined as the integral curves of the Hamiltonian system and generate the singular surface that satisfies the imposed jump conditions.

  14. Cathodic protection of pipelines in discontinuous permafrost

    SciTech Connect

    Mitchell, C.J.; Wright, M.D.; Waslen, D.W.

    1997-08-01

    This paper discusses the challenges in providing cathodic protection for a pipeline located in an area with discontinuous permafrost. Specific challenges included: unknown time for the permafrost to melt out, unpredictable current distribution characteristics and wet, inaccessible terrain. Based on preliminary pipe-to-soil data, it appears that cathodic protection coverage was achieved in discontinuous permafrost regions without the need of local anodes. Future work is required to verify whether this conclusion can be extended over the course of an annual freeze-thaw cycle.

  15. Current discontinuities on superconducting cosmic strings

    SciTech Connect

    Troyan, E. Vlasov, Yu. V.

    2011-07-15

    The propagation of current perturbations on superconducting cosmic strings is considered. The conditions for the existence of discontinuities similar to shock waves have been found. The formulas relating the string parameters and the discontinuity propagation speed are derived. The current growth law in a shock wave is deduced. The propagation speeds of shock waves with arbitrary amplitudes are calculated. The reason why there are no shock waves in the case of time-like currents (in the 'electric' regime) is explained; this is attributable to the shock wave instability with respect to perturbations of the string world sheet.

  16. Seismological Investigations of Crustal and Mantle Structure and Dynamics beneath North-central Africa

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    Lemnifi, A. A.; Liu, K. H.; Gao, S. S.; Reed, C. A.; Yu, Y.

    2015-12-01

    Here we report results of mantle azimuthal anisotropy from shear-wave splitting (SWS) analysis, crustal structure obtained using H-k stacking, and mantle transition zone discontinuity depths beneath the interior of north central Africa, including Libya and adjacent regions using recently available broadband seismic data obtained from stations managed by the Libyan Center for Remote Sensing and Space Science, and those from several other stations at which data are publicly accessible. A total of 583 pairs of high-quality SWS measurements utilizing the PKS, SKKS, and SKS phases demonstrate primarily N-S fast orientations with an average splitting delay time of approximately 1.2 s. An absence of periodic azimuthal variation of the observed splitting parameters indicates the presence of simple anisotropy, and lack of correlation between surficial features and the splitting parameters suggests that the origin of the observed anisotropy is primarily asthenospheric. Receiver function H-k stacking reveals crustal thicknesses ranging from 25 to 36 km, and Vp/Vs measurements ranging from 1.73 to 1.93, suggesting a spatially heterogeneous crustal structure and composition. The apparent depths of the seismic discontinuities (d410 and d660) bordering the mantle transition zone (MTZ) increase beneath Cenozoic volcanoes in central Libya, suggesting lower-than-normal upper mantle velocities. One of the most significant features in the resulting MTZ thickness map is a region in eastern Libya which has a MTZ thickness of about 270 km, indicating a colder than normal MTZ probably associated with subducted slabs.

  17. Seismic Structure Beneath Taal Volcano, Philippines

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    You, S. H.; Gung, Y.; Konstantinou, K. I.; Lin, C. H.

    2014-12-01

    The very active Taal Volcano is situated 60 km south of Metro Manila in the southern part of Luzon Island. Based on its frequent explosive eruptions and high potential hazards to nearby population of several million, Taal Volcano is chosen as one of the 15 most dangerous "Decade Volcanoes" in the world. We deployed a temporary seismic network consisting of 8 stations since March 2008. The temporal network was operated from late March 2008 to mid March 2010 and recorded over 2270 local earthquakes. In the early data processing stages, unexpected linear drifting of clock time was clearly identified from ambient noise cross-correlation functions for a number of stations. The drifting rates of all problematic stations were determined as references to correct timing errors prior to further processing. Initial locations of earthquakes were determined from manually picking P- and S-phases arrivals with a general velocity model based on AK135. We used travel times of 305 well-located local events to derive a minimum 1-D model using VELEST. Two major earthquake groups were noticed from refined locations. One was underneath the western shore of Taal Lake with a linear feature, and the other spread at shallower depths showing a less compact feature around the eastern flank of Taal Volcano Island. We performed seismic tomography to image the 3D structure beneath Taal Volcano using a well-established algorithm, LOTOS. Some interesting features are noted in the tomographic results, such as a probable solidified past magma conduit below the northwestern corner of Taal Volcano Island, characterized by high Vp, Vs, and low Vp/Vs ratio, and a potential large hydrothermal reservoir beneath the central of Taal Volcano Island, characterized by low Vs and high Vp/Vs ratio. Combining the results of seismicity and tomographic images, we also suggest the potential existence of a magma chamber beneath the southwestern Taal Lake, and a magma conduit or fault extending from there to the

  18. Shallow Moho with aseismic upper crust and deep Moho with seismic lower crust beneath the Japanese Islands obtained by seismic tomography using data from dense seismic network

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    Matsubara, Makoto; Obara, Kazushige

    2015-04-01

    P-wave seismic velocity is well known to be up to 7.0 km/s and over 7.5 km/s in the lower crust and in the mantle, respectively. A large velocity gradient is the definition of the Moho discontinuity between the crust and mantle. In this paper, we investigates the configuration of Moho discontinuity defined as an isovelocity plane with large velocity gradient derived from our fine-scale three-dimensional seismic velocity structure beneath Japanese Islands using data obtained by dense seismic network with the tomographic method (Matsubara and Obara, 2011). Japanese Islands are mainly on the Eurasian and North American plates. The Philippine Sea and Pacific plates are subducting beneath these continental plates. We focus on the Moho discontinuity at the continental side. We calculate the P-wave velocity gradients between the vertical grid nodes since the grid inversion as our tomographic method does not produce velocity discontinuity. The largest velocity gradient is 0.078 (km/s)/km at velocities of 7.2 and 7.3 km/s. We define the iso-velocity plane of 7.2 km/s as the Moho discontinuity. We discuss the Moho discontinuity above the upper boundary of the subducting oceanic plates with consideration of configuration of plate boundaries of prior studies (Shiomi et al., 2008; Kita et al., 2010; Hirata et al, 2012) since the Moho depth derived from the iso-velocity plane denotes the oceanic Moho at the contact zones of the overriding continental plates and the subducting oceanic plates. The Moho discontinuity shallower than 30 km depth is distributed within the tension region like northern Kyushu and coastal line of the Pacific Ocean in the northeastern Japan and the tension region at the Cretaceous as the northeastern Kanto district. These regions have low seismicity within the upper crust. Positive Bouguer anomaly beneath the northeastern Kanto district indicates the ductile material with large density in lower crust at the shallower portion and the aseismic upper crust

  19. Stability of Conservation Laws with Discontinuous Coefficients

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    Klausen, Runhild Aae; Risebro, Nils Henrik

    1999-09-01

    We prove L1 contractivity of weak solutions to a conservation law with a flux function that may depend discontinuously on the space variable. Furthermore, we show that the L1 difference between solutions to conservation laws with different flux functions is bounded by the total variation with respect to the space variable, of the difference between the flux functions.

  20. Cathodic protection of pipelines in discontinuous permafrost

    SciTech Connect

    Mitchell, C.J.; Wright, M.D.; Waslen, D.W.

    1997-10-01

    There are many unknowns and challenges in providing cathodic protection (CP) for a pipeline located in discontinuous permafrost areas. Preliminary pipe-to-soil data indicates that CP coverage was achieved in these regions without needing local anodes. Work is required to verify whether this conclusion can be extended over the course of an annual freeze-thaw cycle.

  1. Characterization of Asymmetric Coplanar Waveguide Discontinuities

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Dib, Nihad I.; Katehi, Linda P. B.; Gupta, Minoo; Ponchak, George E.

    1993-01-01

    A general technique to characterize asymmetric coplanar waveguide (CPW) discontinuities with air bridges where both the fundamental coplanar and slotline modes may be excited together is presented. First, the CPW discontinuity without air bridges is analyzed using the space-domain integral equation (SDIE) approach. Second, the parameters (phase, amplitude, and wavelength) of the coplanar and slotline modes are extracted from an amplitude modulated-like standing wave existing in the CPW feeding lines. Then a 2n x 2n generalized scattering matrix of the n-port discontinuity without air bridges is derived which includes the occurring mode conversion. Finally, this generalized scattering matrix is reduced to an n x n matrix by enforcing suitable conditions at the ports which correspond to the excited slotline mode. For the purpose of illustration, the method is applied to a shielded asymmetric short-end CPW shunt stub, the scattering parameters of which are compared with those of a symmetric one. Experiments are performed on both discontinuities and the results are in good agreement with theoretical data. The advantages of using air bridges in CPW circuits as opposed to bond wires are also discussed.

  2. 27 CFR 18.38 - Permanent discontinuance.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... 27 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms 1 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Permanent discontinuance. 18.38 Section 18.38 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO TAX AND TRADE BUREAU, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY LIQUORS PRODUCTION OF VOLATILE FRUIT-FLAVOR CONCENTRATE Qualification...

  3. 27 CFR 18.38 - Permanent discontinuance.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 27 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Permanent discontinuance. 18.38 Section 18.38 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO TAX AND TRADE BUREAU, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY LIQUORS PRODUCTION OF VOLATILE FRUIT-FLAVOR CONCENTRATE Qualification...

  4. 77 FR 33314 - POSTNET Barcode Discontinuation

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    2012-06-06

    ... Postal Service published a final rule in the Federal Register (77 FR 26185-26191) to discontinue price... Periodicals automation letters and flats) that were inadvertently omitted in the original final rule, but does... and allow only Intelligent Mail barcodes (IMbs) for automation price eligibility purposes,...

  5. Unstructured discontinuous Galerkin for seismic inversion.

    SciTech Connect

    van Bloemen Waanders, Bart Gustaaf; Ober, Curtis Curry; Collis, Samuel Scott

    2010-04-01

    This abstract explores the potential advantages of discontinuous Galerkin (DG) methods for the time-domain inversion of media parameters within the earth's interior. In particular, DG methods enable local polynomial refinement to better capture localized geological features within an area of interest while also allowing the use of unstructured meshes that can accurately capture discontinuous material interfaces. This abstract describes our initial findings when using DG methods combined with Runge-Kutta time integration and adjoint-based optimization algorithms for full-waveform inversion. Our initial results suggest that DG methods allow great flexibility in matching the media characteristics (faults, ocean bottom and salt structures) while also providing higher fidelity representations in target regions. Time-domain inversion using discontinuous Galerkin on unstructured meshes and with local polynomial refinement is shown to better capture localized geological features and accurately capture discontinuous-material interfaces. These approaches provide the ability to surgically refine representations in order to improve predicted models for specific geological features. Our future work will entail automated extensions to directly incorporate local refinement and adaptive unstructured meshes within the inversion process.

  6. Nonrenewable resource extraction under discontinuous price policy

    SciTech Connect

    Kalt, J.P.; Otten, A.L.

    1985-01-01

    Temporal discontinuities in public policy with respect to nonrenewable resource pricing can have significant impacts on the time patterns of resource extraction. These impacts arise from the effect of price discontinuities on the relative values of Hotelling rents across time periods. Whether faced with intertemporal price continuity or price discontinuity, the planning task of the wealth-maximizing producer is to equate the present value of each period's marginal contribution to the stream of net revenues from production across time. This rule for extraction provides the key to understanding the response to a price jump such as occurs upon the removal of price controls. The rational producer holds back at least some output until the price jump occurs. At the moment, the producer pushes output up sharply, raising marginal extraction cost by the absolute amount of the price jump and, thereby, maintaining the value of the Hotelling rent given by the gap between price and marginal extraction cost. US natural gas policy options, as well as plausible alternatives, are simulated to illustrate the effects of discontinuous regulatory regimes. 15 references, 1 table.

  7. Discontinued drugs in 2010: cardiovascular drugs.

    PubMed

    Zhao, Hong-ping; Zhang, Xu-song; Xiang, Bing-ren

    2011-10-01

    This perspective is a paper discussing drugs dropped from clinical development in the previous years. Specifically, this paper focuses on 16 cardiovascular drugs discontinued in 2010 after reaching Phase I - III clinical trials. Information for this perspective is mainly derived from a search of Pharmaprojects. PMID:21870899

  8. In-process discontinuity detection during friction stir welding

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Shrivastava, Amber

    The objective of this work is to develop a method for detecting the creation of discontinuities (e.g., voids) during friction stir welding. Friction stir welding is inherently cost-effective, however, the need for significant weld inspection can make the process cost-prohibitive. A new approach to weld inspection is required -- where an in-situ characterization of weld quality can be obtained, reducing the need for post-process inspection. Friction stir welds with discontinuity and without discontinuity were created. In this work, discontinuities are generated by reducing the friction stir tool rotation frequency and increasing the tool traverse speed in order to create "colder" welds. During the welds, forces are measured. Discontinuity sizes for welds are measured by computerized tomography. The relationship between the force transients and the discontinuity sizes indicate that the force measurement during friction stir welding can be effectively used for detecting discontinuities in friction stir welds. The normalized force transient data and normalized discontinuity size are correlated to develop a criterion for discontinuity detection. Additional welds are performed to validate the discontinuity detection method. The discontinuity sizes estimated by the force measurement based method are in good agreement with the discontinuity sizes measured by computerized tomography. These results show that the force measurement based discontinuity detection model method can be effectively used to detect discontinuities during friction stir welding.

  9. CATS landline installed beneath the river Tees

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1992-08-01

    Press Construction Ltd. has completed installation of the land portion of a new gas pipeline from the North Sea, including a tunnel beneath the River Tees in the north of England. The work was carried out under a multi-million dollar contract from Amoco (UK) Exploration Co. The pipeline is the land portion of the Central Area Transmission System. The 4.6-mile, 36-in. onshore pipeline connects a valve station at the CATS landfall at Coatham Sands, just south of Tees Bay, to a gas terminal north of the River Tees. This paper reports on the entire CATS system which runs for nearly 250 miles from a riser platform in the Central Graben area of the North Sea to the Coatham Sands landfall and then overland to the gas terminal. The gas will fuel a new combined heat-and-power generating plant on Teesside, currently under construction by Teesside Power.

  10. Major disruption of D″ beneath Alaska

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sun, Daoyuan; Helmberger, Don; Miller, Meghan S.; Jackson, Jennifer M.

    2016-05-01

    D″ represents one of the most dramatic thermal and compositional layers within our planet. In particular, global tomographic models display relatively fast patches at the base of the mantle along the circum-Pacific which are generally attributed to slab debris. Such distinct patches interact with the bridgmanite (Br) to post-bridgmanite (PBr) phase boundary to generate particularly strong heterogeneity at their edges. Most seismic observations for the D″ come from the lower mantle S wave triplication (Scd). Here we exploit the USArray waveform data to examine one of these sharp transitions in structure beneath Alaska. From west to east beneath Alaska, we observed three different characteristics in D″: (1) the western region with a strong Scd, requiring a sharp δVs = 2.5% increase; (2) the middle region with no clear Scd phases, indicating a lack of D″ (or thin Br-PBr layer); and (3) the eastern region with strong Scd phase, requiring a gradient increase in δVs. To explain such strong lateral variation in the velocity structure, chemical variations must be involved. We suggest that the western region represents relatively normal mantle. In contrast, the eastern region is influenced by a relic slab that has subducted down to the lowermost mantle. In the middle region, we infer an upwelling structure that disrupts the Br-PBr phase boundary. Such an interpretation is based upon a distinct pattern of travel time delays, waveform distortions, and amplitude patterns that reveal a circular-shaped anomaly about 5° across which can be modeled synthetically as a plume-like structure rising about 400 km high with a shear velocity reduction of ~5%, similar to geodynamic modeling predictions of upwellings.

  11. The Nature of the Moho Beneath the Iberian Peninsula

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    Carbonell, R.; Díaz, J.; Brown, D.; Palomeras, I.; Ayarza, P.; Afonso, J. C.; Simancas, F.; Pérez-Estaún, A.; Gallart, J.

    2009-04-01

    The Mohorovičić discontinuity (Moho) was defined by Andrija Mohorovičić in 1910 on the basis of an interpretation of regional earthquake records in Eastern Europe as a relatively abrupt increase in P-wave seismic velocities. The Moho is observed/detected world wide. It is the most important boundary within the Earth's lithosphere. The high resolution subsurface geophysical images have demonstrated that the crust-mantle boundary is a far more complex structure that the initial seismological definition established. The purpose of this contribution is to bring together some of the findings related to the crust-mantle transition beneath the Iberian peninsula and to synthesize these results into a perspective that has global implications. For the last three decades an extensive acquisition of varieties of geophysical and geological data has been carried out. These data include controlled-source seismic (refraction and reflection), natural source seismic, and regional geology. In NW Iberia an analog of the continental crust-mantle transition is exposed within the Paleozoic Cabo Ortegal Complex and can be used for comparison and model building. This provides a unique view into the nature of the crust-mantle transition. From the multi-seismic data the character of the Moho is highly variable, in some areas there are no reflections visible in the normal incidence (e.g. ESCI-BETICS-1), in others reflections are prominent single events (e.g. IBERSEIS) and in still others complex geometric features are observed (ESCI-NORTE). There are also time (depth) differences between the wide-angle and the normal incidence seismic Moho's. Laboratory measurements of P- and S-wave velocities reflect an overall increase from middle to lower crustal velocities in the felsic gneisses and intermediate-to-mafic granulites to mantle velocities in the eclogites and ultramafic rocks. The surface outcrops of Cabo Ortegal complex suggests that the seismic Moho is reached at the contact between

  12. Mantle plumes and associated flow beneath Arabia and East Africa

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    Chang, Sung-Joon; Van der Lee, Suzan

    2011-02-01

    We investigate mantle plumes and associated flow beneath the lithosphere by imaging the three-dimensional S-velocity structure beneath Arabia and East Africa. This image shows elongated vertical and horizontal low-velocity anomalies down to at least mid mantle depths. This three-dimensional S-velocity model is obtained through the joint inversion of teleseismic S- and SKS-arrival times, regional S- and Rayleigh waveform fits, fundamental-mode Rayleigh-wave group velocities, and independent Moho constraints from receiver functions, reflection/refraction profiles, and gravity measurements. In the resolved parts of our S-velocity model we find that the Afar plume is distinctly separate from the Kenya plume, showing the Afar plume's origin in the lower mantle beneath southwestern Arabia. We identify another quasi-vertical low-velocity anomaly beneath Jordan and northern Arabia which extends into the lower mantle and may be related to volcanism in Jordan, northern Arabia, and possibly southern Turkey. Comparing locations of mantle plumes from the joint inversion with fast axes of shear-wave splitting, we confirm horizontal mantle flow radially away from Afar. Low-velocity channels in our model support southwestward flow beneath Ethiopia, eastward flow beneath the Gulf of Aden, but not northwestwards beneath the entire Red Sea. Instead, northward mantle flow from Afar appears to be channeled beneath Arabia.

  13. From the Surface Topography to the Upper Mantle Beneath Central-Iberian-Zone. the Alcudia Seismic Experiments.

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    Carbonell, R.; Ehsan, S. A.; Ayarza, P.; Martinez-Poyatos, D. J.; Simancas, J. F.; Azor, A.; Pérez-Estaún, A.

    2014-12-01

    Normal incidence and wide-angle seismic reflection data acquired in the Central and southern parts of the Iberia Peninsula resolve the internal architecture and constrain the distribution of the physical properties along an almost 350 km long transect that samples the major tectonic domains of the Iberian Massif, including the Central Iberian Zone (CIZ) and the associated sutures. The internal architecture down to almost 70 km depth (~15 s TWTT) is resolved by the normal incidence data set. It images a number of elements that characterize the tectonics of the study area, which is one of the best exposed fragment of the Variscan orogenic Belt. A well marked brittle-to-ductile (B2D) transition separates the crust in two, the upper and mid-lower parts, approximately, 13 km and 18 km thick, respectively. The upper crust appears to be decoupled from the mid-lower crust and responded differently to shortening. The Mohorovicic discontinuity is located at ~10.5 s (TWTT) , it is relatively thick, and highly reflective beneath the CIZ. The wide-angle seismic transect extended the lithospheric section towards the north across the Madrid Basin. This profile provides very strong constraints on the distribution of physical properties (P- and S- wave velocities, Poisson's ratio) of the upper lithosphere as well as a high resolution image of the base of the crust beneath the area. This data is one of the first datasets to present solid evidence of a relatively significant crustal thickening beneath the Madrid Basin. The crustal thickness varies from ~31 km beneath the CIZ to ~35.5 km beneath the Madrid Basin. This data set also reveals two major discontinuity levels, the B2D and the Moho, both represent levels of lithological/rheological variations. The characteristics of the the PmP and SmS seismic phases suggest further details on the internal structure of the Moho. Furthermore, low fold wide-angle P and S wave stacks reveal a marked crust-mantle transition which is most

  14. An adaptive pseudospectral method for discontinuous problems

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    Augenbaum, Jeffrey M.

    1988-01-01

    The accuracy of adaptively chosen, mapped polynomial approximations is studied for functions with steep gradients or discontinuities. It is shown that, for steep gradient functions, one can obtain spectral accuracy in the original coordinate system by using polynomial approximations in a transformed coordinate system with substantially fewer collocation points than are necessary using polynomial expansion directly in the original, physical, coordinate system. It is also shown that one can avoid the usual Gibbs oscillation associated with steep gradient solutions of hyperbolic pde's by approximation in suitably chosen coordinate systems. Continuous, high gradient solutions are computed with spectral accuracy (as measured in the physical coordinate system). Discontinuous solutions associated with nonlinear hyperbolic equations can be accurately computed by using an artificial viscosity chosen to smooth out the solution in the mapped, computational domain. Thus, shocks can be effectively resolved on a scale that is subgrid to the resolution available with collocation only in the physical domain. Examples with Fourier and Chebyshev collocation are given.

  15. Discontinuous percolation transitions in real physical systems

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    Cho, Y. S.; Kahng, B.

    2011-11-01

    We study discontinuous percolation transitions (PTs) in the diffusion-limited cluster aggregation model of the sol-gel transition as an example of real physical systems, in which the number of aggregation events is regarded as the number of bonds occupied in the system. When particles are Brownian, in which cluster velocity depends on cluster size as vs˜sη with η=-0.5, a larger cluster has less probability to collide with other clusters because of its smaller mobility. Thus, the cluster is effectively more suppressed in growth of its size. Then the giant cluster size increases drastically by merging those suppressed clusters near the percolation threshold, exhibiting a discontinuous PT. We also study the tricritical behavior by controlling the parameter η, and the tricritical point is determined by introducing an asymmetric Smoluchowski equation.

  16. Discontinuous envelope function in semiconductor heterostructures

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    Drouhin, Henri-Jean; Bottegoni, Federico; Nguyen, T. L. Hoai; Wegrowe, Jean-Eric; Fishman, Guy

    2013-09-01

    Based on a proper definition of the current operators for non-quadratic Hamiltonians, we derive the expression for the transport current which involves the derivative of the imaginary part of the free-electron current, highlighting peculiarities of the extra terms. The expression of the probability current, when Spin-Orbit Interaction (SOI) is taken into account, requires a reformulation of the boudary conditions. This is especially important for tunnel heterojunctions made of non-centrosymmetric semiconductors. Therefore, we consider a model case: tunneling of conduction electrons through a [110]-oriented GaAs barrier. The new boundary conditions are reduced to two set of equations: the first one expresses the discontinuity of the envelope function at the interface while the other one expresses the discontinuity of the derivative of the envelope function.

  17. Bounded extremum seeking with discontinuous dithers

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    Scheinker, Alexander; Scheinker, David

    2016-03-21

    The analysis of discontinuous extremum seeking (ES) controllers, e.g. those applicable to digital systems, has historically been more complicated than that of continuous controllers. We establish a simple and general extension of a recently developed bounded form of ES to a general class of oscillatory functions, including functions discontinuous with respect to time, such as triangle or square waves with dead time. We establish our main results by combining a novel idea for oscillatory control with an extension of functional analytic techniques originally utilized by Kurzweil, Jarnik, Sussmann, and Liu in the late 80s and early 90s and recently studiedmore » by Durr et al. Lastly, we demonstrate the value of the result with an application to inverter switching control.« less

  18. Constant-force approach to discontinuous potentials.

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    Orea, Pedro; Odriozola, Gerardo

    2013-06-01

    Aiming to approach the thermodynamical properties of hard-core systems by standard molecular dynamics simulation, we propose setting a repulsive constant-force for overlapping particles. That is, the discontinuity of the pair potential is replaced by a linear function with a large negative slope. Hence, the core-core repulsion, usually modeled with a power function of distance, yields a large force as soon as the cores slightly overlap. This leads to a quasi-hardcore behavior. The idea is tested for a triangle potential of short range. The results obtained by replica exchange molecular dynamics for several repulsive forces are contrasted with the ones obtained for the discontinuous potential and by means of replica exchange Monte Carlo. We found remarkable agreements for the vapor-liquid coexistence densities as well as for the surface tension.

  19. Investigating Late Cenozoic Mantle Dynamics beneath Yellowstone

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    Zhou, Q.; Liu, L.

    2015-12-01

    Recent tomography models (Sigloch, 2011; Schmandt & Lin, 2014) reveal unprecedented details of the mantle structure beneath the United States (U.S.). Prominent slow seismic anomalies below Yellowstone, traditionally interpreted as due to a mantle plume, are restricted to depths either shallower than 200 km or between 500 and 1000 km, but a continuation to greater depth is missing. Compared to fast seismic anomalies, which are usually interpreted as slabs or delaminated lithosphere, origin of deep slow seismic anomalies, especially those in the vicinity of subduction zones, is more enigmatic. As a consequence, both the dynamics and evolution of these slow anomalies remain poorly understood. To investigate the origin and evolution of the Yellowstone slow anomaly during the past 20 Myr, we construct a 4D inverse mantle convection model with a hybrid data assimilation scheme. On the one hand, we use the adjoint method to recover the past evolution of mantle seismic structures beyond the subduction zones. On the other hand, we use a high-resolution forward model to simulate the subduction of the oceanic (i.e., Farallon) plate. During the adjoint iterations, features from these two approaches are blended together at a depth of ~200 km below the subduction zone. In practice, we convert fast and slow seismic anomalies to effective positive and negative density heterogeneities. Our preliminary results indicate that at 20 Ma, the present-day shallow slow anomalies beneath the western U.S. were located inside the oceanic asthenosphere, which subsequently entered the mantle wedge, through the segmented Farallon slab. The eastward encroachment of the slow anomaly largely followed the Yellowstone hotspot track migration. The present deep mantle Yellowstone slow anomaly originated at shallower depths (i.e. transition zone), and was then translated down to the lower mantle accompanying the sinking fast anomalies. The temporal evolution of the slow anomalies suggests that the deep

  20. Local variability in the 410-km mantle discontinuity under a hotspot

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    Leahy, G. M.

    2009-10-01

    Observations of the natural variability in the structure of seismic discontinuities in the Earth's mantle can be used to infer spatial variations in temperature and composition. Here I present a high-resolution analysis of converted seismic waves from the olivine-wadsleyite phase transition beneath Rarotonga, Cook Islands. New advances in seismic signal processing permit the determination of local variations in phase transition thickness in addition to variations in absolute depth. I find that the depth and thickness of the phase transition vary systematically underneath the island, and further that temperature alone is insufficient to explain these observations. A chemical anomaly is required, consistent with the presence of a plume in the mantle.

  1. Accelerated Transonic Flow past a curvature discontinuity

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    de Cointet, Thomas; Ruban, Anatoly

    2014-11-01

    The aim of this talk is to investigate High Reynolds number Transonic flow past a discontinuity in body curvature. Starting with the inviscid flow outside the boundary layer, our analysis will focus on the flow in a vicinity of the point of discontinuity, where a solution of the Euler equations will be sought in self-similar form. This reduces the Euler equations to an ordinary differential equation. The analysis of this equation shows that the pressure gradient on the airfoil surface develops a strong singularity, which is proportional to (x0 - x) - 1 / 3 as the discontinuity point x0 is approached. We then study the response of the boundary layer to this extremely favourable pressure gradient. We show that the boundary layer splits into two parts, the main body of the boundary layer that becomes inviscid on approach to the singularity, and a thin viscous sublayer situated near the wall. The analysis of the behaviour of the solution in the viscous sublayer shows that Prandtl's hierarchical concept breaks down in a small region surrounding the singular point, where the viscous-inviscid interaction model should be used. In the final part of this talk we present a full formulation of the viscous-inviscid interaction problem and discuss numerical results.

  2. 14 CFR 221.300 - Discontinuation of electronic tariff system.

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    2011-01-01

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  3. 14 CFR 221.300 - Discontinuation of electronic tariff system.

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    2010-01-01

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  4. 27 CFR 46.138 - Discontinuance of business.

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    2012-04-01

    ... 27 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms 2 2012-04-01 2011-04-01 true Discontinuance of business. 46.138 Section 46.138 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO TAX AND TRADE BUREAU....138 Discontinuance of business. A dealer who for any reason discontinues business is not entitled to...

  5. 27 CFR 46.138 - Discontinuance of business.

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    2014-04-01

    ... 27 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms 2 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Discontinuance of business. 46.138 Section 46.138 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO TAX AND TRADE BUREAU....138 Discontinuance of business. A dealer who for any reason discontinues business is not entitled to...

  6. 27 CFR 31.162 - Discontinuance of business.

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    2012-04-01

    ... 27 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms 1 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Discontinuance of business... and Reports § 31.162 Discontinuance of business. When a wholesale dealer in liquors who is required, under § 31.160, to file a monthly summary report discontinues business, a monthly summary report...

  7. Program Discontinuance: A Faculty Perspective Revisited. Adopted Fall 2012

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    Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, 2012

    2012-01-01

    The 1998 Academic Senate for California Community Colleges paper Program Discontinuance: A Faculty Perspective presented issues of program discontinuance and addressed principles and key factors for effective faculty participation in the development of fair and equitable program discontinuance processes. In 2009, an Academic Senate resolution…

  8. 39 CFR 241.3 - Discontinuance of post offices.

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    2010-07-01

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  9. 27 CFR 555.61 - Discontinuance of business or operations.

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    2013-04-01

    ... Permits § 555.61 Discontinuance of business or operations. Where an explosive materials business or operations is either discontinued or succeeded by a new owner, the owner of the business or operations... 27 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms 3 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Discontinuance of...

  10. 27 CFR 555.61 - Discontinuance of business or operations.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

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  11. Magmatic unrest beneath Mammoth Mountain, California

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    Hill, D.P.; Prejean, S.

    2005-01-01

    Mammoth Mountain, which stands on the southwest rim of Long Valley caldera in eastern California, last erupted ???57,000 years BP. Episodic volcanic unrest detected beneath the mountain since late 1979, however, emphasizes that the underlying volcanic system is still active and capable of producing future volcanic eruptions. The unrest symptoms include swarms of small (M ??? 3) earthquakes, spasmodic bursts (rapid-fire sequences of brittle-failure earthquakes with overlapping coda), long-period (LP) and very-long-period (VLP) volcanic earthquakes, ground deformation, diffuse emission of magmatic CO2, and fumarole gases with elevated 3He/4He ratios. Spatial-temporal relations defined by the multi-parameter monitoring data together with earthquake source mechanisms suggest that this Mammoth Mountain unrest is driven by the episodic release of a volume of CO2-rich hydrous magmatic fluid derived from the upper reaches of a plexus of basaltic dikes and sills at mid-crustal depths (10-20 km). As the mobilized fluid ascends through the brittle-plastic transition zone and into overlying brittle crust, it triggers earthquake swarm activity and, in the case of the prolonged, 11-month-long earthquake swarm of 1989, crustal deformation and the onset of diffuse CO2 emissions. Future volcanic activity from this system would most likely involve steam explosions or small-volume, basaltic, strombolian or Hawaiaan style eruptions. The impact of such an event would depend critically on vent location and season.

  12. Slowness tomography of Pdif beneath Western Africa

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    Ivan, Marian; Ghica, Daniela Veronica; Gosar, Andrej; Hatzidimitriou, Panagiotis; Hofstetter, Rami; Polat, Gulten; Wang, Rongjiang

    2014-05-01

    Major earthquakes (M> 6.4) in South America (near Coast of Central Chile) and South Atlantic Ocean (Scotia Sea and Sandwich Islands) routinely display conspicuous Pdif phases as recorded by the Central European and Western Mediterranean seismological networks. The relative arrival times of Pdif at the stations of a certain network are obtained by correlating the individual traces with a template obtained using the corresponding network beam. The slowness values are derived by linear regression together with the 95% errors. A check for the presence of outliers is done using Chauvenet's criterion. Ellipticity corrections are evaluated with the standard tables. Corrections for the diffracted ray path are applied using a global 3-D model and a slightly modified version of the TauP Toolkit. The same procedure is applied to the synthetic seismograms to provide the reference slowness. Using a slowness tomographic approach, the (relative) slowness perturbation values are directly inverted to the velocity perturbations assigned to a set of trapezoidal cells located on the core-mantle boundary (CMB). The above 95% errors are used to weight the inversion, which is solved by a Monte Carlo method. Finally, we compare our results to the P-velocity perturbations from several global 3-D models in the same CMB area beneath Western Africa.

  13. Evidence of Ancient Rifts Beneath Texas

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    Irie, K.; Velasco, A. A.

    2011-12-01

    Continental rifts are defined as geological features where Earth's lithosphere is pulled away by surface expansion of the Earth. Their physiographic features include linear rift valleys associated with active volcanism. Many rifts fail to split a continent and ancient rifts that failed to split can be found by using seismic waves to image these ancient structures. Using seismic data collected by EarthScope USArray stations in Texas, we calculate teleseismic receiver functions and utilized surface wave dispersion curves to simultaneously invert for the velocity structure beneath each seismic station. With the calculated receiver functions, we generate maps to show preliminary 3-D crust/upper mantle boundary structure, the velocity ratio of P and S waves, and the S-wave velocity structure. We expect to characterize the ancient rift zones that exist in Texas and compare these results with the Rio Grande Rift in New Mexico. The goal for this comparison is to determine whether Rio Grande rift is still active or doomed to be another failed rift.

  14. Crustal structure beneath Central-Eastern Greenland

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    Reiche, S.; Thybo, H.; Reid, I.; Shulgin, A.

    2012-04-01

    Acquisition of geophysical data onshore Greenland is logistically complicated by the presence of an up to 3.4 km thick ice sheet, permanently covering most of the land mass. Previous seismic surveys have only been carried out offshore and near the coast of Greenland, where little information about the continental part of the crust could be gained. Aiming to improve our understanding about crustal thickness and composition below the Greenland ice cap, the TopoGreenland project was initiated to collect the first ever controlled source seismic data onshore Greenland. Wide-angle seismic data were acquired along an EW-trending profile, extending 310 km inland from the approximate edge of the stable ice cap near Scoresby Sund across the centre of the ice cap. In total, 348 Reftek Texan receivers recorded high-quality data from 8 equidistant shot points along the profile. Based on forward ray tracing modelling, a two-dimensional velocity model provides the first insight into the velocity structure beneath the Greenland ice sheet. Modelling results indicate a decrease of crustal thickness from 50 km below the centre of Greenland to 42 km in the eastern part of the profile. Relatively high lower crustal velocities (Vp 6.8 - 7.3) in the western part of the model may be related to past collisional tectonic events or to the passage of the Iceland mantle plume.

  15. Crust and uppermantle structure of the Arabian shield from receiver runction analysis

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    Kumar, M.; Ramesh, D.; Saul, J.; Sarkar, D.; Kind, R.

    2001-12-01

    Modelling of the receiver functions from an eight-station PASSCAL network on the Saudi Arabian shield reveals a complex crust with the presence of intra-crustal discontinuities and 7-10 km thick low-velocity layers at varied depths. The Moho depth beneath the stations generally varies between 35-38 km, and is thus shallower than that reported for most of the Proterozoic shields. The crust appears to be more felsic than the global Precambrian shield average, as evidenced by relatively low Poisson's ratios (0.25-0.26). The presence of a sub-crustal discontinuity associated with a positive velocity contrast at about 70 km depth is inferred beneath stations TAIF, RANI, AFIF and UQSK. Significant mantle stratification is observed beneath the Arabian shield, by way of two additional upper mantle discontinuities at about 230 km (Lehmann discontinuity) and 340 km depth. The presence of the 340 km discontinuity together with diffuse and delayed conversions from the 410 and 660 km boundaries suggests a thermally complex upper mantle. The region between 340 and 410 km appears to be a zone of reduced velocities. In agreement with inferences from tomographic studies and anisotropy measurements, our study supports the presence of a warm and deforming upper mantle.

  16. Shallow Moho with aseismic upper crust and deep Moho with seismic lower crust beneath the Japanese Islands obtained by seismic tomography using data from dense seismic network

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    Matsubara, Makoto; Obara, Kazushige

    2015-04-01

    P-wave seismic velocity is well known to be up to 7.0 km/s and over 7.5 km/s in the lower crust and in the mantle, respectively. A large velocity gradient is the definition of the Moho discontinuity between the crust and mantle. In this paper, we investigates the configuration of Moho discontinuity defined as an isovelocity plane with large velocity gradient derived from our fine-scale three-dimensional seismic velocity structure beneath Japanese Islands using data obtained by dense seismic network with the tomographic method (Matsubara and Obara, 2011). Japanese Islands are mainly on the Eurasian and North American plates. The Philippine Sea and Pacific plates are subducting beneath these continental plates. We focus on the Moho discontinuity at the continental side. We calculate the P-wave velocity gradients between the vertical grid nodes since the grid inversion as our tomographic method does not produce velocity discontinuity. The largest velocity gradient is 0.078 (km/s)/km at velocities of 7.2 and 7.3 km/s. We define the iso-velocity plane of 7.2 km/s as the Moho discontinuity. We discuss the Moho discontinuity above the upper boundary of the subducting oceanic plates with consideration of configuration of plate boundaries of prior studies (Shiomi et al., 2008; Kita et al., 2010; Hirata et al, 2012) since the Moho depth derived from the iso-velocity plane denotes the oceanic Moho at the contact zones of the overriding continental plates and the subducting oceanic plates. The Moho discontinuity shallower than 30 km depth is distributed within the tension region like northern Kyushu and coastal line of the Pacific Ocean in the northeastern Japan and the tension region at the Cretaceous as the northeastern Kanto district. These regions have low seismicity within the upper crust. Positive Bouguer anomaly beneath the northeastern Kanto district indicates the ductile material with large density in lower crust at the shallower portion and the aseismic upper crust

  17. Visualization, Extraction and Quantification of Discontinuities in Compressible Flows

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    Samtaney, Ravi; Morris, R. D.; Cheeseman, P.; Sunelyansky, V.; Maluf, D.; Wolf, D.

    2000-01-01

    Scientific visualizations of two-dimensional compressible flow of a gas with discontinuities are presented. The numerical analogue to experimental techniques such as schlieren imaging, shadowgraphs, and interferograms are discussed. Edge detection techniques are utilized to identify the discontinuities. In particular, the zero crossing of the Laplacian of a field (usually density) is recommended for extracting the discontinuities. An algorithm to extract and quantify the discontinuities is presented. To illustrate the methods developed in the report, the example chosen is that of an unsteady interaction of a shock wave with a contact discontinuity.

  18. Geochemical evolution of groundwater beneath Mexico City

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    Edmunds, W. M.; Carrillo-Rivera, J. J.; Cardona, A.

    2002-02-01

    The geochemical evolution of groundwaters along a 24 km flow beneath Central Mexico City path from the Sierra de las Cruces towards Lake Texcoco has been investigated using stable isotopes, radiocarbon and major and trace elements to determine the natural baseline conditions, the extent of any contamination and the effectiveness of the overlying aquitard seal. Modern groundwaters of low salinity (<200 mg l -1) are found up to 11 km from the outcrop area and groundwater ages of up to 6000 yr BP occur in the middle part of the section. Groundwater stable isotope ratios δ18O and δ2H lie close to the global meteoric water line, indicating that the groundwater originates from local rainfall. The groundwater chemistry may be interpreted as the result of inputs from the source area with progressive water-rock interaction down the horizontal flow gradient. A redox boundary is found at 9 km along the line of section, coincident with the start of the confined section. Relatively low nitrate concentrations (below 9 mg l -1 NO 3-N) are found in the aerobic waters; low concentrations of NO 3 in the aerobic waters and low Cl reflect inputs prior to the modern development. Some elements (Cr, U, As, Se, Sb) increase their concentration with distance (time) as far as the redox boundary, but low concentrations occur in the reducing aquifer section. The chemistry of several major ions (Mg, Na/Cl, K) as well as trace elements such as Li, Rb, Ba reflect the weathering of the basaltic mineral assemblage (feldspars and mafic minerals) and their increases are generally proportional to residence time; phosphate, F and I concentrations indicate a probable source from apatite in the basaltic or rhyolitic rocks. A borehole in the east of the city (some 17 km downgradient) intercepted thermal water (Si geothermometry indicates 163°C at depth). This water gives a distinctive composition indicating possible addition of metamorphic CO 2 which has then reacted with the igneous rocks. Increases

  19. Preliminary Results of Crustal Structure beneath the Wabash Valley Seismic Zone Using Teleseismic Receiver Functions and Ambient Noise Tomography

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    Zhu, L.; Aziz Zanjani, A.; Hu, S.; Liu, Y.; Herrmann, R. B.; Conder, J. A.

    2015-12-01

    As part of a on-going EarthScope FlexArray project, we deployed 45 broadband seismographs in a 300-km-long linear profile across the Wabash Valley Seismic Zone (WVSZ). Here we present preliminary results of crustal structure beneath WVSZ based on teleseismic receiver functions and ambient noise tomography. We combined waveform data of the temporary stations in 2014 with those of permanent seismic stations and the transportable array stations in our study area since 2011. We found 656 teleseismic events with clear P-wave signals and obtained 2657 good-quality receiver functions of 84 stations using a time-domain iterative deconvolution method. We estimated crustal thickness and Vp/Vs ratio beneath each station using the H-κ stacking method. A high-resolution crustal structural image along the linear profile was obtained using the Common-Conversion-Point (CCP) stacking method. We also measured Rayleigh-wave phase and group velocities from 5 to 50 s by cross-correlating ambient noises between stations and did joint-inversion of receiver functions and surface wave dispersions for S-velocity structures beneath selected stations. The results show that the average crustal thickness in the region is 47 km with a gentle increase of crustal thickness from southeast to northwest. A mid-crustal interface is identified in the CCP image that also deepens from 15 km in the southeastern end to >20 km in the northwest. The CCP image shows that the low-velocity sedimentary layer along the profile is broad and is thickest (~10 km) near the center of the Wabash Valley. Beneath the center of the Valley there is a 40-km-wide positive velocity discontinuity at a depth of 40 km in the lower crust that might be the top of a rift pillow in this failed continental rift. Further results using 3D joint inversion and CCP migration will be presented at the meeting.

  20. Crustal S-wave structure beneath Eastern Black Sea Region revealed by Rayleigh-wave group velocities

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    Çınar, Hakan; Alkan, Hamdi

    2016-01-01

    In this study, the crustal S-wave structure beneath the Eastern Black Sea Region (including the Eastern Black Sea Basin (EBSB) and Eastern Pontides (EP)) has been revealed using inversion of single-station, fundamental-mode Rayleigh-wave group velocities in the period range of 4-40 seconds. We used digital broadband recordings of 13 regional earthquakes that recently occurred in the easternmost EBSB recorded at stations of the Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute (KOERI). The average group-velocity-dispersion curves were generated from 26 paths for the EBSB, and 16 paths for the EP, and they were inverted to determine the average 1-D shear-wave structure of the region. We have created a pseudo-section, roughly depicting the crustal structure of the region based on the group velocity inversion results of all station-earthquake paths. The thickness of the sedimentary layer reaches 12 km in the center of EBSB (Vs = 2.5-3.1 km/s) and decreases 4 km in the EP. There is a thin sedimentary layer in the EP (Vs = 2.7 km/s). A consolidated thin crust that exists in the EBSB possesses a high seismic velocity (Vs = 3.8 km/s). While a thin (∼26 km) and transitional crust exists beneath the EBSB, a thick (about 42 km) continental crust exists beneath the EP where the Conrad is clearly seen at about a 24 km depth. Thick continental crust in the EP region is clearly distinguished from a gradational velocity change (Vs = 3.4-3.8 km/s). The Moho dips approximately southwards, and the Vs velocity (4.25-4.15 km/s) beneath the Moho discontinuity decreases from the EBSB to the EP in the N-S direction. This may be an indication of a southward subduction.

  1. Mantle Structure Beneath Central South America

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    Vandecar, J. C.; Silver, P. G.; James, D. E.; Assumpcao, M.; Schimmel, M.; Zandt, G.

    2003-12-01

    Making use of 60 digital broadband seismic stations that have operated across central South America in recent years, we have undertaken an inversion for the upper- and uppermost lower-mantle P- and S-wave velocity structures beneath the region. We have combined data from four portable PASSCAL-type experiments as well as the 3 GTSN permanent stations (LPAZ, BDFB and CPUP) and 1 Geoscope station (SPB) located in the region. The portable data were deployed at various times between 1992 and 1999 and include: 28 sites from the Brazilian Lithosphere Seismic Project (BLSP: Carnegie Institution of Washington and Universidade de Sao Paulo), 16 sites from the Broadband ANdean JOint experiment (BANJO: Carnegie Institution of Washington and University of Arizona), 8 sites from the Seismic Exploration of the Deep Altiplano project (SEDA: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) and 4 sites from the University of Brasilia. The P- and S-wave relative delay times are independently obtained via a multi-channel cross correlation of band-passed waveforms for each teleseismic event. These data are then inverted using an iterative, robust, non-linear scheme which parameterizes the 3-D velocity variations as splines under tension constrained at over 120,000 nodes across South America between latitudes of 15 and 30 degrees South. Amongst other features, we robustly image the high-velocity subducting Nazca plate penetrating into the lower mantle and the high-velocity root of the ~3.2 Gyr old Sao Francisco Craton extending to depths of 200-300 km. We will discuss the consistency between our tomographic models and predictions of dynamic mantle models based on plate tectonic reconstructions of subduction.

  2. Groundwater Mounding Beneath Stormwater Infiltration Basins

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    Nimmer, M.; Thompson, A. M.; Misra, D.

    2007-12-01

    An accurate understanding of groundwater mound formation is important in the proper design of stormwater infiltration basins since these basins are often required to recharge a portion of pre-development infiltration volume. Mound formation due to localized recharge may reduce the infiltration rate of the basin and the ability of the soil to filter pollutants. The goal of this research was to understand groundwater mounding and the potential for contaminant transport resulting from recharge beneath stormwater infiltration basins. A 0.10 ha infiltration basin serving a 9.4 ha residential subdivision in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin was used in this study. Subsurface conditions included sand and gravel material and a groundwater table at 2.3 m below grade. Three storm events, 4.9 cm, 2.8 cm, and 4.3 cm, between August 2006 and April 2007 were modeled using the two-dimensional numerical model HYDRUS. The calibrated model was used to evaluate hypothetical basin operation scenarios for various basin sizes, soil types, ponding depths, and water table depths. The groundwater mound intersected the basin floor in most scenarios with loamy sand and sandy loam soils, an unsaturated thickness of 1.52 m, and a ponding depth of 0.61 m. No groundwater table response was observed with ponding depths less than 0.31 m with an unsaturated zone thickness of 6.09 m. The mound height was most sensitive to hydraulic conductivity and unsaturated zone thickness. A 7.6 cm sediment layer delayed the time to reach maximum mound height, but had a minimal effect on the magnitude of the mound. Mound heights increased as infiltration basin size increased.

  3. Particle motions beneath irrotational water waves

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    Bakhoday-Paskyabi, Mostafa

    2015-08-01

    Neutral and buoyant particle motions in an irrotational flow are investigated under the passage of linear, nonlinear gravity, and weakly nonlinear solitary waves at a constant water depth. The developed numerical models for the particle trajectories in a non-turbulent flow incorporate particle momentum, size, and mass (i.e., inertial particles) under the influence of various surface waves such as Korteweg-de Vries waves which admit a three parameter family of periodic cnoidal wave solutions. We then formulate expressions of mass-transport velocities for the neutral and buoyant particles. A series of test cases suggests that the inertial particles possess a combined horizontal and vertical drifts from the locations of their release, with a fall velocity as a function of particle material properties, ambient flow, and wave parameters. The estimated solutions exhibit good agreement with previously explained particle behavior beneath progressive surface gravity waves. We further investigate the response of a neutrally buoyant water parcel trajectories in a rotating fluid when subjected to a series of wind and wave events. The results confirm the importance of the wave-induced Coriolis-Stokes force effect in both amplifying (destroying) the pre-existing inertial oscillations and in modulating the direction of the flow particles. Although this work has mainly focused on wave-current-particle interaction in the absence of turbulence stochastic forcing effects, the exercise of the suggested numerical models provides additional insights into the mechanisms of wave effects on the passive trajectories for both living and nonliving particles such as swimming trajectories of plankton in non-turbulent flows.

  4. General spline filters for discontinuous Galerkin solutions

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    Peters, Jörg

    2015-01-01

    The discontinuous Galerkin (dG) method outputs a sequence of polynomial pieces. Post-processing the sequence by Smoothness-Increasing Accuracy-Conserving (SIAC) convolution not only increases the smoothness of the sequence but can also improve its accuracy and yield superconvergence. SIAC convolution is considered optimal if the SIAC kernels, in the form of a linear combination of B-splines of degree d, reproduce polynomials of degree 2d. This paper derives simple formulas for computing the optimal SIAC spline coefficients for the general case including non-uniform knots. PMID:26594090

  5. Discontinuous Galerkin methods for extended hydrodynamics

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    Suzuki, Yoshifumi

    This dissertation presents a step towards high-order methods for continuum-transition flows. In order to achieve maximum accuracy and efficiency for numerical methods on a distorted mesh, it is desirable that both governing equations and corresponding numerical methods are in some sense compact. We argue our preference for a physical model described solely by first-order partial differential equations called hyperbolic-relaxation equations, and, among various numerical methods, for the discontinuous Galerkin method. Hyperbolic-relaxation equations can be generated as moments of the Boltzmann equation and can describe continuum-transition flows. Two challenging properties of hyperbolic-relaxation equations are the presence of a stiff source term, which drives the system towards equilibrium, and the accompanying change of eigenstructure. The first issue can be solved by an implicit treatment of the source term. To cope with the second difficulty, we develop a space-time discontinuous Galerkin method, based on Huynh's "upwind moment scheme." It is called the DG(1)--Hancock method. The DG(1)--Hancock method for one- and two-dimensional meshes is described, and Fourier analyses for both linear advection and linear hyperbolic-relaxation equations are conducted. The analyses show that the DG(1)--Hancock method is not only accurate but efficient in terms of turnaround time in comparison to other semi- and fully discrete finite-volume and discontinuous Galerkin methods. Numerical tests confirm the analyses, and also show the properties are preserved for nonlinear equations; the efficiency is superior by an order of magnitude. Subsequently, discontinuous Galerkin and finite-volume spatial discretizations are applied to more practical equations, in particular, to the set of 10-moment equations, which are gas dynamics equations that include a full pressure/temperature tensor among the flow variables. Results for flow around a micro-airfoil are compared to experimental data and

  6. 20. Detail of lantern roof structure, with revolving lens beneath. ...

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    20. Detail of lantern roof structure, with revolving lens beneath. (Blurred due to apparatus motion.) - Block Island Southeast Light, Spring Street & Mohegan Trail at Mohegan Bluffs, New Shoreham, Washington County, RI

  7. 14. Oblique detail; understructure beneath short span used for docking ...

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    14. Oblique detail; understructure beneath short span used for docking fishing boats, north of northen pillar, from northwest. - Puente Ferroviario San Antonio, Spanning San Antonio Channel at PR-1, San Juan, San Juan Municipio, PR

  8. 12. DETAIL OF NORTH ABUTMENT, FROM BENEATH, SHOWING ARCH RIB ...

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    12. DETAIL OF NORTH ABUTMENT, FROM BENEATH, SHOWING ARCH RIB AND FLOOR BEAM. VIEW TO NORTHEAST. - Rock Valley Bridge, Spanning North Timber Creek at Old U.S. Highway 30, Marshalltown, Marshall County, IA

  9. 10. View of basement door and circular window beneath N ...

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    10. View of basement door and circular window beneath N porch; looking N. (Ceronie and Harms) - Rock Island Arsenal, Building No. 360, Gillespie Avenue between Rodman Avenue & North Avenue, Rock Island, Rock Island County, IL

  10. Crustal structure beneath the Indochina peninsula from teleseismic receiver functions

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    Bai, Ling; Tian, Xiaobo; Ritsema, Jeroen

    2010-12-01

    We analyze teleseismic receiver functions to determine the crustal structure beneath the Indochina peninsula which is located immediately south-east of the eastern Himalayan syntaxis basin. We found that the Indochina peninsula is characterized by a thin (˜31 km) crust with a low Vp/Vs ratio (˜1.68). The intra-lower crustal low-velocity zone (LVZ) is observed beneath the northwestern part of our study region. We hypothesize that it is an extension of the lower crustal LVZ observed beneath the southeastern Tibet and the South China block and that it terminates at the Dien Bien Phu Fault (DBPF). A LVZ observed in the upper crust beneath southeast of the DBPF indicates that the crust is ductile and earthquakes are rare.

  11. 20. Detail, looking west, beneath Trestle 4, showing the metal ...

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    20. Detail, looking west, beneath Trestle 4, showing the metal flume channel, and the sediment clean-out valve. - Lake Hodges Flume, Along San Dieguito River between Lake Hodges & San Dieguito Reservoir, Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego County, CA

  12. 9. Detail of viaduct's structural system with cattle pens beneath. ...

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    9. Detail of viaduct's structural system with cattle pens beneath. View to northeast. - South Omaha Union Stock Yards, Buckingham Road Viaduct, Twenty-ninth Street spanning Stockyard Cattle Pens, Omaha, Douglas County, NE

  13. 35. Basement, passage beneath main entrance porch, showing circular skylight ...

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    35. Basement, passage beneath main entrance porch, showing circular skylight opening, view to northwest - Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Hospital Building, Rixey Place, bounded by Williamson Drive, Holcomb Road, & The Circle, Portsmouth, Portsmouth, VA

  14. Mantle structure beneath the western edge of the Colorado Plateau

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    Sine, C.R.; Wilson, D.; Gao, W.; Grand, S.P.; Aster, R.; Ni, J.; Baldridge, W.S.

    2008-01-01

    Teleseismic traveltime data are inverted for mantle Vp and Vs variations beneath a 1400 km long line of broadband seismometers extending from eastern New Mexico to western Utah. The model spans 600 km beneath the moho with resolution of ???50 km. Inversions show a sharp, large-magnitude velocity contrast across the Colorado Plateau-Great Basin transition extending ???200 km below the crust. Also imaged is a fast anomaly 300 to 600 km beneath the NW portion of the array. Very slow velocities beneath the Great Basin imply partial melting and/or anomalously wet mantle. We propose that the sharp contrast in mantle velocities across the western edge of the Plateau corresponds to differential lithospheric modification, during and following Farallon subduction, across a boundary defining the western extent of unmodified Proterozoic mantle lithosphere. The deep fast anomaly corresponds to thickened Farallon plate or detached continental lithosphere at transition zone depths. Copyright 2008 by the American Geophysical Union.

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    View from beneath causeway extension looking back to causeway and pavilions (northwest generally); note Dog Bridge in background - National Park Seminary, Chateau Causeways, Between Linden Lane & Beach Drive, Silver Spring, Montgomery County, MD

  16. 6. VIEW OF STATION 'L' BENEATH THE MARQUAM BRIDGE, SCREEN ...

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    6. VIEW OF STATION 'L' BENEATH THE MARQUAM BRIDGE, SCREEN HOUSES AND TURBINE BUILDINGS IN FOREGROUND - Portland General Electric Company, Station "L", 1841 Southeast Water Street, Portland, Multnomah County, OR

  17. Foundering lithosphere imaged beneath the southern Sierra Nevada, California, USA.

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    Boyd, Oliver S; Jones, Craig H; Sheehan, Anne F

    2004-07-30

    Seismic tomography reveals garnet-rich crust and mantle lithosphere descending into the upper mantle beneath the southeastern Sierra Nevada. The descending lithosphere consists of two layers: an iron-rich eclogite above a magnesium-rich garnet peridotite. These results place descending eclogite above and east of high P wave speed material previously imaged beneath the southern Great Valley, suggesting a previously unsuspected coherence in the lithospheric removal process. PMID:15286370

  18. Circulation and melting beneath the ross ice shelf.

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    Jacobs, S S; Gordon, A L; Ardai, J L

    1979-02-01

    Thermohaline observations in the water column beneath the Ross Ice Shelf and along its terminal face show significant vertical stratification, active horizontal circulation, and net melting at the ice shelf base. Heat is supplied by seawater that moves southward beneath the ice shelf from a central warm core and from a western region of high salinity. The near-freezing Ice Shelf Water produced flows northward into the Ross Sea.

  19. Circulation and melting beneath the ross ice shelf.

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    Jacobs, S S; Gordon, A L; Ardai, J L

    1979-02-01

    Thermohaline observations in the water column beneath the Ross Ice Shelf and along its terminal face show significant vertical stratification, active horizontal circulation, and net melting at the ice shelf base. Heat is supplied by seawater that moves southward beneath the ice shelf from a central warm core and from a western region of high salinity. The near-freezing Ice Shelf Water produced flows northward into the Ross Sea. PMID:17734137

  20. Foundering lithosphere imaged beneath the southern Sierra Nevada, California, USA.

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    Boyd, Oliver S; Jones, Craig H; Sheehan, Anne F

    2004-07-30

    Seismic tomography reveals garnet-rich crust and mantle lithosphere descending into the upper mantle beneath the southeastern Sierra Nevada. The descending lithosphere consists of two layers: an iron-rich eclogite above a magnesium-rich garnet peridotite. These results place descending eclogite above and east of high P wave speed material previously imaged beneath the southern Great Valley, suggesting a previously unsuspected coherence in the lithospheric removal process.

  1. Formation of magnetic discontinuities through viscous relaxation

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    Kumar, Sanjay; Bhattacharyya, R.; Smolarkiewicz, P. K.

    2014-05-15

    According to Parker's magnetostatic theorem, tangential discontinuities in magnetic field, or current sheets (CSs), are generally unavoidable in an equilibrium magnetofluid with infinite electrical conductivity and complex magnetic topology. These CSs are due to a failure of a magnetic field in achieving force-balance everywhere and preserving its topology while remaining in a spatially continuous state. A recent work [Kumar, Bhattacharyya, and Smolarkiewicz, Phys. Plasmas 20, 112903 (2013)] demonstrated this CS formation utilizing numerical simulations in terms of the vector magnetic field. The magnetohydrodynamic simulations presented here complement the above work by demonstrating CS formation by employing a novel approach of describing the magnetofluid evolution in terms of magnetic flux surfaces instead of the vector magnetic field. The magnetic flux surfaces being the possible sites on which CSs develop, this approach provides a direct visualization of the CS formation, helpful in understanding the governing dynamics. The simulations confirm development of tangential discontinuities through a favorable contortion of magnetic flux surfaces, as the magnetofluid undergoes a topology-preserving viscous relaxation from an initial non-equilibrium state with twisted magnetic field. A crucial finding of this work is in its demonstration of CS formation at spatial locations away from the magnetic nulls.

  2. Scaling behaviors at discontinuous quantum transitions

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    Nespolo, Jacopo; Campostrini, Massimo; Pelissetto, Andrea; Vicari, Ettore

    First-order (or discontinuous) quantum phase transitions (FOQTs) are characterized by a vanishing energy gap and jumps in the values of some observables across the critical point in the thermodynamic limit. Unlike what happens at continuous transitions, the correlation lengths remain finite at FOQTs. Nevertheless, finite systems at FOQTs exhibit finite-size effects, in the form of a rounding and smoothing of the discontinuities. We show that a scaling theory, similar to the usual finite-size scaling, can be formulated at FOQTs, and that the relevant scaling variable is extremely sensitive to the choice of boundary conditions. We further consider the scaling effects due to the presence of spatial inhomogeneities, in analogy with trap-size scaling at continuous transitions. Our results are supported by numerical simulations on the ferromagnetic quantum Ising chain and on the q-state quantum Potts chain with q > 4 . We provide FSS predictions for the energy gap and the magnetization of finite quantum chains, which can be relevant for quantum computation applications.

  3. Shock and Discontinuities Analysis Tool (SDAT)

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    Viñas, A. F.; Holland, M. P.

    2005-05-01

    We have developed an analysis/visualization tool to study shocks and other discontinuities from satellite observations of plasma and magnetic field data. The tool uses an extension of the Viñas-Scudder analysis method based on the Rankine-Hugoniot conservation equations and published in JGR (1985). SDAT provides shock parameters such as the normal components n, shock speed Us, angle between the normal and the upstream magnetic field ΘBn, Alfvén and magnetosonic Mach numbers, deHoffman-Teller velocity and many other important shock parameters to describe the shock . SDAT was developed fully in IDL. As currently configured, SDAT reads ASCII data from any space mission for the analysis. All data displays and graphics generated by SDAT are written in Postcript and a summary of the analysis is generated as an ASCII file. The input plasma (ρ, V, Tp and Te) and magnetic field (B) data is read from different files at their own native resolution. The tool allows for data zooming in time and the input data can be in any coordinate system. Examples of real satellite data are included to facilitate the learning process in the usage of the tool. This tool is available to the space physics community. As configured, the tool is basically complete for shock analysis; however, work continues to generalize SDAT for the analysis of other types of discontinuities.

  4. Subcell resolution in simplex stochastic collocation for spatial discontinuities

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    Witteveen, Jeroen A.S.; Iaccarino, Gianluca

    2013-10-15

    Subcell resolution has been used in the Finite Volume Method (FVM) to obtain accurate approximations of discontinuities in the physical space. Stochastic methods are usually based on local adaptivity for resolving discontinuities in the stochastic dimensions. However, the adaptive refinement in the probability space is ineffective in the non-intrusive uncertainty quantification framework, if the stochastic discontinuity is caused by a discontinuity in the physical space with a random location. The dependence of the discontinuity location in the probability space on the spatial coordinates then results in a staircase approximation of the statistics, which leads to first-order error convergence and an underprediction of the maximum standard deviation. To avoid these problems, we introduce subcell resolution into the Simplex Stochastic Collocation (SSC) method for obtaining a truly discontinuous representation of random spatial discontinuities in the interior of the cells discretizing the probability space. The presented SSC–SR method is based on resolving the discontinuity location in the probability space explicitly as function of the spatial coordinates and extending the stochastic response surface approximations up to the predicted discontinuity location. The applications to a linear advection problem, the inviscid Burgers’ equation, a shock tube problem, and the transonic flow over the RAE 2822 airfoil show that SSC–SR resolves random spatial discontinuities with multiple stochastic and spatial dimensions accurately using a minimal number of samples.

  5. Displacement and Shear Discontinuities in GPS and Other Survey Networks

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    Griffiths, J.

    2004-12-01

    It seems we can detect the orientation and nature of faults and shear zones using a method for analyzing deformation with survey data. Survey data are in terms of arbitrary coordinate systems---the initial (X,Y) and current (x,y) systems---rather than in terms of natural coordinate systems (S,N,s,n) of the fault or shear zone. The angle α is the clockwise angle between X and S. A method for detecting faults and shear zones involves computing the deformation gradient tensor FX_Y with the survey data, and then determining the natural coordinates by maximizing the partial derivative (∂ s)/(∂ N) as a function of α . Results are presented from survey measurements made on a landslide surface, near earthquake ground ruptures, and in the vicinity of a tectonic plate boundary. I studied displacements of points on the Slumgullion landslide in Colorado and contrasted the results with mapped structures. I find sudden, large, jumps in the partial derivative (∂ s)/(∂ N) where there are faults with a strike-slip component parallel to α . Such discontinuities in the derivative are absent where strike-slip shift is absent. Likewise, I studied part of the ground rupture associated with the 1999 Ducze-Bolu earthquake in Turkey. The rupture passed beneath the Bolu-Kaynasli viaduct, damaging the structure. The piers of the viaduct were permanently displaced, and were surveyed before and after the earthquake. This analysis shows that the earthquake rupture, at the ground surface, is a belt of right-lateral shear approximately 50 meters wide in the vicinity of the viaduct. This method can also be used with GPS data. Preliminary results from 16 continuously operating stations near San Francisco suggest portions of the San Andreas, Hayward and Calaveras fault zones were active at different times during 2003. For example, during the interval April to May all three fault zones were possibly active. From August to September, it seems the Hayward and Calaveras fault zones were

  6. High-resolution transition zone structures of the Gorda Slab beneath the western United States: Implication for deep water subduction

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    Cao, Aimin; Levander, Alan

    2010-07-01

    The current data set from USArray provides an unprecedented opportunity to investigate mantle transition zone structures beneath the western United States. We have made transition zone images with the Common Converted Point (CCP) stacking method. More than 9600 high quality receiver functions were stacked with reference to two different three-dimensional tomography models and a one-dimensional velocity model. Where the Gorda plate passes through the transition zone, the 410 discontinuity has been elevated ˜25 km and the 660 discontinuity has been depressed ˜35 km. We interpret the transition zone topography in terms of mineral physics results in several different ways, noting in particular that recent measurements on the Clapeyron slope for the ringwoodite-to-perovskite phase transition under dry conditions give a phase boundary slope of ˜-1.3 to -0.4 MPa/K. The ˜35 km deflection of the 660 discontinuity observed in the receiver functions seems to be the evidence that the subducted slab can carry abundant water from the surface to the transition zone, and in the transition zone the water in the slab may be fully saturated (e.g. the water content is ˜2.0 wt%). Analyses of the velocity perturbations in the tomography models and the transition zone thickness indicate that the deep water is likely well confined within the subducted slab. We infer that the presence of water in the subducted Gorda slab might have contributed ˜15 km and the thermal anomaly in the slab might have contributed ˜20 km to the depression of the 660 discontinuity.

  7. From local earthquakes tomography to Moho topography beneath the Western Alps

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    Potin, Bertrand; Valette, Bernard; Thouvenot, François; Monteiller, Vadim

    2015-04-01

    The Western Alps are the result of the collision between the European margin and the Apulian margin, which started about 35 Ma ago. Nowadays, the lithosphere beneath the Western Alps consists of the subduction of the European plate underneath the Apulian plate. Such geometry implies a complex Moho discontinuity. Over the past 25 years, several dense seismic networks settled in France, Italy and Switzerland have permitted to locate more than 45,000 local earthquakes. In this study, we used 335 stations spread over a 200,000 km2 area, and about 35,000 events that have been located with at least 5 stations and 7 P and S-waves picks. The resulting dataset is formed of more than 820,000 data. Most of the Western Alps earthquakes occurred within the first 10 km beneath surface, nevertheless a large part of P and S-waves are refracted waves on the Moho discontinuity. In order to build up the Moho topography of the western Alps, we used at first this data set to perform a crust and upper mantle tomography based on travel-times analysis. Our model consists of a set of V P and V P/V S values given at each node of a three-dimensional, regularly spaced grid, which constitutes the inversion grid. Transition between crust and mantle is modeled by a continuous change in velocity, as we do not introduce any a priori information on the Moho interface. Earthquake locations and site-effect residuals at each station are also determined in the process. The forward computation of travel times in the 3D model is performed by integrating slowness along the rays, which are determined by the Podvin-Lecomte algorithm (basically a finite difference resolution of eikonal equation). Inversion is carried out using a non-linear least-squares approach based on a stochastic description of data and model. The smoothing and damping parameters are adjusted by means of L-curves analysis. The Moho discontinuity is obtained by matching an isovelocity surface of this tomography model with information on

  8. Augmented proper orthogonal decompositional for problems with moving discontinuities

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    Brenner, T.; Fontenot, R.; Cizmas, P.; O'Brien, T.; Breault, R.

    2010-01-01

    A method is proposed to augment the proper orthogonaldecomposition basis functionswith discontinuitymodes to better capture moving discontinuities in reduced-order models. Moving discontinuities can be shocks in unsteady gas flows or bubbles in multiphase flow. The method is shown to work for a simple test problem using the first-order wave equation. A method for detecting discontinuities numerically is developed using mathematical morphology. This method is shown to properly identify the edges of bubbles in multiphase flow.

  9. A General approach for calculating coupling impedances of small discontinuities

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    Kurennoy, Sergei S.; Gluckstern, Robert L.; Stupakov, Gennady V.

    A general theory of the beam interaction with small discontinuities of the vacuum chamber is developed taking into account the reaction of radiated waves back on the discontinuity. The reactive impedance calculated earlier is reproduced as the first order, and the resistive one as the second order of a perturbation theory based on this general approach. The theory also gives, in a very natural way, the results for the trapped modes due to small discontinuities obtained earlier by a different method.

  10. Evolution of mantle column beneath Bartoy volcanoes.

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    Ashchepkov, Igor; Karmanov, Nikolai; Kanakin, Sergei; Ntaflos, Theodoros

    2013-04-01

    enrichment in LILE and Sr. Pl - Gar cumulates show even jugged TRE spidergrams with Eu peaks and dips. The green Cpx from green series have now humps in TRE related to the garnet in meting source and are depleted in HFSE especially in Zr suggesting H2O- induced melting. Lherzolitic Cpx show enrichment in LREE and LILE but decrease in HFSE. The Cpx in contacts with basaltic derivates show U shaped REE and flattened patterns with Zr dips . The interaction is not highly pronounced and the distance of 3-4 sm. Most probably that metasomatism in lherzolitic column was produced by melts more rich fluids. The interaction with HT basalts produced the Fe lherzolites with the TRE patterns showing hump garnet signatures The model of the developing of the mantle column beneath Bartoy volcanoes suggest pulsing interaction with the basalts are checking using TRE components of all studied samples. Grant 11-05-00060.

  11. Universal quantum computation by discontinuous quantum walk

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    Underwood, Michael S.; Feder, David L.

    2010-10-15

    Quantum walks are the quantum-mechanical analog of random walks, in which a quantum ''walker'' evolves between initial and final states by traversing the edges of a graph, either in discrete steps from node to node or via continuous evolution under the Hamiltonian furnished by the adjacency matrix of the graph. We present a hybrid scheme for universal quantum computation in which a quantum walker takes discrete steps of continuous evolution. This ''discontinuous'' quantum walk employs perfect quantum-state transfer between two nodes of specific subgraphs chosen to implement a universal gate set, thereby ensuring unitary evolution without requiring the introduction of an ancillary coin space. The run time is linear in the number of simulated qubits and gates. The scheme allows multiple runs of the algorithm to be executed almost simultaneously by starting walkers one time step apart.

  12. Discontinuous Galerkin Methods for Turbulence Simulation

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    Collis, S. Scott

    2002-01-01

    A discontinuous Galerkin (DG) method is formulated, implemented, and tested for simulation of compressible turbulent flows. The method is applied to turbulent channel flow at low Reynolds number, where it is found to successfully predict low-order statistics with fewer degrees of freedom than traditional numerical methods. This reduction is achieved by utilizing local hp-refinement such that the computational grid is refined simultaneously in all three spatial coordinates with decreasing distance from the wall. Another advantage of DG is that Dirichlet boundary conditions can be enforced weakly through integrals of the numerical fluxes. Both for a model advection-diffusion problem and for turbulent channel flow, weak enforcement of wall boundaries is found to improve results at low resolution. Such weak boundary conditions may play a pivotal role in wall modeling for large-eddy simulation.

  13. Weld stresses beyond elastic limit: Materials discontinuity

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    Verderaime, V.

    1989-01-01

    When welded structures depend on properties beyond the elastic limit to qualify their ultimate safety factor, and weld-parent materials abruptly change at the interface, then stress discontinuity is inevitable. The stress concentration is mildly sensitive to material relative strain hardening and acutely sensitive to applied stress fields. Peak stresses occur on the weld surface, at the interface, and dissipate within a 0.01-inch band. When the stress is intense, the weld will always fracture at the interface. The analysis incorporates a classical mechanics model to more sharply define stress spikes within the bandwidth, and suggests a relative material index and Poisson's ratio related to strain hardening. Implications are discussed which are applicable to industries of high performance structures.

  14. Capillary breakup of discontinuously rate thickening suspensions.

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    Zimoch, Pawel J; McKinley, Gareth H; Hosoi, A E

    2013-07-19

    Using discontinuously rate thickening suspensions (DRTS) as a model system, we show that beads-on-a-string morphologies can arise as a result of external viscous drag acting during capillary-driven breakup of a non-Newtonian fluid. To minimize the perturbative effect of gravity, we developed a new experimental test platform in which the filament is supported in a horizontal position at the surface of an immiscible oil bath. We show that the evolution of thin DRTS filaments during the capillary thinning process is well described by a set of one-dimensional slender filament equations. The strongly rate-dependent rheology of the test fluid and the aspect ratio of the filament couple to control the thinning dynamics and lead to a simple criterion describing the localized arrest of the capillary thinning process and the subsequent formation of complex, high aspect ratio beads-on-a-string structures. PMID:23909338

  15. Evolution equation for infinitesimal rotational discontinuities

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    Sonnerup, B. U. O.; Qian, S.; Wang, D.-J.

    1990-01-01

    An evolution equation in the form of a modified Korteweg-de Vries equation is developed which describes the small-amplitude version of the infinitesimal rotational discontinuity (RD) studied by Wang and Sonnerup (1984). It is shown that the small-amplitude version of the equilibrium pulse solution obtained by Wang and Sonnerup is metastable and thus unlikely to arise spontaneously. When the initial pulse amplitude is smaller than and/or the initial pulse width is greater than the equilibrium value, the pulse decays. When the reverse is the case, the pulse is converted to an infinitesimal intermediate-mode solitary wave having greater pulse amplitude and speed. A simulation experiment is performed in which one of the equilibrium intermediate-mode solitary waves overtakes another, less rapidly moving version of the same wave. The existence of multipeaked intermediate-mode solitary pulses is demonstrated.

  16. From weak discontinuities to nondissipative shock waves

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    Garifullin, R. N. Suleimanov, B. I.

    2010-01-15

    An analysis is presented of the effect of weak dispersion on transitions from weak to strong discontinuities in inviscid fluid dynamics. In the neighborhoods of transition points, this effect is described by simultaneous solutions to the Korteweg-de Vries equation u{sub t}'+ uu{sub x}' + u{sub xxx}' = 0 and fifth-order nonautonomous ordinary differential equations. As x{sup 2} + t{sup 2} {yields}{infinity}, the asymptotic behavior of these simultaneous solutions in the zone of undamped oscillations is given by quasi-simple wave solutions to Whitham equations of the form r{sub i}(t, x) = tl{sub i} x/t{sup 2}.

  17. Geophysical and mineralogical constraints on the post-spinel transformation for the Tonga slab

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    Kaneshima, Satoshi; Kubo, Tomoaki; Yoshioka, Shoichi

    2012-04-01

    The depth of the post-spinel transformation is investigated for the Tonga slab, by using data from short period seismic networks at western United States and Japan for about 100 deep and intermediate-depth earthquakes within a small (˜200 km by 200 km) area near 20°S. Later phases in a time window ˜3 to 20 s after direct P waves are analyzed to search for S-to-P converted waves at the 660 km discontinuity, which represents the post-spinel transformation. We find that immediately beneath the foci of the deepest earthquakes the discontinuity is depressed down to the depths of 685 ± 5 km on average, and that it dips towards WNW by 10 ± 3 km within 70 km laterally. We constrain the thermal structure near the S to P conversion points based on a plausible assumption that the deepest earthquakes occur around the coldest core of the Tonga slab. The distribution of the hypocenters relocated in this study as well as previously published tomographic images of the same region suggest that the Tonga slab bends upward when approaching the 660 km discontinuity and transiently stagnates around the discontinuity. With these observations as the constraints, we numerically model the thermal structure of the Tonga slab, and estimate the temperature around the conversion points as 1200 ± 100 °C, which is 300 ± 100 K colder than the surrounding mantle. As the average depression of the discontinuity (down to 685 ± 5 km) corresponds to an pressure excess over the global average (660 km) by 1.0 ± 0.2 GPa, the assumption of equilibrium post-spinel transformation results in an estimate of the Clapeyron slope (C1) of -3.3-2.7+1.3 MPa/K. We also obtain an independent estimate of the Clapeyron slope (C2) of -2.0 ± 1.0 MPa/K, based on the observation of the dip of the discontinuity and the computed temperature variation (by about 200 K). The discrepancy between C1 and C2 is marginally significant and can be diminished by considering that the slab materials at the conversion points are

  18. DISCONTINUED OR LITTLE USED LARGE GATE VALVE AND VALVE ASSEMBLY ...

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    DISCONTINUED OR LITTLE USED LARGE GATE VALVE AND VALVE ASSEMBLY PATTERNS, PATTERN STORAGE BUILDING. - Stockham Pipe & Fittings Company, Pattern Storage, 4000 Tenth Avenue North, Birmingham, Jefferson County, AL

  19. Analysis of Waveguide Junction Discontinuities Using Finite Element Method

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    Deshpande, Manohar D.

    1997-01-01

    A Finite Element Method (FEM) is presented to determine reflection and transmission coefficients of rectangular waveguide junction discontinuities. An H-plane discontinuity, an E-plane ridge discontinuity, and a step discontinuity in a concentric rectangular waveguide junction are analyzed using the FEM procedure. Also, reflection and transmission coefficients due to presence of a gap between two sections of a rectangular waveguide are determined using the FEM. The numerical results obtained by the present method are in excellent agreement with the earlier published results. The numerical results obtained by the FEM are compared with the numerical results obtained using the Mode Matching Method (MMM) and also with the measured data.

  20. MHD discontinuities in solar flares: Continuous transitions and plasma heating

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    Ledentsov, L. S.; Somov, B. V.

    2015-12-01

    The boundary conditions for the ideal MHD equations on a plane discontinuity surface are investigated. It is shown that, for a given mass flux through a discontinuity, its type depends only on the relation between inclination angles of a magnetic field. Moreover, the conservation laws on a surface of discontinuity allow changing a discontinuity type with gradual (continuous) changes in the conditions of plasma flow. Then there are the so-called transition solutions that satisfy simultaneously two types of discontinuities. We obtain all transition solutions on the basis of the complete system of boundary conditions for the MHD equations. We also found the expression describing a jump of internal energy of the plasma flowing through the discontinuity. Firstly, this allows constructing a generalized scheme of possible continuous transitions between MHD discontinuities. Secondly, it enables the examination of the dependence of plasma heating by plasma density and configuration of the magnetic field near the discontinuity surface, i.e., by the type of the MHD discontinuity. It is shown that the best conditions for heating are carried out in the vicinity of a reconnecting current layer near the areas of reverse currents. The result can be helpful in explaining the temperature distributions inside the active regions in the solar corona during flares observed by modern space observatories in soft and hard X-rays.

  1. Discontinuities detection using transmission electrical resistivity imaging

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    Lesparre, Nolwenn; Cabrera, Justo; Boyle, Alistair; Grychtol, Bartłomiej; Adler, Andy

    2015-04-01

    In the context of nuclear waste storage, low permeability clays are investigated as potential geological barrier. Discontinuities in such formations might facilitate the radionuclide transport to the environment. The underground platform of Tournemire (Aveyron, France) presents the opportunity to perform in-situ experiments to evaluate the potential of geophysical methods to detect and characterize the presence of discontinuities in the sub-surface. In this work, we apply transmission electrical resistivity tomography to image the medium surrounding a regional fault. A specific array of electrodes were set up, adapted for the characterization of the fault. Electrodes were placed along the tunnel as well as at the surface above the tunnel on both sides of the fault. The objective of a such geometry is to acquire data in transmission across the massif in addition to classical protocol such as Schlumberger or dipole-dipole in order to better cover the sounded medium. 3D models considering the gallery geometry, the topography and the injection of current in transmission through the massif were developed for the analysis of such particular data sets. For the reconstruction of the medium electrical resistivity, the parametrization of the inverse problem was adapted to the geometry of the experience in a scope to reduce the inversion under-determination. The resulting image obtained with classical protocols and transmission current injection is compared to an image obtained using only classical protocols to better highlight the interest of a transmission experiment in terms of resolution and penetration depth. The addition of protocols in transmission allows a better coverage of the sounded medium so the resulting image presents a better resolution at higher depths than the image resulting from a single profile of electrodes. The proposed configuration of electrical resistivity measurements in transmission is then promising for hydrogeophysical studies, in particular for

  2. Discontinuation of buprenorphine maintenance therapy: perspectives and outcomes.

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    Bentzley, Brandon S; Barth, Kelly S; Back, Sudie E; Book, Sarah W

    2015-05-01

    Buprenorphine maintenance therapy (BMT) is increasingly the preferred opioid maintenance agent due to its reduced toxicity and availability in an office-based setting in the United States. Although BMT has been shown to be highly efficacious, it is often discontinued soon after initiation. No current systematic review has yet investigated providers' or patients' reasons for BMT discontinuation or the outcomes that follow. Hence, provider and patient perspectives associated with BMT discontinuation after a period of stable buprenorphine maintenance and the resultant outcomes were systematically reviewed with specific emphasis on pre-buprenorphine-taper parameters predictive of relapse following BMT discontinuation. Few identified studies address provider or patient perspectives associated with buprenorphine discontinuation. Within the studies reviewed providers with residency training in BMT were more likely to favor long term BMT instead of detoxification, and providers were likely to consider BMT discontinuation in the face of medication misuse. Patients often desired to remain on BMT because of fear of relapse to illicit opioid use if they were to discontinue BMT. The majority of patients who discontinued BMT did so involuntarily, often due to failure to follow strict program requirements, and 1 month following discontinuation, rates of relapse to illicit opioid use exceeded 50% in every study reviewed. Only lower buprenorphine maintenance dose, which may be a marker for attenuated addiction severity, predicted better outcomes across studies. Relaxed BMT program requirements and frequent counsel on the high probability of relapse if BMT is discontinued may improve retention in treatment and prevent the relapse to illicit opioid use that is likely to follow BMT discontinuation.

  3. Very-long-period volcanic earthquakes beneath Mammoth Mountain, California

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    Hill, D.P.; Dawson, P.; Johnston, M.J.S.; Pitt, A.M.; Biasi, G.; Smith, K.

    2002-01-01

    Detection of three very-long-period (VLP) volcanic earthquakes beneath Mammoth Mountain emphasizes that magmatic processes continue to be active beneath this young, eastern California volcano. These VLP earthquakes, which occured in October 1996 and July and August 2000, appear as bell-shaped pulses with durations of one to two minutes on a nearby borehole dilatometer and on the displacement seismogram from a nearby broadband seismometer. They are accompanied by rapid-fire sequences of high-frequency (HF) earthquakes and several long- period (LP) volcanic earthquakes. The limited VLP data are consistent with a CLVD source at a depth of ???3 km beneath the summit, which we interpret as resulting from a slug of fluid (CO2- saturated magmatic brine or perhaps basaltic magma) moving into a crack.

  4. Mule deer passage beneath an overland coal conveyor

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    Greenwood, C.L.; Dalton, L.B.

    1984-07-31

    Presently, information pertaining to migration and daily movement patterns of big game in relation to overland conveyors or large diameter pipelines is sparse. A literature review showed that moose, caribou, reindeer, and dall sheep will pass beneath or over large diameter pipeline systems. But no information was found relative to big game crossing coal conveyor systems. Mule deer passage beneath an overland coal conveyor in Carbon County, Utah, was studied during spring 1981. Deer avoided crossing at underpass opportunities where the clearance was less than 50 cm. Clearances between 50 and 90 cm were selected for crossing. Deer passed beneath the conveyor during day and nighttime conditions and while the conveyor was either operating or idle. Recommendations are discussed for designing conveyors and pipelines to facilitate big game passage. 13 references, 2 tables.

  5. Crustal structure beneath the Kenya Rift from axial profile data

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    Mechie, J.; Keller, Gordon R.; Prodehl, C.; Gaciri, S.; Braile, L.W.; Mooney, W.D.; Gajewski, D.; Sandmeier, K.-J.

    1994-01-01

    Modelling of the KRISP 90 axial line data shows that major crustal thinning occurs along the axis of the Kenya Rift from Moho depths of 35 km in the south beneath the Kenya Dome in the vicinity of Lake Naivasha to 20 km in the north beneath Lake Turkana. Low Pn velocities of 7.5-7.7 km/s are found beneath the whole of the axial line. The results indicate that crustal extension increases to the north and that the low Pn velocities are probably caused by magma (partial melt) rising from below and being trapped in the uppermost kilometres of the mantle. Along the axial line, the rift infill consisting of volcanics and a minor amount of sediments varies in thickness from zero where Precambrian crystalline basement highs occur to 5-6 km beneath the lakes Turkana and Naivasha. Analysis of the Pg phase shows that the upper crystalline crust has velocities of 6.1-6.3 km/s. Bearing in mind the Cainozoic volcanism associated with the rift, these velocities most probably represent Precambrian basement intruded by small amounts of igneous material. The boundary between the upper and lower crusts occurs at about 10 km depth beneath the northern part of the rift and 15 km depth beneath the southern part of the rift. The upper part of the lower crust has velocities of 6.4-6.5 km/s. The basal crustal layer which varies in thickness from a maximum of 2 km in the north to around 9 km in the south has a velocity of about 6.8 km/s. ?? 1994.

  6. Low electrical resistivity associated with plunging of the Nazca flat slab beneath Argentina.

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    Booker, John R; Favetto, Alicia; Pomposiello, M Cristina

    2004-05-27

    Beneath much of the Andes, oceanic lithosphere descends eastward into the mantle at an angle of about 30 degrees (ref. 1). A partially molten region is thought to form in a wedge between this descending slab and the overlying continental lithosphere as volatiles given off by the slab lower the melting temperature of mantle material. This wedge is the ultimate source for magma erupted at the active volcanoes that characterize the Andean margin. But between 28 degrees and 33 degrees S the subducted Nazca plate appears to be anomalously buoyant, as it levels out at about 100 km depth and extends nearly horizontally under the continent. Above this 'flat slab', volcanic activity in the main Andean Cordillera terminated about 9 million years ago as the flattening slab presumably squeezed out the mantle wedge. But it is unknown where slab volatiles go once this happens, and why the flat slab finally rolls over to descend steeply into the mantle 600 km further eastward. Here we present results from a magnetotelluric profile in central Argentina, from which we infer enhanced electrical conductivity along the eastern side of the plunging slab, indicative of the presence of partial melt. This conductivity structure may imply that partial melting occurs to at least 250 km and perhaps to more than 400 km depth, or that melt is supplied from the 410 km discontinuity, consistent with the transition-zone 'water-filter' model of Bercovici and Karato.

  7. 25 CFR 175.21 - Discontinuance of service.

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  9. 25 CFR 175.21 - Discontinuance of service.

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  12. 27 CFR 19.19 - Discontinuance of storage facilities.

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  13. 27 CFR 19.79 - Discontinuance of storage facilities.

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  15. 7 CFR 247.17 - Notification of discontinuance of participant.

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  18. 27 CFR 25.85 - Notice of permanent discontinuance.

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  4. 27 CFR 72.37 - Discontinuance of administrative proceedings.

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  5. EVALUATING DISCONTINUITIES IN COMPLEX SYSTEMS: TOWARD QUANTITATIVE MEASURE OF RESILIENCE

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    The textural discontinuity hypothesis (TDH) is based on the observation that animal body mass distributions exhibit discontinuities that may reflect the texture of the landscape available for exploitation. This idea has been extended to other complex systems, hinting that the ide...

  6. Transition density of one-dimensional diffusion with discontinuous drift

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    Zhang, Weijian

    1990-01-01

    The transition density of a one-dimensional diffusion process with a discontinuous drift coefficient is studied. A probabilistic representation of the transition density is given, illustrating the close connections between discontinuities of the drift and Brownian local times. In addition, some explicit results are obtained based on the trivariate density of Brownian motion, its occupation, and local times.

  7. Auditory discontinuities interact with categorization: Implications for speech perception

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    Holt, Lori L.; Lotto, Andrew J.; Diehl, Randy L.

    2004-09-01

    Behavioral experiments with infants, adults, and nonhuman animals converge with neurophysiological findings to suggest that there is a discontinuity in auditory processing of stimulus components differing in onset time by about 20 ms. This discontinuity has been implicated as a basis for boundaries between speech categories distinguished by voice onset time (VOT). Here, it is investigated how this discontinuity interacts with the learning of novel perceptual categories. Adult listeners were trained to categorize nonspeech stimuli that mimicked certain temporal properties of VOT stimuli. One group of listeners learned categories with a boundary coincident with the perceptual discontinuity. Another group learned categories defined such that the perceptual discontinuity fell within a category. Listeners in the latter group required significantly more experience to reach criterion categorization performance. Evidence of interactions between the perceptual discontinuity and the learned categories extended to generalization tests as well. It has been hypothesized that languages make use of perceptual discontinuities to promote distinctiveness among sounds within a language inventory. The present data suggest that discontinuities interact with category learning. As such, ``learnability'' may play a predictive role in selection of language sound inventories.

  8. 24 CFR 203.288 - Discontinuance of adjusted premium charge.

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    2010-04-01

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  9. 27 CFR 21.3 - Stocks of discontinued formulas.

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  10. Seismic imaging of the downwelling Indian lithosphere beneath central Tibet.

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    Tilmann, Frederik; Ni, James

    2003-05-30

    A tomographic image of the upper mantle beneath central Tibet from INDEPTH data has revealed a subvertical high-velocity zone from approximately 100- to approximately 400-kilometers depth, located approximately south of the Bangong-Nujiang Suture. We interpret this zone to be downwelling Indian mantle lithosphere. This additional lithosphere would account for the total amount of shortening in the Himalayas and Tibet. A consequence of this downwelling would be a deficit of asthenosphere, which should be balanced by an upwelling counterflow, and thus could explain the presence of warm mantle beneath north-central Tibet.

  11. Project Skippy explores lithosphere and mantle beneath Australia

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    van der Hilst, Rob; Kennett, Brian; Christie, Doug; Grant, John

    A new project is probing the seismic structure of the lithosphere and mantle beneath Australia. The Skippy Project, named after the bush kangaroo, exploits Australia's regional seismicity and makes use of recent advances in digital recording technology to collect three-component broadband seismic data from over 60 sites across the continent (Figure 1).The main goal of the Skippy Project, which is run by Australian National University's Research School of Earth Sciences (RSES), is to delineate the three-dimensional seismic structure of the lithosphere and mantle beneath the continent.

  12. Impact of solar wind tangential discontinuities on the Earth's magnetosphere

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    Grib, S. A.

    2012-12-01

    The collision of a solar wind tangential discontinuity with the bow shock and magnetopause is considered in the scope of an MHD approximation. Using MHD methods of trial calculations and generalized shock polars, it has been indicated that a fast shock refracted into the magnetosheath originates when density increases across a tangential discontinuity and a fast rarefaction wave is generated when density decreases at this discontinuity. It has been indicated that a shock front shift under the action of collisions with a tangential discontinuity is experimentally observed and a fast bow shock can be transformed into a slow shock. Using a specific event as an example, it has been demonstrated that solar wind tangential discontinuity affects the geomagnetic field behavior.

  13. Plasma field characteristics of directional discontinuities in the interplanetary medium

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    Solodyna, C. V.; Belcher, J. W.; Sari, J. W.

    1977-01-01

    The paper examines plasma and magnetic-field changes occurring across 1359 directional discontinuities taken from interplanetary data spanning almost four solar rotations. The plasma field characteristics of these events exhibit a distinct variation with large-scale solar-wind velocity. At low velocities, tangential discontinuities appear to predominate. At higher velocities, a substantial and increasing fraction of directional discontinuities exhibits the plasma field properties expected of outwardly propagating rotational discontinuities. The results of Sari (1972, 1975) and of the present study suggest that in the calculation of propagation diffusion coefficients for low-energy cosmic rays, the effects of directional discontinuities should be subtracted from the magnetic fluctuation spectrum during relatively quiet wind conditions. It is not clear that such subtraction is necessary during more disturbed periods.

  14. Stability of Dynamical Systems with Discontinuous Motions:

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    Michel, Anthony N.; Hou, Ling

    In this paper we present a stability theory for discontinuous dynamical systems (DDS): continuous-time systems whose motions are not necessarily continuous with respect to time. We show that this theory is not only applicable in the analysis of DDS, but also in the analysis of continuous dynamical systems (continuous-time systems whose motions are continuous with respect to time), discrete-time dynamical systems (systems whose motions are defined at discrete points in time) and hybrid dynamical systems (HDS) (systems whose descriptions involve simultaneously continuous-time and discrete-time). We show that the stability results for DDS are in general less conservative than the corresponding well-known classical Lyapunov results for continuous dynamical systems and discrete-time dynamical systems. Although the DDS stability results are applicable to general dynamical systems defined on metric spaces (divorced from any kind of description by differential equations, or any other kinds of equations), we confine ourselves to finite-dimensional dynamical systems defined by ordinary differential equations and difference equations, to make this paper as widely accessible as possible. We present only sample results, namely, results for uniform asymptotic stability in the large.

  15. Capillary surface discontinuities above reentrant corners

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    Korevaar, H. J.

    1982-01-01

    A particular configuration of a vertical capillary tube for which S is the equilibrium interface between two fluids in the presence of a downward pointing gravitational field was investigated. S is the graph a function u whose domain is the (horizontal) cross section gamma of the tube. The mean curvature of S is proportional to its height above a fixed reference plane and lambda is a prescribed constant and may be taken between zero and pi/2. Domains gamma for which us is a bounded function but does not extend continuously to d gamma are sought. Simple domains are found and the behavior of u in those domains is studied. An important comparison principle that has been used in the literature to derive many of the results in capillarity is reviewed. It allows one to deduce the approximate shape of a capillary surface by constructing comparison surfaces with mean curvature and contact angle close to those of the (unknown) solution surface. In the context of nonparametric problems the comparison principle leads to height estimates above and below for the function u. An example from the literature where these height estimates have been used successfully is described. The promised domains for which the bounded u does not extend continuously to the boundary are constructed. The point on the boundary at which u has a jump discontinuity will be the vertext of a re-entrant corner having any interior angle theta pi. Using the comparison principle the behavior of u near this point is studied.

  16. Discontinuous Galerkin Methods for Neutrino Radiation Transport

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    Endeve, Eirik; Hauck, Cory; Xing, Yulong; Mezzacappa, Anthony

    2015-04-01

    We are developing new computational methods for simulation of neutrino transport in core-collapse supernovae, which is challenging since neutrinos evolve from being diffusive in the proto-neutron star to nearly free streaming in the critical neutrino heating region. To this end, we consider conservative formulations of the Boltzmann equation, and aim to develop robust, high-order accurate methods. Runge-Kutta discontinuous Galerkin (DG) methods, offer several attractive properties, including (i) high-order accuracy on a compact stencil and (ii) correct asymptotic behavior in the diffusion limit. We have recently developed a new DG method for the advection part for the transport solve, which is high-order accurate and strictly preserves the physical bounds of the distribution function; i.e., f ∈ [ 0 , 1 ] . We summarize the main ingredients of our bound-preserving DG method and discuss ongoing work to include neutrino-matter interactions in the scheme. Research sponsored in part by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, managed by UT-Battelle, LLC for the U. S. Department of Energy

  17. Discontinuous jamming transition in driven foam

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    Dennin, Michael

    2007-03-01

    Aqueous foam (gas bubbles with liquid walls) is a surprising substance. Every molecule in foam is in a fluid state, either liquid or gas. Yet, the entire foam holds its shape as a solid would. In fact, when subjected to an applied strain at a slow enough strain rate, the initial response of the foam is the same as an elastic solid. On the other hand, under sufficiently large stress or strain, the foam can flow in a fashion similar to a fluid. This is similar to plastic flow that occurs in many ``molecular'' solids. In this talk, we will focus on experimental studies of the transition from solid behavior to flowing behavior, with an emphasis on to what degree this ``jamming'' transition is analogous to a ``real'' phase transition. We will focus on recent results using a model, two-dimensional foam: bubble rafts. Bubble rafts are a single layer of bubbles on the surface of water. By focusing on a two-dimensional system, it is relatively easy to track individual bubbles and gain insight into the connection between bubble dynamics (the mesoscopic scale) and the response of the entire foam (macroscopic scale). We will focus on recent measurements of a discontinuous transition from solid to fluid like behavior in the bubble raft.

  18. Airborne electromagnetic imaging of discontinuous permafrost

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    Minsley, B.J.; Abraham, J.D.; Smith, B.D.; Cannia, J.C.; Voss, C.I.; Jorgenson, M.T.; Walvoord, M.A.; Wylie, B.K.; Anderson, L.; Ball, L.B.; Deszcz-Pan, M.; Wellman, T.P.; Ager, T.A.

    2012-01-01

    The evolution of permafrost in cold regions is inextricably connected to hydrogeologic processes, climate, and ecosystems. Permafrost thawing has been linked to changes in wetland and lake areas, alteration of the groundwater contribution to streamflow, carbon release, and increased fire frequency. But detailed knowledge about the dynamic state of permafrost in relation to surface and groundwater systems remains an enigma. Here, we present the results of a pioneering ???1,800 line-kilometer airborne electromagnetic survey that shows sediments deposited over the past ???4 million years and the configuration of permafrost to depths of ???100 meters in the Yukon Flats area near Fort Yukon, Alaska. The Yukon Flats is near the boundary between continuous permafrost to the north and discontinuous permafrost to the south, making it an important location for examining permafrost dynamics. Our results not only provide a detailed snapshot of the present-day configuration of permafrost, but they also expose previously unseen details about potential surface-groundwater connections and the thermal legacy of surface water features that has been recorded in the permafrost over the past ???1,000 years. This work will be a critical baseline for future permafrost studies aimed at exploring the connections between hydrogeologic, climatic, and ecological processes, and has significant implications for the stewardship of Arctic environments. ?? 2012 by the American Geophysical Union.

  19. Polar constellations design for discontinuous coverage

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    Sarno, Salvatore; Graziano, Maria Daniela; D'Errico, Marco

    2016-10-01

    A novel constellation design method is developed for discontinuous coverage of the globe and polar caps. It integrates and extends the applicability of the coverage regions and mitigates the limitations of the existing techniques based on streets-of-coverage (SOC) theory. In particular, the visibility conditions of the targets are mapped in the (Ω, u)-domain to identify the number of satellites per plane and the distance between successive orbits, whereas the planes are arranged around the equator exploiting satellites both in ascending and descending phase. The proposed approach is applied to design potential space segments in polar LEO supporting the existing maritime surveillance services over the globe and on the future polar routes. Results show they require a smaller total number of satellites with respect to the SOC-based configurations for revisit times less than one hour and wide range of swaths. In details, it is observed a reduction between 6% and 22% for global coverage and between 24% and 33% for the coverage of polar caps.

  20. Crustal thickness and images of the lithospheric discontinuities in the Gibraltar arc and surrounding areas

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    Mancilla, Flor de Lis; Stich, Daniel; Morales, José; Martín, Rosa; Diaz, Jordi; Pazos, Antonio; Córdoba, Diego; Pulgar, Javier A.; Ibarra, Pedro; Harnafi, Mimoun; Gonzalez-Lodeiro, Francisco

    2015-12-01

    The Gibraltar arc and surrounding areas are a complex tectonic region and its tectonic evolution since Miocene is still under debate. Knowledge of its lithospheric structure will help to understand the mechanisms that produced extension and westward motion of the Alboran domain, simultaneously with NW-SE compression driven by Africa-Europe plates convergence. We perform a P-wave receiver function analysis in which we analyse new data recorded at 83 permanent and temporary seismic broad-band stations located in the South of the Iberian peninsula. These data are stacked and combined with data from a previous study in northern Morocco to build maps of thickness and average vP/vS ratio for the crust, and cross-sections to image the lithospheric discontinuities beneath the Gibraltar arc, the Betic and Rif Ranges and their Iberian and Moroccan forelands. Crustal thickness values show strong lateral variations in the southern Iberia peninsula, ranging from ˜19 to ˜46 km. The Variscan foreland is characterized by a relatively flat Moho at ˜31 km depth, and an average vP/vS ratio of ˜1.72, similar to other Variscan terranes, which may indicate that part of the lower crustal orogenic root was lost. The thickest crust is found at the contact between the Alboran domain and the External Zones of the Betic Range, while crustal thinning is observed southeastern Iberia (down to 19 km) and in the Guadalquivir basin where the thinning at the Iberian paleomargin could be still preserved. In the cross-sections, we see a strong change between the eastern Betics, where the Iberian crust underthrusts and couples to the Alboran crust, and the western Betics, where the underthrusting Iberian crust becomes partially delaminated and enters into the mantle. The structures largely mirror those on the Moroccan side where a similar detachment was observed in northern Morocco. We attribute a relatively shallow strong negative-polarity discontinuity to the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary

  1. Crust and Upper Mantle Structure beneath Isparta Angle in SW Turkey from P and S Receiver Functions

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    Kahraman, M.; Turkelli, N.; Özacar, A.; Sandvol, E. A.; Teoman, U.

    2015-12-01

    Isparta Angle (IA) constitutes a triangular shape elevated tectonic domain in SW Turkey which contains units stacked with opposing thrust vergences during Late Cretaceous to Miocene. The region which is located at the junction between Aegean and Cyprus arcs separated by a slab tear is now bounded by Fethiye-Burdur Fault Zone (FBFZ) in the west and Akşehir-Afyon Fault Zones (AAFZ) in the east. In the area, seismicity displays ongoing extension along active grabens oriented at different directions. In the past, many competing geodynamic scenarios had been proposed to explain the complex tectonic evolution of the area. In this study, we used both P and S receiver functions (RFs) to present high resolution crustal and upper mantle images down to 200 km. Moho and upper crustal discontinuities were well resolved by P Rfs; however S RFs were utilized to image lithospheric-asthenospheric boundaries having the benefit of being free of multiple conversions. RFs were calculated from 916 teleseismic earthquakes (Mw ≥ 5.5) recorded by 42 permanent and temporary broadband stations BU-KOERI/NEMC, DEMP/ERD and Isparta Angle Seismic Experiment deployed by collaboration of BU-KOERI and University of Missouri. Totally, 4501 P and 946 S RFs with the cut-off frequencies of ~1.0 Hz and ~0.5 Hz, respectively, were obtained by applying iterative-time domain deconvolution. Crustal thickness and Vp/Vs ratios were calculated by grid search of maximum amplitude of P RFs(Ps,PpPs and PsPs+PpSs) in depth and Vp/Vs domain. Then, we created 2-D P and S migrated cross-sections to observe crustal and lithospheric-asthenospheric discontinuities beneath the region. P RFs indicates that, average crustal thickness and Vp/Vs ratio is ~36 km and 1.78 in the region with small changing values close to the edges. Migrated P RFs cross-sections revealed a sharp change in Moho (Moho offset) on the western boundary that spatially correlates with the FBFZ. We also found a relatively flat Moho in the center and

  2. 6. Remains Beneath Collapsed Engine House Roof, Showing Foundation Timbers ...

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    6. Remains Beneath Collapsed Engine House Roof, Showing Foundation Timbers and Automobile Engine Connected to Pulley Wheel, Looking Southwest - David Renfrew Oil Rig, East side of Connoquenessing Creek, 0.4 mile North of confluence with Thorn Creek, Renfrew, Butler County, PA

  3. West Harlem Walk (Hudson River Valley Greenway) beneath Henry Hudson ...

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    West Harlem Walk (Hudson River Valley Greenway) beneath Henry Hudson Parkway (HHP) Viaduct at West 155th Street vicinity, with Palisades, George Washington Bridge, and Little Red Lighthouse (visible to left of bridge tower) in background, looking northeast. - Henry Hudson Parkway, Extending 11.2 miles from West 72nd Street to Bronx-Westchester border, New York County, NY

  4. Deep structure beneath Lake Ontario: crustal-scale Greeneville subdivisions

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    Forsyth, D. A.; Zelt, Colin A.; White, D. J.; Easton, R. M.; Hutchinson, Deborah R.

    1994-01-01

    Lake Ontario marine seismic data reveal major Grenville crustal subdivisions beneath central and southern Lake Ontario separated by interpreted shear zones that extend to the lower crust. A shear zone bounded transition between the Elzevir and Frontenac terranes exposed north of Lake Ontario is linked to a seismically defined shear zone beneath central Lake Ontario by prominent aeromagnetic and gravity anomalies, easterly dipping wide-angle reflections, and fractures in Paleozoic strata. We suggest the central Lake Ontario zone represents crustal-scale deformation along an Elzevir–Frontenac boundary zone that extends from outcrop to the south shore of Lake Ontario.Seismic images from Lake Ontario and the exposed western Central Metasedimentary Belt are dominated by crustal-scale shear zones and reflection geometries featuring arcuate reflections truncated at their bases by apparent east-dipping linear reflections. The images show that zones analogous to the interpreted Grenville Front Tectonic Zone are also present within the Central Metasedimentary Belt and support models of northwest-directed crustal shortening for Grenvillian deep crustal deformation beneath most of southeastern Ontario.A Precambrian basement high, the Iroquoian high, is defined by a thinning of generally horizontal Paleozoic strata over a crestal area above the basement shear zone beneath central Lake Ontario. The Iroquoian high helps explain the peninsular extension into Lake Ontario forming Prince Edward County, the occurrence of Precambrian inlier outcrops in Prince Edward County, and Paleozoic fractures forming the Clarendon–Linden structure in New York.

  5. CAST FLOOR WITH VIEW OF TORPEDO LADLE (BENEATH CAST FLOOR) ...

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    CAST FLOOR WITH VIEW OF TORPEDO LADLE (BENEATH CAST FLOOR) AND KEEPERS OF THE CAST HOUSE FLOOR, S.L. KIMBROUGH AND DAVID HOLMES. - U.S. Steel, Fairfield Works, Blast Furnace No. 8, North of Valley Road, West of Ensley-Pleasant Grove Road, Fairfield, Jefferson County, AL

  6. Hydrates in the Ocean beneath, around, and above Production Equipment

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    Anderson, Karl; Bhatnagar, Gaurav; Crosby, Daniel; Hatton, Greg; Manfield, Philip; Kuzmicki, Adam; Fenwick, Nevil; Pontaza, Juan; Wicks, Moye; Socolofsky, Scott; Brady, Cole; Svedeman, Steve; Sum, Amadeu K.; Koh, Carolyn; Levine, Jonathan; Warzinski, Robert P.; Shaffer, Franklin

    2012-07-19

    Hydrates amass beneath and around production equipment and can also form in hydrocarbon-seawater jets and plumes. The sources of hydrocarbons in these hydrates are natural seeps or temporary production system leaks. This paper focuses on two areas: the formation parameters and the impacts on normal production operations and hydrocarbon-spill capture systems.

  7. VIEW FROM BENEATH THE FORRESTAL BUILDING LOOKING TO THE NATIONAL ...

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    VIEW FROM BENEATH THE FORRESTAL BUILDING LOOKING TO THE NATIONAL MALL AND SMITHSONIAN CASTLE - Southwest Washington, Urban Renewal Area, Bounded by Independence Avenue, Washington Avenue, South Capitol Street, Canal Street, P Street, Maine Avenue & Washington Channel, Fourteenth Street, D Street, & Twelfth Street, Washington, District of Columbia, DC

  8. 5. VIEW, LOOKING WEST BENEATH BRIDGE, SHOWING GIRDER FRAMEWORK, HORIZONTAL ...

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    5. VIEW, LOOKING WEST BENEATH BRIDGE, SHOWING GIRDER FRAMEWORK, HORIZONTAL LATERAL DIAGONAL TENSION EYEBARS, PAIRS OF EYEBARS RUNNING THE LENGTH OF THE BRIDGE, AND RUNNING SURFACE RAILROAD TIES - Heber Creeper Railroad Line, Olmstead Bridge, Spanning Provo River, Provo, Utah County, UT

  9. Deep long-period earthquakes beneath Washington and Oregon volcanoes

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    Nichols, M.L.; Malone, S.D.; Moran, S.C.; Thelen, W.A.; Vidale, J.E.

    2011-01-01

    Deep long-period (DLP) earthquakes are an enigmatic type of seismicity occurring near or beneath volcanoes. They are commonly associated with the presence of magma, and found in some cases to correlate with eruptive activity. To more thoroughly understand and characterize DLP occurrence near volcanoes in Washington and Oregon, we systematically searched the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN) triggered earthquake catalog for DLPs occurring between 1980 (when PNSN began collecting digital data) and October 2009. Through our analysis we identified 60 DLPs beneath six Cascade volcanic centers. No DLPs were associated with volcanic activity, including the 1980-1986 and 2004-2008 eruptions at Mount St. Helens. More than half of the events occurred near Mount Baker, where the background flux of magmatic gases is greatest among Washington and Oregon volcanoes. The six volcanoes with DLPs (counts in parentheses) are Mount Baker (31), Glacier Peak (9), Mount Rainier (9), Mount St. Helens (9), Three Sisters (1), and Crater Lake (1). No DLPs were identified beneath Mount Adams, Mount Hood, Mount Jefferson, or Newberry Volcano, although (except at Hood) that may be due in part to poorer network coverage. In cases where the DLPs do not occur directly beneath the volcanic edifice, the locations coincide with large structural faults that extend into the deep crust. Our observations suggest the occurrence of DLPs in these areas could represent fluid and/or magma transport along pre-existing tectonic structures in the middle crust. ?? 2010 Elsevier B.V.

  10. Deep long-period earthquakes beneath Washington and Oregon volcanoes

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    Nichols, M. L.; Malone, S. D.; Moran, S. C.; Thelen, W. A.; Vidale, J. E.

    2011-03-01

    Deep long-period (DLP) earthquakes are an enigmatic type of seismicity occurring near or beneath volcanoes. They are commonly associated with the presence of magma, and found in some cases to correlate with eruptive activity. To more thoroughly understand and characterize DLP occurrence near volcanoes in Washington and Oregon, we systematically searched the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN) triggered earthquake catalog for DLPs occurring between 1980 (when PNSN began collecting digital data) and October 2009. Through our analysis we identified 60 DLPs beneath six Cascade volcanic centers. No DLPs were associated with volcanic activity, including the 1980-1986 and 2004-2008 eruptions at Mount St. Helens. More than half of the events occurred near Mount Baker, where the background flux of magmatic gases is greatest among Washington and Oregon volcanoes. The six volcanoes with DLPs (counts in parentheses) are Mount Baker (31), Glacier Peak (9), Mount Rainier (9), Mount St. Helens (9), Three Sisters (1), and Crater Lake (1). No DLPs were identified beneath Mount Adams, Mount Hood, Mount Jefferson, or Newberry Volcano, although (except at Hood) that may be due in part to poorer network coverage. In cases where the DLPs do not occur directly beneath the volcanic edifice, the locations coincide with large structural faults that extend into the deep crust. Our observations suggest the occurrence of DLPs in these areas could represent fluid and/or magma transport along pre-existing tectonic structures in the middle crust.

  11. Subduction of the Indian Lithospheric Slab Beneath Tibet

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    Zhou, H.; Murphy, M. A.

    2001-12-01

    In order to characterize the dynamics of continent-continent collisions, it is essential to define its present geometry and physical state. We report the results of a seismic tomography study of the Tibet-Himalayan collision zone, using a global data set, which indicates that the Indian lithospheric slab has been subducted subhorizontally beneath nearly the entire Tibetan plateau to depths of 165-260 km. Tibetan velocity structure is low in the crust and high in mantle lithosphere at depths between 75-120 km. An asthenospheric layer overlies the subducted Indian slab at depths between 120-165 km beneath the Tibetan plateau. There is a large low-velocity anomaly north of the Indus-Yalu suture zone between 85ºE and 93ºE that extends from the crust down to at least 310 km depth beneath the plateau. This low-velocity anomaly is indicative of mantle upwelling through a weakened zone of the subducted slab. The extent to which India has subducted beneath Tibet, as revealed by these seismic images, is comparable to estimates of crustal shortening across the Himalaya. Moreover, we hypothesize that the buoyancy due to heating of the subducted Indian slab and the existence of the asthenospheric layer contribute to the elevation and flatness of the Tibetan plateau.

  12. Uppermost mantle P wave velocities beneath Turkey and Iran

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    Chen, C.; Chen, W.; Molnar, P.

    1980-01-01

    The uppermost mantle P wave velocities beneath Turkey and Iran were estimated by applying the conventional travel time-distance relation method to arrival times of well located earthquakes recorded at a few stations. The average uppermost mantle P wave velocity under Turkey is estimated from two stations of the World Wide Standardized Seismograph Network (WWSSN), Istanbul and Tabriz. The data are consistent with a crust of uniform, but poorly determined, thickness and an uppermost mantle P wave velocity of 7.73 +- 0.08 km/s. This velocity is very similar to that for the Aegean Sea and suggests that its structure could be closely related to that beneath Turkey. For Iran, the results calculated from travel times to three WWSSN stations, Meshed, Shiraz, and Tabriz, can be explained by a crust dipping toward the south-southeast at about 1/sup 0/ with an uppermost mantle P wave velocity of 8.0 +- 0.1 km/s. If the crustal thickness were 34 km in the north it would reach about 49 km in the south. Based on these uppermost mantle velocities, the temperature at Moho beneath Turkey is probably close to the melting temperature of peridotite but that beneath Iran is probably lower.

  13. 69. (Credit JTL) View beneath marble meter bench showing hydraulic ...

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    69. (Credit JTL) View beneath marble meter bench showing hydraulic lines leading to water valve hydraulic control cylinders from control handles in bench; strings and pulleys activate meters. - McNeil Street Pumping Station, McNeil Street & Cross Bayou, Shreveport, Caddo Parish, LA

  14. Upper Mantle Anisotropy Structures Beneath Eastern Tibet and Northeast Asia

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    Wang, Y.; Wen, L.

    2015-12-01

    Tibetan plateau and eastern Asia subduction zone are tectonic active regions. Understanding the evolution and dynamics process of the two regions is important for us to understand mantle dynamics. A lot of work has been done on the velocity structures beneath the two regions, and several tectonic models are proposed to explain their dynamic process. But due to the absence of the detailed upper mantle anisotropy structures, those models are still under debate. Fine upper mantle velocity and anisotropy structures can help us understand the dynamic process of the two regions. Waveform modeling of upper mantle triplication phases can provide a good vertical resolution of upper mantle velocity structures, but present methods for calculating synthetic seismograms cannot process anisotropic media. We develop a method based on the generalized reflection and transmission method (GRTM) to calculate synthetic seismograms for wave propagating in stratified VTI media, so we can waveform model upper mantle triplications propagating in anisotropic media. In this study, we waveform model the tangential and radial seismic triplication data recorded in Chinese digital seismic stations at a epicentral distance of 10-30 degree for one event occurring in middle Tibet and one event occurring in Japan, to constrain fine upper mantle velocity and anisotropy structures beneath eastern Tibet and northeast Asia. The result shows that beneath eastern Tibet, horizontal S wave velocity is larger than vertical S wave velocity in the upper mantle; beneath northeast Asia, horizontal S wave velocity is larger than vertical S wave velocity above the depth of 190 km, and is smaller than vertical S wave velocity below the depth of 190 km. We also build a mineral physics modeling method, which can calculate upper mantle anisotropy structures based on mantle temperatures, compositions and directions of mantle flow, and use this method to explore compositional and dynamic models that would explain the

  15. Imaging Upper Mantle Interfaces under the Pacific Plate

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    Park, J.; Leahy, G. M.

    2005-12-01

    The Pacific provides an ideal region for the study of upper mantle interfaces due to its broad extent and relatively homogeneous structure. Multi-taper correlation (MTC) methods for the estimation of teleseismic receiver fuctions (RF's) provide a natural way to study these interfaces due to their sensitivity to impedence contrasts and desirable statistical properties. Recent improvements to the MTC algorithm (Park and Levin, 2005 GJI, submitted) permit the reconstruction of Ps conversions from interfaces below 100km depth. Here we apply these new techniques to imaging interfaces in the upper mantle beneath four ocean islands in the Pacific (broadband stations RAR, PPT, POHA, and XMAS). In particular, we attempt to constrain the depth, sharpness, and topography of the 410 km and 660 km discontinuities, and examine evidence for a low velocity zone above the transition zone in this area.

  16. Insights on the upper mantle beneath the Eastern Alps

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    Bianchi, Irene; Miller, Meghan S.; Bokelmann, Götz

    2014-01-01

    Analyses of Ps and Sp receiver functions from datasets collected by permanent and temporary seismic stations, image a seismic discontinuity, due to a negative velocity contrast across the entire Eastern Alps. The receiver functions show the presence of the discontinuity within the upper mantle with a resolution of tens of kilometers laterally. It is deeper (100–130 km) below the central portion of the Eastern Alps, and shallower (70–80 km) towards the Pannonian Basin and in the Central Alps. Comparison with previous studies renders it likely that the observed discontinuity coincides with the lithosphere–asthenosphere boundary (LAB) east of 15°E longitude, while it could be associated with a low velocity zone west of 15°E. PMID:25843967

  17. Perceptual discontinuities and categorization: Implications for speech perception

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    Holt, Lori L.; Lotto, Andrew J.; Diehl, Randy L.

    2003-04-01

    Behavioral experiments with infants, adults and nonhuman animals converge with neurophysiological findings to suggest that there is a discontinuity in auditory processing of stimulus components differing in onset time by about 20 ms. This discontinuity has been implicated as a basis for boundaries between speech categories distinguished by VOT. Here, we investigate how this discontinuity interacts with the learning of novel perceptual categories. Adult listeners were trained to categorize a nonspeech acoustic cue that mimics the temporal distinction of VOT. One group of listeners learned categories with a boundary coincident with the perceptual discontinuity. Another group learned categories defined such that the perceptual discontinuity fell within a category. Listeners in the latter group required significantly more experience to reach criterion categorization performance. The evidence of interactions between the perceptual discontinuity and the learned categories extended to generalization tests as well. It has been hypothesized that languages make use of perceptual discontinuities to promote perceptual distinctiveness among sounds within a language inventory. The present data suggest that these influences interact with category learning. As such, learnability may play a predictive role in selection of language sound inventories. Moreover, it may be possible to observe predictable learning effects in infant speech perception.

  18. Magnetic discontinuities in magnetohydrodynamic turbulence and in the solar wind.

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    Zhdankin, Vladimir; Boldyrev, Stanislav; Mason, Joanne; Perez, Jean Carlos

    2012-04-27

    Recent measurements of solar wind turbulence report the presence of intermittent, exponentially distributed angular discontinuities in the magnetic field. In this Letter, we study whether such discontinuities can be produced by magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) turbulence. We detect the discontinuities by measuring the fluctuations of the magnetic field direction, Δθ, across fixed spatial increments Δx in direct numerical simulations of MHD turbulence with an imposed uniform guide field B(0). A large region of the probability density function (pdf) for Δθ is found to follow an exponential decay, proportional to exp(-Δθ/θ(*)), with characteristic angle θ(*)≈(14°)(b(rms)/B(0))(0.65) for a broad range of guide-field strengths. We find that discontinuities observed in the solar wind can be reproduced by MHD turbulence with reasonable ratios of b(rms)/B(0). We also observe an excess of small angular discontinuities when Δx becomes small, possibly indicating an increasing statistical significance of dissipation-scale structures. The structure of the pdf in this case closely resembles the two-population pdf seen in the solar wind. We thus propose that strong discontinuities are associated with inertial-range MHD turbulence, while weak discontinuities emerge from dissipation-range turbulence. In addition, we find that the structure functions of the magnetic field direction exhibit anomalous scaling exponents, which indicates the existence of intermittent structures.

  19. Outcomes of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia after discontinuing ibrutinib

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    Jain, Preetesh; Keating, Michael; Wierda, William; Estrov, Zeev; Ferrajoli, Alessandra; Jain, Nitin; George, Binsah; James, Danelle; Kantarjian, Hagop; Burger, Jan

    2015-01-01

    Ibrutinib is a Bruton tyrosine kinase inhibitor approved for the treatment of patients with relapsed refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia (RR-CLL). We describe the characteristics, causes of discontinuation, and outcomes in patients who discontinued treatment with ibrutinib. One hundred twenty-seven patients were enrolled in various clinical trials of ibrutinib, with or without rituximab, at our center. Thirty-three (26%) patients have discontinued ibrutinib to date. The majority of those patients had high-risk features: 94% with unmutated immunoglobulin heavy chain variable gene rearrangement, 58% with del(17p) by fluorescence in situ hybridization, and 54% with a complex karyotype. Causes of discontinuation were disease transformation (7), progressive CLL (7), stem cell transplantation (3), adverse events (11), serious adverse events/deaths (3), and miscellaneous reasons (2). Twenty five patients (76%) died after discontinuing ibrutinib; the median overall survival was 3.1 months after discontinuation. Most patients with RR-CLL who discontinued ibrutinib early were difficult to treat and had poor outcomes. PMID:25573991

  20. Modelling the Crust beneath the Kashmir valley in Northwestern Himalaya

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    Mir, R. R.; Parvez, I. A.; Gaur, V. K.; A.; Chandra, R.; Romshoo, S. A.

    2015-12-01

    We investigate the crustal structure beneath five broadband seismic stations in the NW-SE trendingoval shaped Kashmir valley sandwiched between the Zanskar and the Pir Panjal ranges of thenorthwestern Himalaya. Three of these sites were located along the southwestern edge of the valley andthe other two adjoined the southeastern. Receiver Functions (RFs) at these sites were calculated usingthe iterative time domain deconvolution method and jointly inverted with surface wave dispersiondata to estimate the shear wave velocity structure beneath each station. To further test the results ofinversion, we applied forward modelling by dividing the crust beneath each station into 4-6homogeneous, isotropic layers. Moho depths were separately calculated at different piercing pointsfrom the inversion of only a few stacked receiver functions of high quality around each piercing point.These uncertainties were further reduced to ±2 km by trial forward modelling as Moho depths werevaried over a range of ±6 km in steps of 2 km and the synthetic receiver functions matched with theinverted ones. The final values were also found to be close to those independently estimated using theH-K stacks. The Moho depths on the eastern edge of the valley and at piercing points in itssouthwestern half are close to 55 km, but increase to about 58 km on the eastern edge, suggesting thathere, as in the central and Nepal Himalaya, the Indian plate dips northeastwards beneath the Himalaya.We also calculated the Vp/Vs ratio beneath these 5 stations which were found to lie between 1.7 and1.76, yielding a Poisson's ratio of ~0.25 which is characteristic of a felsic composition.

  1. Crustal structure beneath northeast India inferred from receiver function modeling

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    Borah, Kajaljyoti; Bora, Dipok K.; Goyal, Ayush; Kumar, Raju

    2016-09-01

    We estimated crustal shear velocity structure beneath ten broadband seismic stations of northeast India, by using H-Vp/Vs stacking method and a non-linear direct search approach, Neighbourhood Algorithm (NA) technique followed by joint inversion of Rayleigh wave group velocity and receiver function, calculated from teleseismic earthquakes data. Results show significant variations of thickness, shear velocities (Vs) and Vp/Vs ratio in the crust of the study region. The inverted shear wave velocity models show crustal thickness variations of 32-36 km in Shillong Plateau (North), 36-40 in Assam Valley and ∼44 km in Lesser Himalaya (South). Average Vp/Vs ratio in Shillong Plateau is less (1.73-1.77) compared to Assam Valley and Lesser Himalaya (∼1.80). Average crustal shear velocity beneath the study region varies from 3.4 to 3.5 km/s. Sediment structure beneath Shillong Plateau and Assam Valley shows 1-2 km thick sediment layer with low Vs (2.5-2.9 km/s) and high Vp/Vs ratio (1.8-2.1), while it is observed to be of greater thickness (4 km) with similar Vs and high Vp/Vs (∼2.5) in RUP (Lesser Himalaya). Both Shillong Plateau and Assam Valley show thick upper and middle crust (10-20 km), and thin (4-9 km) lower crust. Average Vp/Vs ratio in Assam Valley and Shillong Plateau suggest that the crust is felsic-to-intermediate and intermediate-to-mafic beneath Shillong Plateau and Assam Valley, respectively. Results show that lower crust rocks beneath the Shillong Plateau and Assam Valley lies between mafic granulite and mafic garnet granulite.

  2. Seismic Tomography Reveals Breaking Crust and Lithosphere Beneath a Classic Orogen

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    Byrne, T. B.; Rau, R.; Kuo-Chen, H.; Lee, Y.; Ouimet, W. B.; Van Soest, M. C.; Huang, C.; Wu, F. T.

    2013-12-01

    The orogenic system in Taiwan is often considered a classic example of an accretionary prism that has grown to a steady-state size and shape above an also steady subduction zone. A new study of vertical and horizontal sections of a tomographic velocity model created by Kuo-Chen et al. (2012) show, however, both a well-developed crack in the subducted crust beneath southern Taiwan and a discontinuous lithosphere beneath northern Taiwan, suggesting that slab breakoff is actively occurring beneath Taiwan. The transition from slab breakoff to cracking crust in southern Taiwan also suggests that slab breakoff is propagating southward, consistent an oblique collision. The crack in the subducting crust is revealed by progressively deeper horizontal sections of the local-scale tomographic model. The sections show an ellipsoidal-shaped area of high velocity that plunges southeast, oblique to all of the regional trends. Taking into account the dip of the slab, however, the area of high velocity is nearly parallel to previously recognized fracture zone in the Eurasian continental margin. We interpret the area of high velocity to be a crack in the Eurasian crust that is filled high velocity Eurasian mantle. Support for this interpretation comes from: 1) new exhumation cooling data from Mt Yu, the highest peak in Taiwan; 2) a recent leveling survey along the South Cross-Island Highway that shows unusually high rates of surface uplift (up to 15 mm/yr; Ching et al., 2011); 3) Vp attenuation studies that suggest anomalously high temperatures and/or the presence of fluids; 4) earthquake focal mechanisms in the core of the southern Central Range that are dominated by NE-SW extension; and finally, 5) the core of the southern Central Range preserves anomalous areas of low topographic relief that straddle the crest of the range. The areas of low relief are fringed by stream channels with relatively high stream gradient indexes and do not appear related to weaker rock types, glacial

  3. Discontinuity of cortical gradients reflects sensory impairment

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    Saadon-Grosman, Noam; Tal, Zohar; Itshayek, Eyal; Amedi, Amir; Arzy, Shahar

    2015-01-01

    Topographic maps and their continuity constitute a fundamental principle of brain organization. In the somatosensory system, whole-body sensory impairment may be reflected either in cortical signal reduction or disorganization of the somatotopic map, such as disturbed continuity. Here we investigated the role of continuity in pathological states. We studied whole-body cortical representations in response to continuous sensory stimulation under functional MRI (fMRI) in two unique patient populations—patients with cervical sensory Brown-Séquard syndrome (injury to one side of the spinal cord) and patients before and after surgical repair of cervical disk protrusion—enabling us to compare whole-body representations in the same study subjects. We quantified the spatial gradient of cortical activation and evaluated the divergence from a continuous pattern. Gradient continuity was found to be disturbed at the primary somatosensory cortex (S1) and the supplementary motor area (SMA), in both patient populations: contralateral to the disturbed body side in the Brown-Séquard group and before repair in the surgical group, which was further improved after intervention. Results corresponding to the nondisturbed body side and after surgical repair were comparable with control subjects. No difference was found in the fMRI signal power between the different conditions in the two groups, as well as with respect to control subjects. These results suggest that decreased sensation in our patients is related to gradient discontinuity rather than signal reduction. Gradient continuity may be crucial for somatotopic and other topographical organization, and its disruption may characterize pathological processing. PMID:26655739

  4. Discontinuity of cortical gradients reflects sensory impairment.

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    Saadon-Grosman, Noam; Tal, Zohar; Itshayek, Eyal; Amedi, Amir; Arzy, Shahar

    2015-12-29

    Topographic maps and their continuity constitute a fundamental principle of brain organization. In the somatosensory system, whole-body sensory impairment may be reflected either in cortical signal reduction or disorganization of the somatotopic map, such as disturbed continuity. Here we investigated the role of continuity in pathological states. We studied whole-body cortical representations in response to continuous sensory stimulation under functional MRI (fMRI) in two unique patient populations-patients with cervical sensory Brown-Séquard syndrome (injury to one side of the spinal cord) and patients before and after surgical repair of cervical disk protrusion-enabling us to compare whole-body representations in the same study subjects. We quantified the spatial gradient of cortical activation and evaluated the divergence from a continuous pattern. Gradient continuity was found to be disturbed at the primary somatosensory cortex (S1) and the supplementary motor area (SMA), in both patient populations: contralateral to the disturbed body side in the Brown-Séquard group and before repair in the surgical group, which was further improved after intervention. Results corresponding to the nondisturbed body side and after surgical repair were comparable with control subjects. No difference was found in the fMRI signal power between the different conditions in the two groups, as well as with respect to control subjects. These results suggest that decreased sensation in our patients is related to gradient discontinuity rather than signal reduction. Gradient continuity may be crucial for somatotopic and other topographical organization, and its disruption may characterize pathological processing. PMID:26655739

  5. Mantle structure beneath eastern Africa: Evidence for a through going-mantle anomaly and its implications for the origin of Cenozoic tectonism in eastern Africa

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    Mulibo, G.; Tugume, F.; Julia, J.

    2012-12-01

    In this study, teleseismic earthquakes recorded on over 60 temporary AfricaArray seismic stations deployed in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia between 2007 and 2011 are used to invert P and S travel time residuals, together with travel time residuals from previous deployments, for a 3D image of mantle wave speeds and for examining relief on transition zone discontinuities using receiver function stacks. Tomographic images reveal a low wave speed anomaly (LWA) that dips to the SW beneath northern Zambia, extending to a depth of at least 900 km. The anomaly appears to be continuous across the transition zone, extending into the lower mantle. Receiver function stacks reveal an average transition zone thickness (TZT) across a wide region extending from central Zambia to the NE through Tanzania and into Kenya, which is ~30-40 km thinner than the global average. These results are not easily explained by models for the origin of the Cenozoic tectonism in eastern Africa that invoke a plume head or small scale convection either by edge flow or passive stretching of the lithosphere. However, the depth extent of the LWA coincident with a thin transition zone is consistent with a model invoking a through-going mantle anomaly beneath eastern Africa that links anomalous upper mantle to the African Superplume anomaly in the lower mantle beneath southern Africa. This finding indicates that geodynamic processes deep in the lower mantle are influencing surface dynamics across the Afro-Arabian rift system.

  6. Discontinuous Spectral Difference Method for Conservation Laws on Unstructured Grids

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    Liu, Yen; Vinokur, Marcel; Wang, Z. J.

    2004-01-01

    A new, high-order, conservative, and efficient method for conservation laws on unstructured grids is developed. The concept of discontinuous and high-order local representations to achieve conservation and high accuracy is utilized in a manner similar to the Discontinuous Galerkin (DG) and the Spectral Volume (SV) methods, but while these methods are based on the integrated forms of the equations, the new method is based on the differential form to attain a simpler formulation and higher efficiency. A discussion on the Discontinuous Spectral Difference (SD) Method, locations of the unknowns and flux points and numerical results are also presented.

  7. Discontinuous Galerkin computation of the Maxwell eigenvalues on simplicial meshes

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    Buffa, Annalisa; Houston, Paul; Perugia, Ilaria

    2007-07-01

    This paper is concerned with the discontinuous Galerkin approximation of the Maxwell eigenproblem. After reviewing the theory developed in [A. Buffa, I. Perugia, Discontinuous Galerkin approximation of the Maxwell eigenproblem, Technical Report 24-PV, IMATI-CNR, Pavia, Italy, 2005 ], we present a set of numerical experiments which both validate the theory, and provide further insight regarding the practical performance of discontinuous Galerkin methods, particularly in the case when non-conforming meshes, characterized by the presence of hanging nodes, are employed.

  8. Risk of discontinuation of Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products clinical trials

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    Hanna, Eve; Rémuzat, Cecile; Auquier, Pascal; Toumi, Mondher

    2016-01-01

    Objective Advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs) constitute a class of innovative products that encompasses gene therapy, somatic cell therapy, and tissue-engineered products (TEP). There is an increased investment of commercial and non-commercial sponsors in this field and a growing number of ATMPs randomized clinical trials (RCT) and patients enrolled in such trials. RCT generate data to prove the efficacy of a new therapy, but the discontinuation of RCTs wastes scarce resources. Our objective is to identify the number and characteristics of discontinued ATMPs trials in order to evaluate the rate of discontinuation. Methods We searched for ATMPs trials conducted between 1999 to June 2015 using three databases, which are Clinicaltrials.gov, the International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP), and the EU Drug Regulating Authorities Clinical Trials (EudraCT). We selected the ATMPs trials after elimination of the duplicates. We identified the disease areas and the sponsors as commercial or non-commercial organizations. We classified ATMPs by type and trial status, that is, ongoing, completed, terminated, discontinued, and prematurely ended. Then, we calculated the rate of discontinuation. Results Between 1999 and June 2015, 143 withdrawn, terminated, or prematurely ended ATMPs clinical trials were identified. Between 1999 and June 2013, 474 ongoing and completed clinical trials were identified. Therefore, the rate of discontinuation of ATMPs trials is 23.18%, similar to that for non-ATMPs drugs in development. The probability of discontinuation is, respectively, 27.35, 16.28, and 16.34% for cell therapies, gene therapies, and TEP. The highest discontinuation rate is for oncology (43%), followed by cardiology (19.2%). It is almost the same for commercial and non-commercial sponsors; therefore, the discontinuation reason may not be financially driven. Conclusion No failure risk rate per development phase is available for ATMPs. The discontinuation rate may

  9. Accountability Accentuates Interindividual-Intergroup Discontinuity by Enforcing Parochialism

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    Wildschut, Tim; van Horen, Femke; Hart, Claire

    2015-01-01

    Interindividual-intergroup discontinuity is the tendency for relations between groups to be more competitive than relations between individuals. We examined whether the discontinuity effect arises in part because group members experience normative pressure to favor the ingroup (parochialism). Building on the notion that accountability enhances normative pressure, we hypothesized that the discontinuity effect would be larger when accountability is present (compared to absent). A prisoner’s dilemma game experiment supported this prediction. Specifically, intergroup (compared to interindividual) interaction activated an injunctive ingroup-favoring norm, and accountability enhanced the influence of this norm on competitive behavior. PMID:26635691

  10. Coupling impedances of small discontinuities: A general approach

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    Kurennoy, Sergey S.; Gluckstern, Robert L.; Stupakov, Gennady V.

    1995-10-01

    A general theory of the beam interaction with small discontinuities of the vacuum chamber of an accelerator is developed taking into account the reaction of radiated waves back on the discontinuity. The reactive impedance calculated earlier is reproduced as the first order and the resistive one as the second order of a perturbation theory based on this general approach. The theory also gives, in an easy and natural way, the analytical results for the frequencies and coupling impedances of the trapped modes due to small discontinuities on the vacuum chamber of a general cross section. Formulas for two important particular cases-a circular and a rectangular chamber-are presented.

  11. A review on the analysis of the crustal and upper mantle structure using receiver functions

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    Hu, Jiafu; Yang, Haiyan; Li, Guangquan; Peng, Hengchu

    2015-11-01

    The discontinuities in the earth such as Moho, lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary (LAB), 410 and 660 km discontinuities, are characterized with an abrupt jump in velocities of P and S waves. The depths of these discontinuities are an important parameter to investigate tectonic evolution in the lithosphere. Receiver functions technique with teleseismic events is very suitable for studying the crust and upper mantle structure beneath stations, thus becoming one of the standard tools for such study. The principle of receiver functions is to separate the converted Ps or Sp phases generated at the discontinuities beneath stations in the case that the direct P or S is a delta function. In this paper, the methods of receiver function analysis are collected from literatures. We introduce the coordinate transform technique for the separation of Ps or Sp waves, the deconvolution algorithm to extract P and S receiver functions, the waveform fitting method to invert for S-wave velocity structure, the stacking technique to improve signals, and the migration from time series to depth domain. With some illustrative examples, the care that should be taken in study of the crustal and upper mantle structure using receiver functions are summarized.

  12. Lithosphere and Asthenosphere Properties beneath Oceans and Continents and their Relationship with Domains of Partial Melt Stability in the Mantle

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    Dasgupta, R.

    2014-12-01

    The depth of the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary (LAB) and the change in properties across the lithosphere, asthenosphere, and LAB in various tectonic settings are captured in a variety of geophysical data, including seismic velocities and electrical conductivity. A sharp drop in shear wave velocity and increase in electrical conductivity can potentially be caused by the appearance of partial melt at or below the LAB but the chemical and dynamic stability of partial melt across lithosphere and at LAB remain debated. Here I apply the recent models of mantle melting in the presence of water and carbon [1, 2] to evaluate the domains of stability of partial melt both beneath continents and oceans. The model allows prediction of the possible presence, the fraction, and composition of partial melt as a function of depth, bulk C and H2O content, and fO2 [3] in various geologic/tectonic settings. The results show that while a hydrous, carbonated melt is stable only beneath LAB and in the asthenospheric mantle beneath oceans, continental mantle can contain a carbonate-rich melt within the lithosphere. For geotherms corresponding to surface heat flux (SHF) of 40-50 mW m-2, which also match P-T estimates beneath cratons based on thermo-barometry of peridotite xenoliths [4], the solidus of fertile peridotite with trace amount of CO2 and H2O is crossed at depths as shallow as 80-120 km [5]. If elevated geotherms of the Proterozoic and Phanerozoic terrains are applied, carbonatitic melt becomes stable somewhat shallower. These depths are similar to those argued for a mid-lithospheric discontinuity (MLD) where a negative velocity gradient has been detected much shallower than the proposed depth of LAB in many places. With a drop in oxygen fugacity with depth, a freezing of carbonatitic melt may be expected at intermediate depths (~150-200 km). At 200-250 km a hydrous, carbonated silicate melt may reappear owing to the interplay of fO2 and freezing point depression effect of CO

  13. On cell entropy inequality for discontinuous Galerkin methods

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    Jiang, Guangshan; Shu, Chi-Wang

    1993-01-01

    We prove a cell entropy inequality for a class of high order discontinuous Galerkin finite element methods approximating conservation laws, which implies convergence for the one dimensional scalar convex case.

  14. PML-IRIS during Fingolimod Diagnosed after Natalizumab Discontinuation

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    Killestein, J.; Vennegoor, A.; van Golde, A. E. L.; Bourez, R. L. J. H.; Wijlens, M. L. B.; Wattjes, M. P.

    2014-01-01

    Background. Natalizumab treatment is frequently discontinued and replaced by alternative medication in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients having a high risk of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). Case Presentation. We report a PML case that was missed on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at the time Natalizumab treatment was discontinued. The patient subsequently developed a PML-immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome after the initiation of Fingolimod treatment, suggesting that immune reconstitution may occur even during Fingolimod induced lymphopenia. Conclusion. This report highlights the need for strict drug surveillance using MRI of Natalizumab-associated MS patients at the time of drug discontinuation and beyond. This is important with respect to pharmacovigilance purposes not only for Natalizumab, but also for alternative drugs used after Natalizumab discontinuation. PMID:25506447

  15. Robust state estimation for neural networks with discontinuous activations.

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    Liu, Xiaoyang; Cao, Jinde

    2010-12-01

    Discontinuous dynamical systems, particularly neural networks with discontinuous activation functions, arise in a number of applications and have received considerable research attention in recent years. In this paper, the robust state estimation problem is investigated for uncertain neural networks with discontinuous activations and time-varying delays, where the neuron-dependent nonlinear disturbance on the network outputs are only assumed to satisfy the local Lipschitz condition. Based on the theory of differential inclusions and nonsmooth analysis, several criteria are presented to guarantee the existence of the desired robust state estimator for the discontinuous neural networks. It is shown that the design of the state estimator for such networks can be achieved by solving some linear matrix inequalities, which are dependent on the size of the time derivative of the time-varying delays. Finally, numerical examples are given to illustrate the theoretical results.

  16. Propagating plasma discontinuity in a tube immersed in distilled water

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    Song, Jian; Tang, Jingfeng; Wei, Liqiu; Zhang, Nan; Wang, Youyin; Yu, Daren

    2016-04-01

    In a dielectric tube partially surrounded by distilled water, a propagating discontinuity is observed in a cold argon plasma jet at atmospheric pressure in both the laminar and turbulent flow regimes. Through electrical and optical diagnostics, the mechanism of formation for this phenomenon is investigated. Results show that the strong polarization of the distilled water, the constraint from the electric field (or a sufficiently high electric field), and the transport of the active species are in combination responsible for the propagating plasma discontinuity. Indeed, smaller surface areas of the tube surrounded by distilled water, shorter distances between the distilled water and the ground electrodes, as well as larger gas flow rates can together make the discontinuous discharge channel appear more readily. In particular, when the flow switches from laminar to turbulent, the plasma behavior of the discontinuity no longer depends on the gas flow rate. This is mostly attributed to the extreme instability of turbulence which further suppresses the transport of active species.

  17. Discontinuation of Antidepressant Medication Among Latinos in the US

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    Hodgkin, Dominic; Volpe-Vartanian, Joanna; Alegría, Margarita

    2009-01-01

    Despite recent growth in the variety of antidepressant medications available, many patients discontinue medication prematurely, for reasons such as nonresponse, side effects, stigma and miscommunication. Some analysts have suggested that Latinos may have higher antidepressant discontinuation rates than other US residents. This paper examines Latino antidepressant discontinuation, using data from a national probability survey of Latinos in the US. In this sample, 8% of Latinos had taken an antidepressant in the preceding 12 months. Among those users, 33.3% had discontinued taking antidepressants at the time of interview, and 18.9% had done so without prior input from their physician. Even controlling for clinical and other variables, patients who reported good or excellent English proficiency were less likely to stop at all. Patients were also less likely to stop if they were older, married, had public or private insurance, or had made eight or more visits to a nonmedical therapist. PMID:17570068

  18. 47 CFR 5.81 - Discontinuance of station operation.

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    2012-10-01

    ... 47 Telecommunication 1 2012-10-01 2012-10-01 false Discontinuance of station operation. 5.81 Section 5.81 Telecommunication FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION GENERAL EXPERIMENTAL RADIO SERVICE (OTHER... Commission's Office of Engineering and Technology for cancellation....

  19. Discontinuities, cross-scale patterns, and the organization of ecosystems

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    Nash, Kirsty L.; Allen, Craig R.; Angeler, David G.; Barichievy, Chris; Eason, Tarsha; Garmestani, Ahjond S.; Graham, Nicholas A.J.; Granholm, Dean; Knutson, Melinda; Nelson, R. John; Nystrom, Magnus; Stow, Craig A.; Sandstrom, Shana M.

    2014-01-01

    Ecological structures and processes occur at specific spatiotemporal scales, and interactions that occur across multiple scales mediate scale-specific (e.g., individual, community, local, or regional) responses to disturbance. Despite the importance of scale, explicitly incorporating a multi-scale perspective into research and management actions remains a challenge. The discontinuity hypothesis provides a fertile avenue for addressing this problem by linking measureable proxies to inherent scales of structure within ecosystems. Here we outline the conceptual framework underlying discontinuities and review the evidence supporting the discontinuity hypothesis in ecological systems. Next we explore the utility of this approach for understanding cross-scale patterns and the organization of ecosystems by describing recent advances for examining nonlinear responses to disturbance and phenomena such as extinctions, invasions, and resilience. To stimulate new research, we present methods for performing discontinuity analysis, detail outstanding knowledge gaps, and discuss potential approaches for addressing these gaps.

  20. 7 CFR 160.55 - Voluntary discontinuance of licensed inspection.

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    2010-01-01

    ... licensed inspectors for making official inspections, gradings, and certifications of naval stores, shall give not less than 30 days notice in writing to the Administrator of the intention to discontinue...

  1. Calculation of Accurate Hexagonal Discontinuity Factors for PARCS

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    Pounders. J., Bandini, B. R. , Xu, Y, and Downar, T. J.

    2007-11-01

    In this study we derive a methodology for calculating discontinuity factors consistent with the Triangle-based Polynomial Expansion Nodal (TPEN) method implemented in PARCS for hexagonal reactor geometries. The accuracy of coarse-mesh nodal methods is greatly enhanced by permitting flux discontinuities at node boundaries, but the practice of calculating discontinuity factors from infinite-medium (zero-current) single bundle calculations may not be sufficiently accurate for more challenging problems in which there is a large amount of internodal neutron streaming. The authors therefore derive a TPEN-based method for calculating discontinuity factors that are exact with respect to generalized equivalence theory. The method is validated by reproducing the reference solution for a small hexagonal core.

  2. Method and device for detection of surface discontinuities or defects

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    Leger, L. J. (Inventor)

    1974-01-01

    Surface discontinuities of defects such as cracks and orifices are detected by applying a penetrating fluid, preferably a liquid, to a test surface so as to cause the liquid to penetrate any minute cracks or opening in the surface, removing the excess liquid from the surface, and leaving a residual in the discontinuities, cavities, or in the subsurface materials. A sheet of porous material impregnated with a sensitizing medium which will react with vapors of the residual liquid to form a visible pattern is applied to the test surface. The residual liquid trapped in the discontinuities, cavities, or subsurface material is vaporized, and, as the vapors contact the sensitizing medium on the sheet, a pattern corresponding to the discontinuity is formed on the sheet material and the penetrant completely removed from the sample.

  3. 41 CFR 109-39.105 - Discontinuance or curtailment of service.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... AVIATION, TRANSPORTATION, AND MOTOR VEHICLES 39-INTERAGENCY FLEET MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS 39.1-Establishment, Modification, and Discontinuance of Interagency Fleet Management Systems § 109-39.105 Discontinuance...

  4. Heat exchanger containing a component capable of discontinuous movement

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    Wilson, D.G.

    1993-11-09

    Regenerative heat exchangers are described for transferring heat between hot and cold fluids. The heat exchangers have seal-leakage rates significantly less than those of conventional regenerative heat exchangers because the matrix is discontinuously moved and is releasably sealed while in a stationary position. Both rotary and modular heat exchangers are described. Also described are methods for transferring heat between a hot and cold fluid using the discontinuous movement of matrices. 11 figures.

  5. Determining the Locations and Discontinuities in the Derivatives of Functions

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    Archibald, Richard K; Gelb, Anne; Yoon, Jungho

    2007-01-01

    We introduce a method for detecting discontinuities in piecewise smooth functions and in their derivatives. The method is constructed from a local stencil of grid point values and is based on a polynomial annihilation technique. By varying the order of the method and the arrangement of the corresponding stencils, the jump discontinuities of a function and its derivatives can be identified with high order accuracy. The method is efficient and robust and can be applied to non-uniform distributions in one dimension.

  6. Heat exchanger containing a component capable of discontinuous movement

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    Wilson, David G.

    1993-01-01

    Regenerative heat exchangers are described for transferring heat between hot and cold fluids. The heat exchangers have seal-leakage rates significantly less than those of conventional regenerative heat exchangers because the matrix is discontinuously moved and is releasably sealed while in a stationary position. Both rotary and modular heat exchangers are described. Also described are methods for transferring heat between a hot and cold fluid using the discontinuous movement of matrices.

  7. Heat exchanger containing a component capable of discontinuous movement

    DOEpatents

    Wilson, David Gordon

    2001-04-17

    Regenerative heat exchangers are described for transferring heat between hot and cold fluids. The heat exchangers have seal-leakage rates significantly less than those of conventional regenerative heat exchangers because the matrix is discontinuously moved and is releasably sealed while in a stationary position. Both rotary and modular heat exchangers are described. Also described are methods for transferring heat between a hot and cold fluid using the discontinuous movement of matrices.

  8. Heat exchanger containing a component capable of discontinuous movement

    DOEpatents

    Wilson, David Gordon

    2002-01-01

    Regenerative heat exchangers are described for transferring heat between hot and cold fluids. The heat exchangers have seal-leakage rates significantly less than those of conventional regenerative heat exchangers because the matrix is discontinuously moved and is releasably sealed while in a stationary position. Both rotary and modular heat exchangers are described. Also described are methods for transferring heat between a hot and cold fluid using the discontinuous movement of matrices.

  9. Implications of bevacizumab discontinuation in adults with recurrent glioblastoma

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    Anderson, Mark D.; Hamza, Mohamed A.; Hess, Kenneth R.; Puduvalli, Vinay K.

    2014-01-01

    Background Patients with recurrent glioblastoma benefiting from bevacizumab are often treated indefinitely due to concerns regarding rebound tumor recurrence upon discontinuation. However, treatment is discontinued for reasons other than disease progression in a subset of these patients, the characteristics and outcomes of which are poorly defined. Methods Of 342 adults with recurrent glioblastoma in our database treated with bevacizumab, 82 received treatment for ≥6 months; of these, bevacizumab was discontinued for reasons other than tumor progression in 18 patients (Bev-D) and for disease progression in the remainder (Bev-S). The impact of discontinuation on outcome was assessed with discontinuation as a time-dependent covariate in a Cox hazards model for progression-free survival. Results There was no difference in hazard rates for progression between Bev-D and Bev-S groups; the adjusted hazard ratio for progression using discontinuation as a time-dependent covariate was 0.91 (95% CI:0.47, 1.78). The median PFS after bevacizumab-discontinuation was 27 weeks (95% CI:15-NR). At progression, a higher proportion of Bev-D patients had local progression compared with the Bev-S patients. Salvage therapy in Bev-D patients yielded a PFS-26 weeks of 47% (95% CI:23%–94%) with a median PFS of 23 weeks (95% CI:12-NR), vs. 5% (95% CI: 1%–21%) and 9 weeks (95% CI: 6–11) in Bev-S patients (HR:0.3;CI, 0.1–0.6) (P = .0007). Conclusions Bevacizumab discontinuation unrelated to disease progression does not appear to cause rebound recurrence or worsen PFS in patients who benefit from bevacizumab. Additionally, Bev-D patients had an improved response to salvage therapy, findings which provide a strong basis for a prospective study. PMID:24596117

  10. New constraints on slip-rates, recurrence intervals, and strain partitioning beneath Pyramid Lake, Nevada

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    Eisses, Amy

    2012-05-05

    A high-resolution CHIRP seismic survey of Pyramid Lake, Nevada, located within the northern Walker Lane Deformation Belt, was conducted in summer 2010. Seismic CHIRP data with submeter vertical accuracy, together with piston and gravity cores, were used to calculate Holocene vertical slip rates, relative earthquake timing, and produce the first complete fault map beneath the lake. More than 500 line-kilometers of CHIRP data imaged complex fault patterns throughout the basin. Fault architecture beneath Pyramid Lake highlights a polarity flip, where down-to-the west patterns of sedimentation near the dextral Pyramid Lake fault to the south give way to down-to-the-east geometries to the north within a mostly normal (i.e., Lake Range fault) and transtensional environment. The Lake Range fault predominantly controls extensional deformation within the northern two-thirds of the basin and exhibits varying degrees of asymmetric tilting and divergence due to along-strike segmentation. This observation is likely a combination of fault segments splaying onshore moving the focus of extension away from the lake coupled with some true along-strike differences in slip-rate. The combination of normal and oblique-slip faults in the northern basin gives Pyramid Lake its distinctive “fanning open to the north” tectonic geometry. The dense network of oblique-slip faults in the northwestern region of the lake, in contrast to the well-defined Lake Range fault, are short and discontinuous in nature, and possible represent a nascent shear zone. Preliminary vertical slip-rates measured across the Lake Range and other faults provide new estimates on the extension across the Pyramid Lake basin. A minimum vertical slip rate of ~1.0 mm/yr is estimated along the Lake Range fault, which yields a potential earthquake magnitude range between M6.4 and M7.0. A rapid influx of sediment was deposited shortly after the end of the Tioga glaciation somewhere between 12.5 ka to 9.5 ka and provides a

  11. Unplanned discontinuation of tyrosine kinase inhibitors in chronic myeloid leukemia

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    TSUTSUMI, YUTAKA; ITO, SHINICHI; OHIGASHI, HIROYUKI; SHIRATORI, SOUICHI; TESHIMA, TAKANORI

    2016-01-01

    This study was conducted to investigate the outcomes of patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) who discontinued tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) treatment. A single-center retrospective analysis was performed, including 46 chronic-phase (CP) CML patients who achieved complete molecular response (CMR) with TKIs. TKI treatment was discontinued in 13 patients based on their requests. The BCR-ABL transcript levels were monitored in the peripheral blood by quantitative polymerase chain reaction analysis following treatment discontinuation. Of the 13 patients who discontinued TKI treatment, 7 remained in CMR, with a median follow-up of 26 months (range, 10–60 months). The remaining 6 patients lost CMR following TKI discontinuation; 2 of these patients achieved a second CMR following re-administration of TKIs, 2 patients spontaneously achieved CMR and 2 remained in complete hematological response (CHR) without TKI treatment with a median follow-up of 29.5 months (range, 10–52 months). In conclusion, the survival of patients who lost CMR following TKI discontinuation may not be affected, even without re-administration of TKIs. Vigilant observation is recommended for such patients. The limitations of this study included the small patient sample, retrospective design and patient heterogeneity. Therefore, the results must be interpreted with caution. PMID:26870364

  12. Minimizers with discontinuous velocities for the electromagnetic variational method

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    De Luca, Jayme

    2010-08-15

    The electromagnetic two-body problem has neutral differential delay equations of motion that, for generic boundary data, can have solutions with discontinuous derivatives. If one wants to use these neutral differential delay equations with arbitrary boundary data, solutions with discontinuous derivatives must be expected and allowed. Surprisingly, Wheeler-Feynman electrodynamics has a boundary value variational method for which minimizer trajectories with discontinuous derivatives are also expected, as we show here. The variational method defines continuous trajectories with piecewise defined velocities and accelerations, and electromagnetic fields defined by the Euler-Lagrange equations on trajectory points. Here we use the piecewise defined minimizers with the Lienard-Wierchert formulas to define generalized electromagnetic fields almost everywhere (but on sets of points of zero measure where the advanced/retarded velocities and/or accelerations are discontinuous). Along with this generalization we formulate the generalized absorber hypothesis that the far fields vanish asymptotically almost everywhere and show that localized orbits with far fields vanishing almost everywhere must have discontinuous velocities on sewing chains of breaking points. We give the general solution for localized orbits with vanishing far fields by solving a (linear) neutral differential delay equation for these far fields. We discuss the physics of orbits with discontinuous derivatives stressing the differences to the variational methods of classical mechanics and the existence of a spinorial four-current associated with the generalized variational electrodynamics.

  13. Bifurcation and chaotic threshold of Duffing system with jump discontinuities

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    Tian, Ruilan; Zhou, Yufeng; Wang, Qiubao; Zhang, Lili

    2016-01-01

    Like for the smooth system, it is important to determine a criteria for bifurcation of the non-smooth system with jump discontinuities. Previously, the criteria have been constructed in some non-smooth systems with jump discontinuities which are the endpoints of interval. The research on bifurcation for non-smooth system with jump discontinuities, which are the interior points of interval, seems to be a new area. We construct the Duffing system with jump discontinuities in open interval. Bifurcation diagram of the unperturbed system is detected and Hamilton phase diagrams are simulated using Matlab. The jump discontinuities for the non-smooth Homoclinic orbit lead to a barrier for conventional nonlinear techniques to obtain the criteria for chaotic motion. Traditionally, these non-smooth factors were considered term by term. We will give a reasonable compromise based on all of characteristics of the non-smooth homoclinic orbits with the jump discontinuities. The extended Melnikov function is explicitly detected to judge the stable and unstable manifolds whether intersect transversally at any position of trajectory under the perturbation of damping and external forcing. It is worthwhile noting that the result reveals the effects of the non-smooth restoring force on the behaviors of nonlinear dynamical systems. The efficiency of the theoretical results is verified by the phase portraits, Poincaré surface of section, Largest Lyapnnov exponents diagram and bifurcation diagram.

  14. Hyperspherical Sparse Approximation Techniques for High-Dimensional Discontinuity Detection

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    Zhang, Guannan; Webster, Clayton G.; Gunzburger, Max; Burkardt, John

    2016-08-04

    This work proposes a hyperspherical sparse approximation framework for detecting jump discontinuities in functions in high-dimensional spaces. The need for a novel approach results from the theoretical and computational inefficiencies of well-known approaches, such as adaptive sparse grids, for discontinuity detection. Our approach constructs the hyperspherical coordinate representation of the discontinuity surface of a function. Then sparse approximations of the transformed function are built in the hyperspherical coordinate system, with values at each point estimated by solving a one-dimensional discontinuity detection problem. Due to the smoothness of the hypersurface, the new technique can identify jump discontinuities with significantly reduced computationalmore » cost, compared to existing methods. Several approaches are used to approximate the transformed discontinuity surface in the hyperspherical system, including adaptive sparse grid and radial basis function interpolation, discrete least squares projection, and compressed sensing approximation. Moreover, hierarchical acceleration techniques are also incorporated to further reduce the overall complexity. In conclusion, rigorous complexity analyses of the new methods are provided, as are several numerical examples that illustrate the effectiveness of our approach.« less

  15. The analysis of plane discontinuities in offset cylindrical waveguides.

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    Homentcovschi, Dorel; Miles, Ronald N

    2015-06-01

    This paper applies the re-expansion method for analyzing the effects on the sound field due to planar discontinuities at the junction of two offset circular acoustic waveguides. The normal modes in the two waveguides are expanded at the junction plane into a system of functions accounting for velocity singularities at the corner points. As the new expansion has a high convergence order, only a few terms have to be considered for obtaining the solution of most practical problems. This paper gives the equivalent impedance accounting for nonplanar waves into a plane-wave analysis. The last section of the paper applies the re-expansion technique to the case of two offset pipes (step discontinuity) and to that of an offset aperture in a cylindrical pipe (diaphragm-type discontinuity). The plots of the discontinuity inductance, characterized by Karal's factor, are quite similar but the values in the second case are 1.5-2 times larger, showing that the diaphragm-type discontinuity excites much more nonplanar evanescent modes than the step discontinuity.

  16. Trapped modes in waveguides with many small discontinuities

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    Kurennoy, Sergey S.

    1995-03-01

    It has been demonstrated recently [G. V. Stupakov and S. S. Kurennoy, Phys. Rev. E 49, 794 (1994)] that a single small discontinuity (such as an enlargement or a hole) on a smooth waveguide can result in the appearance of trapped electromagnetic modes with frequencies slightly below the waveguide cutoff frequencies. The present paper studies a similar phenomenon for a waveguide with many small discontinuities, which is a good model for the vacuum chamber of large accelerators. Frequencies of trapped modes and their contributions to the coupling impedance are calculated. The frequencies for the cases of a few discontinuities or a periodic structure coincide well with those from numerical simulations. The trapped modes produce sharp resonance peaks of the coupling impedance near the cutoff frequencies. The magnitude of these peaks, as well as the existence itself of a trapped mode, strongly depends on the distribution of discontinuities, or on the distance between them if a regular array is considered. The impedance in the extreme case can be as large as N3 times that for a single discontinuity, where N is the number of discontinuities.

  17. Olivine anisotropy suggests Gutenberg discontinuity is not the base of the lithosphere.

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    Hansen, Lars N; Qi, Chao; Warren, Jessica M

    2016-09-20

    Tectonic plates are a key feature of Earth's structure, and their behavior and dynamics are fundamental drivers in a wide range of large-scale processes. The operation of plate tectonics, in general, depends intimately on the manner in which lithospheric plates couple to the convecting interior. Current debate centers on whether the transition from rigid lithosphere to flowing asthenosphere relates to increases in temperature or to changes in composition such as the presence of a small amount of melt or an increase in water content below a specified depth. Thus, the manner in which the rigid lithosphere couples to the flowing asthenosphere is currently unclear. Here we present results from laboratory-based torsion experiments on olivine aggregates with and without melt, yielding an improved database describing the crystallographic alignment of olivine grains. We combine this database with a flow model for oceanic upper mantle to predict the structure of the seismic anisotropy beneath ocean basins. Agreement between our model and seismological observations supports the view that the base of the lithosphere is thermally controlled. This model additionally supports the idea that discontinuities in velocity and anisotropy, often assumed to be the base of the lithosphere, are, instead, intralithospheric features reflecting a compositional boundary established at midocean ridges, not a rheological boundary.

  18. Olivine anisotropy suggests Gutenberg discontinuity is not the base of the lithosphere.

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    Hansen, Lars N; Qi, Chao; Warren, Jessica M

    2016-09-20

    Tectonic plates are a key feature of Earth's structure, and their behavior and dynamics are fundamental drivers in a wide range of large-scale processes. The operation of plate tectonics, in general, depends intimately on the manner in which lithospheric plates couple to the convecting interior. Current debate centers on whether the transition from rigid lithosphere to flowing asthenosphere relates to increases in temperature or to changes in composition such as the presence of a small amount of melt or an increase in water content below a specified depth. Thus, the manner in which the rigid lithosphere couples to the flowing asthenosphere is currently unclear. Here we present results from laboratory-based torsion experiments on olivine aggregates with and without melt, yielding an improved database describing the crystallographic alignment of olivine grains. We combine this database with a flow model for oceanic upper mantle to predict the structure of the seismic anisotropy beneath ocean basins. Agreement between our model and seismological observations supports the view that the base of the lithosphere is thermally controlled. This model additionally supports the idea that discontinuities in velocity and anisotropy, often assumed to be the base of the lithosphere, are, instead, intralithospheric features reflecting a compositional boundary established at midocean ridges, not a rheological boundary. PMID:27606485

  19. Olivine anisotropy suggests Gutenberg discontinuity is not the base of the lithosphere

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    Hansen, Lars N.; Qi, Chao; Warren, Jessica M.

    2016-09-01

    Tectonic plates are a key feature of Earth’s structure, and their behavior and dynamics are fundamental drivers in a wide range of large-scale processes. The operation of plate tectonics, in general, depends intimately on the manner in which lithospheric plates couple to the convecting interior. Current debate centers on whether the transition from rigid lithosphere to flowing asthenosphere relates to increases in temperature or to changes in composition such as the presence of a small amount of melt or an increase in water content below a specified depth. Thus, the manner in which the rigid lithosphere couples to the flowing asthenosphere is currently unclear. Here we present results from laboratory-based torsion experiments on olivine aggregates with and without melt, yielding an improved database describing the crystallographic alignment of olivine grains. We combine this database with a flow model for oceanic upper mantle to predict the structure of the seismic anisotropy beneath ocean basins. Agreement between our model and seismological observations supports the view that the base of the lithosphere is thermally controlled. This model additionally supports the idea that discontinuities in velocity and anisotropy, often assumed to be the base of the lithosphere, are, instead, intralithospheric features reflecting a compositional boundary established at midocean ridges, not a rheological boundary.

  20. Seismic evidence for silicate melt atop the 410-km mantle discontinuity

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    Revenaugh, Justin; Sipkin, S.A.

    1994-01-01

    LABORATORY results demonstrating that basic to ultrabasic melts become denser than olivine-rich mantle at pressures above 6 GPa (refs 1-3) have important implications for basalt petrogenesis, mantle differentiation and the storage of volatiles deep in the Earth. A density cross-over between melt and solid in the extensively molten Archaean mantle has been inferred from komatiitic volcanism and major-element mass balances, but present-day evidence of dense melt below the seismic low-velocity zone is lacking. Here we present mantle shear-wave impedance profiles obtained from multiple-ScS reverberation mapping for corridors connecting western Pacific subduction zone earthquakes with digital seismograph stations in eastern China, imaging a ~5.8% impedance decrease roughly 330 km beneath the Sea of Japan, Yellow Sea and easternmost Asia. We propose that this represents the upper surface of a layer of negatively buoyant melt lying on top of the olivine ??? ??- phase transition (the 410-km seismic discontinuity). Volatile-rich fluids expelled from the partial melt zone as it freezes may migrate upwards, acting as metasomatic agents and perhaps as the deep 'proto-source' of kimberlites. The remaining, dense, crystalline fraction would then concentrate above 410 km, producing a garnet-rich layer that may flush into the transition zone.

  1. Olivine anisotropy suggests Gutenberg discontinuity is not the base of the lithosphere

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    Qi, Chao; Warren, Jessica M.

    2016-01-01

    Tectonic plates are a key feature of Earth’s structure, and their behavior and dynamics are fundamental drivers in a wide range of large-scale processes. The operation of plate tectonics, in general, depends intimately on the manner in which lithospheric plates couple to the convecting interior. Current debate centers on whether the transition from rigid lithosphere to flowing asthenosphere relates to increases in temperature or to changes in composition such as the presence of a small amount of melt or an increase in water content below a specified depth. Thus, the manner in which the rigid lithosphere couples to the flowing asthenosphere is currently unclear. Here we present results from laboratory-based torsion experiments on olivine aggregates with and without melt, yielding an improved database describing the crystallographic alignment of olivine grains. We combine this database with a flow model for oceanic upper mantle to predict the structure of the seismic anisotropy beneath ocean basins. Agreement between our model and seismological observations supports the view that the base of the lithosphere is thermally controlled. This model additionally supports the idea that discontinuities in velocity and anisotropy, often assumed to be the base of the lithosphere, are, instead, intralithospheric features reflecting a compositional boundary established at midocean ridges, not a rheological boundary. PMID:27606485

  2. Lithospheric thinning beneath rifted regions of Southern California.

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    Lekic, Vedran; French, Scott W; Fischer, Karen M

    2011-11-11

    The stretching and break-up of tectonic plates by rifting control the evolution of continents and oceans, but the processes by which lithosphere deforms and accommodates strain during rifting remain enigmatic. Using scattering of teleseismic shear waves beneath rifted zones and adjacent areas in Southern California, we resolve the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary and lithospheric thickness variations to directly constrain this deformation. Substantial and laterally abrupt lithospheric thinning beneath rifted regions suggests efficient strain localization. In the Salton Trough, either the mantle lithosphere has experienced more thinning than the crust, or large volumes of new lithosphere have been created. Lack of a systematic offset between surface and deep lithospheric deformation rules out simple shear along throughgoing unidirectional shallow-dipping shear zones, but is consistent with symmetric extension of the lithosphere.

  3. Shallow mantle velocities beneath the southern Appalachians from Pn phases

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    MacDougall, Julia G.; Fischer, Karen M.; Forsyth, Donald W.; Hawman, Robert B.; Wagner, Lara S.

    2015-01-01

    constrain mantle structure that might contribute to the topography of the southern Appalachian Mountains, Pn phases from regional earthquakes recorded in northern Georgia by EarthScope Southeastern Suture of the Appalachian Margin Experiment and Transportable Array stations were used to solve for shallow mantle P wave velocities. Mantle velocities vary laterally, with values of 7.6-7.8 km/s beneath the higher elevations of the Blue Ridge terrane and northwestern flank of the Inner Piedmont terranes and values of 8.3-8.5 km/s farther south where elevation is lower. The zone of low-velocity mantle could represent a source of buoyancy that helps to support the higher elevations, in addition to the root of thickened crust that also exists beneath the mountains.

  4. Evidence for early hunters beneath the Great Lakes

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    O'Shea, John M.; Meadows, Guy A.

    2009-01-01

    Scholars have hypothesized that the poorly understood and rarely encountered archaeological sites from the terminal Paleoindian and Archaic periods associated with the Lake Stanley low water stage (10,000–7,500 BP) are lost beneath the modern Great Lakes. Acoustic and video survey on the Alpena-Amberley ridge, a feature that would have been a dry land corridor crossing the Lake Huron basin during this time period, reveals the presence of a series of stone features that match, in form and location, structures used for caribou hunting in both prehistoric and ethnographic times. These results present evidence for early hunters on the Alpena-Amberley corridor, and raise the possibility that intact settlements and ancient landscapes are preserved beneath Lake Huron. PMID:19506245

  5. Subduction or delamination beneath the Apennines? Evidence from regional tomography

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    Koulakov, I.; Jakovlev, A.; Zabelina, I.; Roure, F.; Cloetingh, S.; El Khrepy, S.; Al-Arifi, N.

    2015-06-01

    In this study we present a new regional tomography model of the upper mantle beneath Italy and the surrounding area derived from the inversion of travel times of P and S waves from the updated International Seismological Centre (ISC) catalogue. Beneath Italy, we identify a high-velocity anomaly which has the appearance of a long, narrow "sausage" with a steeply dipping part down to a depth of 400 km and then expanding horizontally over approximately 400 km. Rather than to interpret it as a remnant of the former Tethyan oceanic slab, we consider that it is made up of the infra continental lithospheric mantle of Adria, which is progressively delaminated, whereas its overlying crust becomes progressively accreted into the Apenninic tectonic wedge.

  6. Subduction or delamination beneath Apennines? Evidences from regional tomography

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    Koulakov, I.; Jakovlev, A.; Zabelina, I.; Roure, F.; Cloetingh, S.; El Khrepy, S.; Al-Arifi, N.

    2015-02-01

    In this study we present a new regional tomography model of the upper mantle beneath Italy and surrounding areas derived from inversion of travel times of P and S waves from the updated ISC catalogue. Beneath Italy we identify a high-velocity anomaly which behaves as a long narrow "sausage" with a steeply dipping part down to a depth of 400 km and then expanding horizontally over approximately 400 km. Rather than to interpret it as a remnant of the former Tethyan oceanic slab, we consider that it is made up of the infra continental lithospheric mantle of Adria, which is progressively delaminated, whereas its overlying crust becomes progressively accreted into the Apenninic tectonic wedge.

  7. Lithospheric thinning beneath rifted regions of Southern California.

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    Lekic, Vedran; French, Scott W; Fischer, Karen M

    2011-11-11

    The stretching and break-up of tectonic plates by rifting control the evolution of continents and oceans, but the processes by which lithosphere deforms and accommodates strain during rifting remain enigmatic. Using scattering of teleseismic shear waves beneath rifted zones and adjacent areas in Southern California, we resolve the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary and lithospheric thickness variations to directly constrain this deformation. Substantial and laterally abrupt lithospheric thinning beneath rifted regions suggests efficient strain localization. In the Salton Trough, either the mantle lithosphere has experienced more thinning than the crust, or large volumes of new lithosphere have been created. Lack of a systematic offset between surface and deep lithospheric deformation rules out simple shear along throughgoing unidirectional shallow-dipping shear zones, but is consistent with symmetric extension of the lithosphere. PMID:21979933

  8. Kelvin-Helmholtz wave generation beneath hovercraft skirts

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    Sullivan, P. A.; Walsh, C.; Hinchey, M. J.

    1993-05-01

    When a hovercraft is hovering over water, the air flow beneath its skirts can interact with the water surface and generate waves. These, in turn, can cause the hovercraft to undergo violent self-excited heave motions. This note shows that the wave generation is due to the classical Kelvin-Helmholtz mechanism where, beyond a certain air flow rate, small waves at the air water interface extract energy from the air stream and grow.

  9. Differentiating flow, melt, or fossil seismic anisotropy beneath Ethiopia

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    Hammond, J. O. S.; Kendall, J.-M.; Wookey, J.; Stuart, G. W.; Keir, D.; Ayele, A.

    2014-05-01

    is a region where continental rifting gives way to oceanic spreading. Yet the role that pre-existing lithospheric structure, melt, mantle flow, or active upwellings may play in this process is debated. Measurements of seismic anisotropy are often used to attempt to understand the contribution that these mechanisms may play. In this study, we use new data in Afar, Ethiopia along with legacy data across Ethiopia, Djibouti, and Yemen to obtain estimates of mantle anisotropy using SKS-wave splitting. We show that two layers of anisotropy exist, and we directly invert for these. We show that fossil anisotropy with fast directions oriented northeast-southwest may be preserved in the lithosphere away from the rift. Beneath the Main Ethiopian Rift and parts of Afar, anisotropy due to shear segregated melt along sharp changes in lithospheric thickness dominates the shear-wave splitting signal in the mantle. Beneath Afar, away from regions with significant lithospheric topography, melt pockets associated with the crustal and uppermost mantle magma storage dominate the signal in localized regions. In general, little anisotropy is seen in the uppermost mantle beneath Afar suggesting melt retains no preferential alignment. These results show the important role melt plays in weakening the lithosphere and imply that as rifting evolves passive upwelling sustains extension. A dominant northeast-southwest anisotropic fast direction is observed in a deeper layer across all of Ethiopia. This suggests that a conduit like plume is lacking beneath Afar today, rather a broad flow from the southwest dominates flow in the upper mantle.

  10. Detail of plaque beneath column on the south parapet at ...

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    Detail of plaque beneath column on the south parapet at the west end of the bridge. The plaque reads “1914; Mayor E.J. Drussel; Councilmen E.S. Henry, E.F. Hogan, R.P. Lamdin, C.F. Ross, J.H. Shuppert; Leonard & Day, Engineers; C.H. Gildersleeve, Builder.” - First Street Bridge, Spanning Napa River at First Street between Soscol Avenue & Juarez Street, Napa, Napa County, CA

  11. The extent of continental crust beneath the Seychelles

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    Hammond, J. O. S.; Kendall, J.-M.; Collier, J. S.; Rümpker, G.

    2013-11-01

    The granitic islands of the Seychelles Plateau have long been recognised to overlie continental crust, isolated from Madagascar and India during the formation of the Indian Ocean. However, to date the extent of continental crust beneath the Seychelles region remains unknown. This is particularly true beneath the Mascarene Basin between the Seychelles Plateau and Madagascar and beneath the Amirante Arc. Constraining the size and shape of the Seychelles continental fragment is needed for accurate plate reconstructions of the breakup of Gondwana and has implications for the processes of continental breakup in general. Here we present new estimates of crustal thickness and VP/VS from H-κ stacking of receiver functions from a year long deployment of seismic stations across the Seychelles covering the topographic plateau, the Amirante Ridge and the northern Mascarene Basin. These results, combined with gravity modelling of historical ship track data, confirm that continental crust is present beneath the Seychelles Plateau. This is ˜30-33 km thick, but with a relatively high velocity lower crustal layer. This layer thins southwards from ˜10 km to ˜1 km over a distance of ˜50 km, which is consistent with the Seychelles being at the edge of the Deccan plume prior to its separation from India. In contrast, the majority of the Seychelles Islands away from the topographic plateau show no direct evidence for continental crust. The exception to this is the island of Desroche on the northern Amirante Ridge, where thicker low density crust, consistent with a block of continental material is present. We suggest that the northern Amirantes are likely continental in nature and that small fragments of continental material are a common feature of plume affected continental breakup.

  12. The 3D velocity structure beneath Iceland: Identifying melt pathways

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    Allen, R.

    2003-04-01

    The integration of various seismic datasets, recorded by the broadband HOTSPOT network deployed across Iceland, provides one of the highest resolution studies of the crust and mantle structure associated with a plume-ridge system. The mantle P- and S-velocity models (ICEMAN), derived from teleseismic body-wave and surface wave analysis, show a vertical, cylindrical low velocity anomaly ˜200 km in diameter extending from ˜400 km, the maximum depth of resolution, up to ˜200 km above which low velocity material is present beneath all of Iceland. The maximum P- and S-velocity anomalies of -2% and -4% respectively are found beneath the northwestern edge of Vatnajokull. The crustal S-velocity model (ICECRTb) is constrained by local surface waves, refraction experiments and receiver functions, and shows significant variation in crustal thickness. The thinnest, ˜15 km, crust is found around coastal regions, the thickest crust is beneath northwestern Vatnajokull where it reaches a thickness of 45 km. Within this thick crustal root is a vertical low velocity anomaly connecting the core of the mantle anomaly to horizontal low velocity regions that extend along the western and eastern volcanic zones but not the northern volcanic zone. These crustal low velocity zones are interpreted as regions through which melt is fed from the mantle to shallow magma chambers beneath the rift zones, where crustal formation occurs. The pipework between the core of the mantle anomaly and the southern rift zones is responsible for ˜30 km thick crust. Its absence to the north results in relatively thin, ˜20 km thick, crust.

  13. Seismological Evidence of mafic underplating beneath Central India

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    Chaudhuri, Kuntal; Borah, Kajaljyoti; Goyal, Ayush

    2016-04-01

    Crustal shear velocity structure across the Narmada Son Lineament (NSL), a major tectonic feature through Central India, and the adjoining regions have been investigated by the joint inversion of receiver function and Rayleigh wave group velocity data at 17 locations in the study region. The results show significant variations of crustal thickness and average crust shear wave velocity (avg. Vs) in the region, viz. 38-42 km thick crust with avg. Vs ~3.7 km/s under Deccan Volcanic Province (DVP); 38-42 km thick crust with lower avg. Vs ~3.5 km/s in the Vindyan Basin; 44 km thick crust with avg. Vs ~3.7 km/s beneath Bundelkhand craton. Thicker crust (~56 km) with avg. Vs ~3.8 km/s is observed beneath Narmada South Fault (NSF), north of DVP. Observed ~4 km thick layer with average Vs ~2.7-2.9 km/s corresponds to Vindhayan sediment. Presence of High velocity layer(Vs > 4.1 km/s) at lower crust beneath most part of the study region suggest the existence of a mafic underplated layer at the base of the crust. The mafic underplated layer is charecterized by a high Vs and Vp/Vs ratio, suggesting a mafic rock type at the base of the crust which might have been emplaced at some volcanic episodes in the past. The region also shows no major topographic expression suggesting that it is isostatically compensated by high density, high velocity rocks in the lowermost part of the crust. Upper mantle shear velocity beneath the study region varies between 4.4-4.5 km/s. Majority of the earthquakes in the central part of India occur at the lower crust having a depth of greater than 30 km, suggesting a zone of weakness at the lower crust especially in the southern part of the NSL (NSF).

  14. On Irrotational Flows Beneath Periodic Traveling Equatorial Waves

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    Quirchmayr, Ronald

    2016-08-01

    We discuss some aspects of the velocity field and particle trajectories beneath periodic traveling equatorial surface waves over a flat bed in a flow with uniform underlying currents. The system under study consists of the governing equations for equatorial ocean waves within a non-inertial frame of reference, where Euler's equation of motion has to be suitably adjusted, in order to account for the influence of the earth's rotation.

  15. Crustal and upper mantle structure beneath Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand derived by Receiver Function Analysis

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    Kinoshita, S.; Savage, M. K.; Aoki, Y.

    2013-12-01

    We reveal a detailed image of velocity discontinuities by Receiver Function (RF) Analysis beneath Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand. We calculated RFs from 235 teleseismic earthquakes from January 2006 to December 2010 recorded at 25 GeoNet stations around Mt. Ruapehu. The obtained RFs show positive phases at ~3-5 and ~6-8 seconds,respectively. They represent the conversion from P to S waves at the Moho of the Australian (AUS) and subducting Pacific (PAC) plates, respectively. Common Conversion Point (CCP) stacking of RF amplitudes converts these to positive velocity boundaries at 50-100 km and 20-40 km; these correspond to the Moho of the PAC slab subducting northwestward and the AUS slab, respectively. A CCP image with a cut off frequency of 1Hz along the subducted slab indicates that the positive Moho phase of the slab disappears at a depth of ~70 km just below Ruapehu, whileit continues down to 100km to the south of Ruapehu. This is consistent with the result of Bannister et al. (2007) that a negative RF phase at the top of the PAC slab appears to terminate at ~60 km depth 100 km to the northwest of Ruapehu. Our study, combined with Bannister et al. (2007), thus supports the presence of a structural boundary between the subducted Hikrangi Plateau and oceanic crust of normal thickness at 60 km (Reyners et al. 2006). The north-south (N-S) CCP images to the west of Ruapehu show that the Moho of AUS plate deepens southward as previously reported in Salmon et al., (2011). A N-S CCP image across Ruapehu reveals a discontinuity of velocity boundary just below Ruapehu. RFs with a cutoff frequency of 1Hz show a remarkable broad positive phase at ~30 km depth to the north of Ruapehu and two positive phase at 25 km and 40 km depth to the south of Ruapehu. (Figure) RFs with a cutoff frequency of 2Hz show two clear positive phases at 20 km and 30 km depths to the north of Ruapehu and two positive phases at 25 km and 40 km depth to the south of Ruapehu. These positive phases

  16. Convective upwelling in the mantle beneath the Gulf of California.

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    Wang, Yun; Forsyth, Donald W; Savage, Brian

    2009-11-26

    In the past six million years, Baja California has rifted obliquely apart from North America, opening up the Gulf of California. Between transform faults, seafloor spreading and rifting is well established in several basins. Other than hotspot-dominated Iceland, the Gulf of California is the only part of the world's seafloor-spreading system that has been surrounded by enough seismometers to provide horizontal resolution of upper-mantle structure at a scale of 100 kilometres over a distance great enough to include several spreading segments. Such resolution is needed to address the long-standing debate about the relative importance of dynamic and passive upwelling in the shallow mantle beneath spreading centres. Here we use Rayleigh-wave tomography to image the shear velocity in the upper 200 kilometres or so of the mantle. Low shear velocities similar to those beneath the East Pacific Rise oceanic spreading centre underlie the entire length of the Gulf, but there are three concentrated locations of anomalously low velocities spaced about 250 kilometres apart. These anomalies are 40 to 90 kilometres beneath the surface, at which depths petrological studies indicate that extensive melting of passively upwelling mantle should begin. We interpret these seismic velocity anomalies as indicating that partial melting triggers dynamic upwelling driven by either the buoyancy of retained melt or by the reduced density of depleted mantle.

  17. Convective upwelling in the mantle beneath the Gulf of California.

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    Wang, Yun; Forsyth, Donald W; Savage, Brian

    2009-11-26

    In the past six million years, Baja California has rifted obliquely apart from North America, opening up the Gulf of California. Between transform faults, seafloor spreading and rifting is well established in several basins. Other than hotspot-dominated Iceland, the Gulf of California is the only part of the world's seafloor-spreading system that has been surrounded by enough seismometers to provide horizontal resolution of upper-mantle structure at a scale of 100 kilometres over a distance great enough to include several spreading segments. Such resolution is needed to address the long-standing debate about the relative importance of dynamic and passive upwelling in the shallow mantle beneath spreading centres. Here we use Rayleigh-wave tomography to image the shear velocity in the upper 200 kilometres or so of the mantle. Low shear velocities similar to those beneath the East Pacific Rise oceanic spreading centre underlie the entire length of the Gulf, but there are three concentrated locations of anomalously low velocities spaced about 250 kilometres apart. These anomalies are 40 to 90 kilometres beneath the surface, at which depths petrological studies indicate that extensive melting of passively upwelling mantle should begin. We interpret these seismic velocity anomalies as indicating that partial melting triggers dynamic upwelling driven by either the buoyancy of retained melt or by the reduced density of depleted mantle. PMID:19940924

  18. Recovery of datable charcoal beneath young lavas: lessons from Hawaii.

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    Lockwood, J.P.; Lipman, P.W.

    1980-01-01

    Field studies in Hawaii aimed at providing a radiocarbon-based chronology of prehistoric eruptive activity have led to a good understanding of the processes that govern the formation and preservation of charcoal beneath basaltic lava flows. Charcoal formation is a rate-dependent process controlled primarily by temperature and duration of heating, as well as by moisture content, density, and size of original woody material. Charcoal will form wherever wood buried by lava is raised to sufficiently high temperatures, but owing to the availability of oxygen it is commonly burned to ash soon after formation. Wherever oxygen circulation is sufficiently restricted, charcoal will be preserved, but where atmospheric oxygen circulates freely, charcoal will only be preserved at a lower temperature, below that required for charcoal ignition or catalytic oxidation. These factors cause carbonized wood, especially that derived from living roots, to be commonly preserved beneath all parts of pahoehoe flows (where oxygen circulation is restricted), but only under margins of aa. Practical guidelines are given for the recovery of datable charcoal beneath pahoehoe and aa. Although based on Hawaiian basaltic flows, the guidelines should be applicable to other areas. -Authors

  19. A microbial ecosystem beneath the West Antarctic ice sheet.

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    Christner, Brent C; Priscu, John C; Achberger, Amanda M; Barbante, Carlo; Carter, Sasha P; Christianson, Knut; Michaud, Alexander B; Mikucki, Jill A; Mitchell, Andrew C; Skidmore, Mark L; Vick-Majors, Trista J

    2014-08-21

    Liquid water has been known to occur beneath the Antarctic ice sheet for more than 40 years, but only recently have these subglacial aqueous environments been recognized as microbial ecosystems that may influence biogeochemical transformations on a global scale. Here we present the first geomicrobiological description of water and surficial sediments obtained from direct sampling of a subglacial Antarctic lake. Subglacial Lake Whillans (SLW) lies beneath approximately 800 m of ice on the lower portion of the Whillans Ice Stream (WIS) in West Antarctica and is part of an extensive and evolving subglacial drainage network. The water column of SLW contained metabolically active microorganisms and was derived primarily from glacial ice melt with solute sources from lithogenic weathering and a minor seawater component. Heterotrophic and autotrophic production data together with small subunit ribosomal RNA gene sequencing and biogeochemical data indicate that SLW is a chemosynthetically driven ecosystem inhabited by a diverse assemblage of bacteria and archaea. Our results confirm that aquatic environments beneath the Antarctic ice sheet support viable microbial ecosystems, corroborating previous reports suggesting that they contain globally relevant pools of carbon and microbes that can mobilize elements from the lithosphere and influence Southern Ocean geochemical and biological systems.

  20. Why are there few seedlings beneath the myrmecophyte Triplaris americana?

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    Larrea-Alcázar, Daniel M.; Simonetti, Javier A.

    2007-07-01

    We compared the relative importance of chemical alellopathy, pruning behaviour of resident ants and other non-related agents to ant-plant mutualism for seedling establishment beneath Triplaris americana L. (Polygonaceae), a myrmecophyte plant. We also included a preliminary analysis of effects of fragmentation on these ecological processes. Seeds and seedlings of Theobroma cacao L. (Sterculiaceae) were used as the target species in all experiments. Leaf-tissue extracts of the myrmecophyte plant did not inhibit germination of cacao seeds. Resident Pseudomyrmex triplarinus Weddell (Pseudomyrmecinae) ants did not remove seeds under the canopy of their host plants. The main seed consumer was the leaf-cutting ant Atta sexdens L. (Myrmicinae). Leaves of cacao seedlings were partially or totally pruned by Pseudomyrmex ants mainly in forest fragments studied. We offer evidence pointing to the possibility that the absence of seedlings beneath Triplaris may result from effects of both ant species. We discuss the benefits of pruning behaviour for the resident ant colony and the effects of ant-ant interactions on seedling establishment beneath this ant-plant system.

  1. A Discontinuous Galerkin Chimera Overset Solver

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    Galbraith, Marshall Christopher

    This work summarizes the development of an accurate, efficient, and flexible Computational Fluid Dynamics computer code that is an improvement relative to the state of the art. The improved accuracy and efficiency is obtained by using a high-order discontinuous Galerkin (DG) discretization scheme. In order to maximize the computational efficiency, quadrature-free integration and numerical integration optimized as matrix-vector multiplications is employed and implemented through a pre-processor (PyDG). Using the PyDG pre-processor, a C++ polynomial library has been developed that uses overloaded operators to design an efficient Domain Specific Language (DSL) that allows expressions involving polynomials to be written as if they are scalars. The DSL, which makes the syntax of computer code legible and intuitive, promotes maintainability of the software and simplifies the development of additional capabilities. The flexibility of the code is achieved by combining the DG scheme with the Chimera overset method. The Chimera overset method produces solutions on a set of overlapping grids that communicate through an exchange of data on grid boundaries (known as artificial boundaries). Finite volume and finite difference discretizations use fringe points, which are layers of points on the artificial boundaries, to maintain the interior stencil on artificial boundaries. The fringe points receive solution values interpolated from overset grids. Proper interpolation requires fringe points to be contained in overset grids. Insufficient overlap must be corrected by modifying the grid system. The Chimera scheme can also exclude regions of grids that lie outside the computational domain; a process commonly known as hole cutting. The Chimera overset method has traditionally enabled the use of high-order finite difference and finite volume approaches such as WENO and compact differencing schemes, which require structured meshes, for modeling fluid flow associated with complex

  2. [Discontinuation-Emergent Signs and Symptoms Inventory--Polish translation of the discontinuation signs and symptoms checklist].

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    Cubała, Wiesław Jerzy; Landowski, Jerzy; Springer, Janusz

    2013-01-01

    A number of preclinical and clinical studies are focused on mechanisms of SSRI discontinuation syndrome as well as the patient populations and agents that are most affected by this phenomenon. Characteristics of onset, duration, and severity of any discontinuation symptoms and spontaneous reports of taper/poststudy-emergent adverse events should be compared with those of the active comparator in these studies. Besides, common clinical practice supplies a number of problems associated with SSRI discontinuation syndrome as related to treatment planning and management. The recommended instrument for evaluating SSRI discontinuation syndrome symptoms is the Discontinuation-Emergent Signs and Symptoms (DESS) inventory. DESS is a 43-item checklist that can be administered in a clinician-rated form, a self-rated form, or an interactive voice-response form. The paper presents the Polish version of DESS inventory along with its application and interpretation instructions. DESS inventory is of substantial advance in common psychiatric practice as it enables effective SSRI discontinuation management on drug tapering and in case of the non-compliance with the treatment. Its use in the systematic studies facilitates conclusive outcome results and is of prime importance as being comparable with literature outcomes. PMID:24946477

  3. Understanding the nature of mantle upwelling beneath East-Africa

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    Civiero, Chiara; Hammond, James; Goes, Saskia; Ahmed, Abdulhakim; Ayele, Atalay; Doubre, Cecile; Goitom, Berhe; Keir, Derek; Kendall, Mike; Leroy, Sylvie; Ogubazghi, Ghebrebrhan; Rumpker, Georg; Stuart, Graham

    2014-05-01

    The concept of hot upwelling material - otherwise known as mantle plumes - has long been accepted as a possible mechanism to explain hotspots occurring at Earth's surface and it is recognized as a way of removing heat from the deep Earth. Nevertheless, this theory remains controversial since no one has definitively imaged a plume and over the last decades several other potential mechanisms that do not require a deep mantle source have been invoked to explain this phenomenon, for example small-scale convection at rifted margins, meteorite impacts or lithospheric delamination. One of the best locations to study the potential connection between hotspot volcanism at the surface and deep mantle plumes on land is the East African Rift (EAR). We image seismic velocity structure of the mantle below EAR with higher resolution than has been available to date by including seismic data recorded by stations from many regional networks ranging from Saudi Arabia to Tanzania. We use relative travel-time tomography to produce P- velocity models from the surface down into the lower mantle incorporating 9250 ray-paths in our model from 495 events and 402 stations. We add smaller earthquakes (4.5 < mb < 5.5) from poorly sampled regions in order to have a more uniform data coverage. The tomographic results allow us to image structures of ~ 100-km length scales to ~ 1000 km depth beneath the northern East-Africa rift (Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Yemen) with good resolution also in the transition zone and uppermost lower mantle. Our observations provide evidence that the shallow mantle slow seismic velocities continue trough the transition zone and into the lower mantle. In particular, the relatively slow velocity anomaly beneath the Afar Depression extends up to depths of at least 1000 km depth while another low-velocity anomaly beneath the Main Ethiopian Rift seems to be present in the upper mantle only. These features in the lower mantle are isolated with a diameter of about 400 km

  4. Long-range Receiver Function Profile of Crustal and Mantle Discontinuities From the Aleutian Arc to Tierra del Fuego

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    Spieker, Kathrin; Rondenay, Stéphane; Sawade, Lucas

    2016-04-01

    The Circum-Pacific belt, also called the Pacific Ring of Fire, is the most seismically active region on Earth. Multiple plate boundaries form a zone characterized by frequent volcanic eruptions and seismicity. While convergent plate boundaries such as the Peru-Chile trench dominate the Circum-Pacific belt, divergent and transform boundaries are present as well. The eastern section of the Circum-Pacific belt extends from the Aleutian arc, through the Cascadia subduction zone, San Andreas Fault, middle America trench and the Andean margin down to Tierra del Fuego. Due to the significant hazards posed by this tectonic activity, the region has been densely instrumented by thousands of seismic stations deployed across fifteen countries, over a distance of more than 15000 km. Various seismological studies, including receiver function analyses, have been carried out to investigate the crustal and mantle structure beneath local segments of the eastern Circum-Pacific belt (i.e., at ~100-500 km scale). However, to the best of our knowledge, no study to date has ever attempted to combine all available seismic data from the eastern Circum-Pacific belt to generate a continuous profile of seismic discontinuities extending from the Aleutians to Tierra del Fuego. Here, we use results from the "Global Imaging using Earthquake Records" (GLImER) P-wave receiver function database to create a long-range profile of crustal and upper mantle discontinuities across the entire eastern portion of the Circum-Pacific belt. We image intermittent crustal and mantle discontinuities along the profile, and examine them with regard to their behaviour and properties across transitions between different tectonic regimes.

  5. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor discontinuation syndrome: proposed diagnostic criteria.

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    Black, K; Shea, C; Dursun, S; Kutcher, S

    2000-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To establish specific criteria by which selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) discontinuation syndrome may be identified. DATA SOURCES: MEDLINE and PSYCHLIT databases were searched for case reports published from 1986 to 1997 inclusive, and references of relevant articles were also searched. STUDY SELECTION: Forty-six case reports of symptoms following the discontinuation of fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, paroxetine or sertraline were selected. Three studies of SSRI discontinuation were also reviewed. DATA EXTRACTION: Demographic and treatment information, as well as the timing, duration, number, nature and frequency of dicontinuation symptoms. DATA SYNTHESIS: Paroxetine was most frequently implicated. The drug had been tapered in half of the cases. In some cases, symptom onset began during taper, whereas, in most cases, symptoms began within 1 to 3 days of drug discontinuation. Fifty-three different symptoms were reported, with dizziness being the most common. Other common symptoms were nausea or emesis, fatigue, headache, gait instability and insomnia. Shock-like sensations, paresthesia and visual disturbances were the most rare. Without intervention, symptoms persisted for more than a week in half of the cases. In cases in which the SSRI was restarted, symptoms resolved within 72 hours. In some cases, withdrawal symptoms recurred when the same SSRI was again discontinued. CONCLUSIONS: Findings were used to construct diagnostic criteria for the SSRI discontinuation syndrome. These criteria are 2 or more of the following symptoms developing within 1 to 7 days of discontinuation or reduction in dosage of an SSRI after at least 1 month's use, when these symptoms cause clinically significant distress or impairment and are not due to a general medical condition or recurrence of a mental disorder: dizziness, light-headedness, vertigo or feeling faint; shock-like sensations or paresthesia; anxiety; diarrhea; fatigue; gait instability; headache; insomnia

  6. On the structure of the lowermost mantle beneath the southwest Pacific, southeast Asia and Australasia

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    Kendall, J.-M.; Shearer, P. M.

    1995-11-01

    The region of the lowermost mantle beneath the southwest Pacific, Australasia and southeast Asia (50°S-50°N and 80-190°E) has been studied using a wide variety of seismic techniques. We complement these studies with results obtained from long-period Global Digital Seismograph Network (GDSN) data using a recently developed phase-stripping technique that permits the isolation of D″ reflections from the stronger neighbouring S and ScS signals. We identify patches with D″ reflections and areas where we cannot confidently determine the presence or absence of a D″ reflection. A synthesis of our results with other studies suggests that D″ varies dramatically through the region, generally thickening from 100-150 km in a central zone to about 300 km at the eastern and western margins. However, there are irregularities in this overall pattern, including areas where there seems to be little evidence for a D″ discontinuity. Inspection of waveform amplitudes shows considerable scatter in not only the D″ reflected phases, but also core-mantle boundary reflected phases. Experiments with synthetic seismograms for a variety of D″ models and the observed lateral variability through the region suggest that this is to be expected. Furthermore, ray-theory calculations for large-scale 3D Earth models predict significant variations (±30%) in S-wave amplitudes of lowermost mantle turning rays. Finally, we investigate possible correlations between lower-mantle velocity, flow and D″ thickness. We find some correlation between D″ thickness and lower-mantle velocities obtained from tomographic inversions, with a thin D″ layer in high-velocity regions and a thickening of the layer toward slower regions. The relationship between predicted lower-mantle flow and D″ thickness is less clear. These results are qualitatively consistent with thermal boundary layer predictions for D″, but do not preclude the possibility of compositionally distinct material in the layer.

  7. Contrasting crustal production and rapid mantle transitions beneath back-arc ridges.

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    Dunn, Robert A; Martinez, Fernando

    2011-01-13

    The opening of back-arc basins behind subduction zones progresses from initial rifting near the volcanic arc to seafloor spreading. During this process, the spreading ridge and the volcanic arc separate and lavas erupted at the ridge are predicted to evolve away from being heavily subduction influenced (with high volatile contents derived from the subducting plate). Current models predict gradational, rather than abrupt, changes in the crust formed along the ridge as the inferred broad melting region beneath it migrates away from heavily subduction-influenced mantle. In contrast, here we show that across-strike and along-strike changes in crustal properties at the Eastern Lau spreading centre are large and abrupt, implying correspondingly large discontinuities in the nature of the mantle supplying melt to the ridge axes. With incremental separation of the ridge axis from the volcanic front of as little as 5 km, seafloor morphology changes from shallower complex volcanic landforms to deeper flat sea floor dominated by linear abyssal hills, upper crustal seismic velocities abruptly increase by over 20%, and gravity anomalies and isostasy indicate crustal thinning of more than 1.9 km. We infer that the abrupt changes in crustal properties reflect rapid evolution of the mantle entrained by the ridge, such that stable, broad triangular upwelling regions, as inferred for mid-ocean ridges, cannot form near the mantle wedge corner. Instead, the observations imply a dynamic process in which the ridge upwelling zone preferentially captures water-rich low-viscosity mantle when it is near the arc. As the ridge moves away from the arc, a tipping point is reached at which that material is rapidly released from the upwelling zone, resulting in rapid changes in the character of the crust formed at the ridge. PMID:21228874

  8. Signature of slab fragmentation beneath Anatolia from full-waveform tomography

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    Govers, Rob; Fichtner, Andreas

    2016-09-01

    When oceanic basins close after a long period of convergence and subduction, continental collision and mountain building is a common consequence. Slab segmentation is expected to have been relatively common just prior to closure of other oceans in the geological past, and may explain some of the complexity that geologists have documented in the Tibetan plateau also. We focus on the eastern Mediterranean basin, which is the last remainder of a once hemispherical neo-Tethys ocean that has nearly disappeared due to convergence of the India and Africa/Arabia plates with the Eurasia plate. We present new results of full-waveform tomography that allow us to image both the crust and upper mantle in great detail. We show that a major discontinuity exists between western Anatolia lithosphere and the region to the east of it. Also, the correlation of geological features and the crustal velocities is substantially stronger in the west than in the east. We interpret these observations as the imprint in the overriding plate of fragmentation of the neo-Tethys slab below it. This north-dipping slab may have fragmented following the Eocene (about 35 million years ago) arrival of a continental promontory (Central Anatolian Core Complex) at the subduction contact. From the Eocene through the Miocene, slab roll-back ensued in the Aegean and west Anatolia, while the Cyprus-Bitlis slab subducted horizontally beneath central and east Anatolia. Following collision of Arabia (about 16 million years ago), the Cyprus-Bitlis slab steepened, exposing the crust of central and east Anatolia to high temperature, and resulting in the velocity structure that we image today. Slab fragmentation thus was a major driver of the evolution of the overriding plate as collision unfolded.

  9. Contrasting crustal production and rapid mantle transitions beneath back-arc ridges.

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    Dunn, Robert A; Martinez, Fernando

    2011-01-13

    The opening of back-arc basins behind subduction zones progresses from initial rifting near the volcanic arc to seafloor spreading. During this process, the spreading ridge and the volcanic arc separate and lavas erupted at the ridge are predicted to evolve away from being heavily subduction influenced (with high volatile contents derived from the subducting plate). Current models predict gradational, rather than abrupt, changes in the crust formed along the ridge as the inferred broad melting region beneath it migrates away from heavily subduction-influenced mantle. In contrast, here we show that across-strike and along-strike changes in crustal properties at the Eastern Lau spreading centre are large and abrupt, implying correspondingly large discontinuities in the nature of the mantle supplying melt to the ridge axes. With incremental separation of the ridge axis from the volcanic front of as little as 5 km, seafloor morphology changes from shallower complex volcanic landforms to deeper flat sea floor dominated by linear abyssal hills, upper crustal seismic velocities abruptly increase by over 20%, and gravity anomalies and isostasy indicate crustal thinning of more than 1.9 km. We infer that the abrupt changes in crustal properties reflect rapid evolution of the mantle entrained by the ridge, such that stable, broad triangular upwelling regions, as inferred for mid-ocean ridges, cannot form near the mantle wedge corner. Instead, the observations imply a dynamic process in which the ridge upwelling zone preferentially captures water-rich low-viscosity mantle when it is near the arc. As the ridge moves away from the arc, a tipping point is reached at which that material is rapidly released from the upwelling zone, resulting in rapid changes in the character of the crust formed at the ridge.

  10. The Mafic Lower Crust of Neoproterozoic age beneath Western Arabia: Implications for Understanding African Lower Crust

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    Stern, R. J.; Mooney, W. D.

    2011-12-01

    We review evidence that the lower crust of Arabia - and by implication, that beneath much of Africa was formed at the same time as the upper crust, rather than being a product of Cenozoic magmatic underplating. Arabia is a recent orphan of Africa, separated by opening of the Red Sea ~20 Ma, so our understanding of its lower crust provides insights into that of Africa. Arabian Shield (exposed in W. Arabia) is mostly Neoproterozoic (880-540 Ma) reflecting a 300-million year process of continental crustal growth due to amalgamated juvenile magmatic arcs welded together by granitoid intrusions that make up as much as 50% of the Shield's surface. Seismic refraction studies of SW Arabia (Mooney et al., 1985) reveal two layers, each ~20 km thick, separated by a well-defined Conrad discontinuity. The upper crust has average Vp ~6.3 km/sec whereas the lower crust has average Vp ~7.0 km/sec, corresponding to a granitic upper crust and gabbroic lower crust. Neogene (<30 ma) lava fields in Arabia (harrats) extend over 2500 km, from Yemen to Syria. Many of these lavas contain xenoliths, providing a remarkable glimpse of the lower-crustal and upper-mantle lithosphere beneath W. Arabia. Lower crustal xenoliths brought up in 8 harrats in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Syria are mostly 2-pyroxene granulites of igneous (gabbroic, anorthositic, and dioritic) origin. They contain plagioclase, orthopyroxene, and clinopyroxene, and a few contain garnet and rare amphibole and yield mineral-equilibrium temperatures of 700-900°C. Pyroxene-rich and plagioclase-rich suites have mean Al2O3 contents of 13% and 19%, respectively: otherwise the two groups have similar elemental compositions, with ~50% SiO2 and ~1% TiO2, with low K2O (<0.5%) and Na2O (1-3%). Both groups show tholeiitic affinities, unrelated to their alkali basalt hosts. Mean pyroxene-rich and plagioclase-rich suites show distinct mean MgO contents (11% vs. 7%), Mg# (67 vs. 55), and contents of compatible elements Ni (169 vs. 66 ppm

  11. Seismological Features of the Subducting Slab Beneath the Kii Peninsula, Central Japan, Revealed by Receiver Functions

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    Shiomi, K.; Park, J.

    2007-12-01

    We report seismological evidence that the subducting Philippine Sea slab (PHS) beneath the Kii Peninsula, central Japan, can be divided into three segments. Offshore the Kii Peninsula, the "Tonankai" and "Nankai" fault segments suffer mega-thrust earthquakes that repeat every 100 to 150 years. The structure of the young, thin, contorted PHS is important to the seismo-tectonics in this region. We apply the receiver function (RF) analysis to 26 Hi-net short-period and 4 F-net broad-band seismographic stations. In the case that dipping velocity discontinuities and/or anisotropic media exist beneath seismometer, both radial RFs and transverse RFs contain useful information to estimate underground structure. For isotropic media with a dipping-slab interface, back- azimuthal variation in RFs depends largely on three parameters, the downdip azimuth, dip angle and the depth of the interface. We stack both radial and transverse RFs with allowance a time-shift caused by the dipping interface, searching for optimal parameters based on the grid-search technique at each station. At some stations located near the eastern coastline of the Kii Peninsula, the dip angle of the interface inferred from RF stacking is much steeper than that estimated by the local seismicity. This discrepancy arises from the interference of two slab-converted phases, suggesting a layer atop the slab. In these cases we refine the stack to distinguish two slab phases and estimate three parameters of each dipping interface separately. Two interfaces with the same dip direction and low dip angle are estimated at these stations, with depth difference near 6 km. Thus, the shallower interface may be related to the layer within the oceanic crust and the deeper one is the slab Moho. These double-layered interfaces are detected only at stations located up-dip of a belt-like distribution of non- volcanic low-frequency tremor. Comparing the interface dips estimated in this study with the direction of slab motion

  12. The effect of mechanical discontinuities on the growth of faults

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    Bonini, Lorenzo; Basili, Roberto; Bonanno, Emanuele; Toscani, Giovanni; Burrato, Pierfrancesco; Seno, Silvio; Valensise, Gianluca

    2016-04-01

    The growth of natural faults is controlled by several factors, including the nature of host rocks, the strain rate, the temperature, and the presence of fluids. In this work we focus on the mechanical characteristics of host rocks, and in particular on the role played by thin mechanical discontinuities on the upward propagation of faults and on associated secondary effects such as folding and fracturing. Our approach uses scaled, analogue models where natural rocks are simulated by wet clay (kaolin). A clay cake is placed above two rigid blocks in a hanging wall/footwall configuration on either side of a planar fault. Fault activity is simulated by motor-controlled movements of the hanging wall. We reproduce three types of faults: a 45°-dipping normal fault, a 45°-dipping reverse fault and a 30°-dipping reverse fault. These angles are selected as representative of most natural dip-slip faults. The analogues of the mechanical discontinuities are obtained by precutting the wet clay cake before starting the hanging wall movement. We monitor the experiments with high-resolution cameras and then obtain most of the data through the Digital Image Correlation method (D.I.C.). This technique accurately tracks the trajectories of the particles of the analogue material during the deformation process: this allows us to extract displacement field vectors plus the strain and shear rate distributions on the lateral side of the clay block, where the growth of new faults is best seen. Initially we run a series of isotropic experiments, i.e. experiments without discontinuities, to generate a reference model: then we introduce the discontinuities. For the extensional models they are cut at different dip angles, from horizontal to 45°-dipping, both synthetic and antithetic with respect to the master fault, whereas only horizontal discontinuities are introduced in the contractional models. Our experiments show that such discontinuities control: 1) the propagation rate of faults

  13. Discontinuous dual-primal mixed finite elements for elliptic problems

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    Bottasso, Carlo L.; Micheletti, Stefano; Sacco, Riccardo

    2000-01-01

    We propose a novel discontinuous mixed finite element formulation for the solution of second-order elliptic problems. Fully discontinuous piecewise polynomial finite element spaces are used for the trial and test functions. The discontinuous nature of the test functions at the element interfaces allows to introduce new boundary unknowns that, on the one hand enforce the weak continuity of the trial functions, and on the other avoid the need to define a priori algorithmic fluxes as in standard discontinuous Galerkin methods. Static condensation is performed at the element level, leading to a solution procedure based on the sole interface unknowns. The resulting family of discontinuous dual-primal mixed finite element methods is presented in the one and two-dimensional cases. In the one-dimensional case, we show the equivalence of the method with implicit Runge-Kutta schemes of the collocation type exhibiting optimal behavior. Numerical experiments in one and two dimensions demonstrate the order accuracy of the new method, confirming the results of the analysis.

  14. Midcrustal discontinuities and the assembly of the Himalayan midcrust

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    Larson, Kyle P.; Cottle, John M.

    2014-05-01

    Detailed quartz lattice preferred orientation (LPO) data define two structural discontinuities in the exhumed high-grade metamorphic core of the Himalaya exposed in the upper Tama Kosi region of east central Nepal. The structures are marked by abrupt breaks in a general trend of up structural section increasing quartz LPO-defined deformation temperatures. Deformation associated with the upper structural discontinuity, which occurs within sillimanite grade rocks, is postpeak metamorphism in both the hanging wall and the footwall. New geochronologic data constrain the timing of metamorphism in the hanging wall of the upper discontinuity to between 24 and 16 Ma, indistinguishable from previously published ages for the footwall. Movement across this structure represents Early Miocene strain localization and thickening in the Himalayan midcrust. Movement across the lower discontinuity, which occurs between staurolite and kyanite grade rocks, appears to be synmetamorphic with material in its footwall at approximately 10 Ma, but postpeak metamorphism for material in its hanging wall. This movement is interpreted to reflect the underplating and incorporation of material into the metamorphic core. The recognition of two thrust-sense discontinuities in the exhumed Himalayan core in the Tama Kosi region is consistent with other similar structures recognized along the Himalaya. The widespread nature of these structures reinforces that they are important to our understanding of the evolution of the kinematics of large, hot orogens.

  15. Solutions of the Wheeler-Feynman equations with discontinuous velocities.

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    de Souza, Daniel Câmara; De Luca, Jayme

    2015-01-01

    We generalize Wheeler-Feynman electrodynamics with a variational boundary value problem for continuous boundary segments that might include velocity discontinuity points. Critical-point orbits must satisfy the Euler-Lagrange equations of the action functional at most points, which are neutral differential delay equations (the Wheeler-Feynman equations of motion). At velocity discontinuity points, critical-point orbits must satisfy the Weierstrass-Erdmann continuity conditions for the partial momenta and the partial energies. We study a special setup having the shortest time-separation between the (infinite-dimensional) boundary segments, for which case the critical-point orbit can be found using a two-point boundary problem for an ordinary differential equation. For this simplest setup, we prove that orbits can have discontinuous velocities. We construct a numerical method to solve the Wheeler-Feynman equations together with the Weierstrass-Erdmann conditions and calculate some numerical orbits with discontinuous velocities. We also prove that the variational boundary value problem has a unique solution depending continuously on boundary data, if the continuous boundary segments have velocity discontinuities along a reduced local space.

  16. Solutions of the Wheeler-Feynman equations with discontinuous velocities.

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    de Souza, Daniel Câmara; De Luca, Jayme

    2015-01-01

    We generalize Wheeler-Feynman electrodynamics with a variational boundary value problem for continuous boundary segments that might include velocity discontinuity points. Critical-point orbits must satisfy the Euler-Lagrange equations of the action functional at most points, which are neutral differential delay equations (the Wheeler-Feynman equations of motion). At velocity discontinuity points, critical-point orbits must satisfy the Weierstrass-Erdmann continuity conditions for the partial momenta and the partial energies. We study a special setup having the shortest time-separation between the (infinite-dimensional) boundary segments, for which case the critical-point orbit can be found using a two-point boundary problem for an ordinary differential equation. For this simplest setup, we prove that orbits can have discontinuous velocities. We construct a numerical method to solve the Wheeler-Feynman equations together with the Weierstrass-Erdmann conditions and calculate some numerical orbits with discontinuous velocities. We also prove that the variational boundary value problem has a unique solution depending continuously on boundary data, if the continuous boundary segments have velocity discontinuities along a reduced local space. PMID:25637913

  17. Final Technical Report ''Double discontinuities in space plasma''

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    Yun Chow Whang

    2004-05-13

    This research used high-resolution magnetic field data to examine the interior structures of MHD shocks in interplanetary space and in the magnetotail; we discovered that a slow-mode shock is often followed by an adjoining rotational discontinuity layer on the postshock side. The thickness of each layer is of the order of a few ion inertial lengths. Such a compound structure is known as a double discontinuity. When the magnetic field rotates by several degrees per ion inertial length inside a thin layer, the Hall current term becomes important in the generalized Ohm's law. Steady state solutions based on the Hall-MHD theory have been obtained to show the merging of a rotational layer and a slow shock layer to form a compound structure like the observed double discontinuities.

  18. Resolution properties of the Fourier method for discontinuous waves

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    Gottlieb, David; Shu, Chi-Wang

    1992-01-01

    In this paper we discuss the wave-resolution properties of the Fourier approximations of a wave function with discontinuities. It is well known that a minimum of two points per wave is needed to resolve a periodic wave function using Fourier expansions. For Chebyshev approximations of a wave function, a minimum of pi points per wave is needed. Here we obtain an estimate for the minimum number of points per wave to resolve a discontinuous wave based on its Fourier coefficients. In our recent work on overcoming the Gibbs phenomenon, we have shown that the Fourier coefficients of a discontinuous function contain enough information to reconstruct with exponential accuracy the coefficient of a rapidly converging Gegenbauer expansion. We therefore study the resolution properties of a Gegenbauer expansion where both the number of terms and the order increase.

  19. The effect of acute discontinuation of total parenteral nutrition.

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    Wagman, L D; Newsome, H H; Miller, K B; Thomas, R B; Weir, G C

    1986-01-01

    The present study was undertaken to assess the impact of acute discontinuation (AD) of total parenteral nutrition (TPN) on serum glucose, insulin, and glucagon levels and on the generation of symptomatic hypoglycemia. Fifty studies were performed in 48 patients. In none of the 30 studies of 1 hour duration nor in the 20 studies of 8 hours duration was there a single episode of symptomatic hypoglycemia. One patient had a glucose below normal (60 mg/dl) during the first hour after AD. Glucose and insulin concentrations were elevated at the start of TPN discontinuation but returned to normal values within 60 minutes and remained there during the successive 7 hours of study. Although glucagon levels were slightly elevated at zero time, no significant decrease occurred. There was no evidence for counter-regulation based on the patterns of glucose and hormone levels. With some restrictions, acute discontinuation is a safe, rapid method of ending a prolonged TPN infusion. PMID:3094465

  20. Discontinuous phase transition in a dimer lattice gas

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    Dickman, Ronald

    2012-05-01

    I study a dimer model on the square lattice with nearest neighbor exclusion as the only interaction. Detailed simulations using tomographic entropic sampling show that as the chemical potential is varied, there is a strongly discontinuous phase transition, at which the particle density jumps by about 18% of its maximum value, 1/4. The transition is accompanied by the onset of orientational order, to an arrangement corresponding to the {1/2, 0, 1/2} structure identified by Phares et al. [Physica B 409, 1096 (2011)] in a dimer model with finite repulsion at fixed density. Using finite-size scaling and Binder's cumulant, the expected scaling behavior at a discontinuous transition is verified in detail. The discontinuous transition can be understood qualitatively given that the model possesses eight equivalent maximum-density configurations, so that its coarse-grained description corresponds to that of the q = 8 Potts model.

  1. Discontinuities of BFKL amplitudes and the BDS ansatz

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    Fadin, V. S.; Fiore, R.

    2015-12-01

    We perform an examination of discontinuities of multiple production amplitudes, which are required for further development of the BFKL approach. It turns out that the discontinuities of 2 → 2 + n amplitudes obtained in the BFKL approach contradict to the BDS ansatz for amplitudes with maximal helicity violation in N = 4 supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory with large number of colors starting with n = 2. Explicit expressions for the discontinuities of the 2 → 3 and 2 → 4 amplitudes in the invariant mass of pairs of produced gluons are obtained in the planar N = 4 SYM in the next-to-leading logarithmic approximation. These expressions can be used for checking the conjectured duality between the light-like Wilson loops and the MHV amplitudes.

  2. On the structure of contact binaries. I - The contact discontinuity

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    Shu, F. H.; Lubow, S. H.; Anderson, L.

    1976-01-01

    The problem of the interior structure of contact binaries is reviewed, and a simple resolution of the difficulties which plague the theory is suggested. It is proposed that contact binaries contain a contact discontinuity between the lower surface of the common envelope and the Roche lobe of the cooler star. This discontinuity is maintained against thermal diffusion by fluid flow, and the transition layer is thin to the extent that the dynamical time scale is short in comparison with the thermal time scale. The idealization that the transition layer has infinitesimal thickness allows a simple formulation of the structure equations which are closed by appropriate jump conditions across the discontinuity. The further imposition of the standard boundary conditions suffices to define a unique model for the system once the chemical composition, the masses of the two stars, and the orbital separation are specified.

  3. A tessellated continuum approach to thermal analysis: discontinuity networks

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    Jiang, C.; Davey, K.; Prosser, R.

    2016-08-01

    Tessellated continuum mechanics is an approach for the representation of thermo-mechanical behaviour of porous media on tessellated continua. It involves the application of iteration function schemes using affine contraction and expansion maps, respectively, for the creation of porous fractal materials and associated tessellated continua. Highly complex geometries can be produced using a modest number of contraction mappings. The associated tessellations form the mesh in a numerical procedure. This paper tests the hypothesis that thermal analysis of porous structures can be achieved using a discontinuous Galerkin finite element method on a tessellation. Discontinuous behaviour is identified at a discontinuity network in a tessellation; its use is shown to provide a good representation of the physics relating to cellular heat exchanger designs. Results for different cellular designs (with corresponding tessellations) are contrasted against those obtained from direct analysis and very high accuracy is observed.

  4. Fertility and contraceptive adoption and discontinuation in rural Kenya.

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    Ferguson, A G

    1992-01-01

    After a long period of slow progress, the recent uptake of contraceptive use in Kenya has been dramatic. This report describes adoption of a method and method switching and discontinuation among a cohort of married women aged 25-34 in two contrasting rural areas. A retrospective "fertility diary" completed by each woman provided information on spousal separation, reproductive status, and contraceptive use over a period of 46-48 months. Contraceptive prevalence rose rapidly over the period in both areas, with significant net adoption of injectables in both areas and of IUDs in one only. Method discontinuation was concentrated among users of pills, barrier methods, and "natural" methods, and only one-third of all discontinuations were voluntary. The wide differences between the two rural areas in contraceptive prevalence were not totally reflected in recent fertility levels, and the contribution of other proximate determinants of fertility, particularly postpartum amenorrhea and spousal separation, are discussed.

  5. A magmatic probe of dynamic topography beneath western North America

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    Klöcking, M.; White, N. J.; Maclennan, J.

    2014-12-01

    A region centered on the Yellowstone hotspot and encompassing the Colorado Plateau sits at an elevation 2 km higher than the cratonic North America. This difference broadly coincides with tomographically observed variations in lithospheric thickness: ~120 km beneath western North America, ~240 km beneath the craton. Thermochronology of the Grand Canyon area, sedimentary flux to the Gulf of Mexico, and river profile inversion all suggest that regional uplift occurred in at least two separate stages. High resolution seismic tomographic models, using USArray data, have identified a ring of low velocity material beneath the edges of the Colorado Plateau. Magmatism coincides with these low velocity zones and shows distinct phases: an overall increase in volume around 40 Ma and a change from lithospheric to asthenospheric signatures around 5 Ma. Volcanism is also observed to migrate north-east with time. Here, we attempt to integrate these different observations with lithospheric thickness. A dynamic topography model of progressive lithospheric erosion over a hot mantle plume might account for uplift as well as the temporal and spatial distribution of magmatism across western North America. Thinning of the lithosphere around the edges of the Colorado Plateau in combination with the hotter mantle potential temperature of a plume could create isostatic and dynamic uplift as well as allowing for melt production. To test this model, we have analysed around 100 samples from volcanic centers across western North America by ICP-MS for rare earth elements (REE). Most of the samples are younger than 5 Ma, and all of them have previously been analysed by XRF. Using trace element ratios such as La/Yb and Nb/Y we assess depth of melting and melt fraction, respectively. In addition, we use REE inversion modelling to estimate melt fractions as a function of depth and temperature of melting. The results are compared to existing constraints on lithospheric thickness and mantle potential

  6. Seismic Velocity Anomalies beneath Tatun Volcano Group, Northern Taiwan

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    Lin, Tzu-yu; Lin, Cheng-Horng; Yang, Tsanyao Frank; Chang, Li-Chin

    2015-04-01

    Volcanic eruption has been a natural disaster for human society. Taiwan is located in the Pacific Ring of Fire. Although there is no obvious phenomenon of volcanic activity in Taiwan, some volcanoes need to be monitored, especially the Tatun Volcano Group (TVG), which exhibits very active hydrothermal activity, is located on the tip of southwestern Ryukyu arc. TVG is about 15 km north to Taipei, capital of Taiwan, and is nearby two nuclear power plants along the northern coast of Taiwan. If TVG erupts, there must be a serious impact and damage to Taiwan. Since TVG is located within the Yangmingshan National Park, any artificial seismic source is not allowed to estimate possible eruption site and the degree of volcanic disaster. Instead, we use natural seismic waves generated by earthquakes to image the possible velocity anomaly of magma chamber and/or hydrothermal system beneath TVG. We systematically compare the differences of arrival times generated by some local earthquakes and recorded at 42 seismic stations in 2014 for finding any low-velocity zone within the crust. The results show that the arrival times always appeared significant delay at some particular seismic stations, such as Chi-Hsin-Shan (CHS), Siao-You-Keng (SYK) and some other stations at TVG, no matter where the earthquakes occurred. It implies that possible low-velocity zones, which could be the location of magma chamber and/or active hydrothermal system, exist beneath the CHS and SYK areas. This feature is generally consistent with the clustered micro-earthquakes in the shallow crust beneath the CHS area in the last decade.

  7. Flow, melt and fossil seismic anisotropy beneath Ethiopia

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    Hammond, James; Kendall, J.-Michael; Wookey, James; Stuart, Graham; Keir, Derek; Ayele, Atalay

    2014-05-01

    Ethiopia is a region where continental rifting gives way to oceanic spreading. Yet the role that pre-existing lithospheric structure, melt, mantle flow or active upwellings may play in this process is debated. Measurements of seismic anisotropy are often used to attempt to understand the contribution that these mechanisms may play. In this study we use new data in Afar, Ethiopia along with legacy data across Ethiopia, Djibouti and Yemen to obtain estimates of mantle anisotropy using SKS-wave splitting. We show that two layers of anisotropy exist, and use shear-wave splitting tomography to invert for these. We show that fossil anisotropy with fast directions oriented northeast-southwest may be preserved in the lithosphere away from the rift. Beneath the Main Ethiopian Rift and parts of Afar, anisotropy due aligned melt due to sharp changes in lithospheric thickness dominate the shear-wave splitting signal in the mantle. Beneath Afar, away from lithospheric topography, melt pockets associated with the crustal magma storage dominate the signal and little anisotropy is seen in the uppermost mantle suggesting melt retains no preferential alignment, possibly due to a lack of mantle lithosphere. These results show the important role melt plays in weakening the lithosphere and imply that as rifting evolves passive upwelling sustains extension. A dominant northeast-southwest anisotropic fast direction is observed in a deeper layer across all of Ethiopia. This suggests that a conduit like plume is absent beneath Afar today, rather a broad flow from the southwest dominates in the upper mantle.

  8. Continental crust beneath the Agulhas Plateau, Southwest Indian Ocean

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    Tucholke, B.E.; Houtz, R.E.; Barrett, D.M.

    1981-05-10

    The Agulhas Plateau lies 500 km off the Cape of Good Hope in the southwestern Indian Ocean. Acoustic basement beneath the northern one third of this large, aseismic structural high has rugged morphology, but basement in the south is anomalously smooth, excepting a 30- to 90-km-wide zone with irregular relief that trends south-southwest through the center of the plateau. Seismic refraction profiles across the southern plateau indicate that the zone of irregular acoustic basement overlies thickened oceanic crust and that continental crust, locally thinned and intruded by basalts, underlies several regions of smooth acoustic basement. Recovery of quartzo-feldspathic gneisses in dredge hauls confirms the presence of continental crust. The smoothness of acoustic basement probably results from erosion (perhaps initially subaerial) of topographic highs with depositions and cementation of debris in ponds to form high-velocity beds. Basalt flows and sills also may contribute locally to form smooth basement. The rugged basement of the northern plateau appears to be of oceanic origin. A plate reconstruction to the time of initial opening of the South Atlantic places the continental part of the southern plateau adjacent to the southern edge of the Falkland Plateau, and both abut the western Mozambique Ridge. Both the Agulhas and Falkland plateaus were displaced westward during initial rifting in the Early Cretaceous. Formation of an RRR triple junction at the northern edge of the Agulhas continental fragment during middle Cretaceous time may explain the origin of the rugged, thickened oceanic crust beneath plateau as well as the apparent extension of the continental crust and intrusion of basaltic magmas beneath the southern plateau.

  9. Evidence for dike emplacement beneath Iliamna Volcano, Alaska in 1996

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    Roman, D.C.; Power, J.A.; Moran, S.C.; Cashman, K.V.; Doukas, M.P.; Neal, C.A.; Gerlach, T.M.

    2004-01-01

    Two earthquake swarms, comprising 88 and 2833 locatable events, occurred beneath Iliamna Volcano, Alaska, in May and August of 1996. Swarm earthquakes ranged in magnitude from -0.9 to 3.3. Increases in SO2 and CO2 emissions detected during the fall of 1996 were coincident with the second swarm. No other physical changes were observed in or around the volcano during this time period. No eruption occurred, and seismicity and measured gas emissions have remained at background levels since mid-1997. Earthquake hypocenters recorded during the swarms form a cluster in a previously aseismic volume of crust located to the south of Iliamna's summit at a depth of -1 to 4 km below sea level. This cluster is elongated to the NNW-SSE, parallel to the trend of the summit and southern vents at Iliamna and to the regional axis of maximum compressive stress determined through inversion of fault-plane solutions for regional earthquakes. Fault-plane solutions calculated for 24 swarm earthquakes located at the top of the new cluster suggest a heterogeneous stress field acting during the second swarm, characterized by normal faulting and strike-slip faulting with p-axes parallel to the axis of regional maximum compressive stress. The increase in earthquake rates, the appearance of a new seismic volume, and the elevated gas emissions at Iliamna Volcano indicate that new magma intruded beneath the volcano in 1996. The elongation of the 1996-1997 earthquake cluster parallel to the direction of regional maximum compressive stress and the accelerated occurrence of both normal and strike-slip faulting in a small volume of crust at the top of the new seismic volume may be explained by the emplacement and inflation of a subvertical planar dike beneath the summit of Iliamna and its southern satellite vents. ?? 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Complex Seismic Anisotropy in the Earth's Inner Core Beneath Africa

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    Yu, W.; Wen, L.

    2005-12-01

    Seismic anisotropic velocity structure plays an important role in understanding the geodynamics and mineral physics in the Earth's inner core. Previous seismic studies using the PKiKP-PKIKP phase pairs have suggested no evidence for the presence of anisotropy in velocity in the top 80 km of the inner core. However, the sampling coverage of the PKiKP-PKIKP phase pairs in previous studies was limited, especially along the polar paths. Here we expand our PKiKP-PKIKP dataset by collecting the PKiKP-PKIKP waveforms sampling the inner core globally and along various sampling directions. Our data are selected from the Global Seismographic Network and many regional seismic networks: GEOSCOPE, GEOFON, the Canadian National Seismic Network (CNCN), the Oceanographic Hemisphere Project (OHP), Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. Our seismic observations show that there is indeed no difference in PKiKP-PKIKP differential travel time residual between the polar and equatorial paths in most regions of the inner core, suggesting no anisotropy in velocity in the top 80 km of the inner core in most regions. Our expanded collection of the PKiKP-PKIKP phases, however, reveals a clear polar-equatorial difference in differential travel time residual in a localized region in the western hemisphere beneath Africa. The PKiKP-PKIKP data sampling along the polar paths in this area of the inner core also exhibit strong lateral variations, requiring the thickness of isotropic layer varying from 10 km or less beneath Uganda and western Africa to 50 km beneath Cameron and Congo. We will show the seismic data grouped according to their sampling regions in the inner core and anisotropic velocity models in each of these regions by waveform modeling the PKiKP-PKIKP data, the PKP data observed at the caustics distance range (141°-145°), and the PKPbc-PKIKP data recorded at larger distances.

  11. Disparities in Discontinuing Rosiglitazone Following the 2007 FDA Safety Alert

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    Qato, Danya M.; Trivedi, Amal N.; Mor, Vincent; Dore, David D.

    2016-01-01

    Background Responsiveness to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rosiglitazone safety alert, issued on May 21, 2007, has not been examined among vulnerable subpopulations of the elderly. Objective To compare time to discontinuation of rosiglitazone after the safety alert between black and white elderly persons, and across sociodemographic and economic subgroups. Research Design A cohort study. Subjects Medicare fee-for-service enrollees in 2007 who were established users of rosiglitazone identified from a 20% national sample of pharmacy claims. Measures Outcome of interest was time to discontinuation of rosiglitazone after the May alert. We modeled the number of days following the warning to the end of the days’ supply for the last rosiglitazone claim during the study period (May 21, 2007–December 31, 2007) using multivariable proportional hazards models. Results More than 67% of enrollees discontinued rosiglitazone within six months of the advisory. In adjusted analysis, white enrollees (hazard ratio = 0.90; 95% confidence interval, 0.86–0.94) discontinued rosiglitazone later than the comparison group of black enrollees. Enrollees with a history of low personal income also discontinued later than their comparison group (hazard ratio = 0.84; 95% confidence interval, 0.81–0.87). There were no observed differences across quintiles of area-level socioeconomic status. Conclusions White race and a history of low personal income modestly predicted later discontinuation of rosiglitazone after the FDA’s safety advisory in 2007. The impact of FDA advisories can vary among sociodemographic groups. Policymakers should continue to monitor whether risk management policies reach their intended populations. PMID:26978569

  12. Seismic structure of the uppermost mantle beneath the Kenya rift

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    Keller, Gordon R.; Mechie, J.; Braile, L.W.; Mooney, W.D.; Prodehl, C.

    1994-01-01

    A major goal of the Kenya Rift International Seismic Project (KRISP) 1990 experiment was the determination of deep lithospheric structure. In the refraction/wide-angle reflection part of the KRISP effort, the experiment was designed to obtain arrivals to distances in excess of 400 km. Phases from interfaces within the mantle were recorded from many shotpoints, and by design, the best data were obtained along the axial profile. Reflected arrivals from two thin (< 10 km), high-velocity layers were observed along this profile and a refracted arrival was observed from the upper high-velocity layer. These mantle phases were observed on record sections from four axial profile shotpoints so overlapping and reversed coverage was obtained. Both high-velocity layers are deepest beneath Lake Turkana and become more shallow southward as the apex of the Kenya dome is approached. The first layer has a velocity of 8.05-8.15 km/s, is at a depth of about 45 km beneath Lake Turkana, and is observed at depths of about 40 km to the south before it disappears near the base of the crust. The deeper layer has velocities ranging from 7.7 to 7.8 km/s in the south to about 8.3 km/s in the north, has a similar dip as the upper one, and is found at depths of 60-65 km. Mantle arrivals outside the rift valley appear to correlate with this layer. The large amounts of extrusive volcanics associated with the rift suggest compositional anomalies as an explanation for the observed velocity structure. However, the effects of the large heat anomaly associated with the rift indicate that composition alone cannot explain the high-velocity layers observed. These layers require some anisotropy probably due to the preferred orientation of olivine crystals. The seismic model is consistent with hot mantle material rising beneath the Kenya dome in the southern Kenya rift and north-dipping shearing along the rift axis near the base of the lithosphere beneath the northern Kenya rift. This implies lithosphere

  13. Nutrient transport and transformation beneath an infiltration basin

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    Sumner, D.M.; Rolston, D.E.; Bradner, L.A.

    1998-01-01

    Field experiments were conducted to examine nutrient transport and transformation beneath an infiltration basin used for the disposal of treated wastewater. Removal of nitrogen from infiltrating water by denitrification was negligible beneath the basin, probably because of subsurface aeration as a result of daily interruptions in basin loading. Retention of organic nitrogen in the upper 4.6 m of the unsaturated zone (water table depth of approximately 11 m) during basin loading resulted in concentrations of nitrate as much as 10 times that of the applied treated wastewater, following basin 'rest' periods of several weeks, which allowed time for mineralization and nitrification. Approximately 90% of the phosphorus in treated wastewater was removed within the upper 4.6 m of the subsurface, primarily by adsorption reactions, with abundant iron and aluminum oxyhydroxides occurring as soil coatings. A reduction in the flow rate of infiltrating water arriving at the water table may explain the accumulation of relatively coarse (>0.45 ??m), organic forms of nitrogen and phosphorus slightly below the water table. Mineralization and nitrification reactions at this second location of organic nitrogen accumulation contributed to concentrations of nitrate as much as three times that of the applied treated wastewater. Phosphorus, which accumulated below the water table, was immobilized by adsorption or precipitation reactions during basin rest periods.Field experiments were conducted to examine nutrient transport and transformation beneath an infiltration basin used for the disposal of treated wastewater. Removal of nitrogen from infiltrating water by denitrification was negligible beneath the basin, probably because of subsurface aeration as a result of daily interruptions in basin loading. Retention of organic nitrogen in the upper 4.6 m of the unsaturated zone (water table depth of approximately 11 m) during basin loading resulted in concentrations of nitrate as much as 10

  14. Conduction phase change beneath insulated heated or cooled structures

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    Lunardini, V. J.

    1982-08-01

    The problem of thawing beneath heated structures on permafrost (or cooled structures in non-permafrost zones) must be addressed if safe engineering designs are to be conceived. In general, there are no exact solutions to the problem of conduction heat transfer with phase change for practical geometries. The quasi-steady approximation is used here to solve the conductive heat transfer problem with phase change for insulated geometries including infinite strips, rectangular buildings, circular storage tanks, and buried pipes. Analytical solutions are presented and graphed for a range of parameters of practical importance.

  15. Plenty of Deep Long-Period Earthquakes Beneath Cascade Volcanoes

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    Nichols, M. L.; Malone, S. D.; Moran, S. C.; Thelen, W. A.; Vidale, J. E.

    2009-12-01

    The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN) records and locates earthquakes within Washington and Oregon, including those occurring at 10 Cascade volcanic centers. In an earlier study (Malone and Moran, EOS 1997), a total of 11 deep long-period (DLP) earthquakes were reported beneath 3 Washington volcanoes. They are characterized by emergent P- and S- arrivals, long and ringing codas, and contain most of their energy below 5 Hz. DLP earthquakes are significant because they have been observed to occur prior to or in association with eruptions at several volcanoes, and as a result are inferred to represent movement of deep-seated magma and associated fluids in the mid-to-lower crust. To more thoroughly characterize DLP occurrence in Washington and Oregon, we employed a two-step algorithm to systematically search the PNSN’s earthquake catalogue for DLP events occurring between 1980 and 2008. In the first step we applied a spectral ratio test to the demeaned and tapered triggered event waveforms to distinguish long-period events from the more common higher frequency volcano-tectonic and regional tectonic earthquakes. In the second step we visually analyzed waveforms of the flagged long-period events to distinguish DLP earthquakes from long-period rockfalls, explosions, shallow low-frequency events, and glacier quakes. We identified 56 DLP earthquakes beneath 7 Cascade volcanic centers. Of these, 31 occurred at Mount Baker, where the background flux of magmatic gases is greater than at the other volcanoes in our study. The other 6 volcanoes with DLPs (counts in parentheses) are Glacier Peak (5), Mount Rainier (9), Mount St. Helens (9), Mount Hood (1), Three Sisters (1), and Crater Lake (1). No DLP events were identified beneath Mount Adams, Mount Jefferson, or Newberry Volcano. The events are 10-40 km deep and have an average magnitude of around 1.5 (Mc), with both the largest and deepest DLPs occurring beneath Mount Baker. Cascade DLP earthquakes occur mostly as

  16. Crustal structure beneath China from receiver function analysis

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    Chen, Youlin; Niu, Fenglin; Liu, Ruifeng; Huang, Zhibin; TkalčIć, Hrvoje; Sun, Li; Chan, Winston

    2010-03-01

    We collected and processed a large amount of high-quality broadband teleseismic waveform data recorded by the 48 Chinese National Digital Seismic Network stations to estimate large-scale lateral variations of crustal thickness and Vp/Vs ratio (hence Poisson's ratio) beneath China. A statistical method was used to select mutually coherent receiver functions at each station, which yielded over 200 traces for most of the stations. With the conventional H-κ (the crustal thickness and Vp/Vs ratio) approach, there is a large trade-off between H and κ. Consequently, multiple maxima are frequently observed in the H-κ domain. We introduced a weight function that measures the coherence between the P-to-S conversion and the reverberation phases at each H-κ grid to reduce the trade-off. A 4th-root stacking method was further applied to reduce uncorrelated noise relative to the linear stack. These modifications turned out to be very effective in reducing the H-κ trade-off and yielded reliable estimates of crustal thickness and Vp/Vs ratio. The crust beneath eastern China is as thin as 31-33 km and the underlying Moho is relatively flat and sharp. In the western part of China, the crust is considerably thicker and shows large variations. The Moho is observed at about 51 km depth along the Tian Shan fold system and about 84 km deep beneath the central part of the Tibetan Plateau. The transition occurs at the so-called N-S belt between about 100° and 110°E, which is featured by unusually high seismicity and large gravity anomalies. The average Vp/Vs ratio over the mainland China crust is about 1.730 (σ = 0.249), significantly lower than the global average 1.78 (σ = 0.27) of the continental crust. This lower Vp/Vs ratio may suggest a general absence of mafic lowermost crustal layer beneath China.

  17. Geophysical characteristics of Aswa shear, Nagasongola discontinuity and ring dyke complex in Uganda

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    Ruotoistenmäki, Tapio

    2014-05-01

    During the years 2008-2012, the geology of most of Uganda was studied within the framework of the Sustainable Management of Mineral Resources Project (SMMRP). During the project, comprehensive airborne magnetic and radiometric surveys were flown over the entire country and geological, petrophysical, geochemical sampling, geological field studies and detailed geophysical field profiles were undertaken in selected sub-areas. This report concentrates on the geophysical properties of three major geophysical structures in the area considered during the project: the Pan-African (0.6-0.7 Ga) Aswa shear zone and Nagasongola discontinuity (suture), and the 1.36 Ga Uganda-Tanzania semi-circular ‘ring dyke' complex. The geophysical profiles across the Aswa shear indicate that the fault zone dips steeply, at about 60° to NE. The structure represents a magnetic, gravimetric (density), radiometric and topographic discontinuity, all diminishing from SW to NE across the zone. The zone is also characterized by complex radiometric anomalies. A schematic reconstruction of the evolution of the Aswa shear zone on the magnetic map suggests a nearly 60 km sinistral horizontal component of displacement along the zone. The Nakasongola zone is another distinct magnetic, gravimetric and radiometric discontinuity, interpreted to represent a collision (suture) zone, where the northern, low-magnetic block has been thrust over the southern, denser and more magnetic block. Modeling of gravity and magnetic data are consistent with a geometry in which the southern, magnetic and high-density block dips gently to great depth beneath the northern block. Bedrock exposures in both the Aswa shear zone and Nagasongola zone areas indicate a very protracted and complex history of tectonic processes commencing in the Archaean-Paleoproterozoic era and culminating in Pan-African orogenies. Both, the Aswa shear zone and Nagasongola discontinuity are cut by continuous younger dykes that show no signs of

  18. A comparative study between shielded and open coplanar waveguide discontinuities

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    Dib, Nihad I.; Harokopus, W. P., Jr.; Ponchak, G. E.; Katehi, L. P. B.

    1993-01-01

    A comparative study between open and shielded coplanar waveguide (CPW) discontinuities is presented. The space domain integral equation method is used to characterize several discontinuities such as the open-end CPW and CPW series stubs. Two different geometries of CPW series stubs (straight and bent stubs) are compared with respect to resonant frequency and radiation loss. In addition, the encountered radiation loss due to different CPW shunt stubs is evaluated experimentally. The notion of forced radiation simulation is presented, and the results of such a simulation are compared to the actual radiation loss obtained rigorously. It is shown that such a simulation cannot give reliable results concerning radiation loss from printed circuits.

  19. Discontinuous Galerkin finite element methods for gradient plasticity.

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    Garikipati, Krishna.; Ostien, Jakob T.

    2010-10-01

    In this report we apply discontinuous Galerkin finite element methods to the equations of an incompatibility based formulation of gradient plasticity. The presentation is motivated with a brief overview of the description of dislocations within a crystal lattice. A tensor representing a measure of the incompatibility with the lattice is used in the formulation of a gradient plasticity model. This model is cast in a variational formulation, and discontinuous Galerkin machinery is employed to implement the formulation into a finite element code. Finally numerical examples of the model are shown.

  20. Trapped electromagnetic modes in a waveguide with a small discontinuity

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    Stupakov, G. V.; Kurennoy, S. S.

    1994-01-01

    We demonstrate that a small discontinuity (such as an enlargement or a hole) on a smooth waveguide can result in the appearance of trapped modes localized in the vicinity of the discontinuity. The frequencies of these modes lie slightly below the cutoff frequencies of the corresponding propagating modes in the waveguide. We find the distribution of the electromagnetic field in the modes and calculate their damping rate due to a finite conductivity of the walls. The contribution of the trapped modes to the longitudinal impedance is calculated.

  1. Bathymetry Beneath Abbot Ice Shelf, West Antarctica, From Inversion Of Icebridge Gravity Data: Glaciological And Tectonic Implications

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    Cochran, J. R.; Tinto, K. J.; Bell, R. E.

    2012-12-01

    The Abbot Ice Shelf, with a surface area of just over 30,000 km2, extends for about 400 km along the Eights Coast of West Antarctica between 103°W and 89°W. Thurston Island forms the seaward side of the western portion of the ice shelf, while the eastern portion opens onto the Bellingshausen Sea. The very western edge of the ice shelf opens into the Amundsen Embayment. Operation IceBridge radar data show that the ice thickness over most of the ice shelf varies from 180-350 m. Numerous islands and ice rises imply a complex bathymetry beneath the ice shelf. NASA's Operation IceBridge obtained ten north-south low-altitude airborne geophysical profiles across Abbot Ice Shelf and an east-west line along the ice shelf during the 2009 OIB Antarctic campaign. We inverted the gravity data from these flights to obtain the bathymetry and water cavity geometry on a set of cross sections. Coincident radar data provided control on ice thickness and the location of the bed in grounded regions. The inversion shows that the ice shelf is underlain by a series of east-west trending, apparently fault-bounded, basins. The individual basins are less than 75 km long and vary from 15 to 35 km wide. The ice shelf is pinned on the rift shoulders and intra-rift highs, which results in low (50-150 m/yr) flow rates compared to other ice shelves. The basins do not extend the entire length of the ice shelf but are discontinuous or offset along accommodation zones. This complex geometry may inhibits circulation in the water cavity beneath the ice shelf and contribute to its stability. The structure beneath the Abbot Ice Shelf indicates minor crustal extension. The extension may be related to Latest Cretaceous intra-plate deformation or the presence of a distributed southern plate boundary of the Bellingshausen microplate that is thought to have been active from about 79 Ma to 61 Ma.

  2. Thermochemical structures beneath Africa and the Pacific Ocean.

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    McNamara, Allen K; Zhong, Shijie

    2005-10-20

    Large low-velocity seismic anomalies have been detected in the Earth's lower mantle beneath Africa and the Pacific Ocean that are not easily explained by temperature variations alone. The African anomaly has been interpreted to be a northwest-southeast-trending structure with a sharp-edged linear, ridge-like morphology. The Pacific anomaly, on the other hand, appears to be more rounded in shape. Mantle models with heterogeneous composition have related these structures to dense thermochemical piles or superplumes. It has not been shown, however, that such models can lead to thermochemical structures that satisfy the geometrical constraints, as inferred from seismological observations. Here we present numerical models of thermochemical convection in a three-dimensional spherical geometry using plate velocities inferred for the past 119 million years. We show that Earth's subduction history can lead to thermochemical structures similar in shape to the observed large, lower-mantle velocity anomalies. We find that subduction history tends to focus dense material into a ridge-like pile beneath Africa and a relatively more-rounded pile under the Pacific Ocean, consistent with seismic observations.

  3. Composition of the crust beneath the Kenya rift

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    Mooney, W.D.; Christensen, N.I.

    1994-01-01

    We infer the composition of the crust beneath and on the flanks of the Kenya rift based on a comparison of the KRISP-90 crustal velocity structure with laboratory measurements of compressional-wave velocities of rock samples from Kenya. The rock samples studied, which are representative of the major lithologies exposed in Kenya, include volcanic tuffs and flows (primarily basalts and phonolites), and felsic to intermediate composition gneisses. This comparison indicates that the upper crust (5-12 km depth) consists primarily of quartzo-feldspathic gneisses and schists similar to rocks exposed on the flanks of the rift, whereas the middle crust (12-22 km depth) consists of more mafic, hornblende-rich metamorphic rocks, probably intruded by mafic rocks beneath the rift axis. The lower crust on the flanks of the rift may consist of mafic granulite facies rocks. Along the rift axis, the lower crust varies in thickness from 9 km in the southern rift to only 2-3 km in the north, and has a seismic velocity substantially higher than the samples investigated in this study. The lower crust of the rift probably consists of a crust/mantle mix of high-grade metamorphic rocks, mafic intrusives, and an igneous mafic residuum accreted to the base of the crust during differentiation of a melt derived from the upper mantle. ?? 1994.

  4. Shear Wave Splitting Observations Beneath Uturuncu Volcano, Bolivia

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    Sims, N. E.; Christensen, D. H.; Moore-Driskell, M. M.

    2015-12-01

    Anisotropy in the upper mantle is often associated with mantle flow direction through the lattice preferred orientation of anisotropic minerals such as olivine in the upper mantle material. The flow of the mantle around subduction zones can be particularly complex, and thus difficult to explain. Because of its relationship to anisotropy, analysis of shear wave splitting measurements can help to answer questions regarding the upper mantle flow that surrounds subducting slabs. Here we present SK(K)S shear wave splitting measurements from a temporary broadband network (PLUTONS) of 33 stations deployed from April 2009 to October 2012 on the Altiplano plateau around Uturuncu volcano in Bolivia. The stations are spaced 10-20 km apart, providing a high spatial resolution of the region of the mantle directly below Uturuncu volcano. Despite the lack of numerous splitting results to analyze, preliminary measurements indicate a relatively consistent pattern of fast-polarization directions in a NW-SE orientation of about N80ºW. We think that it is likely that these observations come from anisotropy in the mantle wedge above the subducting Nazca plate indicating a direction of flow in the mantle wedge that is sub-parallel to the subduction direction of the Nazca plate. Although W-E flow beneath the subducting Nazca plate cannot be completely ruled out, these results appear to be consistent with the simple model of two-dimensional corner flow in the mantle wedge and slab-entrained mantle flow beneath the slab.

  5. Analysis of pumping-induced unsaturated regions beneath aperennial river

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    Su, G.W.; Jasperse, J.; Seymour, D.; Constantz, J.; Zhou, Q.

    2007-05-15

    The presence of an unsaturated region beneath a streambedduring groundwater pumping near streams reduces the pumping capacity whenit reaches the well screens, changes flow paths, and alters the types ofbiological transformations in the streambed sediments. Athree-dimensional, multi-phase flow model of two horizontal collectorwells along the Russian River near Forestville, California was developedto investigate the impact of varying the ratio of the aquifer tostreambed permeability on (1) the formation of an unsaturated regionbeneath the stream, (2) the pumping capacity, (3) stream-water fluxesthrough the streambed, and (4) stream-water travel times to the collectorwells. The aquifer to streambed permeability ratio at which theunsaturated region was initially observed ranged from 10 to 100. The sizeof the unsaturated region beneath the streambed increased as the aquiferto streambed permeability ratio increased. The simulations also indicatedthat for a particular aquifer permeability, decreasing the streambedpermeability by only a factor of 2-3 from the permeability wheredesaturation initially occurred resulted in reducing the pumpingcapacity. In some cases, the stream-water fluxes increased as thestreambed permeability decreased. However, the stream water residencetimes increased and the fraction of stream water that reached that thewells decreased as the streambed permeability decreased, indicating thata higher streambed flux does not necessarily correlate to greaterrecharge of stream water around the wells.

  6. Systematic variation in the depths of slabs beneath arc volcanoes

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    England, P.; Engdahl, R.; Thatcher, W.

    2004-01-01

    The depths to the tops of the zones of intermediate-depth seismicity beneath arc volcanoes are determined using the hypocentral locations of Engdahl et al. These depths are constant, to within a few kilometres, within individual arc segments, but differ by tens of kilometres from one arc segment to another. The range in depths is from 65 km to 130 km, inconsistent with the common belief that the volcanoes directly overlie the places where the slabs reach a critical depth that is roughly constant for all arcs. The depth to the top of the intermediate-depth seismicity beneath volcanoes correlates neither with age of the descending ocean floor nor with the thermal parameter of the slab. This depth does, however, exhibit an inverse correlation with the descent speed of the subducting plate, which is the controlling factor both for the thermal structure of the wedge of mantle above the slab and for the temperature at the top of the slab. We interpret this result as indicating that the location of arc volcanoes is controlled by a process that depends critically upon the temperature at the top of the slab, or in the wedge of mantle, immediately below the volcanic arc.

  7. Evidence for thick continental roots beneath South Indian Shield

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    Srinagesh, D.; Rai, S. S.; Ramesh, D. S.; Gaur, V. K.; Rao, C. V. R.

    Teleseismic P-wave arrivals recorded at South Indian seismological stations have been used to construct a 3-D velocity image of the upper mantle beneath this region. Analysis of a suite of models lead us to conclude that an anomalously high velocity region (1-6% contrast) exists in the upper mantle beneath the whole of South Indian shield including the Deccan Traps in the depth range of 60-300 km. In contrast, the westernmost part of the Deccan Traps and its subjacent mantle in the northwest is characterised by a relatively low velocity. This observed low velocity zone may be a still warm remnant of the spreading centre offset eastwards from the Carlsberg ridge, which might have been the dominant source of the flood basalts that flowed over the Deccan Plateau 65 Ma ago. The high velocity upper mantle of the entire South Indian shield is viewed as a continental root formed by a process of geochemical reordering which happens to be more stable.

  8. Ancient, highly heterogeneous mantle beneath Gakkel ridge, Arctic Ocean.

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    Liu, Chuan-Zhou; Snow, Jonathan E; Hellebrand, Eric; Brügmann, Gerhard; von der Handt, Anette; Büchl, Anette; Hofmann, Albrecht W

    2008-03-20

    The Earth's mantle beneath ocean ridges is widely thought to be depleted by previous melt extraction, but well homogenized by convective stirring. This inference of homogeneity has been complicated by the occurrence of portions enriched in incompatible elements. Here we show that some refractory abyssal peridotites from the ultraslow-spreading Gakkel ridge (Arctic Ocean) have very depleted 187Os/188Os ratios with model ages up to 2 billion years, implying the long-term preservation of refractory domains in the asthenospheric mantle rather than their erasure by mantle convection. The refractory domains would not be sampled by mid-ocean-ridge basalts because they contribute little to the genesis of magmas. We thus suggest that the upwelling mantle beneath mid-ocean ridges is highly heterogeneous, which makes it difficult to constrain its composition by mid-ocean-ridge basalts alone. Furthermore, the existence of ancient domains in oceanic mantle suggests that using osmium model ages to constrain the evolution of continental lithosphere should be approached with caution.

  9. Prevalence and persistence of foreign DNA beneath fingernails.

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    Matte, Melinda; Williams, Linda; Frappier, Roger; Newman, Jonathan

    2012-03-01

    Fingernail scrapings and clippings are routinely examined for the presence of foreign DNA profiles in forensic casework where the case history suggests their evidentiary relevance. In order to better understand the significance of these findings, casework results from the Centre of Forensic Sciences (CFS) were analyzed and several controlled studies were conducted. In an analysis of casework data (n=265), 33% of fingernail samples contained a foreign source of DNA, 63% of which were detected at 5 or more STR loci. In a sampling of fingernails from the general population (n=178), 19% contained a foreign source of DNA, 35% of which were detected at 5 or more STR loci. In a study involving deliberate scratching of another individual (n=30), 33% of individuals had a foreign DNA profile beneath their fingernails from which the person they scratched could not be excluded as the source; however when sampling occurred ≈ 6 h after the scratching event, only 7% retained the foreign DNA. This research suggests the incidence of foreign DNA profiles beneath fingernails in the general population is low but, when present, the majority is of limited significance and tends not to persist for an extensive period of time. These data are provided to assist the forensic analyst when providing his or her opinion as to the relevance of foreign DNA present under fingernails.

  10. 48 CFR 49.303 - Procedure after discontinuing vouchers.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 48 Federal Acquisition Regulations System 1 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Procedure after discontinuing vouchers. 49.303 Section 49.303 Federal Acquisition Regulations System FEDERAL ACQUISITION REGULATION CONTRACT MANAGEMENT TERMINATION OF CONTRACTS Additional Principles for...

  11. 48 CFR 49.302 - Discontinuance of vouchers.

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    ... 48 Federal Acquisition Regulations System 1 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Discontinuance of vouchers. 49.302 Section 49.302 Federal Acquisition Regulations System FEDERAL ACQUISITION REGULATION CONTRACT MANAGEMENT TERMINATION OF CONTRACTS Additional Principles for Cost-Reimbursement Contracts Terminated...

  12. Derivative discontinuity with localized Hartree-Fock potential

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    Nazarov, V. U.; Vignale, G.

    2015-08-01

    The localized Hartree-Fock potential has proven to be a computationally efficient alternative to the optimized effective potential, preserving the numerical accuracy of the latter and respecting the exact properties of being self-interaction free and having the correct -1/r asymptotics. In this paper we extend the localized Hartree-Fock potential to fractional particle numbers and observe that it yields derivative discontinuities in the energy as required by the exact theory. The discontinuities are numerically close to those of the computationally more demanding Hartree-Fock method. Our potential enjoys a "direct-energy" property, whereby the energy of the system is given by the sum of the single-particle eigenvalues multiplied by the corresponding occupation numbers. The discontinuities c↑ and c↓ of the spin-components of the potential at integer particle numbers N↑ and N↓ satisfy the condition c↑N↑ + c↓N↓ = 0. Thus, joining the family of effective potentials which support a derivative discontinuity, but being considerably easier to implement, the localized Hartree-Fock potential becomes a powerful tool in the broad area of applications in which the fundamental gap is an issue.

  13. 14 CFR 170.25 - LORAN-C discontinuance criteria.

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    2014-01-01

    ... 14 Aeronautics and Space 3 2014-01-01 2014-01-01 false LORAN-C discontinuance criteria. 170.25 Section 170.25 Aeronautics and Space FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION... costs (PVCM) of the LORAN-C approach exceed the present value of its remaining life-cycle benefits...

  14. 14 CFR 170.15 - ATCT discontinuance criteria.

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    2014-01-01

    ... 14 Aeronautics and Space 3 2014-01-01 2014-01-01 false ATCT discontinuance criteria. 170.15 Section 170.15 Aeronautics and Space FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION... termination costs (CMPV) of the ATCT exceed the present value of its remaining life-cycle benefits (BPV):...

  15. The Age of Discontinuity; Guidelines to Our Changing Society.

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    Drucker, Peter F.

    Concentrating on the social dimension of human experience and existence, this book probes certain profound changes occurring in contemporary technology, economy, society, politics, and education. The author discusses four major discontinuities: (1) the impact of the new technology on the industrial structure; (2) the shift from an "international…

  16. Kinetic theory and turbulent discontinuities. [shock tube flow

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    Johnson, J. A., III; I, L.; Li, Y.; Ramaian, R.; Santigo, J. P.

    1981-01-01

    Shock tube discontinuities were used to test and extend a kinetic theory of turbulence. In shock wave and contact surface fluctuations, coherent phenomena were found which provide new support for the microscopic nonempirical approach to turbulent systems, especially those with boundary layer-like instabilities.

  17. 38 CFR 21.9630 - Suspension or discontinuance of payments.

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    ... 38 Pensions, Bonuses, and Veterans' Relief 2 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Suspension or discontinuance of payments. 21.9630 Section 21.9630 Pensions, Bonuses, and Veterans' Relief DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS (CONTINUED) VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION AND EDUCATION Post-9/11 GI Bill...

  18. 38 CFR 21.9630 - Suspension or discontinuance of payments.

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    ... 38 Pensions, Bonuses, and Veterans' Relief 2 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Suspension or discontinuance of payments. 21.9630 Section 21.9630 Pensions, Bonuses, and Veterans' Relief DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS (CONTINUED) VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION AND EDUCATION Post-9/11 GI Bill...

  19. 38 CFR 21.9630 - Suspension or discontinuance of payments.

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  20. 38 CFR 21.9630 - Suspension or discontinuance of payments.

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  1. 38 CFR 21.9630 - Suspension or discontinuance of payments.

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    2013-07-01

    ... 38 Pensions, Bonuses, and Veterans' Relief 2 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Suspension or discontinuance of payments. 21.9630 Section 21.9630 Pensions, Bonuses, and Veterans' Relief DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS (CONTINUED) VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION AND EDUCATION Post-9/11 GI Bill...

  2. Boston Naming Test Discontinuation Rule: "Rigorous" versus "Lenient" Interpretations.

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    Ferman, Tanis J.; Ivnik, Robert J.; Lucas, John A.

    1998-01-01

    Two interpretations of the Boston Naming Test (BNT) (E. Kaplan, H. Goodglass, and S. Weintraub, 1983) discontinuation rule of six consecutive failures were found in BNT use with 655 normal older adults and 140 people with Alzheimer's disease. Differences between lenient and rigorous interpretations of responses could have impact on…

  3. Effect of motion discontinuities on discrimination of periodic trajectories.

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    Wilson, Hugh R; Fung, Jeffrey

    2016-01-01

    Many biologically important motions are described by periodic trajectories. Radial frequency (RF) trajectories are one example, in which the motion of a difference of Gaussians (DOG) target moves along a path described by a sinusoidal deviation of the radius from a perfect circle (Or, Thabet, Wilkinson, & Wilson, 2011). Here we explore the hypothesis that visual processing of RF trajectories involves global spatio-temporal processes that are disrupted by motion discontinuity. To test this hypothesis, RF trajectories were used that interspersed smooth, continuous motion with three or four discontinuous jumps to other portions of the trajectory. These jumps were arranged so that the entire trajectory was traversed in the same amount of time as in the continuous motion control condition. The motion discontinuities increased thresholds by a factor of approximately 2.1 relative to continuous motion. This result provides support for global spatio-temporal processing of RF motion trajectories. Comparison with previous results suggests that motion discontinuities erase memory for earlier parts of the trajectory, thereby causing thresholds to be based on only the final segment viewed. Finally, it is shown that RF trajectories obey the 1/3 power law characteristic of biological motion.

  4. Fracture criteria for discontinuously reinforced metal matrix composites

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    Rack, H. J.; Goree, J. G.; Albritton, J.; Ratnarparkhi, P.

    1988-01-01

    The effect of sample configuration on the details of initial crack propagation in discontinuously whisker reinforced aluminum metal matrix composites was investigated. Care was taken to allow direct comparison of fracture toughness values utilizing differing sample configurations and orientations, holding all materials variables constant, e.g., extrusion ration, heat treatment, and chemistry.

  5. 77 FR 20988 - Discontinuance of Form CO in Registration Practices

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    2012-04-09

    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office LIBRARY OF CONGRESS Copyright Office 37 CFR Parts 201 and 202 Discontinuance of Form CO in Registration Practices Correction In rule document 2012-7429 appearing on pages 18705-18707 in the issue of March 28, 2012, make...

  6. Remedial Education and Student Achievement: A Regression-Discontinuity Analysis.

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    Jacob, Brian A.; Lefgren, Lars

    This study used a regression discontinuity design to examine the causal effect of summer school and grade retention on student achievement. In 1996, the Chicago Public Schools instituted an accountability policy that tied summer school attendance and promotional decisions to performance on standardized tests, which created a highly non-linear…

  7. 38 CFR 8.17 - Discontinuance of premium waiver.

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    2010-07-01

    ... SERVICE LIFE INSURANCE Premium Waivers and Total Disability § 8.17 Discontinuance of premium waiver. (a... premiums shall cease as of the date of such finding, and the insurance may be continued by payment of..., and if such premium was not paid within 31 days after the due date, the insurance lapsed. (c) If...

  8. Regression Discontinuity Designs with Multiple Rating-Score Variables

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    Reardon, Sean F.; Robinson, Joseph P.

    2012-01-01

    In the absence of a randomized control trial, regression discontinuity (RD) designs can produce plausible estimates of the treatment effect on an outcome for individuals near a cutoff score. In the standard RD design, individuals with rating scores higher than some exogenously determined cutoff score are assigned to one treatment condition; those…

  9. Reversible brain inactivation induces discontinuous gas exchange in cockroaches.

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    Matthews, Philip G D; White, Craig R

    2013-06-01

    Many insects at rest breathe discontinuously, alternating between brief bouts of gas exchange and extended periods of breath-holding. The association between discontinuous gas exchange cycles (DGCs) and inactivity has long been recognised, leading to speculation that DGCs lie at one end of a continuum of gas exchange patterns, from continuous to discontinuous, linked to metabolic rate (MR). However, the neural hypothesis posits that it is the downregulation of brain activity and a change in the neural control of gas exchange, rather than low MR per se, which is responsible for the emergence of DGCs during inactivity. To test this, Nauphoeta cinerea cockroaches had their brains inactivated by applying a Peltier-chilled cold probe to the head. Once brain temperature fell to 8°C, cockroaches switched from a continuous to a discontinuous breathing pattern. Re-warming the brain abolished the DGC and re-established a continuous breathing pattern. Chilling the brain did not significantly reduce the cockroaches' MR and there was no association between the gas exchange pattern displayed by the insect and its MR. This demonstrates that DGCs can arise due to a decrease in brain activity and a change in the underlying regulation of gas exchange, and are not necessarily a simple consequence of low respiratory demand.

  10. Fracture criteria for discontinuously reinforced metal matrix composites

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    Rack, H. J.; Goree, J. G.; Albritton, J.; Ratnaparkhi, P.

    1988-01-01

    Summarized is the progress achieved during the period September 16, 1987 to August 15, l988 on NASA Grant NAG1-724, Fracture Criteria for Discontinuously Reinforced Metal Matrix Composites. Appended are copies of three manuscripts prepared under NASA funding during the performance period.

  11. Dialogic Reverberations: Police, Domestic Abuse, and the Discontinuance of Cases

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    Lea, Susan J.; Lynn, Nick

    2012-01-01

    This study investigated the social construction of domestic abuse by police officers, specifically in the context of arguments presented to the prosecutor for a decision on whether to proceed with or discontinue the case. Nineteen police files were examined with a particular focus on the MG3, the "Report to Crown Prosecutors for Charging…

  12. Regression Discontinuity Design in Gifted and Talented Education Research

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    Matthews, Michael S.; Peters, Scott J.; Housand, Angela M.

    2012-01-01

    This Methodological Brief introduces the reader to the regression discontinuity design (RDD), which is a method that when used correctly can yield estimates of research treatment effects that are equivalent to those obtained through randomized control trials and can therefore be used to infer causality. However, RDD does not require the random…

  13. A Bayesian Nonparametric Causal Model for Regression Discontinuity Designs

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    Karabatsos, George; Walker, Stephen G.

    2013-01-01

    The regression discontinuity (RD) design (Thistlewaite & Campbell, 1960; Cook, 2008) provides a framework to identify and estimate causal effects from a non-randomized design. Each subject of a RD design is assigned to the treatment (versus assignment to a non-treatment) whenever her/his observed value of the assignment variable equals or…

  14. Can eculizumab be discontinued in aHUS?

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    Sahutoglu, Tuncay; Basturk, Taner; Sakaci, Tamer; Koc, Yener; Ahbap, Elbis; Sevinc, Mustafa; Kara, Ekrem; Akgol, Cuneyt; Caglayan, Feyza Bayraktar; Unsal, Abdulkadir; Daha, Mohamed R.

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Background: The management of atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) has evolved into better control of thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) and recovery of renal functions since the recent introduction of the terminal complement cascade blocker, eculizumab, into clinical use. Better characterization of genotype–phenotype relations has become possible with genetic and clinical studies. However, these advances brought up some important issues, such as the possibility and timing of discontinuation of eculizumab and strategy of follow-up that need to be enlightened. Case Summary: One of our aHUS cases with a novel complement factor H mutation, who developed unusual laboratory findings (thrombocytopenia and mild creatinine elevation without other features of TMA) following discontinuation of eculizumab was presented. Literature and case reports relevant to discontinuation of eculizumab in aHUS patients were reviewed. Conclusion: Limited experience suggests that the risk of recurrence of TMA following discontinuation of eculizumab is relatively low for patients with MCP mutations, homozygous CFHR3/R1 deletions, anti-CFH antibodies, CFI mutations, and no identifiable mutations, whereas there is a major risk for patients with CFH mutations. Early detection of TMA recurrence and prompt retreatment with eculizumab seem to be efficient in controlling of TMA and restoration of kidney functions. PMID:27495036

  15. Derivative discontinuity with localized Hartree-Fock potential.

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    Nazarov, V U; Vignale, G

    2015-08-14

    The localized Hartree-Fock potential has proven to be a computationally efficient alternative to the optimized effective potential, preserving the numerical accuracy of the latter and respecting the exact properties of being self-interaction free and having the correct -1/r asymptotics. In this paper we extend the localized Hartree-Fock potential to fractional particle numbers and observe that it yields derivative discontinuities in the energy as required by the exact theory. The discontinuities are numerically close to those of the computationally more demanding Hartree-Fock method. Our potential enjoys a "direct-energy" property, whereby the energy of the system is given by the sum of the single-particle eigenvalues multiplied by the corresponding occupation numbers. The discontinuities c↑ and c↓ of the spin-components of the potential at integer particle numbers N↑ and N↓ satisfy the condition c↑N↑ + c↓N↓ = 0. Thus, joining the family of effective potentials which support a derivative discontinuity, but being considerably easier to implement, the localized Hartree-Fock potential becomes a powerful tool in the broad area of applications in which the fundamental gap is an issue. PMID:26277131

  16. Sound propagation in a refracting atmosphere above an impedance discontinuity

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    Taherzadeh, Shahram; Harrop, Nick

    2002-11-01

    de Jongs formulation of sound propagation above a ground with a single impedance change has been extended to include effects of a refracting atmosphere and atmospheric turbulence. The theory is compared with a numerical algorithm based on a hybrid Boundary Integral Equation/Fast Field Program developed for predicting the propagation of sound in a refracting atmosphere above an uneven, discontinuous terrain. By using the analogy of sound diffraction over curved surfaces to atmospheric refraction over flat ground surfaces, the effect of temperature and wind velocity gradients in the presence of flat ground surfaces can be studied. Measurements of the excess attenuation of sound from a point source over a mixed impedance curved surface are carried out in an anechoic chamber as well as outdoor measurements over a tarmac-grass discontinuity. These measurements are compared with predictions based on the extended de Jong theory and the hybrid BIE/FFP algorithm in the nonturbulent case. Results show that where there is a single discontinuity between acoustically hard and finite impedance surfaces both models are found to give satisfactory agreement with measured data except when the discontinuity is midway between the source and the detector.

  17. Reciprocity principle for scattered fields from discontinuities in waveguides.

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    Pau, Annamaria; Capecchi, Danilo; Vestroni, Fabrizio

    2015-01-01

    This study investigates the scattering of guided waves from a discontinuity exploiting the principle of reciprocity in elastodynamics, written in a form that applies to waveguides. The coefficients of reflection and transmission for an arbitrary mode can be derived as long as the principle of reciprocity is satisfied at the discontinuity. Two elastodynamic states are related by the reciprocity. One is the response of the waveguide in the presence of the discontinuity, with the scattered fields expressed as a superposition of wave modes. The other state is the response of the waveguide in the absence of the discontinuity oscillating according to an arbitrary mode. The semi-analytical finite element method is applied to derive the needed dispersion relation and wave mode shapes. An application to a solid cylinder with a symmetric double change of cross-section is presented. This model is assumed to be representative of a damaged rod. The coefficients of reflection and transmission of longitudinal waves are investigated for selected values of notch length and varying depth.

  18. Derivative discontinuity with localized Hartree-Fock potential

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    Nazarov, V. U.; Vignale, G.

    2015-08-14

    The localized Hartree-Fock potential has proven to be a computationally efficient alternative to the optimized effective potential, preserving the numerical accuracy of the latter and respecting the exact properties of being self-interaction free and having the correct −1/r asymptotics. In this paper we extend the localized Hartree-Fock potential to fractional particle numbers and observe that it yields derivative discontinuities in the energy as required by the exact theory. The discontinuities are numerically close to those of the computationally more demanding Hartree-Fock method. Our potential enjoys a “direct-energy” property, whereby the energy of the system is given by the sum of the single-particle eigenvalues multiplied by the corresponding occupation numbers. The discontinuities c{sub ↑} and c{sub ↓} of the spin-components of the potential at integer particle numbers N{sub ↑} and N{sub ↓} satisfy the condition c{sub ↑}N{sub ↑} + c{sub ↓}N{sub ↓} = 0. Thus, joining the family of effective potentials which support a derivative discontinuity, but being considerably easier to implement, the localized Hartree-Fock potential becomes a powerful tool in the broad area of applications in which the fundamental gap is an issue.

  19. The Nature and Determinants of Intranet Discontinuance after Mandatory Adoption

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    Cho, Inho

    2008-01-01

    This research examines post-adoption behavior (discontinuance versus continuance) with the context of Intranet use. Multiple theories are used as theoretical frameworks to extend information communication technology research to the case of post-adoption behavior. Three research questions and six sets of hypotheses are formulated to distinguish…

  20. Effect of motion discontinuities on discrimination of periodic trajectories.

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    Wilson, Hugh R; Fung, Jeffrey

    2016-01-01

    Many biologically important motions are described by periodic trajectories. Radial frequency (RF) trajectories are one example, in which the motion of a difference of Gaussians (DOG) target moves along a path described by a sinusoidal deviation of the radius from a perfect circle (Or, Thabet, Wilkinson, & Wilson, 2011). Here we explore the hypothesis that visual processing of RF trajectories involves global spatio-temporal processes that are disrupted by motion discontinuity. To test this hypothesis, RF trajectories were used that interspersed smooth, continuous motion with three or four discontinuous jumps to other portions of the trajectory. These jumps were arranged so that the entire trajectory was traversed in the same amount of time as in the continuous motion control condition. The motion discontinuities increased thresholds by a factor of approximately 2.1 relative to continuous motion. This result provides support for global spatio-temporal processing of RF motion trajectories. Comparison with previous results suggests that motion discontinuities erase memory for earlier parts of the trajectory, thereby causing thresholds to be based on only the final segment viewed. Finally, it is shown that RF trajectories obey the 1/3 power law characteristic of biological motion. PMID:26891831