Dual-vergence structure from multiple migration of widely spaced OBSs.

Yelisetti, S., Spence, G. D., Scherwath, Martin, Riedel, Michael and Klaeschen, Dirk (2017) Dual-vergence structure from multiple migration of widely spaced OBSs. Tectonophysics, 718 . pp. 45-60. DOI 10.1016/j.tecto.2017.04.005.

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• Dual-vergence structure is observed for the first time on the northern Cascadia margin.
• Around central Vancouver Island, vergence switches from seaward in the south to landward in the north.
• First OBS migration study imaging the top of the igneous oceanic crust using only a small airgun source (120 in.3).
• OBS migration indicates that an OBS, in water depths up to 2.5 km, can image up to 5 km on either side of its seafloor position.


The detailed structure of the northern Cascadia basin and frontal ridge region was obtained using data from several widely spaced ocean bottom seismometers (OBSs). Mirror imaging was used in which the downgoing multiples (mirror signal) are migrated as they provide information about a much larger area than imaging with primary signal alone. Specifically, Kirchhoff time migration was applied to hydrophone and vertical geophone data. Our results indicate remarkable structures that were not observed on the northern Cascadia margin in previous single-channel or multi-channel seismic (MCS) data. Results show that, in these water depths (2.0–2.5 km), an OBS can image up to 5 km on either side of its position on the seafloor and hence an OBS spacing of 5 km is sufficient to provide a two-fold migration stack. Results also show the top of the igneous oceanic crust at 5–6 km beneath the seafloor using only a small airgun source (120 in.3). Specifically, OBS migration results clearly show the continuity of reflectors which enabled the identification of frontal thrusts and a main thrust fault. These faults indicate, for the first time on this margin, the presence of a dual-vergence structure. These kinds of structures have so far been observed in < 0.5% of modern convergent margins and could be related to horizontal compression associated with subduction and low basal shear stress resulting from over-pressure. Reanalysis of previous MCS data from this region augmented the OBS migration results and further suggests that the vergence switches from seaward to landward around central Vancouver Island. Furthermore, fault geometry analyses indicate that the total amount of shortening accommodated due to faulting and folding is about 3 km, which suggest that thrusting would have started at least ∼ 65 ky ago.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Dual-vergence; Ocean bottom seismometer; Tomography; Inversion; Seismic velocity; Multiple migration; Thrust-fold; Deformation
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB4 Dynamics of the Ocean Floor > FB4-GDY Marine Geodynamics
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1016/j.tecto.2017.04.005
ISSN: 0040-1951
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2015 08:29
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2019 15:11
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/29912

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