Detection of a new sub-lithospheric discontinuity in Central Europe with S-receiver functions.

Kind, R., Handy, M. R., Yuan, X., Meier, T., Kämpf, H. and Soomro, R. (2017) Detection of a new sub-lithospheric discontinuity in Central Europe with S-receiver functions. Tectonophysics, 700-701 . pp. 19-31. DOI 10.1016/j.tecto.2017.02.002.

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We used S-receiver functions (i.e. S-to-P converted signals) to study seismic discontinuities in the upper mantle between the Moho and the 410 km discontinuity beneath central Europe. This was done by using c. 49,000 S-receiver functions from c. 700 permanent and temporary broadband stations made available by the open EIDA Archives. Below Phanerozoic Europe we observed expected discontinuities like the Moho, the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary (LAB), the Lehmann discontinuity and the 410 km discontinuity with an additional overlying low velocity zone. Below the East European Craton (EEC), we observed the Mid-Lithospheric Discontinuity (MLD) at c. 100 km depth as well as the controversial cratonic LAB at c. 200 km depth. At the boundary of the EEC but still below the Phanerozoic surface, we observed downward velocity reductions below the LAB in the following regions: the North German-Polish Plain at about 200 km depth; the Bohemian Massive, north-west dipping from 200 to 300 km depth; the Pannonian Basin, north-east dipping from 150 to 200 km depth underneath the western Carpathians and the EEC. We named this newly observed structure Sub-Lithospheric Discontinuity (SLD). At the northern edge of the Bohemian Massive, we see a sharp vertical step of about 100 km between the SLD below the Bohemian Massive and the North German-Polish Plain. This step follows the surface trace of the Rheic Suture between the continental Saxo-Thuringian and Rheno-Herzynian zones of the Variscan orogen. A preliminary interpretation of these features is that a prong of the cratonic mantle lithosphere penetrated the Phanerozoic asthenosphere during the continental collision at the western and south-western edges of the EEC.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary (LAB) Mid-lithospheric discontinuity (MLD) Sub-lithospheric discontinuity (SLD) S-receiver functions East European Craton Bohemian Massif Pannonian Basin
Research affiliation: OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence > FO-R09
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence > FO-R06
Kiel University
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1016/j.tecto.2017.02.002
ISSN: 0040-1951
Projects: Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2017 13:18
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 09:06

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