Reconciling PP and P′P′ precursor observations of a complex 660 km seismic discontinuity

Day, Elizabeth A. and Deuss, Arwen (2013) Reconciling PP and P′P′ precursor observations of a complex 660 km seismic discontinuity. Geophysical Journal International, 194 (2). pp. 834-838. ISSN ISSN: 0956-540X, ESSN: 1365-246X DOI

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High frequency precursors to P′P′ almost invariably observe a narrow 660 km discontinuity, whereas PP precursor studies at long periods struggle to detect a reflection from the ‘660’ despite its apparent sharpness to P′P′. To investigate these contradictory observations we compare PP and P′P′ precursors in the same region. Using short period P′P′ precursors we observe a sharp 660 km discontinuity, which appears to vary in depth substantially. The apparent topography on the ‘660’ is too large to originate solely from thermal variations, regardless of its cause, therefore indicating chemical variations at the base of the mantle transition zone. Long period P′P′ precursors show no ‘660’ as they are sensitive to a larger area and thus average out the apparent topography, in agreement with long period PP precursors. Instead, we see some evidence in both long period data types for a reflection from 720 km depth, which is likely to correspond to a phase change in the garnet system.

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Additional Information: This article has been accepted for publication in Geophysical Journal International © The Authors 2013. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society.All rights reserved.
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2013AREP; IA66;
Subjects: 02 - Geodynamics, Geophysics and Tectonics
Divisions: 02 - Geodynamics, Geophysics and Tectonics
08 - Green Open Access
Journal or Publication Title: Geophysical Journal International
Volume: 194
Page Range: pp. 834-838
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Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2013 21:53
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2015 02:37

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