Shear-wave structure of the south Indian lithosphere from Rayleigh wave phase velocity measurements

Mitra, S. and Priestley, K. F. and Gaur, V. K. and Rai, S. S. (2006) Shear-wave structure of the south Indian lithosphere from Rayleigh wave phase velocity measurements. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 96 (4). pp. 1551-1559. DOI 10.1785/0120050116

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Abstract

We investigate the upper mantle shear-wave speed structure beneath the south Indian shield by measuring and modeling fundamental mode Rayleigh wave phase-velocity dispersion. Observed phase velocities for the south Indian shield closely match those observed for the Canadian shield. We constrain the south Indian crust using published receiver function results and invert the dispersion data for upper mantle shear-wave structure. The ~155-km-thick seismic lithosphere of the south Indian shield is composed of a 35 km-thick, two-layer crust and a ~120-km-thick, high-velocity upper mantle lid. Beneath the Moho the average Sn wave speed is ~4.7 km sec–1. Both Sn travel times data and the dispersion data suggest a positive sub-Moho shear-wave speed gradient. Beneath the seismic lithosphere there is a low- velocity layer where the shear-wave speed drops to ~4.4 km sec–1.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2006 AREP IA51 IA52 2006 P
Subjects: 02 - Geodynamics, Geophysics and Tectonics
Divisions: 02 - Geodynamics, Geophysics and Tectonics
Journal or Publication Title: Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America
Volume: 96
Page Range: pp. 1551-1559
Identification Number: 10.1785/0120050116
Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2009 13:03
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2013 10:08
URI: http://eprints.esc.cam.ac.uk/id/eprint/545

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