The crustal structure beneath the Shidao station on Xisha Islands of South China Sea

Qiu, X. L. and Zeng, G. P. and Xu, Y. and Hao, T. Y. and Li, Z. X. and Priestley, K. F. and McKenzie, D. P. (2006) The crustal structure beneath the Shidao station on Xisha Islands of South China Sea. Chinese Journal of Geophysics-Chinese Edition, 49 (6). pp. 1720-1729. ISSN 0001-5733

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We installed a temporary earthquake station at Shidao on the Xisha Islands in the South China Sea to study the seismicity and lithospheric structure of the region, and carried out the observation experiment for more than one year. Although the seismic data recorded in the reef and island areas have relatively large background noise, especially during the passage of a tropical cyclone, earthquakes above Mw 6 can still be recorded. In this paper, those teleseismic records with clear P waveforms are chosen to carry out receiver function analysis and modeling. A simple crustal structure model beneath the station is obtained, in which the Moho depth is 28 km. On the top of the upper crust is a 2 km-thick low velocity layer with a shear wave velocity of only 2.3 km/s. The shear wave velocity increases gradually with depth to 3.8 km/s in the lower crust. We compare this model with previous results and discover that the crustal models of the Shidao station and Qiongzhong station (QIZ) are the natural extensions of the Xisha Trough section. The crustal structure of the Xisha block consists of thinned continental crust, with a velocity structure that is similar to the normal continental crust of the South China block.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2006 AREP IA52 2006 P
Subjects: 02 - Geodynamics, Geophysics and Tectonics
Divisions: 02 - Geodynamics, Geophysics and Tectonics
Journal or Publication Title: Chinese Journal of Geophysics-Chinese Edition
Volume: 49
Page Range: pp. 1720-1729
Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2009 13:03
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2013 10:08

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