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Volcanism, isostatic residual gravity and regional tectonic setting of the Cascade volcanic province

Journal of Geophysical Research

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Abstract

A technique to locate automatically boundaries between crustal blocks of disparate densities was applied to upward continued isostatic residual gravity data. The boundary analysis delineates a narrow gravitational trough that extends the length of the Pliocene and Quaternary volcanic arc from Mount Baker in northern Washington to Lassen Peak in California. Gravitational highs interrupt the trough at two localities: a northwest trending high in southern Washington and a northeast trending high between Mount Shasta and Lassen Peak. The gravity sources may reflect upper crustal structures older than the High Cascades, possibly relicts from earlier accretionary events or more recent crustal deformation, that have actively influenced the spatial location of more recent volcanism. Much of the Pliocene and Quaternary volcanism of the Cascade arc has concentrated on or near contacts between crustal blocks of disparate density. These contacts may promote the ascension of magma to the Earth's surface. -from Authors

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Publication type:
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Journal Article
Title:
Volcanism, isostatic residual gravity and regional tectonic setting of the Cascade volcanic province
Series title:
Journal of Geophysical Research
Volume
95
Issue:
B12
Year Published:
1990
Language:
English
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Journal of Geophysical Research