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Imaging the Moho and V(p)/V(s) ratio in the western Superior Archean craton with wide angle reflections

Geophysical Research Letters

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Abstract

A refraction/wide-angle reflection survey in northwestern Ontario investigated the Archean Superior Province of the Canadian Shield. Images of apparent Moho topography were produced from both the PmP and SmS Moho wide angle reflections. The average Moho depth is 41 km, and average P- and S-wave velocities 6.6 and 3.8 (??0.05) km/s respectively. The Moho dips southward from 39.5 to 42 km depth over roughly 400 km. From ratios of S and P travel times to the Moho, profiles of V(p)/V(s) were constructed. The average V(p)/V(s) ratios are 1.74 and 1.76 for on the E-W and N-S lines (Poisson's ratio ?? = 0.253 and 0.262 respectively). V(p)/V(s) profiles show a sharp increase from west to east and a gradual increase from north to south, correlating with the distribution of more felsic continental crust and composite crust in the Western Superior.A refraction/wide-angle reflection survey in northwestern Ontario investigated the Archean Superior Province of the Canadian Shield. Images of apparent Moho topography were produced from both the PmP and SmS Moho wide angle reflections. The average Moho depth is 41 km, and average P- and S-wave velocities 6.6 and 3.8 (?? 0.05) km/s respectively. The Moho dips southward from 39.5 to 42 km depth over roughly 400 km. From ratios of S and P travel times to the Moho, profiles of Vp/Vs were constructed. The average Vp/Vs ratios are 1.74 and 1.76 for on the E-W and N-S lines (Poisson's ratio ?? = 0.253 and 0.262 respectively). Vp/Vs profiles show a sharp increase from west to east and a gradual increase from north to south, correlating with the distribution of more felsic continental crust and composite crust in the Western Superior.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Imaging the Moho and V(p)/V(s) ratio in the western Superior Archean craton with wide angle reflections
Series title:
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume
26
Issue:
16
Year Published:
1999
Language:
English
Publisher:
American Geophysical Union
Publisher location:
Washington, DC, United States
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Geophysical Research Letters
First page:
2585
Last page:
2588
Number of Pages:
4