Seismic Survey of Lake Baikal, Siberia Cruise Eeport RV Balkhash

Open-File Report 93-201

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A comprehensive multichannel seismic-reflection (MCS) and ocean bottom seismometer (OBS) seismic-refraction survey of Lake Baikal, Siberia was undertaken during August-September 1992 as a collaborative research project by U.S. and Russian scientists. This project was supported by funding from the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. National Science Foundation and the Russian Academy of Sciences. Over 2200 km of multichannel seismic-reflection data on 42 profiles and over 500 km of seismic-refraction data on 4 OBS profiles were acquired during this study. On board seismic processing facilities were utilized for quality control and demultiplexing of seismic data during the cruise. Lost survey time due to weather was about 7 days, but most planned seismic profiling was completed, including the reshooting of profiles where necessary. This seismic study was carried out on two vessels, the RV BALKHASH for MCS work and the TITOV for OBS deployments. This report summarizes the general seismic program and the operations on the BALKHASH. Operations on the TITOV are summarized in a companion report by tenBrink and others. A detailed description of the logistical and technical aspects of the seismic program, including all seismic systems, is given in the companion report by Nichols and others.

Suggested Citation

Klitgord, K.D., Golmshtok, A.J., Scholz, C.A., Akentiev, L.G., Nichols, D., Schneider, C., McGill, J., Foster, D.S., and Unger, J.D., 1993, Seismic survey of Lake Baikal, Siberia cruise report RV Balkhash: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 1993-201, 25 p.,

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

Table of Contents

  • Introduction 
  • Geologic Setting
  • Scientific Objectives
  • Field Systems and Field Operations
  • Cruise Logs
  • Quality Control Summary
  • Cruise Summary
  • Acknowledgments
  • References

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Seismic Survey of Lake Baikal, Siberia Cruise Eeport RV Balkhash
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Reston, VA
25 p.