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Authors: Steckler, M. S.*
Wilson, C. K.*
Piana Agostinetti, N.*
Roselli, P.*
Seeber, L.*
Amato, A.*
Lerner-Lam, A.*
Title: Illumination of the Crustal Structure in the Southern Apennines using Teleseismic Receiver Functions, CAT/SCAN Project
Issue Date: 2006
Keywords: Continental Crust
Suduction zone processes
Abstract: Field geology, well data and seismic imaging have illuminated the upper crustal structure of the Southern Apennines. However, lack of control of the deep structure allows viable competing thin-skin and thick-skin models of the orogen. In thin-skin models the detachment decouples a stack of rootless nappes from the basement. In thick-skin models, basement is involved in the most recent phase of thrusting. To examine the deep crustal structure, we use the teleseismic recordings from the CAT/SCAN array, deployed in southern Italy from Dec. 2003-Oct. 2005. We use receiver functions processed into a Common Conversion Point stack to generate images of the crust. We image three main westward-dipping seismic-velocity discontinuities where P-to-S conversions occur. They correspond to velocity jumps at the Moho, the upper-lower crust boundary and sedimentary interfaces resulting from the contrast between clastic and carbonate strata with basement. The CCP image matches features from both thin-skin and thick skin model. The lateral continuity of the converters favors thin skin, but consistent interpretation across the image favors the thick skin. Overall, the results provide a better fit to the thick-skin interpretation. This suggests a change in structural style as the collision with Apulia halted motion. This model also implies considerably less Plio-Pleistocene shortening across the Apennines and a SE motion of the Calabrian Arc subparallel to the southern Apennines rather than a radial expansion of the Arc.
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04.07.07. Tectonics

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