Helmholtz Centre Potsdam
GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences
Abstract (EDOC: 4178)
Two passive seismic experiments have been carried out across the Trans European Suture Zone (TESZ) from northern Germany to southern Sweden (TOR) and across the Proterozoic-Archaean suture in Finland (SVEKALAPKO) to improve our understanding of the processes involved in the creation of the European continent. Teleseismic earthquakes recorded by the studies of the crust-mantle, and upper mantle seismic discontinuities with the receiver function method. Along the TOR network the depth to the Moho increases from 30 km at the southern edge of the profile to 40 km at the Elbe Line. Between the Elbe Line and TESZ the Moho branches off and whereas the deeper branch continues at 40 km depth to the TESZ a second branch appears at 30.35 km depth. The upper branch descends north of the TESZ to below 55 km under the northern end of the TOR profile. The crustal thickening north of the TESZ is accompanied by an increase in average Vp/Vs values, appearance of intracrustal conversion zones and north dipping features which we interpret as remnants of the subduction and subsequent collision between Avalonia and Baltica. In southern Finland beneath the SVEKALAPKO network the Moho starts in the south at the depth of 40-45 km, plunges to about 65 km depth south of the Archaean-Proterozoic suture. This deepening of the Moho is coincident with a north dipping intracrustal structure apparently related to the subduction and collision and of the Proterozoic and Archaean provinces in Proterozoic. North of the line of the suture the Moho rises smoothly to 45-50 km depth in the Archaean province. Along the TOR profile, 410 and 660 discontinuities were hard to detect. However, manyfold stacking of receiver functions revealed that the conversions from the two discontinuities arrive more or less accordingto IASP91 predicted time. Across the SVEKALAPKO network 410 and 660 discontinuities arrive markedly earlier than IASP91 theoretical arrival times. In particular north of the Archaean-Proterozoic suture in Finland the 410 and 660 km conversions arrive about 2s earlier, indicating about 5 per cent higher average upper mantle velocities and lower temperatures than what IASP91 global model predicts. Test
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