THICNES - The Highland-Vijayan Contact Zone Experiment in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is part of the largest exposed Neoproterozoic high-grade metamorphic terrain in the world and was at a central location in Gondwanaland. It has an almost 2 billion year long record of magmatism, sedimentation, deformation and metamorphism. The THICNES (The Highland-Vijayan Contact zone experiment in Sri Lanka) is a mid to long-term program focussing to reveal the properties of crust and upper mantle of Sri Lanka and to model and quantify the underlying geodynamic processes. In 2016 and 2017 a temporary broadband seismic network was installed in the island to observe local, regional and teleseismic earthquakes.

Time Frame- 2016 - 2018

Funding - Geological Survey and Mines Bureau (GSMB; Sri Lanka), GFZ

Principal Investigators - Mahinda Senevirathne (GSMB), Christian Haberland (GFZ),  Frederik Tilmann (GFZ)

Personnel- Xiaohui Yuan (GFZ), Jennifer Dreiling (GFZ)

Cooperations - Geological Survey and Mines Bureau (GSMB; Sri Lanka)

Methods & Equipment - Temporary seismic network; receiver funcions, ambient noise studies, local earthquakes




Christian Haberland
Group Leader
Dr. Christian Haberland
Geophysical Deep Sounding
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