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This project involves seismic wide-angle reflection / refraction (WARR) measurements along a 675 km long profile extending from the Carpathian mountains in Romania across the Trans European Suture Zone (TESZ) to the East European Craton and the Ukrainian Shield. The scientific rationale for the project includes sedimentary basin architecture and affinity of crystalline basement and crustal architecture; location and structure of the margin of the East European Craton; basement involvement in basin formation, including structural control and reactivations; tectonic setting and thermal structure.

Time frame

  • 2014 - 2017 (experiment: August 2014)


  • Poland, Romania, Ukraine

Principal Investigators

  • J. Mechie (GFZ Potsdam)
  • R. Stephenson (Aberdeen, U.K.)
  • V. Mocanu (Romania)
  • T. Janik (Poland)
  • V.I. Starostenko (Ukraine)


  • University of Aberdeen, University of Bucharest, Polish Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Methods & Equipment

  • refraction / wide-angle reflection
  • 170 DSS Cubes with a PE-6/B 4.5 Hz geophone from GIPP
  • 165 recorders from Poland, Finland & the Ukraine


  • Starostenko, V., Janik, T., Mocanu, V., Stephenson, R., Yegorova, T., Amashukeli, T., Czuba, W., Sroda, P., Murovskaya, A., Kolomiyets, K., Lysynchuk, D., Okon, J., Dragut, A., Omelchenko, V., Legostaieva, O., Gryn, D., Mechie, J. and Tolkunov, A., 2020. RomUkrSeis: Seismic model of the crust and upper mantle across the eastern Carpathians – from the Apuseni Mountains to the Ukrainian Shield. Tectonophysics, 794, 228620, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2020.228620.
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