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Cape Verdes Origin from Broadband Observations

The goal of this project is to image the Cape Verde mantle plume with seismological methods and to determine the physical properties of the plume.

Time Frame

  • Autumn 2007 - 2008

Principal Investigators

  • Prof. Dr. M. Weber (GFZ Potsdam)
  • Prof. R. Kind (GFZ Potsdam)
  • A. Pina, MSc (Instituto Superior de Educacao, Kapverden)
  • Prof. Dr. G. Silveira (Centro de Geofisica da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)
  • PD Dr. J. R.R. Ritter (Uni. Karlsruhe)
  • Prof. Dr. G. Rümpker (Uni. Frankfurt/M.)


  • Instituto Superior de Educacao (Kapverden), Uni. Lisboa, Uni. Karlsruhe, Uni. Frankfurt

Methods & Equipment

  • passive seimic array using ~40 broadbandrecorders


  • Vinnik, L.; Silveira, G.; Kiselev, S.; Farra, V.; Weber, M.; Stutzmann, E. (2012): Cape Verde hotspot from the upper crust to the top of the lower mantle. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 319-320, 259-268., doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2011.12.017
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