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3D shear wave (Vsv) velocity model of West Antarctic uppermost mantle structure to 200 km depth
GB/NERC/BAS/PDC/01146

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Abstract:
3D vertically-polarised shear wave (Vsv) velocity model of West Antarctic uppermost mantle structure to 200 km depth developed using data from the 2016-2018 UK Antarctic Seismic Network (UKANET) and Polar Earth Observing Seismic Network (POLENET). The model was constructed from the combination of fundamental mode Rayleigh wave phase velocity maps developed by ambient noise (periods 8-25 seconds) and earthquake data two-plane wave analysis (periods 20-143 seconds). Composite ''local' 1D Rayleigh wave phase velocity dispersion curves (periods 8-143 s) were extracted by sampling the 2D Rayleigh wave phase velocity maps at grid node locations spanning West Antarctica spaced at 100 km. The local 1D Rayleigh wave phase velocity dispersion curves were inverted for 1D shear wave (Vsv) structure to 200 km depth, and the ensemble of 1D shear wave (Vsv) profiles were subsequently gridded to produce the 3D shear wave (Vsv) model of West Antarctica uppermost mantle structure to 200 km depth.

Funding was provided by the NERC standard grant NE/L006065/1.

Keywords:
West Antarctica, lithosphere, seismology, tectonics, upper mantle

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