Lithospheric structure imaging of Alberta from regional broadband seismic network

  • Author / Creator
    Chen, Yunfeng
  • The development of dense, broadband seismic network provides a solid foundation for the implementation of a variety of seismic imaging methods. The integration of receiver function method and finite-frequency traveltime tomography offers high-resolution images of the crust and upper mantle structures in Alberta. The shear velocities from receiver function modeling provide compelling evidence for a crustal low velocity zone beneath the central Alberta. The P velocity model of the upper mantle recovered from body-wave traveltime inversion reveals 1) a well-defined Cordillera-craton transition coincides with the Cordillera deformation front, and 2) Archean-aged cratonic lithosphere under Medicine Hat Block and Loverna Block. These findings contribute to better understandings of the tectonic structure and evolution history of western Laurentia.

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  • Graduation date
    Fall 2014
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    Master of Science
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    University of Alberta
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  • Specialization
    • Geophysics
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  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Chow, Kim (Physics)
    • Sacchi, Mauricio D. (Physics)
    • Currie, Claire (Physics)