Vertically Inhomogeneous Models of the Upper Crustal Structure in the West-Bohemian Seismoactive Region Inferred from the Celebration 2000 Refraction Data

J. Malek, J. Jansky, O. Novotny, Dirk Rössler

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Abstract

As part of the international refraction measurements in Central Europe in the year 2000, three profiles traversed the region of earthquake swarms in West- Bohemia/Vogtland. The shots were also recorded at the permanent stations of the local seismic networks. The travel times of P-waves, observed in the West-Bohemian region, are discussed and interpreted in the present paper. In general, significantly lower P-wave velocities were found in the Saxothuringian (northern) part of the studied area than in the adjacent southern parts. The observed travel times are interpreted separately for the individual geological units, in particular for the plutons, crystallinicum, and the Mariánské Lázně (Marienbad) Complex. After smoothing the selected data using rational approximations, the Wiechert-Herglotz method was used to compute vertically inhomogeneous velocity models. The characteristic features of the derived models are relatively low P-wave velocities at the surface and prominent velocity increases within the uppermost crust down to a depth of about one kilometer.
Original languageEnglish
JournalStudia Geophysica et Geodaetica
Volume48
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)709-730
ISSN0039-3169
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes

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