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Travel time analysis of P waves arising from six underground nuclear explosion at Novaya Zemlya

By B. FEDERICO and A. BOTTARI

Abstract

SUMMARY. - The analysis of the travel times of the P waves generated by<br />six underground nuclear explosions in Novaya Zemlya shows notable early<br />arrivals (oo4sec) at the Fennoscandia stations. These observations, together<br />with a marked linear dependence of the travel times on the epicentral distance<br />throughout the interval 8.5 < / J ° < 20.4. were evaluated with the aim of producing<br />a satisfactory model for the upper mantle of the Baltic zone. In particular,<br />there appears a considerable mantle zone with almost uniform velocity, or at<br />least, with not of increasing velocity. This mantle zone is delimited above by a<br />discontinuity at the 86 km depth (v = 8.45 km/sec), and delimited below by the<br />«20° discontinuity» (h = 507 km; v = 10.56 km/sec).<br />The proposed model is amply verified on the basis of the foreseen travel<br />times compared with the corresponding ones, observed from a fair number of<br />impulses associated with teleseismic Pn, noticeable as far as 40°, and from phases<br />reflected and refracted on the discontinuity at 507 km

Topics: Geophysics. Cosmic physics, QC801-809, Physics, QC1-999, Science, Q, DOAJ:Geophysics and Geomagnetism, DOAJ:Earth and Environmental Sciences, Meteorology. Climatology, QC851-999
Publisher: Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV)
Year: 1977
DOI identifier: 10.4401/ag-4815
OAI identifier: oai:doaj.org/article:9381a24cf84a4a5a808e0c9a1c79c199
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