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Geophysical survey reveals tectonic structures in the Amundsen Sea embayment, West Antarctica

By K. Gohl, D. Teterin, Graeme Eagles, G. Netzeband, J.W.G. Grobys, N. Parsiegla, P. Schlüter, V. Leinweber, Robert D. Larter, G. Uenzelmann-Neben and G.B. Udintsev

Abstract

The Amundsen Sea embayment of West Antarctica is in a prominent location for a series of tectonic and magmatic events from Paleozoic to Cenozoic times. Seismic, magnetic and gravity data from the embayment and Pine\ud Island Bay (PIB) reveal the crustal thickness and some tectonic features. The Moho is 24-22 km deep on the shelf. NE-SW trending magnetic and gravity anomalies and the thin crust indicate a former rift zone that was active during or in the run-up to breakup between Chatham Rise and West Antarctica before or at 90 Ma. NW-SE trending gravity and magnetic anomalies, following a prolongation of Peacock Sound, indicate the extensional southern boundary to the Bellingshausen Plate which was active between 79 and 61 Ma

Topics: Earth Sciences
Publisher: National Academy Press
Year: 2007
OAI identifier: oai:nora.nerc.ac.uk:13754

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