Imaging the lowermost mantle (D ") beneath the Pacific Ocean with SKKS coda waves
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences.
Robert D. van der Hilst.
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We apply a generalized Radon transform (GRT) to SKKS data to obtain a large-scale high-resolution image of the lowermost mantle (400 kilometers above the core-mantle boundary) beneath the Pacific Ocean (125° E-75°W, 45° S-65°N in this work). More than 4,000,000 radial teleseismic traces from about 8,000 events (mb >= 5.8) between 1990 and 2015, globally recorded by one or more of a total ~27,000 receivers, were collected from IRIS-DMC. All of the traces were automatically band-pass filtered (10s to 50s), rotated, clustered, deconvoluted, and finally migrated to structural reflectivity profiles using reference wavespeeds according to the iasp91 model. We compare the 2D and 3D imaging results beneath the Pacific subduction zones and the non-subducting regions, including the southeastern Pacific and Hawaii, focusing on the positive velocity contrast above the CMB that might delineate the D" discontinuity. We observe broad zones of scatter surfaces, which may indicate multiple-interface post-perovskite phase transitions caused by compositionally differentiated subducted lithosphere. Furthermore, we observe a sharp change in the proposed multiple-interface structure regarding the total number of positive interfaces, the intervals, and the overall pattern of the anomalies from the subduction zones to the non-subducting regions. Such structural complexity implies: (1) the presence of old (at least 180 Ma) subducted material layer of either continental or oceanic lithosphere under the whole Pacific Ocean; and (2) spatial variations in iron, magnesium, and silica components in the subducted lithosphere. Understanding the possible relationship between observed complexity and composition requires further interdisciplinary research.
Thesis: S.M. in Geophysics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, 2015.Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (pages 34-39).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences.