Structure and Fate of Subducting Slabs

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Seismology now reveals the structure and fate of deep subducting oceanic slabs. In place of mere sketches, computer-generated images of sinking slabs can now be derived from thousands and even millions of seismic recordings.

To assist future efforts in developing detailed thermal and petrological models of oceanic lithosphere down-wellings, this volume includes a comprehensive review of seismological observations and models. The seismological procedures considered range from ...

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Overview

Seismology now reveals the structure and fate of deep subducting oceanic slabs. In place of mere sketches, computer-generated images of sinking slabs can now be derived from thousands and even millions of seismic recordings.

To assist future efforts in developing detailed thermal and petrological models of oceanic lithosphere down-wellings, this volume includes a comprehensive review of seismological observations and models. The seismological procedures considered range from travel time constraints on seismic velocity anomalies in the subducting lithospheric slabs to wave conversions and reflections off internal and external slab boundaries. The extensive reference list will be useful to earth science researchers and seismological specialists as a directory to significant literature on slab structure.

Audience: Undergraduates in geophysics, graduate students, and academics involved with seismology, earthquake geology, and tectonics.

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What Structure and Fate of Subducting Slabs does well is provide the most comprehensive summary available of the seismological literature on the structure of suducting slabs...This is a landmark work and the best review of its kind available. All geophysicists seriously interested in subduction and mantle processes should consider having a copy on their shelves."
—CLIFF FROHLICH, Institute for Geophysics, University of Texas at Austin.
"Thorne [Lay] keeps the book focused on the 'structure' of subducting slabs and gives a very complete summary of the studies until the early 1990's...I think it is an excellent review of progress to date...on the structure of subducted slabs."
—DR. KEN CREAGER, University of Washington
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780124398603
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 12/31/1996
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 185
  • Product dimensions: 0.44 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

T. Lay, Preface. Seismological Constraints on the Velocity Structure and Fate of Subducting Lithospheric Slabs: 25 Years of Progress. Introduction: Slabs and Mantle Convection. How Seismology Provides Information about Slabs. Earthquakes in Slabs. General Characterization of Slab and Wedge Structures: First-Order Slab Anomalies. Guided Waves. Wedge Structure. Thermal and Mechanical Models. Travel Time Pattern Constraints on Slab Velocity Structure:Relative Travel Time Patterns and Raytracing Analyses. Residual Sphere Modeling. Tomographical Imaging of Slab Velocity Structure. Northwest Pacific. Southwest Pacific. South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Cascadia, Aleutians, and Alaska. Mediterranean and Hindu Kush. Slab Boundaries: Converted and Reflected Phases: Slab Seismicity and Double Benioff Zones. Constraints on Slab Boundaries and Internal Structure. Seismic Imaging of Phase Boundaries in Slabs. Focusing, Multipathing, and Diffraction Effects of Slab Structure: Short-Period Defocusing and Multipathing Effects. Long-Period Defocusing and Diffraction Effects. Future Directions in Slab Imaging. Summary. References. Subject Index.

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