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An array study of lithospheric structure across the Protogine zone, Värmland, south-central Sweden — signs of a paleocontinental collision

Abstract : A small seismological array was installed on both sides of the Protogine Zone (PZ) in Värmland, south-central Sweden, to study the structure of the mantle lithosphere and lateral variations of its anisotropy. No distinct isotropic velocity anomalies were detected by tomography in the upper mantle around the PZ. The observed velocity variations depending on the direction of propagation can be explained by anisotropy within the subcrustal lithosphere on both sides of the suture. The best solution of a joint analysis of anisotropic inferences from teleseismic P-residual spheres and an inversion of shear-wave splitting parameters, resulted in 3D self-consistent anisotropic models of blocks of the subcrustal lithosphere. The anisotropic structures within the lithosphere are approximated by hexagonal models (kP=5%) with low-velocity symmetry axes. The high-velocity planes dip to the E in a region westward of the PZ and to the NW eastward of the PZ. The PZ can be interpreted as a steep and narrow suture cutting the whole lithosphere and separating the two anisotropic blocks of different origin.
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J. Plomerová, R. Arvidsson, V. Babuška, M. Granet, O. Kulhánek, et al.. An array study of lithospheric structure across the Protogine zone, Värmland, south-central Sweden — signs of a paleocontinental collision. Tectonophysics, 2001, 332, pp.1-21. ⟨10.1016/S0040-1951(00)00247-X⟩. ⟨insu-03606665⟩

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