Articles | Volume 10, issue 6
Solid Earth, 10, 2073–2088, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-10-2073-2019
Solid Earth, 10, 2073–2088, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-10-2073-2019

Research article 21 Nov 2019

Research article | 21 Nov 2019

Density distribution across the Alpine lithosphere constrained by 3-D gravity modelling and relation to seismicity and deformation

Cameron Spooner et al.

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3D Gravity Constrained Model of Density Distribution Across the Alpine Lithosphere C. Spooner, M. Scheck-Wenderoth, H.-J. Götze, J. Ebbing, and G. Hetényi https://doi.org/10.5880/GFZ.4.5.2019.004

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By utilising both the observed gravity field of the Alps and their forelands and indications from deep seismic surveys, we were able to produce a 3-D structural model of the region that indicates the distribution of densities within the lithosphere. We found that the present-day Adriatic crust is both thinner and denser than the European crust and that the properties of Alpine crust are strongly linked to their provenance.