Articles | Volume 12, issue 8
Research article
13 Aug 2021
Research article |  | 13 Aug 2021

Elastic anisotropies of rocks in a subduction and exhumation setting

Michael J. Schmidtke, Ruth Keppler, Jacek Kossak-Glowczewski, Nikolaus Froitzheim, and Michael Stipp

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Properties of deformed rocks are frequently anisotropic. One of these properties is the travel time of a seismic wave. In this study we measured the seismic anisotropy of different rocks, collected in the Alps. Our results show distinct differences between rocks of oceanic origin and those of continental origin.