Articles | Volume 12, issue 10
Research article
12 Oct 2021
Research article |  | 12 Oct 2021

Elastic anisotropies of deformed upper crustal rocks in the Alps

Ruth Keppler, Roman Vasin, Michael Stipp, Tomás Lokajícek, Matej Petruzálek, and Nikolaus Froitzheim

Related authors

Elastic anisotropies of rocks in a subduction and exhumation setting
Michael J. Schmidtke, Ruth Keppler, Jacek Kossak-Glowczewski, Nikolaus Froitzheim, and Michael Stipp
Solid Earth, 12, 1801–1828,,, 2021
Short summary

Related subject area

Subject area: Crustal structure and composition | Editorial team: Seismics, seismology, paleoseismology, geoelectrics, and electromagnetics | Discipline: Seismology
Constraints on fracture distribution in the Los Humeros geothermal field from beamforming of ambient seismic noise
Heather Kennedy, Katrin Löer, and Amy Gilligan
Solid Earth, 13, 1843–1858,,, 2022
Short summary
Quantifying gender gaps in seismology authorship
Laura Anna Ermert, Maria Koroni, and Naiara Korta Martiartu
EGUsphere,,, 2022
Short summary
Radial anisotropy and S-wave velocity depict the internal to external zone transition within the Variscan orogen (NW Iberia)
Jorge Acevedo, Gabriela Fernández-Viejo, Sergio Llana-Fúnez, Carlos López-Fernández, Javier Olona, and Diego Pérez-Millán
Solid Earth, 13, 659–679,,, 2022
Short summary
Distributed acoustic sensing as a tool for subsurface mapping and seismic event monitoring: a proof of concept
Nicola Piana Agostinetti, Alberto Villa, and Gilberto Saccorotti
Solid Earth, 13, 449–468,,, 2022
Short summary
Seismic monitoring of the STIMTEC hydraulic stimulation experiment in anisotropic metamorphic gneiss
Carolin M. Boese, Grzegorz Kwiatek, Thomas Fischer, Katrin Plenkers, Juliane Starke, Felix Blümle, Christoph Janssen, and Georg Dresen
Solid Earth, 13, 323–346,,, 2022
Short summary

Cited articles

Ábalos, B., Fountain, D. M., Gil Ibarguchi, J. I., and Puelles, P.: Eclogite as a seismic marker in subduction channels: Seismic velocities,anisotropy, and petrofabric of Cabo Ortegal eclogite tectonite (Spain), Geol. Soc. Am. Bull., 123, 439–456, 2011. 
Abrecht, J.: Geologic units of the Aar massif and their pre-Alpine rock associations: a critical review, Schweiz, Mineral. Petrogr. Mitt., 74, 5–27, 1994. 
Aleksandrov, K. S., Alchikov, U. V., Belikov, B. P., Zaslavski, B. I., and Krupny, A. I.: Elastic wave velocities in minerals at atmospheric pressure and increasing precision of elastic constants by means of EVM, Izvestija Academy of Science USSR, Geol. Ser., 10, 15–24, 1974. 
Aleksandrov, K. S. and Ryzhova, T. V.: The elastic properties of rock forming minerals, Izvestija Academy of Science USSR, Geophys. Ser., 12, 1799–1804, 1961. 
Almqvist, B. S. G., Hirt, A. M., Herwegh, M., Ebert, A., Walter, J. M., Leiss, B., and Burlini, L.: Seismic anisotropy in the Morcles nappe shear zone: Implications for seismic imaging of crustal scale shear zones, Tectonophysics, 603, 162–178, 2013. 
Short summary
Rocks in mountain belts have been deformed during continental collision causing a certain alignment of the minerals referred to as crystallographic preferred orientation (CPO). Minerals have anisotropic properties: the velocity of seismic waves travelling through them is direction dependent. This leads to anisotropy of the rocks. We measured the CPO of common rocks within the Alps. With this data and known anisotropic properties of the minerals we calculated the seismic anisotropy of the rocks.