Articles | Volume 12, issue 11
Solid Earth, 12, 2633–2669, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-12-2633-2021

Special issue: New insights into the tectonic evolution of the Alps and the...

Solid Earth, 12, 2633–2669, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-12-2633-2021

Research article 25 Nov 2021

Research article | 25 Nov 2021

Orogenic lithosphere and slabs in the greater Alpine area – interpretations based on teleseismic P-wave tomography

Mark R. Handy et al.

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Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on se-2021-49', Stephane Guillot, 28 May 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply to RC1', M. R. Handy, 30 Aug 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on se-2021-49', Laurent Jolivet, 31 May 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', M. R. Handy, 30 Aug 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
AR by M. R. Handy on behalf of the Authors (01 Sep 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (02 Sep 2021) by Anne Paul
RR by Stephane Guillot (16 Sep 2021)
RR by Laurent Jolivet (24 Sep 2021)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (27 Sep 2021) by Anne Paul
AR by M. R. Handy on behalf of the Authors (04 Oct 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (05 Oct 2021) by Anne Paul
ED: Publish as is (06 Oct 2021) by CharLotte Krawczyk(Executive Editor)
AR by M. R. Handy on behalf of the Authors (13 Oct 2021)  Author's response    Manuscript

Post-review adjustments

AA: Author's adjustment | EA: Editor approval
AA by M. R. Handy on behalf of the Authors (18 Nov 2021)   Author's adjustment   Manuscript
EA: Adjustments approved (22 Nov 2021) by Anne Paul
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Short summary
New images from the multi-national AlpArray experiment illuminate the Alps from below. They indicate thick European mantle descending beneath the Alps and forming blobs that are mostly detached from the Alps above. In contrast, the Adriatic mantle in the Alps is much thinner. This difference helps explain the rugged mountains and the abundance of subducted and exhumed units at the core of the Alps. The blobs are stretched remnants of old ocean and its margins that reach down to at least 410 km.