Articles | Volume 12, issue 11
Solid Earth, 12, 2633–2669, 2021

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

Solid Earth, 12, 2633–2669, 2021
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25 Nov 2021
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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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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.