Articles | Volume 12, issue 3
Solid Earth, 12, 691–711, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-12-691-2021

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

Solid Earth, 12, 691–711, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-12-691-2021

Research article 19 Mar 2021

Research article | 19 Mar 2021

Gravity effect of Alpine slab segments based on geophysical and petrological modelling

Maximilian Lowe et al.

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AR by Maximilian Lowe on behalf of the Authors (18 Dec 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (09 Jan 2021) by Giancarlo Molli
RR by Carla Braitenberg (02 Feb 2021)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (03 Feb 2021) by Giancarlo Molli
AR by Maximilian Lowe on behalf of the Authors (06 Feb 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (09 Feb 2021) by Giancarlo Molli
AR by Maximilian Lowe on behalf of the Authors (10 Feb 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (10 Feb 2021) by Giancarlo Molli
ED: Publish as is (10 Feb 2021) by CharLotte Krawczyk(Executive Editor)
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This study estimates the gravitational contribution from subcrustal density heterogeneities interpreted as subducting lithosphere beneath the Alps to the gravity field. We showed that those heterogeneities contribute up to 40 mGal of gravitational signal. Such density variations are often not accounted for in Alpine lithospheric models. We demonstrate that future studies should account for subcrustal density variations to provide a meaningful representation of the complex geodynamic Alpine area.