Articles | Volume 12, issue 3
Solid Earth, 12, 691–711, 2021

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

Solid Earth, 12, 691–711, 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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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.