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https://doi.org/10.5194/se-15-281-2024
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-15-281-2024
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15 Feb 2024
Research article |  | 15 Feb 2024

Thermal structure of the southern Caribbean and northwestern South America: implications for seismogenesis

Ángela María Gómez-García, Álvaro González, Mauro Cacace, Magdalena Scheck-Wenderoth, and Gaspar Monsalve

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We compute a realistic three-dimensional model of the temperatures down to 75 km deep within the Earth, below the Caribbean Sea and northwestern South America. Using this, we estimate at which rock temperatures past earthquakes nucleated in the region and find that they agree with those derived from laboratory experiments of rock friction. We also analyse how the thermal state of the system affects the spatial distribution of seismicity in this region.