Articles | Volume 9, issue 4
Research article
06 Jul 2018
Research article |  | 06 Jul 2018

Density structure and isostasy of the lithosphere in Egypt and their relation to seismicity

Mikhail K. Kaban, Sami El Khrepy, and Nassir Al-Arifi

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Abdelwahed, M. F., El-Khrepy, S., and Qaddah, A.: Three-dimensional structure of the Conrad and Moho discontinuities in Egypt, J. Afr. Earth Sci., 85, 87–102, 2013.
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We present an integrative model of the crust and upper mantle of Egypt based on an analysis of gravity, seismic, and geological data. These results are essential for deciphering the link between the dynamic processes in the Earth system and near-surface processes (particularly earthquakes) that influence human habitat. We identified the distinct fragmentation of the lithosphere of Egypt in several blocks. This division is closely related to the seismicity patterns in this region.