SOC - Structure of Cratons and MBALE (Murray Basin Asthenosphere and Lithosphere Experiment

Australia is characterized by several cratons and orogens. This new seismic experiment (SoC) provides the possibility to characterize the structure of the Gawler craton and the Curnamona craton. Our aim is to determine the transition between the Precambrian lithosphere and the Phanerozoic lithosphere in South Australia. The nature of the basement beneath the Lachlan Orogen and the number of ancient subduction zones are still debated. The goals of this seismic experiment are:


SoC is designed to be complementary of broad-band deployments in South Australia (SKIPPY, TASMAL, Mount Gambier and MBALE in the Murray Basin). The combined dataset will allow an unprecedented determination of the structure of the lithosphere and the asthenosphere beneath South Australia.

For more information please contact Prof. B. L.N. Kennett or Dr. F. R. Fontaine or Dr. H. Tkalcic.

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