Acquisition of a Unique Onshore/Offshore Geophysical and Geochemical Dataset in the Northern Malawi (Nyasa) Rift

Donna J. Shillington*, James B. Gaherty, Cynthia J. Ebinger, Christopher A. Scholz, Kate Selway, Andrew A. Nyblade, Paul A. Bedrosian, Cornelia Class, Scott L. Nooner, Matthew E. Pritchard, Julie Elliott, Patrick R. N. Chindandali, Gaby Mbogoni, Richard Wambura Ferdinand, Nelson Boniface, Shukrani Manya, Godson Kamihanda, Elifuraha Saria, Gabriel Mulibo, Jalf SalimaAbdul Mruma, Leonard Kalindekafe, Natalie J. Accardo, Daud Ntambila, Marsella Kachingwe, Gary T. Mesko, Tannis McCartney, Melania Maquay, J. P. O'Don-Nell, Gabrielle Tepp, Khalfan Mtelela, Per Trin-Hammer, Douglas Wood, Ernest Aaron, Mark Gibaud, Martin Rapa, Cathy Pfeifer, Felix Mphepo, Duncan Gondwe, Gabriella Arroyo, Celia Eddy, Brian Kamoga, Mary Moshi

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The Study of Extension and maGmatism in Malawi aNd Tanzania (SEGMeNT) project acquired a comprehensive suite of geophysical and geochemical datasets across the northern Malawi (Nyasa) rift in the East Africa rift system. Onshore/offshore active and passive seismic data, long-period and wideband magnetotelluric data, continuous Global Positioning System data, and geochemical samples were acquired between 2012 and 2016. This combination of data is intended to elucidate the sedimentary, crustal, and upper-mantle architecture of the rift, patterns of active deformation, and the origin and age of rift-related magmatism. A unique component of our program was the acquisition of seismic data in Lake Malawi, including seismic reflection, onshore/offshore wide-angle seismic reflection/refraction, and broadband seismic data from lake-bottom seismometers, a towed streamer, and a large towed air-gun source.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1406-1416
Number of pages11
JournalSeismological Research Letters
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes

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