Deep electrical conductivity structures of the Appalachian Orogen in the southeastern U.S

Yasuo Ogawa*, Alan G. Jones, Martyn J. Unsworth, John R. Booker, Xinyou Lu, Jim Craven, Brian Roberts, Jennifer Parmelee, Colin Farquharson

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Abstract

Long period magnetotelluric data across the southeastern Appalachians image deep crustal and upper mantle relics of ancient orogenic events. Inversions of the responses show: (1) Beneath the Appalachian mountains there is a sub-horizontal conductor at 15 - 20 km depth which dips to the southeast at the surface trace of the Brevard fault. (2) At the location of the Central Piedmont suture, there is a crustal conductor which dips towards the southeast, interpreted as a structure related to the Acadian suture. (3) Upper mantle conductors were found at 80 km depth northwest of the Blue Ridge and at 140 km depth southeast of the Eastern Piedmont. Between these, there is a northwest-dipping resistive gap, possibly representing the remnant structure of the Alleghanian collision.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1597-1600
Number of pages4
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Volume23
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

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