Crustal structure of the Newfoundland rifted continental margin from constrained 3-D gravity inversion

Welford, J. Kim and Hall, Jeremy (2007) Crustal structure of the Newfoundland rifted continental margin from constrained 3-D gravity inversion. Geophysical Journal International, 171 (2). pp. 890-908. ISSN 0956-540X

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Abstract

The rifting history of the Atlantic continental margin of Newfoundland is very complex and so far has been investigated at the crustal scale primarily with the use of 2-D seismic surveys. While informative, the results generated from these surveys cannot easily be interpreted in a regional sense due to their sparse sampling of the margin. A 3-D gravity inversion of the free air data over the Newfoundland margin allows us to generate a 3-D density anomaly model that can be compared with the seismic results and used to gain insight into regions lacking seismic coverage. Results of the gravity inversion show good correspondence with Moho depths from seismic results.Ashallowing of the Moho to 12 km depth is resolved on the shelf at the northern edge of the Grand Banks, in a region poorly sampled by other methods. Comparisons between sediment thickness and crustal thickness show deviations from local isostatic compensation in locations which correlate with faults and rifting trends. Such insights must act as constraints for future palaeoreconstructions of North Atlantic rifting.

Item Type: Article
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/1693
Item ID: 1693
Keywords: continental margins, free air gravity, inversion, isostasy, rifted margin, tectonics
Department(s): Science, Faculty of > Earth Sciences
Date: November 2007
Date Type: Publication
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