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Title: The crustal structure of the East Anatolian plateau (Turkey) from receiver functions
Authors: Zor, E.
Sandvol, E.
Gurbuz, C.
Turkelli, N.
Seber, D.
Barazangi, M.
Keywords: Turkey
Crustal structure of East Anatolian Plateau
Receiver functions
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: American Geophysical Union
Citation: Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 30, no. 24, 2003
Abstract: The crustal structure of the Anatolian plateau in Eastern Turkey is investigated using receiver functions obtained from the teleseismic recordings of a 29 broadband PASSCAL temporary network, i.e., the Eastern Turkey Seismic Experiment [ETSE]. The S-wave velocity structure was estimated from the stacked receiver functions by performing a 6-plane layered grid search scheme in order to model the first order features in the receiver functions with minimum trade-off. We found no significant crustal root beneath the western portion of the network, but there is some evidence of crustal thickening in the northern portion of the network. We found an average crustal thickness of 45 km and an average crustal shear velocity of 3.7 km/s for the entire eastern Anatolian plateau. Within the Anatolian plateau we found evidence of a prominent low velocity zone where the crust thickness is approximately 46 km. These results suggests that the 2 km high topography across the Anatolian plateau is dynamically supported because most of the plateau appears to be isostatically under-compensated. Also, there appears to be a region of thin crust at the easternmost edge of the Anatolian plateau that may be a relic from the accretion of island arcs to the Eurasian plate.
Description: An edited version of this paper was published by the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Copyright 2003, AGU. See also:;
ISSN: 0094-8276
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Prof. Muawia Barazangi

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