Original paper

International Journal of Earth Sciences

, Volume 94, Issue 4, pp 615-620

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A multi-scale approach to study the lithospheric structure of the southern Upper Rhine Graben: from seismic tomography through reflection seismics to surface geology

  • Gideon G. O. Lopes CardozoAffiliated withInstitut de Physique du Globe de StrasbourgShell international E&P Email author 
  • , Michel GranetAffiliated withInstitut de Physique du Globe de Strasbourg

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This paper integrates the results of different techniques—local and regional travel time tomography, reflection seismics, and surface geology. With this integration of different techniques, working on different scales, it is possible to derive a comprehensive picture of the present-day structures in the lithosphere of the Upper Rhine Graben. It is shown that the stucture of the lithosphere is dominated by structures related to the Variscan orogeny. Late stage strike-slip reactivation of the internal faults of the Rhine Graben is observed in the field. This reactivation is of dominant influence on the geomorphology in the southern end of the Upper Rhine Graben.


Upper Rhine Graben Seismology Reflection seismics Tectonics