pure and applied geophysics

, Volume 162, Issue 2, pp 311–329 | Cite as

Tomographic Study of the Adriatic Plate

  • N. VenistiEmail author
  • G. Calcagnile
  • A. Pontevivo
  • G.F. Panza


Two well-known methodologies have been used, for the first time, to derive a detailed and reliable lithospheric model of the Adriatic Plate, consistent with the thus far available data: non linear inversion of phase and group velocity dispersion curve obtained from surface-wave tomography, and body-waves tomography. To carry out the body-waves tomography, about 16500 P phases and 2000 S phases from 1219 seismic events, 73 seismic stations located at the border of the investigated region and a vertically heterogeneous starting model derived from the nonlinear inversion of average dispersion measurements, are used. The 3-D velocity model of the upper lithosphere, obtained from the combined analysis, shows a rather clear structural anomaly on the northeastern side, where the crust is thicker, and an uprising of the top of the lid in the northern part of the plate with a very thin, if any, transition zone from crust to mantle.

Key words

Local tomography Adriatic plate lithosphere body waves surface waves 


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© Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel, 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Venisti
    • 1
    Email author
  • G. Calcagnile
    • 1
    • 2
  • A. Pontevivo
    • 3
  • G.F. Panza
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.Dip. Geol. GeofUniversity of BariItaly
  2. 2.Osservatorio SismologicoUniversity of BariItaly
  3. 3.Geological InstituteUniversity of CopenhagenDenmark
  4. 4.Dip. Sc. TerraUniversity of TriesteItaly
  5. 5.The Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical PhysicsTriesteItaly

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