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Gamburtsev Antarctic Mountains Seismic Experiment (GAMSEIS)

As a part of the larger AGAP project we propose to deploy broadband seismometers to image the lithospheric structure of the Gamburtsev Subglacial Mountains to answer

  1. What is the mechanism driving uplift of the Gamburtsev Mountains?
  2. What role did they play in the formation of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet?

To address these questions, we have designed a seismic experiment that will enable us to image details of the crust and upper mantle structure across the Gamburtsev Subglacial Mountains. This seismic experiment consist of three elements:

  • A 900 km linear array of 12 broadband seismic stations extending from Array 1 of the TAMSEIS deployment;
  • An intersecting 550 km linear array of 7 broadband seismic stations crossing the Gamburtsev Mountains at an angle of ~115 degrees to the longer line;
  • 8 broadband stations not on a line to improve 3-D resolution of the Gamburtsev Mountains

In addition to the seismic studies, airborne geophysical surveys and drilling are planned. This project is a major initiative of the International Polar Year and is part cooperative effort by several nations to explore one of the least visited and most poorly understood regions on earth.

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This project was funded by the NSF Office of Polar Programs as a part of the International Polar Year.

Revised: January 29, 2008