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  • 3D vertically-polarised shear wave (Vsv) velocity model of West Antarctic crustal structure developed using data from the 2016-2018 UK Antarctic Seismic Network (UKANET) and Polar Earth Observing Seismic Network (POLENET). Interstation Rayleigh and Love wave phase velocity dispersion measurements at periods of 8-25 seconds were extracted from seismic ambient noise cross-correlograms by automated frequency-time analysis (AFTAN). The ensemble of interstation Rayleigh wave dispersion measurements was used to develop 2D Rayleigh wave phase velocity maps of West Antarctica at periods of 8-25 seconds by Fast Marching Surface Tomography (FMST) on a grid with a node spacing of 0.75deg. ''Local'' 1D Rayleigh wave phase velocity dispersion curves were extracted by sampling the 2D Rayleigh wave phase velocity maps at grid node locations. The local 1D Rayleigh wave phase velocity dispersion curves were inverted for 1D shear wave (Vsv) structure to 40 km depth, and the ensemble of 1D shear wave (Vsv) profiles were subsequently gridded to produce the 3D shear wave (Vsv) model of West Antarctica from 10-40 km depth. Funding was provided by the NERC standard grant NE/L006065/1.

  • The dataset consists of Ar-Ar isotope dating, field data, and selected geochemical analysis of igneous dykes and sills collected from Dronning Maud Land during the 2000-2001 field season. The aim was to measure ages of volcanism during flood basalt events in Dronning Maud Land associated with the breakup of Gondwana.The style and volume of magmatism varies between margins from large volume flood basalts such as the Parana or Deccan provinces to less volumetric margins such as the southern part of the South Atlantic. This case (Collaborative Awards in Science and Engineering) studentship was intended to provide support to study the evolution of the break-up of Africa and East Antarctica which occurred in the early Jurassic. An extended period of magmatism has been suggested for this margin associated with complex extensional tectonics. A combined geochronological / geochemical approach was used to understand the evolution of the crust and sub-continental lithospheric mantle during the break-up of one central portion of the Gondwana super continent.

  • Igneous dykes and sills were collected from Dronning Maud Land during the field season 2000-2001. The aim was to measure ages of volcanism during flood basalt events in Dronning Maud Land associated with the breakup of Gondwana. The style and volume of magmatism varies between margins from large volume flood basalts such as the Parana or Deccan provinces to less volumetric margins such as the southern part of the South Atlantic. This CASE (Collaborative Awards in Science and Engineering) studentship was intended to provide support to study the evolution of the break-up of Africa and East Antarctica which occurred in the early Jurassic. An extended period of magmatism has been suggested for this margin associated with complex extensional tectonics. A combined geochronological / geochemical approach was used to understand the evolution of the crust and sub-continental lithospheric mantle during the break-up of one central portion of the Gondwana super continent.