An Earthscope Magnetotelluric Transect of the Southern Cascadia Subduction System, Washington

An Earthscope Magnetotelluric Transect of the Southern Cascadia Subduction System, Washington Figure 1.
MT transect site distribution for the EMSLAB Lincoln Line (south) and the new Café-MT transect to the north. EMSLAB line contains 40 land sites plus seven sea- floor soundings (5 MT, 2 tipper only; see Wannamaker et al., 1989, JGR). Café line contains 60 wideband site; long-period sites are to be collected summer-fall of 2010.
The first slow-slip earthquake events were observed over the Southern Cascadia Subduction system and exhibit a remarkably uniform 14 month periodicity. We collected 60 wideband magnetotelluric soundings in an east-west profile to examine state of deep crustal and upper mantle fluidization as it pertains to subduction zone locking and slow-slip nucleation. The responses of this profile are being compared to those of the earlier EMSLAB project across northwestern Oregon to the south, which is undergoing reanalysis. These results are new and not yet subject to formal non-linear inversion, but visual inspection reveals both similarities and important differences. A diagnostic high anomaly in the TM mode phase seen near the coast in Oregon is not visible in the Washington data and this tentatively is correlated with reduce fluid/subducted sediment content and greater observed plate locking for the latter area. Further inland, this phase develops more fully for both transects and is interpreted to reflect increased slab hydrate breakdown and fluid release. The inland results at lower frequencies are expected to yield geometry and physical properties of arc and back-arc melt zones of the deeper lithosphere and upper asthenosphere.
</p><p>R. S. McGary; R.L. Evans; S. Rondenay; G. A. Abers; K. C. Creager; P. E. Wannamaker (2009), Joint magnetotelluric and seismic investigation of the Cascadia subduction zone structure: Preliminary results and outlook, EOS Trans AGU.
</p><p>Acknowledgements: This project is being supported under NSF/Earthscope grants EAR08-44041 and EAR08-43725.</p>


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