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Pub. Id: A114 (1991)

First Page: 197

Last Page: 215

Book Title: M 47: The Gulf and Peninsular Province of the Californias

Article/Chapter: Previous HitBouguerNext Hit Gravity Anomalies and Crustal Structure in Northwestern Mexico: Chapter 11: Part III. Regional Geophysics and Geology

Subject Group: Geologic History and Areal Geology

Spec. Pub. Type: Memoir

Pub. Year: 1991

Author(s): Robert Wayne Schellhorn, Carlos L. V. Aiken, Mauricio F. de la Fuente


A new Previous HitBouguerNext Hit gravity anomaly map has been produced for northern Mexico using approximately 15,000 new gravity stations observed over the last 10 years. An analysis of the trend surfaces of elevations and Previous HitBouguerNext Hit gravity anomalies were used to predict regional Previous HitBouguerTop gravity anomalies from topography resulting in residual/isostatic maps. From these maps, no recognizable offset is observed in the location of a proposed Mojave-Sonora megashear, although a crustal boundary is indicated by a change in trend or truncation of various features in northwestern Sonora. Also these maps show possible trends of trench-related features in the Baja region which continue the length of Baja and apparently are not offset by major transverse structures. Three crustal models were generated using previous seismic control. These models indicate that the crust in the Gulf of California region is approximately 10 km thick, whereas the crust in the Sierra Madre Occidental is more than 50 km thick. The lithosphere is approximately 10 km thick over the Baja rift and more than 95 km thick in the area of the Sierra Madre Occidental.

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