Title

Rationale for a Permanent Seismic Network in the Central Plains Utilizing USArray

Abstract

The eastern two thirds of the coterminous United States (from the Rocky Mountain Front to the east coast) are sparsely equipped with seismic monitoring instruments, with the number of permanent broadband seismic stations per unit area of the order of 5–10% of that in the western U.S. orogenic zone. In this Forum, we use the Central Plains area (CP) -- defined here as the four-state area including Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, and Missouri -- as an example to argue that a greatly densified permanent seismic network in the stable part of the United States could significantly improve our understanding of the processes that led to the formation and four-dimensional structure of the continental lithosphere. The network would also serve as an excellent facility for long-term earthquake monitoring and for public education and outreach. This issue is timely because a state-of-the-art, uniform network could be established by simply converting a small portion of the portable stations in the ongoing USArray project into permanent ones without affecting the overall progress of the USArray.

Department(s)

Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

geophysical array; seismic method; seismology; North America; United States

Geographic Coverage

Nebraska
Kansas
Iowa
Missouri

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

0096-3941

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2008 American Geophysical Union (AGU), All rights reserved.

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