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P- and S-wave Seismic Imaging of Overdeepened Alpine ValleysNormal access

Authors: H. Buness, T. Burschil and G. Gabriel
Event name: Near Surface Geoscience 2016 - 22nd European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics
Session: High Resolution Engineering Seismic Studies I
Publication date: 04 September 2016
DOI: 10.3997/2214-4609.201601907
Organisations: EAGE
Language: English
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Overdeepened valleys and basin can be found in glaciated regions worldwide. Due to their geological, ecological, and societal relevance they constitute a relevant geoscientific target. In preparation for an ICDP project (Drilling Overdeepened Alpine Valleys, DOVE), we carried out several reflection seismic surveys using high-resolution P-wave, horizontally pola¬ri¬zed SH-wave, and multi-component (SV- and SH-wave sources, 3-component re¬ceiver) techniques at a test site in the Tannwald basin north of Lake Constance. The first results of the P- and SH-wave reflection profiles are presented here. The seismic sections image well the internal valley structure of the Tannwald Basin; different facies are also distinguishable in the glacial sediments. The combined inter¬pretation of P-wave and SH-wave reflection seismics reveal more details than just one technique on its own by providing complementary information. P-wave seismics show a more coherent image with a higher penetration depth, while SH-wave seismics partly resolve more details due to their higher resolution. The combination promises to be an enhanced tool to investigate sedimentary successions in advance of scientific drilling.

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