Continental extension leading to breakup: determining the 3D structure of the west Galicia rifted margin (NERC Grant NE/E015883/1)

Dataset description

The data result from a cooperative project between the U.K., U.S., Germany, Spain, and Portugal. This 2013 seismic experiment surveyed the Galicia Bank region off Iberia with the RV Marcus Langseth. The goal was to collect 3D seismic reflection data specifically designed to reveal the 3D structures generated during the rifting of the Galicia margin and to study the rifted continental to oceanic crust transition in the Deep Galicia Margin west of Spain. The data correspond to a 68.5km x 20 km volume down to 14s TWT with a nominal inline spacing of 6.25 m and a cross-line spacing of 50m, including 800 inlines and 5500 cross-lines. References Bayrakci, G., Minshull, T.A., Sawyer, D.S., Reston, T.J., Klaeschen, D., Papenberg, C., Ranero, C., Bull, J.M., Davy, R.G., Shillington, D.J., Perez-Gussinye, M., and Morgan, J.K., 2016, Fault-controlled hydration of the upper mantle during continental rifting, Nature Geoscience, vol. 9, p. 3840388, DOI: 10.1038/ngeo2671. URL: R. G. Davy, J. V. Morgan, T. A. Minshull, G. Bayrakci, J. M. Bull, D. Klaeschen, T. J. Reston, D. S. Sawyer, G. Lymer, D. Cresswell, 2017. Resolving the fine-scale velocity structure of continental hyperextension at the Deep Galicia Margin using full-waveform inversion. Geophysical Journal International, Volume 212, Issue 1, 1 January 2018, Pages 244?263, C.Nur Schuba, Gary G.Gray, Julia K.Morgan, Dale S.Sawyer, Donna J. Shillington, Tim J.Reston, Jonathan M.Bull, Brian E.Jordan, 2018. A low-angle detachment fault revealed: Three-dimensional images of the S-reflector fault zone along the Galicia passive margin. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 492, (2018), 232?238,

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Dataset details

Author(s) Professor Timothy Reston
Principal Investigator(s) Professor Timothy Reston
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
Language English
Curator British Geological Survey
Supply media/format SGY files; Version:
Storage format Not available
Frequency of update not applicable
Start of capture {ts '2013-06-01 00:00:00'} Not known
End of capture {ts '2013-09-01 00:00:00'} 1st September 2013
Contact details
Department Enquiries
Organisation British Geological Survey
Address Environmental Science Centre, Nicker Hill, Keyworth
City Nottingham
County Nottinghamshire
Country United Kingdom
Postcode NG12 5GG
Telephone +44 (0)115 936 3143
Fax +44 (0)115 936 3276
Topic category code (ISO) geoscientificInformation (information pertaining to earth sciences)
Keyword source BGS Keyphrases
Spatial details
Spatial Reference System Latitude and Longitudes on undefined datum and spheroid []
Dataset extent
Coverage (Lat/Long) North boundary : 42.2
East boundary  : -12.16
South boundary : 42
West boundary  : -12.99
Metadata language English
Metadata last updated 11th July 2018
Metadata standard compliance NERC profile of ISO19115:2003
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