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Acquisition of a unique onshore/offshore geophysical and geochemical dataset in the Northern Malawi (Nyasa) Rift

September 7, 2016

The Study of Extension and maGmatism in Malawi aNd Tanzania (SEGMeNT) project acquired a comprehensive suite of geophysical and geochemical datasets across the northern Malawi (Nyasa) rift in the East Africa rift system. Onshore/offshore active and passive seismic data, long‐period and wideband magnetotelluric data, continuous Global Positioning System data, and geochemical samples were acquired between 2012 and 2016. This combination of data is intended to elucidate the sedimentary, crustal, and upper‐mantle architecture of the rift, patterns of active deformation, and the origin and age of rift‐related magmatism. A unique component of our program was the acquisition of seismic data in Lake Malawi, including seismic reflection, onshore/offshore wide‐angle seismic reflection/refraction, and broadband seismic data from lake‐bottom seismometers, a towed streamer, and a large towed air‐gun source.

Publication Year 2016
Title Acquisition of a unique onshore/offshore geophysical and geochemical dataset in the Northern Malawi (Nyasa) Rift
DOI 10.1785/0220160112
Authors Donna J. Shillington, J. B. Gaherty, Cynthia J. Ebinger, Christopher A. Scholz, Kate Selway, Andrew A. Nyblade, Paul A. Bedrosian, Cornelia Class, Scott Nooner, Matthew E. Pritchard, Julie L. Elliott, Patrick R. N. Chindandali, Gaby Mbogoni, Richard Wambura Ferdinand, Nelson Boniface, Shukrani Manya, Godson Kamihanda, Elifuraha Saria, Gabriel Mulibo, Jalf Salima, Abdul Mruma, Leonard Kalindekafe, Natalie J. Accardo, Ntambila Daud, Marsella Kachingwe, Gary T. Mesko, Tannis McCartney, Melania Maquay, J. P. O'Donnell, Gabrielle Tepp, Khalfan Mtelela, Per Trinhammer, Douglas Wood, Ernest Aaron, Mark Gibaud, Martin Rapa, Cathy Pfeifer, Felix Mphepo, Duncan Gondwe, Gabriella Arroyo, Celia Eddy
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Seismological Research Letters
Index ID 70209683
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Crustal Geophysics and Geochemistry Science Center