Physical properties and elastic constants of upper crustal rocks from core-log measurements in Hole 504B

G. J. Iturrino, N. I. Christensen, K. Becker, L. O. Boldreel, P. K.H. Harvey, P. Pezard

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Abstract

Seismic velocities have been measured at confining pressures of 100 MPa and 600 MPa for sheeted dike samples. Compressional- and shear-wave velocities show an increase with depth at Hole 504B, which is in sharp contrast to the atmospheric pressure velocity measurements performed as part of the shipboard analyses. Rocks exposed to different types of alteration and fracture patterns show distinct changes in their physical properties. The seismic reflectors observed on the vertical seismic profile experiment may have been caused by low velocity zones resulting from alteration. The amount of fracturing and hydrothermal alteration in several zones also may have contributed to the acoustic impedance contrast. A comparison of physical properties between samples recovered from Hole 504B and ophiolite studies in the Bay of Islands and Oman shows a good correlation with a Bay of Islands but significant differences from the measurements performed in the Oman complex. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-291
Number of pages19
JournalUnknown Journal
DOIs
StatePublished - 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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