SM2.12/G3.10/GD2.16/TS8.8Intraplate faulting and seismicity with special reference to the Fennoscandian postglacial fault province (co-organized)
|Co-Convener: Maria Ask|
During the last stages of the Weichselian glaciation (ca. 9,000-15,000 years B.P.), reduced ice loads and glacially affected stress fields resulted in active faulting in Fennoscandia with fault scarps up to 160 km in length and up to 30 m in height. These postglacial (PG) faults are usually SE dipping, SW-NE oriented thrusts, and represent reactivated, pre-existing crustal discontinuities. Postglacial faulting indicates that the glacio-isostatic compensation is not only a gradual viscoelastic phenomenon, but also includes unexpected violent earthquakes, suggestively larger than other known earthquakes in stable continental regions. We will explore the possibilities and benefits for investigating, via scientific drilling, the characteristics of postglacial faults in northern Fennoscandia, including their structure and rock properties, present and past seismic activity and state of stress, as well as hydrogeology and associated deep biosphere. A proposal is being prepared to the ICDP on postglacial fault drilling in Northern Fennoscandia. The research is anticipated to advance science in neotectonics, hydrogeology and deep biosphere studies, and provide important information for nuclear waste disposal, petroleum exploration on the Norwegian continental shelf and studies of mineral resources in PG fault areas. We invite researchers to submit presentations related to this intraplate deformation.