The Osservatorio Geofisico Sperimentale marine magnetic surveys in the Antarctic Seas

E. Lodolo, F. Coren, C. Zanolla


About 40 000 km of marine magnetic and gradiometric data have been collected during eight geophysical surveys conducted since the Austral summer 1987/1988 in the circum-antarctic seas, by the research vessel OGS-Explora. For the most surveyed areas (Ross Sea, Southwestern Pacific Ocean, and Southern Scotia Sea), the analysis of the acquired data have contributed to clarify important aspects of their geological structure and tectonic evolution. The main scientific results, obtained combining other available geophysical data (multichannel seismic profiles and satellite-derived data), will be briefly illustrated.


Marine magnetic and gradiometric profiles;sea-floor magnetic anomalies;tectonic reconstructions

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Published by INGV, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia - ISSN: 2037-416X