Citation: Zheng, T. Y., Y. H. Duan, W. W. Xu, Y. S. Ai (2017), A seismic model for crustal structure in North China Craton, Earth Planet. Phys., 1, 26-34, doi: 10.26464/epp2017004

2017, 1(1): 26-34. doi: 10.26464/epp2017004

A seismic model for crustal structure in North China Craton


Key Laboratory of Earth and Planetary Physics, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100029, China


Geophysical Exploration Center, China Earthquake Administration, Zhengzhou 450002, China


Institute of Geophysics, China Earthquake Administration, Beijing 100081, China

Corresponding author: TianYu Zheng,

Received Date: 2017-04-28
Web Publishing Date: 2017-01-01

We present a digital crustal model in North China Craton (NCC). The construction of crustal model is based on digitization of original seismic sounding profiles, and new results of three-dimensional structure images of receiver functions. The crustal model includes seismic velocity and thickness of crustal layers. The depths to Moho indicate a thinning crust ~30 km in the east areas and a general westward deepening to more than 40 km in the west. The P wave velocity varies from 2.0 to 5.6 km/s in the sedimentary cover, from 5.8 to 6.4 km/s in the upper crust, and from 6.5 to 7.0 km/s in the lower crust. By analyzing regional trends in crustal structure and links to tectonic evolution illustrated by typical profiles, we conclude that: (1) The delimited area by the shallowing Moho in the eastern NCC represents the spatial range of the craton destruction. The present structure of the eastern NCC crust retains the tectonic information about craton destruction by extension and magmatism; (2) The tectonic activities of the craton destruction have modified the crustal structure of the convergence boundaries at the northern and southern margin of the NCC; (3) The Ordos terrene may represent a relatively stable tectonic feature in the NCC, but with the tectonic remnant of the continental collision during the assembly of the NCC in the north-east area and the response to the lateral expansion of the Tibetan Plateau during the Cenozoic in the south-west.

Key words: crustal velocity model, Moho, sedimentary cover, tectonic evolution, north China Craton

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