A test of the relationship between seismic velocity and heat production for crustal rocks

Kern, H. and Siegesmund, S. (1989) A test of the relationship between seismic velocity and heat production for crustal rocks Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 92 (1). pp. 89-94. DOI 10.1016/0012-821x(89)90023-x.

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Abstract

New heat production data of 40 rock samples comprising a wide variety of crustal rocks are compared with respective P-wave velocities and densities in order to test the empirical velocity-density-heat production systematics proposed by Rybach and Buntebarth [1,2], which have been used by several investigators to determine heat production with depth in the crust. Our laboratory data do not convincingly fit any of the proposed relationships. The lack of confirmation is attributed to the fact that the physical rock properties are mainly related to the single crystal properties of the respective major minerals, whereas heat production in the rocks results from radiogenic components, which are largely concentrated in accessory minerals.

Document Type: Article
Research affiliation: Kiel University
Refereed: No
DOI etc.: 10.1016/0012-821x(89)90023-x
ISSN: 0012-821X
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2012 09:29
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2012 07:33
URI: http://eprints.uni-kiel.de/id/eprint/15529

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