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New array monitors seismic activity near the Gulf of California in Mexico

Trampert, Jeannot and Paulssen, Hanneke and Van Wettum, Arie and Ritsema, Jeroen and Clayton, Robert and Castro, Raúl and Rebollar, Cecilio and Perez-Vertiti, Arturo (2003) New array monitors seismic activity near the Gulf of California in Mexico. Eos, 84 (4). pp. 29-32. ISSN 0096-3941. doi:10.1029/2003eo040002.

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The Gulf of California rift forms a geologically young and active plate boundary that links the San Andreas strike‐slip fault system in California to the oceanic spreading system of the East Pacific Rise. Although this is a classical example of a transform‐rift plate boundary, the tectonic evolution of the Gulf of California and surrounding regions is complex and poorly understood due to a lack of geological and geophysical data. In 2002, the Network of Autonomously Recording Seismographs(NARS)‐Baja network was consists of 19 broadband seismic stations deployed in the Baja‐California and Sonora provinces of Mexico (Figure 1). Since NARS‐Baja surrounds the Gulf of California rift system, it is ideal for constraining earthquake faulting processes and the crust‐mantle structure of the region. Moreover, NARS‐Baja, in combination with permanent Mexican and U.S. arrays, forms a unique linear array in excess of 4000 km that should lend itself ideally to seismological studies of the North American‐Pacific plate boundary on a larger scale. NARS‐Baja is planned to operate for at least 5 years. To promote involvement from the entire research community the data collected from the stations will be made available immediately following routine data quality checks.

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Additional Information:© 2003 American Geophysical Union. We are grateful to IRIS DMC for agreeing to archive and distribute our continuous waveform data. Funding for this project was provided by Utrecht University, the Dutch National Science Foundation (grant number NWO-GOA-750.396.01), and the U.S. National Science Foundation (grant number EAR-0111650 of the MARGINS program). Maintenance of CICESE broadband stations is partly funded by CONACYT project 37038-T. We thank the instrumental group in the physics faculty of Utrecht University for help in the design and building of the new NARS data logger. We thank the RESNOM and RANM groups in CICESE's department of seismology for helping to install the stations. We also gratefully acknowledge the participation of Antonio Mendoza and Luis Inzunza.
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Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO)NWO-GOA-750.396
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Official Citation:Trampert, J., H. Paulssen, A. Van Wettum, J. Ritsema, R. Clayton, R. Castro, C. Rebollar, A. Perez‐Vertiti, and CICESE (2003), New array monitors seismic activity near the Gulf of California in Mexico, Eos Trans. AGU, 84(4), 29–32, doi: 10.1029/2003EO040002
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