SubFac Focus Site: Izu-Bonin-Mariana
This page is the home for data, figures, references that are relevant to the Subduction Factory Initiative and the IZU Bonin-Mariana focus area. If you have questions, suggestions, or if you want to submit data, please contact the MARGINS Office.
MARGINS Interdisciplinary Mini-Workshop at AGU 2006
MARGINS Interdisciplinary Mini-Workshop on the
Izu-Bonin-Marianas Subduction Factory Focus Site
Efforts to reach InterMARGINS and MARGINS-Subduction Factory science objectives in the Izu-Bonin-Mariana focus site have been enhanced by recent NOAA “Submarine Ring of Fire” investigations and the Japan Continental Shelf Project. Geoscientific studies in the region are being further stimulated by a set of IODP preproposals for drilling in the IBM arc system. These complementary efforts can be stimulated in turn by involving the MARGINS Subduction Factory community. This mini-workshop will inform the three communities of these efforts, solicit feedback, and explore possible synergies. The conveners also hope to present the status of a proposal for a future ~3 day MARGINS/IFREE Workshop to Integrate Subduction Factory and IODP Studies in the Izu-Bonin-Marianas Arc System.
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October 2001: Research Proposal summary, full text available as a PDF file:
U.S.-JAPAN COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: MULTI-SCALE SEISMIC IMAGING OF THE MARIANA SUBDUCTION FACTORY
We propose to carry out marine multi-channel seismic reflection, controlled-source wide-angle reflection/refraction, and passive recording of local and teleseismic earthquakes to provide a comprehensive velocity, attenuation, structural and stratigraphic image of the Mariana island-arc system, from the subducting Pacific Plate to the backarc, at 15° to 18°N. This will be the first completely integrated seismic study of any active arc.
Principal objectives are to determine:
Full proposal text, with figures, as a PDF file (3.6 MB)
Izu-Bonin-Mariana earthquake distribution maps and sections. Clicking on the small map to the left will open a web page with a clickable map of the earthquake distribution between 1964 and 1999, with cross sections showing the depth distribution. All maps and cross sections can be downloaded as high-resolution EPS files from the web page.
The maps are from:
Stern, R.J., M.J. Fouch, and S.L. Klemperer, An overview of the Izu-Bonin-Mariana subduction factory, in press, The Subduction Factory AGU Monograph, 2001.
Please visit Matthew Fouch's web
page or e-mail him for more information.
P-wave velocity structure of a typical intra-oceanic arc, measured by detailed OBS studies across the IBM arc at 32° 15' N. Contours represent lines of constant velocity (C.I. = 0.1 km/s; drawn thicker at 0.5 km/s intervals). Velocity structure is color-coded (after Suyehiro et al., 1996). See Fig. below for approximate location.
Locality map for the Izu-Bonin-Mariana arc system. The IBM arc system shows tremendous variations in tectonic style and morphologic expression, from collision with Japan in the north to the greatest deep in the world, the Challenger Deep, in the south. The Mariana Trough is an actively spreading back-arc basin and the Mariana forearc contains the only sites of active serpentine diapirism and fluid egress through a forearc. The detailed crustal section shown in Fig. above is from the northern part of this arc system.
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