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Structure and Density of Sedimentary Basins in the Southern Part of the East-European Platform and Surrounding Area


Kaban,  M. K.
1.3 Earth System Modelling, 1.0 Geodesy, Departments, GFZ Publication Database, Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum;

Gvishiani,  Alexei
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Sidorov,  Roman
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Oshchenko,  Alexei
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Krasnoperov,  Roman I.
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Kaban, M. K., Gvishiani, A., Sidorov, R., Oshchenko, A., Krasnoperov, R. I. (2021): Structure and Density of Sedimentary Basins in the Southern Part of the East-European Platform and Surrounding Area. - Applied Sciences, 11, 2, 512.

Cite as: https://gfzpublic.gfz-potsdam.de/pubman/item/item_5005578
Modern satellite gravity missions and ground gravimetry provide operational data models that can be used in various studies in geology, tectonics, and climatology, etc. In the present study, sedimentary basins in the southern part of the East European Platform and adjoining areas including the Caucasus are studied by employing the approach based on decompensative gravity anomalies. The new model of sediments, implying their thickness and density, demonstrates several important features of the sedimentary cover, which were not or differently imaged by previous studies. We found a significant redistribution of the low-dense sediments in the Black Sea. Another principal feature is the increased thickness of relatively low-dense sediments in the Eastern Greater Caucasus. The deepest part of the South Caspian basin is shifted to the north, close to the Apsheron Trough. In its present position, it is almost joined with the Terek–Caspian depression, which depth is also increased. The thickness of sediments is significantly decreased in the eastern Pre-Caspian basin. Therefore, the new sedimentary cover model gives a more detailed description of its thickness and density, reveals new features and helps in better understanding of the evolution of the basins, providing a background for further detailed studies of the region.