3-D Density Modeling of the Combined EGM2008/Terrestrial Gravity Field over the Mt. Paekdu (N Korea/China) Stratovolcano and Its Evolution

Thursday, 18 December 2014: 9:00 AM
Hans-Juergen Goetze and Sungchan Choi, University of Kiel, Kiel, Germany
In the presentation we get use of the global gravity dataset EGM2008 and a local terrestrial gravity data survey for a constrained 3-D crustal density modeling of a stratovolcano and its surrounding area located close to the border of North Korea and China. The independent geophysical (seismic, seismology, geochemistry) and petrological constraints will be presented together with the preprocessing of data base by curvature analysis and Euler deconvolution. The multiple data base is used to assist a general interpretation of the investigated area in time, and the 3D density model (modelled by the inhouse IGMAS+ software). Mt. Paekdu is characterized by a low of Bouguer anomaly of some –110 ´ 10–5 m/s2, which is caused by the combined gravity effects of (1) Moho depth of about 40 km, (2) a zone with both lower P-wave velocity and density than the surrounding, (3) low density volcanic rocks at the surface, and (4) the presence of a magma chamber that has not previously been identified.

The terrestrial gravity field measured along the seismic profile shows a remarkable anomaly descending from the southern- to the northern flank of the Mt. Paekdu volcano, which should be a typical anomaly pattern generally obsered over the active volcanic area in the world (e.g. the Yellow Stone volcano). The trend is interpreted to be caused by a prominent density difference between a serious of high density mid crustal sill beneath the southern flank and a predicted partial melted zone locating in the northern flank. With the help of several geoscientific observations (seismic, electromagnetic, gravity and geochemistry) and the 3D density model we conclude that a high density sill was formed in Pliocene and early Pleistocene after pre-shield plateau-forming eruption. Since the Pliocene, volcanic activity in the Mt. Paekdu region might be migrated from the southeastern of North Korea to the northwest, following the path of NW–SE-trending faults. Recently observed seismic tremors can be explained by the vertical movement of the partial melted magma chamber beneath the northern part of the Mt. Baekdu volcanic area, which is confirmed by vertical stress calculation.