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Alaska_3D 1.0


Visualization Through Alaska_3D 1.0 Thermal Structure. Isosurfaces and slices show the laterally variable upper plate thickness and outline the subducted Pacific plate and eastern Alaska slab edge (Jadamec and Billen, Nature, 2010; Jadamec and Billen, JGR, 2012; Jadamec et al., EPSL 2013; Haynie and Jadamec, Tectonics, 2017). Constructed with TECT_Mod3D (formerly SubductionGenerator program) written by Margarete Jadamec Data used to constrain structure listed in Jadamec and Billen (Nature, 2010; JGR 2012) and Jadamec et al., EPSL 2013.


The following ascii xyz files are two end-member geometries for the Aleutian-Alaska slab used to construct the two respective end-member 3D thermal structures for ALASKA_3D 1.0:

Alaska Slab E115 is the slab surface that best fits the observations.
Data File: Alaska Slab E115 (~33MB)

Data File: Alaska Slab E315 (~37MB)

The xyz files can be loaded into GMT for plotting and for the extraction of slab contours at your interval of choosing. When using the slab surfaces please cite: Jadamec and Billen, 2010, Nature, 465, p. 338-342. The seismic data sets I used to construct these two end-member Aleutian-Alaska slab surfaces are given in the Supplemental Information of Jadamec and Billen, 2010, Nature, 465, p. 338-342.

The naming refers to the depth of the "Eastern" part of the slab beneath the Wrangell mountains, in the E125(115) the eastern part is shorter, in the E325(315) it is longer. In the geodynamic model there is a difference between (a) the depth of the actual slab surface geometry and (b) the depth to which it is represented by a thermal anomaly. In the E125 and E115 references I am just referring to a different isotherm value. Jadamec et al. (2013) and Haynie and Jadamec (2017) used the SlabE115/E125 slab (i.e., the slab with the shorter segment beneath the Wrangells), whereas Jadamec and Billen (2010, 2012) tested the effects of both.

Movie: Comparison of SlabE115 to other Alaska Slab Geometry Models


Submitted/In Review

(9) *Haynie, K. L., and M. A. Jadamec, Submitted 2018, A Tectonic Framework for the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake, Nature.

(8) Torne, M., Jiménez–Munt, I., Vergés, J., Fernàndez, M., Carballo, A., and Jadamec, M., In Review 2018, A Crust and Lithosphere Model for Alaska and th e Adjacent Continental Shelves. Journal of Geophysical Research, Solid Earth.


(7) *Haynie, K. L. and M. A. Jadamec, 2017, Tectonic drivers of the Wrangell block: Insights on forearc sliver processes from 3D geodynamic models of Alaska. Tectonics, vol. 36, 28 pp. doi: 10.1002/2016tc004410

(6) Jadamec, M. A., 2016, Insights on slab-driven mantle flow from advances in three-dimensional modelling. Journal of Geodynamics, vol. 100, p. 51-70.,(In Press Proof)

(5) Jadamec, M. A. and Wallace, W. K., 2014, Thrust-Breakthrough of asymmetric anticlines: Observational constraints from surveys in the Brooks Range, Alaska. Journal of Structural Geology, 62, p. 109-124.

(4) Jadamec, M.A., Billen, M.I., and Roeske, S. M., 2013, Three-dimensional numerical models of flat slab subduction and the Denali fault driving deformation in south-central Alaska. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 376, p. 29-42. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2013.06.009, (PDF)

(3) Jadamec, M. A. , Billen, M. I., and Kreylos, O., 2012, Three-dimensional simulations of geometrically complex subduction with large viscosity variations. ACM Proceedings of the 2012 Conference on eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment. doi:10.1145/2335755.2335827,(PDF)

(2) Jadamec, M.A., and Billen, M.I., 2012, The role of rheology and slab shape on rapid mantle flow: 3D numerical models of the Alaska slab edge. Journal of Geophysical Research, 117, B02304. doi:10.1029/2011JB008563, (PDF)

(1) Jadamec, M.A., and Billen, M.I., 2010, Reconciling surface plate motions with rapid three-dimensional mantle flow around a slab edge. Nature, 465, p. 338-342. doi:10.1038/nature09053, (PDF), Suplemental Material (PDF)

*Indicates PhD student supervised.

3D geodynamic models demonstrate both flat slab subduction and the Denali fault shear zone are required to produce the far-field mountain building of the central Alaska Range. See published paper in EPSL (Jadamec et al., 2013). Video made in collaboration with Oliver Kreylos at the UC Davis KeckCAVES.