Lateral density anomalies and the earth's gravitational field
- Lowrey, B. E.
- May 1, 1978.
- Physical Description:
- 1 electronic document
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- The interpretation of gravity is valuable for understanding lithospheric plate motion and mantle convection. Postulated models of anomalous mass distributions in the earth and the observed geopotential as expressed in the spherical harmonic expansion are compared. In particular, models of the anomalous density as a function of radius are found which can closely match the average magnitude of the spherical harmonic coefficients of a degree. These models include: (1) a two-component model consisting of an anomalous layer at 200 km depth (below the earth's surface) and at 1500 km depth (2) a two-component model where the upper component is distributed in the region between 1000 and 2800 km depth, and(3) a model with density anomalies which continuously increase with depth more than an order of magnitude.
- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 19780022811.
Accession ID: 78N30754.
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