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Five vibrators trucks on a highway in a northern British Columbia; they provide sound energy for seismic reflection studies. Read more...
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Trans-Continental Lithospheric Cross-Section

A synthesis of the LITHOPROBE research has yielded three lithospheric cross-sections, one of which spans the entire continent. Extending down to the base of the North American plate (up to 270 km deep), the cross-sections illuminate the assembly of the North American continent at an unprecedented scale.  Posters of the cross-sections are available for download.

Access the LITHOPROBE seismic and MT data archive:
Seismic reflection, refraciton and magnetotelluric (MT) data collected by LITHOPROBE in its 10 transects across Canada now are archived at the Seismology and Electromagnetic Section of the Geological Survey of Canada. These data are available for interested companies, institutions and individuals. Please visit:


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LITHOPROBE is Canada's major national research project in the earth sciences. It combines multidisciplinary earth science studies of the Canadian landmass and surrounding offshore margins to determine how the northern North American continent has formed over geological time from 4000 million years ago to the present.

LITHOPROBE is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada and the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC), Natural Resources Canada.

Access Newly Published and Available Online and at your Bookstores:
Ghost Mountains and Vanished Oceans – North America from Birth to Middle Age:
a new book by John Wilson, author of Dancing Elephants and Floating Continents, and Ron Clowes, Director of LITHOPROBE, that is aimed at the general adult reader........ read more ...

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