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U.S. Geological Survey Crustal Studies Technical Letter Number 18

In cooperation with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Compilation of Seismic-Refraction Crustal Data in the Soviet Union

By Robert Rodriguez, William P. Durbin, Jr., J.H. Healy, and David H. Warren


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The U.S. Geological Survey is preparing a series of terrain atlases of the Sino-Soviet bloc of nations for use in a possible nuclear-test detection program. Part of this project is concerned with the compilation and evaluation of crustal-structure data. To date, a compilation has been made of data from Russian publications that discuss seismic refraction and gravity studies of crustal structure. Although this compilation deals mainly with explosion seismic-refraction measurements, some results from earthquake studies are also included. None of the data have been evaluated.

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Rodriguez, R., Durbin, W.P., Jr., Healy, J.H., and Warren, D.H., 1964, Compilation of seismic-refraction crustal data in the Soviet Union: U.S. Geological Survey Crustal Studies Technical Letter Number 18, 9 p., 4 sheets, scale 1:5,000,000. (Available at



Description of the Compilation


List A - Baltic Shield - Caucasus

List B - Caspian Sea - Turkmenia

List C - Lake Balkhash

List D - Lake Baykal - Pacific Ocean

List E - Additional Sources

List F - "Deep Seismic Soundings of the Earth's Crust in the U.S.S.R., a Collection of Reports"

4 sheets

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