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The Lithosphere book by Artemieva. Cambridge
Artemieva I.M., 2011.
The lithosphere:
An interdisciplinary

Cambridge University Press,
794 pp., ISBN 9780521843966.

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Thermal strcture of the lithosphere
  • Global thermal models for the continental crust and upper mantle,
  • global maps of lithosphere thickness (thermal LAB),
  • thermal structure of Europe and the Barents sea,
  • thermal structure of Greenland, lithosphere thickness, predicted heat flux, and ice melting,
  • thermal structure of Anatolia and dynamic topography

Compositional heterogeneity of continental lithospheric mantle
    Based on separation of thermal and non-thermal signal in:
  • seismic tomography models (global and regional, elastic and anelastic);
  • global and regional gravity models,
  • lithosphere mantle density heterogeneity in Europe, Siberia, China, Southern Africa, North Atlantics,
  • correlations of compositional anomalies with kimberlite locations,
  • lithosphere layering and the origin of mid-lithosphere discontinuity.

Growth rate of continental lithosphere and its secular evolution
  • growth and preservation rate of the continental lithosphere since the Archean based on a global thermal model
    complemented by tectono-thermal ages (1 deg x 1 deg global model TC1),
  • interaction of deep lithospheric roots with a convective mantle (the "basal drag" model of lithosphere erosion); it
    provides end-member constraints on lithosphere thickness in Paleozoic and Proterozoic-Archean regions,
  • lithosphere control on anorthosite magmatism.

Structure of the crust
  • Global trends in crustal structure,
  • regional (digital) seismic model for Europe (Western Europe and the East European craton to the Urals mnts) and the
    North Atlantics region,
  • regional (digital) seismic model for Siberia (West Siberian Basin and Siberian craton),
  • regional (digital) seismic model for the North China craton,
  • regional seismic model for southern Africa (from Zimbabwe craton to the Cape Fold belt) based on Receiver
  • analysis of crust-mantle interaction and control on thickness of continental crust based on the European examples,
  • structure of major sedimentary basins, mechanisms of basin subsidence in intraplate settings.

Regional studies of lithosphere structure and dynamic topography in Europe and southern Africa
  • thermo-chemical heterogeneity of lithospheric mantle based on seismic, free-board, and thermal data
  • links between crustal and mantle structure and surface topography;
  • regional dynamic topography models

Lithosphere deformation, rifting and seismic anisotropy
  • seismic anisotropy in young orogens and a model of creep in the upper mantle,
  • numerical modeling of lithosphere deformation during extension and continental rifting.

Anomalous oceanic lithosphere
  • anomalous lithosphere structure of the North Atlantic ocean; role of pre-exiting lithosphere heterogeneity on ocean
    spreading; global structure of the oceanic crust and lithosphere; implications for mantle potential temperatures.
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Irina M. Artemieva
Geology Section, IGN
University of Copenhagen
Øster Voldgade 10
Copenhagen DK-1350
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The major focus of my research is on the structure, composition, thermal regime, and
secular evolution of the (primarily, continental) lithosphere, structure of the crust, and
processes that create and modify the lithosphere
International Lithosphere
Programme ILP
What is the lithosphere?