Abstract

Wide-angle recordings of small, multiple-hole blasts at dimension-stone quarries in the Elberton granite show coherent reflections at offsets between 7 and 15 km. In contrast with much larger blasts at crushed-stone quarries, this type of blast is fired without delays between holes. The data were recorded with an array of twenty portable seismographs using three-component, 4.5-Hz geophones. Migration of source gathers for two of the blasts shows a number of subhorizontal interfaces at depths between 2 and 4 km that may represent a layered complex near the base of the granite. Other reflectors include southeast-dipping interfaces at depths between 6 and 9.3 km and a more gently southeast-dipping complex at 9.5–11 km that may represent the master decollement. The results of the pilot study show that this type of quarry blast can be useful for imaging structure within the upper crust. Although preliminary, the wide-angle results support the interpretation that the Elberton granite is a tabular body less than 4 km thick.

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