Thread: SSA Session Announcement: Structure and Properties of Subducting Slabs and Deep Earthquakes

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Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to submit your abstracts to the following session of the 2023 Seismological Society of America (SSA) Annual Meeting (17–20 April 2023 | Puerto Rico):

Structure and Properties of Subducting Slabs and Deep Earthquakes

Subduction zones are among the most seismically active regions on Earth. Subducting slabs can affect the convection of the Earth's mantle and the geochemical evolution of the Earth. However, subducting slabs have complex structures and dynamics in terms of their geometry, age, deformation history, stress state, volatile content, thermal structure, and seismicity behavior. Most deep earthquakes (depth > 70 km) in the mantle occur in subducting slabs. They are further categorized as intermediate-depth earthquakes (70-350 km depth) and deep-focus earthquakes (350-700 km depth). The cause of deep earthquakes is still a major scientific puzzle.

In this session, we invite contributions that address the structure and properties of subducting slabs and deep earthquakes. We seek to bring together researchers from a wide range of studies including observations, laboratory experiments, numerical modeling, and theoretical analyses. Novel ideas/models/approaches and/or unusual datasets/observations are especially welcome. Broader scientific issues to be addressed may include slab structure, the distribution of volatile content and stress state in subducting slabs, and deep seismogenesis, as well as interactions between these topics.


German Prieto, Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Man Xu, The University of Chicago

Shanna Chu, U.S. Geological Survey,

S. Sindhusuta, The University of Illinois Chicago

Qiushi Zhai, California Institute of Technology

The deadline for abstract submission to the 2023 SSA Annual Meeting is January 11, 2023 (


Qiushi Zhai

Post Doctoral Scholar in Geophysics
Seismological Laboratory
California Institute of Technology

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