Data Services Products: EMC-Moho_Temperature Earth model of temperature (°C) at the base of the crust


An Earth model of temperature (°C) values at the base of the crust.


Name Moho_Temperature
Title Temperature (°C) at the base of the crust
Type Temperature from Pn Velocity
Sub Type Temperature (°C)
Year 2017
Short Description   The model provides latitude, longitude, temperature (°C), depth, Pn Velocity, temperature uncertainty (°C) at the base of the crust for the western United States.
Derek L. Schutt
Department of Geosciences
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado 80523 USA
Anthony R. Lowry
College of Science
Utah State University
Logan, Utah 84322 USA
Janine S. Buehler
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA 920935 USA
Previous Model NA
Reference Model NA
Model Download (see metadata ), is the netCDF file for the model
Depth Coverage Base of the crust
Area Western United States (latitude: 25°/50°; longitude: -126°/-88°)
Data Set Description [Schutt et al, 2018] Temperatures are calculated from the Pn tomographic model of Buehler and Shearer [2017]. 95% of Moho temperature estimates are between 444–892 °C, with extrema at 200 and 1160 °C. Temperatures over 800 °C correlate strongly with occurrences of <10 Ma magmatism, suggesting a weak lower crust.
Supplemental Information

Moho temperature at depths varying from 20 to 50 km
Moho temperature at depths varying from 20 to 50 km. Black circles are locations of <10 Ma volcanism (Earthchem, 2017).

Citations and DOIs

To cite the original work behind this Earth model:

  • Derek L. Schutt, Anthony R. Lowry, Janine S. Buehler (2018). Moho temperature and mobility of lower crust in the western United States. Geology ; 46 (3): 219–222.

To cite IRIS DMC Data Products effort:

  • Trabant, C., A. R. Hutko, M. Bahavar, R. Karstens, T. Ahern, and R. Aster (2012), Data Products at the IRIS DMC: Stepping Stones for Research and Other Applications, Seismological Research Letters, 83(5), 846–854,

DOI for this EMC webpage:


Buehler, J.S., and Shearer, P.M., 2017, Uppermost mantle seismic velocity structure beneath USArray: Journal of Geophysical Research. Solid Earth, v. 122, p. 436–448,


Model provided by Derek L. Schutt




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