By including the data on crustal structure, the temperature distribution was calculated for a sizeable part of the Central Segment of the European Geotraverse. A two-dimensional steady-state equation of heat conduction in an inhomogeneous medium was solved by means of the finite difference method and several slightly different approaches are compared and discussed. The data compiled on the surface heat flow together with the data from the vertical distribution of thermal conductivity and from the heat production along the EGT served to test the computation techniques and assess the resultant temperature field. It is shown that quite flat isotherms could be expected along the Central Segment with values of 800°-900°C, which are typical at 40 km deep.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Earth-Surface Processes