College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Earth & Ocean Sciences

Andean Geophysical Laboratory

The Andean Geophysical Laboratory (AGL) was established at the University of South Carolina in 1987 to use geophysical methods to study plate boundary processes, and mountain and basin building in the Andean margin.

Active research areas include: 


Space Geodesy- Plate Boundary Processes

Advances in space geodesy have revolutionized our ability to study plate boundary processes, including the earthquake cycle, transient slip events, and arc-continent collisions. Starting in 1988, AGL led the CASA (Central And South America) GPS Project, the first to measure plate motions at a convergent plate boundary and the first with a civilian global tracking network. Current research focuses on the role of rigid indenters, "escape" and oblique subduction.




 Mountain and Basin Building Processes - Evolution of Petroleum Systems

  • 2D & 3D seismic interpretation
  • Structural modeling
  • Play/prospect Evaluation
  • Gravity
  • Magnetics



Evolution of The Southeastern United States

Southeastern North America has been shaped by some of the most significant geologic events of the past ~300 Ma.  The area of interest encompasses the South Georgia Basin, the largest of the buried Mesozoic rift basins in eastern North America; CAMP, one of the largest igneous provinces in the world, recorded in voluminous sills and dikes; and the Suwannee suture, the only well-defined Alleghenian suture that separated North America from Gondwana.  Defining the crustal architecture of the southeastern margin of North America is a rich scientific goal, as it records the large scale geologic processes responsible for the construction of the continental lithosphere of eastern North America spanning a Wilson cycle, including continental assembly by accretion, mountain building, rift initiation and evolution, and the evolution of the post-rift passive margin.

  • Alleghanian mountain building and collision
  • Igneous intrusions'
  • Continental rifting
  • Gold mineralization
  • Gravity, Magnetic, EM methods







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