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  1. Magnetotellurics as a multiscale geophysical exploration method

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    Carbonari, Rolando; D'Auria, Luca; Di Maio, Rosa; Petrillo, Zaccaria

    2016-04-01

    Magnetotellurics (MT) is a geophysical method based on the use of natural electromagnetic signals to define subsurface electrical resistivity structure through electromagnetic induction. MT waves are generated in the Earth's atmosphere and magnetosphere by a range of physical processes, such as magnetic storms, micropulsations, lightning activity. Since the underground MT wave propagation is of diffusive type, the longer is the wavelength (i.e. the lower the wave frequency) the deeper will be the propagation depth. Considering the frequency band commonly used in MT prospecting (10-4 Hz to 104 Hz), the investigation depth ranges from few hundred meters to hundreds of kilometers. This means that magnetotellurics is inherently a multiscale method and, thus, appropriate for applications at different scale ranging from aquifer system characterization to petroleum and geothermal research. In this perspective, the application of the Wavelet transform to the MT data analysis could represent an excellent tool to emphasize characteristics of the MT signal at different scales. In this note, the potentiality of such an approach is studied. In particular, we show that the use of a Discrete Wavelet (DW) decomposition of measured MT time-series data allows to retrieve robust information about the subsoil resistivity over a wide range of spatial (depth) scales, spanning up to 5 orders of magnitude. Furthermore, the application of DWs to MT data analysis has proven to be a flexible tool for advanced data processing (e.g. non-linear filtering, denoising and clustering).

  2. Quadratic function approaching method for magnetotelluric soundingdata inversion

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    Liangjun, Yan; Wenbao, Hu; Zhang, Keni

    2004-04-05

    The quadratic function approaching method (QFAM) is introduced for magnetotelluric sounding (MT) data inversion. The method takes the advantage of that quadratic function has single extreme value, which avoids leading to an inversion solution for local minimum and ensures the solution for global minimization of an objective function. The method does not need calculation of sensitivity matrix and not require a strict initial earth model. Examples for synthetic data and field measurement data indicate that the proposed inversion method is effective.

  3. A new method to compensate for bias in magnetotellurics

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    Müller, A.

    2000-07-01

    Error estimates from statistical regression analysis are often obviously too small, leading to doubts about the given equations, the statistical method itself and finally, with resignation, to the conclusion that mathematical equations and reality never agree. However, for magnetotelluric data we have found an almost perfect fit between observed scattering and predicted confidence limits of regression coefficients after accounting for a systematic error-the bias. Different methods to compensate for bias in magnetotelluric impedance estimation have been described using additional data from a reference station. However, sufficiently accurate reference data are often not available. A new method has been developed that enables bias compensation without additional data. For the new method we derive a linear relationship between the effect of bias and an expression depending on the data fit. From this we extrapolate the solution for the unbiased impedance. The new method assumes a special model of uncorrelated noise as well as an approximation for the structure of the impedance tensor. From each pair of components of the unrotated impedance tensor corresponding to the same output channel, one of the pair can be compensated if its magnitude is large compared to that of the other. The method has been successfully applied in many cases. We claim that the solution is closer to the true impedance than any solution based on the selection of events. It gives a measure of the partitioning of noise between the electric and magnetic channels. We applied the method to measurements from the North Anatolian Fault Zone (Turkey) and from the Merapi volcano (Central Java) in the period range 10-2500s. Different instrumentation was used for the two sets of measurements, but in both cases we used fluxgate magnetometers to measure the magnetic variations.

  4. On resolution of the method of directional magnetotelluric soundings

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    Savin, Mihail

    2015-12-01

    The problem is to examine the resolution of directional magnetotelluric soundings (DMTS). Abrupt changes of impedances Z^e,h of electrical and magnetic types in critical region of parameters R 0, Jωμσ where R=Re[(K_x)2+(K_y)2], J=Im[(K_x)2+(K_y)2] are shown to result in significantly higher resolution of the method as compared with the traditional interpretation using Tikhonov-Cagniard impedance Z^0. The stability of solution of DMTS method inverse problem is considered subject to field measurement errors limited the resolution. The minimum of the limits is determined for the conductivity Δσ/σ small variations. For studying DMTS resolution as applied to MT monitoring of earthquake site the mathematical experiment for three-layer geoelectric model was carried out. When changing the earthquake site conductivity of Δσ ∼ ±10 variations of reflection coefficient of electric mode ΔQe are in the range of 20% that is significantly more than the field measurement error. The possibility for prediction modeling in the context of obtained results is discussed.

  5. A new magnetotelluric inversion scheme using generalized RRI method

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    Yamane, Kazunobu; Takasugi, Shinji; Lee, Ki Ha

    1996-09-01

    A new two-dimensional (2-D) magnetotelluric (MT) inversion scheme is proposed in this paper. This scheme is based on a locally 2-D analysis in order to minimize computational time and computer memory. The MT governing equation is linearized in terms of the magnetic field and electrical conductivity for the perturbation analysis. The perturbed equation is then multiplied by a test function and integrated over the cross-section. Integrating by parts and then substituting this test function with local magnetic fields, a new equation is obtained that is a 2-D variational integral for the electrical conductivity. The new equation is general in the sense that it can explicitly include the horizontal derivative of the magnetic field. If the horizontal derivative term is eliminated, the new equation becomes identical to the Rapid Relaxation Inversion (RRI) scheme proposed by Smith and Booker (J. Geophys. Res., 96: 3905-3922, 1991).

  6. Numerical solution of 3-D magnetotelluric using vector finite element method

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    Prihantoro, Rudy; Sutarno, Doddy; Nurhasan

    2015-09-01

    Magnetotelluric (MT) is a passive electromagnetic (EM) method which measure natural variations of electric and magnetic vector fields at the Earth surface to map subsurface electrical conductivity/resistivity structure. In this study, we obtained numerical solution of three-dimensional (3-D) MT using vector finite element method by solving second order Maxwell differential equation describing diffusion of plane wave through the conductive earth. Rather than the nodes of the element, the edges of the element is used as a vector basis to overcome the occurrence of nonphysical solutions that usually faced by scalar (node based) finite element method. Electric vector fields formulation was used and the resulting system of equation was solved using direct solution method to obtain the electric vector field distribution throughout the earth resistivity model structure. The resulting MT response functions was verified with 1-D layered Earth and 3-D2 COMMEMI outcropping structure. Good agreement is achieved for both structure models.

  7. Efficient computational methods for electromagnetic imaging with applications to 3D magnetotellurics

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    Kordy, Michal Adam

    The motivation for this work is the forward and inverse problem for magnetotellurics, a frequency domain electromagnetic remote-sensing geophysical method used in mineral, geothermal, and groundwater exploration. The dissertation consists of four papers. In the first paper, we prove the existence and uniqueness of a representation of any vector field in H(curl) by a vector lying in H(curl) and H(div). It allows us to represent electric or magnetic fields by another vector field, for which nodal finite element approximation may be used in the case of non-constant electromagnetic properties. With this approach, the system matrix does not become ill-posed for low-frequency. In the second paper, we consider hexahedral finite element approximation of an electric field for the magnetotelluric forward problem. The near-null space of the system matrix for low frequencies makes the numerical solution unstable in the air. We show that the proper solution may obtained by applying a correction on the null space of the curl. It is done by solving a Poisson equation using discrete Helmholtz decomposition. We parallelize the forward code on multicore workstation with large RAM. In the next paper, we use the forward code in the inversion. Regularization of the inversion is done by using the second norm of the logarithm of conductivity. The data space Gauss-Newton approach allows for significant savings in memory and computational time. We show the efficiency of the method by considering a number of synthetic inversions and we apply it to real data collected in Cascade Mountains. The last paper considers a cross-frequency interpolation of the forward response as well as the Jacobian. We consider Pade approximation through model order reduction and rational Krylov subspace. The interpolating frequencies are chosen adaptively in order to minimize the maximum error of interpolation. Two error indicator functions are compared. We prove a theorem of almost always lucky failure in the

  8. Polarisation analysis of magnetotelluric time series using a wavelet-based scheme: A method for detection and characterisation of cultural noise sources

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    Escalas, M.; Queralt, P.; Ledo, J.; Marcuello, A.

    2013-05-01

    The identification and elimination of cultural noise that affects magnetotelluric (MT) time series presents a challenge in the vicinity of industrialised, urban or farming areas. Most noise sources are fixed in space and create a signal with certain polarisation properties. In this paper, we propose a new method for detection and characterisation of cultural noise sources in magnetotelluric time series based on polarisation analysis of the electromagnetic signal in the time-frequency domain using a wavelet scheme. We tested the proposed method with synthetic polarised signals and experimental time series corresponding to a field experiment with a controlled EM source and several MT real cases. The results demonstrated the difference between the polarisation properties of the natural MT signal and the signal contaminated by a controlled source or by cultural noise.

  9. Quasibreathers in the MMT model

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    Pushkarev, A.; Zakharov, V. E.

    2013-04-01

    We report numerical detection of a new type of localized structures in the frame of Majda-McLaughlin-Tabak (MMT) model adjusted for description of essentially nonlinear gravity waves on the surface of ideal deep water. These structures-quasibreathers or oscillating quasisolitons-can be treated as groups of freak waves closely resembling experimentally observed “Three Sisters” wave packets on the ocean surface. The MMT model has quasisolitonic solutions. Unlike NLSE solitons, MMT quasisolitons are permanently backward radiating energy, but nevertheless do exist during thousands of carrier wave periods. Quasisolitons of small amplitude are regular and stable, but large-amplitude ones demonstrate oscillations of amplitude and spectral shape. This effect can be explained by periodic formation of weak collapses, carrying out negligibly small amount of energy. We call oscillating quasisolitons “quasibreathers”.

  10. Method for Simultaneously improving the thermal stability and mechanical properties of poly(lactic acid): effect of high-energy electrons on the morphological, mechanical, and thermal properties of PLA/MMT nanocomposites.

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    Wang, De-Yi; Gohs, Uwe; Kang, Nian-Jun; Leuteritz, Andreas; Boldt, Regine; Wagenknecht, Udo; Heinrich, Gert

    2012-08-28

    Nanocomposites derived from poly(lactic acid) (PLA) and organically modified montmorillonite (oMMT) have been cross-linked by high-energy electrons in the presence of triallyl cyanurate (TAC). The morphology of untreated and cross-linked PLA/MMT nanocomposites was characterized by wide-angle X-ray scattering (WAXS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). This treatment can improve both the thermal stability and the glass-transition temperatures of the PLA nanocomposites (e.g., PLA-MMT-TAC 30kGy, 50kGy, and 70kGy) because of the formation of cross-linking structures in the nanocomposites that will considerably reduce the mobility of polymers. Interestingly, at relatively low irradiation doses (e.g., 30 and 50 kGy) a good balance between tensile strength and elongation at break for the PLA nanocomposites could be achieved. These mechanical properties are superior to those of pure PLA. Therefore, combining nanotechnology and electron beam cross-linking is a promising new method of simultaneously improving the mechanical properties (toughness and tensile strength) and thermal stability of PLA. PMID:22845883

  11. The subsurface cross section resistivity using magnetotelluric method in Pelabuhan Ratu area, West Java, implication for geological hazard mitigation

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    Gaffar, Eddy Z.

    2016-02-01

    Pelabuhan Ratu area is located on the south coast of West Java. Pelabuhan Ratu area's rapid development and population growth were partly stimulated by the Indonesian Government Regulation No. 66 the year 1998 that made Pelabuhan Ratu the capital city of the district of Sukabumi. Because of this fact, it is very important to create a geological hazard mitigation plan for the area. Pelabuhan Ratu were passed by two major faults: Cimandiri fault in the western and Citarik fault in the eastern. Cimandiri fault starts from the upstream of Cimandiri River to the southern of Sukabumi and Cianjur city. While Citarik fault starts from the Citarik River until the Salak Mountain. These two faults needs to be observed closely as they are prone to cause earthquake in the area. To mitigate earthquake that is estimated will occur at Cimandiri fault or the Citarik fault, the Research Center for Geotechnology LIPI conducted research using Magnetotelluric (MT) method with artificial Phoenix MT tool to determine the cross-section resistivity of the Pelabuhan Ratu and the surrounding area. Measurements were taken at 40 points along the highway towards Jampang to Pelabuhan Ratu, and to Bandung towards Cibadak with a distance of less than 500 meters between the measuring points. Measurement results using this tool will generate AMT cross-section resistivity to a depth of 1500 meters below the surface. Cross-section resistivity measurement results showed that there was a layer of rock with about 10 Ohm-m to 1000 Ohm-m resistivity. Rocks with resistivity of 10 Ohm-m was interpreted as conductive rocks that were loose or sandstone containing water. If an earthquake to occur in this area, it will lead to a strong movement and liquefaction that will destroy buildings and potentially cause casualties in this area.

  12. A Study of Static Shift Removal Methods in a 3D Magnetotelluric Survey at Pisagua Fault, Chile.

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    Bascur, J.; Comte, D.; Dias, D.; Siripunvaraporn, W.

    2014-12-01

    The static shift is one of the main problems that cause misleads in the magnetotellurics (MT) interpretation. This work presents a study comparing methods for removing the static shift effect from MT data acquired around the Pisagua Fault in Chile (2014). This evaluation considers the methods based on the joint inversion of the subsurface resistivity with the static shift effect and the calibration based on the TDEM data.First, it was developed a formulation in the data space, following the work of W. Siripunvaraporn (2005), that allows the joint inversion of the resistivity model and the static shift effect. That formulation makes it possible to use any linear representation for removing the static shift in the MT stations. This property permits compare the representation proposed by Sasaki (2004) and the static shift tensor, which use a 2x2 matrix to correct the effect. The last one is suggested to be a better model for 3D MT responses, because it can reproduce the distortion on the phase of MT data.Twenty one stations, measuring MT and TDEM methods, were acquired at the east side of the Pisagua town in the North of Chile (figure). In this place, there is an evident scarp on the topography that reveals the existence of an important fault (Pisagua Fault). Also, the Chilean desert at this location is characterized by the presence of shallow nitrate deposits (called "caliche"), whose have an elevated electrical resistance and can produce the static shift effect in the MT stations. For those reasons it was expected that the sector around the Pisagua Fault was an adequate place to evaluate static correction methods, because the data certainly would be distorted by the static shift and a successful correction method should reveal the fault observed at surface.The MT data acquired have mostly a 3D dimensionality (using A. Marti criteria, 2009) and show signs of being static shifted. A 3D inversion of this data, without considering the static shift, results in a poor

  13. MMT and Magellan infrared spectrograph

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    McLeod, Brian A.; Fabricant, Daniel; Geary, John; Martini, Paul; Nystrom, George; Elston, Richard; Eikenberry, Stephen S.; Epps, Harland

    2004-09-01

    We present the preliminary design for the MMT and Magellan Infrared Spectrograph (MMIRS). MMIRS is a fully refractive imager and multi-object spectrograph that uses a 2048x2048 pixel Hawaii2 HgCdTe array. It offers a 7'x7' imaging field of view and a 4'x7' field of view for multi-object spectroscopy. Dispersion is provided by a set of 5 grisms providing R=3000 at J, H, or K, or R=1300 in J+H or H+K.

  14. Parallel three-dimensional magnetotelluric inversion using adaptive finite-element method. Part I: theory and synthetic study

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    Grayver, Alexander V.

    2015-07-01

    This paper presents a distributed magnetotelluric inversion scheme based on adaptive finite-element method (FEM). The key novel aspect of the introduced algorithm is the use of automatic mesh refinement techniques for both forward and inverse modelling. These techniques alleviate tedious and subjective procedure of choosing a suitable model parametrization. To avoid overparametrization, meshes for forward and inverse problems were decoupled. For calculation of accurate electromagnetic (EM) responses, automatic mesh refinement algorithm based on a goal-oriented error estimator has been adopted. For further efficiency gain, EM fields for each frequency were calculated using independent meshes in order to account for substantially different spatial behaviour of the fields over a wide range of frequencies. An automatic approach for efficient initial mesh design in inverse problems based on linearized model resolution matrix was developed. To make this algorithm suitable for large-scale problems, it was proposed to use a low-rank approximation of the linearized model resolution matrix. In order to fill a gap between initial and true model complexities and resolve emerging 3-D structures better, an algorithm for adaptive inverse mesh refinement was derived. Within this algorithm, spatial variations of the imaged parameter are calculated and mesh is refined in the neighborhoods of points with the largest variations. A series of numerical tests were performed to demonstrate the utility of the presented algorithms. Adaptive mesh refinement based on the model resolution estimates provides an efficient tool to derive initial meshes which account for arbitrary survey layouts, data types, frequency content and measurement uncertainties. Furthermore, the algorithm is capable to deliver meshes suitable to resolve features on multiple scales while keeping number of unknowns low. However, such meshes exhibit dependency on an initial model guess. Additionally, it is demonstrated

  15. Hydrogeological investigation in Santiago Island (Cabo Verde) using magnetotellurics and VLF methods

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    Monteiro Santos, Fernando A.; Almeida, Eugénio P.; Gomes, Mota; Pina, António

    2006-08-01

    A geoelectromagnetic research was carried out in the Santa Cruz region (Santiago Island, Cabo Verde) during June 2004. The survey comprised MT soundings and VLF profiles. The main purpose of the MT profile, carried out across three important valleys associated with freshwater aquifers, was to study the tectonic structures correlated to seawater infiltration. The VLF method was used inside of the valleys for investigating shallow structures related to the aquifer contamination by seawater. Numerical modelling shows that the ocean effect is not important for MT data collected at periods shorter than 1 s. The MT data were inverted using a two-dimensional approach, to obtain the sub-superficial electrical conductivity distribution. The VLF data were processed applying the Karous-Hjelt filters to obtain the equivalent current distribution and inverted using 2-D approach. The results obtained in one of the most important valleys show anomalous current concentration/low resistivity (<20 Ω m) areas at depths greater than 40 m that may correspond to an increase in seawater content. The MT data modelling show that the deep zones beneath the valley are strongly fractured representing good pathways for seawater circulation. The depth of the conductive zones increases from south to north, suggesting a northward decreasing of the seawater infiltration effect. This observation correlates very well with in situ geochemical observations.

  16. MMT adaptive secondary prototype development

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    Biasi, Roberto; Gallieni, Daniele

    1998-09-01

    We designed and manufacture dan 'Adaptive Secondary Mirror 30 Actuators Prototype' that represents as much as possible the final MMT adaptive optics unit for what concerns mechanical, electronic and cooling system issues. Moreover, different actuator designs have been tested by using the same test bench. The adaptive secondary is based on a thin continuous facesheet mirror moved by electromagnetic actuators. Permanent magnets are glued on the mirror, while voice coils are connected to the support structure by cold fingers. A capacitive sensor co-located with each actuator measures the local gap between the mirror and a reference back plate. Voice coil motors allow to perform chopping and tip-tilt correction by using directly the deformable mirror. Actuators pitch is set to achieve high order correction in the visible wavelength.

  17. Determination of the Lithosphere-Asthenosphere Boundary (LAB) beneath the Nógrád-Gömör Volcanic Field by combined geophysical (magnetotellurics) and geochemical methods

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    Novák, Attila; Klébesz, Rita; Szabó, Csaba; Patkó, Levente; Liptai, Nóra; Kovács, Zoltán; Wesztergom, Viktor; Ádám, Antal; Lemperger, István; Kis, Árpád; Molnár, Csaba; Szendrői, Judit

    2014-05-01

    Understanding the fundamental role of LAB is substantial for the investigation of the geodynamic evolution of the Earth. The LAB depths can be estimated by different geophysical methods (seismology, magnetotellurics), however these depths are controversial. It has been emphasized in the literature that combined geophysical and geochemical approach may lead to better understanding of these depths. The magnetotellurics (MT) is very powerful method because it indicates the sudden increase in conductivity at the LAB. The mantle xenoliths (small fragments of the lithospheric mantle) provide the information to reconstruct their P-T paths. In the Carpathian-Pannon region (CPR) five, well-studied occurrences of mantle xenoliths-bearing Plio-Pleistocene alkali basalts are known, which makes the CPR a very promising area for investigating the inconsistency in the LAB estimates. As a test area Nógrád-Gömör Volcanic Field (NGVF) has been chosen. The host basalt erupted at the NGVF collected mantle xenoliths from a small volume of the upper mantle in a depth of about 40-50 km. The major element geochemistry of the studied xenoliths indicates that most of them represent common lherzolitic mantle, whereas others show strong wehrlitisation process. This metasomatism is supposed to be caused by a migrating mafic melt agent, resulting in the transformation of a large portion of lherzolite to wehrlite beneath the NGVF, possibly just below the crust mantle boundary. In aim to detect the LAB at the research area and find the correlation with petrologic and geochemical results we carried out MT deep soundings. The campaign contained 12 long period MT stations with 3-5 km average spacing along 60 km long profile SSE to NNW direction. This presentation summarizes the preliminary results of the combined geophysical and geochemical approaches to determine the LAB depths.

  18. Characterizing a large shear-zone with seismic and magnetotelluric methods: The case of the Dead Sea Transform

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    Maercklin, N.; Bedrosian, P.A.; Haberland, C.; Ritter, O.; Ryberg, T.; Weber, M.; Weckmann, U.

    2005-01-01

    Seismic tomography, imaging of seismic scatterers, and magnetotelluric soundings reveal a sharp lithologic contrast along a ???10 km long segment of the Arava Fault (AF), a prominent fault of the southern Dead Sea Transform (DST) in the Middle East. Low seismic velocities and resistivities occur on its western side and higher values east of it, and the boundary between the two units coincides partly with a seismic scattering image. At 1-4 km depth the boundary is offset to the east of the AF surface trace, suggesting that at least two fault strands exist, and that slip occurred on multiple strands throughout the margin's history. A westward fault jump, possibly associated with straightening of a fault bend, explains both our observations and the narrow fault zone observed by others. Copyright 2005 by the American Geophysical Union.

  19. A MATLAB GUI based algorithm for modelling Magnetotelluric data

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    Timur, Emre; Onsen, Funda

    2016-04-01

    The magnetotelluric method is an electromagnetic survey technique that images the electrical resistivity distribution of layers in subsurface depths. Magnetotelluric method measures simultaneously total electromagnetic field components such as both time-varying magnetic field B(t) and induced electric field E(t). At the same time, forward modeling of magnetotelluric method is so beneficial for survey planning purpose, for comprehending the method, especially for students, and as part of an iteration process in inverting measured data. The MTINV program can be used to model and to interpret geophysical electromagnetic (EM) magnetotelluric (MT) measurements using a horizontally layered earth model. This program uses either the apparent resistivity and phase components of the MT data together or the apparent resistivity data alone. Parameter optimization, which is based on linearized inversion method, can be utilized in 1D interpretations. In this study, a new MATLAB GUI based algorithm has been written for the 1D-forward modeling of magnetotelluric response function for multiple layers to use in educational studies. The code also includes an automatic Gaussian noise option for a demanded ratio value. Numerous applications were carried out and presented for 2,3 and 4 layer models and obtained theoretical data were interpreted using MTINV, in order to evaluate the initial parameters and effect of noise. Keywords: Education, Forward Modelling, Inverse Modelling, Magnetotelluric

  20. Magnetotelluric Data, Stable Distributions and Stable Regression

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    Chave, A. D.

    2013-12-01

    The author has noted for many years that the residuals from robust or bounded influence estimates of the magnetotelluric response function are systematically long tailed compared to a Gaussian or Rayleigh distribution. Consequently, the standard statistical model of a Gaussian core contaminated by a fraction of outlying data is not really valid. However, the typical result is an improvement on ordinary least squares, and has become standard in the electromagnetic induction community. A recent re-evaluation of the statistics of magnetotelluric response function estimation has shown that, in almost all cases, the residuals are alpha stable rather than Gaussian. Alpha stable distributions are characterized by four parameters: a shape parameter lying on (0, 2], a skewness parameter, a scale parameter and a location parameter, and cannot be expressed in closed form except for a few special cases. When the shape parameter is 2, the result is Gaussian, but when it is smaller the resulting distribution has infinite variance. Typical magnetotelluric residuals are alpha stable with a shape parameter lying between 1 and 2. This suggests that robust methods improve response function estimates by eliminating data corresponding to the largest stable residuals while leaving the bulk of the population alone. A better statistical approach is based on stable regression that directly accommodates the actual residual distribution without eliminating the most extreme ones. This paper will introduce such an algorithm, and illustrate its functionality with a variety of magnetotelluric data. Further work remains to produce a robust stable regression algorithm that will eliminate real outliers such as lightning strikes or instrument problems without affecting the bulk stable population. Stable distributions are intimately associated with fractional derivative physical processes. Since the Maxwell equations and the constitutive relations pertaining to the earth do not contain any fractional

  1. Determination of near-surface, crustal and lithospheric structures in the Canadian Precambrian Shield using time-domain electromagnetic and magnetotelluric methods

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    Wu, Xianghong

    Two electromagnetic methods were used to analyse the geoelectric structure of the subsurface of regions of the Precambrian Shield in Canada: the magnetotelluric (MT) and time-domain electromagnetic (TEM) methods. Magnetotelluric soundings were made at 60 sites in the southwestern Northwest Territories, Canada, along the LITHOPROBE SNORCLE Transect Corridor 1 and 1A, in the summer of 1996. The sites are located in southwestern Northwest Territories, Canada, between latitudes 60°--65°N and longitudes 110°--125°W, and cross the Archean Slave Province, the Proterozoic Buffalo Head, Great Bear Magmatic Arc, Hottah, Fort Simpson and Nahanni terranes, and the Great Slave Lake Shear Zone. Phanerozoic sedimentary rocks overlie the Proterozoic terranes. The main object of this project is to map the fracture zones and fresh/saline water interface in Precambrian granitic rocks using the surface TEM method. The TEM surveys were completed at Sites B, D, URL and A. A GEONICS PROTEM47 system with a 100 m transmitter loop was used. The data were collected for receiver offsets ranging from 0--280 m on four sides of transmitter loop. Analysis of the TEM and borehole log data indicates a basic three-layer structure: a thin conductive surface layer, a thick resistive second layer with an embedded conductive layer at some stations, and a conductive bottom layer. The results of this study show the TEM method can be used to investigate the fracture zones and groundwater salinity distribution in the Precambrian granitic rocks and contribute to site investigations for nuclear waste deposit. The TEM study in the Lac du Bonnet Batholith was successful in demonstrating the potential of the TEM methods in mapping groundwater salinity in granitic batholith. The PROTEM47 instrument, in combination with a 100 m transmitter loop, provides a suitable TEM system for mapping the resistivity structure of the Lac du Bonnet batholith down to a depth of 300--400 m. For deeper penetration and more

  2. Performance of preconditioned iterative and multigrid solvers in solving the three-dimensional magnetotelluric modeling problem using the staggered finite-difference method: a comparative study

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    Li, Gang; Zhang, Lili; Hao, Tianyao

    2016-02-01

    An effective solver for the large complex system of linear equations is critical for improving the accuracy of numerical solutions in three-dimensional (3D) magnetotelluric (MT) modeling using the staggered finite-difference (SFD) method. In electromagnetic modeling, the formed system of linear equations is commonly solved using preconditioned iterative relaxation methods. We present 3D MT modeling using the SFD method, based on former work. The multigrid solver and three solvers preconditioned by incomplete Cholesky decomposition—the minimum residual method, the generalized product bi-conjugate gradient method and the bi-conjugate gradient stabilized method—are used to solve the formed system of linear equations. Divergence correction for the magnetic field is applied. We also present a comparison of the stability and convergence of these iterative solvers if divergence correction is used. Model tests show that divergence correction improves the convergence of iterative solvers and the accuracy of numerical results. Divergence correction can also decrease the number of iterations for fast convergence without changing the stability of linear solvers. For consideration of the computation time and memory requirements, the multigrid solver combined with divergence correction is preferred for 3D MT field simulation.

  3. Geophysical characterization of areas prone to quick-clay landslides using radio-magnetotelluric and seismic methods

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    Wang, Shunguo; Malehmir, Alireza; Bastani, Mehrdad

    2016-05-01

    Landslides attributed to quick clays have not only considerable influences on surface geomorphology, they have caused delays in transportation systems, environmental problems and human fatalities, especially in Scandinavia and North America. If the subsurface distributions of quick clays are known, potential damages can be mitigated and the triggers of landslides can better be studied and understood. For this purpose, new radio-magnetotelluric (RMT) and seismic data were acquired in an area near the Göta River in southwest Sweden that contains quick clays and associated landslides. High-resolution data along 4 new lines, in total 3.8 km long, were acquired and merged with earlier acquired data from the site. Velocity and resistivity models derived from first breaks and RMT data were used to delineate subsurface geology, in particular the bedrock surface and coarse-grained materials that overlay the bedrock. The latter often are found underlying quick clays at the site. Comparably high-resistivity and sometimes high-velocity regions within marine clays are attributed to a combination of leached salt from marine clays or potential quick clays and coarse-grained materials. The resistivity and tomographic velocity models suggest a much larger role of the coarse-grained materials at the site than previously thought, but they also suggest two different scenarios for triggering quick-clay landslides at the site. These scenarios are related to the erosion of the riverbank, increased pore-pressure and surface topography when close to the river and human activity when away from the river and where bowl-shaped bedrock surrounds the sediments.

  4. Three-dimensional inversion of large-scale EarthScope magnetotelluric data based on the integral equation method: Geoelectrical imaging of the Yellowstone conductive mantle plume

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    Zhdanov, Michael S.; Smith, Robert B.; Gribenko, Alexander; Cuma, Martin; Green, Marie

    2011-04-01

    Interpretation of the EarthScope MT (magnetotelluric) data requires the development of a large-scale inversion method which can address two common problems of 3D MT inversion: computational time and memory requirements. We have developed an efficient method of 3D MT inversion based on an IE (integral equation) formulation of the MT forward modeling problem and a receiver footprint approach, implemented as a massively parallel algorithm. This method is applied to the MT data collected in the western United States as a part of the EarthScope project. As a result, we present one of the first 3D geoelectrical images of the upper mantle beneath Yellowstone revealed by this large-scale 3D inversion of the EarthScope MT data. These images show a highly conductive body associated with the tomographically imaged mantle plume-like layer of hot material rising from the upper mantle toward the Yellowstone volcano. The conductive body identified in these images is west-dipping in a similar way to a P-wave low-velocity body.

  5. An evaluation of the applicability of the telluric-electric and audio-magnetotelluric methods to mineral assessment on the Arabian Shield, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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    Flanigan, Vincent J.; Zablocki, Charles J.

    1984-01-01

    Feasibility studies of two electromagnetic methods were made in selected areas of the Jabal Hibshi (1:250,000) quadrangle, 26F, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in March of 1983. The methods tested were the natural source-field telluricelectric and audio-magnetotelluric methods developed and extensively used in recent years by the U.S. Geological Survey in some of its domestic programs related to geothermal and mineral resource assessment. Results from limited studies in the Meshaheed district, the Jabal as Silsilah ring complex, and across a portion of the Raha fault zone clearly demonstrate the appropriateness of these sub-regional scale, reconnaissance-type studies to mineral resource assessment. The favorable results obtained are largely attributed to distinctive and large contrasts in the electrical resistivity of the major rock types encountered. It appears that the predominant controlling factor governing the rock resistivities is the amount of contained clay minerals. Accordingly, unaltered (specifically, non-argillic) igneous and metamorphic rocks have very high resistivities; metasedimentary rocks of the Murdama group that contain several percent clay minerals have intermediate values of resistivity; and highly altered rocks, containing abundant clay minerals, have very low values of resistivity. Water-filled fracture porosity may be a secondary, but important, factor in some settings. However, influences from variations in interstitial or intercrystalline, water-filled porosity are probably small because these types of porosity are generally low. It is reasonable to expect similar results in other areas within the Arabian Shield.

  6. Continuous profiling of magnetotelluric fields

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    Verdin, C.T.

    1991-05-01

    The magnetotelluric (MT) method of mapping ground electrical conductivity is traditionally based on measurement of the surface impedance at widely spaced stations to infer models of the subsurface through a suitable pseudo 1-D inverse or with linearized least-squares inversion for 2- or 3-D geoelectric media. It is well known that small near-surface inhomogeneities can produce spatial discontinuities in the measured electric fields over a wide frequency range and may consequently bias the impedance on a very local scale. Inadequate station spacing effectively aliases the electric field measurements and results in distortions that cannot be removed in subsequent processing or modelling. In order to fully exploit the benefits of magnetotellurics in complex geological environments, closely spaced measurements must be used routinely. This thesis entertains an analysis of MT data taken along continuous profiles and is a first step that will allow more encompassing 2-D sampling techniques to become viable in the years to come. The developments presented here are to a large extent motivated by the physical insight gained from low-contrast solutions to the forward MT problem. These solutions describe the relationship between a perturbation in the electrical conductivity of the subsurface and the ensuing perturbation of the MT response as the output of a linear system. Albeit strictly accurate in a limited subset of practical exploration problems, the linearized solutions allow one to pursue a model independent study of the response characteristics of MT data. In fact, these solutions yield simple expressions for 1-,2-, and 3-D resistivity models which are here examined in progressive sequence.

  7. Making Metadata Better with CMR and MMT

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    Gilman, Jason Arthur; Shum, Dana

    2016-01-01

    Ensuring complete, consistent and high quality metadata is a challenge for metadata providers and curators. The CMR and MMT systems provide providers and curators options to build in metadata quality from the start and also assess and improve the quality of already existing metadata.

  8. Classification of 5 DES supernovae by MMT

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    Challis, P.; Kirshner, R.; Mandel, K.; Avelino, A.; Foley, R. J.; Pan, Y.-C.; Casas, R.; Castander, F. J.; Desai, S.; Paech, K.; Smith, R. C.; Schubnell, M.; Kessler, R.; Lasker, J.; Scolnic, D.; Brout, D. J.; Gladney, L.; Sako, M.; Wolf, R. C.; Brown, P. J.; Krisciunas, K.; Suntzeff, N.; Nichol, R.; Papadopoulos, A.; Childress, M.; D'Andrea, C.; Smith, M.; Sullivan, M.; Maartens, R.; Gupta, R.; Kovacs, E.; Kuhlmann, S.; Spinka, H.; Ahn, E.; Finley, D. A.; Frieman, J.; Marriner, J.; Wester, W.; Aldering, G.; Kim, A. G.; Thomas, R. C.; Barbary, K.; Bloom, J. S.; Goldstein, D.; Nugent, P.; Perlmutter, S.

    2016-04-01

    We report optical spectroscopy of 5 supernovae discovered by the Dark Energy Survey (ATel #4668). The spectra (330-850nm) were obtained using the Blue Channel Spectrograph on the MMT. Object classification was performed using SNID (Blondin & Tonry, 2007, ApJ, 666, 1024) and superfit (Howell et al, 2005, ApJ, 634, 119), the details of which are reported in the table below.

  9. The MMT-POL Instrument Control System

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    Warner, C.; Packham, C.; Jones, T. J.; Varosi, F.; Eikenberry, S. S.; Dewahl, K.; Krejny, M.

    2011-07-01

    Instrument control system (ICS) suites are a continually evolving class of software packages that are highly dependent upon the design choices and application programming interfaces (APIs) of the observatory control system (OCS), as well as the hardware choices for motors and electronics. We present the ICS for MMT-POL, a 1-5 μm polarimeter for the MMT telescope, in the context of being a transitional step between the software packages developed for facility class instruments at the University of Florida (UF), such as Flamingos-II and CanariCam, and in preparation for 30 m-class instruments. Our goals for improving ICS suites are to make them (a) portable (compile once, run anywhere), (b) highly modular and extensible (through the re-use of common libraries), (c) multi-threaded (to allow multiple tasks to be performed in parallel), (d) smart, and (e) easy to use and maintain. An ICS should also be well-defined and use mature languages (we choose Java and Python) and common standards (such as XML and the FITS file format). We also note that as hardware moves away from serial communications to ethernet, the use of TCP sockets makes communication faster and easier. Below, we present our design choices for the MMT-POL ICS and discuss our reasons for these choices and potential issues that must be addressed for future ICS suites ready for thirty meter class instruments.

  10. Early Results of a Magnetotelluric Survey in the Nechako Sedimentary Basin, B.C., Designed to Assess the Method as a Tool in Oil and Gas Exploration

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    Spratt, J. E.; Craven, J. A.

    2008-12-01

    Magnetotelluric (MT) data was collected in the fall of 2007 within the Nechako Basin, B.C., Canada, to evaluate the usefulness of the technique for hydrocarbon exploration and to characterize the structure of the basin. The Mesozoic Nechako Basin is located within the Intermontane Belt of the Canadian Cordillera and includes overlapping sedimentary sequences deposited in response to terrane amalgamation to the western edge of ancestral North America. Beginning in the Late Cretaceous, regional transcurrent faulting and associated east-west extension were accompanied by the extrusion of basaltic lava that forms a laterally variable sheet covering much of the basin. The potential for hydrocarbons has been noted within several interior basins of British Columbia however, an important impediment to hydrocarbon exploration is the inability of traditional geophysical methods to see through the volcanic sequences. As the MT method is not hampered by these volcanics, a survey consisting of 734 combined high frequency and broadband sites was undertaken. Strike analysis shows lateral changes in the preferred geoelectric strike direction at periods between 0.1 and 10s, suggesting that localized structure is influencing the strike angle. Two-dimensional models along in the vicinity of Nazco, B.C. reveal a shallow conductive layer that likely represents the sedimentary packages of the Nechako Basin overlying a resistive layer that is interpreted as the crystalline basement rocks. Focused inversions illustrate a higher resolution of the shallow features within the Nechako sediments and reveal complex geologic structures. These models indicate that the method is capable of both penetrating and imaging the surface volcanics where they are thick. Distinct variations in the shallow conductive layer as well as the presence of resistive structures that break up the lateral continuity of the conductor are observed. These structures are an indication of fault systems that carry the

  11. Update of MmtDB: a Metazoa mitochondrial DNA variants database.

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    Attimonelli, M; Calò, D; De Montalvo, A; Lanave, C; Sasanelli, D; Tommaseo Ponzetta, M; Saccone, C

    1998-01-01

    The present paper describes the improvements in MmtDB, a specialised database designed to collect Metazoa mitochondrial DNA variants. Priority in the data collection has been given to Metazoa for which a large amount of variants is available, e.g., for humans. Starting from the sequences available in the Nucleotide Sequence Databases, the redundant sequences have been removed and new sequences from other sources have been added. Value-added information is associated to each variant sequence, e.g., analysed region, experimental method, tissue and cell lines, population data, sex, age, family code and information about the variation events (nucleotide position, involved gene, restriction site gain or loss). Cross-references are introduced to the EMBL Data Library, as well as an internal cross-referencing among MmtDB entries according to tissual, heteroplasmic, familiar and aplotypical correlation. Furthermore MmtDB has a new section, AMmtDB: Aligned Metazoan mitochondrial biosequences. MmtDB can be accessed through the World Wide Web at URL http://WWW.ba.cnr.it/[symbol: see text]areamt08/MmtDBWWW.htm PMID:9399815

  12. STS-121: Discovery Launch Postponement MMT Briefing

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2006-01-01

    Bruce Buckingham from NASA Public Affairs introduces the panel who consist of: John Shannon, MMT chairman JSC; Mike Leinbach, NASA Launch Director; and 1st Lieutenant Kaleb Nordren, USAF 45th Weather Squadron. An opening statement is given from John Shannon on the postponement of the launch due to thunderstorms. Mike Leinbach also elaborates on the weather and talks about scrubbing two hours early, draining the vehicle, and reloading the hydrogen for the fuel cells for a possible launch attempt on Tuesday morning. Norden gives his weather forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday. Questions from the media on launch attempts, weather, and the cost of the scrub are addressed.

  13. STS-114: Discovery Post MMT Briefing

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2005-01-01

    Wayne Hale, Space Shuttle Deputy Program Manager and Terri Murphy, Space Shuttle Imagery Integration Manager are seen in this post Mission Management Team (MMT) briefing. Hale begins with showing a video that was recovered from the Solid Rocket Booster (SRB) looking at the external tank during ascent. Pictures of the RH Nose Landing Gear Damage (NLGD), Protruding gap filler near chine and protruding gap fillers are shown. Terri Murphy talks about the imagery from debris, integrated simulations and radar data collected from the launch. Hale answers questions from the news media about the location of the gap fillers, possible EVA to remove the gap fillers and the thermal protection system.

  14. Regional magnetotelluric surveys in hydrocarbon exploration, Parana' Basin, Brazil

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    Stanley, W.D.; Ohofugi, W.; Saad, A.R.

    1985-03-01

    The magnetotelluric geophysical method has been used effectively as a hydrocarbon exploration tool in the intracratonic Parana basin of South America. The 1-2 km thick surface basalts and buried diabase sills pose no problem for the magnetotelluric method because the natural electromagnetic fields used as the energy source pass easily through the basalt. Data for the regional study were taken on six profiles with soundings spaced 8 to 15 km apart. The magnetotelluric sounding data outline a linear uplift known as the Ponta Grossa arch. This major structural feature cuts across the northeast-trending intracratonic basin almost perpendicularly, and is injected with numerous diabase dikes. In the survey area, MT interpretations show that basalts have aggregate thicknesses of as much as 2 km (6,600 ft), and basement may be as much as 6 km (20,000 ft) below the surface. Over most of the basin, the basalts are covered by Upper Cretaceous to Holocene continental sediments of a few hundred meters thickness and are underlain by 2 to 4 km (6,600 to 13,100 ft) thick Paleozoic sediments with possible hydrocarbon potential. Significant electrical contrasts occur between the Permian sediments and older units, so that magnetotelluric measurements can give an indication of the regional thickness of the Permian and younger sediments to aid in interpreting hydrocarbon migration patterns and possible trap areas.

  15. Enhanced separation performance of PVDF/PVP-g-MMT nanocomposite ultrafiltration membrane based on the NVP-grafted polymerization modification of montmorillonite (MMT).

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    Wang, Panpan; Ma, Jun; Wang, Zhenghui; Shi, Fengmei; Liu, Qianliang

    2012-03-13

    A novel hydrophilic nanocomposite additive (PVP-g-MMT), coupling of hydrophilic modifier, self-dispersant, and pore-forming agent (porogen), was synthesized by the surface modification of montmorillonite (MMT) with N-vinylpyrrolidone (NVP) via "grafting from" polymerization in the presence of H(2)O(2)-NH(3)·H(2)O as the initiator, and then the nanocomposite membrane of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and PVP-g-MMT was fabricated by wet phase inversion onto clean glass plates. The existence and dispersion of PVP-g-MMT had a great role on structures, morphologies, surface composition, and chemistry of the as-prepared nanocomposite membranes confirmed by varieties of spectroscopic and microscopic characterization techniques, all of which were the correlated functions of PVP-g-MMT content in casting solution. By using the dead-end filtration of protein aqueous solution, the performance of the membrane was evaluated. It was seen that all of the nanocomposite membranes showed obvious improvement of water flux and proper BSA rejection ratio, compared to the control PVDF membrane. Meanwhile, dynamic BSA fouling resistance and flux recovery properties were also greatly enhanced due to the changes of surface hydrophilicity and morphologies. All the experimental results indicated that the as-prepared PVDF nanocomposite membranes showed better separation performances than the control PVDF membrane. Hopefully, the demonstrated method of hydrophilic nanocomposite additive synthesis would be applied for commonly hydroxyl group-containing inorganic nanoparticles, which was favorable to fabricate hydrophilic nanoparticle-enhanced polymer membranes for water treatment. PMID:22376185

  16. STS-114: Discovery Post MMT Briefing

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2005-01-01

    Wayne Hale, Space Shuttle Deputy Program Manager, is presented in this STS-114 Discovery Post Mission Management Team (MMT) briefing. He begins by talking about obtaining clearance from the Reinforced Carbon-Carbon (RCC) material. He then describes the supplies such as eleven water containers and the transfer of 50 additional pounds of Oxygen to the International Space Station. Hale presents a video of a billowed thermal blanket next to the commander's window on the port side of the Space Shuttle Discovery that seems to be of some concern. He answers questions from the news media about the dimensions of this blanket, and the dangers of getting close to this blanket during the Extravehicular Activity (EVA) to repair the gap fillers.

  17. Performance of the Multiple Mirror Telescope (MMT). II Mechanical properties of the MMT

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    Davison, W.; Ulich, B. L.

    1982-10-01

    Attention is given to innovative features of the Multiple Mirror Telescope (MMT) alt-azimuth mount and Optical Support Structure (OSS). The repositioning of a single azimuth drive system motor has allowed the azimuth resonant frequency to be increased from 2.2 to 3.0 Hz, and the addition of two more drives is projected to increase frequency to 4.1 Hz .The intrincate truss structure of the OSS has several variable area, or tuning, members that can compensate for gravitational flexure. Such adjustments, together with thermal radiation shielding, have allowed the six telescopes comprising the MMT to be passively aligned to 20 arcsec. Attention is also given to the friction measured for the aximuth ball bearings and drives.

  18. New approaches to estimation of magnetotelluric parameters

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    Egbert, G.D.

    1991-01-01

    Fully efficient robust data processing procedures were developed and tested for single station and remote reference magnetotelluric (Mr) data. Substantial progress was made on development, testing and comparison of optimal procedures for single station data. A principal finding of this phase of the research was that the simplest robust procedures can be more heavily biased by noise in the (input) magnetic fields, than standard least squares estimates. To deal with this difficulty we developed a robust processing scheme which combined the regression M-estimate with coherence presorting. This hybrid approach greatly improves impedance estimates, particularly in the low signal-to-noise conditions often encountered in the dead band'' (0.1--0.0 hz). The methods, and the results of comparisons of various single station estimators are described in detail. Progress was made on developing methods for estimating static distortion parameters, and for testing hypotheses about the underlying dimensionality of the geological section.

  19. Stochastic Inversion of 2D Magnetotelluric Data

    Energy Science and Technology Software Center (ESTSC)

    2010-07-01

    The algorithm is developed to invert 2D magnetotelluric (MT) data based on sharp boundary parametrization using a Bayesian framework. Within the algorithm, we consider the locations and the resistivity of regions formed by the interfaces are as unknowns. We use a parallel, adaptive finite-element algorithm to forward simulate frequency-domain MT responses of 2D conductivity structure. Those unknown parameters are spatially correlated and are described by a geostatistical model. The joint posterior probability distribution function ismore » explored by Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) sampling methods. The developed stochastic model is effective for estimating the interface locations and resistivity. Most importantly, it provides details uncertainty information on each unknown parameter. Hardware requirements: PC, Supercomputer, Multi-platform, Workstation; Software requirements C and Fortan; Operation Systems/version is Linux/Unix or Windows« less

  20. Stochastic Inversion of 2D Magnetotelluric Data

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    Chen, Jinsong

    2010-07-01

    The algorithm is developed to invert 2D magnetotelluric (MT) data based on sharp boundary parametrization using a Bayesian framework. Within the algorithm, we consider the locations and the resistivity of regions formed by the interfaces are as unknowns. We use a parallel, adaptive finite-element algorithm to forward simulate frequency-domain MT responses of 2D conductivity structure. Those unknown parameters are spatially correlated and are described by a geostatistical model. The joint posterior probability distribution function is explored by Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) sampling methods. The developed stochastic model is effective for estimating the interface locations and resistivity. Most importantly, it provides details uncertainty information on each unknown parameter. Hardware requirements: PC, Supercomputer, Multi-platform, Workstation; Software requirements C and Fortan; Operation Systems/version is Linux/Unix or Windows

  1. On the statistics of magnetotelluric rotational invariants

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    Chave, Alan D.

    2014-01-01

    The statistical properties of the Swift skew, the phase-sensitive skew and the WAL invariants I1-I7 and Q are examined through analytic derivation of their probability density functions and/or simulation based on a Gaussian model for the magnetotelluric response tensor. The WAL invariants I1-I2 are shown to be distributed as a folded Gaussian, and are statistically well behaved in the sense that all of their moments are defined. The probability density functions for Swift skew, phase-sensitive skew and the WAL invariants I3-I4, I7 and Q are derived analytically or by simulation, and are shown to have no moments of order 2 or more. Since their support is semi-infinite or infinite, they cannot be represented trigonometrically, and hence are inconsistent with a Mohr circle interpretation. By contrast, the WAL invariants I5-I6 are supported on [ - 1, 1], and are inferred to have a beta distribution based on analysis and simulation. Estimation of rotational invariants from data is described using two approaches: as the ratio of magnetotelluric responses that are themselves averages, and as averages of section-by-section estimates of the invariant. Confidence intervals on the former utilize either Fieller's theorem, which is preferred because it is capable of yielding semi-infinite or infinite confidence intervals, or the less accurate delta method. Because section-by-section averages of most of the rotational invariants are drawn from distributions with infinite variance, the classical central limit theorem does not pertain. Instead, their averaging is accomplished using the median in place of the mean for location and an order statistic model to bound the confidence interval of the median. An example using real data demonstrates that the ratio of averages approach has serious systematic bias issues that render the result physically inconsistent, while the average of ratios result is a smooth, physically interpretable function of period, and is the preferred approach.

  2. Magnetotelluric pilot study in the Rio Grande Rift, southwest USA

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    Feucht, D. W.; Bedrosian, P. A.; Sheehan, A. F.

    2012-12-01

    A magnetotelluric (MT) pilot study consisting of approximately 25 stations distributed in and around the Rio Grande Rift of the southwest United States was carried out in the summer of 2012. Both broadband (100 Hz to 1000 s) and long-period (up to 10 000 s) MT data were collected across two profiles that run perpendicular to the rift axis near Denver, Colorado and Taos, New Mexico, respectively. Time-domain EM data was also collected at each site to account for galvanic distortion in the near-surface. The tectonic forces and rheologic properties behind the initiation and propagation of the rift are poorly understood. Surface mapping of volcanism, normal faulting and sedimentary basins reveals a narrow band of crustal deformation confined to a region in close proximity to the rift axis while geophysical results suggest that deformation is distributed across a much broader and deeper region of the lithosphere. In particular, seismic tomography shows low seismic wave speeds into the lower crust and upper mantle. The magnetotelluric technique is a well-proven passive electromagnetic method that allows for the detection of apparent resistivity at a wide range of depth scales. Complimenting the seismic results with MT data will provide important new information on the geologic and geophysical properties that control the rifting process in this low-strain rate environment. Properties to which the MT method is particular sensitive include temperature, fluid content, and mineral alteration. Preliminary results from this most recent survey are encouraging, showing good data quality up to 10 000 s. In an important precursor to full 2D modeling, the magnetotelluric phase tensor has been used to assess the dimensionality of the electrical resistivity structure at depth. This pilot study provides proof of concept for a much larger magnetotelluric experiment planned to take place in the Rio Grande Rift in 2013.

  3. Cooperative inversion of magnetotelluric and seismic data sets

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    Markovic, M.; Santos, F.

    2012-04-01

    Cooperative inversion of magnetotelluric and seismic data sets Milenko Markovic,Fernando Monteiro Santos IDL, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa 1749-016 Lisboa Inversion of single geophysical data has well-known limitations due to the non-linearity of the fields and non-uniqueness of the model. There is growing need, both in academy and industry to use two or more different data sets and thus obtain subsurface property distribution. In our case ,we are dealing with magnetotelluric and seismic data sets. In our approach,we are developing algorithm based on fuzzy-c means clustering technique, for pattern recognition of geophysical data. Separate inversion is performed on every step, information exchanged for model integration. Interrelationships between parameters from different models is not required in analytical form. We are investigating how different number of clusters, affects zonation and spatial distribution of parameters. In our study optimization in fuzzy c-means clustering (for magnetotelluric and seismic data) is compared for two cases, firstly alternating optimization and then hybrid method (alternating optimization+ Quasi-Newton method). Acknowledgment: This work is supported by FCT Portugal

  4. Hectochelle: A Multiobject Optical Echelle Spectrograph for the MMT

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    Szentgyorgyi, Andrew; Furesz, Gabor; Cheimets, Peter; Conroy, Maureen; Eng, Roger; Fabricant, Daniel; Fata, Robert; Gauron, Thomas; Geary, John; McLeod, Brian; Zajac, Joseph; Amato, Stephen; Bergner, Henry; Caldwell, Nelson; Dupree, Andrea; Goddard, Richard; Johnston, Everett; Meibom, Soeren; Mink, Douglas; Pieri, Mario; Roll, John; Tokarz, Susan; Wyatt, William; Epps, Harland; Hartmann, Lee; Meszaros, Szabolcz

    2011-10-01

    The Hectochelle is an optical band, fiber-fed, multiobject echelle spectrograph deployed at the MMT Observatory on Mount Hopkins, Arizona. The optical fibers that feed the Hectochelle are positioned by the Hectospec robot positioner on the MMT f/5 focal surface, and the Hectochelle shares an optical fiber feed system with the Hectospec, a moderate-dispersion spectrograph that is collocated with the Hectochelle. Hectochelle can record up to 240 spectra simultaneously at a resolution of 38,000. Spectra cover a single diffractive order that is approximately 150 Å wide. The total potential operating passband of the Hectochelle extends from 3800 Å to 9000 Å. Operated in conjunction with the MMT f/5 secondary, the MMT wide-field corrector, and the atmospheric dispersion compensator, the patrol field is 1° in diameter and the individual fiber slits are 1.5'' in diameter. The throughput of the combined telescope, fiber feed, and spectrograph is measured to be 6.1% at 5275 Å, exclusive of atmospheric extinction. A 20 minute observation of a V = 15 F-type star yields a signal-to-noise ratio of 35 per resolution element. Hectochelle had first light 2003 December 4 and continues to be operated at the MMT today.

  5. Singular value decomposition in magnetotelluric sounding data processing

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    Shengjie, S. )

    1991-01-01

    In this paper singular value decomposition method, a method for magnetotelluric sounding data processing, is recommended minutely; and its real number operation process is derived. For analysis, this method decomposes data matrix into signal matrix and noise matrix. It may give least squares estimation of response function, performs quantitative analysis of signal and noise to calculate S/N ratio, and offers the estimated variance of the response function. Theoretical calculation shows that this method is reliable and effective in suppressing noise, estimating response function, and analyzing noise and variance.

  6. Introducing Python tools for magnetotellurics: MTpy

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    Krieger, L.; Peacock, J.; Inverarity, K.; Thiel, S.; Robertson, K.

    2013-12-01

    Within the framework of geophysical exploration techniques, the magnetotelluric method (MT) is relatively immature: It is still not as widely spread as other geophysical methods like seismology, and its processing schemes and data formats are not thoroughly standardized. As a result, the file handling and processing software within the academic community is mainly based on a loose collection of codes, which are sometimes highly adapted to the respective local specifications. Although tools for the estimation of the frequency dependent MT transfer function, as well as inversion and modelling codes, are available, the standards and software for handling MT data are generally not unified throughout the community. To overcome problems that arise from missing standards, and to simplify the general handling of MT data, we have developed the software package "MTpy", which allows the handling, processing, and imaging of magnetotelluric data sets. It is written in Python and the code is open-source. The setup of this package follows the modular approach of successful software packages like GMT or Obspy. It contains sub-packages and modules for various tasks within the standard MT data processing and handling scheme. Besides pure Python classes and functions, MTpy provides wrappers and convenience scripts to call external software, e.g. modelling and inversion codes. Even though still under development, MTpy already contains ca. 250 functions that work on raw and preprocessed data. However, as our aim is not to produce a static collection of software, we rather introduce MTpy as a flexible framework, which will be dynamically extended in the future. It then has the potential to help standardise processing procedures and at same time be a versatile supplement for existing algorithms. We introduce the concept and structure of MTpy, and we illustrate the workflow of MT data processing utilising MTpy on an example data set collected over a geothermal exploration site in South

  7. A final report on computed magneto-telluric curves for hypothetical models of crustal structure

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    Pritchard, J.I.

    1965-01-01

    Several mathematical models were investigated to determine the capa-bilities of the magneto-telluric method for determining the resistivity structure of the earth's crust. The model parameters were based on the crust model proposed by Keller (1963). The mathematical technique used was developed by Cagniard (1953). The investigations indicate that a three-layer model approximation of the crust and mantle is the most detailed model warranted in inter-preting the information provided by the magneto-telluric method about the lower crust. Only the thickness of the lower crust can be determined, and not the resistivity.

  8. The characterizations of rheological, electrokinetical and structural properties of ODTABr/MMT and HDTABr/MMT organoclays

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    Isci, S. Uslu, Y.O.; Ece, O.I.

    2009-05-15

    In the present paper, we have investigated as a function of surfactant concentration the rheological (yield value, plastic viscosity) and electrokinetic (mobility, zeta potential) properties of montmorillonite (MMT) dispersions. The influence of surfactants (Octadeccyltrimethylammonium bromide, ODTABr and Hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide, HDTABr) on dispersions of Na-activated bentonite was evaluated by rheological and electrokinetic measurements, and X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies. The interactions between clay minerals and surfactants in water-based Na-activated MMT dispersions (2 wt.%) were examined in detail using rheologic parameters, such as viscosity, yield point, apparent and plastic viscosity, hysteresis area, and electrokinetic parameters of mobility and zeta potentials, and XRD also analyses helped to determine swelling properties of d-spacings. MMT and organoclay dispersions showed Bingham Plastic flow behavior. The zeta potential measurements displayed that the surfactant molecules hold on the clay particle surfaces and the XRD analyses displayed that they get into the basal layers.

  9. New approaches to estimation of magnetotelluric parameters

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    Egbert, G.D. . Coll. of Oceanography); Booker, J.R. )

    1990-01-01

    This document proposed the development and application of some new statistical techniques for improving the collection and analysis of wide-band magnetotelluric (MT) data. The principle goal of our work is to develop and implement fully automatic single station and remote reference impedance estimation schemes which are robust, unbiased and statistically efficient. The initial proposal suggested several extensions to the regression M-estimates to better allow for non-stationary and non-Gaussian noise in both electric and magnetic field channels (measured at one or more simultaneous stations). A second goal of the proposal was to develop formal, reliable procedures for estimating undistorted 2-d strike directions and to develop statistics for assessing the validity of the 2-d assumption that are unaffected by near surface static distortion effects. To test and validate the methods, working with data selected from a series of over 200 wide-band MT sites was proposed. For the current budget period, setting up a data base, and completing development and initial testing of the single station and remote reference methods outlined in the proposal is suggested. 8 refs., 13 figs.

  10. Two and three dimensional magnetotelluric inversion

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    Booker, J.R.

    1994-07-01

    Improved imaging of underground electrical structure has wide practical importance in exploring for groundwater, mineral and geothermal resources, and in characterizing oil fields and waste sites. Because the electromagnetic inverse problem for natural sources is generally multi-dimensional, most imaging algorithms saturate available computer power long before they can deal with complete data sets. We have developed an algorithm to directly invert large multi-dimensional magnetotelluric data sets that is orders of magnitude faster than competing methods. In the past year, we have extended the two- dimensional (2D) version to permit incorporation of geological constraints, have developed ways to assess model resolution and have completed work on an accurate and fast three-dimensional (3D) forward algorithm. We are proposing to further enhance the capabilities of the 2D code and to incorporate the 3D forward code in a fully 3D inverse algorithm. Finally, we will embark on an investigation of related EM imaging techniques which may have the potential for further increasing resolution.

  11. Commissioning results of MMT-POL: the 1-5um imaging polarimeter leveraged from the AO secondary of the 6.5m MMT

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    Packham, C.; Jones, T. J.; Warner, C.; Krejny, M.; Shenoy, D.; Vonderharr, T.; Lopez-Rodriguez, E.; DeWahl, K.

    2012-09-01

    MMT-POL is an adaptive optics optimized imaging polarimeter designed for use at the 6.5m MMT. By taking full advantage of the adaptive optics secondary mirror of the MMT, this polarimeter offers diffraction-limited polarimetry with very low instrumental polarization and minimal thermal background. MMT-POL permits observations as diverse as protoplanetary discs, comets, red giant winds, (super)novae and ejecta, galaxies, and AGN. We report on the initial on-sky commissioning results of the instrument including a description of the instrument.

  12. Semiautomatic and Automatic Cooperative Inversion of Seismic and Magnetotelluric Data

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    Le, Cuong V. A.; Harris, Brett D.; Pethick, Andrew M.; Takam Takougang, Eric M.; Howe, Brendan

    2016-09-01

    Natural source electromagnetic methods have the potential to recover rock property distributions from the surface to great depths. Unfortunately, results in complex 3D geo-electrical settings can be disappointing, especially where significant near-surface conductivity variations exist. In such settings, unconstrained inversion of magnetotelluric data is inexorably non-unique. We believe that: (1) correctly introduced information from seismic reflection can substantially improve MT inversion, (2) a cooperative inversion approach can be automated, and (3) massively parallel computing can make such a process viable. Nine inversion strategies including baseline unconstrained inversion and new automated/semiautomated cooperative inversion approaches are applied to industry-scale co-located 3D seismic and magnetotelluric data sets. These data sets were acquired in one of the Carlin gold deposit districts in north-central Nevada, USA. In our approach, seismic information feeds directly into the creation of sets of prior conductivity model and covariance coefficient distributions. We demonstrate how statistical analysis of the distribution of selected seismic attributes can be used to automatically extract subvolumes that form the framework for prior model 3D conductivity distribution. Our cooperative inversion strategies result in detailed subsurface conductivity distributions that are consistent with seismic, electrical logs and geochemical analysis of cores. Such 3D conductivity distributions would be expected to provide clues to 3D velocity structures that could feed back into full seismic inversion for an iterative practical and truly cooperative inversion process. We anticipate that, with the aid of parallel computing, cooperative inversion of seismic and magnetotelluric data can be fully automated, and we hold confidence that significant and practical advances in this direction have been accomplished.

  13. Audio-magnetotelluric data collected in the area of Beatty, Nevada

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    Williams, J.M.

    1998-11-01

    In the summer of 1997, electrical geophysical data was collected north of Beatty, Nevada. Audio-magnetotellurics (AMT) was the geophysical method used to collect 16 stations along two profiles. The purpose of this data collection was to determine the depth to the alluvial basement, based upon the needs of the geologists requesting the data.

  14. Fast and stable two-dimensional inversion of magnetotelluric data

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    de Lugao, Patricia Pastana

    1997-07-01

    The two-dimensional (2-D) magnetotelluric (MT) inverse problem still poses difficult challenges in spite of efforts to develop fast and efficient methods for its solution. In this work, a new approach based on regularization theory and the quasi-analytic calculation of the Frechet derivatives is presented. For the forward solution, a fast and efficient finite difference formulation to the solution of the MT equations in both transverse electric (TE) and transverse magnetic (TM) modes based on the balance method is used. The Frechet derivative matrix is obtained as a solution to simple forward and back substitution of the LU decomposed matrix of coefficients from the forward problem utilizing the principle of reciprocity. The magnetotelluric inverse problem is ill-posed. In order to constrain the solution to a set of acceptable models, Tikhonov regularization is applied based on the minimization of a parametric functional. The regularized cojugate gradient method is then utilized to minimize the parametric functional. Inversion results of a set of synthetic data and of a set of CSAMT data from Kennecott Exploration show that the method is fast, stable and produces geologically reasonable models.

  15. Improving of electrical channels for magnetotelluric sounding instrumentation

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    Prystai, A. M.; Pronenko, V. O.

    2015-07-01

    The study of the deep structure of the Earth's crust is of great interest for both applied (e.g. mineral exploration) and scientific research. For this the electromagnetic (EM) studies which enable one to construct the distribution of electrical conductivity in the Earth's crust are of great use. The most common method of EM exploration is magnetotelluric sounding (MT). This passive method of research uses a wide range of natural geomagnetic variations as a powerful source of electromagnetic induction in the Earth, producing telluric current variations there. It includes the measurements of variations of natural electric and magnetic fields in orthogonal directions at the surface of the Earth. By this, the measurements of electric fields are much more complicated metrological processes, and, namely, they limit the precision of MT prospecting. This is especially complicated at deep sounding when measurements of long periods are of interest. The increase in the accuracy of the electric field measurement can significantly improve the quality of MT data. Because of this, the development of a new version of an instrument for the measurements of electric fields at MT - both electric field sensors and the electrometer - with higher levels relative to the known instrument parameter level - was initiated. The paper deals with the peculiarities of this development and the results of experimental tests of the new sensors and electrometers included as a unit in the long-period magnetotelluric station LEMI-420 are given.

  16. CuO-MMT nanocomposite: effective photocatalyst for the discoloration of methylene blue in the absence of H2O2

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    Sohrabnezhad, Sh.; Pourahmad, A.; Salavatiyan, T.

    2016-02-01

    Copper oxide (CuO) nanoparticles are of particular interest because of their interesting properties and promising applications in photocatalysis and purification of water. In this work, CuO-montmorillonite (CuO-MMT) nanocomposite was synthesized by a thermal decomposition method and characterized by diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The resultant particles were nearly spherical, and particle size in MMT was in the range of ˜3-5 nm. The powder X-ray reflection patterns indicate that MMT has a d-spacing higher (1.22 nm) than CuO-MMT nanocomposite (0.97 nm). The shrinkage probably is related to the conformation of CuO nanoparticles on the clay surface. The diffuse reflectance spectrum of CuO-MMT showed band around 340-360 nm corresponding to presence of [Cu-O-Cu] n -type clusters over the support surface. The band gaps of the resulting CuO nanoparticles and CuO-MMT nanocomposite were widened from 1.70 to 1.80 eV for an indirect allowed band gap and from 3.70 to 3.82 eV for a direct allowed inter band transition owing to the quantum size effect, respectively. The nanocomposite exhibited an enhanced and stable photoactivity for the discoloration of methylene blue (MB) aqueous solution under visible light. The result showed that MB discoloration was observed after 20 min light irradiation in the absence of H2O2. The several parameters were examined, such as the catalyst amount, pH and initial concentration of MB. The mechanism of separation of the photogenerated electrons and holes of the CuO-MMT nanocomposite was discussed.

  17. STS-114: Post Launch MMT Briefing

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    2005-01-01

    Bill Parsons, Space Shuttle Program Manager, and Wayne Hill, Deputy Manager of the Space Shuttle Program, and Chair of the Mission Management Team talks about the flight day 2 of the Discovery. Bill noted that flight operations are extremely going on well. He also explained an unexpected debris event on a power ramp little ways down where LH2 ramp begins. Before flight and based from technical data, slight modifications were done on the power ramp to ensure safety of return to flight. Bill also noted that STS-114 is a test flight; all data collected and brought back by the crew will be analyzed to ensure that all information needed is sufficient to work on faults and defects and to make appropriate repairs. Wayne discussed on flight safety. He emphasized the need to thoroughly inspect the thermal protection system of the Orbiter to ensure safe entry. Inspection of still photographs from the ISS and the boom sensor system scan are the primary means to understand engineering data in terms of the immediate flight safety. He also reported accomplishments for the day such as survey of the Orbiter boom system, all the wing leading edge, RCC panels and the nose cap, to make sure these are in good shape and working well, and re-emphasized that these are primary methods to clear the thermal protection system of the Orbiter to prove that it is safe to come home on this flight.

  18. Dimensionality imprint of electrical anisotropy in magnetotelluric responses

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    Martí, A.; Queralt, P.; Ledo, J.; Farquharson, C.

    2010-10-01

    Dimensionality analysis of magnetotelluric data is a common procedure for inferring the main properties of the geoelectric structures of the subsurface such as the strike direction or the presence of superficial distorting bodies, and enables the most appropriate modeling approach (1D, 2D or 3D) to be determined. Most of the methods currently used assume that the electrical conductivity of individual parts of a structure is isotropic, although some traces of anisotropy in data responses can be recognized. In this paper we investigate the imprints of anisotropic media responses in dimensionality analysis using rotational invariants of the magnetotelluric tensor. We show results for responses generated from 2D synthetic anisotropic models and for field data that have been interpreted as showing the effects of electrical anisotropy in parts of the subsurface structure. As a result of this study we extend the WAL dimensionality criteria to include extra conditions that allow anisotropic media to be distinguished from 2D isotropic ones. The new conditions require the analysis of the strike directions obtained and take into account the overall behavior of different sites in a survey.

  19. The Lithospheric Structure of Southern Africa from Magnetotelluric Sounding

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    Evans, R. L.; Jones, A. G.; Atekwana, E. A.

    2014-12-01

    Measurements of mantle electrical conductivity, made through the magnetotelluric method, offer considerable insight into the structure of cratonic lithosphere. A particularly expansive data set has been collected in Southern Africa, started through the Southern Africa Magnetotelluric Experiment (SAMTEX) experiment, now continuing north through Zambia as part of the Project for Rift Initiation Development and Evolution (PRIDE) experiment. The combined data set highlights large variability in lithospheric structure that broadly correlates with surface geology: cratonic lithosphere is generally thick and electrically resistive, while much thinner lithosphere is seen beneath mobile belts. In areas of relatively uniform resistivity structure, we have constructed resistivity-depth profiles and use new laboratory data to place constraints on the water content of lithospheric mantle. Uncertainty in our estimates arises from differences between different laboratory results, but our data are generally consistent with a slightly damp upper lithospheric mantle above a dry and strong cratonic root. Other areas show complexity of structure that is difficult to understand using current knowledge of conductivity -the Bushveld complex, where the mantle is highly conductive, is one such example. In southwestern Zambia, the lithosphere is seen to be very thin (around 50km) beneath mobile belt terrain, as was inferred nearly 40 years ago on the basis of high heatflow. The mantle is highly conductive, most likely due to a combination of elevated temperatures, water content and perhaps a trace amount of melting. This anomalous structure may be linked to the southwest propagation of the East African Rift system.

  20. A layer stripping approach for monitoring resistivity variations using surface magnetotelluric responses

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    Ogaya, Xènia; Ledo, Juanjo; Queralt, Pilar; Jones, Alan G.; Marcuello, Álex

    2016-09-01

    The resolution of surface-acquired magnetotelluric data is typically not sufficiently high enough in monitoring surveys to detect and quantify small resistivity variations produced within an anomalous structure at a given depth within the subsurface. To address this deficiency we present an approach, called "layer stripping", based on the analytical solution of the one-dimensional magnetotelluric problem to enhance the sensitivity of surface magnetotelluric responses to such subtle subsurface temporal variations in resistivity within e.g. reservoirs. Given a well-known geoelectrical baseline model of a reservoir site, the layer stripping approach aims to remove the effect of the upper, unchanging structures in order to simulate the time-varying magnetotelluric responses at depth. This methodology is suggested for monitoring all kinds of reservoirs, e.g. hydrocarbons, gas, geothermal, compress air storage, etc., but here we focus on CO2 geological storage. We study one-dimensional and three-dimensional resistivity variations in the reservoir layer and the feasibility of the method is appraised by evaluating the error of the approach and defining different detectability parameters. The geoelectrical baseline model of the Hontomín site (Spain) for CO2 geological storage in a deep saline aquifer is taken as our exemplar for studying the validity of the 1D assumption in a real scenario. We conclude that layer stripping could help detect resistivity variations and locate them in the space, showing potential to also sense unforeseen resistivity variations at all depths. The proposed approach constitutes an innovative contribution to take greater advantage of surface magnetotelluric data and to use the method as a cost-effective permanent monitoring technique in suitable geoelectrical scenarios.

  1. Use of a Fourier transform spectrometer on a balloon-borne telescope and at the multiple mirror telescope (MMT)

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    Traub, W. A.; Chance, K. V.; Brasunas, J. C.; Vrtilek, J. M.; Carleton, N. P.

    1982-01-01

    The design and use of an infrared Fourier transform spectrometer which has been used for observations of laboratory, stratospheric, and astronomical spectra are described. The spectrometer has a spectral resolution of 0.032/cm and has operated in the mid-infrared (12 to 13 microns) as well as the far-infrared (40 to 140 microns), using both bolometer and photoconductor cryogenic detectors. The spectrometer is optically sized to accept an f/9 beam from the multi-mirror telescope (MMT). The optical and electronic design are discussed, including remote operation of the spectrometer on a balloon-borne 102-cm telescope. The performance of the laser-controlled, screw-driven moving cat's-eye mirror is discussed. Segments of typical far-infrared balloon flight spectra, lab spectra, and mid-infrared MMT spectra are presented. Data reduction, interferogram processing, artifact removal, wavelength calibration, and intensity calibration methods are discussed. Future use of the spectrometer is outlined.

  2. Magnetotelluric inversion via reverse time migration algorithm of seismic data

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    Ha, Taeyoung . E-mail: tyha@math.snu.ac.kr; Shin, Changsoo . E-mail: css@model.snu.ac.kr

    2007-07-01

    We propose a new algorithm for two-dimensional magnetotelluric (MT) inversion. Our algorithm is an MT inversion based on the steepest descent method, borrowed from the backpropagation technique of seismic inversion or reverse time migration, introduced in the middle 1980s by Lailly and Tarantola. The steepest descent direction can be calculated efficiently by using the symmetry of numerical Green's function derived from a mixed finite element method proposed by Nedelec for Maxwell's equation, without calculating the Jacobian matrix explicitly. We construct three different objective functions by taking the logarithm of the complex apparent resistivity as introduced in the recent waveform inversion algorithm by Shin and Min. These objective functions can be naturally separated into amplitude inversion, phase inversion and simultaneous inversion. We demonstrate our algorithm by showing three inversion results for synthetic data.

  3. Report: Demographic profiles and sleep quality among patients on methadone maintenance therapy (MMT) in Malaysia.

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    Zahari, Zalina; Siong, Lee Chee; Musa, Nurfadhlina; Mohd Yasin, Mohd Azhar; Choon, Tan Soo; Mohamad, Nasir; Ismail, Rusli

    2016-01-01

    Poor sleep quality was frequently reported by opioid dependence patients during methadone maintenance therapy (MMT). The study investigated a sample of patients on MMT to investigate the severity and prevalence of sleep problems in MMT patients. We evaluated sleep quality and disturbances of 119 Malay male patients from MMT clinics in Kelantan, Malaysia between March and July 2013 using the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI)-Malay version. Patients' demographic, clinical data, past drug history and methadone treatment variables were recorded. Patients averaged 37.5 years of age (SD 6.79) and their mean age of first time illicit drug use was 19.3 years (SD 4.48). Their mean age of entering MMT was 34.7 years (SD 6.92) and the mean duration in MMT was 2.8 years (SD 2.13). The mean current daily dosage of methadone was 77.8 mg (SD 39.47) and ranged from 20 to 360 mg. The mean global PSQI score was 5.6 (SD 2.79) and 43.7% patients were identified as 'poor sleepers' (global PSQI scores >5). This study confirms the poor overall sleep quality among patients on MMT. The prevalence and severity of sleep problems in MMT patients should not be underestimated. PMID:26826835

  4. AO Capabilities at the MMT for the User

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    Lloyd-Hart, Michael M.

    2009-05-01

    The MMT operates a facility natural guide star (NGS) AO system. Diffraction limited imaging and medium and high resolution spectroscopy in the near IR are offered over the full isoplanatic field with the ARIES instrument.The system also offers imaging with unique sensitivity in the thermal IR from 3 to 10 microns thanks to its use of an adaptive secondary mirror. L and M band imaging is offered with Clio which has a 12x15 arcsec field of view with Nyquist sampling if the diffraction limt. Recent M band images from Clio show the planetary system around HR8799. In addition, 10 - 25 micron imaging is offered with the MIRAC camera, which may also be operated as a Bracewell nulling interferometer. In this mode, two large subapertures are defined within the pupil. Light from the two is combined so as to cancel the light from an unresolved star through destructive interference, while the environs are imaged in constructive interference. In this way, dust disks and planetary systems may be imaged with greatly improved contrast. The MMT also operates the first astronomical adaptive optics system to employ multiple laser guide stars (LGS). Its initial operational mode, ground-layer adaptive optics (GLAO), provides uniform stellar wavefront correction within the 2 arcmin diameter laser beacon constellation, routinely reducing the stellar image widths to < 0.3 arcsec in the J - K bands. An imaging camera,PISCES, is available for these bands with 2 arcmin field of view sampled at 0.1 arcsec/pixel. In addition, L and M band imaging will be available with Clio in the fall of 2009, opening up near all-sky coverage with near-diffraction limited image quality and emissivity of just 7%.

  5. A practical, low-noise coil system for magnetotellurics

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    Stanley, William D.; Tinkler, Richard D.

    1983-01-01

    Magnetotellurics is a geophysical technique which was developed by Cagnaird (1953) and Tikhonov (1950) and later refined by other scientists worldwide. The technique is a method of electromagnetic sounding of the Earth and is based upon the skin depth effect in conductive media. The electric and magnetic fields arising from natural sources are measured at the surface of the earth over broad frequency bands. An excellent review of the technique is provided in the paper by Vozoff (1972). The sources of the natural fields are found in two basic mechanisms. At frequencies above a few hertz, most of the energy arises from lightning in thunderstorm belts around the equatorial regions. This energy is propagated in a wave-guide formed by the earthionospheric cavity. Energy levels are higher at fundamental modes for this cavity, but sufficient energy exists over most of the audio range to be useful for sounding at these frequencies, in which case the technique is generally referred to as audio-magnetotellurics or AMT. At frequencies lower than audio, and in general below 1 Hz, the source of naturally occuring electromagnetic energy is found in ionospheric currents. Current systems flowing in the ionosphere generate EM waves which can be used in sounding of the earth. These fields generate a relatively complete spectrum of electromagnetic energy that extends from around 1 Hz to periods of one day. Figure 1 shows an amplitude spectrum characteristic of both the ionospheric and lightning sources, covering a frequency range from 0.0001 Hz to 1000 Hz. It can be seen that there is a minimum in signal levels that occurs at about 1 Hz, in the gap between the two sources, and that signal level increases with a decrease in frequency.

  6. MMT hypervelocity star survey. III. The complete survey

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    Brown, Warren R.; Geller, Margaret J.; Kenyon, Scott J. E-mail: mgeller@cfa.harvard.edu

    2014-05-20

    We describe our completed spectroscopic survey for unbound hypervelocity stars (HVSs) ejected from the Milky Way. Three new discoveries bring the total number of unbound late B-type stars to 21. We place new constraints on the nature of the stars and on their distances using moderate resolution MMT spectroscopy. Half of the stars are fast rotators; they are certain 2.5-4 M {sub ☉} main sequence stars at 50-120 kpc distances. Correcting for stellar lifetime, our survey implies that unbound 2.5-4 M {sub ☉} stars are ejected from the Milky Way at a rate of 1.5 × 10{sup –6} yr{sup –1}. These unbound HVSs are likely ejected continuously over the past 200 Myr and do not share a common flight time. The anisotropic spatial distribution of HVSs on the sky remains puzzling. Southern hemisphere surveys like SkyMapper will soon allow us to map the all-sky distribution of HVSs. Future proper motion measurements with Hubble Space Telescope and Gaia will provide strong constraints on origin. Existing observations are all consistent with HVS ejections from encounters with the massive black hole in the Galactic center.

  7. Optical fabrication of the MMT adaptive secondary mirror

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    Martin, Hubert M.; Burge, James H.; Del Vecchio, Ciro; Dettmann, Lee R.; Miller, Stephen M.; Smith, Bryan K.; Wildi, Francois P.

    2000-07-01

    We describe the optical fabrication of the adaptive secondary mirror for the MMT. The 640 mm f/15 secondary consists of a flexible glass shell, 1.8 mm thick, whose shape is controlled by 336 electromagnetic actuators. It is designed to give diffraction-limited images at a wavelength of 1 micron. For generating and polishing, the shell was supported by attaching it to a rigid glass blocking body with a thin layer of pitch. It could then be figured and measured using techniques developed for rigid secondaries. The highly aspheric surface was polished with a 30 cm stressed lap and small passive tools, and measured using a swing-arm profilometer and a holographic test plate. The goal for fabrication was to produce diffraction-limited images in the visible, after simulated adaptive correction using only a small fraction of the typical actuator forces. This translates into a surface accuracy of less than 19 nm rms with correction forces of less than 0.05 N rms. We achieved a surface accuracy of 8 nm rms after simulated correction with forces of 0.02 N rms.

  8. Magnetotelluric Study of the Southern Pamir, Tajikistan

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    Korolevski, W.; Ritter, O.; Weckmann, U.; Rybin, A.; Matiukov, V.

    2014-12-01

    The Pamir region at the western prolongation of the Tibet-Himalaya orogen is a high plateau which accommodated the India-Asia collision by crustal shortening and thickening. The same east-west-trending orogenic belts, corresponding to continental terranes which amalgamated with Asia prior to the collision with India, wrap around the Pamir and Tibet. The southern Pamir is equivalent to the Lhasa terrane in Tibet and consists of Paleozoic-Mesozoic meta-sedimentary rocks, rare Proterozoic gneisses, and voluminous Creaceous-Palaeogene granitoids. The Pamir, however, has been displaced northward by approximately 600km with respect to the Tarim Basin. Today, there is strong geophysical evidence that a slab of Asian lithosphere has been underthrust south-southeastward beneath the Pamir. In summer 2013 we installed 85 broad-band magnetotelluric (MT) stations in the southern Pamir covering a 200km wide and 100km long area between Murghab and Khorugh, with a site spacing of approximately 8km. MT data quality is excellent in the sparsely populated southeastern Pamir plateau and heterogeneous or even strongly disturbed by electromagnetic noise in the populated southwestern Pamir. The magnetotelluric survey was part of the interdisciplinary TIPTIMON (Tien-Shan-Pamir Monitoring Program) project. 3D inversion of the data reveals a prominent low-resistivity zone at a depth of approx. 10 km. This anomaly, with resistivities below 10 Ωm, extends across the entire southeastern Pamir and appears to be limited to the West by the Shakdara dome. The crystalline basement of the Shakdara dome is imaged as resistive material. We interpret the observed low resistivity of the southeastern Pamir is as partially molten felsic material at middle to lower crustal levels.

  9. A phenomenological and thermodynamic study of the water permeation process in corn starch/MMT films.

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    Slavutsky, Aníbal M; Bertuzzi, María A

    2012-09-01

    Water transport in edible films of starch based products is a complex phenomenon due to the strong interaction of sorbed water molecules with the polymeric structure of starch. Moisture sorption isotherms of starch and starch/MMT films were obtained. The results indicated that nanoclay incorporation produces a decrease of water uptake at all temperatures analysed. Thermodynamic parameters showed that sorption process is less favourable when MMT is incorporated into the starch matrix. Effect of driving force and water activity (aw) values at each side of the film on permeability and diffusivity coefficients were analysed. The effect of the tortuous pathway generated by MMT incorporation was significant only in the middle and lower range of aw. At high aw range the plasticizing effect of water dominated and MMT incorporation had little effect on the water barrier properties of these films. PMID:24751076

  10. Comparison study of magnetotelluric inversion using different transfer functions

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    Bierman, David Frank

    Near-surface inhomogeneities (NSI) are a major problem that distorts magnetotelluric (MT) data. In this thesis, I have developed a method of 3D inversion of MT data based on the phase-tensor approach. Theoretically, unlike conventional MT apparent resistivities, the phase-tensor data are not distorted by the near-surface inhomogeneities and thus should provide more reliable information about deep geoelectrical structures. I have derived the relationships between Frechet derivatives of the phase tensor and those of the MT impedance components. Once the sensitivities are known, the method closely follows Consortium for Electromagnetic Modeling and Inversion's (CEMI's) 3D MT inversion algorithm, which is based on the integral equation (IE) formulation of EM field equations and receiver footprint approach. In this thesis, I conduct a comparison study of 3D MT inversions, using impedance tensor and phase tensor methods. I present a case study using the MT data from the McArthur River area. The results from the impedance tensor compared well with the results from other publications. The phase tensor results did not compare well with any other results. This indicates that the phase tensor method, being theoretically very robust to near-surface distortions, in practice does not work as well as one would expect. I explain this phenomenon by the significant effects of noise in the field MT data on the components of the phase tensor.

  11. 3D magnetotelluric inversion with full distortion matrix

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    Gribenko, A. V.; Zhdanov, M. S.

    2014-12-01

    Distortion of regional electric fields by local structures represent one of the major problems facing three-dimensional magnetotelluric (MT) interpretation. Effect of 3D local inhomogenities on MT data can be described by a real 2x2 distortion matrix. In this project we develop a method of simultaneous inversion of the full MT impedance data for 3D conductivity distribution and for the distortion matrix. Tikhonov regularization is employed to solve the resulting inverse problem. Integral equations method is used to compute MT responses. Minimization of the cost functional is achieved via conjugate gradient method. The inversion algorithm is tested on the synthetic data from Dublin Secret Model II (DSM 2) for which multiple inversion solutions are available for comparison. Inclusion of the distortion matrix provides faster convergence and allows coarser discretization of the near-surface while achievingsimilar or better data fits as inversion for the conductivity only with finely discretized shallow regions. As a field data example we chose a subset of the EarthScope MT dataset covering Great Basin and adjacent areas of the Western United States. Great Basin data inversion identified several prominent conductive zones which correlate well with areas of tectonic and geothermal activity.

  12. Magnetotelluric measurements on the Methana Peninsula (Greece): modelling and interpretation

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    Volti, Theodora K.

    1999-01-01

    As a first deep geophysical survey, thirteen magnetotelluric and magnetovariation soundings in the period range of 0.0085-6000 s have been carried out in the Methana Peninsula and Trizina area (Greece), which form the western part of the active Hellenic Volcanic Arc. Data have been processed using robust techniques and further analysed using decomposition methods in order to find the regional azimuth. By using the smooth inverse of Smith and Booker (J. Geophys. Res. 96, 3905-3922, 1991), the 2-D modelling has resolved a low-resistivity area (<30 Ω m) at depths of 2-3 km beneath the volcanics, whereas elsewhere the resistivity is much higher (>100 Ω m). Parkinson induction arrows also at the range 0.01-0.1 s point towards the centre of the peninsula. The conductivity anomaly is interpreted as being connected with the volcanic history of Methana, as a cooler remnant of former magmatic activity. The contrast with the much higher resistivities suggested at depths >5 km, is discussed in terms of fluid mobility, limitation of the MT method and extensional processes in the southern Aegean.

  13. Very long period magnetotellurics at Tucson observatory - Estimation of impedances

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    Egbert, Gary D.; Booker, John R.; Schultz, Adam

    1992-10-01

    Eleven years (1932-1942) of electric potential and magnetic measurements at the Tucson observatory represent a unique very long period magnetotelluric (MT) data set. We report here on a careful reanalysis of this data using modern processing techniques. We have developed and used novel methods of separating out the quasi-periodic daily variations fields and for cleaning up outliers and filling in missing data in the time domain. MT impedance tensors, estimated using the cleaned and filled data and using robust frequency domain methods, are well determined and smoothly varying for periods between 4 hours and 10 days. At longer periods the electric field data are swamped by large-amplitude incoherent noise, particularly after the third year of the experiment. Although we find no evidence for contamination of any field components by oceanic motional induction at tidal periods, the MT impedance do show evidence of small systematic biases due to finite spatial scale geomagnetic sources at harmonics of the daily variation period.

  14. Characterization of Clastic Dikes Using Controlled Source Audio Magnetotellurics

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    Persichetti, J. A.; Alumbaugh, D.

    2001-12-01

    A site consisting of 3D geology on the Hanford Reservation in Hanford, Washington, has been surveyed using Controlled Source Audio Magnetotellurics (CSAMT) to determine the method's ability to detect clastic dikes. The dikes are fine-grained, soft-sediment intrusions, formed by the buoyant rise of buried, unconsolidated, water rich mud into overlying unconsolidated sediment. The dikes are of major importance because they may act as natural barriers inhibiting the spread of contaminants, or as conduits, allowing the contaminants to be quickly wicked away from the contaminant storage tanks that may be located in close vicinity of the dikes. The field setup consisted of a 33 meter by 63 meter receiver grid with 3 meter spacing in all directions with the transmitter positioned 71.5 meters from the center of the receiver grid. A total of 12 frequencies were collected from 1.1kHz to 66.2kHz. The CSAMT data is being analyzed using a 2D CSAMT RRI code (Lu, Unsworth and Booker, 1999) and a 2D MT RRI code (Smith and Booker, 1991). Of interest is examining how well the 2D codes are able to map 3D geology, the level of resolution that is obtained, and how important it is to include the 3D source in the solution. The ultimate goal is to determine the applicability of using CSAMT for mapping these types of features at the Hanford Reservation site.

  15. West Flank Coso, CA FORGE Magnetotelluric Inversion

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    Doug Blankenship

    2016-05-16

    The Coso Magnetotelluric (MT) dataset of which the West Flank FORGE MT data is a subset, was collected by Schlumberger / WesternGeco and initially processed by the WesternGeco GeoSolutions Integrated EM Center of Excellence in Milan, Italy. The 2011 data was based on 99 soundings that were centered on the West Flank geothermal prospect. The new soundings along with previous data from 2003 and 2006 were incorporated into a 3D inversion. Full impedance tensor data were inverted in the 1-3000 Hz range. The modelling report notes several noise sources, specifically the DC powerline that is 20,000 feet west of the survey area, and may have affected data in the 0.02 to 10 Hz range. Model cell dimensions of 450 x 450 x 65 feet were used to avoid computational instability in the 3D model. The fit between calculated and observed MT values for the final model run had an RMS value of 1.807. The included figure from the WesternGeco report shows the sounding locations from the 2011, 2006 and 2003 surveys.

  16. MTpy: A Python toolbox for magnetotellurics

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    Krieger, Lars; Peacock, Jared R.

    2014-11-01

    We present the software package MTpy that allows handling, processing, and imaging of magnetotelluric (MT) data sets. Written in Python, the code is open source, containing sub-packages and modules for various tasks within the standard MT data processing and handling scheme. Besides the independent definition of classes and functions, MTpy provides wrappers and convenience scripts to call standard external data processing and modelling software. In its current state, modules and functions of MTpy work on raw and pre-processed MT data. However, opposite to providing a static compilation of software, we prefer to introduce MTpy as a flexible software toolbox, whose contents can be combined and utilised according to the respective needs of the user. Just as the overall functionality of a mechanical toolbox can be extended by adding new tools, MTpy is a flexible framework, which will be dynamically extended in the future. Furthermore, it can help to unify and extend existing codes and algorithms within the (academic) MT community. In this paper, we introduce the structure and concept of MTpy. Additionally, we show some examples from an everyday work-flow of MT data processing: the generation of standard EDI data files from raw electric (E-) and magnetic flux density (B-) field time series as input, the conversion into MiniSEED data format, as well as the generation of a graphical data representation in the form of a Phase Tensor pseudosection.

  17. Motional magnetotellurics by long oceanic waves

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    Shimizu, Hisayoshi; Utada, Hisashi

    2015-04-01

    The observation of electromagnetic signals by ocean bottom electromagnetometers in association with the Tohoku tsunami of 2011 March 11 has raised the opportunity to re-examine the physics of motional induction due to oceanic long waves in the framework of 1-D magnetotellurics (MT). Although a propagating tsunami has a complex structure, the induced electromagnetic field can be simply approximated as a plane wave (though a simple thin-sheet approximation is not valid at higher frequencies). We found that the MT impedance due to a surface gravity wave (or the `motional impedance') is influenced largely by the dispersion of the wave if the period is sufficiently short or the electrical conductivity of the seabed is low. The tipper due to the motional induction (or the `motional tipper') and motional impedance are essentially identical if the underneath structure is 1-D. It would be possible to estimate the motional impedance and tipper from the observed ocean bottom electromagnetic field at the time of passing of a tsunami. The wave amplitude must be much greater than several tens of centimetres for the motional impedance and tipper estimation to be free from the effects of external sources. However, the obtained motional impedance and tipper will mostly represent the property of the wave and use of them may not be suitable to discuss the subseafloor conductivity structure.

  18. Magnetotelluric investigations at Mount Hood, Oregon

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    Mozley, E.C.; Goldstein, N.E.; Morrison, H.F.

    1986-10-01

    Magnetotelluric data, with both electric and magnetic field references for noise cancellation, were collected at accessible locations around and as close as possible to the Mount Hood andesite-dacite volcano. The purpose of the study was to identify and map conductive features and to relate them to the thermal regime of the region. Several conductors could be discerned. The shallowest, at a depth of around 500 m below the surface, was identified as a flow of heated water moving away from the summit: the deepest (--50 km) might be a melt zone in the upper mantle. Of particular interest is an elongate conductor that strikes N 10/sup 0/ W and extends from a depth of 12 km down to 22 km. Because the conductor strike is close to the trend of the chain of Cascade volcanoes and because of the high conductive thermal gradients reported for the area, this feature was initially believed to be a zone of partial melt following the volcanic axis. However, because no teleseismic P wave velocity anomaly has been found, the cause of the conductor is more problematic. While the existence of small zones of melt cannot be ruled out, it is possible that the conductor is caused by a large volume of intensely deformed rocks with brine-filled microfractures.

  19. Low Power Long Period Magnetotelluric System

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    Narod, B. B.; Bennest, J. R.; Booker, J. R.

    2001-12-01

    We have constructed a new MT system for periods longer than 1 second that uses substantially less power and is considerably easier to deploy than predecessors, such as the Geological Survey of Canada [GSC] Long Period Intelligent Magnetotelluric System [LIMS]. Technical aspects of these new systems include: Fully watertight; light weight [5 kg w/o magnetometer head], Eurocard card cage, 1.7 watt power consumption - 140mA @ 12vdc, built-in solar panel charge controller, GPS-disciplined timekeeping accurate to 1ms, 24-bit 8 Hz Analog to Digital conversion, data storage on a PCMCIA flash disk [85M and up], magnetic field: +/- 80,000 nT range with 10pT resolution, electric field ch: +/- 200 mv with sub-microvolt useful resolution. A setup program automatically handles most deployment tasks including recording site location and data start time. Data are logged in files that begin at hour marks and are of one-hour duration. They are thus automatically synchronous at an array of instruments. Data retrieval consists of moving a PCMCIA card from the data logger to a laptop computer. A revision of this system is already in progress. It will feature PC104 card formats and will be lighter, smaller and have even lower power consumption. Ten of these systems were deployed for the first time during August and September 2001, in Argentina. Sample data from these deployments will be shown.

  20. Synthesis of CarAlg/MMt nanocomposite hydrogels and adsorption of cationic crystal violet.

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    Mahdavinia, Gholam Reza; Aghaie, Huriyeh; Sheykhloie, Hossein; Vardini, Mohammad Taghi; Etemadi, Hossein

    2013-10-15

    CarAlg/MMt nanocomposite hydrogels composed of kappa-carrageenan (Car) and sodium alginate (Alg) biopolymers were synthesized by incorporation of sodium montmorillonite (Na-MMt) nanoclay. Acrylamide (AAm), methylenebisacrylamide (MBA), and ammonium persulfate (APS) were used as monomer, crosslinker, and initiator, respectively. The structure and morphology of nanocomposites were characterized by XRD, SEM, and TEM techniques. The XRD results showed exfoliated MMt nanoclay and exfoliation of MMt was confirmed by TEM graph. The resulting nanocomposites were evaluated to remove cationic crystal violet (CV) dye from water. According to data, the adsorption capacity of nanocomposites was enhanced as the clay content was increased. The experimental data were analyzed according to both Langmuir and Freundlich models and experimental maximum adsorption capacity was obtained 88.8 mg g(-1). By studying the effect of pH on the dye adsorption capacity of nanocomposites, it was revealed that the adsorption capacity of nanocomposites was enhanced at acidic pHs as the Na-MMt nanoclay and kappa-carrageenan components were increased. PMID:23987355

  1. WALDIM: A code for the dimensionality analysis of magnetotelluric data using the rotational invariants of the magnetotelluric tensor

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    Martí, A.; Queralt, P.; Ledo, J.

    2009-12-01

    In the magnetotelluric (MT) method, the analysis of geoelectric dimensionality has acquired special importance in the last years, because numerical codes have made it possible to model and invert data using either one-dimensional (1D), two-dimensional (2D) or three-dimensional (3D) approaches. We present a FORTRAN code termed WALDIM to perform the dimensionality analysis of a set of MT data, according to the WAL rotational invariants criteria. These criteria are based on the possible annulment of the invariants of the MT tensor, which allow retrieval of as much information as possible from this tensor, without taking any a priori dimensionality assumption. When determining the dimensionality of real and therefore noisy data, two problems arise. The first is due to the data errors, which propagate into the invariants values, and therefore, to the determination of the dimensionality. The second is the fact that the invariants are rarely precisely zero, and the definition of a threshold is necessary. To solve these problems, WALDIM takes into account the data errors. Additionally, the dimensionality results can be grouped into frequency bands. Thus, we provide a software utility that allows providing a robust description of the dimensionality, and the parameters necessary for data correction prior to modeling. Given its completeness at analyzing the MT tensor for both individual and bands of frequencies, this code is meant to be a practical tool for MT data analysis.

  2. Using Empirical Mode Decomposition to process Marine Magnetotelluric Data

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    Chen, J.; Jegen, M. D.; Heincke, B. H.; Moorkamp, M.

    2014-12-01

    The magnetotelluric (MT) data always exhibits nonstationarities due to variations of source mechanisms causing MT variations on different time and spatial scales. An additional non-stationary component is introduced through noise, which is particularly pronounced in marine MT data through motion induced noise caused by time-varying wave motion and currents. We present a new heuristic method for dealing with the non-stationarity of MT time series based on Empirical Mode Decomposition (EMD). The EMD method is used in combination with the derived instantaneous spectra to determine impedance estimates. The procedure is tested on synthetic and field MT data. In synthetic tests the reliability of impedance estimates from EMD-based method is compared to the synthetic responses of a 1D layered model. To examine how estimates are affected by noise, stochastic stationary and non-stationary noise are added on the time series. Comparisons reveal that estimates by the EMD-based method are generally more stable than those by simple Fourier analysis. Furthermore, the results are compared to those derived by a commonly used Fourier-based MT data processing software (BIRRP), which incorporates additional sophisticated robust estimations to deal with noise issues. It is revealed that the results from both methods are already comparable, even though no robust estimate procedures are implemented in the EMD approach at present stage. The processing scheme is then applied to marine MT field data. Testing is performed on short, relatively quiet segments of several data sets, as well as on long segments of data with many non-stationary noise packages. Compared to BIRRP, the new method gives comparable or better impedance estimates, furthermore, the estimates are extended to lower frequencies and less noise biased estimates with smaller error bars are obtained at high frequencies. The new processing methodology represents an important step towards deriving a better resolved Earth model to

  3. Correction of magnetotelluric static shift by analysis of 3D forward modelling and measured test data

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    Zhang, Kun; Wei, Wenbo; Lu, Qingtian; Wang, Huafeng; Zhang, Yawei

    2016-06-01

    To solve the problem of correction of magnetotelluric (MT) static shift, we quantise factors that influence geological environments and observation conditions and study MT static shift according to 3D MT numerical forward modelling and field tests with real data collection. We find that static shift distortions affect both the apparent resistivity and the impedance phase. The distortion results are also related to the frequency. On the basis of synthetic and real data analysis, we propose the concept of generalised static shift resistivity (GSSR) and a new method for correcting MT static shift. The approach is verified by studying 2D inversion models using synthetic and real data.

  4. Superabsorbent nanocomposite (alginate-g-PAMPS/MMT): synthesis, characterization and swelling behavior.

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    Yadav, Mithilesh; Rhee, Kyong Yop

    2012-09-01

    A superabsorbent composite (alginate-g-PAMPS/MMT) was prepared by graft copolymerization from alginate, 2-acrylamido-2-methyl-1-propanesulfonic acid (AMPS) and Na+ montmorillonite (MMT) in an inert atmosphere. Effects of polymerization variables on water absorbency, including the content of Na+ montmorillonite, sodium alginate, N,N'-methylenebisacrylamide and AMPS, were studied. The introduced montmorillonite formed a loose and porous surface and improved the water absorbency of the alginate-g-PAMPS/MMT superabsorbent composite. Swelling behaviors of the superabsorbent composites in various cationic salt solutions (NaCl, CaCl2 and FeCl3) and anionic salt solutions (NaCl and Na2SO4) were also systematically investigated. The superabsorbent composite was further characterized using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), rheology, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) taking alginate-g-PAMPS as a reference. PMID:24751026

  5. 3-D inversion of magnetotelluric Phase Tensor

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    Patro, Prasanta; Uyeshima, Makoto

    2010-05-01

    Three-dimensional (3-D) inversion of the magnetotelluric (MT) has become a routine practice among the MT community due to progress of algorithms for 3-D inverse problems (e.g. Mackie and Madden, 1993; Siripunvaraporn et al., 2005). While availability of such 3-D inversion codes have increased the resolving power of the MT data and improved the interpretation, on the other hand, still the galvanic effects poses difficulties in interpretation of resistivity structure obtained from the MT data. In order to tackle the galvanic distortion of MT data, Caldwell et al., (2004) introduced the concept of phase tensor. They demonstrated how the regional phase information can be retrieved from the observed impedance tensor without any assumptions for structural dimension, where both the near surface inhomogeneity and the regional conductivity structures can be 3-D. We made an attempt to modify a 3-D inversion code (Siripunvaraporn et al., 2005) to directly invert the phase tensor elements. We present here the main modification done in the sensitivity calculation and then show a few synthetic studies and its application to the real data. The synthetic model study suggests that the prior model (m_0) setting is important in retrieving the true model. This is because estimation of correct induction scale length lacks in the phase tensor inversion process. Comparison between results from conventional impedance inversion and new phase tensor inversion suggests that, in spite of presence of the galvanic distortion (due to near surface checkerboard anomalies in our case), the new inverion algorithm retrieves the regional conductivitity structure reliably. We applied the new inversion to the real data from the Indian sub continent and compared with the results from conventional impedance inversion.

  6. Enhanced mechanical and thermal properties of CNT/HDPE nanocomposite using MMT as secondary filler

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    Ali Mohsin, M. E.; Arsad, Agus; Fouad, H.; Jawaid, M.; Alothman, Othman Y.

    2014-05-01

    This study explains the influence of secondary filler on the dispersion of carbon nanotube (CNT) reinforced high density polyethylene (HDPE) nanocomposites (CNT/HDPE). In order to understand the mixed-fillers system, Montmorillonite (MMT) was added to CNT/HDPE nanocomposites. It was followed by investigating their effect on the thermal, mechanical and XRD properties of the aforesaid nanocomposite. Incorporation of 3 wt% each of MMT into CNT/HDPE nanocomposite resulted to the increased values for the tensile and flexural strength, as compared to the pure HDPE matrix. The thermal analysis result showed improved thermal stability of the formulated nanocomposites.

  7. Magnetotelluric studies at the Cerro Prieto geothermal field

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    Goubau, W.M.; Goldstein, N.E.; Clarke, J.

    1981-01-01

    During three years of magnetotelluric surveying, data were acquired at 26 sites distributed over 190 km/sup 2/ around the production area. A relatively well-defined strike of N27W +- 1.5/sup 0/ (magnetic) was established. The simple model shown suggests a lateral discontinuity in the vicinity of Nueva Leon.

  8. Structure of the Tongariro Volcanic system: Insights from magnetotelluric imaging

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    Hill, Graham J.; Bibby, Hugh M.; Ogawa, Yasuo; Wallin, Erin L.; Bennie, Stewart L.; Caldwell, T. Grant; Keys, Harry; Bertrand, Edward A.; Heise, Wiebke

    2015-12-01

    The dynamics of magma reservoirs (the main repositories for eruptible magma) play a fundamental role in the style and behaviour of volcanic systems. A key first step in understanding these systems is to identify their location and size accurately. We present results from a broadband magnetotelluric study of the Tongariro Volcanic system and discuss how the results fit within current petrological models. The Tongariro Volcanic system is a composite andesitic cone complex, located at the southern end of the Taupo Volcanic Zone in the central North Island of New Zealand. We use data from 136 broadband magnetotelluric soundings within a 25 × 35 km area covering the volcanic system to construct a 3D image of the magmatic system of the Tongariro Volcanic Complex including Mount Ngauruhoe. The structure of the Tongariro magmatic system has been determined from 3D forward and inverse modelling of the magnetotelluric data and allowed for an estimation of the melt fraction present within the system. 3D inverse modelling of the magnetotelluric data shows: a well-developed shallow low resistivity zone outlining the geothermal system; a zone of even lower resistivity representing a shallow crustal magma accumulation zone located at a depth of ˜4-12 km offset to the east of the Tongariro vent system; and a zone with a slightly higher resistivity connecting these two components of the magmatic system providing the path for magmatic fluids from the deeper source region to reach the surface during eruptive events.

  9. Electrical conductivity of the Fennoscandian Shield margin from recent magnetotelluric profiles

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    Smirnov, M. Yu.; Korja, T.; Pedersen, L. B.

    2009-04-01

    central part of the TESZ in the Polish Trough at mid-crustal depths is well resolved. The upper mantle of the Precambrian Craton is more resistive than the younger Paleozoic lithosphere by at least one order of magnitude. We can summarize the results from these profiles in the following conclusions. Magnetotelluric data revealed remarkable features at the crustal level along each profile. Some of them were not clearly identified before by other geophysical methods. Conductors like alum shales are very well indicated in the final models. Electrical lithosphere is thick beneath the Fennoscandian Shield and significantly thinner beneath younger domains. The resulting models shows the conductivity contrast at a depth of about 150 km across the cratonic margin to be at least one order of magnitude.

  10. Very long period magnetotellurics at Tucson Observatory: Estimation of impedances

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    Egbert, G.D.; Booker, J.R.; Schultz, A.

    1992-10-10

    Eleven years (1932-1942) of electric potential and magnetic measurements at the Tucson observatory represent a unique very long period magnetotelluric (MT) data set. The authors report on a careful reanalysis of this data using modern processing techniques. They have developed and used novel methods for separating out the quasi-periodic daily variation fields and for cleaning up outliers and filling in missing data in the time domain. MT impedance tensors, estimated using the cleaned and filled data and using robust frequency domain methods, are well determined and smoothly varying for periods between 4 hours and 10 days. At longer periods the electric field data are swamped by large-amplitude incoherent noise, particularly after the third year of the experiment. Although they find no evidence for contamination of any field components by oceanic motional induction at tidal periods, the MT impedance estimates do show evidence of small systematic biases due to finite spatial scale geomagnetic sources at harmonics of the daily variation period. These periods are thus removed from the time series and not used in further analysis. They show that the resulting impedance tensor is well modeled by a real, frequency-independent distortion of a scalar impedance, which is consistent with non-inductive distortion of the electric fields by local surface geology. To estimate the undetermined static shift of the MT impedance, the authors compare the long-period MT results to equivalent MT impedances determined from 46 years of geomagnetic data. Combining the geomagnetic and undistorted MT impedances results in scalar impedance estimates for periods 0.17 < T < 91 days of unprecedented precision. However, for periods less than one day, the phase and amplitude of this impedance, while individually consistent, are not mutually consistent with any one-dimensional conductivity distribution. 51 refs., 19 figs., 4 tabs.

  11. Magnetotelluric signature of anticlines in Iran's Sehqanat oil field

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    Mansoori, Isa; Oskooi, Behrooz; Pedersen, Laust B.

    2015-07-01

    The magnetotelluric (MT) method has proved to be an effective tool in hydrocarbon exploration especially in areas with geological structures/formations where seismic reflection provides neither good quality data nor images. The Sehqanat oil field located in the sedimentary zone of Zagros in SW of Iran is a typical example. It is covered by the high velocity and heterogeneous formation of Gachsaran, which is exposed at the surface and has a thickness varying from 500 m to more than 2 km in the region. Gachsaran is composed mainly of salt and evaporites overlying, as a cap rock, the Asmari limestone formation which is the main reservoir in all oil fields of Iran along the Zagros range. The main geological interface which is targeted to be imaged with the MT method is the contact between the highly conductive evaporites of the Gachsaran formation and the underlying more resistive carbonates of the Asmari formation. MT data at more than 600 stations along five parallel SW-NE profiles crossing the main geological trend of the study area and transient electromagnetic data over 400 stations to be used for static shift corrections of the MT data were available. Dimensionality and strike analysis of the MT data show dominant two-dimensional (2-D) conditions in almost all sites and periods. The 2-D resistivity models resolved the boundary between Gachsaran and Asmari formations as a transition zone from highly conductive to resistive structures. The Sehqanat anticline has also been delineated throughout the 2-D resistivity sections as a resistive dome-shaped body located in the middle part of the MT profiles. There is a considerable correlation between the 2-D resistivity models and the adjacent 2-D reflection seismic sections so that a more reliable interpretation on the hydrocarbon trap of the Sehqanat anticline can be obtained.

  12. POLARIS Magnetotelluric Overview and Update - Spring 2004

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    Ferguson, I.; Samson, C.; Unsworth, M.; Asudeh, I.; Craven, J.; Atkinson, G.

    2004-05-01

    The Canadian POLARIS project includes an important component of electromagnetic studies. As part of this project, magnetotelluric (MT) equipment has been acquired to develop an infrastructure for electromagnetic soundings over depths ranging from the uppermost crust to depths of several hundreds kilometers into the asthenosphere. A key innovative feature of the POLARIS project is that MT instruments are being used in association with teleseismic techniques for imaging the Earth's structure, and for investigating seismogenic structures. MT soundings are in progress and, at the end of the project, will have been made at most of the 90 POLARIS observatory arrays on the Slave craton in the Northwest Territories, in the Casacadia region of southwestern British Columbia, and in the Precambrian Grenville Province in southern Ontario. MT equipment is also being used in studies of geomagnetically induced currents (GICs) on powerlines and pipelines. To carry out soundings at different target depths, the POLARIS MT equipment includes: audio-frequency (104 to 10 Hz) MT (AMT) systems for imaging the upper crust; broadband (102 to 10-3 Hz) MT (BBMT) systems for imaging the middle and lower crust; and long-period (1 to <10-4 Hz) MT (LMT) systems with specialized ring-core fluxgate magnetometers required for imaging at mantle depths and for geomagnetic hazard studies. More specifically, the AMT-BBMT equipment consists of six MTU-5A systems that have been procured from Phoenix Geophysics Ltd. and the LMT equipment of twenty-five ring-core NIMS systems on order from Narod Geophysics Ltd. A subset of the POLARIS MT equipment consisting of the AMT, BBMT, and fifteen of the LMT instruments is designed to be moved progressively through the POLARIS arrays providing MT responses over a broad frequency range. The remaining ten LMT instruments are to be deployed at carefully selected POLARIS sites in satellite-telemetered observatory configuration to provide ultra-deep imaging of the mantle

  13. Magnetotelluric experiment over the ROSE area

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    Filloux, J.H.

    1982-10-10

    Seafloor observations in natural electromagnetic fluctuations diffusing into the earth have been made in the vicinity of the Pacific Rise at 12/sup 0/N and 21/sup 0/N to gather information on the electrical conductivity structure of the oceanic basement near a spreading ridge. At 21/sup 0/N the close proximity of land (Baja California) introduces a noticeable distortion of the EM fields, and consequently the magnetotelluric sounding for this area must be interpreted with caution. At both locations the conductance of the upper 200 km appears exceptionally high and the conductivity rises rapidly below, reaching 1 S m/sup -1/ or more at 350 km. The statistical significance of a prominent conductivity increase near a depth of 22.5 km detected in the inverted data from 12/sup 0/N and of a less developed one at 30 km in the case of 21/sup 0/N is discussed. Records of the magnetic variations of 21/sup 0/N taken above the spreading center, compared to records from 40 and 120 km to the west, reveal a conspicuous enhancement of the high-frequency horizontal variations in a direction slightly west of magnetic north. We interpret this distinctive feature as the signature of an electric current sheet concentrated in an extremely high conductance, relatively shallow layer electrically bridging the two seafloor areas adjacent to the spreading center. An approximate calculation suggests a conductance in excess of 3000 S per meter of ridge crest in the close vicinity of the accretion center, equivalent to 1 to 8 km of molten basalt, depending on temperature (1000/sup 0/-1200/sup 0/C.) and depth (2-10 km.). This structure is consistent with seismic refraction information for the same area and with stratigraphic reconstruction of a fossil accretion center in Samail ophiolite. An interpretation in terms of a well-developed magma chamber is irresistable, although confirmation of the existence of this feature as well as improvement of its resolution by means of additional EM data would

  14. Interpretation of magnetotelluric measurements over an electrically dispersive one-dimensional earth

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    Patella, D.

    1987-01-01

    Frequency dispersion of electromagnetic parameters of earth materials has been widely documented in recent years. It is claimed that magnetotellurics (MT)may be significantly affected by dispersion. This paper studies the MT plane-wave interpretative problem for a one-dimensional earth characterized by the presence of dispersive layers. The theoretical properties of the MT field under the dispersion hypothesis, and the main features of the dispersion phenomenon are synthetically reviewed. The examination of previously published MT curve responses over some models of dispersive earth section shows that ambiguity can arise when interpreting MT data with no other source of information. Thus it maybe almost impossible to distinguish between the response of a dispersive section and an equally probable dispersion-free section. The dispersion magnetotelluric (DMT) method is proposed as a means to resolve the ambiguity. The DMT method is based on the execution, at the same site, of an MT sounding and of an always dispersion-free dc geoelectric deep sounding.

  15. 3D Magnetotelluric characterization of the COSO GeothermalField

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    Newman, Gregory A.; Hoversten, Michael; Gasperikova, Erika; Wannamaker, Philip E.

    2005-01-01

    Knowledge of the subsurface electrical resistivity/conductivity can contribute to a better understanding of complex hydrothermal systems, typified by Coso geothermal field, through mapping the geometry (bounds and controlling structures) over existing production. Three-dimensional magnetotelluric (MT) inversion is now an emerging technology for characterizing the resistivity structures of complex geothermal systems. The method appears to hold great promise, but histories exploiting truly 3D inversion that demonstrate the advantages that can be gained by acquiring and analyzing MT data in three dimensions are still few in number. This project will address said issue, by applying 3D MT forward modeling and inversion to a MT data set acquired over the Coso geothermal field. The goal of the project is to provide the capability to image large geothermal reservoirs in a single self-consistent model. Initial analysis of the Coso MT data has been carried out using 2D MT imaging technology to construct an initial 3D resistivity model from a series of 2D resistivity images obtained using the inline electric field measurements (Zxy impedance elements) along different measurement transects. This model will be subsequently refined through a 3D inversion process. The initial 3D resistivity model clearly shows the controlling geological structures possibly influencing well production at Coso. The field data however, also show clear three dimensionality below 1 Hz, demonstrating the limitations of 2D resistivity imaging. The 3D MT predicted data arising from this starting model show good correspondence in dominant components of the impedance tensor (Zxy and Zyx) above 1Hz. Below 1 Hz there is significant differences between the field data and the 2D model data.

  16. Non-linearity in Bayesian 1-D magnetotelluric inversion

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    Guo, Rongwen; Dosso, Stan E.; Liu, Jianxin; Dettmer, Jan; Tong, Xiaozhong

    2011-05-01

    This paper applies a Bayesian approach to examine non-linearity for the 1-D magnetotelluric (MT) inverse problem. In a Bayesian formulation the posterior probability density (PPD), which combines data and prior information, is interpreted in terms of parameter estimates and uncertainties, which requires optimizing and integrating the PPD. Much work on 1-D MT inversion has been based on (approximate) linearized solutions, but more recently fully non-linear (numerical) approaches have been applied. This paper directly compares results of linearized and non-linear uncertainty estimation for 1-D MT inversion; to do so, advanced methods for both approaches are applied. In the non-linear formulation used here, numerical optimization is carried out using an adaptive-hybrid algorithm. Numerical integration applies Metropolis-Hastings sampling, rotated to a principal-component parameter space for efficient sampling of correlated parameters, and employing non-unity sampling temperatures to ensure global sampling. Since appropriate model parametrizations are generally not known a priori, both under- and overparametrized approaches are considered. For underparametrization, the Bayesian information criterion is applied to determine the number of layers consistent with the resolving power of the data. For overparametrization, prior information is included which favours simple structure in a manner similar to regularized inversion. The data variance and/or trade-off parameter regulating data and prior information are treated in several ways, including applying fixed optimal estimates (an empirical Bayesian approach) or including them as hyperparameters in the sampling (hierarchical Bayesian). The latter approach has the benefit of accounting for the uncertainty in the hyperparameters in estimating model parameter uncertainties. Non-linear and linearized inversion results are compared for synthetic test cases and for the measured COPROD1 MT data by considering marginal probability

  17. Magnetotelluric Evidence of Regional Lithospheric Modification in Ordos Block, North China

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    Dong, H.; Wei, W.; Ye, G.; Jin, S.; Jones, A. G.

    2013-12-01

    The Ordos Block (OB), which is located in the western part of the North China Craton (NCC), is one of the oldest and most stable cratonic blocks in Asia. To study the electrical structure of Ordos block, long period magnetotelluric (MT) array data from project SINOPROBE were acquired and modeled using three-dimensional (3D) MT inversion method. For the first time a high resolution 3D resistivity model of the lithosphere is acquired in the region. The lithosphere beneath the northern part of the OB and Hetao Graben is revealed to be geo-electrically distinct from that beneath the middle and southern Ordos. Contrary to what would be expected for a stable cratonic block, compelling evidence is presented of a large scale conductive complex in the lower crust and upper mantle beneath north Ordos and Hetao Graben. The abnormally conductive structure indicates the presence of aqueous fluids and/or inter-connected sulphides, possibly resulting from an upwelling of mantle material beneath the region. Correlating well with results of seismic studies, the evidence from independent magnetotelluric data supports a regional modification and thinning of the lithosphere, which might contribute to the extension of Hetao Graben started in late Miocene to Pliocene, as well as the uplifting of the north the Ordos Block since Neogene.

  18. Probabilistic 3-D time-lapse inversion of magnetotelluric data: application to an enhanced geothermal system

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    Rosas-Carbajal, M.; Linde, N.; Peacock, J.; Zyserman, F. I.; Kalscheuer, T.; Thiel, S.

    2015-12-01

    Surface-based monitoring of mass transfer caused by injections and extractions in deep boreholes is crucial to maximize oil, gas and geothermal production. Inductive electromagnetic methods, such as magnetotellurics, are appealing for these applications due to their large penetration depths and sensitivity to changes in fluid conductivity and fracture connectivity. In this work, we propose a 3-D Markov chain Monte Carlo inversion of time-lapse magnetotelluric data to image mass transfer following a saline fluid injection. The inversion estimates the posterior probability density function of the resulting plume, and thereby quantifies model uncertainty. To decrease computation times, we base the parametrization on a reduced Legendre moment decomposition of the plume. A synthetic test shows that our methodology is effective when the electrical resistivity structure prior to the injection is well known. The centre of mass and spread of the plume are well retrieved. We then apply our inversion strategy to an injection experiment in an enhanced geothermal system at Paralana, South Australia, and compare it to a 3-D deterministic time-lapse inversion. The latter retrieves resistivity changes that are more shallow than the actual injection interval, whereas the probabilistic inversion retrieves plumes that are located at the correct depths and oriented in a preferential north-south direction. To explain the time-lapse data, the inversion requires unrealistically large resistivity changes with respect to the base model. We suggest that this is partly explained by unaccounted subsurface heterogeneities in the base model from which time-lapse changes are inferred.

  19. Detection of Deep Fluid Flow in Subduction Zones with Magnetotelluric Monitoring

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    Ritter, O.; Araya, J.

    2014-12-01

    After the 1995 Mw 8 Antofagasta earthquake, Husen and Kissling (2001) interpreted alterations observed in the seismic velocity structure as large-scale fluid distribution changes, deep within the subduction zone. Such large scale fluid relocation would cause similar modifications of the associated deep electrical resistivity structure. In this paper, we examine feasibility to detect such changes in the deep hydraulic system with magnetotelluric monitoring. Continuous magnetotelluric (MT) data have been recorded above the subduction zone in northern Chile as part of the Integrated Plate Boundary Observatory Chile (IPOC) with an array of 9 stations since 2007. With the MT method, electrical resistivity and lateral changes of the resistivity structure are estimated from so called transfer functions (TF). If the subsurface resistivity structure is stable, these TFs vary only within their statistical significance intervals over time. Any statistically significant deviations, particularly when observed over the network of sites, must be originated from a change in the subsurface resistivity structure. We simulate the effects of such changes on the TFs using 3D forward modelling studies. The background model is based on 3D inversion of the IPOC MT stations. The results show that detectable differences in the TFs are obtained if the resistivity decreases by 5 times of its original value in the lower continental crust over the rupture zone. The implications of these results are compared with observed changes in the TFs after the 2007 Mw 7.7 Tocopilla and 2014 Mw 8.2 Pisagua earthquakes.

  20. Using empirical mode decomposition to process marine magnetotelluric data

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    Chen, Jin; Heincke, Bjoern; Jegen, Marion; Moorkamp, Max

    2012-07-01

    A major step in processing magnetotelluric (MT) data is the calculation of an impedance tensor as function of frequency from recorded time-varying electromagnetic fields. Common signal processing techniques such as Fourier transform based procedures assume that the signals are stationary over the record length, which is not necessarily the case in MT, due to the possibility of sudden spatial and temporal variations in the naturally occurring source fields. In addition, noise in the recorded electric and magnetic field data may also be non-stationary. Many modern MT processing techniques can handle such non-stationarities through strategies such as windowing of the time-series. However, it is not completely clear how extreme non-stationarity may affect the resulting impedances. As a possible alternative, we examine a heuristic method called empirical mode decomposition (EMD) that is developed to handle arbitrary non-stationary time-series. EMD is a dynamic time series analysis method, in which complicated data sets can be decomposed into a finite number of simple intrinsic mode functions. In this paper, we use the EMD method on real and synthetic MT data. To determine impedance tensor estimates we first calculate instantaneous frequencies and spectra from the intrinsic mode functions and apply the impedance formula proposed by Berdichevsky to the instantaneous spectra. We first conduct synthetic tests where we compare the results from our EMD method to analytically determined apparent resistivities and phases. Next, we compare our strategy to a simple Fourier derived impedance formula and the frequently used robust processing technique bounded-influence remote reference processing (BIRRP) for different levels of stochastic noise. All results show that apparent resistivities and phases which are calculated from EMD derived impedance tensors are generally more stable than those determined from simple Fourier analysis and only slightly worse than those from the robust

  1. Magnetotelluric Investigation of the South Aegean Volcanic Arc, Greece

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    Kalisperi, Despina; Romano, Gerardo; Smirnov, Maxim; Kouli, Maria; Perrone, Angela; Makris, John P.; Vallianatos, Filippos

    2014-05-01

    The South Aegean Volcanic Arc (SAVA) is a chain of volcanic islands in the South Aegean resulting from the subduction of the African tectonic plate beneath the Eurasian plate. It extends from Methana, northwest, to the Island of Nisyros southeast (450 km total length). SAVA comprises a series of dormant and historically active volcanoes, with the most prominent to be Aegina, Methana, Milos, Santorini, Kolumbo, Kos and Nisyros. The aim of the ongoing research project "MagnetoTellurics in studying Geodynamics of the hEllenic ARc (MT-GEAR)" is to contribute to the investigation of the geoelectric structure of Southern Aegean, and particularly to attempt to image the Hellenic Subduction Zone. In this context, onshore magnetotelluric (MT) measurements were recently carried out on the central and eastern part of SAVA (Milos, Santorini, Nisyros and Kos Islands). Data were collected using two MT systems running simultaneously plus a remote reference station installed in Omalos plateau (Western Crete). Robust MT data analysis of the broad-band MT soundings and the resulting model of the conductivity structure of the South Aegean Volcanic Arc is presented. The research is co-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and National Resources under the Operational Programme 'Education and Lifelong Learning (EdLL) within the context of the Action 'Supporting Postdoctoral Researchers' in the framework of the project title "MagnetoTellurics in studying Geodynamics of the hEllenic ARc (MT-GEAR)".

  2. Response Function Estimation of Marine Magnetotelluric Data Measured at Tristan de Cunha Hot Spot

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    Chen, J.; Jegen, M. D.; Baba, K.; Utada, H.

    2015-12-01

    According to classical plume theory, the Tristan da Cunha hotspot is thought to have played a major role in the rifting of the South Atlantic margins and the creation of the aseismic Walvis Ridge by impinging at the base of the continental lithosphere shortly before or during the breakup of the South Atlantic margins. To understand the tectonic processes of the opening of the South Atlantic, the formation of the Walvis ridge and to understand, whether Tristan da Cunha is the cause or the consequence of the rifting, a network of 26 ocean-bottom magnetotelluric stations (OBMT) (cooperation between GEOMAR Germany and the Earthquake Research Institute at the University of Tokyo) and 24 broadband ocean-bottom seismometers was in operation during February 2012 and January 2013 within the framework of the project ISOLDE during the second phase of the SPP 1375. To complement the ocean-bottom network and the existing stations on Tristan da Cunha, one magnetotelluric land station and two land seismometers were installed on Nightingale Island. Marine magnetotelluric data is often contaminated with different levels of non-stationary noise originating from water waves, passing ships and tilt movements of the instruments. In traditional data processing, such noisy segments are removed from the time series before processing. As a consequence only a portion of data remains for response function estimation and accordingly no information about longer periods (deeper structure) remains. However, since the focus of this study is melt anomalies in the upper mantle, long period estimators of the response function are vital. To investigate which processing method yields the more reliable estimates between tens to 100 000 seconds (i.e. penetration depth from a few kilometers to approximately 600 to 800 km) for our recorded data, we applied and compared different sophisticated preprocessing and processing methods (e.g., pre-whitening, one-stage BIRRP, advanced two-stage BIRRP and

  3. Anisotropic magnetotelluric inversion using a mutual information constraint

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    Mandolesi, E.; Jones, A. G.

    2012-12-01

    In recent years, several authors pointed that the electrical conductivity of many subsurface structures cannot be described properly by a scalar field. With the development of field devices and techniques, data quality improved to the point that the anisotropy in conductivity of rocks (microscopic anisotropy) and tectonic structures (macroscopic anisotropy) cannot be neglected. Therefore a correct use of high quality data has to include electrical anisotropy and a correct interpretation of anisotropic data characterizes directly a non-negligible part of the subsurface. In this work we test an inversion routine that takes advantage of the classic Levenberg-Marquardt (LM) algorithm to invert magnetotelluric (MT) data generated from a bi-dimensional (2D) anisotropic domain. The LM method is routinely used in inverse problems due its performance and robustness. In non-linear inverse problems -such the MT problem- the LM method provides a spectacular compromise betwee quick and secure convergence at the price of the explicit computation and storage of the sensitivity matrix. Regularization in inverse MT problems has been used extensively, due to the necessity to constrain model space and to reduce the ill-posedness of the anisotropic MT problem, which makes MT inversions extremely challenging. In order to reduce non-uniqueness of the MT problem and to reach a model compatible with other different tomographic results from the same target region, we used a mutual information (MI) based constraint. MI is a basic quantity in information theory that can be used to define a metric between images, and it is routinely used in fields as computer vision, image registration and medical tomography, to cite some applications. We -thus- inverted for the model that best fits the anisotropic data and that is the closest -in a MI sense- to a tomographic model of the target area. The advantage of this technique is that the tomographic model of the studied region may be produced by any

  4. Toward first light for the 6.5-m MMT Telescope

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    West, Steve C.; Callahan, Shawn; Chaffee, Frederic H.; Davison, Warren B.; Derigne, S. T.; Fabricant, Daniel G.; Foltz, Craig B.; Hill, John M.; Nagel, Robert H.; Poyner, Anthony D.; Williams, Joseph T.

    1997-03-01

    Operated by the Multiple Mirror Telescope Observatory (MMTO), the multiple mirror telescope (MMT) is funded jointly by the Smithsonian Institution (SAO) and the University of Arizona (UA). The two organizations equally share observing time on the telescope. The MMT was dedicated in May 1979, and is located on the summit of Mt. Hopkins (at an altitude of 2.6 km), 64 km south of Tucson, Arizona, at the Smithsonian Institution's Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory (FLWO). As a result of advances in the technology at the Steward Observatory Mirror Laboratory for the casting of large and fast borosilicate honeycomb astronomical primary mirrors, in 1987 it was decided to convert the MMT from its six 1.8 m mirror array (effective aperture of 4.5 m) to a single 6.5 m diameter primary mirror telescope. This conversion will more than double the light gathering capacity, and will by design, increase the angular field of view by a factor of 15. Because the site is already developed and the existing building and mount will be used with some modification, the conversion will be accomplished for only about $20 million. During 1995, several major technical milestones were reached: (1) the existing building was modified, (2) the major steel telescope structures were fabricated, and (3) the mirror blank was diamond wheel ground (generated). All major mechanical hardware required to affect the conversion is now nearly in hand. Once the primary mirror is polished and lab-tested on its support system, the six-mirror MMT will be taken out of service and the conversion process begun. We anticipate that a 6 - 12 month period will be required to rebuild the telescope, install its optics and achieve f/9 first light, now projected to occur in early 1998. The f/5.4 and f/15 implementation will then follow. We provide a qualitative and brief update of project progress.

  5. Preparation and photo-catalytic activities of FeOOH/ZnO/MMT composite

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    Zhou, Yao; Liu, Fusheng; Yu, Shitao

    2015-11-01

    Montmorillonite (MMT) was used as the carrier for synthesis of FeOOH and FeOOH/ZnO nano-material. FeOOH and FeOOH/ZnO were synthesized by the aqueous solutions of Fe(NO3)3-HNO3 and Zn(NO3)2-NaOH/Fe(NO3)3-HNO3 with the carrier of montmorillonite respectively. Transmission electron-microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) were used to study the morphology form and structure of the nano-materials. TEM was also used to demonstrate that FeOOH/ZnO can be formed with the appropriate interface. According to UV-vis absorption spectra, FeOOH/ZnO has a better response to visible light than FeOOH and ZnO, which indicates there is some coupling effect between FeOOH and ZnO. Pentachlorophenol (PCP) was used as a representative organic pollutant to evaluate the photo-catalytic efficiency of the FeOOH/ZnO and FeOOH catalysts in visible light (λ > 400 nm). The photo-catalytic efficiency of FeOOH/ZnO/MMT is better than FeOOH/MMT. According to FTIR, changes of pH and TOC, the degradation mechanism was also discussed. PCP was degraded to aromatic ketone and chloro-hydrocarbon compounds and then to H2O, CO2 and HCl.

  6. Egg white/poly (vinyl alcohol)/MMT nanocomposite hydrogels for wound dressing.

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    Jahani-Javanmardi, Azinsadat; Sirousazar, Mohammad; Shaabani, Yasaman; Kheiri, Farshad

    2016-08-01

    Nanocomposite hydrogels on the basis of egg white and poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA) containing 0, 5, and 10 wt.% of montmorillonite (MMT) nanoclay were prepared by a facile cyclic freezing-thawing technique and their properties investigated for wound dressing application. The morphological, structural, thermal, physical, and in vitro cytotoxic properties of the prepared nanocomposite hydrogel wound dressings (NHWDs) were experimentally studied. The NHWDs had an exfoliated morphology with a porous structure having pores sizes in the nanometric scale. It was shown that MMT acted as cross-linker in the network of NHWDs and improved their thermal stabilities. The prepared wound dressings were transparent and their equilibrium water contents and water vapor transmission rates, as two important factors of wound dressings, were very close to the properties of human skin which means that the prepared wound dressings could interact appropriately with the damaged tissues of wounds and protect them like an artificial skin during the wound healing process. The in vitro cytotoxicity assay also confirmed the non-cytotoxic nature of the prepared NHWDs. It was finally concluded that the prepared egg white/PVA/MMT nanocomposite hydrogels are promising materials to be used as novel wound dressings in wound and burn care. PMID:27193240

  7. The Adaptive Optics System for the New 6.5 Meter MMT Optical/Infrared Telescope

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    McGuire, Patrick C.; Lloyd-Hart, Michael; Angel, J. Roger P.; Angeli, George Z.; Johnson, Robert L.; Fitz-Patrick, Bruce C.; Davison, Warren B.; Sarlot, Roland J.; Bresloff, Cyndy J.; Hughes, John M.; Miller, Steve M.; Schaller, Phillip; Wildi, Francois P.; Kenworthy, Matthew A.; Cordova, Richard M.; Rademacher, Matthew L.; Rascon, Mario H.; Langlois, Maud; Roberts, Thomas; McCarthy, Don; Burge, James H.; Rhoadarmer, Troy A.; Shelton, J. Christopher; Jacobsen, Bruce; Salinari, Piero; Brusa, Guido; Del Vecchio, Ciro; Biasi, Roberto; Gallieni, Daniele; Sandler, David G.; Barrett, Todd K.

    1999-10-01

    The Multiple Mirror Telescope (MMT) is currently being upgraded to a single 6.5 meter diameter mirror and should see first light at prime focus in September 1999. We are constructing an F/15 adaptive optics (AO) system which will be an integral part of the new MMT with first light in early 2000, removing the effect of atmospheric turbulence so that images near the diffraction limit in the near-infrared can be achieved. The deformable element of this system is a 64 cm diameter secondary mirror composed of a 1.8 mm thick thin glass shell and 336 voice coil actuators operating at 1 kHz. This is the first system that uses the secondary mirror as the correcting element, which means thermal background is minimized. We will primarily present an overview of the adaptive optics technique, followed by select results which will include the laboratory testing of the AO system components with a solid secondary, data taken with the wavefront sensor camera at prime focus of the new MMT, and tests of the secondary mirror control system.

  8. HISTORY AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE US EPA'S SUPERFUND INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY EVALUATION (SITE) MONITORING AND MEASUREMENT (MMT) PROGRAM

    EPA Science Inventory

    This manuscript presents the history and evolution of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Superfund Innovative Technology Evaluation (SITE) Monitoring and Measurement Technology (MMT) Program. This includes a discussion of how the fundamental concepts of a performanc...

  9. MM&T: Bibliography on optical testing with appendix

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    Cornejo-Rodriguez, A.; Caulfield, H. J.; Friday, W.

    1982-02-01

    The following is a major expansion of 'Bibliography on Various Optical Testing Methods,' by Daniel Malacara, Alejandro Cornejo, and M. V. R. K. Murty which appeared in Applied Optica, 14, 1065 - 1080(1975). It is computerized to allow for easy update and correction. The last update was in September 1979. For availability information, please contact either of the authors. The present bibliography occupies 321 pages and includes the work of Cornejo, et al. as an appendix.

  10. The IRETHERM Project: How Can We Characterize Geothermal Reservoirs in Ireland using Magnetotelluric Surveying?

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    Delhaye, R. P.; Jones, A. G.; Rath, V.; Brown, C.; Reay, D.

    2014-12-01

    We present results from two geophysical investigations of the north of Ireland, one of a concealed sedimentary basin and the other of an area of pre- to mid-Cambrian metasedimentary material with local microseismicity in Donegal. Magnetotelluric data have been acquired over each area as part of the IRETHERM Project in order to assess potential low-enthalpy geothermal resources. In addition, airborne frequency-domain EM response data have been used to assist in the definition of near-surface electrical structure and constraint of magnetotelluric modeling. The Rathlin Basin in Northern Ireland was identified as a potential geothermal resource due both an elevated geothermal gradient (observed in two deep boreholes) and favorable hydraulic properties in thick successions of Permian and Triassic sandstones (measured from core samples). Prior seismic experiments failed to fully image the sediments beneath the overlying flood basalt. A new experiment applying the magnetotelluric method has had more success, as the MT signal is not dissipated by the crystalline overburden. MT data were acquired at 69 sites across the north-eastern portion of the onshore Rathlin Basin and on nearby Rathlin Island in order to image the thickness, depth, and lateral continuity of the target sediments. Analyses and modeling of the data have determined a resistivity model that maps the variation in thickness of the sediment fill and the truncation of the sediments against the structurally-controlling Tow Valley Fault. Further testing of the model sensitivity to variations of the thickness of the Sherwood Sandstone Group within the sediment fill has also been performed, as the overlying sediments have lower porosities and permeabilities from core sampling. Microseismicity in a metasedimentary area of northern Donegal suggests that secondary porosity distributions along fracture planes may have been augmented, leading to elevated electrical conductivity. MT data were acquired over the epicenter

  11. Two and three-dimensional magnetotelluric inversion. Technical report, December 1, 1991--May 31, 1994

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    Booker, J.R.

    1994-06-27

    Our overall goal is to develop efficient techniques for high resolution imaging of the electrical structure of the Earth`s subsurface. We have focussed on natural source techniques. Such as magnetotellurics (MT). The main accomplishment under our past DOE funding has been to implement a new algorithm to invert MT data for multi-dimensional structure which is orders of magnitude faster and more memory efficient than competing algorithms. In our most recent work, we have substantially extended the capability of our two-dimensional code: completed basic implementation of a three-dimensional code and investigated holographic techniques able to rapidly extract images without solving for material properties. The principal new goal of our proposed research is to extend our methods to the controlled source electromagnetic (CSEM) techniques used in many industrial applications.

  12. APPLICATION OF AUDIO-MAGNETOTELLURIC SURVEYS ON SAO MIGUEL ISLAND, AZORES PORTUGAL.

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    Hoover, Donald; Rodrigues Da Silva, A.; Pierce, Herbert A.; Amaral, Roberto

    1984-01-01

    Geothermal exploration and development has been under way on Sao Miguel Island, Azores since 1975. This work had been restricted to the Fogo volcano, one of three dormant silicic volcanic centers on the island. The USGS in 1982 and 1983 conducted reconnaissance natural-source audio-magnetotelluric (AMT) surveys of all three silicic centers to evaluate the potential for geothermal systems at each and to demonstrate the utility of the method in areas of difficult terrain. Results on Fogo showed a low resistivity trend extending from the present production area upslope to the caldera boundary. The upper part of this trend is the upwelling zone of a thermal plume which supplies the production area. Further exploration and drilling are now planned for this area.

  13. Constriant inversion of 2D magnetotelluric data with anisotropic conductivities

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    Chen, X.; Weckmann, U.

    2011-12-01

    Within the framework of the German - South African geo-scientific research initiative Inkaba yeAfrica a series of magnetotelluric (MT) field experiments were conducted along the Agulhas-Karoo Transect in South Africa. This transect crosses several continental collision zones between the Cape Fold Belt, the Namaqua Natal Mobile Belt and the Kaapvaal Craton. Along the Cape Fold Belt (CFB) profile we can identify areas (>10 km) where MT sites exhibit phases over 90°. This phenomenon usually occurs in presence of electrical anisotropy. Due to the dense site spacing we are able to observe this behaviour consistently at several sites. The anisotropy of electrical conductivity is essentially a scale effect: Even if the conductivity is isotropic on the micro scale, it will become anisotropic on a larger scale if, in the averaging volume, preferred orientation (e.g., layering or lamination) exist. Therefore, it is necessary to understand the electrical anisotropy in more details and furthermore electrical anisotropy offers new degrees of freedom, which should allow a better interpretation of data. In 2D MT case with considering of electrical anisotropy, computing of impedance tensor requires two independent electric field solutions computed for two different source polarisations. Based on the forward problem formulation and its numerical approximation we derive partial differential equations for the sensitivities of the magnetotelluric fields with respect to the elements of the conductivity tensor within the medium. For illustration a sensitivity study for a simple synthetic model is shown. We present an algorithm for the inversion of 2D magnetotelluric data with anisotropic conductivities which is a extension of the well-known NLCG minimization algorithm to anisotropic model. To constrain the structure complexity, a penalty function consists of datamisfit, standard model roughness and quadratic variation of the conductivity tensor elements is minimized. To demonstrate the

  14. A data variance technique for automated despiking of magnetotelluric data with a remote reference

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    Kappler, K.

    2011-02-15

    The magnetotelluric method employs co-located surface measurements of electric and magnetic fields to infer the local electrical structure of the earth. The frequency-dependent 'apparent resistivity' curves can be inaccurate at long periods if input data are contaminated - even when robust remote reference techniques are employed. Data despiking prior to processing can result in significantly more reliable estimates of long period apparent resistivities. This paper outlines a two-step method of automatic identification and replacement for spike-like contamination of magnetotelluric data; based on the simultaneity of natural electric and magnetic field variations at distant sites. This simultaneity is exploited both to identify windows in time when the array data are compromised, and to generate synthetic data that replace observed transient noise spikes. In the first step, windows in data time series containing spikes are identified via intersite comparison of channel 'activity' - such as the variance of differenced data within each window. In the second step, plausible data for replacement of flagged windows is calculated by Wiener filtering coincident data in clean channels. The Wiener filters - which express the time-domain relationship between various array channels - are computed using an uncontaminated segment of array training data. Examples are shown where the algorithm is applied to artificially contaminated data, and to real field data. In both cases all spikes are successfully identified. In the case of implanted artificial noise, the synthetic replacement time series are very similar to the original recording. In all cases, apparent resistivity and phase curves obtained by processing the despiked data are much improved over curves obtained from raw data.

  15. West Flank Coso FORGE Magnetotelluric 3D Data

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    Doug Blankenship

    2016-01-01

    This is the 3D version of the MT data for the West Flank FORGE area.The Coso geothermal field has had three Magnetotelluric (MT) datasets collected including surveys in 2003, 2006, and 2011. The final collection, in 2011, expanded the survey to the west and covers the West Flank of FORGE area.This most recent data set was collected by Schlumberger/WesternGeco and inverted by the WesternGeco GeoSolutions Integrated EM Center of Excellence in Milan, Italy; the 2003 and 2006 data were integrated for these inversions in the present study.

  16. Hunting for extremely metal-poor emission-line galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey: MMT and 3.5 m APO observations

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    Izotov, Y. I.; Thuan, T. X.; Guseva, N. G.

    2012-10-01

    We present 6.5-m MMT and 3.5 m APO spectrophotometry of 69 H ii regions in 42 low-metallicity emission-line galaxies, selected from the data release 7 of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey to have mostly [O iii]λ4959/Hβ ≲ 1 and [N ii]λ6583/Hβ ≲ 0.1. The electron temperature-sensitive emission line [O iii] λ4363 is detected in 53 H ii regions allowing a direct abundance determination. The oxygen abundance in the remaining 16 H ii regions is derived using a semi-empirical method. The oxygen abundance of the galaxies in our sample ranges from 12 + log O/H ~ 7.1 to ~7.9, with 14 H ii regions in 7 galaxies with 12 + log O/H ≤ 7.35. In 5 of the latter galaxies, the oxygen abundance is derived here for the first time. Including other known extremely metal-deficient emission-line galaxies from the literature, e.g. SBS 0335-052W, SBS 0335-052E and I Zw 18, we have compiled a sample of the 17 most metal-deficient (with 12 + log O/H ≤ 7.35) emission-line galaxies known in the local universe. There appears to be a metallicity floor at 12 + log O/H ~ 6.9, suggesting that the matter from which dwarf emission-line galaxies formed was pre-enriched to that level by e.g. Population III stars. Based on observations with the Multiple Mirror telescope (MMT) and the 3.5 m Apache Point Observatory (APO). The MMT is operated by the MMT Observatory (MMTO), a joint venture of the Smithsonian Institution and the University of Arizona. The Apache Point Observatory 3.5-m telescope is owned and operated by the Astrophysical Research Consortium.Figures 1-3 and Tables 2-8 are available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.org

  17. Probabilistic 3-D time-lapse inversion of magnetotelluric data: Application to an enhanced geothermal system

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    Rosas-Carbajal, Marina; Linde, Nicolas; Peacock, Jared R.; Zyserman, F. I.; Kalscheuer, Thomas; Thiel, Stephan

    2015-01-01

    Surface-based monitoring of mass transfer caused by injections and extractions in deep boreholes is crucial to maximize oil, gas and geothermal production. Inductive electromagnetic methods, such as magnetotellurics, are appealing for these applications due to their large penetration depths and sensitivity to changes in fluid conductivity and fracture connectivity. In this work, we propose a 3-D Markov chain Monte Carlo inversion of time-lapse magnetotelluric data to image mass transfer following a saline fluid injection. The inversion estimates the posterior probability density function of the resulting plume, and thereby quantifies model uncertainty. To decrease computation times, we base the parametrization on a reduced Legendre moment decomposition of the plume. A synthetic test shows that our methodology is effective when the electrical resistivity structure prior to the injection is well known. The centre of mass and spread of the plume are well retrieved.We then apply our inversion strategy to an injection experiment in an enhanced geothermal system at Paralana, South Australia, and compare it to a 3-D deterministic time-lapse inversion. The latter retrieves resistivity changes that are more shallow than the actual injection interval, whereas the probabilistic inversion retrieves plumes that are located at the correct depths and oriented in a preferential north-south direction. To explain the time-lapse data, the inversion requires unrealistically large resistivity changes with respect to the base model. We suggest that this is partly explained by unaccounted subsurface heterogeneities in the base model from which time-lapse changes are inferred.

  18. Electric lithosphere-astenosphere boundary in the north-west Fennoscandia as revealed from magnetotelluric data (MaSca project)

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    Cherevatova, M.; Smirnov, M.

    2014-12-01

    Magnetotelluric images of the electric lithosphere-astenosphere boundary (LAB) below the north-western Fennoscandian Shield show that thickest lithosphere is in the Proterozoic Domain, not in Archaean. The Magnetotelluric (MT) method is well suited to map the depth to the LAB. The electric lithosphere is defined as the resistive outer shell overlying a highly conducting zone (astenosphere) in the upper mantle. A few extensive field campaigns have been undertaken in the Summers of 2011 to 2014 within the framework of the project "Magnetotellurics in the Scandes". The MaSca survey crosses two important boundaries: (i) the transition zone from the stable Precambrian cratonic interior to passive continental margin beneath the Caledonian orogen and the Scandinavian Mountains in western Fennoscandia; (ii) the boundary between the Archaean and Proterozoic crust and upper mantle. In this study we present the electrical resistivity models obtained from 279 MT sites (70 long-period stations among them) acquired from 2011 to 2013. We also used other sources of data available in the study area: the IMAGE observatory data, the BEAR array and two small arrays of Finnish Geological Survey (GTK). We present the results of 2D lithospheric-scale inversions obtained along four selected profiles: three profiles are NW-SE directed, thought to be perpendicular to estimated regional strike and one profile crosses the Archaean-Proterozoic boundary, thus NE-SW directed. The final interpretation models revealed thickest lithosphere is in the Palaeoproterozoic Svecofennian province and reaches depth of 300 km. The Archaean lithosphere is thinner, with depth of 200 km to 250 km.

  19. Inversion of magnetotelluric data in a sparse model domain

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    Nittinger, Christian G.; Becken, Michael

    2016-08-01

    The inversion of magnetotelluric data into subsurface electrical conductivity poses an ill-posed problem. Smoothing constraints are widely employed to estimate a regularized solution. Here, we present an alternative inversion scheme that estimates a sparse representation of the model in a wavelet basis. The objective of the inversion is to determine the few non-zero wavelet coefficients which are required to fit the data. This approach falls into the class of sparsity constrained inversion schemes and minimizes the combination of the data misfit in a least-squares ℓ2 sense and of a model coefficient norm in an ℓ1 sense (ℓ2-ℓ1 minimization). The ℓ1 coefficient norm renders the solution sparse in a suitable representation such as the multiresolution wavelet basis, but does not impose explicit structural penalties on the model as it is the case for ℓ2 regularization. The presented numerical algorithm solves the mixed ℓ2-ℓ1 norm minimization problem for the nonlinear magnetotelluric inverse problem. We demonstrate the feasibility of our algorithm on synthetic 2-D MT data as well as on a real data example. We found that sparse models can be estimated by inversion and that the spatial distribution of non-vanishing coefficients indicates regions in the model which are resolved.

  20. Magnetotelluric Data, Central Yucca Flat, Nevada Test Site, Nevada

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    J.M. Williams; B.D. Rodriguez, and T.H. Asch

    2005-11-23

    Nuclear weapons are integral to the defense of the United States. The U.S. Department of Energy, as the steward of these devices, must continue to gauge the efficacy of the individual weapons. This could be accomplished by occasional testing at the Nevada Test Site (NTS) in Nevada, northwest of Las Vegas. Yucca Flat Basin is one of the testing areas at the NTS. One issue of concern is the nature of the somewhat poorly constrained pre-Tertiary geology and its effects on ground-water flow in the area subsequent to a nuclear test. Ground-water modelers would like to know more about the hydrostratigraphy and geologic structure to support a hydrostratigraphic framework model that is under development for the Yucca Flat Corrective Action Unit (CAU). During 2003, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collected and processed Magnetotelluric (MT) and Audio-magnetotelluric (AMT) data at the Nevada Test Site in and near Yucca Flat to help characterize this pre-Tertiary geology. That work will help to define the character, thickness, and lateral extent of pre-Tertiary confining units. In particular, a major goal has been to define the upper clastic confining unit (UCCU) in the Yucca Flat area. Interpretation will include a three-dimensional (3-D) character analysis and two-dimensional (2-D) resistivity model. The purpose of this report is to release the MT sounding data for Central Yucca Flat, Profile 1, as shown in figure 1. No interpretation of the data is included here.

  1. Magnetotelluric Data, Northern Frenchman Flat, Nevada Test Site Nevada

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    J.M. Williams; B.D. Rodriguez, and T. H. Asch

    2005-11-23

    Nuclear weapons are integral to the defense of the United States. The U.S. Department of Energy, as the steward of these devices, must continue to gauge the efficacy of the individual weapons. This could be accomplished by occasional testing at the Nevada Test Site (NTS) in Nevada, northwest of Las Vegas. Yucca Flat Basin is one of the testing areas at the NTS. One issue of concern is the nature of the somewhat poorly constrained pre-Tertiary geology and its effects on ground-water flow in the area subsequent to a nuclear test. Ground-water modelers would like to know more about the hydrostratigraphy and geologic structure to support a hydrostratigraphic framework model that is under development for the Yucca Flat Corrective Action Unit (CAU). During 2003, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collected and processed Magnetotelluric (MT) and Audio-magnetotelluric (AMT) data at the Nevada Test Site in and near Yucca Flat to help characterize this pre-Tertiary geology. That work will help to define the character, thickness, and lateral extent of pre-Tertiary confining units. In particular, a major goal has been to define the upper clastic confining unit (UCCU) in the Yucca Flat area. Interpretation will include a three-dimensional (3-D) character analysis and two-dimensional (2-D) resistivity model. The purpose of this report is to release the MT sounding data for Frenchman Flat Profile 3, as shown in Figure 1. No interpretation of the data is included here.

  2. Magnetotelluric Data, Southern Yucca Flat, Nevada Test Site, Nevada

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    J.M. Williams; B.D. Rodriguez, and T.H. Asch

    2005-11-23

    Nuclear weapons are integral to the defense of the United States. The U.S. Department of Energy, as the steward of these devices, must continue to gauge the efficacy of the individual weapons. This could be accomplished by occasional testing at the Nevada Test Site (NTS) in Nevada, northwest of Las Vegas. Yucca Flat Basin is one of the testing areas at the NTS. One issue of concern is the nature of the somewhat poorly constrained pre-Tertiary geology and its effects on ground-water flow in the area subsequent to a nuclear test. Ground-water modelers would like to know more about the hydrostratigraphy and geologic structure to support a hydrostratigraphic framework model that is under development for the Yucca Flat Corrective Action Unit (CAU). During 2003, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collected and processed Magnetotelluric (MT) and Audio-magnetotelluric (AMT) data at the Nevada Test Site in and near Yucca Flat to help characterize this pre-Tertiary geology. That work will help to define the character, thickness, and lateral extent of pre-Tertiary confining units. In particular, a major goal has been to define the upper clastic confining unit (UCCU) in the Yucca Flat area. Interpretation will include a three-dimensional (3-D) character analysis and two-dimensional (2-D) resistivity model. The purpose of this report is to release the MT sounding data for Southern Yucca Flat, Profile 4, as shown in Figure 1. No interpretation of the data is included here.

  3. Inversion of magnetotelluric data in a sparse model domain

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    Nittinger, Christian G.; Becken, Michael

    2016-06-01

    The inversion of magnetotelluric data into subsurface electrical conductivity poses an ill-posed problem. Smoothing constraints are widely employed to estimate a regularized solution. Here, we present an alternative inversion scheme that estimates a sparse representation of the model in a wavelet basis. The objective of the inversion is to determine the few non-zero wavelet coefficients which are required to fit the data. This approach falls into the class of sparsity constrained inversion schemes and minimizes the combination of the data misfit in a least squares ℓ2 sense and of a model coefficient norm in a ℓ1 sense (ℓ2-ℓ1 minimization). The ℓ1 coefficient norm renders the solution sparse in a suitable representation such as the multi-resolution wavelet basis, but does not impose explicit structural penalties on the model as it is the case for ℓ2 regularization. The presented numerical algorithm solves the mixed ℓ2-ℓ1 norm minimization problem for the non-linear magnetotelluric inverse problem. We demonstrate the feasibility of our algorithm on synthetic 2-D MT data as well as on a real data example. We found that sparse models can be estimated by inversion and that the spatial distribution of non-vanishing coefficients indicates regions in the model which are resolved.

  4. Bayesian analysis of resolved stellar spectra: application to MMT/Hectochelle observations of the Draco dwarf spheroidal

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    Walker, Matthew G.; Olszewski, Edward W.; Mateo, Mario

    2015-04-01

    We introduce a Bayesian method for fitting faint, resolved stellar spectra in order to obtain simultaneous estimates of redshift and stellar-atmospheric parameters. We apply the method to thousands of spectra - covering 5160-5280 Å at resolution R˜ 20 000 - that we have acquired with the MMT/Hectochelle fibre spectrograph for red giant and horizontal branch candidates along the line of sight to the Milky Way's dwarf spheroidal satellite in Draco. The observed stars subtend an area of ˜4 deg2, extending ˜3 times beyond Draco's nominal `tidal' radius. For each spectrum, we tabulate the first four moments - central value, variance, skewness and kurtosis - of posterior probability distribution functions representing estimates of the following physical parameters: line-of-sight velocity (vlos), effective temperature (Teff), surface gravity (log g) and metallicity ([Fe/H]). After rejecting low-quality measurements, we retain a new sample consisting of 2813 independent observations of 1565 unique stars, including 1879 observations for 631 stars with (as many as 13) repeat observations. Parameter estimates have median random errors of σ _{v_{los}} = 0.88 km s-1, σ _{T_{eff}} = 162 K, σlog g = 0.37 dex and σ[Fe/H] = 0.20 dex. Our estimates of physical parameters distinguish ˜470 likely Draco members from interlopers in the Galactic foreground.

  5. Factors predicting retention in treatment: 10-year experience of a methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) clinic in Israel.

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    Peles, Einat; Schreiber, Shaul; Adelson, Miriam

    2006-05-20

    The aims were to identify predictors of treatment retention in an Israeli methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) clinic, and to compare the findings to other international settings. We prospectively studied 492 patients admitted since 1993 through 10 years to an Israeli MMT clinic associated with a university-affiliated tertiary care medical center. Analyses (Kaplan Meier and Cox regression) included methadone dose and urinalysis results (for methadone, cocaine, opiates, benzodiazepines, THC, amphetamines) of each patient in the first month and after 1 year in treatment (or during the last month if the stay was >3 months and <1 year) and patients' characteristics (modified ASI). The 1-year retention rate was 74.4%; 65.8% stopped opiate abuse after 1 year in treatment. On admission, 13.6% of patients had used cocaine: there was a net decrease of 61.6% after 1 year. Factors predicting prolonged retention in MMT treatment (Cox regression) were daily methadone dose of 100mg or greater, negative urine for opiates after 1 year, and being a parent on admission. We conclude that our good outcome results (high rate of retention after 1 year (74.4%), high proportion of opiate abuse cessation (65.8%), and net reduction in cocaine abuse, similar to normal standards in other MMT clinics elsewhere in the world, justify the expansion of the MMT clinic network in Israel in order to make treatment available to all those who need it. A protocol favoring higher methadone dosage as appropriate is recommended. PMID:16219428

  6. Scientific goals for the MMT's multi-laser-guided adaptive optics

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    Lloyd-Hart, Michael; Stalcup, Thomas; Baranec, Christoph; Milton, N. Mark; Rademacher, Matthew; Snyder, Miguel; Meyer, Michael; Eisenstein, Daniel

    2006-06-01

    The MMT's five Rayleigh laser guide star system has successfully demonstrated open loop wavefront sensing for both ground-layer and laser tomography adaptive optics (AO). Closed loop correction is expected for the first time in the autumn of 2006. The program is moving into its second phase: construction of a permanent facility to feed AO instruments now used with the telescope's existing natural star AO system. The new facility will preserve the thermal cleanliness afforded by the system's adaptive secondary mirror. With the present laser power of 4 W in each of the Rayleigh beacons, we will first offer ground-layer correction over a 2 arcmin field in J, H, and K bands, with expected image quality routinely 0.2 arcsec or better. Later, we will also offer imaging and spectroscopy from 1.5 to 4.8 μm with a tomographically corrected diffraction limited beam. The development of these techniques will lead to a facility all-sky capability at the MMT for both ground-layer and diffraction-limited imaging, and will be a critical advance in the tools necessary for extremely large telescopes of the future, particularly the Giant Magellan Telescope. We describe the present state of system development, planned progress to completion, and highlight the early scientific applications.

  7. Multistation magnetotellurics. Final report, 1 January 1996--30 June 1997

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    Egbert, G.D.

    1997-12-31

    The author has developed the foundations of a practical multivariate approach to processing magnetotelluric array data. Compared to current standards for magnetotelluric data processing, the multivariate approach is unique in that all available data channels are used simultaneously. The approach is outlined in this report. Using Multmtrn, a program for multiple station analysis of magnetotelluric data, the author achieved significant improvements in apparent resistivity and phase estimates in initial tests. Examples of the use of this approach are given including: Carrizo Plain and Parkfield electromagnetic profiling data; sea floor magnetotelluric (MT) data from the Gulf of Mexico; MT survey in a culturally noisy area of Bavaria; and Parkfield/Hollister earthquake monitoring array data. Experience with these projects has resulted in an improved program. The new version of the code is available at http://www.cg.NRCan.gc.ca/mtnet/mtnet.html or by contacting egbert{at}oce.orst.edu. Appendices of this report present documentation for Multmtrn.

  8. Implementation and on-sky results of an optimal wavefront controller for the MMT NGS adaptive optics system

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Powell, Keith B.; Vaitheeswaran, Vidhya

    2010-07-01

    The MMT observatory has recently implemented and tested an optimal wavefront controller for the NGS adaptive optics system. Open loop atmospheric data collected at the telescope is used as the input to a MATLAB based analytical model. The model uses nonlinear constrained minimization to determine controller gains and optimize the system performance. The real-time controller performing the adaptive optics close loop operation is implemented on a dedicated high performance PC based quad core server. The controller algorithm is written in C and uses the GNU scientific library for linear algebra. Tests at the MMT confirmed the optimal controller significantly reduced the residual RMS wavefront compared with the previous controller. Significant reductions in image FWHM and increased peak intensities were obtained in J, H and K-bands. The optimal PID controller is now operating as the baseline wavefront controller for the MMT NGS-AO system.

  9. Two and three dimensional magnetotelluric inversion

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    Booker, J.

    1993-01-01

    Electrical conductivity depends on properties such as the presence of ionic fluids in interconnected pores that are difficult to sense with other remote sensing techniques. Thus improved imaging of underground electrical structure has wide practical importance in exploring for groundwater, mineral and geothermal resources, and in assessing the diffusion of fluids in oil fields and waste sites. Because the electromagnetic inverse problem is fundamentally multi-dimensional, most imaging algorithms saturate available computer power long before they can deal with the complete data set. We have developed an algorithm to directly invert large multi-dimensional data sets that is orders of magnitude faster than competing methods. We have proven that a two-dimensional (2D) version of the algorithm is highly effective for real data and have made substantial progress towards a three-dimensional (3D) version. We are proposing to cure identified shortcomings and substantially expand the utility of the existing 2D program, overcome identified difficulties with extending our method to three-dimensions (3D) and embark on an investigation of related EM imaging techniques which may have the potential for even further increasing resolution.

  10. Audio-magnetotelluric methods in reconnaissance geothermal exploration

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    Hoover, D.B.; Long, C.L.

    1976-01-01

    and 18 600 Hz where artificial VLF sources are available. As a reconnaissance technique we use AMT surveys in conjunction with regional gravity, magnetic, and telluric surveys. The exploration depth is a function of the resistivities of the lithologic section, but typically ranges from the surface to 0.2 km in low-resistivity areas and to greater than 2 km in high-resistivity regions. Results of the initial reconnaissance AMT surveys provide a rational basis for deciding on the extent of costlier follow-up surveys. As part of the U.S. Geological Survey geothermal program, surveys were conducted in Long Valley and Surprise Valley, California; the Vale, Ore-Weiser, Idaho region; and Bruneau-Grand View, Raft River, and Island Park regions of Idaho. AMT surveys in five additional known geothermal resource areas (KGRA's) have been scheduled for completion by May 1975. In the Raft River and Bruneau-Grand View regions and Long Valley, follow-up electrical surveys substantiated the effectiveness of the AMT technique for reconnaissance surveying.

  11. Canonical decomposition of magnetotelluric responses: Experiment on 1D anisotropic structures

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Guo, Ze-qiu; Wei, Wen-bo; Ye, Gao-feng; Jin, Sheng; Jing, Jian-en

    2015-08-01

    Horizontal electrical heterogeneity of subsurface earth is mostly originated from structural complexity and electrical anisotropy, and local near-surface electrical heterogeneity will severely distort regional electromagnetic responses. Conventional distortion analyses for magnetotelluric soundings are primarily physical decomposition methods with respect to isotropic models, which mostly presume that the geoelectric distribution of geological structures is of local and regional patterns represented by 3D/2D models. Due to the widespread anisotropy of earth media, the confusion between 1D anisotropic responses and 2D isotropic responses, and the defects of physical decomposition methods, we propose to conduct modeling experiments with canonical decomposition in terms of 1D layered anisotropic models, and the method is one of the mathematical decomposition methods based on eigenstate analyses differentiated from distortion analyses, which can be used to recover electrical information such as strike directions, and maximum and minimum conductivity. We tested this method with numerical simulation experiments on several 1D synthetic models, which turned out that canonical decomposition is quite effective to reveal geological anisotropic information. Finally, for the background of anisotropy from previous study by geological and seismological methods, canonical decomposition is applied to real data acquired in North China Craton for 1D anisotropy analyses, and the result shows that, with effective modeling and cautious interpretation, canonical decomposition could be another good method to detect anisotropy of geological media.

  12. Multi-site magnetotelluric measurement system with real-time data analysis. Final technical report No. 210

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    Becker, J.D.; Bostick, F.X. Jr.; Smith, H.W.

    1981-09-01

    A magnetotelluric measurement system has been designed to provide a more cost effective electrical method for geothermal and mineral exploration. The theoretical requirements and sensitivities of the magnetotelluric inversion process were specifically addressed in determining system performance requirements. Significantly reduced instrument noise levels provide improved data quality, and simultaneous measurement at up to six locations provides reduced cost per site. Remotely located, battery powered, instrumentation packages return data to a central controlling site through a 2560 baud wire-line or radio link. Each remote package contains preamplifiers, data conditioning filters, and a 12-bit gain ranging A-D converter for frequencies from 0.001 Hz to 8 Hz. Data frequencies above 8 Hz are processed sequentially by a heterodyne receiver to reduce bandwidth to within the limits of the 2560 baud data link. The central data collection site provides overall control for the entire system. The system operator interacts with the system through a CRT terminal, and he receives hard copy from a matrix graphics printer. Data from the remote packages may be recorded in time sequence on a magnetic tape cartridge system, or an optional Hewlett-Packard 21MX minicomputer can be used to perform real-time frequency analysis. The results of this analysis provide feedback to the operator for improved evaluation of system performance and for selection of future measurement sites.

  13. Crustal structure beneath southern Norway imaged by magnetotellurics

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    Cherevatova, M.; Smirnov, M.; Korja, T.; Kaikkonen, P.; Pedersen, L. B.; Hübert, J.; Kamm, J.; Kalscheuer, T.

    2014-07-01

    We use data from two magnetotelluric profiles, ToSca10 and ToSca'09, over the Scandinavian Mountains to study the crustal structure in southern Norway. The profiles cross the major tectonic structures of the Caledonian orogen as well as the western margin of the Precambrian Baltica. Dimensionality and strike analyses indicate generally 3-D behavior of the data. However, the majority of the used data distinguishes a preferable strike direction, which is supported by the geology of the region. Hence, we employ 2-D inversion and choose to invert the determinant of the impedance tensor to mitigate 3-D effects in the data on our 2-D models. Magnetotelluric data from both profiles are inverted using a damped least squares solution based on a singular value decomposition. We improved the solution by defining the inverse model covariance matrix through gradient or Laplacian smoothing operators. The two-dimensional inversion models of the ToSca'09 and ToSca'10 field data from southern Norway derived from the damped least squares scheme with the Laplacian inverse model covariance matrix are presented. Resistive rocks, extending to the surface, image the autochthonous Southwest Scandinavian Domain and the allochthonous Western Gneiss Region. Near-surface conductors, which are located between the resistive Caledonian nappes and Precambrian basement, delineate highly conductive shallow-sea sediments, so called alum shales. They exhibit a decollement along which the Caledonian nappes were overthrust. A deeper, upper to mid-crustal conducting layer in the Southwest Scandinavian Domain may depict the remnants of closed ocean basins formed during the accretions and collisions of various Sveconorwegian terranes. In ToSca'10, the Caledonian nappes, the conducting alum shales and the deeper conductor are terminated in the west by the Faltungsgraben shear complex which represents a crustal scale boundary between the Western Gneiss Region in the west and the Southwest Scandinavian

  14. Magnetotelluric Data, North Central Yucca Flat, Nevada Test Site, Nevada

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    J.M. Williams; B.D. Rodriguez, and T.H. Asch

    2005-11-23

    Nuclear weapons are integral to the defense of the United States. The U.S. Department of Energy, as the steward of these devices, must continue to gauge the efficacy of the individual weapons. This could be accomplished by occasional testing at the Nevada Test Site (NTS) in Nevada, northwest of Las Vegas. Yucca Flat Basin is one of the testing areas at the NTS. One issue of concern is the nature of the somewhat poorly constrained pre-Tertiary geology and its effects on ground-water flow in the area subsequent to a nuclear test. Ground-water modelers would like to know more about the hydrostratigraphy and geologic structure to support a hydrostratigraphic framework model that is under development for the Yucca Flat Corrective Action Unit (CAU). During 2003, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collected and processed Magnetotelluric (MT) and Audio-magnetotelluric (AMT) data at the Nevada Test Site in and near Yucca Flat to help characterize this pre-Tertiary geology. That work will help to define the character, thickness, and lateral extent of pre-Tertiary confining units. In particular, a major goal has been to define the upper clastic confining unit (UCCU) in the Yucca Flat area. Interpretation will include a three-dimensional (3-D) character analysis and two-dimensional (2-D) resistivity model. The purpose of this report is to release the MT sounding data for north central Yucca Flat, Profile 7, as shown in Figure 1. No interpretation of the data is included here.

  15. Magnetotelluric Data, Northern Yucca Flat, Nevada Test Site, Nevada

    SciTech Connect

    J.M. Williams; B.D. Rodriguez, and T.H. Asch

    2005-11-23

    Nuclear weapons are integral to the defense of the United States. The U.S. Department of Energy, as the steward of these devices, must continue to gauge the efficacy of the individual weapons. This could be accomplished by occasional testing at the Nevada Test Site (NTS) in Nevada, northwest of Las Vegas. Yucca Flat Basin is one of the testing areas at the NTS. One issue of concern is the nature of the somewhat poorly constrained pre-Tertiary geology and its effects on ground-water flow in the area subsequent to a nuclear test. Ground-water modelers would like to know more about the hydrostratigraphy and geologic structure to support a hydrostratigraphic framework model that is under development for the Yucca Flat Corrective Action Unit (CAU). During 2003, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collected and processed Magnetotelluric (MT) and Audio-magnetotelluric (AMT) data at the Nevada Test Site in and near Yucca Flat to help characterize this pre-Tertiary geology. That work will help to define the character, thickness, and lateral extent of pre-Tertiary confining units. In particular, a major goal has been to define the upper clastic confining unit (UCCU) in the Yucca Flat area. Interpretation will include a three-dimensional (3-D) character analysis and two-dimensional (2-D) resistivity model. The purpose of this report is to release the MT sounding data for Profile 2, (fig. 1), located in the northern Yucca Flat area. No interpretation of the data is included here.

  16. Magnetotelluric Data, Across Quartzite Ridge, Nevada Test Site, Nevada

    SciTech Connect

    J.M. Williams; B.D. Rodriguez, and T.H. Asch

    2005-11-23

    Nuclear weapons are integral to the defense of the United States. The U.S. Department of Energy, as the steward of these devices, must continue to gauge the efficacy of the individual weapons. This could be accomplished by occasional testing at the Nevada Test Site (NTS) in Nevada, northwest of Las Vegas. Yucca Flat Basin is one of the testing areas at the NTS. One issue of concern is the nature of the somewhat poorly constrained pre-Tertiary geology and its effects on ground-water flow in the area subsequent to a nuclear test. Ground-water modelers would like to know more about the hydrostratigraphy and geologic structure to support a hydrostratigraphic framework model that is under development for the Yucca Flat Corrective Action Unit (CAU). During 2003, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collected and processed Magnetotelluric (MT) and Audio-magnetotelluric (AMT) data at the Nevada Test Site in and near Yucca Flat to help characterize this pre-Tertiary geology. That work will help to define the character, thickness, and lateral extent of pre-Tertiary confining units. In particular, a major goal has been to define the upper clastic confining unit (UCCU) in the Yucca Flat area. Interpretation will include a three-dimensional (3-D) character analysis and two-dimensional (2-D) resistivity model. The purpose of this report is to release the MT soundings across Quartzite Ridge, Profiles 5, 6a, and 6b, as shown in Figure 1. No interpretation of the data is included here.

  17. A magnetotelluric model of the Mana Pools basin, northern Zimbabwe

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    Bailey, D.; Whaler, K. A.; Zengeni, T.; Jones, P. C.; Gwavava, O.

    2000-05-01

    The Mana Pools sedimentary basin lies within the Zambezi mobile belt in northern Zimbabwe. New and preexisting magnetotelluric data and the available seismic reflection data are used to constrain the basin structure and the depth to the electrical basement. Long-period magnetotelluric (LMT) data were collected at five stations along a 60 km north-south profile across the Mana Pools basin and onto the southern escarpment. These data augment an existing audiofrequency (AMT) data set from 11 sites in the same area. The subsurface apparent resistivities measured at periods sampling the basin are very low (a few Ωm). After processing both data sets, the estimated impedance tensor is decomposed, showing that the resistivity structure of the Mana Pools basin can be modeled two dimensionally. The ρ+ algorithm is used to show that there is no systematic offset in magnitude between the AMT and LMT data sets before they are combined. Minimum structure resistivity models of the Mana Pools basin compare well with the information from reflection seismic data and support its previous description as a half graben basin of ˜7 km depth. The excellent conductor in the Mana Pools basin is quite different to those seen elsewhere in the orogenic belt in that it is a feature of the sedimentary fill rather than the basement. The resistivity of the basement is low but no localized good conductor is observed; these low resistivities may result from a high degree of either chemical or tectonic alteration to the underlying rocks due to metamorphic processes and tectonic disruption during rift formation.

  18. Magnetotelluric array data analysis from north-west Fennoscandia

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Cherevatova, M.; Smirnov, M. Yu.; Jones, A. G.; Pedersen, L. B.; Becken, M.; Biolik, M.; Cherevatova, M.; Ebbing, J.; Gradmann, S.; Gurk, M.; Hübert, J.; Jones, A. G.; Junge, A.; Kamm, J.; Korja, T.; Lahti, I.; Löwer, A.; Nittinger, C.; Pedersen, L. B.; Savvaidis, A.; Smirnov, M.

    2015-06-01

    New magnetotelluric (MT) data in north-west Fennoscandia were acquired within the framework of the project "Magnetotellurics in the Scandes" (MaSca). The project focuses on the investigation of the crustal and upper mantle lithospheric structure in the transition zone from stable Precambrian cratonic interior to passive continental margin beneath the Caledonian orogen and the Scandinavian Mountains in western Fennoscandia. An array of 59 synchronous long period and 220 broad-band MT sites was occupied in the summers of 2011 to 2013. We estimated MT transfer functions in the period range from 0.003 to 105 s. The Q-function multi-site multi-frequency analysis and the phase tensor were used to estimate strike and dimensionality of MT data. Dimensionality and strike analyses indicate generally 2-D behaviour of the data with 3-D effects at some sites and period bands. In this paper we present 2-D inversion of the data, 3-D inversion models are shown in the parallel paper. We choose to invert the determinant of the impedance tensor to mitigate 3-D effects in the data on our 2-D models. Seven crustal-scale and four lithospheric-scale 2-D models are presented. The resistive regions are images of the Archaean and Proterozoic basement in the east and thin Caledonian nappes in the west. The middle and lower crust of the Svecofennian province is conductive. The southern end of the Kittilä Greenstone Belt is seen in the models as a strong upper to middle crustal conductor. In the Caledonides, the highly conductive alum shales are observed along the Caledonian Thrust Front. The thickest lithosphere is in the Palaeoproterozioc Svecofennian Domain, not in the Archaean. The thickness of the lithosphere is around 200 km in the north and 300 km in the south-west.

  19. Joint interpretation of magnetotelluric, seismic, and well-log data in Hontomín (Spain)

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    Ogaya, Xènia; Alcalde, Juan; Marzán, Ignacio; Ledo, Juanjo; Queralt, Pilar; Marcuello, Alex; Martí, David; Saura, Eduard; Carbonell, Ramon; Benjumea, Beatriz

    2016-06-01

    Hontomín (N of Spain) hosts the first Spanish CO2 storage pilot plant. The subsurface characterization of the site included the acquisition of a 3-D seismic reflection and a circumscribed 3-D magnetotelluric (MT) survey. This paper addresses the combination of the seismic and MT results, together with the available well-log data, in order to achieve a better characterization of the Hontomín subsurface. We compare the structural model obtained from the interpretation of the seismic data with the geoelectrical model resulting from the MT data. The models correlate well in the surroundings of the CO2 injection area with the major structural differences observed related to the presence of faults. The combination of the two methods allowed a more detailed characterization of the faults, defining their geometry, and fluid flow characteristics, which are key for the risk assessment of the storage site. Moreover, we use the well-log data of the existing wells to derive resistivity-velocity relationships for the subsurface and compute a 3-D velocity model of the site using the 3-D resistivity model as a reference. The derived velocity model is compared to both the predicted and logged velocity in the injection and monitoring wells, for an overall assessment of the computed resistivity-velocity relationships. The major differences observed are explained by the different resolution of the compared geophysical methods. Finally, the derived velocity model for the near surface is compared with the velocity model used for the static corrections in the seismic data. The results allowed extracting information about the characteristics of the shallow unconsolidated sediments, suggesting possible clay and water content variations. The good correlation of the velocity models derived from the resistivity-velocity relationships and the well-log data demonstrate the potential of the combination of the two methods for characterizing the subsurface, in terms of its physical properties

  20. Joint Audio-Magnetotelluric and Passive Seismic Imaging of the Cerdanya Basin

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    Gabàs, A.; Macau, A.; Benjumea, B.; Queralt, P.; Ledo, J.; Figueras, S.; Marcuello, A.

    2016-09-01

    The structure of Cerdanya Basin (north-east of Iberian Peninsula) is partly known from geological cross sections, geological maps and vintage geophysical data. However, these data do not have the necessary resolution to characterize some parts of Cerdanya Basin such as the thickness of soft soil, geometry of bedrock or geometry of geological units and associated faults. For all these reasons, the main objective of this work is to improve this deficiency carrying out a detailed study in this Neogene basin applying jointly the combination of passive seismic methods ( H/V spectral ratio and seismic array) and electromagnetic methods (audio-magnetotelluric and magnetotelluric method). The passive seismic techniques provide valuable information of geometry of basement along the profile. The maximum depth is located near Alp village with a bedrock depth of 500 m. The bedrock is located in surface at both sites of profile. The Neogene sediments present a shear-wave velocity between 400 and 1000 m/s, and the bedrock basement presents a shear-wave velocity values between 1700 and 2200 m/s. These results are used as a priori information to create a 2D resistivity initial model which constraints the inversion process of electromagnetic data. We have obtained a 2D resistivity model which is characterized by (1) a heterogeneous conductivity zone (<40 Ohm m) that corresponds to shallow part of the model up to 500 m depth in the centre of the profile. These values have been associated with Quaternary and Neogene sediments formed by silts, clays, conglomerates, sandstones and gravels, and (2) a deeper resistive zone (1000-3000 Ohm m) interpreted as Palaeozoic basement (sandstones, limestones and slates at NW and conglomerates and microconglomerates at SE). The resistive zone is truncated by a discontinuity at the south-east of the profile which is interpreted as the Alp-La Tet Fault. This discontinuity is represented by a more conductive zone (600 Ohm m approx.) and is explained

  1. Joint Audio-Magnetotelluric and Passive Seismic Imaging of the Cerdanya Basin

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    Gabàs, A.; Macau, A.; Benjumea, B.; Queralt, P.; Ledo, J.; Figueras, S.; Marcuello, A.

    2016-06-01

    The structure of Cerdanya Basin (north-east of Iberian Peninsula) is partly known from geological cross sections, geological maps and vintage geophysical data. However, these data do not have the necessary resolution to characterize some parts of Cerdanya Basin such as the thickness of soft soil, geometry of bedrock or geometry of geological units and associated faults. For all these reasons, the main objective of this work is to improve this deficiency carrying out a detailed study in this Neogene basin applying jointly the combination of passive seismic methods (H/V spectral ratio and seismic array) and electromagnetic methods (audio-magnetotelluric and magnetotelluric method). The passive seismic techniques provide valuable information of geometry of basement along the profile. The maximum depth is located near Alp village with a bedrock depth of 500 m. The bedrock is located in surface at both sites of profile. The Neogene sediments present a shear-wave velocity between 400 and 1000 m/s, and the bedrock basement presents a shear-wave velocity values between 1700 and 2200 m/s. These results are used as a priori information to create a 2D resistivity initial model which constraints the inversion process of electromagnetic data. We have obtained a 2D resistivity model which is characterized by (1) a heterogeneous conductivity zone (<40 Ohm m) that corresponds to shallow part of the model up to 500 m depth in the centre of the profile. These values have been associated with Quaternary and Neogene sediments formed by silts, clays, conglomerates, sandstones and gravels, and (2) a deeper resistive zone (1000-3000 Ohm m) interpreted as Palaeozoic basement (sandstones, limestones and slates at NW and conglomerates and microconglomerates at SE). The resistive zone is truncated by a discontinuity at the south-east of the profile which is interpreted as the Alp-La Tet Fault. This discontinuity is represented by a more conductive zone (600 Ohm m approx.) and is explained as

  2. Megacam: A Wide-Field CCD Imager for the MMT and Magellan

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    McLeod, Brian; Geary, John; Conroy, Maureen; Fabricant, Daniel; Ordway, Mark; Szentgyorgyi, Andrew; Amato, Stephen; Ashby, Matthew; Caldwell, Nelson; Curley, Dylan; Gauron, Thomas; Holman, Matthew; Norton, Timothy; Pieri, Mario; Roll, John; Weaver, David; Zajac, Joseph; Palunas, Povilas; Osip, David

    2015-04-01

    Megacam is a large-format optical camera that can be operated at the f/5 Cassegrain foci of the MMT on Mount Hopkins, Arizona, and the Magellan Clay telescope at Las Campanas Observatory, Chile. Megacam's focal plane is composed of 36 closely packed e2v CCD42-90 CCDs, each with 2048 × 4608 pixels, assembled in an 18,432 × 18,432 array. Two additional CCD42-90s are provided for autoguiding and focus control. The CCDs have 13.5 μm square pixels that subtend 0 \\overset{''}{.} 08 at the f/5 foci, yielding a 25' × 25' field-of-view. The camera system includes a focal plane shutter, two filter wheels, two liquid nitrogen reservoirs, a central chamber that holds the CCD mosaic array, and two electronics boxes. Megacam is equipped with a variety of broadband and narrowband filters. Software features include automatic calculation of twilight flat exposure times.

  3. Magnetotelluric investigation of the geothermal anomaly in Hailin, Mudanjiang, northeastern China

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    Zhang, Lili; Hao, Tianyao; Xiao, Qibin; Wang, Jie; Zhou, Liang; Qi, Min; Cui, Xiangpan; Cai, Ningxiao

    2015-07-01

    To study the occurrence conditions and locations of geothermal bodies in Hailin, Mudanjiang, northeastern China, we conducted a magnetotelluric investigation to delineate the electrical conductivity structure of the area on three parallel profiles. The area to the west of the Mudanjiang Fault lies in the Hailang sag of the Ning'an Basin. The data were processed using the mutual reference technique, static shift correction, and structural strike and dimensionality analysis based on tensor decomposition. Moreover, a modified anisotropic-diffusion-based method was used to suppress noise for the magnetotelluric time series data. This method retains the advantages of conventional anisotropic diffusion and is superior in its discrimination ability. The method is characteristic not only of the inherited features such as intra-region smoothing and edge preservation, but also of the adaptive selection of the diffusion coefficient. Data analysis revealed that the electrical resistivity structure can be approximated by a two-dimensional characterization. Two-dimensional inversion and rendering visualization show that a highly resistive granite basement is covered with conductive sedimentary layers and that a relatively low-resistivity anomalous structure with a resistivity of approximately 100-600 Ω·m is imbedded in the high-resistivity background. The anomalous structure has a narrow top and a wide bottom (the bottom depth is at least 3500 m). The shape and electrical features of the structure indicate favorable storage space for hot subsurface water. Fault activities and magma intrusion may result in the fractures of the basement, which are filled with hot water and thus produce the relatively low resistivity. Based on a comprehensive analysis, we infer that the structure is indicative of a geothermal reservoir. An exploratory well drilled near the structure confirms the occurrence of high temperatures. Several geological factors (cap rock, basement, and major faults

  4. Two and three dimensional inversion of magnetotelluric data: Annual report No. 2

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    Booker, J.R.

    1988-02-01

    We have developed an efficient iterative inversion method applicable to both 2 and 3-D magnetotelluric data. The method approximates horizontal derivative terms with their values calculated from the fields of the previous iteration. The equations at each horizontal coordinate then become uncoupled and 1-D with an added term containing the effects of the horizontal derivatives. At each iteration this allows separate 1-D inversions for the conductivity profile beneath each measurement site. Resultant profiles are interpolated to form a new multi-dimensional model for which the fields are calculated. Residuals to this new model are used in the next iteration. The method is very fast, as partial derivatives are calculated for 1-D problems only and computation time grows only linearly with the number of sites of data inverted. Preliminary tests with 2-D data show very promising results. Some practial problems remain in application of the algorithm to real 2-D data. We are requesting continued support to resolve these questions and to extend the method to 3-D.

  5. Lithology-derived structure classification from the joint interpretation of magnetotelluric and seismic models

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    Bedrosian, P.A.; Maercklin, N.; Weckmann, U.; Bartov, Y.; Ryberg, T.; Ritter, O.

    2007-01-01

    Magnetotelluric and seismic methods provide complementary information about the resistivity and velocity structure of the subsurface on similar scales and resolutions. No global relation, however, exists between these parameters, and correlations are often valid for only a limited target area. Independently derived inverse models from these methods can be combined using a classification approach to map geologic structure. The method employed is based solely on the statistical correlation of physical properties in a joint parameter space and is independent of theoretical or empirical relations linking electrical and seismic parameters. Regions of high correlation (classes) between resistivity and velocity can in turn be mapped back and re-examined in depth section. The spatial distribution of these classes, and the boundaries between them, provide structural information not evident in the individual models. This method is applied to a 10 km long profile crossing the Dead Sea Transform in Jordan. Several prominent classes are identified with specific lithologies in accordance with local geology. An abrupt change in lithology across the fault, together with vertical uplift of the basement suggest the fault is sub-vertical within the upper crust. ?? 2007 The Authors Journal compilation ?? 2007 RAS.

  6. Three-Dimensional Magnetotelluric Inversion: An Introductory Guide for Developers and Users

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    Siripunvaraporn, Weerachai

    2012-01-01

    In the last few decades, the demand for three-dimensional (3-D) inversions for magnetotelluric data has significantly driven the progress of 3-D codes. There are currently a lot of new 3-D inversion and forward modeling codes. Some, such as the WSINV3DMT code of the author, are available to the academic community. The goal of this paper is to summarize all the important issues involving 3-D inversions. It aims to show how inversion works and how to use it properly. In this paper, I start by describing several good reasons for doing 3-D inversion instead of 2-D inversion. The main algorithms for 3-D inversion are reviewed along with some comparisons of their advantages and disadvantages. These algorithms are the classical Occam's inversion, the data space Occam's inversion, the Gauss-Newton method, the Gauss-Newton with the conjugate gradient method, the non-linear conjugate gradient method, and the quasi-Newton method. Other variants are based on these main algorithms. Forward modeling, sensitivity calculations, model covariance and its parallel implementation are all necessary components of inversions and are reviewed here. Rules of thumb for performing 3-D inversion are proposed for the benefit of the 3-D inversion novice. Problems regarding 3-D inversions are discussed along with suggested topics for future research for the developers of the next decades.

  7. Comparison of In Situ Polymerization and Solution-Dispersion Techniques in the Preparation of Polyimide/Montmorillonite (MMT) Nanocomposites

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    Ahmad, Mansor Bin; Gharayebi, Yadollah; Salit, Mohd. Sapuan; Hussein, Mohd. Zobir; Shameli, Kamyar

    2011-01-01

    In this paper, Polyimide/Montmorillonite Nanocomposites (PI/MMT NCs), based on aromatic diamine (4-Aminophenyl sulfone) (APS) and aromatic dianhydride (3,3′,4,4′-benzophenonetetracarboxylic dianhydride) (BTDA) were prepared using in situ polymerization and solution-dispersion techniques. The prepared PI/MMT NCs films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The XRD results showed that at the content of 1.0 wt % Organo Montmorillonite (OMMT) for two techniques and 3.0 wt % OMMT for the in situ polymerization technique, the OMMT was well-intercalated, exfoliated and dispersed into polyimide matrix. The OMMT agglomerated when its amount exceeded 10 wt % and 3.0 wt % for solution-dispersion and in situ polymerization techniques respectively. These results were confirmed by the TEM images of the prepared PI/MMT NCs. The TGA thermograms indicated that thermal stability of prepared PI/MMT NCs were increased with the increase of loading that, the effect is higher for the samples prepared by in situ polymerization technique. PMID:22016643

  8. Spatial and temporal characterization of CO2 storage sites using magnetotellurics

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    Ledo, J.; Queralt, P.; Marcuello, A.; Roca, E.; Rubinat, M.

    2009-04-01

    Integration of different geophysical, geological and geochemical methods will play a key role for the spatial and temporal characterization of underground CO2 storage sites. Among the geophysical techniques the magnetotelluric method (MT) may help on both, site characterization and monitoring of the CO2 plume, mainly on deep saline reservoirs. In this work we present the characterization of a salt diapir in southern Spain using MT data. This diaper does not satisfy the conditions to be a future reservoir due to the absence of a good lithological seal, but can be use as a natural analog to determine the validity of different geophysical methods. In total 34 MT sites were acquired along a 15 km profile. Once the data has been analyzed, inverted and integrated with surface geological data a simulated investigation for monitoring the CO2 has been carried out. In this simulation the CO2 has been located at the base of the Jurassic to Turonnian carbonates and marls increasing the resistivity of the model. Several tests varying the resistivity and the amount of the CO2 as well as the number of MT sites used will be show.

  9. Application of Mixture of Gaussian Clustering on Joint Facies Interpretation of Seismic and Magnetotelluric Sections

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    Shahrabi, Mohammad Ali; Hashemi, Hosein; Hafizi, Mohammad Kazem

    2016-02-01

    Seismic and magnetotelluric (MT) methods are the most applicable geophysical methods in exploration of hydrocarbon resources. In this paper, mixture of Gaussian clustering is used to combine seismic and MT images under the scheme of Expectation/Maximization (EM) algorithm. Pre-Stack Depth Migration (PSDM) velocity, Root Mean Square (RMS) velocity and vertical gradient of RMS velocity of seismic and resistivity model of MT along 19.3 km MUN-21 profile in Munir Block that has been located in Southwest of Iran in Dezful embayment over the Seh-Qanat anticline are applied. The anticline is the most important oil trap of this area. The Expectation/Maximization (EM) method that has been applied includes: (1) creation of data vectors from the seismic and MT images using image processing techniques, (2) normalizing and mapping using Principal Component Analysis (PCA) procedure (3) unsupervised learning of dataset matrix, (4) setting the matrix in Expectation/Maximization (EM) iteration algorithm (5) remapping to physical space. The final model consists fof six classes which could be given to eight formations that belong to Eocene to Neocomian geological age. Pre-Stack Depth Migration (PSDM) velocity model obtained from seismic study on Seh-Qanat anticline only detected 2 horizons of formations, Asmari and Sarvak Formations; however, the current methodology introduces subdivision anticline into six classes by matching it to the log information of Seh-Qanat Deep-1 (SQD-1) borehole where it was excavated over the anticline with total depth of 2876 m.

  10. Long regional magnetotelluric profile crossing geotectonic structures of central Poland

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    Stefaniuk, M.; Pokorski, J.; Wojdyla, M.

    2009-04-01

    Introduction The magnetotelluric survey was made along a regional profile, which runs across Poland from south-west to north-east during 2005-2006 years. The profile crosses major geological structures of Central Poland, including the Variscan Externides and Variscan foredeep, the Transeuropean Suture Zone and the marginal zone of East European Craton. The main objectives of the project include identification of sub-Zechstein sedimentary structures and evaluation of resistivity distribution within the deep crust, especially at the contact of East European Precambrian Craton and Central Europe Paleozoic structures. The length of the profile is about 700 km; 161 deep magnetotelluric sounding sites were made with a medium spacing of about 4 km. Data acquisition and processing The recording of the components of natural electromagnetic field was made with a broad range of frequencies, varying from 0.0003 Hz up to 575 Hz with use of MT-1 system of Electromagnetic Instruments Incorporation. This frequency band allowed obtaining the information about geology ranging from a few dozen meters to approximately 100 km, depending on the vertical distribution of the resistivity inside geological medium. To reduce the electromagnetic noise, magnetic and electric remote reference was applied. A remote reference site was located at a distance of over 100 km of field sites. Processing of the recorded data included the estimation of the components of impedance tensor (Zxx, Zxy, Zyx and Zyy ), with use of robust type procedures. The components of the impedance tensor allowed in a subsequent step for calculation of field curves for two orientations of the measurement system (XY - described further as the TM mode and YX - TE mode) and additional parameters of the medium like skew, strike, pole diagrams etc. Recording of the vertical component of electromagnetic field (Hz) allowed calculation of tipper parameter T. Magnetotelluric soundings interpretation Geophysical interpretation of MT

  11. The application of artificial neural networks to magnetotelluric time-series analysis

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    Manoj, C.; Nagarajan, Nandini

    2003-05-01

    Magnetotelluric (MT) signals are often contaminated with noise from natural or man-made processes that may not fit a normal distribution or are highly correlated. This may lead to serious errors in computed MT transfer functions and result in erroneous interpretation. A substantial improvement is possible when the time-series are presented as clean as possible for further processing. Cleaning of MT time-series is often done by manual editing. Editing of magnetotelluric time-series is subjective in nature and time consuming. Automation of such a process is difficult to achieve by statistical methods. Artificial neural networks (ANNs) are widely used to automate processes that require human intelligence. The objective here is to automate MT long-period time-series editing using ANN. A three-layer feed-forward artificial neural network (FANN) was adopted for the problem. As ANN-based techniques are computationally intensive, a novel approach was made, which involves editing of five simultaneously measured MT time-series that have been subdivided into stacks (a stack=5 × 256 data points). Neural network training was done at two levels. Signal and noise patterns of individual channels were taught first. Five channel parameters along with interchannel correlation and amplitude ratios formed the input for a final network, which predicts the quality of a stack. A large database (5000 traces for pattern training and 900 vectors for interchannel training) was prepared to train the network. There were two error parameters to minimize while training: training error and testing error. Training was stopped when both errors were below an acceptable level. The sensitivity of the neural network to the signal-to-noise ratio and the relative significance of its inputs were tested to ensure that the training was correct. MT time-series from four stations with varying degrees of noise contamination were used to demonstrate the application of the network. The application brought out

  12. Characterization of the Pyrenean lithosphere using new long period magnetotelluric data

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    Campanyà, Joan; Ledo, Juanjo; Queralt, Pilar; Marcuello, Alex; Muñoz, Josep Anton; Liesa, Montserrat

    2010-05-01

    New magnetotelluric (MT) data has been acquired along a N-S profile of 180 km length that cross the Pyrenean range. The new MT data are complemented with old MT data registered at the same profile 15 years ago. In this work we have 15 old MT data with periods ranging from 0.0128 s to 2000 s and 8 new MT data with periods ranging from 0.001 s to 20000 s. The new data allows us to arrive deeper and determine the lithosphere resistivity structure with more precision up to 150 km depth. Moreover, the final geoelectric model has been obtained using 2D inversion procedures. The previous model was obtained by direct modelling, following a trial and error approach. Analyses of the MT data using the Groom and Bailey decomposition method, as well as the use of the tensor invariants corroborate the validity of assuming regional 2D structures. The strike direction of the electrical structures is E-W, parallel to the Pyrenean range. The final model obtained shows a deep large structure with low electrical resistivity values between Iberian and European plates that can be associated to the subduction of the Iberian plate. We suggest, that the cause of this low resistivity values is the existence of partial melting of the Iberian lower crust below the European one. Sensitivity tests prove that resistivity in this structure is not homogeneous. A vertical gradient is observed between the top and the bottom of the structure, having the top low electrical resistivity values, around 3 Ohm•m, than the bottom that present values between 10 Ohm•m and 56 Ohm•m. At the base of the model appears another low resistivity zone associated with the asthenosphere. The lithosphere asthenosphere boundary depth is different for the two plates studied. The sensitivity tests show that the depth for Iberian plate is 80 ± 20 km and 120 ± 15 km for the European plate. The different depths of these limits show that European plate is thicker. The geoelectric model is compared with several

  13. Regularized inversion of controlled source audio-frequency magnetotelluric data in horizontally layered transversely isotropic media

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    Zhou, Jianmei; Wang, Jianxun; Shang, Qinglong; Wang, Hongnian; Yin, Changchun

    2014-04-01

    We present an algorithm for inverting controlled source audio-frequency magnetotelluric (CSAMT) data in horizontally layered transversely isotropic (TI) media. The popular inversion method parameterizes the media into a large number of layers which have fixed thickness and only reconstruct the conductivities (e.g. Occam's inversion), which does not enable the recovery of the sharp interfaces between layers. In this paper, we simultaneously reconstruct all the model parameters, including both the horizontal and vertical conductivities and layer depths. Applying the perturbation principle and the dyadic Green's function in TI media, we derive the analytic expression of Fréchet derivatives of CSAMT responses with respect to all the model parameters in the form of Sommerfeld integrals. A regularized iterative inversion method is established to simultaneously reconstruct all the model parameters. Numerical results show that the inverse algorithm, including the depths of the layer interfaces, can significantly improve the inverse results. It can not only reconstruct the sharp interfaces between layers, but also can obtain conductivities close to the true value.

  14. Advances in applications of magnetotellurics to hydrocarbon exploration in Papua New Guinea

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    Christopherson, K.R.

    1995-06-01

    More than 800 Magnetotelluric (MT) stations and EMAP dipoles have been acquired in Papua New Guinea (PNG) since 1988. The use and understanding of this non-seismic method has developed because the lucrative petroleum province of the Highlands Fold Belt. Exploration in this area precludes conventional seismic acquisition owing to outcropping limestone which is karstified and more than 3000 feet (1 km) thick in most areas. MT acquisition has expanded from acquiring single-site or dual-site data using standard wire-link communication to acquiring five stations simultaneously, with communications via radio telemetry. This has resulted in higher production rates, better quality data, and more flexible emplacement of station locations. Design modifications to acquisition equipment has resulted in lighter gear which acquires data with higher signal-to-noise ratio, leading to more reliable interpretations. Advances in computer modeling, primarily through Geotools software, along with better understanding of the structural province and integration with geologists` information, have improved the usability of the interpreted data. The last seven years have seen several wells drilled of which many are now in production. MT has been acquired at many of these locations, and continues to be a advanced exploration tool. Case histories will demonstrate the effectiveness of exploration using MT and other electrical methods.

  15. Three-dimensional controlled-source electromagnetic and magnetotelluric joint inversion

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    Commer, Michael; Newman, Gregory A.

    2009-09-01

    The growing use of the controlled-source electromagnetic method (CSEM) and magnetotellurics (MT) for exploration applications has been driving the development of data acquisition technologies, and three-dimensional (3-D) modelling and imaging techniques. However, targeting increasingly complex geological environments also further enhances the problems inherent in large-scale inversion, such as non-uniqueness and resolution issues. In this paper, we report on two techniques to mitigate these problems. We use 3-D joint CSEM and MT inversion to improve the model resolution. To avoid the suppression of the resolution capacities of one data type, and thus to balance the use of inherent, and ideally complementary information content, different data reweighting schemes are proposed. Further, a hybrid model parametrization approach is presented, where traditional cell-based model parameters are used simultaneously within a parametric inversion. The idea is to limit the non-uniqueness problem, typical for 3-D imaging problems, in order to allow for a more focusing inversion. The methods are demonstrated using synthetic data generated from models with a strong practical relevance.

  16. Three-dimensional controlled-source electromagnetic and magnetotelluric joint inversion

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    Commer, M.; Newman, G. A.

    2009-12-01

    The growing use of the controlled-source electromagnetic method (CSEM) and magnetotellurics (MT) for exploration applications has been driving the development of data acquisition technologies, and three-dimensional (3D) modeling and imaging techniques. However, targeting increasingly complex geological environments also further enhances the problems inherent in large-scale inversion, such as non-uniqueness and resolution issues. In this paper, we report on two techniques to mitigate these problems. We use 3D joint CSEM and MT inversion to improve the model resolution. To avoid the suppression of the resolution capacities of one data type, and thus to balance the use of inherent, and ideally complementary information content, different data re-weighting schemes are proposed. Further, a hybrid model parametrization approach is presented, where traditional cell-based model parameters are used simultaneously within a parametric inversion. The idea is to limit the non-uniqueness problem, typical for 3D imaging problems, in order to allow for a more focusing inversion. The methods are demonstrated using synthetic data generated from models with a strong practical relevance.

  17. Salt, Sediments and Seawater: Marine Magnetotellurics in the Gulf of Mexico

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    Weiss, C.; Key, K.; Constable, S.

    2002-12-01

    The Smackover and Louann salt formations are distinguishing features of the Gulf of Mexico which not only provide clues to the tectonic evolution of the Gulf, but also play a critical role in the formation of traps for hydrocarbon reservoirs. However, the challenge of mapping these features is only partially met by existing seismic methods: the top of salt (TOS) is usually well resolved while the base of salt (BOS) is remarkably less so. Owing to the high contrast in electrical conductivity between salt and the surrounding sediments, electromagnetic methods such as magnetotellurics (MT) are promising techniques for minimizing the uncertainty in mapping allocthonous salt structures. Futhermore, the high conductivity of the seawater invites speculation on the usefulness of vertical electric field measurements in TOS/BOS characterization. Thus, we present results from a series of 3D numerical modeling experiments of electromagnetic induction over a ``realistic'' salt body: a 3D seismic--derived volume representing the Gemini salt structure, located beneath 1000m of water in the Mississippi Canyon, Gulf of Mexico. Results are compared to a collection of 34 broadband (T= 1--5000 s) MT datasets collected in three surveys over the structure between 1998 and 2001. Previously obtained 2D inversion results of the observed data are validated by 2D inversion of the fully 3D synthetic model response.

  18. Three-dimensional controlled-source electromagnetic and magnetotelluric joint inversion

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    Commer, M.; Newman, G.A.

    2009-02-15

    The growing use of the controlled-source electromagnetic method (CSEM) and magnetotellurics (MT) for exploration applications has been driving the development of data acquisition technologies, and three-dimensional (3-D) modeling and imaging techniques. However, targeting increasingly complex geological environments also further enhances the problems inherent in large-scale inversion, such as non-uniqueness and resolution issues. In this paper, we report on two techniques to mitigate these problems. We use 3-D joint CSEM and MT inversion to improve the model resolution. To avoid the suppression of the resolution capacities of one data type, and thus to balance the use of inherent, and ideally complementary information content, different data reweighting schemes are proposed. Further, a hybrid model parameterization approach is presented, where traditional cell-based model parameters are used simultaneously within a parametric inversion. The idea is to limit the non-uniqueness problem, typical for 3-D imaging problems, in order to allow for a more focusing inversion. The methods are demonstrated using synthetic data generated from models with a strong practical relevance.

  19. Magnetotelluric Data, Mid Valley, Nevada Test Site, Nevada.

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    Jackie M. Williams; Erin L. Wallin; Brian D. Rodriguez; Charles R. Lindsay; and Jay A. Sampson

    2007-08-15

    The United States Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) at their Nevada Site Office (NSO) are addressing ground-water contamination resulting from historical underground nuclear testing through the Environmental Management (EM) program and, in particular, the Underground Test Area (UGTA) project. One issue of concern is the nature of the somewhat poorly constrained pre-Tertiary geology and its effects on ground-water flow. Ground-water modelers would like to know more about the hydrostratigraphy and geologic structure to support a hydrostratigraphic framework model that is under development for the Rainier Mesa/Shoshone Mountain Corrective Action Unit (CAU) (Bechtel Nevada, 2006). During 2003, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the DOE and NNSA-NSO, collected and processed data at the Nevada Test Site in and near Yucca Flat (YF) to help define the character, thickness, and lateral extent of the pre-tertiary confining units. We collected 51 magnetotelluric (MT) and audio-magnetotelluric (AMT), stations for that research (Williams and others, 2005a, 2005b, 2005c, 2005d, 2005e, 2005f). In early 2005 we extended that research with 26 additional MT data stations (Williams and others, 2006), located on and near Rainier Mesa and Shoshone Mountain (RM-SM). The new stations extended the area of the hydrogeologic study previously conducted in Yucca Flat. This work was done to help refine what is known about the character, thickness, and lateral extent of pre-Tertiary confining units. In particular, a major goal was to define the upper clastic confining unit (UCCU). The UCCU is comprised of late Devonian to Mississippian siliciclastic rocks assigned to the Eleana Formation and Chainman Shale. The UCCU underlies the Yucca Flat area and extends westward towards Shoshone Mountain, southward to Buckboard Mesa, and northward to Rainier Mesa. Late in 2005 we collected another 14 MT stations in Mid Valley and in

  20. Magnetotelluric Data, Mid Valley, Nevada Test Site, Nevada

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    Williams, Jackie M.; Wallin, Erin L.; Rodriguez, Brian D.; Lindsey, Charles R.; Sampson, Jay A.

    2007-01-01

    Introduction The United States Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) at their Nevada Site Office (NSO) are addressing ground-water contamination resulting from historical underground nuclear testing through the Environmental Management (EM) program and, in particular, the Underground Test Area (UGTA) project. One issue of concern is the nature of the somewhat poorly constrained pre-Tertiary geology and its effects on ground-water flow. Ground-water modelers would like to know more about the hydrostratigraphy and geologic structure to support a hydrostratigraphic framework model that is under development for the Rainier Mesa/Shoshone Mountain Corrective Action Unit (CAU). During 2003, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the DOE and NNSA-NSO, collected and processed data at the Nevada Test Site in and near Yucca Flat (YF) to help define the character, thickness, and lateral extent of the pre-Tertiary confining units. We collected 51 magnetotelluric (MT) and audio-magnetotelluric (AMT), stations for that research. In early 2005 we extended that research with 26 additional MT data stations, located on and near Rainier Mesa and Shoshone Mountain (RM-SM). The new stations extended the area of the hydrogeologic study previously conducted in Yucca Flat. This work was done to help refine what is known about the character, thickness, and lateral extent of pre-Tertiary confining units. In particular, a major goal was to define the upper clastic confining unit (UCCU). The UCCU is comprised of late Devonian to Mississippian siliciclastic rocks assigned to the Eleana Formation and Chainman Shale. The UCCU underlies the Yucca Flat area and extends westward towards Shoshone Mountain, southward to Buckboard Mesa, and northward to Rainier Mesa. Late in 2005 we collected another 14 MT stations in Mid Valley and in northern Yucca Flat basin. That work was done to better determine the extent and thickness of the UCCU near

  1. Synthesis and characterization of low-generation polyamidoamine (PAMAM) dendrimer-sodium montmorillonite (Na-MMT) clay nanocomposites.

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    Liyanage, Amila U; Ikhuoria, Esther U; Adenuga, Adeniyi A; Remcho, Vincent T; Lerner, Michael M

    2013-04-15

    Polymer-inorganic nanocomposites are a recently developed class of materials that have altered physical or chemical properties with respect to the pure polymer, inorganic host, or their micro- and macrocomposites. Lower generation (G0.0-2.0) polyamidoamine (PAMAM) dendrimer/sodium montmorillonite (Na-MMT) nanocomposites were synthesized in a solution-phase exfoliation adsorption reaction. These are the first reports of the G0.0/ and G1.0/Na-MMT nanocomposites and of a structurally-ordered G2.0/Na-MMT. The materials were characterized using powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). PAMAM characteristics at acidic and basic aqueous media were studied using capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE). Pseudospherical PAMAM dendrimers in aqueous medium attain a highly flattened conformation within the confined space between MMT sheets upon nanocomposite formation. The nanocomposite structure depends on the PAMAM generation and the starting dendrimer/organic composition. G0.0 always forms monolayer structures (d = 0.42 nm), while G2.0 forms monolayer structure, mixed phase, and bilayer structures (d = 0.84 nm) at lower, intermediate, and higher organic content, respectively, showing an interesting monolayer to bilayer transition. G1.0 showed an intermediate behavior, with monolayer to mixed-phase transition at the reactant ratios studied. This monolayer arrangement of PAMAM/clay nanocomposites is reported for the first time. Maximum organic contents of G0.0 monolayer and G2.0 bilayer nanocomposites were ∼7% and ∼14%, respectively. Gallery expansions were similar to those observed with linear polymer intercalates, but the packing fractions (0.31-0.32) were 2-3 times lower. At acidic pH, the nanocomposites forming only monolayer structures are obtained, indicating a stronger electrostatic attraction between MMT and protonated PAMAM, and these nanocomposites formed more slowly and were more ordered

  2. Magnetotelluric monitoring of a fluid injection: Example from an enhanced geothermal system

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    Peacock, J. R.; Thiel, S.; Reid, P.; Heinson, G.

    2012-09-01

    Enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) are on the verge of becoming commercially viable for power production, where advancements in subsurface characterization are imperative to develop EGS into a competitive industry. Theory of an EGS is simple, pump fluids into thermally enhanced lithology and extract the hot fluids to produce energy. One significant complication in EGS development is estimating where injected fluids flow in the subsurface. Micro-seismic surveys can provide information about where fractures opened, but not fracture connectivity nor fluid inclusion. Electromagnetic methods are sensitive to conductivity contrasts and can be used as a supplementary tool to delineate reservoir boundaries. In July, 2011, an injection test for a 3.6 km deep EGS at Paralana, South Australia was continuously monitored by both micro-seismic and magnetotellurics (MT). Presented are the first results from continuous MT measurements suggesting transient variations in subsurface conductivity structure generated from the introduction of fluids at depth can be measured. Furthermore, phase tensor representation of the time dependent MT response suggests fluids migrated in a NE direction from the injection well. Results from this experiment supports the extension of MT to a monitoring tool for not only EGS but other hydraulic stimulations.

  3. Geoelectrical dimensionality analyses in Sumatran Fault (Aceh segment) using magnetotelluric phase tensor

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    Prihantoro, Rudy; Nurhasan, Sutarno, Doddy; Ogawa, Yasuo; Priahadena, Has; Fitriani, Dini

    2014-03-01

    Earth electrical / geoelectrical conductivity may vary in any direction in a complex earth model. When conductivity only varying within one direction such as depth, it is considered as an one-dimensional (1-D) structure model. Two-dimensional (2-D) and three-dimensional (3-D) structure have more degrees of conductivity variation. In magnetotelluric (MT) surveys localized heterogeneities in conductivity near the Earth's surface distort the electromagnetic (EM) response produced by the underlying or 'regional' conductivity structure under investigation. Several attempts had been done to remove this distortion effect in measured MT transfer functions (impedances tensor) by a series of techniques and general conductivity models of increasing complexity. The most common technique are Bahr's method and Groom-Bailey decompositions, that is restricted by assumption of two dimensional (2D) regional conductivity structure. MT phase tensor technique proposed by Caldwell et al. (2004) requires no assumption about the dimensionality of the regional conductivity structure and is applicable where both the heterogeneity and the regional conductivity structure are 3-D. Here, we examine the dimensionality analyses using the MT phase tensor to measured data of Sumatran Fault (SF) Aceh segment that we've collected during July 2012. A small value of phase tensor dimensionality indicator (β) was found along the profile. This result indicate a strong a two dimensionality of regional conductivity structure of SF Aceh segment.

  4. Three-dimensional Magnetotelluric Modeling of the Pohukuloa Training Area, Hawaii Island

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    Thomas, D. M.; Lienert, B. R.; Wallin, E.

    2015-12-01

    We report the results of 3D modeling of magnetotelluric (MT) data collected in the Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) on the saddle between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea volcanoes on Hawaii Island. We have previously used lower frequency MT data to construct 1D and 2D resistivity profiles in this area and confirmed the presence of a low-resistivity region at depths of about 2 km. One of our drill holes in PTA had previously encountered temperatures of 150 C at a similar depth. However, our 1D and 2D models were unable to fit features of the data that we suspected were due to 3D variations in subsurface resistivity. For the 3D modeling, we reprocessed the higher frequency data (1 kHz sampling rate) which were available at all 20 sites. We were then able to obtain complex impedances at frequencies of 0.5-500 Hz to use for the 3D inversion. We used Siripunvaraporn's 3D inversion method to obtain resistivities in a rectangular array of 0.5x0.5x0.25 km blocks spanning the areal extent of the stations down to a depth of 2.5 km. The results confirmed that much of the anomalous data could be explained by near-surface 3D variations in resistivity. The underlying conductor of 5-10 ohm-m at 2 km depth now appears to extend over the entire survey area.

  5. A novel method for fabricating hybrid biobased nanocomposites film with stable fluorescence containing CdTe quantum dots and montmorillonite-chitosan nanosheets.

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    Guo, Yawen; Ge, Xuesong; Guan, Jing; Wu, Lin; Zhao, Fuhua; Li, Hui; Mu, Xindong; Jiang, Yijun; Chen, Aibing

    2016-07-10

    A method was presented for fabricating the fluorescent nanocomposites containing CdTe quantum dots (QDs) and montmorillonite (MMT)-chitosan (CS). MMT-CS/CdTe QDs nanocomposites were prepared via a simple, versatile and robust approach combination of covalent and electrostatic assembly methods (Scheme 1). The negatively charged MMT was initially modified with positively charged CS through electrostatic assembly, followed by incorporation of CdTe-QDs into the MMT-CS nanosheets by covalent connections between the amino groups of CS and the carboxylic acid groups of thioglycollic acid (TGA). The X-ray diffraction (XRD), High resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and the FTIR were used to prove the QDs have intercalated into the MMT-CS matrix. The fluorescence emission spectra showed that the MMT-CS/CdTe QDs nanocomposites had the best fluorescence intensity compared with the bare CdTe QDs and CS-QDs. PMID:27106146

  6. Ophiolite emplacement in NE Oman: constraints from magnetotelluric sounding

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    Thiel, S.; Heinson, G.; Gray, D. R.; Gregory, R. T.

    2009-03-01

    Magnetotelluric (MT) data have been acquired across the Samail Ophiolite, Oman mountains, along a 115km transect in January 2005. Twenty-five MT stations were deployed approximately every 4km along a profile perpendicular to the coastline near Muscat. The profile extends from the Huw'l/Meeh subwindow in the northwestern part of the profile and crosses the Saih Hatat window, a Tertiary domal culmination that folds a major NE-facing recumbent fold nappe, and ends along the southern boundary between the Dasir and Ibra ophiolite blocks. The survey aimed to investigate the tectonic evolution of the emplacement of the Samail Ophiolite by delineating major faults and geological boundaries on a crustal scale. The data shows complex behaviour with the influence of static shift effects and anomalously high phases exceeding 90°. Phase tensor analysis and 3-D forward modelling hint that the upper plate-lower plate (UP-LP) shear zone has a 3-D effect on the data in the northern part of the profile. Rotated MT impedances were inverted using a 2-D code. Major resistivity interfaces coincide with the location of the UP-LP shear zone near the surface, and dip towards the Arabian margin suggesting a southwest orientated underthrusting prior to the ophiolite emplacement. The para-autochthonous and less deformed upper plate is a resistor, whereas the strongly deformed lower plate is more conductive.

  7. A magnetotelluric survey in the northern Bolivian Altiplano

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    Ritz, M. ); Bondoux, F. ); Herail, G.; Sempere, T. )

    1991-03-01

    Magnetotelluric (MT) measurements were performed at 9 sites on the northern Bolivian Altiplano in an attempt to determine thicknesses of the Cainozoic sedimentary infill and to characterize the underlying crust. At some of the sites the MT soundings show complications due to static shift effects caused by local, surficial heterogeneities. Preliminary one-dimensional (1D) modeling of the data based on the impedance tensor determinant parameters was undertaken for sites considered to be free of static effects, and was followed by 2D modeling. The model obtained indicates, from the surface downward, three important geoelectrical units, namely (1) a very low-resistivity layer (1-6 ohm-m) consisting of late Cainozoic volcanic rocks and/or Tertiary-Cretaceous sedimentary rocks 1-4 km in thickness, (2) a crustal resistive zone (about 200 ohm-m), and (3) a lower crustal or uppermost mantle conductor (less than 10 ohm-m) at depths of 40-45 km which might be related to partial melting. This model is consistent with the geological model according to which the Altiplano formed as a synorogenic basin showing abrupt changes in depositional thicknesses across thrust faults.

  8. Magnetotelluric models of the Roosevelt Hot Springs thermal area, Utah

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    Wannamaker, P.E.; Ward, S.H.; Hohmann, G.W.; Sill, W.R.

    1980-09-01

    The Roosevelt Hot Springs (RHS) thermal area, which includes a hotwater-dominated fracture zone prospect, near the eastern margin of the Basin-Range tectonic province, conceivably possesses a whole family of resistivity structures that includes the following: deep hot brine reservoirs, deep-seated partially molten heat sources in the crust or upper mantle that drive the convective system, near-surface hydrothermal alteration zones, wet sedimentary fill in valleys, and a regional, apparently one-dimensional resistivity profile of the crust and upper mantle. This complex resistivity makeup, particular to RHS but probably similar to that at other geothermal areas in the Great Basin, must be treated as being fully three-dimensional (3-D). In an attempt to understand these structures, broadband (10/sup -3/ to 10/sup -2/ Hz) tensor magnetotelluric (MT) data were obtained including apparent resistivities (rho/sub a/), impedance phases (phi) and vertical magnetic field transfer functions for 93 sites in the vicinity of this resource area.

  9. Magnetotelluric investigation in the High Agri Valley (southern Apennine, Italy)

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    Balasco, M.; Giocoli, A.; Piscitelli, S.; Romano, G.; Siniscalchi, A.; Stabile, T. A.; Tripaldi, S.

    2015-04-01

    In this paper we present the result of a magnetotelluric (MT) investigation carried out across the High Agri Valley (HAV), southern Italy. Several MT soundings were carried out in order to obtain a ~15 km long 2-D resistivity model with an investigation depth of ~10 km. The main aim was to provide valuable data on the geological and structural setting of the HAV. The MT model was compared with pre-existing geological, geophysical and seismic data. The MT model can be schematized as a superposition of three stack lateral varying layers with different thickness and resistivity values: a surficial low-medium resistivity layer associated with the Quaternary deposits and to the allochthonous units; and a deeper high resistivity layer related to the Apulia Platform, separated by a thin layer connected to the mélange zone and to the Pliocene terrigenous marine deposits. Sharp lateral resistivity variations are interpreted as faults that, on the basis of accurate focal mechanism computations, display normal-faulting kinematics.

  10. Magnetotelluric investigation in the High Agri Valley (southern Apennine, Italy)

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    Balasco, M.; Giocoli, A.; Piscitelli, S.; Romano, G.; Siniscalchi, A.; Stabile, T. A.; Tripladi, S.

    2014-11-01

    In this paper we present the result of a Magnetotelluric (MT) investigation carried out across the High Agri Valley (HAV), southern Italy. Several MT soundings were carried out in order to obtain a ~15 km long 2-D resistivity model with an investigation depth of ~10 km. The main aim was to provide valuable data on the geological and structural setting of the HAV. The MT model was compared with pre-existing geological, geophysical and seismic data. The MT model can be schematized as a superposition of three stack lateral varying layers with different thickness and resistivity values: a surficial low-medium resistivity layer, associated to the Quaternary deposits and to the allochthonous units, and a deeper high resistivity layer, related to the Apulia Platform, separated by a thin layer connected to the mélange zone and to the Pliocene terrigenous marine deposits. Sharp lateral resistivity variations are interpreted as faults that, on the basis of accurate focal mechanism computations, display normal-faulting kinematics.

  11. Magnetotelluric data, Taos Plateau Volcanic Field, New Mexico

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    Ailes, Chad E.; Rodriguez, Brian D.

    2010-01-01

    The population of the San Luis Basin region of northern New Mexico is growing. Water shortfalls could have serious consequences. Future growth and land management in the region depend on accurate assessment and protection of the region's groundwater resources. An important issue in managing the groundwater resources is a better understanding of the hydrogeology of the Santa Fe Group and the nature of the sedimentary deposits that fill the Rio Grande rift, which contain the principal groundwater aquifers. The shallow unconfined aquifer and the deeper confined Santa Fe Group aquifer in the San Luis Basin are the main sources of municipal water for the region. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is conducting a series of multidisciplinary studies of the San Luis Basin. Detailed geologic mapping, high-resolution airborne magnetic surveys, gravity surveys, an electromagnetic survey called magnetotellurics (MT), and hydrologic and lithologic data are being used to better understand the aquifers. This report describes a regional east-west MT sounding profile acquired in late July 2009 across the Taos Plateau Volcanic Field where drillhole data are sparse. Resistivity modeling of the MT data can be used to help map changes in electrical resistivity with depths that are related to differences in rock types. These various rock types help control the properties of aquifers. The purpose of this report is to release the MT sounding data collected along the east-west profile. No interpretation of the data is included.

  12. Three-dimensional inversion for Network-Magnetotelluric data

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    Siripunvaraporn, W.; Uyeshima, M.; Egbert, G.

    2004-09-01

    Three-dimensional inversion of Network-Magnetotelluric (MT) data has been implemented. The program is based on a conventional 3-D MT inversion code (Siripunvaraporn et al., 2004), which is a data space variant of the OCCAM approach. In addition to modifications required for computing Network-MT responses and sensitivities, the program makes use of Massage Passing Interface (MPI) software, with allowing computations for each period to be run on separate CPU nodes. Here, we consider inversion of synthetic data generated from simple models consisting of a 1 W-m conductive block buried at varying depths in a 100 W-m background. We focus in particular on inversion of long period (320-40,960 seconds) data, because Network-MT data usually have high coherency in these period ranges. Even with only long period data the inversion recovers shallow and deep structures, as long as these are large enough to affect the data significantly. However, resolution of the inversion depends greatly on the geometry of the dipole network, the range of periods used, and the horizontal size of the conductive anomaly.

  13. Comparing multiple 3D magnetotelluric inversions of the same dataset

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    Walter, C.; Jones, A. G.

    2013-12-01

    The Taupo Volcanic Zone (TVZ) hosts the majority of the geothermal systems in New Zealand and is a valuable source for power generation and tourism. It is important for the sustainable exploitation of this area to fully understand the processes and structures in the TVZ. As part of the 'Hotter and Deeper' project of the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology (FRST), a dataset of 200 broadband magnetotelluric (MT) stations has been collected in the TVZ of New Zealand in 2009 and 2010. Combined with a smaller dataset from Reporoa, a total of 230 stations are available for 3D inversion to image the deeper structures of the TVZ. For the study presented in this paper, multiple 3D inversions of this dataset using different control parameters have been undertaken to study the influence of the choice of parameters on the inversion result. The parameters that have been varied include; the type of responses used in the inversion, the use of topography and bathymetry, and varying vertical grid spacings. All inversions commenced with a uniform half-space so that there was no preconceived structures to begin with. The results show that the main structures in the model are robust in that they are independent of the choice of parameters and become introduced in every inversion. The only differences are in the shape and exact location of the structures, which vary between the models. Furthermore, different ways to get a measure for the differences between models have been explored.

  14. An efficient modified hierarchical domain decomposition for two-dimensional magnetotelluric forward modelling

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    Rung-Arunwan, Tawat; Siripunvaraporn, Weerachai

    2010-11-01

    We use 2-D magnetotelluric (MT) problems as a feasibility study to demonstrate that 3-D MT problems can be solved with a direct solver, even on a standard single processor PC. The scheme used is a hierarchical domain decomposition (HDD) method in which a global computational domain is uniformly split into many smaller non-overlapping subdomains. To make it more efficient, two modifications are made to the standard HDD method. Instead of three levels as in the standard HDD method, we classify the unknowns into four classes: the interiors, the horizontal interfaces, the vertical interfaces and the intersections. Four sets of smaller systems of equations are successively solved with a direct method (an LU factorization). The separation significantly reduces the large memory requirements of a direct solver. It also reduces the CPU time to almost half that of the standard HDD method although it is still slower than the conventional finite difference (FD) method. To further enhance the speed of the code, a red-black ordering is applied to solve the horizontal and vertical interface reduced systems. Numerical experiments on a 2-D MT problem of a given size running on a single processor machine shows that CPU time and memory used are almost constant for any resistivity models, frequencies and modes. This is a clear advantage of our algorithm and is of particular importance if the method is applied to 3-D problems. We show that our new method results in reductions in both memory usage and CPU time for large enough domains when compared to the standard FD and HDD schemes. In addition, we also introduce a `memory minimization map', a graphical tool we can use instead of trial-and-error to pre-select the optimal size of subdomains, which yield the best performance in both CPU time and memory even running on a serial machine.

  15. Audio-magnetotelluric survey to characterize the Sunnyside porphyry copper system in the Patagonia Mountains, Arizona

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    Sampson, Jay A.; Rodriguez, Brian D.

    2010-01-01

    The Sunnyside porphyry copper system is part of the concealed San Rafael Valley porphyry system located in the Patagonia Mountains of Arizona. The U.S. Geological Survey is conducting a series of multidisciplinary studies as part of the Assessment Techniques for Concealed Mineral Resources project. To help characterize the size, resistivity, and skin depth of the polarizable mineral deposit concealed beneath thick overburden, a regional east-west audio-magnetotelluric sounding profile was acquired. The purpose of this report is to release the audio-magnetotelluric sounding data collected along that east-west profile. No interpretation of the data is included.

  16. Magnetotelluric survey to characterize the Sunnyside porphyry copper system in the Patagonia Mountains, Arizona

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    Rodriguez, Brian D.; Sampson, Jay A.

    2010-01-01

    The Sunnyside porphyry copper system is part of the concealed San Rafael Valley porphyry system located in the Patagonia Mountains of Arizona. The U.S. Geological Survey is conducting a series of multidisciplinary studies as part of the Assessment Techniques for Concealed Mineral Resources project. To help characterize the size and resistivity of the mineralized area beneath overburden, a regional east-west magnetotelluric sounding profile was acquired. This is a data release report of the magnetotelluric sounding data collected along the east-west profile; no interpretation of the data is included.

  17. Advances in thermal control and performance of the MMT M1 mirror

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    Gibson, J. D.; Williams, G. G.; Callahan, S.; Comisso, B.; Ortiz, R.; Williams, J. T.

    2010-07-01

    Strategies for thermal control of the 6.5-meter diameter borosilicate honeycomb primary (M1) mirror at the MMT Observatory have included: 1) direct control of ventilation system chiller setpoints by the telescope operator, 2) semiautomated control of chiller setpoints, using a fixed offset from the ambient temperature, and 3) most recently, an automated temperature controller for conditioned air. Details of this automated controller, including the integration of multiple chillers, heat exchangers, and temperature/dew point sensors, are presented here. Constraints and sanity checks for thermal control are also discussed, including: 1) mirror and hardware safety, 2) aluminum coating preservation, and 3) optimization of M1 thermal conditions for science acquisition by minimizing both air-to-glass temperature differences, which cause mirror seeing, and internal glass temperature gradients, which cause wavefront errors. Consideration is given to special operating conditions, such as high dew and frost points. Precise temperature control of conditioned ventilation air as delivered to the M1 mirror cell is also discussed. The performance of the new automated controller is assessed and compared to previous control strategies. Finally, suggestions are made for further refinement of the M1 mirror thermal control system and related algorithms.

  18. Status of the 6.5m MMT Telescope laser adaptive optics system

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    Bendek, Eduardo A.; Hart, Michael; Powell, Keith B.; Milton, Norman M.; Vaitheeswaran, Vidhya; McCarthy, Don; Kulesa, Craig; Callahan, Shawn; Ammons, S. Mark; Garcia Rissmann, Aurea

    2010-07-01

    The Laser Adaptive Optics system of the 6.5 m MMT telescope has now been commissioned with Ground Layer Adaptive Optics operations as a tool for astronomical science. In this mode the wavefronts sampled by each of five laser beacons are averaged, leading to an estimate of the aberration in the ground layer. The ground layer is then compensated by the deformable secondary mirror at 400 Hz. Image quality of 0.2-0.3 arc sec is delivered in the near infrared bands from 1.2-2.5 μm over a field of view of 2 arc minutes. Tomographic wavefront sensing tests in May 2010 produced open loop data necessary to streamline the software to generate a Laser Tomography Adaptive Optics (LTAO) reconstructor. In addition, we present the work being done to achieve optimal control PID wavefront control and thus increase the disturbance rejection frequency response for the system. Finally, we briefly describe plans to mount the ARIES near infrared imager and echelle spectrograph, which will support the 2 arc min ground-layer corrected field and will exploit the diffraction limit anticipated with LTAO.

  19. Synthesis of novel MMT/acyl-protected nucleo alanine monomers for the preparation of DNA/alanyl-PNA chimeras

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    Roviello, G. N.; Gröschel, S.; Pedone, C.

    2009-01-01

    Alanyl-peptide nucleic acid (alanyl-PNA)/DNA chimeras are oligomers envisaged to be beneficial in efficient DNA diagnostics based on an improved molecular beacon concept. A synthesis of alanyl-PNA/DNA chimera can be based on the solid phase assembly of the oligomer with mixed oligonucleotide/peptide backbone under DNA synthesis conditions, in which the nucleotides are introduced as phosphoramidites, whereas the nucleo amino acids make use of the acid labile monomethoxytrityl (MMT) group for temporary protection of the α-amino groups and acyl protecting groups for the exocyclic amino functions of the nucleobases. In this work, we realized for the first time the synthesis of all four MMT/acyl-protected nucleo alanines, achieved by deprotection/reprotection of the newly synthesized Boc/acyl intermediates, useful monomers for the obtainment of (alanyl-PNA)/DNA chimeras by conditions fully compatible with the standard phosphoramidite DNA synthesis strategy. PMID:19629638

  20. Update on a Pharmacokinetic-Centric Alternative Tier II Program for MMT-Part I: Program Implementation and Lessons Learned.

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    Dorman, David C; Andersen, Melvin E; Roper, Jerry M; Taylor, Michael D

    2012-01-01

    Concerns have been raised regarding environmental manganese exposure since high exposures have been associated with neurological disorders. The USA Environmental Protection Agency most recent human health risk assessment of inhaled manganese conducted in 1993 identified specific areas of uncertainty regarding manganese pharmacokinetics. This led to the development of a test rule under the USA Clean Air Act that required the generation of pharmacokinetic information on the inorganic manganese combustion products of the organometallic fuel additive methylcyclopentadienyl manganese tricarbonyl (MMT). The Alternative Tier 2 testing program for MMT, described in this paper, has yielded substantial pharmacokinetic data and has enabled the generation of physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) models for manganese. These models are capable of predicting tissue manganese concentrations across a variety of dose routes, levels, and durations while accounting for factors such as age, gender, and reproductive status, enabling the consideration of tissue dosimetry in future risk assessments. PMID:22545047

  1. Multiscale joint interpretation of seismic and magnetotelluric data in Hontomín (Spain): From shallow subsurface to reservoir.

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    Ogaya, Xènia; Alcalde, Juan; Marzán, Ignacio; Ledo, Juanjo; Queralt, Pilar; Marcuello, Alex; Saura, Eduard; Martí, David; Carbonell, Ramón; Benjumea, Beatriz

    2016-04-01

    The village of Hontomín (north of Spain) hosts the first Technological Development Plant (TDP) for CO2 geological storage located in Spain. The study area has been extensively surveyed to produce a multidisciplinary characterisation, including a 36 km2 3D seismic survey and a circumscribed 15 km2 3D magnetotelluric (MT) survey. In this work, we use the outcomes of these two methods to produce a combined characterisation of the subsurface of Hontomín. This characterisation is carried out at three different scales: reservoir, borehole and shallow subsurface. (1) At reservoir scale, characterisation is obtained by comparing the 3D structural model, obtained from the interpretation of the seismic dataset, with the resistivity model obtained from the 3D MT survey. This joint interpretation highlights the similarities and disagreements between the two models, which informs of their good complementarity. (2) At borehole scale, there is an outstanding correlation between the resistivity logs and the resistivity model obtained by the inversion of the 3D MT data. This allowed building resistivity-velocity pairs from the wireline-log data across the entire sedimentary sequence with confidence, and furthermore computing resistivity-velocity relationships for each formation. These relationships are used to calculate a 3D velocity model from the resistivity model. The agreement between the two velocity models is evaluated at the target depth (reservoir and seal formations). (3) At shallow subsurface (40 m depth), the derived velocity model is compared to the inverted model used in the static correction calculations in the seismic data. The results allowed extracting information about the characteristics of the shallow sediments, suggesting geometry and location of potential karstic structures present in the study area. This work explores the compatibility of the seismic and magnetotelluric methods across scales highlighting the importance of joint interpretation in

  2. Two-dimensional magnetotelluric inversion of the EMSLAB Lincoln Line

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    Jiracek, George R.; Curtis, Jeffrey H.; Ramirez, Jorge; Martinez, Mario; Romo, Jose

    1989-10-01

    Two-dimensional, Backus-Gilbert inversion of the EMSLAB land magnetotelluric (MT) data along the 200-km-long Lincoln Line has yielded optimally smooth geoelectric sections. Inversions were performed on the apparent resistivity and impedance phase data approximating the transverse magnetic (TM) mode. The land portion of the Lincoln Line traverses the edge of the North American plate that is being underthrust by the Juan de Fuca plate system. The inversion reveals three centralized conductive zones in the depth range of 20-40 km. A slightly conducting (<100 S) zone is centered at 30-35 km depth under the Oregon Coast Range; this feature may be the top of the subducting Juan de Fuca plate since there is complementary evidence here from Consortium for Continental Reflection Profiling seismic data. A prominent conduction zone of several hundred Siemens (S) is also detected at 30-35 km depth under the very resistive (>1000 ohm m) Western Cascades. Here the depth is too shallow for the zone to be the subducting plate. There is also evidence for a highly conducting (>1000 S) lower crust east of the High Cascades on the east end of the Lincoln Line. Two vertical conductive regions are also exposed in the inversion model. One occurs at 70-80 km from the coast under the Willamette Valley where a postulated Eocene trench may have left a suture zone. The second region is coincident with surface hydrothermal activity along the Western-High Cascades boundary. There are ample sources of water in the crust, e.g., in subducted sediments, from dehydration reactions along the upper plate boundary, and in volcanic arc magmas, to lead us to believe that hot, saline water is the major source of the conductive occurrences along the Lincoln Line. However, the various zones appear to be distinct, and the water may be trapped by different mechanisms.

  3. Magnetotelluric Investigation of Melt Storage Beneath Okmok Caldera, Alaska

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    Bennington, N. L.; Bedrosian, P.; Key, K.; Zelenak, G.

    2015-12-01

    Alaska accounts for nearly 99% of the seismic moment release within the US. Much of this is associated with the Aleutian volcanic arc, the most tectonically active region in North America, and an ideal location for studying arc magmatism. Okmok is an active volcano located in the central Aleutian arc, defined by a pair of nested, 10 km diameter calderas. The subdued topography of Okmok, relative to other Aleutian volcanoes, improves access and permits dense sampling within the caldera closer to the underlying magmatic system. Okmok volcano was selected as the site of study for this project due to frequent volcanic activity and the presence of a crustal magma reservoir as inferred from previous coarse resolution seismic studies. In June-July 2015, we carried out an amphibious geophysical field deployment at Okmok. Onshore work in and around the volcano included collection of an array of magnetotelluric (MT) stations and installation of a temporary, year-long seismic array. A ring of 3D offshore MT deployments made around the island augments the onshore array. An additional 2D tectonic-scale profile spans the trench, volcanic arc, and backarc. This new geophysical data will be used to gain a greater understanding of Aleutian arc melt generation, migration, and storage beneath an active caldera. We present results from the analysis of the newly collected amphibious 3D MT data. This data will be used to model the distribution and migration of melt within Okmok's crustal magma reservoir. Initial processing of the data shows strong MT signal levels, in particular from a geomagnetic storm that occurred from June 21-23, 2015. A companion abstract discussing the 2D tectonic scale MT profile, which constrains the mantle and deep crust beneath Okmok volcano, is discussed by Zelenak et al.

  4. Dimensionality and geological implications of a sparse magnetotelluric dataset

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    Derosier, B.; Dennis, K. N.; Plata Martinez, R. O.; Montahaei, M.; Bedrosian, P.; Pellerin, L.

    2014-12-01

    High-quality broadband magnetotelluric (MT) data (0.01-1000 s period) were acquired at four stations in Borrego Canyon within the Santo Domingo Basin of the Rio Grande Rift, New Mexico, during the 2014 Summer of Applied Geophysical Experience (SAGE) field program. MT response functions along the 10-km long NW trending profile are nearly identical with all stations showing a distinct mode split at 10 s period, suggesting a significant conductivity contrast is located roughly 10-20 km away from the profile based on skin depth estimates. Audiomagnetotelluric, polar diagrams, impedance skew, induction vectors and phase tensor analysis all indicate one-dimensional (1-D) structure at periods <10 sec, a predominantly two-dimensional (2-D) structure at intermediate depths (10-100 s) with a 60° geoelectric strike, and three-dimensional (3-D) structure at the longest periods. Inverse modeling of the data from 0.01-10 s reveals a three-layer electrical structure: a moderately resistive sediments from the surface to ~750 m depth, a conductive layer (weathered volcanoclastics) to 4 km depth, and below 4 km a highly resistive basement of Mesozoic and Precambrian rocks. A 2-D inverse model converged, but resulted in physically unrealistic structure. Hence a 3-D forward model study was performed using the 2014 data together with three additional MT stations acquired further to the east during SAGE 2010. Models that include a NE-trending conductive structure to the north of the profile show broad consistency between the measured and synthetic phase tensors and impedances. We infer our MT data to be on the conductive side of this contact, with the resistive material to the NW attributed to a heavily intruded crust beneath the Jemez lineament, and possibly the edge of the thick lithosphere beneath the Colorado Plateau. 3-D inversion of this sparse data set is being carried out to determine whether this conceptual model is consistent with the full impedance tensor and tipper data.

  5. MT+, integrating magnetotellurics to determine earth structure, physical state, and processes

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    Bedrosian, P.A.

    2007-01-01

    As one of the few deep-earth imaging techniques, magnetotellurics provides information on both the structure and physical state of the crust and upper mantle. Magnetotellurics is sensitive to electrical conductivity, which varies within the earth by many orders of magnitude and is modified by a range of earth processes. As with all geophysical techniques, magnetotellurics has a non-unique inverse problem and has limitations in resolution and sensitivity. As such, an integrated approach, either via the joint interpretation of independent geophysical models, or through the simultaneous inversion of independent data sets is valuable, and at times essential to an accurate interpretation. Magnetotelluric data and models are increasingly integrated with geological, geophysical and geochemical information. This review considers recent studies that illustrate the ways in which such information is combined, from qualitative comparisons to statistical correlation studies to multi-property inversions. Also emphasized are the range of problems addressed by these integrated approaches, and their value in elucidating earth structure, physical state, and processes. ?? Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2007.

  6. Subsurface resistivity images of the Belik area, Purbalingga based on magnetotelluric data, implication for hydrocarbon exploration

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    Gaffar, Eddy Z.

    2016-02-01

    The study area is an area of hydrocarbon potential located in Belik Area, Central Java. From the results of seismic survey, it seen that the depth of about 2000 meters is still visible, but the signal of the seismic instrument could not penetrate deeper than 2000 meters. Therefore, Research Center for Geotechnology did an alternative method of magnetoteluric with trending north-south trajectory. Based on Djuri 1996, the stratigraphy of the study area consists of Tertiary to the Quaternary rocks. From the oldest is Pemali Formation, Rambatan Formation, Halang Formation, Kumbang Formation, Tapak Formation, Kalibiuk Formation, Ligung Formation and Alluvial. Pemali Formation consists of marl, Rambatan Formation consists of shale, marl and calcareous sandstone, Halang Formation consists of sandstone, conglomerate and marl, Kumbang Formation consists of breccia, andesite lava and tuff, Tapak Formation consists of breccia and limestone, Kalibiuk Formation consists of silty marl and sandstone Ligung Formation consists of agglomerates, breccias, tuffs and clays. Kumbang Formation is an igneous rock as sill with a thickness of up to 2000 meters and is a breakthrough that layered rocks parallel to the rock above and below. Resistivity image of the north-south trajectory is seen a layer with high resistivity more than 1000 OhmM. It is interpreted as Kumbang Formation and underneath there is a layer with resistivity values lower than Kumbang Formation is interpreted as Halang Formation, Rambatan Formation and Pemali Formation. It is concluded that magnetotelluric method could penetrate very high resistivity layer and thick enough where seismic method can not penetrate.

  7. Trans-dimensional Monte Carlo sampling applied to the magnetotelluric inverse problem

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    Mandolesi, Eric; Piana Agostinetti, Nicola

    2015-01-01

    The data required to build geological models of the subsurface are often unavailable from direct measurements or well logs. In order to image the subsurface geological structures several geophysical methods have been developed. The magnetotelluric (MT) method uses natural, time-varying electromagnetic (EM) fields as its source to measure the EM impedance of the subsurface. The interpretation of these data is routinely undertaken by solving inverse problems to produce 1D, 2D or 3D electrical conductivity models of the subsurface. In classical MT inverse problems the investigated models are parametrized using a fixed number of unknowns (i.e. fixed number of layers in a 1D model, or a fixed number of cells in a 2D model), and the non-uniqueness of the solution is handled by a regularization term added to the objective function. This study presents a different approach to the 1D MT inverse problem, by using a trans-dimensional Monte Carlo sampling algorithm, where trans-dimensionality implies that the number of unknown parameters is a parameter itself. This construction has been shown to have a built-in Occam razor, so that the regularization term is not required to produce a simple model. The influences of subjective choices in the interpretation process can therefore be sensibly reduced. The inverse problem is solved within a Bayesian framework, where posterior probability distribution of the investigated parameters are sought, rather than a single best-fit model, and uncertainties on the model parameters, and their correlation, can be easily measured.

  8. Broadband signal generator for the approximation of a magnetotelluric source for indoor testing

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    Ge, Shuang-chao; Deng, Ming; Chen, Kai; Shi, Xin-yu

    2016-08-01

    To test the frequency response of a magnetotelluric (MT) receiver, a broadband source, especially white noise is more efficient and intuitive than single frequency signals. In view of the absence of an appropriate source generator for MT receiver indoor testing, we designed a broadband signal generator based on a pseudo-random binary sequence (PRBS). Firstly, we divided the whole MT band into two segments to avoid data redundancy and simplify calculation in data processing and designed a generator composed of several modules: a clock module, a PRBS logic module, and a voltage level conversion module. We conducted a detailed analysis of the optimal parameter selection methods for each module, and key parameters including clock frequency, order, the primitive polynomial and the original states of the linear registers were determined. The generator provides four-channel PRBS signals with two effective bandwidths of 5  ×  10‑4–714 Hz and 0.1 Hz–14 kHz which are broad enough to cover the frequency range for different MT methods. These four-channel signals were used to simulate two modes of sources (xy and yx) with strong auto-correlation and weak cross-correlation. The power spectral density is quite stable in the whole passband. The new generator is characterized by broadband output in low-frequency bands, low power consumption, simple operation and reliable performance. Indoor and field tests indicated that the generator can provide an analog MT source and is a practical tool for MT receiver indoor testing.

  9. Imaging the conductivity anomalies at the vicinity of Ganos Fault, northwest Turkey by magnetotellurics

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    Karaş, Mustafa; Tank, Bülent; Özaydın, Sinan

    2016-04-01

    Audio-frequency magnetotelluric (AMT: 10400 Hz. - 1 Hz.) data were collected across Ganos Fault, near Mürefte, at the western part of North Anatolian Fault, Turkey. The twelve observation points were densely distributed to form a north - south aligned continuous profile that aims to reveal the electrical resisitivity structure to a depth of 1500 m. Ganos Fault is inactive since 1912 Mürefte Earthquake (Ms: 7.4) and acts as a locked segment with the potential to generate a significant event in the near future. Preliminary dimensionality analyses of the AMT data were performed by using three approaches; strike angle determination following Groom and Bailey decomposition (N70°E), phase tensor analyses (N70°E) and induction vectors (N60°E). All of these methods gave results that are in good agreement with present geological (N70°E) and seismological (N70°E) values. Following the dimensionality analyses, two- and three- dimensional numerical modeling routines were utilized to perform inverse modeling. The inversions were performed by different methods such as Rodi and Mackie, WinGLink, (2001) and Ogawa and Uchida, ABIC, (1996) for 2D and Siripunvaraporn et al., WSINV3DMT (2005) and Egbert and Kelbert, ModEM (2012) for 3D. All modeling attempts ended up with similar models suggesting that: (i) A significant low resistivity anomaly was detected just below the fault's trace representing the so-called "fault zone conductor" with 400 m width and 500 m depth, (ii) An asymmetric damage zone is present involving the fault's core concentrated to the south, (iii) A resistivity contrast between the two sides of the fault, representing a geological boundary between Eocene aged Keşan Formation in the north and Miocene aged Çengelli Formation in the south (iv) Opiholitic basement appears as a high resistivity block at a depth of 800 m.

  10. Using seismically constrained magnetotelluric inversion to recover velocity structure in the shallow lithosphere

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    Moorkamp, M.; Fishwick, S.; Jones, A. G.

    2015-12-01

    Typical surface wave tomography can recover well the velocity structure of the upper mantle in the depth range between 70-200km. For a successful inversion, we have to constrain the crustal structure and assess the impact on the resulting models. In addition,we often observe potentially interesting features in the uppermost lithosphere which are poorly resolved and thus their interpretationhas to be approached with great care.We are currently developing a seismically constrained magnetotelluric (MT) inversion approach with the aim of better recovering the lithospheric properties (and thus seismic velocities) in these problematic areas. We perform a 3D MT inversion constrained by a fixed seismic velocity model from surface wave tomography. In order to avoid strong bias, we only utilize information on structural boundaries to combine these two methods. Within the region that is well resolved by both methods, we can then extract a velocity-conductivity relationship. By translating the conductivitiesretrieved from MT into velocities in areas where the velocity model is poorly resolved, we can generate an updated velocity model and test what impactthe updated velocities have on the predicted data.We test this new approach using a MT dataset acquired in central Botswana over the Okwa terrane and the adjacent Kaapvaal and Zimbabwe Cratons togetherwith a tomographic models for the region. Here, both datasets have previously been used to constrain lithospheric structure and show some similarities.We carefully asses the validity of our results by comparing with observations and petrophysical predictions for the conductivity-velocity relationship.

  11. Pattern recognition and lithological interpretation of collocated seismic and magnetotelluric models using self-organizing maps

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    Bauer, K.; Muñoz, G.; Moeck, I.

    2012-05-01

    Joint interpretation of models from seismic tomography and inversion of magnetotelluric (MT) data is an efficient approach to determine the lithology of the subsurface. Statistical methods are well established but were developed for only two types of models so far (seismic P velocity and electrical resistivity). We apply self-organizing maps (SOMs), which have no limitations in the number of parameters considered in the joint interpretation. Our SOM method includes (1) generation of data vectors from the seismic and MT images, (2) unsupervised learning, (3) definition of classes by algorithmic segmentation of the SOM using image processing techniques and (4) application of learned knowledge to classify all data vectors and assign a lithological interpretation for each data vector. We apply the workflow to collocated P velocity, vertical P-velocity gradient and resistivity models derived along a 40 km profile around the geothermal site Groß Schönebeck in the Northeast German Basin. The resulting lithological model consists of eight classes covering Cenozoic, Mesozoic and Palaeozoic sediments down to 5 km depth. There is a remarkable agreement between the litho-type distribution from the SOM analysis and regional marker horizons interpolated from sparse 2-D industrial reflection seismic data. The most interesting features include (1) characteristic properties of the Jurassic (low P-velocity gradients, low resistivity values) interpreted as the signature of shales, and (2) a pattern within the Upper Permian Zechstein layer with low resistivity and increased P-velocity values within the salt depressions and increased resistivity and decreased P velocities in the salt pillows. The latter is explained in our interpretation by flow of less dense salt matrix components to form the pillows while denser and more brittle evaporites such as anhydrite remain in place during the salt mobilization.

  12. Shallow water radio-magnetotelluric (RMT) measurements in urban environment: A case study from Stockholm city

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    Mehta, Suman; Bastani, Mehrdad; Malehmir, Alireza; Wang, Shunguo; Pedersen, Laust

    2014-05-01

    of the impedance tensor were obtained by the parametric representation combined with a Truncated Singular Value Decomposition (TSVD) regularization of Bastani and Pedersen (2001). The processed data were then inverted to obtain 2D resistivity models. The resulting models along 23 lines correlate well and image variation of water depth, thickness of subaqueous sediments as well as the depth to crystalline bedrock. Low resistivity zones observed in the bedrock coincide well with the low velocity zones identified in refraction seismic surveys available along the RMT lines, indicating the presence of possible fracture zones in the bedrock. The experiment illustrates that the RMT methods can be well adapted to this type of environment; it is fast and cost-effective in shallow water especially in urban settings. Acknowledgments: Formas, SGU, BeFo, SBUF, Skanska, Boliden, FQM and NGI References: Bastani, M., 2001, EnviroMT - a new Controlled Source/Radio Magnetotelluric System: Ph.D. thesis, ISBN 91-554-5051-2, Uppsala University. Bastani, M. and Pedersen, L. B., 2001, Estimation of magnetotelluric transfer functions from radio transmitters. GEOPHYSICS, 66, 1038-1051.

  13. Magnetotelluric data, stable distributions and impropriety: an existential combination

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    Chave, Alan D.

    2014-07-01

    The robust statistical model of a Gaussian core contaminated by outlying data that underlies robust estimation of the magnetotelluric (MT) response function has been re-examined. The residuals from robust estimators are systematically long tailed compared to a distribution based on the Gaussian, and hence are inconsistent with the robust model. Instead, MT data are pervasively described by the alpha stable distribution family whose variance and sometimes mean are undefined. A maximum likelihood estimator (MLE) that exploits the stable nature of MT data is formulated, and its two-stage implementation in which stable parameters are first fit to the data and then the MT responses are solved for is described. The MLE is shown to be inherently robust, but differs from the conventional robust estimator because it is based on a model derived from the data, while robust estimators are ad hoc, being based on the robust model that is inconsistent with actual data. Propriety versus impropriety of the complex MT response was investigated, and a likelihood ratio test for propriety and its null distribution was established. The Cramér-Rao lower bounds for the covariance matrix of proper and improper MT responses were specified. The MLE was applied to exemplar long period and broad-band data sets from South Africa. Both are shown to be significantly stably distributed using the Kolmogorov-Smirnov goodness of fit and Ansari-Bradley non-parametric dispersion tests. Impropriety of the MT responses at both sites is pervasive, hence the improper Cramér-Rao bound was used to estimate the MLE covariance. The MLE is shown to be nearly unbiased and well described by a Gaussian distribution based on bootstrap simulation. The MLE was compared to a conventional robust estimator, establishing that the standard errors of the former are systematically smaller than for the latter and that the standardized differences between them exhibit excursions that are both too frequent and too large to

  14. Crustal Scale Magnetotelluric Imaging of the Central Atlas in Moocco

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    Ledo, J.; Jones, A. G.; Sinischalchi, A.; Rouais, M.; Campanyà, J.; Kiyan, D.; Moretti, P.; Piña, P.; Hogg, C.; Romano, G.; Picasso Team

    2010-12-01

    The Central Atlas of Morocco is an intracontinental fold-thrust belt with an ENE-WSW main strike that extends about 2000 km and 100 km wide, located in the foreland of the Mediterranean Alpine belt. The structure of the Atlas resulted from the tectonic inversion of a Mesozoic extensional basin, due to compression related to convergence between Africa and Europe occurred from cenozoic to present times. Previous MT data models based on stitched 1D inversion or using only the phases and the induction vector data following and trial and error approach (Schwarz et al., 1992), therefore the overall geoelectrical structure is partly unresolved. In this paper we will expose and discuss the results of new magnetotelluric data acquired along a profile crossing the Atlas that allows imaging its electrical crustal structure.In the lower crust two conductive units appear. One below the Moulouya plains that coincides with a minimum of the Bouguer anomaly, less earthquakes than the adjacent Middle and High Atlas and a low velocity anomaly at lower crustal levels. Moreover, the Moulouya plain and the Middle Atlas to the north are host of the largest Neogene-Quaternary intraplate alkaline volcanic field in Morocco. This feature has been associated either to a Canary mantle plume flow beneath Africa or to the interplay between reactivation of inherited geological structures and the thermal erosion of the metasomatized lithosphere. In any case, all the authors agree that are originated by low degree partial melting of sublithospheric mantle sources. Another low resistivity anomaly appears at lower crustal depths below the Anti-Atlas, that could be either a remnant of tectonic processes in the pre-mesozoic or a more recent overprint of the lower crust due to mantle processes. Two main events during the Pan African orogeny may be the cause of this anomaly, a relic of a subduction process or a deep mineralization associated to magmatism. The Anti-Atlas consists of of a Precambrian

  15. Processing of noisy magnetotelluric data using digital filters and additional data selection criteria

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    Fontes, S. L.; Harinarayana, T.; Dawes, G. J. K.; Hutton, V. R. S.

    1988-10-01

    Although the magnetotelluric (MT) method is known to be effective and fast in probing the electrical conductivity structure of the Earth at crustal depths, the results are often degraded by industrial and cultural noise. To obtain reliable processed results for modelling, it is first necessary to extract or select the natural signals from the contaminated time series. Various noise-reduction techniques based on digital filters are discussed with special reference to persistent noise signals, e.g. from power lines, DC-operated railways and electrical fences. Both previously suggested techniques (delay-line and notch filtering) and two other procedures (maximum entropy extension and deconvolution filtering) are applied to both synthetic data and to field observations from southern Scotland and the Italian Alps. Better quality data sets and more geophysically acceptable Earth models are shown to result. Noise of a more intermittent nature has recently been observed in MT observations near the development site of the geothermal power station on Milos, Greece. Large highly coherent electromagnetic field signals were observed to coincide with the opening and closure of the valves on the test wells. In this case, meaningful apparent resistivity curves could be obtained from an undisturbed subset of the previously accepted data, which had been selected mainly on the basis of signal power. Delay-line filtering is shown to be superior to notch filtering in eliminating non-sinusoidal noise, while both the MEM extension and the window deconvolution techniques are found to be useful in spike removal. These studies illustrate that use of an automatic data selection procedure should only be undertaken with great care in areas where the cultural noise is high. In such cases, continuous time-domain monitoring of the MT signals is recommended. The appropriate techniques of noise reduction can then be applied.

  16. The Amplitude Phase Decomposition for the Magnetotelluric Impedance Tensor and Galvanic Electric Distortion

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    Neukirch, Maik; Rudolf, Daniel; Garcia, Xavier

    2016-04-01

    The introduction of the phase tensor marked a major breakthrough in understanding of, analysing of and dealing with galvanic distortion of the electric field in the Magnetotelluric method. The phase tensor itself can be used for (distortion free) dimensionality analysis, if applicable distortion analysis and even to invert for subsurface models. However, impedance amplitude information is not stored in the phase tensor, therefore the impedance corrected by distortion analysis (or alternative remedies) may yield better results. We formulate an impedance tensor decomposition into the known phase tensor and an amplitude tensor that is shown to be complementary and independent of the phase tensor. The rotational invariant amplitude tensor contains galvanic and inductive amplitudes of which the latter are physically related to the inductive phase information present in the phase tensor. We show, that for the special cases of 1D and 2D subsurfaces, the geometric amplitude tensor parameter (strike and skew) converge to phase tensor parameter and the singular values are the amplitudes of the impedance in TE and TM mode. Further, the physical similarity between inductive phase and amplitude is used to approximate the galvanic amplitude for the general subsurface, which leads to the qualitative interpretation of 3D galvanic distortion: (i) the (purely) galvanic part of the subsurface (as sensed at a given period) may have a changing impact on the impedance (over a period range) and (ii) only the purely galvanic response of the lowest available period should be termed galvanic distortion. The approximation of the galvanic amplitude (and therewith galvanic distortion), though not accurate, offers a new perspective on galvanic distortion, which breaks with the general belief of the need to assume 1D or 2D regional structure for the impedance. The amplitude tensor itself is complementary to the phase tensor containing integrated (galvanic and inductive) subsurface information

  17. A magnetotelluric study of the sensitivity of an area to seismoelectric signals

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    Balasis, G.; Bedrosian, P.A.; Eftaxias, K.

    2005-01-01

    During recent years, efforts at better understanding the physical properties of precursory ultra-low frequency pre-seismic electric signals (SES) have been intensified. Experiments show that SES cannot be observed at all points of the Earth's surface but only at certain so-called sensitive sites. Moreover, a sensitive site is capable of collecting SES from only a restricted number of seismic areas (selectivity effect). Tberefore the installation of a permanent station appropriate for SES collection should necessarily be preceded by a pilot study over a broad area and for a long duration. In short, a number of temporary stations are installed and, after the occurrence of several significant earthquakes (EQs) from a given seismic area, the most appropriate (if any) of these temporary stations, in the sense that they happen to collect SES, can be selected as permanent. Such a long experiment constitutes a serious disadvantage in identifying a site as SES sensitive. However, the SES sensitivity of a site should be related to the geoelectric structure of the area that hosts the site as well as the regional geoelectric structure between the station and the seismic focal area. Thus, knowledge of the local and regional geoelectric structure can dramatically reduce the time involved in identifying SES sites. hi this paper the magnetotelluric method is used to investigate the conductivity structure of an area where a permanent SES station is in operation. Although general conclusions cannot be drawn, the area surrounding an SES site near Ioannina, Greece is characterized by: (1) major faults in the vicinity; (2) highly resistive structure flanked by abrupt conductivity contrasts associated with large-scale geologic contacts, and (3) local inhomogeneities in conductivity structure. The above results are consistent with the fact that electric field amplitudes from remotely-generated signals should be appreciably stronger at such sites when compared to neighboring sites

  18. The impact of ultra-low amounts of amino-modified MMT on dynamics and properties of densely cross-linked cyanate ester resins

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    Bershtein, Vladimir; Fainleib, Alexander; Egorova, Larisa; Gusakova, Kristina; Grigoryeva, Olga; Kirilenko, Demid; Konnikov, Semen; Ryzhov, Valery; Yakushev, Pavel; Lavrenyuk, Natalia

    2015-04-01

    Thermostable nanocomposites based on densely cross-linked cyanate ester resins (CER), derived from bisphenol E and doped by 0.01 to 5 wt. % amino-functionalized 2D montmorillonite (MMT) nanoparticles, were synthesized and characterized using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDXS), wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD), dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), far-infrared (Far-IR), and creep rate spectroscopy (CRS) techniques. It was revealed that ultra-low additives, e.g., 0.025 to 0.1 wt. %, of amino-MMT nanolayers covalently embedded into CER network exerted an anomalously large impact on its dynamics and properties resulting, in particular, in some suppression of dynamics, increasing the onset of glass transition temperature by 30° to 40° and twofold rise of modulus in temperature range from 20°C to 200°C. Contrarily, the effects became negligibly small or even negative at increased amino-MMT contents, especially at 2 and 5 wt. %. That could be explained by TEM/EDXS data displaying predominance of individual amino-MMT nanolayers and their thin (2 to 3 nanolayers) stacks over more thick tactoids (5 to 10 nanolayers) and the large amino-MMT aggregates (100 to 500 nm in thickness) reversing the composite structure produced with increasing of amino-MMT content within CER matrix. The revealed effect of ultra-low amino-MMT content testifies in favor of the idea about the extraordinarily enhanced long-range action of the `constrained dynamics' effect in the case of densely cross-linked polymer networks.

  19. Calibration and testing of the 6.5 m MMT adaptive optics system

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    Johnson, Robert Lee

    2001-10-01

    This dissertation describes the development, calibration, and testing of the adaptive optics system for the 6.5 m Multiple Mirror Telescope. By employing a deformable secondary mirror, the MMT adaptive optics system uniquely solves several problems typical of astronomical adaptive optics systems. Extra components are eliminated, improving throughput and reducing emissivity. Since the adaptive secondary is integral to the telescope, a corrected beam is presented to any instrument mounted at Cassegrain focus. The testing of an adaptive mirror, which is large and convex, poses a new and difficult problem. I present a test apparatus that allows complete calibration and operation, in closed-loop, of the entire adaptive optics system in the laboratory. The test apparatus replicates the optical path of the telescope with a wavefront error of less than 500 nm RMS. To simulate atmospheric turbulence, machined acrylic plates are included. A phase-shifting interferometer allows calibration of the Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor and reconstruction algorithms; comparisons agree to one-third of the root-mean-square wavefront. First, techniques were developed to align the apparatus and measure residual aberration. Then, the wavefront sensor was calibrated by measuring its response to introduced tilt. Lastly, a Fourier wave-optics approach was used to produce a modal wavefront reconstructor. The adaptive secondary mirror uses electro-magnetic force actuators. Capacitive position sensors are placed at each actuator to permit control of the mirror shape without measuring the reflected wavefront. These sensors have nanometer resolution, but require calibration. To calibrate the sensors, I developed a small optical instrument which measures the thickness of transparent films to an absolute accuracy of 5 nm with a precision of 2 nm. The device has applications far beyond the scope of this research. Twenty-four of these optical gap sensors have been built to calibrate the 336 capacitive

  20. High resolution imaging of the Methana volcanic complex, Greece, with magnetotelluric and aeromagnetic data

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    Efstathiou, A.; Tzanis, A.; Chailas, S.; Lagios, E.; Stamatakis, M.

    2012-04-01

    The Methana calc-alkaline volcanic complex is located off the NE coast of Argolis Peninsula (Peloponnesus, Greece) at the NW terminus of the Hellenic Volcanic Arc (HVA). It consists of approximately 32 domes, with the most recent eruptive episodes dated to 258 BCE and 1700 CE. Herein, we report the results an attempt to investigate the volcano's interior with joint interpretation of Magnetotelluric and Aeromagnetic data. The aeromagnetic data was inverted with the UBC-GIF 3D magnetic inversion suite, constrained by several in-situ susceptibility measurements. At depths to 2 km, the inversion resolves individual intrusions corresponding to known phases of volcanic activity (domes), with susceptibilities >0.1. At depths greater than 4.5 km, a more weakly magnetized domain is detected (~0.025); its ceiling is well resolved; its floor cannot be placed with certainty but extends to at least 7 km. The depths are comparable to those of magma chambers. Based on the palaeomagnetic analysis of nearby volcanic rocks, it may be safely suggested that its temperature should not be higher than 550-600°C, but also not considerably lower. It may comprise a magma chamber, inasmuch as it compares well with the temperatures and locations of known magma chambers along the HVA. Finally, there's exists evidence of the location of the vents through which the extrusive activity has taken place. A Magnetotelluric survey comprising 14 stations was conducted IN 1992, as part of a geothermal project. Herein, this data is reevaluated with modern analysis methods and re-interpreted with 2D inversion. The results indicate the presence of conductors at depths of 1500-2500 m beneath the centre of the Peninsula, extensive horizontal conductors at, or just below sea level and conductive protrusions above sea level. The joint interpretation of the susceptibility and geoelectric images is based on the premise that they both are generated by hydrothermal circulation which depresses resistivity and

  1. Effect of film multi-scale structure on the water vapor permeability in hydroxypropyl starch (HPS)/Na-MMT nanocomposites.

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    Liu, Siyuan; Cai, Panfu; Li, Xiaoxi; Chen, Ling; Li, Lin; Li, Bing

    2016-12-10

    To improve the water vapor resistance of starch-based films, Na-MMT (Na-montmorillonite) as nanofillers were fabricated into hydroxypropyl starch and the multi-scale structural changes (including intermolecular interaction, short-range conformation, long-range ordered structure and the aggregated structure of the film) were revealed. The elongation of the water vapor molecule pathway by tortuous path is generally recognized as the main reason for the improvement of water resistance. However this study observed the lowest water vapor permeability (WVP) was at the 3% Na-MMT/hydroxypropyl starch (HPS) ratio instead of 5% even nanofillers were partially exfoliated at both ratio. Except for the "tortuous path" caused by nanofillers, this observation proposed that the short-range conformation of HPS chains, long-range ordered structure and the aggregated structure likely influenced the water barrier property. The relationship between WVP and multi-scale structure of the film was investigated. The results suggested that a good balance of short-range conformationin the amorphous region, long-range ordered structure and the aggregated structure of the film was required for the improvement of water vapor barrier property. PMID:27577909

  2. An automated airplane detection system for the safeguard against airplane illumination from the laser guide star beacons at the MMT

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    Snyder, Miguel; Lloyd-Hart, Michael

    2007-09-01

    Laser beams for guide star generation are a potential hazard for aircraft. At the MMT telescope located on Mt. Hopkins in Southern Arizona, a constellation of five Rayleigh guide stars is created with a total of 25 W of projected power at 532 nm wavelength. We report operational results from an automatic system deployed at the MMT that is designed to detect aircraft and shut down the lasers if a collision with the beams appears likely. The system, building on a previous prototype, uses a wide-angle CCD camera mounted with a minimally unobstructed view to the optical support structure at the top of the telescope. A computer program reads the camera once every two seconds and calculates the difference between adjacent image pairs. The anti-collision beacons required on all aircraft by the Federal Aviation Administration appear as streaks in the field. If an airplane is detected, it is located in the field relative to the laser beam and its path is projected. If aircraft are detected near or appear that they will approach the beam, the laser's safety shutter is closed and warning messages are sent to the laser operator. Failsafe operation is assured by a "heart beat" signal continuously sent from the detection system to the laser controller, and by the fact that the safety shutter must be energized to open. In the event of a power failure, the system must be manually reset by the Laser Safety Officer before the laser beam can again be propagated.

  3. A SEARCH FOR OCCULTATIONS OF BRIGHT STARS BY SMALL KUIPER BELT OBJECTS USING MEGACAM ON THE MMT

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    Bianco, F. B.; Lehner, M. J.; Protopapas, P.; McLeod, B. A.; Alcock, C. R.; Holman, M. J.

    2009-08-15

    We conducted a search for occultations of bright stars by Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs) to estimate the density of subkilometer KBOs in the sky. We report here the first results of this occultation survey of the outer solar system conducted in 2007 June and 2008 June/July at the MMT Observatory using Megacam, the large MMT optical imager. We used Megacam in a novel shutterless continuous-readout mode to achieve high-precision photometry at 200 Hz, which with point-spread function convolution results in an effective sampling of {approx}30 Hz. We present an analysis of 220 star hours of data at a signal-to-noise ratio of 25 or greater, taken from images of fields within 3 deg. of the ecliptic plane. The survey efficiency is greater than 10% for occultations by KBOs of diameter d {>=} 0.7 km, and we report no detections in our data set. We set a new 95% confidence level upper limit for the surface density {sigma} {sub N}(d) of KBOs larger than 1 km: {sigma} {sub N}(d {>=} 1 km) {<=} 2.0 x 10{sup 8} deg{sup -2}, and for KBOs larger than 0.7 km {sigma} {sub N}(d {>=} 0.7 km) {<=} 4.8 x 10{sup 8} deg{sup -2}.

  4. Full-system laboratory testing of the F/15 deformable secondary mirror for the new MMT adaptive optics system

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    Mcguire, Patrick C.; Lloyd-Hart, Michael; Angel, J. Roger P.; Angeli, George Z.; Johnson, Robert L.; Fitz-Patrick, Bruce C.; Davison, Warren B.; Sarlot, Roland J.; Bresloff, Cynthia J.; Hughes, John M.; Miller, Stephen M.; Schaller, Skip; Wildi, Francois P.; Kenworthy, Matthew A.; Cordova, Richard M.; Rademacher, Matthew J.; Rascon, Mario H.; Burge, James H.; Stamper, Brian L.; Zhao, Chunyu; Salinari, Piero; del Vecchio, Ciro; Riccardi, Armando; Brusa, Guido; Biasi, Roberto; Andrighettoni, Mario; Gallieni, Daniele; Franchini, Claudio; Sandler, David G.; Barrett, Todd K.

    1999-09-01

    We will present a system to perform closed-loop optical tests of the 64 cm diameter, 336 actuator adaptive secondary made at the Steward Observatory Mirror Laboratory. Testing will include Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensing and modal correction of static and dynamic aberrated wavefronts. The test optical system is designed so that experiments can be made with both the focal plane instrument and secondary installed in their normal configuration at the MMT, or with the same 9 m spacing in a laboratory test tower. The convex secondary will be illuminated at normal incidence through two 70 cm diameter lenses mounted just below. The artificial, aberrated star is projected from near the wavefront sensor in the Cassegrain focus assembly. Computer generated holograms correct for spherical aberration in the really optics at the test wavelengths of 0.594 and 1.5 micrometers . Atmospheric turbulence is reproduced by two spinning transmission plates imprinted with Kolmogorov turbulence. The Shimmulator will give us the opportunity to test fully the adaptive optics system before installation at the new MMT, hence saving much precious telescope time.

  5. Magnetotelluric study of the Xuefeng mountain area, Hu'nan Province, China

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    Chen, Musen; Xue, Lingxiang; Wang, Yousheng; Zhu, Shengjun

    2016-04-01

    A magnetotelluric study was carried out in the Xuefeng mountain uplift belt and its western margins. A detailed investigation was made of the resistivity of the formations, and reliable data were obtained. The sedimentary cover and basement structure of the Xuefeng mountain area and the deep geological structure were analyzed in detail using magnetotelluric data from the two-dimensional inversion of the resistivity profile data in combination with regional gravity and magnetic data. It was concluded that the tectonic movements were characterized by basement detachment, and north-south ramp. The study area can be divided into a southern uplift zone, a southern thrust-faulted zone, a central uplift zone, and a northern depression zone. This work has provided geophysical evidence that can be used in future studies of the tectonics and petroleum geology of this region.

  6. Magnetotelluric study of the Xuefeng mountain area, Hu'nan Province, China

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    Chen, Musen; Xue, Lingxiang; Wang, Yousheng; Zhu, Shengjun

    2016-03-01

    A magnetotelluric study was carried out in the Xuefeng mountain uplift belt and its western margins. A detailed investigation was made of the resistivity of the formations, and reliable data were obtained. The sedimentary cover and basement structure of the Xuefeng mountain area and the deep geological structure were analyzed in detail using magnetotelluric data from the two-dimensional inversion of the resistivity profile data in combination with regional gravity and magnetic data. It was concluded that the tectonic movements were characterized by basement detachment, and north-south ramp. The study area can be divided into a southern uplift zone, a southern thrust-faulted zone, a central uplift zone, and a northern depression zone. This work has provided geophysical evidence that can be used in future studies of the tectonics and petroleum geology of this region.

  7. Geothermal exploration using audio-magnetotelluric in Pariangan Tanah Datar, West Sumatra

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    Saputra, Andriyan; Widodo, Kholid, Muhammad

    2015-04-01

    The existence of Mt. Marapi in Pariangan Tanah Datar has a big potential of geothermal energy resource. The study area is located in southeastern Mt. Marapi. The geological elements correspond to lava granitic, sandstone quartz, quartzite and conglomerate. The aim of this research is to investigate the geothermal system in this area. Measurements of audio-magnetotelluric (AMT) long line are 10 km with two profiles. The audio-magnetotelluric (AMT) data carried out during July 2014. The models result were done by using 1-D inversion technique. The 1-D inversion was done with Occam and Marquadt algoritm. We assumed that for the first layer indicates as the conductive zone (±10 Ωm), the second layer as the reservoir geothermal system (±100 Ωm) that contains with sandstone quartz, and the third layer can be interpreted as volcanic rock (±1000 - 10000 Ωm) which is the basement of geothermal system.

  8. Assembly of luminescent ordered multilayer thin-films based on oppositely-charged MMT and magnetic NiFe-LDHs nanosheets with ultra-long lifetimes.

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    Liu, Meitang; Wang, Tianlei; Ma, Hongwen; Fu, Yu; Hu, Kunran; Guan, Chao

    2014-01-01

    In this present report, luminescent ordered multilayer thin films (OMFs) based on oppositely-charged inorganic nanosheets and the different oppositely-charged chromophores were fabricated via layer-by-layer assembly method. Exfoliated layered double hydroxides (LDHs) and montmorillonite (MMT) nanosheets with opposite charges can be expected to provide a pseudo electronic microenvironment (PEM) which has not been declared in previous literatures, and transition metal-bearing LDHs nanosheets can offer an additional ferromagnetic effect (FME) for the chromophores at the same time. Surprisingly, the luminescent lifetimes of those OMFs with PEM and FME are significantly prolonged compared with that of the pristine chromophores, even much longer than those of OMFs without oppositely-charged and ferromagnetic architecture. Therefore, it is highly expected that the PEM and FME formed by oppositely-charged and transition metal-bearing inorganic nanosheets have remarkable influence on obtaining better optical property, which suggests a new potential way to manipulate, control and develop the novel light-emitting materials and optical devices. PMID:25413710

  9. Adsorption of PolyCarboxylate Poly(ethylene glycol) (PCP) esters on Montmorillonite (Mmt): effect of exchangeable cations (Na+, Mg2+ and Ca2+) and PCP molecular structure.

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    Ait-Akbour, Rachid; Boustingorry, Pascal; Leroux, Fabrice; Leising, Frédéric; Taviot-Guého, Christine

    2015-01-01

    This study deals with the adsorption of PolyCarboxylate Poly(ethylene glycol) esters (PCP) superplasticizers on Na-, Mg- and Ca-saturated Montmorillonite (Mmt) clays. The interactions have been examined through different experimental methods: adsorption isotherms, zeta potential measurements and sedimentation experiments. It was found that PCP adsorption depends both on the architecture of PCP molecules and the nature of cation located on the interlayer exchange sites of the Montmorillonite. Whatever the PCP, a larger amount was adsorbed on Na-Mont than on Mg-Mont or Ca-Mont. This indicates the occurrence of two adsorption mechanisms: (i) a superficial adsorption via electrostatic interactions between the carboxylate groups of PCP and positively charged sites on clay surfaces, (ii) intercalation of ether units of the PCP grafts in the interlayer space by displacement of water molecules coordinated to the exchangeable cations. Furthermore, despite the weak negative values of the zeta potential, the addition of PCP promotes the stability of the suspensions which is attributed to steric repulsion acting between particles. PMID:25313488

  10. Assembly of luminescent ordered multilayer thin-films based on oppositely-charged MMT and magnetic NiFe-LDHs nanosheets with ultra-long lifetimes

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    Liu, Meitang; Wang, Tianlei; Ma, Hongwen; Fu, Yu; Hu, Kunran; Guan, Chao

    2014-01-01

    In this present report, luminescent ordered multilayer thin films (OMFs) based on oppositely-charged inorganic nanosheets and the different oppositely-charged chromophores were fabricated via layer-by-layer assembly method. Exfoliated layered double hydroxides (LDHs) and montmorillonite (MMT) nanosheets with opposite charges can be expected to provide a pseudo electronic microenvironment (PEM) which has not been declared in previous literatures, and transition metal-bearing LDHs nanosheets can offer an additional ferromagnetic effect (FME) for the chromophores at the same time. Surprisingly, the luminescent lifetimes of those OMFs with PEM and FME are significantly prolonged compared with that of the pristine chromophores, even much longer than those of OMFs without oppositely-charged and ferromagnetic architecture. Therefore, it is highly expected that the PEM and FME formed by oppositely-charged and transition metal-bearing inorganic nanosheets have remarkable influence on obtaining better optical property, which suggests a new potential way to manipulate, control and develop the novel light-emitting materials and optical devices. PMID:25413710

  11. Synthesis of the very acid-sensitive Fmoc-Cys(Mmt)-OH and its application in solid-phase peptide synthesis.

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    Barlos, K; Gatos, D; Hatzi, O; Koch, N; Koutsogianni, S

    1996-03-01

    S-4-methoxytrityl cysteine was synthesized and converted into the corresponding Fmoc-Cys(Mmt)-OH by its reaction with Fmoc-OSu. As compared to the corresponding Fmoc-Cys(Trt)-OH, the S-Mmt-function was found to be considerably more acid labile. Quantitative S-Mmt-removal occurs selectively in the presence of groups of the tert butyl type and S-Trt by treatment with 0.5-1.0% TFA. The new derivative was successfully utilized in the SPPS of Tyr1-somatostatin on 2-chlorotrityl resin. In this synthesis groups of the Trt-type were exclusively used for amino acid side-chain protection. Quantitative cleavage from the resin and complete deprotection was performed by treatment with 3% TFA in DCM-TES (95:5) for 30 min at RT. We observed no reduction of tryptophan under these conditions. PMID:8740963

  12. Numerical Simulation of Response Characteristics of Audio-magnetotelluric for Gas Hydrate in the Qilian Mountain Permafrost, China

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    Xiao, Kun; Zou, Changchun; Yu, Changqing; Pi, Jinyun

    2015-10-01

    Audio-magnetotelluric (AMT) method is a kind of frequencydomain sounding technique, which can be applied to gas hydrate prospecting and assessments in the permafrost region due to its high frequency band. Based on the geological conditions of gas hydrate reservoir in the Qilian Mountain permafrost, by establishing high-resistance abnormal model for gas hydrate and carrying out numerical simulation using finite element method (FEM) and nonlinear conjugate gradient (NLCG) method, this paper analyzed the application range of AMT method and the best acquisition parameters setting scheme. When porosity of gas hydrate reservoir is less than 5%, gas hydrate saturation is greater than 70%, occurrence scale is less than 50 m, or bury depth is greater than 500 m, AMT technique cannot identify and delineate the favorable gas hydrate reservoir. Survey line should be more than twice the length of probable occurrence scale, while tripling the length will make the best result. The number of stations should be no less than 6, and 11 stations are optimal. At the high frequency section (10~1000 Hz), there should be no less than 3 frequency points, 4 being the best number.

  13. Two-dimensional magnetotelluric characterization of the El Hito Anticline (Loranca Basin, Spain)

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    Piña-Varas, Perla; Ledo, Juanjo; Queralt, Pilar; Roca, Eduard; García-Lobón, Jose L.; Ibarra, Pedro; Biete, Cristina

    2013-08-01

    Magnetotelluric surveys were conducted to investigate the structure in the El Hito Anticline in the southern Loranca Basin, Spain. The structure of this anticline is partly known from nearby data (geological cross sections, geological maps, well-logs) from vintage geophysical and geological basin-scale surveys. Unfortunately, these surveys do not have the appropriate resolution to determine certain characteristics of the anticline accurately, such as the thickness or geometry of geological units. To address this deficiency, magnetotelluric data were acquired at 51 sites along three profiles to image the electrical resistivity of the anticline. To identify a geologically reasonable resistivity model, a conceptual model based on previous geological and geophysical information (cross sections and well-log data) was generated. Several inversions were performed using the conceptual model, which played a key role in the interpretation of the magnetotelluric data, and the construction of a suitable initial model was essential in producing geologically meaningful models. Using these results, we obtained 2-D resistivity models that provide information on the main geological units and structures. We also performed sensitivity tests to understand the morphology and structure of the resistive basement better. The results indicate the presence of basement highs that show different structural styles for the basement and its cover, and an increase in the basement depth towards the south. The final 2-D resistivity models provide new information regarding the structure of the anticline and demonstrate a clear correlation between the main geological units and resistivity, as well as correlations with mapped surface faults.

  14. Hydrothermal System of the Lastarria Volcano (Central Andes) Imaged by Magnetotellurics

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    Diaz, D.

    2015-12-01

    Lazufre volcanic complex, located in the central Andes, is recently undergoing an episode of uplift, conforming one of the most extensive deforming volcanic systems worldwide. Recent works have focused on the subsurface of this volcanic system at different scales, using surface deformation data, seismic noise tomography and magnetotellurics. Here we image the electrical resistivity structure of the Lastarria volcano, one of the most important features in the Lazufre area, using broadband magnetotelluric data at 30 locations around the volcanic edifice. Results from 3-D modeling show a conductive zone at 6 km depth south of the Lastarria volcano interpreted as a magmatic heat source, which is connected to a shallower conductive area beneath the volcanic edifice and its close vicinity. This shallow highly conductive zone fits with geochemical analysis results of thermal fluid discharges, related to fumaroles present in this area, in terms of depth extent and possible temperatures of fluids, and presents also a good correlation with seismic tomography results. The horizontal extension of this shallow conductive zone, related to the hydrothermal system of Lastarria, suggests that it has been draining one of the lagoons in the area (Laguna Azufrera), forming a sulfur rich area which can be observed at the southern side of this lagoon. Joint modeling of the hydrothermal system using magnetotellurics and seismic data is part of the current work.

  15. 3-D inversion of magnetotelluric data using unstructured tetrahedral elements: applicability to data affected by topography

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    Usui, Yoshiya

    2015-08-01

    A 3-D magnetotelluric (MT) inversion code using unstructured tetrahedral elements has been developed in order to correct the topographic effect by directly incorporating it into computational grids. The electromagnetic field and response functions get distorted at the observation sites of MT surveys because of the undulating surface topography, and without correcting this distortion, the subsurface structure can be misinterpreted. Of the two methods proposed to correct the topographic effect, the method incorporating topography explicitly in the inversion is applicable to a wider range of surveys. For forward problems, it has been shown that the finite element method using unstructured tetrahedral elements is useful for the incorporation of topography. Therefore, this paper shows the applicability of unstructured tetrahedral elements in MT inversion using the newly developed code. The inversion code is capable of using the impedance tensor, the vertical magnetic transfer function (VMTF), and the phase tensor as observational data, and it estimates the subsurface resistivity values and the distortion tensor of each observation site. The forward part of the code was verified using two test models, one incorporating topographic effect and one without, and the verifications showed that the results were almost the same as those of previous works. The developed inversion code was then applied to synthetic data from a MT survey, and was verified as being able to recover the resistivity structure as well as other inversion codes. Finally, to confirm its applicability to the data affected by topography, inversion was performed using the synthetic data of the model that included two overlapping mountains. In each of the cases using the impedance tensor, the VMTF and the phase tensor, by including the topography in the mesh, the subsurface resistivity was determined more proficiently than in the case using the flat-surface mesh. Although the locations of the anomalies were

  16. Case histories of electrical resistivity and controlled-source magnetotelluric surveys for the site investigation of tunnel construction

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    Kwon, H.S.; Song, Y.; Yi, M.J.; Chung, H.J.; Kim, K.S.

    2006-12-15

    In tunnel construction, the information regarding rock mass quality and the distribution of weak zones is crucial for economical tunnel design and to ensure safety. Usually, the rock mass grade is estimated by observing recovered cores obtained by drilling or by physical parameters calculated in a laboratory using core samples. However, the high drilling cost limits the number of boreholes; furthermore, rough terrains can reduce the access of drilling machines to the survey sites. In such situations, surface geophysical methods such as electrical resistivity or controlled-source magnetotelluric (CSMT) can provide a rough estimate of the rock mass condition over the planned tunnel route. These methods can also map weak zones (faults, fractures, coal bearing zones, and cavities), which are characterized by a lower resistivity than the surrounding fresh rock mass. We present two successful applications of the electrical resistivity and CSMT methods to the site investigation of tunnel construction over a rough terrain. The first example demonstrates that the boundary of the bedrock and weak zones related to the distribution of coaly shale and coal seams were estimated to extend beyond a few hundred meters below the rough surface. The second example shows that the developing direction and depth of cavities, which are mainly related to the weak zones in limestone, were successfully interpreted by a three-dimensional (3-D) electrical resistivity survey with the aid of borehole test results.

  17. The lithospheric architecture of a Neoproterozoic collision zone in Southern Africa inferred from deep probing magnetotelluric data

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    Khoza, D. T.; Jones, A. G.; Muller, M. R.; Evans, R. L.; Miensopust, M. P.; Hamilton, M.; Garcia, X. A.; Cole, P.; Ngwisanyi, T.; Hutchins, D.; Fourie, S.; Jelsma, H.; Pettit, W.; Aravanis, T.; Webb, S. J.; Wasborg, J.

    2009-12-01

    Cratonic margins have played a major role in shaping the modern Southern African tectonic landscape, and central to our knowledge is information about the lithospheric-scale structures and geometries using geophysical methods. Understanding the evolution of the younger orogenic belts around Archean cratons using electrical resistivity data is one of the primary objectives of the Southern African Magnetotelluric Experiment (SAMTEX); the largest ever land-based magnetotelluric (MT) project. MT data were acquired along four profiles crossing the enigmatic Rehoboth Terrane, the Neo-Proterozoic Ghanzi-Chobe/Damara belts (collectively termed the Damara Mobile Belt, DMB) and the southern Angola craton. The extended Groom and Bailey distortion decomposition technique was applied to the MT data and analyses show significant depth and along-profile variations in geo-electric strike and dimensionality on all transects crossing these three tectonic units (i.e. Rehoboth Terrane, Angola craton and the DMB). Geo-electric strikes are generally parallel to the north-east trending tectonic fabric, as inferred from the magnetic data, but the significant strike variations with depth are expressions of heterogeneity in lithospheric structure. Electrical resistivity models derived from the data provide the first pseudo three-dimensional tectonic structure of the Damara orogen and adjacent terranes. Regional-scale resistivity models constructed from two-dimensional inversions of the MT data indicate significant variations in lithospheric resistivity structure along and across strike from the younger orogen to the older adjacent cratons. The Damara belt lithosphere, although generally more conductive and significantly thinner than adjacent Angola craton and Rehoboth terrane, exhibits upper resistive upper crustal features tentatively interpreted to be caused by igneous intrusions emplaced during Pan-African magmatic event. Upper crustal listric faults are imaged as conductive features and

  18. An approach for monitoring resistivity variations using surface magnetotelluric data and its application to CO2 storage site

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    Ogaya, X.; Ledo, J.; Queralt, P.; Jones, A. G.; Marcuello, A.

    2014-12-01

    In this work we present an approach to perform electromagnetic (EM) monitoring using surface magnetotelluric (MT) data. The proposed methodology, called layer stripping, is based on the analytical solution of the one-dimensional MT problem and the fact that resolution to resistivity changes produced at a given depth increase when increasing the depth at which data are acquired. Thus, giving a well-known geoelectrical baseline model of a reservoir site, the layer stripping approach aims to remove the effect of the upper, unchanging, structures in order to obtain the time-varying MT responses at the target depth. In this paper the proposed method is tested and validated using the 3D geoelectrical baseline model of the Hontomín site (Spain) for CO2 geological storage in a deep saline aquifer. The 3D resistivity model of Hontomín defines the subsurface in the pre-injection state, showing the dome-like structure of the saline aquifer and imaging the principal set of faults. For monitoring purposes, the model allows obtaining the MT responses at the main reservoir depth using the layer stripping approach to remove the upper structures not affected by the injection of the gas. The results obtained in this work suggest that the layer stripping method improves the resolution of surface MT responses being able to detect smaller resistivity changes.

  19. The upper crust of the Scandinavian Caledonides as seen by Magnetotellurics

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    Yan, Ping; Garcia Juanatey, Maria A.; Kalscheuer, Thomas; Juhlin, Christopher

    2015-04-01

    As part of the Collisional Orogeny in the Scandinavian Caledonides (COSC) project, broadband magnetotelluric (MT) data were acquired along a 60 km long profile following recent seismic reflection surveys. In total, 78 MT sites were installed with an inter-site spacing varying between 600 and 1000 m. The aims of this study are to provide resistivity information on the upper crust of the mountain belt and, together with other geophysical investigations, to better delineate the structures of the orogen and the processes that shaped it. Additionally, the MT data are expected to help determine the location of a future borehole, COSC-2. COSC-2 is planned to drill through the décollement zone associated to the graphitic rich alum shales. Since these shales are highly conductive, they are an excellent target for the MT method. Besides the long MT profile, one short profile with 5 stations was acquired nearby the already existing COSC-1 drill site to increase areal coverage and better constrain 3D resistivity structures. The new 3D information improves the existing 3D geological model around the borehole, that has been interpreted from seismic reflection and potential field data. The impedance functions were calculated using a robust statistical procedure and the remote reference technique. MT data from Norway recorded at the same time in a field campaign by Oulu University were used for remote referencing. The data quality of the obtained transfer functions varies along the profile, being very good in remote areas, but quite noisy close to cities. Thus, a careful selection of the data set was necessary prior to analysis and modelling. 2D resistivity models of the 60 km long profile were estimated through inversion using the determinant of the impedance tensor, the TE mode, the TM mode, and the combination of TE and TM modes. The main features shared by the models are a resistor lying beneath COSC-1 extending down to about 2 km depth, a shallow resistor further to the east

  20. Crustal and lithospheric imaging of the Atlas Mountains of Morocco inferred from magnetotelluric data

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    Kiyan, D.; Jones, A. G.; Fullea, J.; Hogg, C.; Ledo, J.; Sinischalchi, A.; Campanya, J.; Picasso Phase II Team

    2010-12-01

    The Atlas System of Morocco is an intra-continental mountain belt extending for more than 2,000 km along the NW African plate with a predominant NE-SW trend. The System comprises three main branches: the High Atlas, the Middle Atlas, and the Anti Atlas. We present the results of a very recent multi-institutional magnetotelluric (MT) experiment across the Atlas Mountains region that started in September, 2009 and ended in February, 2010, comprising acquisition of broadband and long-period MT data. The experiment consisted of two profiles: (1) a N-S oriented profile crossing the Middle Atlas through the Central High Atlas to the east and (2) a NE-SW profile crossing the western High Atlas towards the Anti Atlas to the west. The MT measurements are part of the PICASSO (Program to Investigate Convective Alboran Sea System Overturn) and the concomitant TopoMed (Plate re-organization in the western Mediterranean: Lithospheric causes and topographic consequences - an ESF EUROCORES TOPO-EUROPE project) projects, to develop a better understanding of the internal structure and evolution of the crust and lithosphere of the Atlas Mountains. The MT data have been processed with robust remote reference methods and submitted to comprehensive strike and dimensionality analysis. Two clearly depth-differentiated strike directions are apparent for crustal (5-35 km) and lithospheric (50-150 km) depth ranges. These two orientations are roughly consistent with the NW-SE Africa-Eurasia convergence acting since the late Cretaceous, and the NNE-SSW Middle Atlas, where Miocene to recent Alkaline volcanism is present. Two-dimensional (2-D) smooth electrical resistivity models were computed independently for both 50 degrees and 20 degrees E of N strike directions. At the crustal scale, our preliminary results reveal a middle to lower-crustal conductive layer stretching from the Middle Atlas southward towards the High Moulouya basin. The most resistive (and therefore potentially thickest

  1. Amphibious Magnetotelluric Investigation of the Aleutian Arc: Mantle Melt Generation and Migration beneath Okmok Caldera

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    Zelenak, G.; Key, K.; Bennington, N. L.; Bedrosian, P.

    2015-12-01

    Understanding the factors controlling the release of volatiles from the downgoing slab, the subsequent generation of melt in the overlying mantle wedge, the migration of melt to the crust, and its evolution and emplacement within the crust are important for advancing our understanding of arc magmatism and crustal genesis. Because melt and aqueous fluids are a few orders of magnitude more electrically conductive than unmelted peridotite, the conductivity-mapping magnetotelluric (MT) method is well-suited to imaging fluids and melt beneath arc volcanoes. Here we present conductivity results from an amphibious MT profile crossing Okmok volcano in the central Aleutian arc. The Aleutian arc is one of the most volcanically active regions in North America, making it an ideal location for studying arc magnetism. Okmok volcano, located on the northeastern portion of Umnak Island, is among the most active volcanoes in the Aleutian chain. In addition to two caldera-forming events in the Holocene, numerous eruptions in the past century indicate a robust magmatic supply. Previous coarse resolution seismic studies have inferred a crustal magma reservoir. In order to investigate the role fluids play in melting the mantle wedge, how melts ascend through the corner flow regime of the mantle wedge, how melt migrates and is stored within the upper mantle and crust, and how this impacts explosive caldera forming eruptions, we carried out an amphibious geophysical survey across the arc in June-July 2015. Twenty-nine onshore MT stations and 10 offshore stations were collected in a 3D array covering Okmok, and 43 additional offshore MT stations completed a 300 km amphibious profile starting at the trench, crossing the forearc, arc and backarc. Thirteen onshore passive seismic stations were also installed and will remain in place for one year to supplement the twelve permanent stations on the island. Data collected by this project will be used to map seismic velocity and electrical

  2. Hydrogen Content Of The Mantle From Combined Magnetotelluric, Mineral Physics And Xenolith Data

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    Selway, K.; Karato, S.

    2012-12-01

    Determining the composition of the mantle is a significant challenge. The only direct measurements can be made from mantle xenoliths, which sample only a small fraction of the lithsopheric mantle and are unlikely to have strictly representative compositions. Therefore it is vital that geophysical data that image the mantle are also analysed and that their relationship to compositional factors is well understood. The geophysical techniques with the best resolution at mantle depths are seismic tomography and magnetotellurics (MT). MT is a passive electromagnetic method that relies on the fact that the Earth's time-varying magnetic field induces electrical currents in conductive bodies within the Earth and thus images the electrical resistivity structure of the Earth. Mineral physics experiments on the nominally anhydrous silicates that dominate the continental mantle have shown that, at a given temperature, their electrical conductivities are very sensitive to small amounts of hydrogen while being relatively insensitive to major element composition. The combination of MT data and experimental mineral physics data is therefore a powerful tool to constrain the hydration state of the mantle. However, in order to obtain reliable estimates of water content, the influence of other factors such as temperature and oxygen fugacity needs to be analysed with a great care. With this in mind, an MT survey was carried out in north-east Tanzania, crossing from the Tanzanian Craton over the East Africa Rift. The Tanzanian Craton has remained largely stable since the Archean whereas the adjacent lithosphere has been reworked during several major orogenic events including the Paleoproterozoic Usagaran Orogen, the Neoproterozoic East African Orogen and the current East Africa Rifting. The very different responses of the Tanzanian Craton and the adjacent lithosphere to these tectonothermal events suggests that there are significant compositional differences between them. Much of the

  3. 2-D magnetotelluric experiment to investigate the Nassugtoqidian orogeny in South-East Greenland

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    Heincke, Björn; Chen, Jin; Riisager, Peter; Kolb, Jochen; Jørgensen, Asta F.

    2015-04-01

    The northwest-trending Palaeoproterozoic Nagssugtoqidian orogen extends over 250 km along the east coast of Greenland in the area around the village Tasiilaq. The geological evolution of this area closely compares with the ones of the Lewisian complex of Scotland and the Nagssugtoqidian orogen in western Greenland and, hence, leads to the suggestion that they belong to the same continental-scale orogenic belt. However, an accurate correlation across the inland ice is challenging and still ambiguous and therefore more detailed knowledge about the individual orogens might help to understand their relationship. Details about the large-scale tectonic evolution during the Nagssugtoqidian orogeny in this remote Arctic region are not known due to complex geology, relatively coarse geological mapping and the lack of extensive geophysical investigations. E.g. the vergence of the orogen, subduction-related magmatism and accretion history are matters of ongoing discussion (Kalsbeek et al., 1993; Nutman et al., 2008 and Kolb, 2013). We performed a 2-D magnetotelluric (MT) experiment across the southern part of the orogen along the Sermilik Fjord in order to improve our understanding of the orogenic process in general and to better constrain the location and vergence of the suture zone. However, because of the rough climate and the lack of infrastructure, this study is considered as a first test to investigate how MT surveys can be most efficiently performed in this remote part of the world. The NE-SW trending profile consists of eight MT stations and has a total length of ~70 km using long period LEMI-420 systems. The quality of the data is severely affected by polar electrojets that do not satisfy the plane wave assumptions, which is typical for regions close to the magnetic poles. In order to reduce the distortion from these signals onto the impedance estimates, we tested different advanced processing schemes. In addition to the more conventional robust response function

  4. Analytic magnetotelluric responses to a two-segment model with axially anisotropic conductivity structures overlying a perfect conductor

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    Qin, Linjiang; Yang, Changfu

    2016-06-01

    The rocks in the crust and the upper mantle of the Earth are believed to exhibit electrical anisotropy to some extent. It is beneficial to further understand and recognize the propagation of the electromagnetic waves in the Earth by investigating the magnetotelluric (which is one of the main geophysical techniques to probe the deep structures in the Earth) responses of the media with anisotropic conductivity structures. In this study, we examine the magnetotelluric fields over an idealized 2-D model consisting of two segments with axially anisotropic conductivity structures overlying a perfect conductor basement by a quasi-static analytic approach. The resulting analytic solution could not only contribute to the electromagnetic induction theory in the anisotropic Earth but also serve as at least an initial standard solution which could be used to validate the reliability and accuracy of the numerical algorithms developed for modelling the magnetotelluric responses of the 2-D media with much more general anisotropic conductivity.

  5. Analytic magnetotelluric responses to a two-segment model with axially anisotropic conductivity structures overlying a perfect conductor

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    Linjiang, QIN; Changfu, YANG

    2016-03-01

    The rocks in the crust and the upper mantle of the Earth are believed to exhibit electrical anisotropy to some extent. It is beneficial to further understand and recognize the propagation of the electromagnetic waves in the Earth by investigating the magnetotelluric (which is one of the main geophysical techniques to probe the deep structures in the Earth) responses of the media with anisotropic conductivity structures. In the present study, we examine the magnetotelluric fields over an idealized 2-D model consisting of two segments with axially anisotropic conductivity structures overlying a perfect conductor basement by a quasi-static analytic approach. The resulting analytic solution could not only contribute to the electromagnetic induction theory in the anisotropic Earth but also serve as at least an initial standard solution which could be used to validate the reliability and accuracy of the numerical algorithms developed for modeling the magnetotelluric responses of the 2-D media with much more general anisotropic conductivity.

  6. Magnetotellurics with long distance remote reference to reject DC railway noise

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    Hanstein, T.; Jiang, J.; Strack, K.; Ritter, O.

    2014-12-01

    Some parts of railway network in Europe is electrified by DC current. The return current in the ground is varying in space, time and power when the train is moving. Since the train traffic is active 24 hours, there is no quite time. The train signal is dominating for periods longer than 1 s and is a near field source. The transfer function of the magnetotelluric sounding (MT) is influenced by this near field source, the phase is going to zero and amplitude increase with slope 1 for longer periods. Since this dominating noise is present all day robust magnetotelluric processing technique to identify and remove outliers are not applicable and sufficient. The remote reference technique has successfully been applied for magnetotelluric soundings Combining an disturbed local MT data set with the data of the remote station, which is recording simultaneously the horizontal magnetic fields, can improve the data quality. Finding a good remote station during field survey is difficult and expensive. There is a permanent MT remote reference station in Germany. The set up and maintance is done by the GFZ - Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences. The location is near Wittstock and has good signal-to-noise-ratio with low cutural noise, the ground is almost lD and recording since May 2010. The electric and magnetic field is continously recorded with 250 Hz sampling and induction coils. The magnetic field is also recorded with fluxgate magnetometers and 5 Hz sampling. The distance to the local MT site is about 600 km.

  7. MT3D: a 3 dimensional magnetotelluric modeling program (user's guide and documentation for Rev. 1)

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    Nutter, C.; Wannamaker, P.E.

    1980-11-01

    MT3D.REV1 is a non-interactive computer program written in FORTRAN to do 3-dimensional magnetotelluric modeling. A 3-D volume integral equation has been adapted to simulate the MT response of a 3D body in the earth. An integro-difference scheme has been incorporated to increase the accuracy. This is a user's guide for MT3D.REV1 on the University of Utah Research Institute's (UURI) PRIME 400 computer operating under PRIMOS IV, Rev. 17.

  8. Two-dimensional magnetotelluric and gravity models of the Tuzgle volcano zone (Jujuy province, Argentina)

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    Sainato, Claudia M.; Pomposiello, Maria C.

    1997-07-01

    The Tuzgle volcano (24 ° 03'S, 66 ° 29'W) is situated in the southern part of the South American Andean Altiplano (Puna). The region has several geothermal manifestations. A 2-D magnetotelluric model of resistivity distribution and a 3-D gravity anomaly of the area have been proposed. A highly conductive and low density body is probably associated with a magma chamber surrounded by free saline fluids with its top at about 8 km depth. The release of fluids might be caused by the chemical reactions generated at the subduction plate of Nazca in contact with the South American plate.

  9. New facilities for magnetotelluric sounding and electromagnetic sounding with active sources

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    Klymovych, Y.; Rakhlin, L.; Tregubenko, V.

    2003-04-01

    Magnetotelluric (MT) sounding and investigations that use electromagnetic sounding with active sources (SAS) are wide spread in many branch of geophysics. The main goal of their application is Earth geoelectric cross-section parameters definition. For MT sounding it was possible to carry out it mostly till the time intervals less, than 10000 sec, that does not permitted to get the sections for the depth more than some first kilometres. Last years in LCISR the new generation of MT and facilities for deep electromagnetic sounding in ultra-low frequencies periods up to 200,000 sec were designed. It became possible after the development of highly stable devices for DC magnetic and telluric measurements. The long term stability of newly created magnetometers now is better than 0.5 nT per month and temperature stability about 0.1 nT/oC. For telluric currents measurements highly stable non-polarized electrodes with long term stability better than 60 mV per month, and temperature stability about 10 mV/oC were designed. Implementation of such facilities made it possible to realize the magnetotelluric sounding to the depth 400-600 km and the experimental results have good agreement with global magnetotelluric curve. Such MT stations (LEMI-404 model) were used in BEAR (Baltic Electromagnetic Array Research) and several others projects. Their use made it possible also to prove with very high probability the existence of low-depth astenosphere in Dnepre-Donetsk Basin (Ukraine). Now a batch of these MT stations is manufactured and used in Ukrainian magnetotelluric net. This net was intended firstly for investigation of electromagnetic earthquake precursors, but after its further development - for geoelectric section circular changes too. Recently two new MT stations are developed. First one low-frequency (DC 1 Hz) inexpensive station LEMI-411 which, having as high metrological parameters as the wide-band one, costs considerebly lower. Second one is multifunctional SAS station

  10. Topographic effect on Radio-Magnetotelluric and Slingram signals: application to a levee along the Loire river, France.

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    Duval, Rodolphe; Fauchard, Cyrille; Antoine, Raphael

    2014-05-01

    We study the influence of the topography of a levee on the electric and magnetic signals obtained with the Radio-Magnetotelluric method (RMT) and the Slingram method, respectively. For the RMT method, field measurements have been modelled with a finite element commercial software (AC/DC and Radio-Frequency modules of Comsol Multiphysics). A levee situated in Orléans (France) along the Loire river has been considered in order to design a model taking into account the skin depth and the incident wavelength. The effect of the incident electromagnetic field direction has been assessed with two different incident wave directions: BBC 5 from Salford (UK) and France-Inter from Allouis (France). The simulations highlight the tri-dimensional effects of the topography in the apparent resistivity, observed on the crest of the levee, depending on the incident field direction and topography. For the Slingram method, the magnetic field has been simulated using the AC/DC module of Comsol. The ratio of the primary magnetic field on the secondary one, received in a loop is determined above a straight levee. The study aims to show the various responses obtained in function of both vertical and horizontal coil configurations. We show that the signal also depends on the topography and the right configuration of the coils alignment with respect to the levee stretch direction. In this study, a buried gas pipe is also characterized by the two methods. Numerical modelling of 3D electromagnetic effects on geophysical signals helps to interpret the field measurements and offers to the stakeholder an optimized methodology for geophysical surveys on levees.

  11. Magnetotelluric survey to locate the Archean-Proterozoic suture zone in the northeastern Great Basin, Nevada, Utah, and Idaho

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    Sampson, Jay A.; Rodriguez, Brian D.

    2013-01-01

    North-central Nevada contains a large amount of gold in linear belts, the origin of which is not fully understood. During July 2008, September 2009, and August 2010, the U.S. Geological Survey, as part of the Assessment Techniques for Concealed Mineral Resources project, collected twenty-three magnetotelluric soundings along two profiles in Box Elder County, Utah; Elko County, Nevada; and Cassia, Minidoka, and Blaine Counties, Idaho. The main twenty-sounding north-south magnetotelluric profile begins south of Wendover, Nev., but north of the Deep Creek Range. It continues north of Wendover and crosses into Utah, with the north profile terminus in the Snake River Plain, Idaho. A short, three-sounding east-west segment crosses the main north-south profile near the northern terminus of the profile. The magnetotelluric data collected in this study will be used to better constrain the location and strike of the concealed suture zone between the Archean crust and the Paleoproterozoic Mojave province. This report releases the magnetotelluric sounding data that was collected. No interpretation of the data is included.

  12. 3-D Magnetotelluric Exploration of Tenerife Geothermal System (Canary Islands, Spain)

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    Piña-Varas, P.; Ledo, J.; Queralt, P.; Marcuello, A.; Bellmunt, F.; Hidalgo, R.; Messeiller, M.

    2014-07-01

    The resistivity structure of the Tenerife geothermal system has been determined by the 3-D inversion of data from different magnetotelluric surveys. In this paper, the ocean and topography effects on the magnetotelluric data were investigated by constructing a 3-D conceptual geoelectrical model of the island. The study showed that these effects should be taken into account in order to obtain a reliable subsurface model of the island. Data from 148 sites were used during three-dimensional inversion. The most interesting feature in the final geoelectrical model of the geothermal system is a low resistivity structure (<10 Ωm) above the resistive core of the system. The low resistivity structure has been interpreted as a hydrothermal clay alteration cap typically generated in the conventional geothermal systems. The resistivity model has been correlated with a recent seismic velocity model, showing that a low resistivity structure surrounds an area with high P wave velocity and medium-high resistivity. This medium-high resistivity area can be associated with a slowly solidified magma and, therefore, with a hotter part of the geothermal system.

  13. Water exploration using Magnetotelluric and gravity data analysis; Wadi Nisah, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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    Aboud, Essam; Saud, Ramzi; Asch, Theodore; Aldamegh, Khaled; Mogren, Saad

    2014-12-01

    Saudi Arabia is a desert country with no permanent rivers or lakes and very little rainfall. Ground water aquifers are the major source of water in Saudi Arabia. In the Riyadh region, several Wadies including Wadi Nisah store about 14 × 106 m3 of water, which is extracted for local irrigation purposes. In such areas, the water wells are as shallow as 200-300 m in depth. The importance of Wadi Nisah is because the subsurface water aquifers that are present there could support the region for many years as a water resource. Accordingly, in this study, we performed a Magnetotelluric survey using a portable broadband sounding system (MT24/LF) to evaluate the ground water aquifer at great depths. We collected 10 broadband Magnetotelluric sounding stations (1 station/day) with an interval of about 2-3 km reaching a profile length of about 25-30 km along Wadi Nisah. Additionally, we used available gravity data to image the subsurface structure containing the aquifer. MT results indicated a low resistivity layer, associated with alluvium deposits, which was defined at a depth of about 1-2 km and extended horizontally about 15 km. Gravity data analysis was used to model this resistivity layer indicating a basement surface at 3-4 km depth.

  14. New application of wavelets in magnetotelluric data processing: reducing impedance bias

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    Larnier, Hugo; Sailhac, Pascal; Chambodut, Aude

    2016-04-01

    Magnetotelluric (MT) data consist of the sum of several types of natural sources including transient and quasiperiodic signals and noise sources (instrumental, anthropogenic) whose nature has to be taken into account in MT data processing. Most processing techniques are based on a Fourier transform of MT time series, and robust statistics at a fixed frequency are used to compute the MT response functions, but only a few take into account the nature of the sources. Moreover, to reduce the influence of noise in the inversion of the response functions, one often sets up another MT station called a remote station. However, even careful setup of this remote station cannot prevent its failure in some cases. Here, we propose the use of the continuous wavelet transform on magnetotelluric time series to reduce the influence of noise even for single site processing. We use two different types of wavelets, Cauchy and Morlet, according to the shape of observed geomagnetic events. We show that by using wavelet coefficients at clearly identified geomagnetic events, we are able to recover the unbiased response function obtained through robust remote processing algorithms. This makes it possible to process even single station sites and increase the confidence in data interpretation.

  15. Crustal rheology of the Himalaya and Southern Tibet inferred from magnetotelluric data

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    Unsworth, M.J.; Jones, A.G.; Wei, W.; Marquis, G.; Gokarn, S.G.; Spratt, J.E.; Bedrosian, P.; Booker, J.; Leshou, C.; Clarke, G.; Shenghui, L.; Chanhong, L.; Ming, D.; Sheng, J.; Solon, K.; Handong, T.; Ledo, J.; Roberts, B.

    2005-01-01

    The Cenozoic collision between the Indian and Asian continents formed the Tibetan plateau, beginning about 70 million years ago. Since this time, at least 1,400 km of convergence has been accommodated by a combination of underthrusting of Indian and Asian lithosphere, crustal shortening, horizontal extrusion and lithospheric delamination. Rocks exposed in the Himalaya show evidence of crustal melting and are thought to have been exhumed by rapid erosion and climatically forced crustal flow. Magnetotelluric data can be used to image subsurface electrical resistivity, a parameter sensitive to the presence of interconnected fluids in the host rock matrix, even at low volume fractions. Here we present magnetotelluric data from the Tibetan-Himalayan orogen from 77??E to 92??E, which show that low resistivity, interpreted as a partially molten layer, is present along at least 1,000 km of the southern margin of the Tibetan plateau. The inferred low viscosity of this layer is consistent with the development of climatically forced crustal flow in Southern Tibet. ?? 2005 Nature Publishing Group.

  16. Magnetotelluric Data, Rainier Mesa/Shoshone Mountain, Nevada Test Site, Nevada

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    Williams, Jackie M.; Sampson, Jay A.; Rodriguez, Brian D.; Asch, Theodore H.

    2006-01-01

    Introduction: The United States Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) at their Nevada Site Office (NSO) are addressing ground-water contamination resulting from historical underground nuclear testing through the Environmental Management (EM) program and, in particular, the Underground Test Area (UGTA) project. During 2005, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the DOE and NNSA-NSO, collected and processed data from twenty-six magnetotelluric (MT) and audio-magnetotelluric (AMT) sites at the Nevada Test Site. The 2005 data stations were located on and near Rainier Mesa and Shoshone Mountain to assist in characterizing the pre-Tertiary geology in those areas. These new stations extend the area of the hydrogeologic study previously conducted in Yucca Flat. The MT data presented in this report will help refine what is known about the character, thickness, and lateral extent of pre Tertiary confining units. Subsequent interpretation will include a three dimensional (3 D) character analysis and a two-dimensional (2 D) resistivity model. The purpose of this report is to release the MT sounding data. No interpretation of the data is included here.

  17. Finite Element Modeling of the Magnetotelluric Phase Tensor Response to Evaluate Sensitivity to Lateral and Vertical Resistivity Contrasts

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    Hawkes, S.; McClain, J. S.

    2015-12-01

    Phase tensor analysis of magnetotelluric data is a relatively new technique introduced by Caldwell et. al. (2004) and requires substantial research efforts to evaluate the capabilities of the method. We have conducted finite element (FE) modeling using the AC/DC module of Comsol Multiphysics to determine the effect of resistivity structure on the phase tensor response. Measurements are made at eleven frequencies from 10-104 Hz at points on a 5x5 grid above various simple model geometries. Phase tensor plotting methods are adapted from Booker (2013) and involve displaying data graphically as stacks of colored ellipses. This allows for interpretation across the frequency spectrum vertically as well as laterally between stations. Two types of plot are presented for each model, a "ϕmin plot" where the ellipses are colored according to the minimum principle phase and a "delta plot" where the ellipses are colored according to the difference between the principle phases (ϕmax - ϕmin), which provides a quantification of the phase anisotropy. Results suggest that the principle phases ϕmin and ϕmax are sensitive to vertical resistivity contrasts but not lateral resistivity contrasts. Conversely, delta plots reveal sensitivity to lateral resistivity contrasts but not vertical resistivity contrasts. A clear distance relationship is observed with proximity to the boundary controlling the frequency range that senses a lateral resistivity contrast. Rotation of the phase tensor ellipses and increased skew values occur in the presence of resistivity contrasts that strike nonparallel to the source field, with the effect increasing towards lower frequencies. The total phase tensor response is confirmed to be sensitive to both vertical and lateral resistivity contrasts and can be used effectively to interpret subsurface resistivity structure.

  18. Magnetotelluric survey for exploration of a volcanic-rock reservoir in the Yurihara oil and gas field, Japan

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    Mitsuhata, Yuji; Matsuo, Koichi; Minegishi, Masato

    1999-03-01

    The Yurihara oil and gas field is located on the southern edge of Akita Prefecture, northeastern Japan. In this area, drilling, surface geological surveys and many seismic surveys have been used to investigate the geological structure. Wells drilled into the Nishikurosawa Basalt Group (NBG) of Miocene age found oil and gas reservoirs at depths of 1.5--2 km. Oil and gas are now being produced commercially and further exploration is required in the surrounding areas. However, since the neighboring areas are covered with young volcanic products from the Chokai volcano, and have a rough topography, the subsurface distribution of the NBG must be investigated using other methods in addition to seismic reflection. According to the well data, the resistivity of the NBG is comparatively higher than that of the overlying sedimentary formations, and therefore the magnetotelluric (MT) method is expected to be useful for the estimation of the distribution of the NBG. An MT survey was conducted along three survey lines in this area. Each line trended east-west, perpendicular to the regional geological strike, and was composed of about 25 measurement sites. Induction vectors evaluated from the magnetic field show that this area has a two-dimensional structure. The evaluated resistivity sections are in agreement with the log data. In conclusion, the authors were able to detect resistive layers (the NBG) below conductive layers. The results indicate that the NBG becomes gradually less resistive from north to south. In the center of the northern line, an uplifted resistive area is interpreted as corresponding to the reservoir. By comparison with a seismic section, the authors prove the effectiveness of the integration of seismic and MT surveys for the investigation of the morphology and internal structure of the NBG. On other survey lines, the resistive uplifted zones are interpreted as possible prospective areas.

  19. A new co-operative inversion strategy via fuzzy clustering technique applied to seismic and magnetotelluric data

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    Thong Kieu, Duy; Kepic, Anton

    2015-04-01

    Geophysical inversion produces very useful images of earth parameters; however, inversion results usually suffer from inherent non-uniqueness: many subsurface models with different structures and parameters can explain the measurements. To reduce the ambiguity, extra information about the earth's structure and physical properties is needed. This prior information can be extracted from geological principles, prior petrophysical information from well logs, and complementary information from other geophysical methods. Any technique used to constrain inversion should be able to integrate the prior information and to guide updating inversion process in terms of the geological model. In this research, we have adopted fuzzy c-means (FCM) clustering technique for this purpose. FCM is a clustering method that allows us to divide the model of physical parameters into a few clusters of representative values that also may relate to geological units based on the similarity of the geophysical properties. This exploits the fact that in many geological environments the earth is comprised of a few distinctive rock units with different physical properties. Therefore FCM can provide a platform to constrain geophysical inversion, and should tend to produce models that are geologically meaningful. FCM was incorporated in both separate and co-operative inversion processing of seismic and magnetotelluric (MT) data with petrophysical constraints. Using petrophysical information through FCM assists the inversion to build a reliable earth model. In this algorithm, FCM plays a role of guider; it uses the prior information to drive the model update process, and also forming an earth model filled with rocks units rather than smooth transitions when the boundary is in doubt. Where petrophysical information from well logs or core measurement is not locally available the cluster petrophysics may be solved for in inversion as well if some knowledge of how many distinctive geological exist. A

  20. Magnetotelluric characterization of a tectonic boundary in the Chaco-Pampean Plain (27° S), Argentina

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    Peri, V. G.; Pomposiello, C.; Favetto, A.; Barcelona, H.; Rossello, E.

    2013-05-01

    The study area is placed in the Chaco-Pampean Plain (Central-North Argentina), which is part of the distal plain of the central Andean piedmont originated by the uplift and erosion of the Andean Cordillera. A sedimentary aggradational process typifies this region and buries a large history related to Western Gondwana and Andean Orogeny. The Andean piedmont is composed of a collage of crustal blocks that were amalgamated by different orogeny and deformation belts. The Transbrasiliano lineament constitutes one of these continental belts and transversely intersects the South American Platform, from NNE to SSW. Northward, this lineament is well evidenced, while southward, in the distal Andean foreland, it remains unknown and is associated with the tectonic boundary between the Río de la Plata Craton (RPC) and the Pampean terrane (PT). This tectonic boundary is mostly unexposed in the Chaco-Pampean Plain. An east or west dipping subduction and a later collision between these terranes is still under debate. Deep geophysical studies are not abundant in this region. Few works have locally characterized the composition and structure of the crust and upper mantle beneath this extensive intracontinental plain. Magnetotelluric (MT), gravimetric and magnetic data have inferred the boundary between the RPC and the PT at the limit between Eastern Pampean Ranges and the Chaco-Pampean Plain. Furthermore, at regional scale, 3-D seismic tomographies and images of the seismic structure of the crust and the uppermost mantle have revealed the Moho depths and other lithospheric discontinuities. Here, we report the results of a MT survey along a W-E profile located at 27° S between 63°45' and 60°30' W, that characterized the geoelectric structure of the tectonic boundary between the RPC and the PT beneath the Chaco-Pampean Plain. The MT method provides an image of the electrical resistivity distribution of the Earth's subsurface and constitutes an effective and complementary technique

  1. Simulation of magnetotelluric fields at Stromboli volcano using unstructured grid finite element techniques together with digital topography and bathymetry data

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    Kütter, Sissy; Franke-Börner, Antje; Börner, Ralph-Uwe; Spitzer, Klaus

    2010-05-01

    Marine volcanoes are particularly demanding when it comes to applying electric or electromagnetic methods to investigate their interiors. First, the surrounding highly conductive sea water represents a significant difference in conductivity with respect to the volcanic edifice, second, the volcano's topography has great impact on the electromagnetic response, and, third, the surrounding sea bed topography heavily distorts electromagnetic fields in frequency bands that interfere with a certain spatial wavelength and amplitude of the bathymetry. By neglecting these issues severe misinterpretations are the inevitable consequence. We present different approaches to 3D vector finite element simulation on unstructured grids which are able to compute plain-wave magnetotelluric fields for models including arbitrary surface and sea bed topography. As an example, we consider Stromboli volcano. One major issue is the incorporation of the Stromboli topography using a digital terrain model so that nearly all geometric features affecting the electromagnetic response are considered and an electromagnetic view on Stromboli's interior becomes possible. By carrying out a number of different synthetic experiments it has become obvious that not only the topography of Stromboli island itself is influencing the behavior of the fields but, even stronger, the topography of the surrounding sea bed within a radius of several tens of kilometers. The experiment therefore comprises three steps which gradually approach the complex setting of the target and map the entire volcanic environment with increasing accuracy. The first step outlines the volcano as a resistive geometric frustum surrounded by conductive sea water and underlain by a resistive substratum. This model already gives fundamental answers concerning the principal frequency-dependent current flow pattern within the edifice and the surrounding sea. For this purpose, the MT response was calculated at the earth/sea and the earth

  2. High-resolution magnetotelluric studies of the Archaean-Proterozoic border zone in the Fennoscandian Shield, Finland

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    Vaittinen, K.; Korja, T.; Kaikkonen, P.; Lahti, I.; Smirnov, M. Yu.

    2012-03-01

    The Archaean-Proterozoic collisional zone is a complex mixture of the Archaean complexes [e.g. Iisalmi Complex (IC)], Proterozoic supracrustal belts [e.g. Kainuu Belt (KB) and Savo Belt (SB)] and oceanic arc lithologies in the central Fennoscandian Shield. The zone was formed in the Savo orogeny when the Keitele microcontinent collided with the Archaean Karelian craton in the Palaeoproterozoic time. The crustal architecture of this palaeosuture is studied using new broad-band magnetotelluric data from 104 sites. 2-D conductivity models across the border zone between the Palaeoproterozoic Svecofennian Domain and the Archaean Karelian province are constrained using the recent, partly collocated reflection seismic data from the Finnish Reflection Experiment (FIRE). Dimensionality analyses, in particular the Q-function analysis, show that magnetotelluric data represent reasonably well regional 2-D structure at periods <100 s, which is the longest period used in this study. Strike determinations gave a stable strike of N15W. For the inversions, the data are projected into three parallel profiles with an azimuth of N75E. The determinant inversion is selected as the most suitable method for the data set. Especially the phase data are useable only from the determinant since one of the polarizations have the out-of-quadrant phase at several sites. The interpreted final, geological more appropriate models, where smoother thick conductive areas are replaced by thinner layers, are constructed from the results of the unconstrained smooth inversions with the help of forward modelling, synthetic and prior model inversions and reflection seismic models. The two major sets of crustal conductors are identified. They have an opposite dip and together they form a bowl-shaped conductor. In the west, the eastward dipping SB conductors are located at the bottom of the formation underlain by the Keitele microcontinent. The SB conductors extend to the east possibly cutting the westward

  3. A new methodology to estimate magnetotelluric (MT) tensor relationships: Estimation of Local transfer-functIons by Combining Interstation Transfer-functions (ELICIT)

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    Campanyà, Joan; Ledo, Juanjo; Queralt, Pilar; Marcuello, Alex; Jones, Alan G.

    2014-07-01

    A new methodology to estimate magnetotelluric (MT) tensor relationships, called Estimation of Local transfer-functIons by Combining Interstation Transfer-functions (ELICIT), is proposed whereby the MT tensor relationships of the local site are derived using only interstation transfer functions. The MT impedance tensor and the geomagnetic transfer function at the local site are characterised by combining interstation tensor relationships between electric and magnetic fields at the local site with the horizontal magnetic fields acquired at a neighbouring site. The main property of the proposed method is that the employed interstation transfer functions are independently constrained, without the need to acquire the electric and the magnetic fields at the local site simultaneously to recover the local MT tensor relationships. Due to this property, the ELICIT method offers new possibilities for MT data acquisition and processing, providing significant improvements when the magnetic time-series at the local site are affected by local noise or are truncated. Error analysis shows that, even when magnetic fields are truncated, the quality of the results obtained following the ELICIT method are similar to those we would obtain if the magnetic fields had not been truncated. Another important property is that different neighbouring sites can be used to recover the tensor relationships at the local site. Averaging of results obtained using different neighbouring sites can be performed to improve the statistics. For our example data, when the ELICIT method is used to improve the statistics, errors of the estimates for periods between 1000 and 20 000 s periodicities are clearly reduced. All interstation transfer functions are calculated doing remote reference and the bootstrap method is used to compute the errors, when necessary. Long period magnetotelluric data acquired in the Pyrenees and in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, and magnetic data provided by F

  4. Lithospheric structures and Precambrian terrane boundaries in northeastern Botswana revealed through magnetotelluric profiling as part of the Southern African Magnetotelluric Experiment

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    Miensopust, M. P.; Jones, A. G.; Muller, M. R.; Garcia, X.; Evans, R. L.

    2011-02-01

    Within the framework of the Southern African Magnetotelluric Experiment a focused study was undertaken to gain improved knowledge of the lithospheric geometries and structures of the westerly extension of the Zimbabwe craton (ZIM) into Botswana, with the overarching aim of increasing our understanding of southern African tectonics. The area of interest is located in northeastern Botswana, where Kalahari sands cover most of the geological terranes and very little is known about lithospheric structures and thicknesses. Some of the regional-scale terrane boundary locations, defined based on potential field data, are not sufficiently accurate for local-scale studies. Investigation of the NNW-SSE orientated, 600 km long ZIM line profile crossing the Zimbabwe craton, Magondi mobile belt, and Ghanzi-Chobe belt showed that the Zimbabwe craton is characterized by thick (˜220 km) resistive lithosphere, consistent with geochemical and geothermal estimates from kimberlite samples of the nearby Orapa and Letlhakane pipes (˜175 km west of the profile). The lithospheric mantle of the Ghanzi-Chobe belt is resistive, but its lithosphere is only about 180 km thick. At crustal depths a northward dipping boundary between the Ghanzi-Chobe and the Magondi belts is identified, and two middle to lower crustal conductors are discovered in the Magondi belt. The crustal terrane boundary between the Magondi and Ghanzi-Chobe belts is found to be located further to the north, and the southwestern boundary of the Zimbabwe craton might be further to the west, than previously inferred from the regional potential field data.

  5. Two and three dimensional magnetotelluric inversion. Final report

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    Booker, J.

    1993-05-01

    Electrical conductivity depends on properties such as the presence of ionic fluids in interconnected pores that are difficult to sense with other remote sensing techniques. Thus improved imaging of underground electrical structure has wide practical importance in exploring for groundwater, mineral and geothermal resources, and in assessing the diffusion of fluids in oil fields and waste sites. Because the electromagnetic inverse problem is fundamentally multi-dimensional, most imaging algorithms saturate available computer power long before they can deal with the complete data set. We have developed an algorithm to directly invert large multi-dimensional data sets that is orders of magnitude faster than competing methods. We have proven that a two-dimensional (2D) version of the algorithm is highly effective for real data and have made substantial progress towards a three-dimensional (3D) version. We are proposing to cure identified shortcomings and substantially expand the utility of the existing 2D program, overcome identified difficulties with extending our method to three-dimensions (3D) and embark on an investigation of related EM imaging techniques which may have the potential for even further increasing resolution.

  6. Thermal regimes of major volcanic centers: magnetotelluric constraints

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    Hermance, J.F.

    1987-11-13

    The focus of activity at this laboratory is on applying natural electromagnetic methods along with other geophysical techniques to studying the dynamical processes and thermal regimes associated with centers of major volcanic activity. We are presently emphasizing studies of the Long Valley/Mono Craters Volcanic Complex, the Cascades Volcanic Belt, and the Valles Caldera. This work addresses questions regarding geothermal energy, chemical transport of minerals in the crust, emplacement of economic ore deposits, and optimal siting of drill-holes for scientific purposes. In addition, since much of our work is performed in the intermontane sedimentary basins of the western US (along with testing our field-system in some of the graben structures in the Northeast), there is an application of these studies to developing exploration and interpretational strategies for detecting and delineating structures associated with hydrocarbon reserves.

  7. Electrical resistivity image of the South Atlantic continental margin derived from onshore and offshore magnetotelluric data

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    Kapinos, G.; Weckmann, U.; Jegen-Kulcsar, M.; Meqbel, N.; Neska, A.; Katjiuongua, T. T.; Hoelz, S.; Ritter, O.

    2016-01-01

    We present a deep electrical resistivity image from the passive continental margin in Namibia. The approximately 700 km long magnetotelluric profile follows the Walvis Ridge offshore, continues onshore across the Kaoko Mobile Belt and reaches onto the Congo Craton. Two-dimensional inversion reveals moderately resistive material offshore, atypically low for oceanic lithosphere, reaching depths of 15-20 km. Such moderate resistivities are consistent with seismic P wave velocity models, which suggest up to 35 km thick crust. The Neoproterozoic rocks of the Kaoko Mobile Belt are resistive, but NNW-striking major shear-zones are imaged as subvertical, conductive structures in the upper and middle crust. Since the geophysical imprint of the shear zones is intact, opening of the South Atlantic in the Cretaceous did not alter the middle crust. The transition into the cratonic region coincides with a deepening of the high-resistive material to depths of more than 60 km.

  8. Application of Modified Differential Evolution Algorithm to Magnetotelluric and Vertical Electrical Sounding Data

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    Mingolo, Nusharin; Sarakorn, Weerachai

    2016-04-01

    In this research, the Modified Differential Evolution (DE) algorithm is proposed and applied to the Magnetotelluric (MT) and Vertical Electrical sounding (VES) data to reveal the reasonable resistivity structure. The common processes of DE algorithm, including initialization, mutation and crossover, are modified by introducing both new control parameters and some constraints to obtain the fitting-reasonable resistivity model. The validity and efficiency of our developed modified DE algorithm is tested on both synthetic and real observed data. Our developed DE algorithm is also compared to the well-known OCCAM's algorithm for real case of MT data. For the synthetic case, our modified DE algorithm with appropriate control parameters can reveal the reasonable-fitting models when compared to the original synthetic models. For the real data case, the resistivity structures revealed by our algorithm are closed to those obtained by OCCAM's inversion, but our obtained structures reveal layers more apparently.

  9. Crustal structure of the Chicxulub Impact crater imaged with magnetotelluric exploration

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    Unsworth, Martyn; Enriquez, Oscar Campos; Belmonte, Salvador; Arzate, Jorge; Bedrosian, Paul

    2002-08-01

    The electrical resistivity structure of the Chicxulub Impact crater has been imaged using broadband magnetotelluric exploration. A 1-2 km thick sequence of conductive Tertiary sedimentary rocks was imaged within the crater. The shallow resistivity of this layer increases across the cenote ring. This is primarily due to a decrease in porosity, although the groundwater composition may have some effect. While this layer reduces the sensitivity of MT, several features can be discerned beneath it. In the center of the crater the structural high is imaged as a region of high resistivity. In the outer part of the crater, lower resistivities in the upper crust may be due to mineralization or hydrothermal alteration.

  10. Seismic and magneto-telluric imaging for geothermal exploration at Jemez pueblo in New Mexico

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    Huang, Lianjie; Albrecht, Michael

    2011-01-25

    A shallow geothermal reservoir in the Pueblo of Jemez in New Mexico may indicate a commercial-scale geothermal energy potential in the area. To explore the geothermal resource at Jemez Pueblo, seismic surveys are conducted along three lines for the purpose of imaging complex subsurface structures near the Indian Springs fault zone. A 3-D magneto-telluric (MT) survey is also carried out in the same area. Seismic and MT imaging can provide complementary information to reveal detailed geologic formation properties around the fault zones. The high-resolution seismic images will be used together with MT images, geologic mapping, and hydrogeochemistry, to explore the geothermal resource at Jemez Pueblo, and to determine whether a conunercial-scale geothermal resource exists for power generation or direct use applications after drilling and well testing.

  11. Magnetotelluric imaging of a fossil paleozoic intraoceanic subduction zone in western Junggar, NW China

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    Xu, Yixian; Yang, Bo; Zhang, Sheng; Liu, Ying; Zhu, Lupei; Huang, Rong; Chen, Chao; Li, Yongtao; Luo, Yinhe

    2016-06-01

    The fate of subducted oceanic slabs can provide important clues to plate reconstruction through Earth history. Since oceanic slabs in continental collision zones are typically not well preserved, ancient subduction zones have rarely been imaged by geophysical techniques. Here we present an exception from the Darbut belt in the Junggar accretionary collage in the southern Altaids of Asia. We deployed a 182 km long magnetotelluric (MT) profile including 60 broadband sounding sites across the belt. Quality off-diagonal impedances were inverted by a three-dimensional scheme to image resistivities beneath the profile. The resistivity model along with MT impedance phase ellipses and induction vectors were tested and interpreted in detail. Combining geological and geophysical observations, mineral physical experiment, and geodynamic modeling results, the MT transect suggests a fossil intraoceanic subduction zone during the Late Paleozoic in the western Junggar that has been well preserved due to lack of significant subsequent tecto-thermal events.

  12. Magnetotelluric/audiomagnetotelluric study of the Zuni Hot Dry Rock Geothermal Prospect, New Mexico

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    Ander, M.E.; Goss, R.; Strangway, D.; Hillebrand, C.; Laughlin, A.W.; Hudson, C.

    1980-01-01

    The Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory has been investigating a large area in New Mexico for Hot Dry Rock geothermal potential. The area includes parts of the Jemez volcanic lineament and the central Rio Grande rift. LASL has completed a detailed magnetotelluric/audiomagnetotelluric survey covering 161 square km over an area of high heat flow, south of Zuni, NM. The data collection was collected and preliminary analysis phases of a regional MT survey which suggest the Jemez lineament is associated with a crustal structure of anomalously high electrical conductivity. The detailed MT shows an average tipper strike of N60/sup 0/E above 100 sec period, representing the structural trend within Precambrian basement. The Jemez lineament strikes approximately N55/sup 0/E; this suggests a relationship between the Precambrian structure beneath the Zuni area and the Jemez lineament.

  13. Magnetotelluric investigations of the lithosphere beneath the central Rae craton, mainland Nunavut, Canada

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    Spratt, Jessica E.; Skulski, Thomas; Craven, James A.; Jones, Alan G.; Snyder, David B.; Kiyan, Duygu

    2014-03-01

    New magnetotelluric soundings at 64 locations throughout the central Rae craton on mainland Nunavut constrain 2-D resistivity models of the crust and lithospheric mantle beneath three regional transects. Responses determined from colocated broadband and long-period magnetotelluric recording instruments enabled resistivity imaging to depths of > 300 km. Strike analysis and distortion decomposition on all data reveal a regional trend of 45-53°, but locally the geoelectric strike angle varies laterally and with depth. The 2-D models reveal a resistive upper crust to depths of 15-35 km that is underlain by a conductive layer that appears to be discontinuous at or near major mapped geological boundaries. Surface projections of the conductive layer coincide with areas of high grade, Archean metasedimentary rocks. Tectonic burial of these rocks and thickening of the crust occurred during the Paleoproterozoic Arrowsmith (2.3 Ga) and Trans-Hudson orogenies (1.85 Ga). Overall, the uppermost mantle of the Rae craton shows resistivity values that range from ~3000 Ω m in the northeast (beneath Baffin Island and the Melville Peninsula) to ~10,000 Ω m beneath the central Rae craton, to >50,000 Ω m in the south near the Hearne Domain. Near-vertical zones of reduced resistivity are identified within the uppermost mantle lithosphere that may be related to areas affected by mantle melt or metasomatism associated with emplacement of Hudsonian granites. A regional decrease in resistivities to values of ~500 Ω m at depths of 180-220 km, increasing to 300 km near the southern margin of the Rae craton, is interpreted as the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary.

  14. Eastern termination of the Altyn Tagh Fault, western China: Constraints from a magnetotelluric survey

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    Xiao, Qibin; Shao, Guihang; Liu-Zeng, Jing; Oskin, Michael E.; Zhang, Jin; Zhao, Guoze; Wang, Jijun

    2015-05-01

    The left-lateral Altyn Tagh Fault forms the northern boundary of the Tibetan Plateau. The strike-slip rate of the active Altyn Tagh Fault decreases northeastward and reduces close to zero as it passes north of the Qilian Shan. This geometry raises controversies on whether and how the fault terminates or extends further east. To address these controversies, wide-band magnetotelluric data were collected along four profiles across the Altyn Tagh Fault ranging from 135 to 261 km in length. All four profiles are located in the foreland of the Qilian Shan Ranges and are oriented perpendicular to the inferred fault zone that could be the continuation of Altyn Tagh Fault. Both the two-dimensional and three-dimensional electrical resistivity models derived from our magnetotelluric data show that the Hexi Corridor crust is generally of low resistivity, whereas the crust of the Huahai-Jinta basin is, in general, of high resistivity with a local and isolated low-resistivity anomaly within the mid-lower crust. The generally high-resistivity crust of the Huahai-Jinta basin may be rheologically unfavorable for the Altyn Tagh Fault passing through the basin toward the northeast. The entirely different electrical structure between the Hexi Corridor and its northern neighbors indicates the existence of a tectonic boundary that coincides with the Altyn Tagh Fault in the west and reverse faults in the east. The two-dimensional electrical conductivity models suggest that the Altyn Tagh Fault transfers from a single fault in the west to a branching set of mainly dip-slip faults in the east.

  15. Internal structure of the Chicxulub Impact crater imaged with magnetotelluric exploration

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    Campos, O.; Unsworth, M.; Bedrosian, P.; Belmonte, S.; Arzate, J.; Lazorek, M.; Zimmer, U.

    2001-12-01

    The magnetotelluric technique allows remote sensing of the Earth's subsurface structure using natural, low frequency radio waves. It measures the electrical resistivity, a parameter that contains information about the lithology and fluid content of subsurface rock units. In January 2001, magnetotelluric (MT) data were collected on two radial profiles across the Chicxulub impact crater in Yucatan, Mexico. Each profile extended from the centre of the crater near Puerto Chicxulub to beyond the cenote ring. The MT data were processed and then combined with data collected in previous years by UNAM. The combined data set was then inverted to give a two-dimensional image of the subsurface resistivity structure of the crater. The following features can be resolved in the subsurface resistivity model. The Tertiary sedimentary sequence that fills the crater has a resistivity of 1-3 ohm-m and is approximately 2 km deep. In the basement a zone of high resistivity is imaged from the centre of the impact structure to a radius of approximately 45 km. This high resistivity at shallow depth can be interpreted as uplifted basement rocks of the structural high in the centre of the crater. Between radial distances of 50 and 70 km is a zone of lower resistivities in the upper 5-10 km of the crust. This coincides with the observed low in the Bouguer gravity anomaly. The coincidence of these two anomalies suggests a common origin. This is most probably due to a region of breccia that exhibits both low electrical resistivity and density.

  16. Melt detected at the oceanic LAB with magnetotelluric data: Where else could it exist? (Invited)

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    Naif, S.; Key, K.; Constable, S.; Evans, R. L.

    2013-12-01

    We carried out a 280 km electromagnetic (EM) profile across the Middle America Trench offshore Nicaragua in order to image the electrical resistivity structure of the incoming oceanic plate and the underlying mantle. A total of 50 EM instruments were deployed to record magnetotelluric (MT) and controlled-source electromagnetic (CSEM) data. Results from the CSEM data discussing the structure of the topmost 20 km will be presented in session GP017; here we focus on results from the magnetotelluric data. Two-dimensional anisotropic inversions of the MT data reveal a laterally extensive low-resistivity layer (4-6 ohm-m) that is 25 km thick beneath the incoming oceanic plate at depths consistent with the seismically observed lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary. This low resistivity signature cannot be explained by melt-free hydrous olivine, as it requires unrealistically large water concentrations that would induce melting. Hence, a low degree of hydrated partial melt provides the simplest inference. The layer is anisotropic with 1.5-2 times lower resistivity in the plate motion parallel direction than the trench parallel direction, whereas the deeper mantle is isotropic and more resistive (10-20 ohm-m). We posit that this observed anisotropy is evidence that the layer is being actively sheared by the overlying lithosphere, such that the depth at which the model returns to an isotropic state is indicative of the extent over which the lithosphere and asthenosphere are coupled. In light of these observations, we use a plate-cooling model and models for the volatile influenced peridotite solidus for various mantle states to predict where a similar melt rich asthenosphere may be detected by geophysical observations.

  17. Crustal resistivity structure from magnetotelluric soundings in the Colorado Plateau-Basin and Range provinces, central and western Arizona

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    Klein, D.P.

    1991-01-01

    Resistivity structure to about 25 km depth is defined from two-dimensional modeling of 29 magnetotelluric (MT) soundings (0.002-5 Hz) that traverse 280 km of the southwestern Colorado Plateau, transition zone, and Basin and Range provinces in Arizona. From the surface to 5 km depth, the MT model suggests structural relationships between low-resistivity sedimentary and volcanic rocks (50-300 ohm m) and high-resistivity granitic and gneissic basement (500-9000 ohm m). -from Author

  18. 3D magnetotelluric inversion system with static shift correction and theoretical assessment in oil and gas exploration

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    Dong, H.; Kun, Z.; Zhang, L.

    2015-12-01

    This magnetotelluric (MT) system contains static shift correction and 3D inversion. The correction method is based on the data study on 3D forward modeling and field test. The static shift can be detected by the quantitative analysis of apparent parameters (apparent resistivity and impedance phase) of MT in high frequency range, and completed correction with inversion. The method is an automatic processing technology of computer with zero-cost, and avoids the additional field work and indoor processing with good results shown in Figure 1a-e. Figure 1a shows a normal model (I) without any local heterogeneity. Figure 1b shows a static-shifted model (II) with two local heterogeneous bodies (10 and 1000 ohm.m). Figure 1c is the inversion result (A) for the synthetic data generated from model I. Figure 1d is the inversion result (B) for the static-shifted data generated from model II. Figure 1e is the inversion result (C) for the static-shifted data from model II, but with static shift correction. The results show that the correction method is useful. The 3D inversion algorithm is improved base on the NLCG method of Newman & Alumbaugh (2000) and Rodi & Mackie (2001). For the algorithm, we added the frequency based parallel structure, improved the computational efficiency, reduced the memory of computer, added the topographic and marine factors, and added the constraints of geology and geophysics. So the 3D inversion could even work in PAD with high efficiency and accuracy. The application example of theoretical assessment in oil and gas exploration is shown in Figure 1f-i. The synthetic geophysical model consists of five layers (from top to downwards): shale, limestone, gas, oil, groundwater and limestone overlying a basement rock. Figure 1f-g show the 3D model and central profile. Figure 1h shows the centrel section of 3D inversion, the resultsd show a high degree of reduction in difference on the synthetic model. Figure 1i shows the seismic waveform reflects the

  19. Monitoring a CO2 plume using time-lapse 3D magnetotellurics, DC resistivity, and induced polarization

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    Bowles-martinez, E.; Schultz, A.; Vincent, P.

    2014-12-01

    When CO2 is injected into a deep saline aquifer, the combination of fluid displacement and chemical interaction with groundwater and minerals results in changes to the electrical properties of the storage formation. Geophysical methods that are sensitive to the electrical resistivity and chargeability of the rocks and fluids are used to monitor a modeled CO2 plume. The arrival of supercritical CO2 appears as a resistive pulse as the CO2 displaces water while rising buoyantly. Groundwater becomes carbonated and undergoes a rapid drop in pH. Formation conductivity increases as acidic fluid mobilizes ions in the surrounding rock. A surge of increased conductivity is seen at the plume front as easily-mobilized ions enter the fluid. As the injection proceeds and groundwater flows, this high-conductivity plume front migrates, leaving behind an aquifer largely depleted of highly-mobile ions, with only slightly elevated conductivity. Meanwhile, the dissolution of minerals reduces surface area along the fluid-mineral interface. This causes pore throat widening and reduction of sites where electric charge can build up, thereby reducing the polarizability in the parts of the formation that have encountered the plume. This study looks at monitoring methods that are sensitive to all of these changes in electrical properties at various depths within the earth. These methods include magnetotellurics (MT) and combined DC resistivity and induced polarization (IP). MT is useful for showing large-scale structure using an array that is moveable to cover an arbitrarily large area as the plume expands far beyond initial monitoring locations. MT also allows for phase tensor analysis to clearly show deep resistivity gradients and changes in dimensionality. The active-source nature of DC and IP makes them effective at clearly showing the plume's extent in the region within a few km of the injection well. All methods are modeled in 3D using the planned Kevin Dome carbon storage site in

  20. Are the geoelectric structures of the Betics lithosphere anisotropic? Insights from a complete dimensionality analysis of magnetotelluric data

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    Martí, A.; Rosell, O.; Queralt, P.; Ledo, J.; Marcuello, A.; Roca, E.

    2012-04-01

    Magnetotelluric (MT) exploration in orogenic zones has provided valuable information on the sructures and processes that can be correlated with other geophysical observations. In the Betic Chain (SE Spain), an extensive broadband and long period MT dataset allowed the charaterization of the geoelectric structure of the lithosphere using 3D modelling, in agreement with the 3D character of the data. The model revealed the presence of a low conductivity zone at lithospheric mantle depths that was identified as asthenospheric intruding material related to the westwards roll-back of a lithospheric subduction. As an advancing step in the understanding of the Betics lithospheric structure we present the results of a new dimensionality analysis of the magnetotelluric data with the goal of identifying the possible presence of electrical anisotropy. In the last years, electrical anisotropy within the Earth has been included in geoelectric models and has been related to tectonic structures and geodynamic processes. However, given the amount of information contained in the magnetotelluric impedance tensor and induction arrows, it is not a routine task to uniquely identify the presence and nature of anisotropy, given that it can occur within different types of structures and at different scales. Thus, our analysis is based on a previous methodological work, which established the relationship between the dimensionality pattern obtained at different sites and periods and the possible presence of anisotropy. Additionally, we use the information contained in the induction arrows to constrain the results and compare them with other geophysical data.

  1. Synthesis and characterization of silver/montmorillonite/chitosan bionanocomposites by chemical reduction method and their antibacterial activity

    PubMed Central

    Shameli, Kamyar; Ahmad, Mansor Bin; Zargar, Mohsen; Yunus, Wan Md Zin Wan; Ibrahim, Nor Azowa; Shabanzadeh, Parvaneh; Moghaddam, Mansour Ghaffari

    2011-01-01

    Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) of a small size were successfully synthesized using the wet chemical reduction method into the lamellar space layer of montmorillonite/chitosan (MMT/Cts) as an organomodified mineral solid support in the absence of any heat treatment. AgNO3, MMT, Cts, and NaBH4 were used as the silver precursor, the solid support, the natural polymeric stabilizer, and the chemical reduction agent, respectively. MMT was suspended in aqueous AgNO3/Cts solution. The interlamellar space limits were changed (d-spacing = 1.24–1.54 nm); therefore, AgNPs formed on the interlayer and external surface of MMT/Cts with d-average = 6.28–9.84 nm diameter. Characterizations were done using different methods, ie, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, powder X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectrometry, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Silver/montmorillonite/chitosan bionanocomposite (Ag/MMT/Cts BNC) systems were examined. The antibacterial activity of AgNPs in MMT/Cts was investigated against Gram-positive bacteria, ie, Staphylococcus aureus and methicillin-resistant S. aureus and Gram-negative bacteria, ie, Escherichia coli, E. coli O157:H7, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa by the disc diffusion method using Mueller Hinton agar at different sizes of AgNPs. All of the synthesized Ag/MMT/Cts BNCs were found to have high antibacterial activity. These results show that Ag/MMT/Cts BNCs can be useful in different biological research and biomedical applications, including surgical devices and drug delivery vehicles. PMID:21499424

  2. Multifunctional poly(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide)/montmorillonite (PLGA/MMT) nanoparticles decorated by Trastuzumab for targeted chemotherapy of breast cancer.

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    Sun, Bingfeng; Ranganathan, Balu; Feng, Si-Shen

    2008-02-01

    This paper continued our earlier work on the poly(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide)/montmorillonite nanoparticles (PLGA/MMT NPs), which were further decorated by human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 (HER2) antibody Trastuzumab for targeted breast cancer chemotherapy with paclitaxel as a model anticancer drug. Such a NP system is multifunctional, which formulates anticancer drugs with no harmful adjuvant, reduces the side effects of the formulated anticancer drug, promotes synergistic therapeutic effects, and achieves targeted delivery of the therapy. The paclitaxel-loaded PLGA/MMT NPs were prepared by a modified solvent extraction/evaporation technique, which were then decorated with Trastuzumab. The effects of the surface decoration on particle size and size distribution, surface morphology, drug encapsulation efficiency, as well as the drug release kinetics, were investigated. The NP formulation exhibited a biphasic drug release with a moderate initial burst followed by a sustained release profile. The surface decoration speeded the drug release. Surface chemistry analysis was conducted by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), which confirmed the presence of Trastuzumab on the NP surface. Sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) analysis showed the stability of the antibody in the NP preparation process. Internalization of the coumarin-6-loaded PLGA/MMT NPs with or without the antibody decoration by both of Caco-2 colon adeno carcinoma cells and SK-BR-3 breast cancer cells was visualized by confocal laser scanning microscopy and quantitatively analyzed, which shows that the antibody decoration achieved significantly higher cellular uptake of the NPs. The results of in vitro cytotoxicity experiment on SK-BR-3 cells further proved the targeting effects of the antibody decoration. Judged by IC50 after 24h culture, the therapeutic effects of the drug formulated in the NPs with surface decoration could be 12.74 times higher than that of the

  3. MARE2DEM: an open-source code for anisotropic inversion of controlled-source electromagnetic and magnetotelluric data using parallel adaptive 2D finite elements (Invited)

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    Key, K.

    2013-12-01

    This work announces the public release of an open-source inversion code named MARE2DEM (Modeling with Adaptively Refined Elements for 2D Electromagnetics). Although initially designed for the rapid inversion of marine electromagnetic data, MARE2DEM now supports a wide variety of acquisition configurations for both offshore and onshore surveys that utilize electric and magnetic dipole transmitters or magnetotelluric plane waves. The model domain is flexibly parameterized using a grid of arbitrarily shaped polygonal regions, allowing for complicated structures such as topography or seismically imaged horizons to be easily assimilated. MARE2DEM efficiently solves the forward problem in parallel by dividing the input data parameters into smaller subsets using a parallel data decomposition algorithm. The data subsets are then solved in parallel using an automatic adaptive finite element method that iterative solves the forward problem on successively refined finite element meshes until a specified accuracy tolerance is met, thus freeing the end user from the burden of designing an accurate numerical modeling grid. Regularized non-linear inversion for isotropic or anisotropic conductivity is accomplished with a new implementation of Occam's method referred to as fast-Occam, which is able to minimize the objective function in much fewer forward evaluations than the required by the original method. This presentation will review the theoretical considerations behind MARE2DEM and use a few recent offshore EM data sets to demonstrate its capabilities and to showcase the software interface tools that streamline model building and data inversion.

  4. Fabrication and characterization of PVA/ODA-MMT-poly(MA-alt-1-octadecene)-g-graphene oxide e-spun nanofiber electrolytes and their response to bone cancer cells.

    PubMed

    Rzayev, Zakir M O; Salimi, Kouroush; Bunyatova, Ulviya; Acar, Selim; Salamov, Bahtiyar; Turk, Mustafa

    2016-04-01

    This work presents a new approach to fabrication and characterization of novel polymer nanofiber electrolytes from intercalated PVA/ODA-MMT nanocomposite as a matrix polymer and encapsulated graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets with amphiphilic reactive copolymer as partner polymers using electrospinning method. The chemical and physical structures, surface morphology, thermal behaviors and electric conductivity of nanocomposites and nanofibers were investigated using analyses methods including FTIR, XRD, SEM, DSC-TGA and conductivity analysis. Significant improvements in nanofiber morphology and size distribution were observed when GO and reactive organoclay were incorporated as reinforcement fillers into various matrix/partner solution blends. The structural factors of matrix-partner polymer nanocomposite particles with higher zeta-potential play important roles in both chemical and physical interfacial interactions and phase separation processing and also lead to the formation of nanofibers with unique surface morphologies and good conductivities. The cytotoxic, necrotic and apoptotic effects of chosen nanofibers on osteocarcinoma cells were also investigated. These multifunctional, self-assembled, nanofibrous surfaces can serve as semi-conductive and bioactive platforms in various electrochemical and bio-engineering processes, as well as reactive matrices used for the immobilization of various biopolymer precursors. PMID:26838849

  5. Green synthesis of silver/montmorillonite/chitosan bionanocomposites using the UV irradiation method and evaluation of antibacterial activity

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    Shameli, Kamyar; Ahmad, Mansor Bin; Yunus, Wan Md Zin Wan; Rustaiyan, Abdolhossein; Ibrahim, Nor Azowa; Zargar, Mohsen; Abdollahi, Yadollah

    2010-01-01

    In this study, silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) were synthesized using a green physical synthetic route into the lamellar space of montmorillonite (MMT)/chitosan (Cts) utilizing the ultraviolet (UV) irradiation reduction method in the absence of any reducing agent or heat treatment. Cts, MMT, and AgNO3 were used as the natural polymeric stabilizer, solid support, and silver precursor, respectively. The properties of Ag/MMT/Cts bionanocomposites (BNCs) were studied as the function of UV irradiation times. UV irradiation disintegrated the Ag-NPs into smaller sizes until a relatively stable size and size distribution were achieved. Meanwhile, the crystalline structure and d-spacing of the MMT interlayer, average size and size distribution, surface morphology, elemental signal peaks, functional groups, and surface plasmon resonance of Ag/MMT/Cts BNCs were determined by powder X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence, Fourier transform infrared, and UV-visible spectroscopy. The antibacterial activity of Ag-NPs in MMT/Cts was investigated against Gram-positive bacteria, ie, Staphylococcus aureus and methicillin-resistant S. aureus and Gram-negative bacteria (ie, Escherichia coli) by the disk diffusion method on Muller–Hinton Agar at different sizes of Ag-NPs. All of the synthesized Ag/MMT/Cts BNCs were found to have high antibacterial activity. These results show that Ag/MMT/Cts BNCs can be useful in different biologic research and biomedical applications, such as surgical devices and drug delivery vehicles. PMID:21116328

  6. Broadband Marine Magnetotelluric Exploration of the Crust at a Petroleum Prospect and a Mid-Ocean RIdge

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    Key, K. W.; Constable, S. C.

    2004-12-01

    Broadband marine magnetotelluric (MT) instrumentation developed at Scripps Institution of Oceanography enables resolution of electrical resistivity structure at much shallower depths than previously attainable. While marine seismic reflection surveys have routinely surveyed crustal structure on the continental shelves and mid-ocean ridges, traditional marine MT sensors were only capable of measuring long period fields and so MT experiments were limited to studying mantle structure. The introduction of low-noise sensors allows the broadband MT instrument to now measure the shorter period fields that contain information about crustal resistivity structure. We present two case studies of using the broadband MT system at areas previously surveyed with seismic methods. The joint interpretation of both seismic and MT models for these case studies leads to an improved geological interpretation. At Gemini Prospect in the northern Gulf of Mexico we have collected 42 MT sites in a grid over a three-dimensional (3D) resistive salt structure associated with the petroleum prospect. Depth migrated seismic reflection profiles from a 3D seismic survey at Gemini allow for the verification of two-dimensional (2D) MT inversion models. Combined images of the MT resistivity and seismic reflection profiles show that 2D MT can recover that salt body despite its 3D shape. A steeply dipping and overhanging resistive feature correlates with a previously uninterpreted strong reflection and illustrates how MT can constrain structure in regions where the seismic method performs poorly. A thin and shallow resistive feature shown outside the seismic salt volume may indicate a change in porosity or pore fluids associated with a natural trap in the sediments. At the East Pacific Rise near 9{o50'}N, a pilot survey using the broadband instruments shows sensitivity to structure at shallower depths than previous ridge MT experiments. Two-dimensional inversion of data from 4 MT sites shows a high

  7. Preliminary results of the 3D magnetotelluric characterization of the Research Laboratory on Geological Storage of CO2 in Hontomín (Burgos, Spain)

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    Ogaya, X.; Queralt, P.; Ledo, J.; Marcuello, A.; Jones, A. G.

    2012-04-01

    The work presented here is a component of an on-going project in the framework of establishing a Technical Development Plant (PDT) for carbon dioxide (CO2) storage in a deep saline aquifer. The Research Laboratory is located at the Spanish town of Hontomín, and the project is funded by Fundación Ciudad de la Energía-CIUDEN (http://www.ciuden.es) on behalf of the Spanish Government. In this setting, magnetotelluric (MT) data are providing a baseline model for estimating CO2 plume distribution after injection. The bulk electrical resistivity of rocks is expected to increase significantly due to the presence of CO2 inside the pores of the reservoir rock since the effective volume available for the ionic transport will be reduced. We present the preliminary results of the electromagnetic characterization of the Hontomín site. In total, 109 broadband magnetotelluric (BBMT) soundings were acquired in the area covering an extent of 3 x 4 km2. The data are organized mainly along five north-south profiles, each of around 4 km in length, in the period range of 15 to 4096 Hz. The stations were deployed at approximately 200 m intervals, recording data during 24 to 48 hours, and the average distance between profiles was 500 m. The instrumentation consisted of Metronix ADU06, Metronix ADU07 and Phoenix V8. A remote reference station was permanently placed around 20 km away from the study area. Different robust processing codes using remote reference methods have been tested and used at all stations to derive optimal MT responses. The 3D electrical resistivity model of the subsurface is being computed using different 3D inversion codes: commercial 3D inversion of Winglink® (Mackie and Madden, 1993), WSINV3DMT (Siripunvaraporn et al., 2005) and modEM (Egbert and Kelbert, 2012). The model is discretized on 73 x 114 x 113-layer grid and the inversions were undertaken using the 4 elements of the impedance tensor (8 responses) and more than 16 periods in the range of 0.001 to 10

  8. Application of magnetotelluric in the modeling of underlying structure of Gour Oumelalen (Egere-Aleksod terrane, Central Hoggar, South of Algeria)

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    Boukhalfa, Zakaria; Abderrezak, Bouzid; Khadidja, Ouzegane; Abderrahmane, Bendaoud; Mohamed, Hamoudi; Abdeslam, Abtout; Abdelhamid, Bendekken; Sofiane Said, Bougchiche; Walid, Boukhlouf; Abdelgharfour, Boukar; Aboubakr, Deramchi; Mohamed, Bendali; Abdenaceur, Lemgharbi; Mohammed, Djeddi

    2016-04-01

    The results of a magnetotelluric experiment crossing Ounane granodiorite to the east until the Amadror Wadi to the West, passing through Adrar Ounane in our study area are presented. The magnetotelluric field survey was carried out in the Gour Oumelalen (GO) area during March 2015. We deployed 34 magnetotelluric sites along two parallel EW profiles of a hundred km long. Time series were collected using a V5 system 2000® of Phoenix Geophysics. The first profile located to the north is composed of 18 braodband measurement sites obtained from merging magnetotelluri with audio-magnetotelluric (AMT) data. The second one located 10 km south of the first, is composed of 15 MT sites. An inter-station distance of ~5 km provides good lateral resolution. The MT time series were recorded during about 20 hours which allows to reach a depth of 100 km or more and the AMT data 30 minutes. This allows to get broadband magnetotelluric soundings with good quality data in period range from 0.001 s to 3000 s. In this study we will use the south profile data for modeling the underlying structure of GO. The crustal part of the model shows a resistance bloc, divided by conductive parts which can be interpreted as faults, as regards the lithospheric part it less resistant the upper part, the transition crust / mantle corresponding to MOHO is estimated at more or less 35 km.

  9. INTERPRETATION OF SHALLOW ELECTRICAL FEATURES FROM ELECTROMAGNETIC AND MAGNETOTELLURIC SURVEYS AT MOUNT HOOD, OREGON

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    Wilt, M.; Goldstein, N.E.; Mozley, E.

    1981-04-01

    A magnetotelluric survey, with a reference magnetometer for noise cancellation, was conducted at accessible locations around Mount Hood, Oregon. Thirty-eight tensor magnetotelluric (MT) and remote telluric stations were set up in clusters around the volcano except for the northwest quadrant, a wilderness area. Because of limited access, station locations were restricted to elevations below 1829 m, or no closer than 5 km from the 3424-m summit. On the basis of the MT results, three areas were later investigated in more detail using a large-moment, controlled-source electromagnetic (EM) system developed at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and the University of California at Berkeley. One-dimensional interpretations of EM and MT data on the northeast flank of the mountain near the Cloud Cap eruptive center and on the south flank near Timberline Lodge show a similar subsurface resistivity pattern: a resistive surface layer 400-700 m thick, underlain by a conductive layer with variable thickness and resistivity of <20 ohm m. It is speculated that the surface layer consists of volcanics partially saturated with cold meteoric water. The underlying conductive zone is presumed to be volcanics saturated with water heated within the region of the central conduit and, possibly, at the Cloud Cap side vent. This hypothesis is supported by the existence of warm springs at the base of the mountain, most notably Swim Warm Springs on the south flank, and by several geothermal test wells, one of which penetrates the conductor south of Timberline Lodge. The MT data typically gave a shallower depth to the conductive zone than did the EM data. This is attributed, in part, to the error inherent in one-dimensional MT interpretations of geologically or topographically complex areas. On the other hand, MT was better for resolving the thickness of the conductive layer and deeper structure. The MT data show evidence for a moderately conductive north-south structure on the south flank below the

  10. Magnetotelluric Data, Rainier Mesa/Shoshone Mountain, Nevada Test Site, Nevada.

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    Jackie M. Williams; Jay A. Sampson; Brian D. Rodriguez; and Theodore H. Asch.

    2006-11-03

    The United States Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) at their Nevada Site Office (NSO) are addressing ground-water contamination resulting from historical underground nuclear testing through the Environmental Management (EM) program and, in particular, the Underground Test Area (UGTA) project. From 1951 to 1992, 828 underground nuclear tests were conducted at the Nevada Test Site northwest of Las Vegas. Most of these tests were conducted hundreds of feet above the ground-water table; however, more than 200 of the tests were near or within the water table. This underground testing was limited to specific areas of the Nevada Test Site, including Pahute Mesa, Rainier Mesa/Shoshone Mountain, Frenchman Flat, and Yucca Flat. One issue of concern is the nature of the somewhat poorly constrained pre-Tertiary geology, and its effects on ground-water flow. Ground-water modelers would like to know more about the hydrostratigraphy and geologic structure to support a hydrostratigraphic framework model that is under development for the Rainier Mesa/Shoshone Mountain Corrective Action Unit (Bechtel Nevada, 2006). During 2005, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the DOE and NNSA-NSO, collected and processed data from twenty-six magnetotelluric (MT) and audio-magnetotelluric (AMT) sites at the Nevada Test Site. The 2005 data stations were located on and near Rainier Mesa and Shoshone Mountain to assist in characterizing the pre-Tertiary geology in those areas. These new stations extend the area of the hydrogeologic study previously conducted in Yucca Flat. This work will help refine what is known about the character, thickness, and lateral extent of pre-Tertiary confining units. In particular, a major goal has been to define the upper clastic confining unit (UCCU – late Devonian to Mississippian-age siliciclastic rocks assigned to the Eleana Formation and Chainman Shale) from the Yucca Flat area and west towards

  11. The Electrical Structure of Upper Mantle Beneath 70Ma Pacific Seafloor Constrained by Seafloor Magnetotelluric Data

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    Tursack, E. K.; Evans, R. L.; Elsenbeck, J.; Lizarralde, D.; Collins, J. A.; Gaherty, J. B.; Hirth, G.

    2013-12-01

    The NOMELT experiment focused on understanding the structure of 70Ma oceanic lithosphere and underlying asthenosphere. The experiment used a combination of seismic and magnetotelluric (MT) techniques to image the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary (LAB) and determine if partial melt is present beneath the lithosphere, or if another mechanism is responsible for the transition between lithosphere and asthenosphere at this intermediate plate age. We inverted the seafloor MT data from 4 stations to constrain the electrical structure of the LAB. We conducted two-dimensional regularized isotropic and anisotropic inversions. The resulting electrical resistivity model was then averaged into a one-dimensional profile and compared with data from the Marianas subduction zone [1], the Phillipine Sea [2], the MELT Experiment at 17°S on the EPR [3], and the Middle America Trench [4]. The preferred electrical resistivity model for the NOMELT region is isotropic and does not contain a highly conductive layer under the 70-80 km thick resistive lithosphere. This lack of a conductive layer suggests that partial melt is not present in a well-connected network within the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary of 70Ma oceanic plate, in contrast to other regions [2, 4]. The lack of anisotropy within the upper asthenosphere is also in contrast to previous electromagnetic studies of oceanic settings that invoked a more hydrous asthenosphere [3, 5]. [1] Matsuno T, N Seama, RL Evans, AD Chave, K Baba, A White, T Goto, G Heinson, G Boren, A Yoneda, H Utada (2010) Upper mantle electrical resistivity structure beneath the central Mariana subduction system. Geochem. Geophys. Geosys., 11: Q09003, doi:10.1029/2010GC003101. [2] Baba K, H Utada, T Goto, T Kasaya, H Shimizu, N Tada (2010) Electrical conductivity imagine of the Philippine Sea upper mantle using seafloor magnetotelluric data. Phys. Earth and Planet. Int. 183: 44-62. [3] Evans RL, G Hirth, K Baba, D Forsyth, A Chave, R Mackie (2005

  12. XML Storage for Magnetotelluric Transfer Functions: Towards a Comprehensive Online Reference Database

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    Kelbert, A.; Blum, C.

    2015-12-01

    Magnetotelluric Transfer Functions (MT TFs) represent most of the information about Earth electrical conductivity found in the raw electromagnetic data, providing inputs for further inversion and interpretation. To be useful for scientific interpretation, they must also contain carefully recorded metadata. Making these data available in a discoverable and citable fashion would provide the most benefit to the scientific community, but such a development requires that the metadata is not only present in the file but is also searchable. The most commonly used MT TF format to date, the historical Society of Exploration Geophysicists Electromagnetic Data Interchange Standard 1987 (EDI), no longer supports some of the needs of modern magnetotellurics, most notably accurate error bars recording. Moreover, the inherent heterogeneity of EDI's and other historic MT TF formats has mostly kept the community away from healthy data sharing practices. Recently, the MT team at Oregon State University in collaboration with IRIS Data Management Center developed a new, XML-based format for MT transfer functions, and an online system for long-term storage, discovery and sharing of MT TF data worldwide (IRIS SPUD; www.iris.edu/spud/emtf). The system provides a query page where all of the MT transfer functions collected within the USArray MT experiment and other field campaigns can be searched for and downloaded; an automatic on-the-fly conversion to the historic EDI format is also included. To facilitate conversion to the new, more comprehensive and sustainable, XML format for MT TFs, and to streamline inclusion of historic data into the online database, we developed a set of open source format conversion tools, which can be used for rotation of MT TFs as well as a general XML <-> EDI converter (https://seiscode.iris.washington.edu/projects/emtf-fcu). Here, we report on the newly established collaboration between the USGS Geomagnetism Program and the Oregon State University to gather

  13. Occupational and environmental exposure of automobile mechanics and nonautomotive workers to airborne manganese arising from the combustion of methylcyclopentadienyl manganese tricarbonyl (MMT).

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    Sierra, P; Loranger, S; Kennedy, G; Zayed, J

    1995-07-01

    Inhalation exposure to manganese (Mn) was measured for a group of garage mechanics and a control group of nonautomotive workers. The airborne Mn exposure of 35 garage mechanics suspected of being relatively highly exposed to Mn from MMT was measured at the workplace over one-week period. It also was measured for 30 nonautomotive workers at the University of Montreal. The environmental exposure also was measured for the two groups, as was the exposure to three other metals, aluminum (Al), iron (Fe), and zinc (Zn). At work the mechanics were exposed to Mn concentrations varying from 0.010 to 6.673 micrograms m-3 with a mean of 0.45 microgram m-5, while the control group was exposed to concentrations varying from 0.011 to 1.862 microgram m-3 with a mean of 0.04 microgram m-3. The mean environmental exposure for the two groups was similar to the Mn concentrations gathered in Montreal in 1992. Workplace concentrations of Al, Fe, and Zn also were higher for the garage mechanics. The results suggest that less than 10% of the Mn exposure of the garage mechanics was due to MMT. The levels of the metals measured were below the established limits for industrial and even environmental exposure. PMID:7618609

  14. Electrical signature of the Marrakech High Atlas: new insights from the TopoMed broad band magnetotelluric experiment.

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    Siniscalchi, A.; Romano, G.; Jones, A.; Ledo, J.; Campanyà, J.; Kiyan, D.

    2012-04-01

    In autumn 2009, a broadband magnetotelluric (BBMT) SSW-NNE striking profile crossing the Marrakech High Atlas was acquired as a part of the TopoMed Coordinated Research Project within the TOPO-EUROPE EUROCORES (http://www.esf.org/activities/eurocores/runningprogrammes/ topo-europe.html). The main purpose was to obtain information on the crustal structure in a poorly investigated area of the Atlas system [D. Frizon de Lamotte et al. 2008]. A total of 19 soundings were acquired allowing the estimation of the MT and the geomagnetic transfer function in the period range from 0.001 s to 1000 s. The data quality is not uniform along the profile and generally not as high as desired due to the combination of mainly two factors: low solar activity and the presence of strong cultural noise sources like those affecting the northern soundings, near Marrakech. Directionality analysis, made using all the soundings, indicates a strike direction NE-SW until periods of few hundred seconds (i.e., crust to upper mantle depths). The strike was determined from the geomagnetic transfer function and then, considering also the middle-low quality of the tipper data, confirmed by applying the distortion decomposition method of Groom and Bailey (1989) following the scheme of McNeice and Jones (2001). A preliminary analysis of subsurface resistivity distribution along the original profile was inferred by the so-called Niblett-Bostick (N-B) transform of the determinant apparent resistivity and phases, considering that they are rotationally invariant. This first stage data modeling shows a well distinct electrical signature among the Marrakech High Atlas with respect to the adjacent basins (Souss and Haouz) throughout the crust. Taking into account the electrical strike (NE-SW) the MT transfer functions were corrected for distortion and derived in the appropriate strike direction; sounding sites were projected on a transect line orthogonal to the strike (NW-SE). Joint TM and TE mode data were

  15. Multifunctional electroactive electrospun nanofiber structures from water solution blends of PVA/ODA–MMT and poly(maleic acid-alt-acrylic acid): effects of Ag, organoclay, structural rearrangement and NaOH doping factors

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    Şimşek, Murat; Rzayev, Zakir M. O.; Bunyatova, Ulviya

    2016-06-01

    Novel multifunctional colloidal polymer nanofiber electrolytes were fabricated by green reactive electrospinning nanotechnology from various water solution/dispersed blends of poly (vinyl alcohol-co-vinyl acetate) (PVA)/octadecyl amine-montmorillonite (ODA–MMT) as matrix polymer nanocomposite and poly(maleic acid-alt-acrylic acid) (poly(MAc-alt-AA) and/or its Ag-carrying complex as partner copolymers. Polymer nanofiber electrolytes were characterized using FTIR, XRD, thermal (DSC, TGA–DTG), SEM, and electrical analysis methods. Effects of partner copolymers, organoclay, in situ generated silver nanoparticles (AgNPs), and annealing procedure on physical and chemical properties of polymer composite nanofibers were investigated. The electrical properties (resistance, conductivity, activation energy) of nanofibers with/without NaOH doping agent were also evaluated. This work presented a structural rearrangement of nanofiber mats by annealing via decarboxylation of anhydride units with the formation of new conjugated double bond sites onto partner copolymer main chains. It was also found that the semiconductor behaviors of nanofiber structures were essentially improved with increasing temperature and fraction of partner copolymers as well as presence of organoclay and AgNPs in nanofiber composite.

  16. Synthesis and characterization of CuO-montmorillonite nanocomposite by thermal decomposition method and antibacterial activity of nanocomposite.

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    Sohrabnezhad, Sh; Mehdipour Moghaddam, M J; Salavatiyan, T

    2014-05-01

    CuO-montmorillonite (CuO-MMT) nanocomposite was synthesized by thermal decomposition methods and characterized by diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The resultant particles are nearly spherical and particle size is in the range of ~3-5 nm. X-ray diffraction patterns indicate that MMT (1.22 nm) has a d-spacing higher than CuO-MMT nanocomposite (0.97 nm). This result implied that CuO nanoparticles can exist in micropore of MMT. The disappeared of band at 918 cm(-1) and decreasing of intensity of 3630 cm(-1) band in FT-IR spectra confirm substitution of aluminum in octahedral layer by Cu(2+) cations. The diffuse reflectance spectra show that the value of band gap energy for CuO-MMT nanocomposite (2.7 eV) is more than CuO nanoparticles (1.2 eV). It was found that decrease in the particle size of CuO nanoparticles due to quantum size effect. The antibacterial activity of CuO-MMT nanocomposite was tested against Escherichia coli. Nanocomposite showed efficient bactericidal effect. PMID:24531107

  17. Synthesis and characterization of CuO-montmorillonite nanocomposite by thermal decomposition method and antibacterial activity of nanocomposite

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    Sohrabnezhad, Sh.; Mehdipour Moghaddam, M. J.; Salavatiyan, T.

    CuO-montmorillonite (CuO-MMT) nanocomposite was synthesized by thermal decomposition methods and characterized by diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The resultant particles are nearly spherical and particle size is in the range of ˜3-5 nm. X-ray diffraction patterns indicate that MMT (1.22 nm) has a d-spacing higher than CuO-MMT nanocomposite (0.97 nm). This result implied that CuO nanoparticles can exist in micropore of MMT. The disappeared of band at 918 cm-1 and decreasing of intensity of 3630 cm-1 band in FT-IR spectra confirm substitution of aluminum in octahedral layer by Cu2+ cations. The diffuse reflectance spectra show that the value of band gap energy for CuO-MMT nanocomposite (2.7 eV) is more than CuO nanoparticles (1.2 eV). It was found that decrease in the particle size of CuO nanoparticles due to quantum size effect. The antibacterial activity of CuO-MMT nanocomposite was tested against Escherichia coli. Nanocomposite showed efficient bactericidal effect.

  18. Geodynamic implications for the formation of the Betic-Rif orogen from magnetotelluric studies

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    Martí, A.; Queralt, P.; Roca, E.; Ledo, J.; Galindo-ZaldíVar, J.

    2009-01-01

    Magnetotelluric data from the central Betics mountains (Spain) have been used to determine the electrical resistivity of the crust after a three-dimensional (3D) interpretive approach. At shallow levels (<2 km), the resulting model shows good correlation between the geoelectric structures and the geologic units. At greater depths (>3 km), the most striking and well-resolved feature of the model is an upper-middle crust conductive body, located at the core of the Internal Betics antiform. This approximately 14-km-thick body is interpreted as basic or ultrabasic rocks containing a conducting mineral phase. Its structural location above the sole thrust of the Betic orogen and beneath the Nevado-Filábride complex confirms the presence of a major suture zone between this complex and the autochthonous Iberian plate. This suture may correspond to an ancient oceanic or transitional domain developed between Iberia and the Alboran Domain during the opening of the Tethys Ocean, partially subducted and closed during the development of the Betic orogen. The possible geodynamic scenarios for the Betics have been reconsidered, taking into account this new constraint.

  19. Evidence of a North-trending lithospheric detachment beneath the Betic Cordillera revealed by magnetotelluric data

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    Rosell, O.; Marti, A.; Marcuello, A.; Ledo, J.; Queralt, P.; Roca, E.; Campanya, J.

    2010-12-01

    Several and contradictory geodynamic models have been proposed to explain the opening of the Alboran Sea during the Oligocene - Miocene based on different geological and geophysical data, which do not allow to unequivocally distinguish between them. Using broad band and long period magnetotelluric data, we constructed a 3D model of the lithospheric electrical resistivity distribution beneath the Betic Cordillera. The model depicts the lithosphere - asthenosphere boundary, located deeper under the Iberian plate and the Betic Cordillera (160 km) than under the Alboran Basin (110 km). However, the main feature of the model is a N-S oriented conductive body in the lithospheric mantle located East of the 4W meridian. This conductive body coincides with a low velocity anomaly in an area without earthquake hypocenter locations. We interpret this N-S conductive body as asthenospheric material that has been intruded due to a lithospheric tearing process and the breaking-off of the East directed subducting slab. These new constraints, added to the available geodynamic models proposed, allow us to reconstruct a plausible geometry of the subduction and slab break-off of the Ligurian oceanic lithosphere under the Alboran Domain.

  20. Midcontinent Rift and Remnants of Initiating Mantle Plume Imaged With Magnetotellurics

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    Bowles-martinez, E.; Schultz, A.

    2015-12-01

    Geologic evidence has long suggested that the Midcontinent Rift (MCR) was initiated by a mantle plume 1.1 Ga in the western Lake Superior region. EarthScope magnetotelluric data has been inverted to create a 3D resistivity model that shows remnants of the plume to depths of at least 150 km. The mantle plume remnants are imaged as a body of highly conductive material in the lithosphere. It is focused below western Lake Superior and northwestern Wisconsin, and elongated in a NW-SE direction, consistent with plate motion vectors. Recent seismic velocity models from EarthScope data also show an anomaly at this location. The presence of a plume after so much time has passed invites many questions regarding the long-term stability of conductive materials, the thickness of the lithosphere, and the stability of sub-craton mantle over long time periods. The resistivity model also shows features defining the length of the MCR as well as the Grenville orogeny. New data being collected this summer is incorporated into the model, extending it southeast across Grenville.

  1. Focused time-lapse inversion of radio and audio magnetotelluric data

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    Rosas Carbajal, Marina; Linde, Niklas; Kalscheuer, Thomas

    2012-09-01

    Geoelectrical techniques are widely used to monitor groundwater processes, while surprisingly few studies have considered audio (AMT) and radio (RMT) magnetotellurics for such purposes. In this numerical investigation, we analyze to what extent inversion results based on AMT and RMT monitoring data can be improved by (1) time-lapse difference inversion; (2) incorporation of statistical information about the expected model update (i.e., the model regularization is based on a geostatistical model); (3) using alternative model norms to quantify temporal changes (i.e., approximations of l1 and Cauchy norms using iteratively reweighted least-squares), (4) constraining model updates to predefined ranges (i.e., using Lagrange Multipliers to only allow either increases or decreases of electrical resistivity with respect to background conditions). To do so, we consider a simple illustrative model and a more realistic test case related to seawater intrusion. The results are encouraging and show significant improvements when using time-lapse difference inversion with non l2 model norms. Artifacts that may arise when imposing compactness of regions with temporal changes can be suppressed through inequality constraints to yield models without oscillations outside the true region of temporal changes. Based on these results, we recommend approximate l1-norm solutions as they can resolve both sharp and smooth interfaces within the same model.

  2. Distribution of melt beneath Mount St Helens and Mount Adams inferred from magnetotelluric data

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    Hill, G.J.; Caldwell, T.G.; Heise, W.; Chertkoff, D.G.; Bibby, H.M.; Burgess, M.K.; Cull, J.P.; Cas, Ray A.F.

    2009-01-01

    Three prominent volcanoes that form part of the Cascade mountain range in Washington State (USA)Mounts StHelens, Adams and Rainierare located on the margins of a mid-crustal zone of high electrical conductivity1,5. Interconnected melt can increase the bulk conductivity of the region containing the melt6,7, which leads us to propose that the anomalous conductivity in this region is due to partial melt associated with the volcanism. Here we test this hypothesis by using magnetotelluric data recorded at a network of 85 locations in the area of the high-conductivity anomaly. Our data reveal that a localized zone of high conductivity beneath thisvolcano extends downwards to join the mid-crustal conductor. As our measurements were made during the recent period of lava extrusion at Mount St Helens, we infer that the conductivity anomaly associated with the localized zone, and by extension with the mid-crustal conductor, is caused by the presence of partial melt. Our interpretation is consistent with the crustal origin of silicic magmas erupting from Mount St Helens8, and explains the distribution of seismicity observed at the time of the catastrophic eruption in 1980 (refs9, 10). ?? 2009 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.

  3. Testing Magnetotelluric Constraints on the Physical State of the Yellowstone Plume

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    Murphy, B. S.; Egbert, G. D.; Humphreys, E.

    2015-12-01

    Recent inversions of long-period magnetotelluric (MT) datasets (Kelbert et al., 2012; Meqbel et al., 2014) have suggested that the mantle lithosphere directly beneath the modern Yellowstone caldera is electrically resistive. This observation implies that the uppermost mantle does not contain significant quantities of melt and therefore seems to contradict seismic tomography studies that find a major low-velocity plume-like feature directly beneath Yellowstone. Our ongoing investigation of the long-period Earthscope MT data suggests that these data are relatively insensitive to the conductivity structure in the upper mantle due to screening of deeper features by the modern electrically conductive magma chamber(s). Hence, at present we cannot conclude that the uppermost mantle directly beneath Yellowstone is electrically resistive. However, we do resolve a major electrically conductive anomaly that dips generally to the west at approximately 30 degrees from the vicinity of the seismically imaged magma reservoir(s) beneath the Yellowstone. The MT data therefore may indicate that the flow of melt is at least partially influenced by structures to the west of the modern caldera, specifically ancient (Paleoproterozoic) structures at the edge of the Wyoming Craton. While the geochemistry of Yellowstone eruptive products remains ambiguous with regards to source, radiogenic isotope model ages could be interpreted as supporting this possibility.

  4. Subduction of the Rivera Plate Beneath the Jalisco Block as Imaged by Magnetotelluric Data

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    Alvarez, R.; Corbo, F.; Arzate, J.

    2013-05-01

    Two magnetotelluric profiles perpendicular to the trench provide information on the subduction of the Rivera plate under the Jalisco Block (JB). The geometry of the subducting slab is inferred by the anomalous conductor on the top of the profile in the central part of the JB. High-conductivity zones (< 50 ohm-m) at depths shallower than 10 km are associated to dewatering of the oceanic crust below the accretion prism in the SW portion of the profile. Away from the coast, observed upper crustal conductors (< 10 km) are interpreted as partial melt related to the Central Jalisco Volcanic Lineament. The source of the crustal conductor in the central part of the MT profile, ~150 km inland and down to depths of 40 km is interpreted as a region of interconnected fluids associated with the metamorphic dehydration of the oceanic plate. Contrasting resistivity at the mantle wedge at depths below 40 km suggest to us that hot mantle material may be migrating upwards, mixing with dehydration reaction products. Across Bahia de Banderas fault (BBF) zone subduction appears to stop or to occur closer to the trench at a steeper angle. The conductivity image at the NW edge of JB reveals no downwards dipping plate but an extended conductor apparently rising from depths > 40 km. Our results supports the mantle upwelling theory as an explanation to the reported 1.5 km uplift of the central part of the Jalisco Block, and the Rivera plate discontinuity across the BBF zone as suggested by seismicity data.

  5. Three-dimensional inversion of magnetotelluric impedance tensor data and full distortion matrix

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    Avdeeva, A.; Moorkamp, M.; Avdeev, D.; Jegen, M.; Miensopust, M.

    2015-07-01

    Galvanic distortion of magnetotelluric (MT) data due to small-scale surficial bodies or due to topography is one of the major factors that prevents accurate imaging of the subsurface. We present a 3-D algorithm for joint inversion of MT impedance tensor data and a frequency-independent full distortion matrix that circumvents this problem. We perform several tests of our algorithm on synthetic data affected by different amounts of distortion. These tests show that joint inversion leads to a better conductivity model compared to the inversion of the MT impedance tensor without any correction for distortion effects. For highly distorted data, inversion without any distortion correction results in strong artefacts and we cannot fit the data to the specified noise level. When the distortion is reduced, we can fit the data to an RMS of one, but still observe artefacts in the shallow part of the model. In contrast, in both cases our joint inversion can fit the data within the assumed noise level and the resulting models are comparable to the inversion of undistorted data. In addition, we show that the elements of the full distortion matrix can be well resolved by our algorithm. Finally, when inverting undistorted data, including the distortion matrix in the inversion only results in a minor loss of resolution. We therefore consider our new approach a promising tool for the general analysis of field MT data.

  6. Magnetotelluric imaging of upper crustal partial melt at Tendaho graben in Afar, Ethiopia

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    Didana, Yohannes Lemma; Thiel, Stephan; Heinson, Graham

    2014-05-01

    We report on a recent magnetotelluric (MT) survey across the Manda Hararo magmatic segment (MHMS) within the Tendaho graben in the Afar Depression in northeastern Ethiopia. Twenty-two broadband MT sites with ˜1 km station spacing were deployed along a profile with the recorded data covering a period range from 0.003 s to 1000 s. A two-dimensional (2-D) resistivity model reveals an upper crustal fracture zone (fault) and partial melt with resistivity of 1-10Ωm at a depth of >1 km. The partial melt has a maximum horizontal width of 15 km and extends to a depth of 15 km within the Afar Stratoid Series basalts. We estimate a melt fraction of about 13% based on geochemical and borehole data, and bulk resistivity from the 2-D MT inversion model. The interpreted upper crustal partial melt may have been formed by either a magma intrusion from mantle sources or a large volume of continental crust that has been fluxed by a small amount of mantle melt and heat. Within the MHMS and Tendaho graben, a magma intrusion is a plausible explanation for the upper crustal conductor. The inferred presence of a conductive fracture zone or fault with hydrothermal fluid and shallow heat sourcing magma reservoir also makes the Tendaho graben a promising prospect for the development of conventional hydrothermal geothermal energy.

  7. Preliminary magnetotelluric results across Dalma Volcanics, Eastern India: Inferences on metallogeny

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    Maurya, Ved P.; Shalivahan; Bhattacharya, B. B.; Adhikari, P. K.; Das, L. K.

    2015-04-01

    The regional magnetotelluric (MT) survey across Dalma Volcanics (DVs) in North Singhbhum Mobile Belt (NSMB) was carried out to obtain the conductivity model and to understand the metallogeny. The structure in general is 2-D and the average strike is N60°W. 2-D inversions using TE + TM and TE + TM + Tzy were carried out. Both inversions derived models with similar features but with modified shape. The TE + TM + Tzy inversion brings up two conducting zones enveloping three anomalous conducting bodies. Inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES) analysis of the samples collected from 8 to 10 m pit from different stratigraphic units of Dalma volcano-sedimentary belt indicates the presence of gold, silver, uranium and copper. The study area is a felsic dominated rifted margin and shows high conductivity contrast along with high gravity, magnetic and significant radiometric anomaly. Thus, the conducting zones indicate the presence of volcanogenic massive sulfide (VMS) or volcano hosted gold deposit (Au-VMS) in NSMB.

  8. Crustal structure of the North Anatolian and East Anatolian Fault Systems from magnetotelluric data

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    Türkoğlu, Erşan; Unsworth, Martyn; Bulut, Fatih; Çağlar, İlyas

    2015-04-01

    Magnetotelluric (MT) studies can map subsurface resistivity structure and have located zones of low resistivity (high conductivity) within major strike-slip fault zones worldwide which have been interpreted as regions of elevated fluid content. This study describes MT data from the eastern part of the North Anatolian and the East Anatolian Fault Systems (NAFS and EAFS) and presents the results of the first MT studies of these faults. The inversion of the MT data produced 2-D resistivity models which showed that both fault systems are underlain by a broad low resistivity zone that extended into the lower crust. However, the resistivity beneath the East Anatolian Fault System was much lower than beneath the eastern part of the North Anatolian Fault System. These conductors begin at a depth of 10 km - not at the surface as on the central San Andreas Fault (SAFS). This difference is interpreted as being due to the fact that the EAFS and NAFS are young fault systems characterized in the upper crust by multiple fault traces - as opposed to the SAFS that has evolved into a single through going fault. Different stages of the seismic cycle may also influence the resistivity structure, although this is difficult to constrain without knowledge of time variations in resistivity structure at each location.

  9. Deep crustal structure of the Cascade Range and surrounding regions from seismic refraction and magnetotelluric data

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    Stanley, W.D.; Mooney, W.D.; Fuis, G.S.

    1990-01-01

    Several regional seismic refraction and magnetotelluric (MT) profiles have been completed across the Cascade Range and surrounding geologic provinces in California, Oregon, and Washington. Analysis of three MT and two seismic refraction profiles in Oregon and a coincident MT and refraction profile in northern California show a high degree of correlation between resistivity and velocity models. The main feature that is evident in both data sets is a highly conductive (2-20 ohm m) zone that occurs at depths of 6-20 km and largely within a midcrustal velocity layer of 6.4-6.6 km/s, overlying a lower crust with velocities of 7.0-7.4 km/s. Accretionary structures in the southern Washington Cascades have been shown to be related to stress release in the area of Mount St. Helens. In order to explain the similar structures in the MT and refraction models for Oregon and California, a model is proposed involving the effects of metamorphic zonation to produce the velocity structure, combined with metamorphically produced fluids and partial melt to produce the deep conductor. -from Authors

  10. Lithospheric structures and Precambrian terrane boundaries in northeastern Botswana revealed through magnetotelluric profiling

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    Miensopust, M. P.; Jones, A. G.; Muller, M. R.; Garcia, X. A.; Evans, R. L.; Khoza, D. T.

    2010-12-01

    Within the framework of the Southern African MagnetoTelluric EXperiment (SAMTEX) a focused study was undertaken to gain better knowledge of the lithospheric geometries and structures of the westerly extension of the Zimbabwe Craton into Botswana, with the overarching aim to increase our understanding of southern African tectonics. The area of interest is located in northeastern Botswana, where Kalahari sands cover most of the geological terranes, and little is known about lithospheric structures and thickness. Some of the regional scale terrane boundary locations, defined based on potential field data, may be not sufficiently accurate for local scale studies. Investigation of the NNW-SSE orientated, 600 km long ZIM line profile crossing the Zimbabwe craton, Magondi mobile belt and Ghanzi-Chobe belt showed that the Zimbabwe craton is characterized by thick ( ˜ 220 km) resistive lithosphere, consistent with geochemical and geothermal estimates from kimberlite samples of the Orapa and Letlhakane pipes ( ˜ 175 km west of the profile). The lithospheric mantle of the Ghanzi-Chobe belt is resistive but the lithosphere is only about 180 km thick. At crustal depths a northwards-dipping boundary between the Ghanzi-Chobe and the Magondi belts is identified, and two mid- to lower-crustal conductors are discovered in the Magondi belt. The crustal terrane boundary between the Magondi and Ghanzi-Chobe belts is found to be located further to the north, and the southwestern boundary of the Zimbabwe craton might be further to the west, than previously inferred from potential field data.

  11. Preliminary Results of a Magnetotelluric Survey in the Center of Hawaii Island

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    Lienert, B. R.; Thomas, D. M.; Wallin, E.

    2014-12-01

    From 2013 up to the present we have been recording magnetotelluric (MT) data at 25 sites in a 35x25 km region (elev. 1943 m) on the saddle between the active volcano of Mauna Loa (4169 m) and the dormant volcano of Mauna Kea (4205 m) on Hawai'i Island. The MT data, particularly the electric fields, are frequently contaminated by spurious components that are not due to the plane-wave magnetic signals required for derivation of the MT impedance tensor. We therefore developed interactive graphical software (MTPlot) to plot and analyze the MT signals in the field. MTPlot allows us to quickly examine records in both the time and frequency domain to in order to judge their quality. It also transforms the data into estimates of apparent resistivity and their error in the frequency range 0.001-500 Hz. This has proved very useful for selecting suitable records for subsequent analysis. We then use multi-taper remote reference processing to obtain our final apparent resistivity estimates and their errors. We present preliminary results of one and two dimensional modeling of these estimates to obtain the three-dimensional distribution of subsurface resistivities down to depths of 5 km. The results are compared to temperatures and properties of cores obtained when we drilled a research hole to a depth of 1760 m in this same region. We shall discuss how our results relate to the extent of the fresh-water and geothermal energy reservoirs that we discovered during drilling.

  12. 3-D magnetotelluric image of offshore magmatism at the Walvis Ridge and rift basin

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    Jegen, Marion; Avdeeva, Anna; Berndt, Christian; Franz, Gesa; Heincke, Björn; Hölz, Sebastian; Neska, Anne; Marti, Anna; Planert, Lars; Chen, J.; Kopp, Heidrun; Baba, Kiyoshi; Ritter, Oliver; Weckmann, Ute; Meqbel, Naser; Behrmann, Jan

    2016-06-01

    The Namibian continental margin marks the starting point of the Tristan da Cunha hotspot trail, the Walvis Ridge. This section of the volcanic southwestern African margin is therefore ideal to study the interaction of hotspot volcanism and rifting, which occurred in the late Jurassic/early Cretaceous. Offshore magnetotelluric data image electromagnetically the landfall of Walvis Ridge. Two large-scale high resistivity anomalies in the 3-D resistivity model indicate old magmatic intrusions related to hot-spot volcanism and rifting. The large-scale resistivity anomalies correlate with seismically identified lower crustal high velocity anomalies attributed to magmatic underplating along 2-D offshore seismic profiles. One of the high resistivity anomalies (above 500 Ωm) has three arms of approximately 100 km width and 300 km to 400 km length at 120° angles in the lower crust. One of the arms stretches underneath Walvis Ridge. The shape is suggestive of crustal extension due to local uplift. It might indicate the location where the hot-spot impinged on the crust prior to rifting. A second, smaller anomaly of 50 km width underneath the continent ocean boundary may be attributed to magma ascent during rifting. We attribute a low resistivity anomaly east of the continent ocean boundary and south of Walvis Ridge to the presence of a rift basin that formed prior to the rifting.

  13. 3D inversion based on multi-grid approach of magnetotelluric data from Northern Scandinavia

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    Cherevatova, M.; Smirnov, M.; Korja, T. J.; Egbert, G. D.

    2012-12-01

    In this work we investigate the geoelectrical structure of the cratonic margin of Fennoscandian Shield by means of magnetotelluric (MT) measurements carried out in Northern Norway and Sweden during summer 2011-2012. The project Magnetotellurics in the Scandes (MaSca) focuses on the investigation of the crust, upper mantle and lithospheric structure in a transition zone from a stable Precambrian cratonic interior to a passive continental margin beneath the Caledonian Orogen and the Scandes Mountains in western Fennoscandia. Recent MT profiles in the central and southern Scandes indicated a large contrast in resistivity between Caledonides and Precambrian basement. The alum shales as a highly conductive layers between the resistive Precambrian basement and the overlying Caledonian nappes are revealed from this profiles. Additional measurements in the Northern Scandes were required. All together data from 60 synchronous long period (LMT) and about 200 broad band (BMT) sites were acquired. The array stretches from Lofoten and Bodo (Norway) in the west to Kiruna and Skeleftea (Sweden) in the east covering an area of 500x500 square kilometers. LMT sites were occupied for about two months, while most of the BMT sites were measured during one day. We have used new multi-grid approach for 3D electromagnetic (EM) inversion and modelling. Our approach is based on the OcTree discretization where the spatial domain is represented by rectangular cells, each of which might be subdivided (recursively) into eight sub-cells. In this simplified implementation the grid is refined only in the horizontal direction, uniformly in each vertical layer. Using multi-grid we manage to have a high grid resolution near the surface (for instance, to tackle with galvanic distortions) and lower resolution at greater depth as the EM fields decay in the Earth according to the diffusion equation. We also have a benefit in computational costs as number of unknowns decrease. The multi-grid forward

  14. IRETHERM: Magnetotelluric studies of Irish radiothermal granites and their geothermal energy potential

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    Farrell, T. F.; Jones, A. G.; Muller, M. R.; Feely, M.

    2013-12-01

    The IRETHERM project seeks to develop a strategic understanding of Ireland's deep geothermal energy potential through integrated modeling of new and existing geophysical and geological data. One aspect of IRETHERM's research focuses on Ireland's radiothermal granites, where increased concentrations of radioelements provide elevated heat-production (HP), heat-flow (HF) and subsurface temperatures. An understanding of the contribution of granites to the thermal field of Ireland is of key importance in assessing the geothermal energy potential of this low-enthalpy setting. This study focuses on the Leinster granite, the Galway granite and the buried Kentstown granite. Shallow (<250 m) boreholes were drilled into the exposed Caledonian Leinster and Galway granites as part of an early 1980's EU-funded geothermal project. These studies yielded HP = 2-3 μWm-3 and HF = 80 mWm-2 at the Sally Gap borehole in the Northern Units of the Leinster granite. In the Galway granite batholith, the Costelloe-Murvey granite returned HP = 7 μWm-3 and HF = 77 mWm-2, measured at the Ros a Mhil borehole. The lower heat-flow encountered at the Ros a Mhil borehole suggests that the associated high heat production does not extend to great depth. The buried Kentstown granite has associated with it a significant negative Bouguer anomaly and was intersected by two mineral exploration boreholes at depths of 660 m and 485 m. Heat production has been measured at 2.4 μWm-3 in core samples taken from the weathered top 30m of the granite. The core of this study consists of an ambitious program of magnetotelluric (MT) and audio-magnetotelluric (AMT) data acquisition across the three granite bodies, extending over three fieldwork seasons. MT and AMT data were collected at 59 locations along two profiles over the Leinster granite. Preliminary results show that the northern units of the Leinster granite extend to depths of 2-5 km. Over the Galway granite, MT and AMT data have been collected at a total

  15. Probing Hypergiant Mass Loss with Adaptive Optics Imaging and Polarimetry in the Infrared: MMT-Pol and LMIRCam Observations of IRC +10420 and VY Canis Majoris

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    Shenoy, Dinesh P.; Jones, Terry J.; Packham, Chris; Lopez-Rodriguez, Enrique

    2015-07-01

    We present 2–5 μm adaptive optics (AO) imaging and polarimetry of the famous hypergiant stars IRC +10420 and VY Canis Majoris. The imaging polarimetry of IRC +10420 with MMT-Pol at 2.2 μ {m} resolves nebular emission with intrinsic polarization of 30%, with a high surface brightness indicating optically thick scattering. The relatively uniform distribution of this polarized emission both radially and azimuthally around the star confirms previous studies that place the scattering dust largely in the plane of the sky. Using constraints on scattered light consistent with the polarimetry at 2.2 μ {m}, extrapolation to wavelengths in the 3–5 μm band predicts a scattered light component significantly below the nebular flux that is observed in our Large Binocular Telescope/LMIRCam 3–5 μm AO imaging. Under the assumption this excess emission is thermal, we find a color temperature of ∼500 K is required, well in excess of the emissivity-modified equilibrium temperature for typical astrophysical dust. The nebular features of VY CMa are found to be highly polarized (up to 60%) at 1.3 μm, again with optically thick scattering required to reproduce the observed surface brightness. This star’s peculiar nebular feature dubbed the “Southwest Clump” is clearly detected in the 3.1 μm polarimetry as well, which, unlike IRC +10420, is consistent with scattered light alone. The high intrinsic polarizations of both hypergiants’ nebulae are compatible with optically thick scattering for typical dust around evolved dusty stars, where the depolarizing effect of multiple scatters is mitigated by the grains’ low albedos. Observations reported here were obtained at the MMT Observatory, a joint facility of the Smithsonian Institution and the University of Arizona.

  16. Probing Hypergiant Mass Loss with Adaptive Optics Imaging and Polarimetry in the Infrared: MMT-Pol and LMIRCam Observations of IRC +10420 and VY Canis Majoris

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    Shenoy, Dinesh P.; Jones, Terry J.; Packham, Chris; Lopez-Rodriguez, Enrique

    2015-07-01

    We present 2-5 μm adaptive optics (AO) imaging and polarimetry of the famous hypergiant stars IRC +10420 and VY Canis Majoris. The imaging polarimetry of IRC +10420 with MMT-Pol at 2.2 μ {m} resolves nebular emission with intrinsic polarization of 30%, with a high surface brightness indicating optically thick scattering. The relatively uniform distribution of this polarized emission both radially and azimuthally around the star confirms previous studies that place the scattering dust largely in the plane of the sky. Using constraints on scattered light consistent with the polarimetry at 2.2 μ {m}, extrapolation to wavelengths in the 3-5 μm band predicts a scattered light component significantly below the nebular flux that is observed in our Large Binocular Telescope/LMIRCam 3-5 μm AO imaging. Under the assumption this excess emission is thermal, we find a color temperature of ˜500 K is required, well in excess of the emissivity-modified equilibrium temperature for typical astrophysical dust. The nebular features of VY CMa are found to be highly polarized (up to 60%) at 1.3 μm, again with optically thick scattering required to reproduce the observed surface brightness. This star’s peculiar nebular feature dubbed the “Southwest Clump” is clearly detected in the 3.1 μm polarimetry as well, which, unlike IRC +10420, is consistent with scattered light alone. The high intrinsic polarizations of both hypergiants’ nebulae are compatible with optically thick scattering for typical dust around evolved dusty stars, where the depolarizing effect of multiple scatters is mitigated by the grains’ low albedos. Observations reported here were obtained at the MMT Observatory, a joint facility of the Smithsonian Institution and the University of Arizona.

  17. Lithospheric electrical structure of South China imaged by magnetotelluric data and its tectonic implications

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    Zhang, Letian; Jin, Sheng; Wei, Wenbo; Ye, Gaofeng; Jing, Jianen; Dong, Hao; Xie, Chengliang

    2015-02-01

    The region of South China mainly consists of the Yangtze block in the northwest, the Cathaysia block in the southeast and the Jiangnan orogen in between these two major Precambrian continental blocks. The Yangtze block borders the North China Craton in the north and the eastern margin of the Tibetan Plateau in the west. The Cathaysia block adjoins the Pacific tectonic domain in the east. The study of tectonics in this region is of great significance given its important role in understanding the formation of the Asia continent. Under the auspices of SinoProbe Project, new magnetotelluric (MT) data were collected along a ∼1200 km long profile starting from central Sichuan Basin near Suining, extending southeastward, passing through the Yangtze Block, Jiangnan Orogen, and terminating within the western Cathaysia Block near Ganzhou. Based on data analysis results, 2D inversions were conducted on the dataset. Resulting model shows that the lithospheric electrical structure of South China is generally resistive which is consistent with the basic feature of stable Precambrian tectonic setting. The resistive western Yangtze block represents the stable, Archean aged cratonic region of the Yangtze basement. While the electrically conductive eastern Yangtze block is characterized by lithospheric shearing of the strike-slip fault system and extensional process that is probably caused by slab roll-back of a flatly subducted plate. The Jiangshao fault performs as a northwestward dipping conductive layer, which indicates the lithospheric underthrusting of Cathaysia block beneath Yangtze block with its frontal edge reaching the area of Jishou in the upper mantle. To the west of Jiangshao fault, eastern flank of the Xuefengshan Mountain marks the overthrusting frontier of the Yangtze block, as well as its southeastern boundary. To the east of Jiangshao fault, the northwestern boundary of the Cathaysia block displays the pattern of wedging tectonics, which is characterized by a

  18. Imaging the magmatic and hydrothermal systems of Long Valley Caldera, California with magnetotellurics

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    Peacock, J.; Mangan, M.; McPhee, D.; Ponce, D. A.

    2015-12-01

    Long Valley Caldera (LVC) in Eastern California contains active hydrothermal systems, areas of episodic seismicity, and areas of elevated gas emissions, all of which are related to a deeper magmatic system that is not well characterized. To better image the Long Valley magmatic system, 60 full-tensor broadband magnetotelluric (MT) stations were collected in LVC and modeled in three-dimensions to constrain the subsurface electrical resistivity structure down to 30 km. Three conductive zones are imaged in the preferred resistivity model. The most prominent conductive zone (<7 Ohm-m) is located 5 km beneath the resurgent dome (near the center of Long Valley Caldera), where it elongates in a north-south direction, and has westward connection to the surface close to well 44-16 near Deer Mountan. This conductive zone is interpreted to be an accumulation zone of hydrothermal fluids originating from a deeper magmatic source. The shape of the conductive body suggests that the fluids pool under the resurgent dome and migrate westward, upwelling just south of well 44-16 to feed the near surface geothermal system. A second conductive zone (<10 Ohm-m) is 4 km southeast of the resurgent dome and 5 km deep and coincident with the seismic swarm of 2014. This is another zone of fluid accumulation, where the source could be the fluid accumulation zone to the west or an independent deeper source. The third conductive anomaly (<10 Ohm-m) is a few kilometers south of the resurgent dome below a depth of 15 km, and collocated with a low p- and s-wave velocity zone, and directly beneath a GPS inflation area, all of which advocate for a magma mush zone of as much as 30% interstitial melt. The preferred resistivity model suggests an accumulation of hydrothermal fluids 5 km below the resurgent dome that originates from a deeper magmatic source at 15 km depth.

  19. Magnetotelluric investigation of the Vestfold Hills and Rauer Group, East Antarctica

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    Peacock, J. R.; Selway, K.

    2016-04-01

    The Vestfold Hills and Rauer Group in East Antarctica have contrasting Archean to Neoproterozoic geological histories and are believed to be juxtaposed along a suture zone that now lies beneath the Sørsdal Glacier. Exact location and age of this suture zone are unknown, as is its relationship to regional deformation associated with the amalgamation of East Gondwana. To image the suture zone, magnetotelluric (MT) data were collected in Prydz Bay, East Antarctica, mainly along a profile crossing the Sørsdal Glacier and regions inland of the Vestfold Hills and Rauer Group islands. Time-frequency analysis of the MT time series yielded three important observations: (1) Wind speeds in excess of ˜8 m/s reduce coherence between electric and magnetic fields due to charged wind-blown particles of ice and snow. (2) Estimation of the MT transfer function is best between 1000 and 1400 UT when ionospheric Hall currents enhance the magnetic source field. (3) Nonplanar source field effects were minimal but detectable and removed from estimation of the MT transfer function. Inversions of MT data in 2-D and 3-D produce similar resistivity models, where structures in the preferred 3-D resistivity model correlate strongly with regional magnetic data. The electrically conductive Rauer Group is separated from the less conductive Vestfold Hills by a resistive zone under the Sørsdal Glacier, which is interpreted to be caused by oxidation during suturing. Though a suture zone has been imaged, no time constrains on suturing can be made from the MT data.

  20. Magnetotelluric investigation of the Vestfold Hills and Rauer Group, East Antarctica

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    Peacock, Jared R.; Selway, Katherine

    2016-01-01

    The Vestfold Hills and Rauer Group in East Antarctica have contrasting Archean to Neoproterozoic geological histories and are believed to be juxtaposed along a suture zone that now lies beneath the Sørsdal Glacier. Exact location and age of this suture zone are unknown, as is its relationship to regional deformation associated with the amalgamation of East Gondwana. To image the suture zone, magnetotelluric (MT) data were collected in Prydz Bay, East Antarctica, mainly along a profile crossing the Sørsdal Glacier and regions inland of the Vestfold Hills and Rauer Group islands. Time-frequency analysis of the MT time series yielded three important observations: (1) Wind speeds in excess of ∼8 m/s reduce coherence between electric and magnetic fields due to charged wind-blown particles of ice and snow. (2) Estimation of the MT transfer function is best between 1000 and 1400 UT when ionospheric Hall currents enhance the magnetic source field. (3) Nonplanar source field effects were minimal but detectable and removed from estimation of the MT transfer function. Inversions of MT data in 2-D and 3-D produce similar resistivity models, where structures in the preferred 3-D resistivity model correlate strongly with regional magnetic data. The electrically conductive Rauer Group is separated from the less conductive Vestfold Hills by a resistive zone under the Sørsdal Glacier, which is interpreted to be caused by oxidation during suturing. Though a suture zone has been imaged, no time constrains on suturing can be made from the MT data.

  1. Three-dimensional inversion of magnetotelluric data from the Central Andean continental margin

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    Kühn, Christine; Küster, Jonas; Brasse, Heinrich

    2014-12-01

    Magnetotelluric data were collected in the late 1990s in the Central Andes of Chile and Bolivia, with the aim to delineate the electrical conductivity distribution in the subsurface and its relations to subduction processes. In previous studies, these data were interpreted based on 2-D models. The principal result was a vast conductivity zone beneath the Altiplano high plateau at mid and lower crustal depths and a much smaller, though significant conductor associated with the Precordillera Fault System. However, there are some significant 3-D effects in the investigation area, in particular near the coast and on the eastern Altiplano. The aim of this work is to give a reinterpretation based on new 3-D inversion of these data. The 3-D inversion not only provides a better fit to the data compared to 2-D results but furthermore allows to include sites with strong telluric distortion which were ignored in previous studies. We are now able to explain anomalous phases above 90° and induction arrows pointing subparallel to the coast as observed at several sites in the Coastal Cordillera. These strongly distorted data are caused by highly conductive near-surface structures that are partly connected to the Pacific Ocean, forcing currents to flow around the sites. The lower crust beneath the Coastal Cordillera resembles a poorly conductive, nearly homogeneous half-space and is electrically unremarkable. Besides, we can now image the Precordillera conductor as a continuous, elongated feature. The volcanic arc of the Western Cordillera is highly resistive with the exception of a few conductive spots which may be associated with certain individual volcanoes or geothermal resources, respectively. The Altiplano conductor is again the dominant electrical feature in the Central Andes, indicating widespread melting of the middle and lower back-arc crust.

  2. SAGE 2010 Magnetotelluric Soundings Provide New Constraints on Rio Grande Rift Mid-Crustal Conductor

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    Strader, A. E.; Martin, C. L.; Thomas, T.; Bedrosian, P. A.; Pellerin, L.; Jiracek, G. R.

    2010-12-01

    Since the inception of the Summer of Applied Geophysical Experience (SAGE) program in 1983, long-period magnetotelluric (MT) soundings have imaged a pronounced mid-crustal conductor at 10-20 km depth within the central Rio Grande rift. Wideband MT soundings (0.01 to over 1000 s period) collected in 2010 extended the detection of this feature to nearly 100 km length along the rift axis in the vicinity of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The conductive anomaly is clearly defined in the longest periods of the mode identified as the transverse electric (TE) in the recently acquired MT data. The spatially-limited 2010 soundings in the Santo Domingo Basin do not allow two-dimensional (2-D) inversions; however, one-dimensional (1-D) inversion of TE mode measurements in conductive rift basins can yield good depth estimates of deep conductive layers as has been shown by 2-D rift MT modeling. Such 1-D inversions of the 2010 MT soundings yield ~20 km depth to the top of the mid-crustal conductor, 5-10 km deeper than 90 km to the north if 3-D effects are negligible. Estimated conductance of the Santo Domingo basin conductor is 2000 S with resistivities in the range of 2-10 ohm-m. An interpretation of the ubiquitous, mid-crustal conductor in the Rio Grande rift is interconnected, saline, aqueous fluid trapped in the ductile crust below the ~10 km-deep seismogenic zone after fluid release and upward ascent from an upwarped mantle.

  3. Structure and tectonics of the northwestern United States from EarthScope USArray magnetotelluric data

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    Bedrosian, Paul A.; Feucht, Daniel W.

    2014-09-01

    The magnetotelluric component of the EarthScope USArray program has covered over 35% of the continental United States. Resistivity tomography models derived from these data image lithospheric structure and provide constraints on the distribution of fluids and melt within the lithosphere. We present a three-dimensional resistivity model of the northwestern United States which provides new insight into the tectonic assembly of western North America from the Archean to present. Comparison with seismic tomography models reveals regions of correlated and anti-correlated resistivity and velocity that help identify thermal and compositional variations within the lithosphere. Recent (Neogene) tectonic features reflected in the model include the subducting Juan de Fuca-Gorda plate which can be traced beneath the forearc to more than 100 km depth, high lithospheric conductivity along the Snake River Plain, and pronounced lower-crustal and upper-mantle conductivity beneath the Basin and Range. The latter is abruptly terminated to the northwest by the Klamath-Blue Mountains Lineament, which we interpret as an important structure during and since the Mesozoic assembly of the region. This boundary is interpreted to separate hot extended lithosphere from colder, less extended lithosphere. The western edge of Proterozoic North America, as indicated by the Cretaceous initial 87Sr/86Sr = 0.706 contour, is clearly reflected in the resistivity model. We further image an Archean crustal block (“Pend Oreille block”) straddling the Washington/Idaho border, which we speculate separated from the Archean Medicine Hat block in the Proterozoic. Finally, in the modern Cascades forearc, the geometry and internal structure of the Eocene Siletz terrane is reflected in the resistivity model. The apparent eastern edge of the Siletz terrane under the Cascades arc suggests that pre-Tertiary rocks fill the Washington and Oregon back-arc.

  4. Multi-dimensional Crustal and Lithospheric Structure of the Atlas Mountains of Morocco by Magnetotelluric Imaging

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    Kiyan, D.; Jones, A. G.; Fullea, J.; Ledo, J.; Siniscalchi, A.; Romano, G.

    2014-12-01

    The PICASSO (Program to Investigate Convective Alboran Sea System Overturn) project and the concomitant TopoMed (Plate re-organization in the western Mediterranean: Lithospheric causes and topographic consequences - an ESF EUROSCORES TOPO-EUROPE project) project were designed to collect high resolution, multi-disciplinary lithospheric scale data in order to understand the tectonic evolution and lithospheric structure of the western Mediterranean. The over-arching objectives of the magnetotelluric (MT) component of the projects are (i) to provide new electrical conductivity constraints on the crustal and lithospheric structure of the Atlas Mountains, and (ii) to test the hypotheses for explaining the purported lithospheric cavity beneath the Middle and High Atlas inferred from potential-field lithospheric modeling. We present the results of an MT experiment we carried out in Morocco along two profiles: an approximately N-S oriented profile crossing the Middle Atlas, the High Atlas and the eastern Anti-Atlas to the east (called the MEK profile, for Meknes) and NE-SW oriented profile through western High Atlas to the west (called the MAR profile, for Marrakech). Our results are derived from three-dimensional (3-D) MT inversion of the MT data set employing the parallel version of Modular system for Electromagnetic inversion (ModEM) code. The distinct conductivity differences between the Middle-High Atlas (conductive) and the Anti-Atlas (resistive) correlates with the South Atlas Front fault, the depth extent of which appears to be limited to the uppermost mantle (approx. 60 km). In all inverse solutions, the crust and the upper mantle show resistive signatures (approx. 1,000 Ωm) beneath the Anti-Atlas, which is the part of stable West African Craton. Partial melt and/or exotic fluids enriched in volatiles produced by the melt can account for the high middle to lower crustal and uppermost mantle conductivity in the Folded Middle Atlas, the High Moulouya Plain and the

  5. Gravity and Magnetotelluric Modeling of the Santo Domingo Basin, Northern New Mexico

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    Zamudio, K. D.; Keithline, N.; Blum, C.; Cunningham, E.; Fromont, A.; Jorgensen, M.; Lee, R.; McBride, K.; Saez Berrios, P.; Harper, C.; Pellerin, L.; McPhee, D.; Ferguson, J. F.

    2015-12-01

    The Santo Domingo Basin, one of a series of basins within the Rio Grande Rift, is located between Santa Fe and Albuquerque, NM, and has been the focus of research by the Summer of Geophysical Experience (SAGE) program since 2000. Gravity, magnetotelluric (MT), and seismic data have been collected throughout the region, although we are concentrating on gravity and MT data collected during SAGE 2014 and 2015. The study area is located in the center of the Santo Domingo basin, an extensional, Miocene age, rift basin, in an area that was minimally involved in the preceding local Laramide orogenic activity. Rift sediments (~3.5 km thick) are underlain by Eocene age sediments that were shed from adjacent uplifts. Up to 3 km of Mesozoic and Paleozoic sediments are preserved above the Precambrian basement. Geologic outcrop, borehole and seismic reflection data, and known density values were used in the construction of a ~100 km-long, generalized geologic cross section from which a gravity response was calculated. The modeled gravity response makes fairly definitive predictions about the geometry of the basin as well as the stratigraphy and faulting within and bounding the basin. MT data was collected at ten stations within the basin. The MT sounding curves exhibit one-dimensional behavior at short periods (<10 s), not surprisingly considering the relatively flat local structure in the area. Layered-earth MT models, without geologic constraints, show a conductive (<10 ohm-m) layer at ~1.5 km above a more resistive layer (>1000 ohm-m) at ~ 3.5-4 km. Conductivities of the major stratigraphic units have been determined from well logs and previous MT modeling. Forward and inverse MT models constrained by the gravity-modeled geologic cross section are used to develop a conductivity model consistent with the geology, and are a step towards a better unified treatment of MT, seismic and gravity data.

  6. Mapping Electrical Structures in the Jarud Basin, Northeast China through Magnetotelluric Sounding

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    Zhao, W.

    2015-12-01

    In recent years, China Geological Survey (CGS) has launched 3D geological mapping programs from regional to local scales. The project Deep geological survey at the periphery of the Songliao Basin funded by CGS was implemented from 2012 to 2014. Its main goals are to reveal the tectonic framework of the Jarud Basin (JB) as well as to identify the strata distribution of Permian Linxi Formation by integrating new electromagnetic data with existing geophysical and geological data since black mudstones in the Linxi Formation have shown the potential of shale gas. The study area covered dominantly with Cretaceous-Jurassic igneous rocks with exception of the southeast part is situated in Jarud Banner and Ar Horqin Banner, Inner Mongolia, China. It tectonically lies in the southern Great Khingan Range, western margin of the Songliao Basin, and north of Xar Moron Fault. Over the period of 2012 to 2014, a magnetotelluric survey was carried out at the JB. A total of 926 MT sites with nominal spacing 1 km was acquired in the effective frequency range of 0.01 Hz ~ 300 Hz on six NW and five NE profiles, covering area that exceeds 10, 000 km2. After dimensionality analysis and static shift removal, the nonlinear conjugate algorithm was used to conduct 2D inversion for TM and TE modes. The resistivity models underwent examination using sensitivity tests. The optimal resistivity models revealed numerous large faults, some of which constitute the boundaries of the JB, and modified the tectonic framework. Integrated with well logging and geological mapping data, the strata of Linxi Formation were identified and classified into three depressions: Depressions Arituguri, Gadasu and Wufen. Attention should be paid to Depression Gadasu with area of around 500 km2 since it contains reasonably thick conductive sediments exceeding 4 km in depth which are inferred to be black mudstones pertaining to shale gas.

  7. 3-D joint inversion of the magnetotelluric phase tensor and vertical magnetic transfer functions

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    Tietze, Kristina; Ritter, Oliver; Egbert, Gary D.

    2015-11-01

    With advancing computational resources, 3-D inversion techniques have become feasible in recent years and are now a more widely used tool for magnetotelluric (MT) data interpretation. Galvanic distortion caused by small-scale near-surface inhomogeneities remains an obstacle for 3-D MT inversion which so far has experienced little attention. If not considered properly, the effect on 3-D inversion can be immense and result in erroneous subsurface models and interpretations. To tackle the problem we implemented inversion of the distortion-free phase tensor into the ModEM inversion package. The dimensionless phase tensor components describe only variations of the conductivity structure. When inverting these data, particular care has to be taken of the conductivity structure in the a priori model, which provides the reference frame when transferring the information from phase tensors into absolute conductivity values. Our results obtained with synthetic data show that phase tensor inversion can recover the regional conductivity structure in presence of galvanic distortion if the a priori model provides a reasonable assumption for the regional resistivity average. Joint inversion of phase tensor data and vertical magnetic transfer functions improves recovery of the absolute resistivity structure and is less dependent on the prior model. We also used phase tensor inversion for a data set of more than 250 MT sites from the central San Andreas fault, California, where a number of sites showed significant galvanic distortion. We find the regional structure of the phase tensor inversion results compatible with previously obtained models from impedance inversion. In the vicinity of distorted sites, phase tensor inversion models exhibit more homogeneous/smoother conductivity structures.

  8. 3-D analysis and interpretation of magnetotelluric data from the Aluto-Langano geothermal field, Ethiopia

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    Samrock, F.; Kuvshinov, A.; Bakker, J.; Jackson, A.; Fisseha, S.

    2015-09-01

    The Main Ethiopian Rift Valley encompasses a number of volcanoes, which are known to be actively deforming with reoccurring periods of uplift and setting. One of the regions where temporal changes take place is the Aluto volcanic complex. It hosts a productive geothermal field and the only currently operating geothermal power plant of Ethiopia. We carried out magnetotelluric (MT) measurements in early 2012 in order to identify the source of unrest. Broad-band MT data (0.001-1000 s) have been acquired at 46 sites covering the expanse of the Aluto volcanic complex with an average site spacing of 1 km. Based on this MT data it is possible to map the bulk electrical resistivity of the subsurface down to depths of several kilometres. Resistivity is a crucial geophysical parameter in geothermal exploration as hydrothermal and magmatic reservoirs are typically related to low resistive zones, which can be easily sensed by MT. Thus by mapping the electrical conductivity one can identify and analyse geothermal systems with respect to their temperature, extent and potential for production of energy. 3-D inversions of the observed MT data from Aluto reveal the typical electrical conductivity distribution of a high-enthalpy geothermal system, which is mainly governed by the hydrothermal alteration mineralogy. The recovered 3-D conductivity models provide no evidence for an active deep magmatic system under Aluto. Forward modelling of the tippers rather suggest that occurrence of melt is predominantly at lower crustal depths along an off-axis fault zone a few tens of kilometres west of the central rift axis. The absence of an active magmatic system implies that the deforming source is most likely situated within the shallow hydrothermal system of the Aluto-Langano geothermal field.

  9. Inversion of Magnetotelluric Data in Anisotropic Media Using Maximization of Mutual Information

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    Mandolesi, E.; Jones, A. G.

    2011-12-01

    Regularization in inverse geophysics problems has been used extensively, due to the necessity to constrain the model space and to reduce the ill-posedness of several problems. Magnetotelluric (MT) problems suffer from severe non-linearity and ill-posedness, which makes MT inversions extremely challenging. The use of a reference model has been used by many authors in order to drive the inversion process to converge on a model that shares features with the reference, as a result reducing non-uniqueness and improving the model resolution. In our work the reference model drives the inversion keeping the conductivity distribution close to that of the velocity using variation of information as measure of distance between the two pictures. In this way the electrical conductivity and seismic velocity can be compared from a statistical point of view, without the necessity of a common parameterization or a strict geometrical similarity. Our work involves the inversion of MT long-period data, which are sensitive to electrical conductivity, using shear wave velocity maps as reference model in a 1D anisotropic domain. Computation of variation of information is performed through the generation of the joint probability distribution, which allows exploration of the relation between models that fit seismic data and models that fit electrical properties. An approximate agreement between geoelectric strike direction and seismic fast axis have been recognized in different continental lithospheric areas, suggesting a common cause for both the seismic and electric anisotropic behavior. We present an application of this inversion approach to a real dataset from Central Germany, discussing pros and cons of this approach in relation to similar studies on the same area. Due to the minimal assumptions required by this approach, it highlights the possibility of application to different tomography techniques.

  10. Three-dimensional magnetotelluric inversion with distortion correction, practical experience and solution recipes

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    Moorkamp, Max; Avdeeva, Anna

    2016-04-01

    The static distortion of magnetotelluric (MT) impedances is a common problem that can prevent detailed imaging of the subsurface. The effect of distortion on the undistorted impedance Z can be described as a multiplication with an unknown, real-valued matrix C. Inverting the observed impedance Zobs = C ṡ Z without any consideration of distortion can result in strong artefacts, particularly in the near-surface. As a consequence, a variety of approaches have been developed to remove as much of the distortion effects as possible or compensate for them in the inversion. However, these either reduce the number of data and thus potentially reduce resolution, or make assumptions about the properties of the matrices C and Z which might not be generally valid. Recently we developed a new 3D inversion approach that includes the four unknown elements of C as parameters in the inversion and showed encouraging result with different synthetic test cases. In this presentation we will focus on the practical aspects of inverting real data with this approach. We will use a combined MT and transient electromagnetic (TEM) dataset acquired over the Kemaliye geothermal field in Turkey. We will demonstrate the improvements in imaging that can be obtained by incorporating distortion in the inversion. Having TEM data at each site, gives us some indication of the amount of distortion and we will compare our recovered distortion values with these measurements. Finally, we will also show in how far the inversion approach is robust in the presence of noise and present recipes for successful inversion with distortion correction.

  11. 3D magnetotelluric modelling of the Alnö alkaline and carbonatite ring complex, central Sweden

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    Yan, Ping; Andersson, Magnus; Kalscheuer, Thomas; García Juanatey, María A.; Malehmir, Alireza; Shan, Chunling; Pedersen, Laust B.; Almqvist, Bjarne S. G.

    2016-06-01

    Thirty-four broadband magnetotelluric stations were deployed across the Alnö alkaline and carbonatite ring intrusion in central Sweden. The measurements were designed such that both 2D models along existing seismic profiles and a 3D model can be constructed. Alnö Island and surrounding areas are densely populated and industrialized and in order to reduce the effect of noise, the remote reference technique was utilized in time series processing. Strike and dimensionality analyses together with the induction arrows show that there is no homogeneous regional strike direction in this area. Therefore, only the determinant of the impedance tensor was used for 2D inversion whereas all elements of the impedance tensor were used for 3D inversion. Representative rock samples were collected from existing outcrops and their resistivities were measured in the laboratory to facilitate interpretation of the inversion models. The results from these measurements show that coarse-grained (sövite, white color) and fine-grained (dark color) carbonatites are the most conductive and resistive rock types, respectively. In accordance with the interpretation of the reflection seismic images, the 2D and 3D resistivity models depict the caldera-related ring-type fault system and updoming faulted and fractured systems as major 10-500 Ωm conductors, extending down to about 3 km depth. A central ~ 4000 Ωm resistive unit at about 3 km depth appears to correspond to a solidified fossil magma chamber as speculated from the reflection seismic data and earlier field geological studies.

  12. Conductivity distribution beneath Lascar volcano (Northern Chile) and the Puna, inferred from magnetotelluric data

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    Díaz, Daniel; Brasse, Heinrich; Ticona, Faustino

    2012-03-01

    During two field campaigns in 2007 and 2010, long-period and broadband magnetotelluric measurements were conducted in the Central Andes of northern Chile and northwestern Argentina at a latitude of 23.7°S. The study area spans from the Precordillera over the active volcanic arc of the Western Cordillera until the western part of the Puna. A special focus was on Lascar, a subduction related stratovolcano with an historical activity characterized by fumarolic emissions and occasional sub-plinian eruptions, like the one occurred on 1993. The broadband instruments, covering a period range between T = 0.005 s and 1000 s, were installed in the proximities of Lascar volcano, while the long-period devices (T = 10 s-10,000 s) were installed on a profile slightly south of Lascar, crossing the Salar de Atacama basin, the volcanic arc and reaching the western border of the Puna. Remote reference and robust techniques were used for data processing. Induction vectors, phase tensor ellipses and strike direction of the conductivity distribution were calculated, showing some 3-D behavior for the Lascar sites at shallower depths, with induction vectors close to the edifice influenced partially by the topography. 3-D modeling and inversion revealed conductive anomalies beneath Lascar volcano, but also beneath the Puntas Negras volcanic chain. For the long-period transect, the behavior is closer to a 2-D case, with more stable strike direction coherent with induction vectors and phase tensor ellipses. The major result of 2-D inversion is a vast high-conductivity zone in the backarc crust, which seems to be the southern extension of a large highly conductive anomaly observed in prior studies beneath the Altiplano.

  13. AMBIENT AIR CONCENTRATIONS OF FINE (PM2.5) MANGANESE IN U.S. NATIONAL PARKS AND IN CALIFORNIA AND CANADIAN CITIES: THE POSSIBLE IMPACT OF ADDING MMT TO UNLEADED GASOLINE

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    The October 1995 court decision allowing Ethyl Corporation to offer methylcylopentadienyl manganese tricarbonyl (MMT) for sale to refiners for introduction into unleaded gasoline as an octane enhancer is likely to result in increased fine (PM2.5) manganese (Mn) concentrations in ...

  14. Combined structural and magnetotelluric investigation across the West Fault Zone in northern Chile

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    Hoffmann-Rothe, Arne

    2002-08-01

    The characterisation of the internal architecture of large-scale fault zones is usually restricted to the outcrop-based investigation of fault-related structural damage on the Earth's surface. A method to obtain information on the downward continuation of a fault is to image the subsurface electrical conductivity structure. This work deals with such a combined investigation of a segment of the West Fault, which itself is a part of the more than 2000 km long trench-linked Precordilleran Fault System in the northern Chilean Andes. Activity on the fault system lasted from Eocene to Quaternary times. In the working area (22°04'S, 68°53'W), the West Fault exhibits a clearly defined surface trace with a constant strike over many tens of kilometers. Outcrop condition and morphology of the study area allow ideally for a combination of structural geology investigation and magnetotelluric (MT) / geomagnetic depth sounding (GDS) experiments. The aim was to achieve an understanding of the correlation of the two methods and to obtain a comprehensive view of the West Fault's internal architecture. Fault-related brittle damage elements (minor faults and slip-surfaces with or without striation) record prevalent strike-slip deformation on subvertically oriented shear planes. Dextral and sinistral slip events occurred within the fault zone and indicate reactivation of the fault system. Youngest deformation increments mapped in the working area are extensional and the findings suggest a different orientation of the extension axes on either side of the fault. Damage element density increases with approach to the fault trace and marks an approximately 1000 m wide damage zone around the fault. A region of profound alteration and comminution of rocks, about 400 m wide, is centered in the damage zone. Damage elements in this central part are predominantly dipping steeply towards the east (70-80°). Within the same study area, the electrical conductivity image of the subsurface was

  15. Lithostratigraphic interpretation from joint analysis of seismic tomography and magnetotelluric resistivity models using self-organizing map techniques

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    Bauer, K.; Muñoz, G.; Moeck, I.

    2012-12-01

    The combined interpretation of different models as derived from seismic tomography and magnetotelluric (MT) inversion represents a more efficient approach to determine the lithology of the subsurface compared with the separate treatment of each discipline. Such models can be developed independently or by application of joint inversion strategies. After the step of model generation using different geophysical methodologies, a joint interpretation work flow includes the following steps: (1) adjustment of a joint earth model based on the adapted, identical model geometry for the different methods, (2) classification of the model components (e.g. model blocks described by a set of geophysical parameters), and (3) re-mapping of the classified rock types to visualise their distribution within the earth model, and petrophysical characterization and interpretation. One possible approach for the classification of multi-parameter models is based on statistical pattern recognition, where different models are combined and translated into probability density functions. Classes of rock types are identified in these methods as isolated clusters with high probability density function values. Such techniques are well-established for the analysis of two-parameter models. Alternatively we apply self-organizing map (SOM) techniques, which have no limitations in the number of parameters to be analysed in the joint interpretation. Our SOM work flow includes (1) generation of a joint earth model described by so-called data vectors, (2) unsupervised learning or training, (3) analysis of the feature map by adopting image processing techniques, and (4) application of the knowledge to derive a lithological model which is based on the different geophysical parameters. We show the usage of the SOM work flow for a synthetic and a real data case study. Both tests rely on three geophysical properties: P velocity and vertical velocity gradient from seismic tomography, and electrical resistivity

  16. Full waveform time domain solutions for source and induced magnetotelluric and controlled-source electromagnetic fields using quasi-equivalent time domain decomposition and GPU parallelization

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    Imamura, N.; Schultz, A.

    2015-12-01

    Recently, a full waveform time domain solution has been developed for the magnetotelluric (MT) and controlled-source electromagnetic (CSEM) methods. The ultimate goal of this approach is to obtain a computationally tractable direct waveform joint inversion for source fields and earth conductivity structure in three and four dimensions. This is desirable on several grounds, including the improved spatial resolving power expected from use of a multitude of source illuminations of non-zero wavenumber, the ability to operate in areas of high levels of source signal spatial complexity and non-stationarity, etc. This goal would not be obtainable if one were to adopt the finite difference time-domain (FDTD) approach for the forward problem. This is particularly true for the case of MT surveys, since an enormous number of degrees of freedom are required to represent the observed MT waveforms across the large frequency bandwidth. It means that for FDTD simulation, the smallest time steps should be finer than that required to represent the highest frequency, while the number of time steps should also cover the lowest frequency. This leads to a linear system that is computationally burdensome to solve. We have implemented our code that addresses this situation through the use of a fictitious wave domain method and GPUs to speed up the computation time. We also substantially reduce the size of the linear systems by applying concepts from successive cascade decimation, through quasi-equivalent time domain decomposition. By combining these refinements, we have made good progress toward implementing the core of a full waveform joint source field/earth conductivity inverse modeling method. From results, we found the use of previous generation of CPU/GPU speeds computations by an order of magnitude over a parallel CPU only approach. In part, this arises from the use of the quasi-equivalent time domain decomposition, which shrinks the size of the linear system dramatically.

  17. A feasible research of rock porosity and water saturation impact on audio-magnetotelluric propagation in porous media

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    Tian, Z.; Liu, J.

    2015-12-01

    Abstract: Although various factors have impact on the resistivity of subsurface rock formation, in depth range of general electrical prospecting, the conductive actions of rocks are basically realized relying on the aqueous solutions filled in the pores. Therefore, quantitatively studying the impact of the water level on rock resistivity is important to analyze and classify strata, investigate the underground structures. In this research, we proposed a feasible research on building electric property rock formation models with different porosity and water saturation based on theories of two-phase media. The propagation of audio-magnetotelluric (AMT) waves is simulated by using finite-difference (FD) scheme, and theoretic resistivity distribution is calculated on account of the response of AMT. According to a sequence of synthetic examples, through comparing and analyzing the simulated results with various porosity and water saturation respectively, we discuss the impact on layers resistivity while porosity and water saturation of rock stratum are changing. The results shows the extent that the mentioned factors can have impact on the propagation of AMT waves. Key words: audio-magnetotelluric modeling, two-phase media, porosity, water saturation, finite-difference

  18. Two-dimensional magnetotelluric model of deep resistivity structure in the Bodie-Aurora district of California

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    Sampson, Jay A.

    2006-01-01

    Introduction: Magnetotelluric data were acquired during October 2001 by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) as part of a study to examine the structural nature of basins in the transition zone between the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California and the Basin and Range province of Nevada. Magnetotelluric (MT) geophysical studies assist the mapping of geologic structure and the inference of lithologic packages that are concealed beneath the Earth's surface. The Basin and Range province has a complicated geologic history, which includes extension and compression of the Earth's crust to form the basins and ranges that blanket much of Nevada. The basins and ranges in the vicinity of this study trend northeastward and are bounded by steeply dipping strike slip faults. Interestingly, deep east-west magnetic trends occur in the aeromagnetic data of this study area indicating that the northeast-trending basins and ranges represent only thin-skinned deformation at the surface with an underlying east-west structure. To investigate this issue, MT data were acquired at seven stations in eastern California, 20 km east of Mono Lake. The purpose of this report is to present a two-dimensional apparent resistivity model of the MT data acquired for this study.

  19. Identification of kimberlite bodies in Brazil from a 3D audio-magnetotelluric survey

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    De Lugao, P. P.; Eric, C. D. O.; Loureiro, F. O.; Arantes, P. R.; Pastana, A. F.

    2015-12-01

    We report on a succesfull identification of kimberlite bodies in Brazil through the use of the electromagnetic technique audio-magnetotelluric (AMT). Macnae (1979) writes that "In one large survey in South Africa, electromagnetic (EM) techniques have proven to be remarkably effective in detecting the presence of weathered clays or epiclastic kimberlite contained within the pipes." Full tensor AMT data were acquired at 65 points (stations) in a 3D configuration with frequencies ranging from 10kHz to 1Hz. The survey was located in the NW portion of the Mato Grosso state, Brazil, in na area of thick jungle coverage. During the AMT survey, few outcrops were seen because of the dense forest cover. Usually, the occurrences found were of sand deposits, indicating the occurence of Fazenda Casa Branca and Utiariti Formations and gravel from Salto das Nuvens Formation, widely used in paving trails n this region. In the area of the survey, three main targets were confirmed/identified: Kimberlite Area 1 - a classic kimberlite in the region, with the crater facies with different clasts and distinct size. We noted the occurrence of a red-brown soil and an unusual vegetation in this area. The resistivity model provided confirmed the presence of Kimberlite Area 1 and was used to identify other two areas. Area of Interest 1 - area with atypical vegetation along a trail. There is an excavation that displays soil of white color with several blocks present, there are small quartz crystal agglomerates in these blocks. The resistivity model cleary shows a conductive body here, indicative of the presence of a kimberlite. Area of Interest 2 - the presence of a kimberlite was confirmed, not exactly where the targeted Area 2 was, but the southwest of it. Close to this area, there was a very fine rock and a few blocks of pure silica, probably indicating a kimberlitic intrusion. In summary, the 3D resistivity model in depth obtained from inversion of the AMT data confirmed and identified

  20. Three-dimensional magnetotelluric imaging of the 1997 Kagoshima earthquake doublet, Southwest Japan

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    Asamori, K.; Makuuchi, A.; Umeda, K.

    2013-12-01

    The 1997 Kagoshima earthquake doublet struck on unrecognized active faults lacking clear surface expression where very few large earthquakes have occurred. Two shallow moderate earthquakes occurred in the northwestern part of Kagoshima province, on March 26 (Mw 6.1) and May 13 (Mw 6.0) in 1997, both followed by intensive aftershock sequences. Aftershock distribution of the 1997 earthquake doublet reflects complicated rupture process attributed to the geological (rheological) conditions and coupling of hydraulic pressure as well as tectonic shear stress. For advanced understanding of dynamic interactions between fluids and faulting, it is imperative to obtain three-dimensional (3-D) images of the electrical resistivity structure around the seismogenic faults. In this study, we conduct magnetotelluric (MT) soundings in and around the source region of the 1997 Kagoshima earthquake sequence and perform a 3-D inversion of wideband MT data above a depth of 30 km. MT stations were deployed around the aftershock area of the 1997 Kagoshima earthquake. All of 42 MT sites were set up in the land area. The data were collected using five component (three magnetic and two telluric components) wide-band MT instruments (Phoenix MTU-5 system) in February, 2013. The data were acquired in the frequency range from 0.000343 to 320 Hz. The recording duration ranged from 2 to 8 days. As the cultural noises severely affect the measurements, the time series analysis focused on the nocturnal data when there were fewer noise. A simultaneous remote reference measurement was carried out at the Sawauchi site (1300 km northeast of the study area). Using the remote reference technique (Gamble et al., 1979), we were able to reduce the unfavorable cultural noises. The observed apparent resistivity and phase data were inverted simultaneously using the 3-D inversion code of Sasaki (2004). In this inversion, the 3-D blocks were set up in the crust and upper mantle. These block size in the horizontal

  1. Imaging the magmatic system of Mono Basin, California with magnetotellurics in three--dimensions

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    Peacock, Jared R.; Mangan, Margaret T.; McPhee, Darcy K.; Ponce, David A.

    2015-01-01

    A three–dimensional (3D) electrical resistivity model of Mono Basin in eastern California unveils a complex subsurface filled with zones of partial melt, fluid–filled fracture networks, cold plutons, and regional faults. In 2013, 62 broadband magnetotelluric (MT) stations were collected in an array around southeastern Mono Basin from which a 3D electrical resistivity model was created with a resolvable depth of 35 km. Multiple robust electrical resistivity features were found that correlate with existing geophysical observations. The most robust features are two 300 ± 50 km3 near-vertical conductive bodies (3–10 Ω·m) that underlie the southeast and north-eastern margin of Mono Craters below 10 km depth. These features are interpreted as magmatic crystal–melt mush zones of 15 ± 5% interstitial melt surrounded by hydrothermal fluids and are likely sources for Holocene eruptions. Two conductive east–dipping structures appear to connect each magma source region to the surface. A conductive arc–like structure (< 0.9 Ω·m) links the northernmost mush column at 10 km depth to just below vents near Panum Crater, where the high conductivity suggests the presence of hydrothermal fluids. The connection from the southernmost mush column at 10 km depth to below South Coulée is less obvious with higher resistivity (200 Ω·m) suggestive of a cooled connection. A third, less constrained conductive feature (4–10 Ω·m) 15 km deep extending to 35 km is located west of Mono Craters near the eastern front of the Sierra Nevada escarpment, and is coincident with a zone of sporadic, long–period earthquakes that are characteristic of a fluid-filled (magmatic or metamorphic) fracture network. A resistive feature (103–105 Ω·m) located under Aeolian Buttes contains a deep root down to 25 km. The eastern edge of this resistor appears to structurally control the arcuate shape of Mono Craters. These observations have been combined to form a new conceptual model

  2. Structure of the Dayangshu Basin in Northeast China Inferred from Magnetotelluric Data

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    Cao, J.; Sun, Y.; Li, X.; Chen, S.

    2005-12-01

    The Dayangshu basin is a NNE trending fault-bounded basin, located at longitude 123°21' - 125°38' east and latitude 47°55' - 50°59' north within the southern part of the Xingan fold system. It is one of the largest sedimentary basins in Northeast China with an area of 15,460 km2. The sedimentary rock in the basin is approximately 3,000 m thick, and is composed mainly of clastic rocks and volcanic rocks. The base of the basin consists mainly of Paleozoic low-grade metamorphic rocks. In the early 1990s, the Daqing Oilfield Company started petroleum exploration programs in the area. By the end of 1990s, gravity, magnetic, magnetotelluric (MT), and 2D seismic reflection measurements had been carried out in the basin and several prospects had been drilled. It has been determined that the majority, about 75%, of the basin is composed of volcanic rocks. However, the location and extent of the lava and main hydrocarbon source rock are still unclear. The distribution of these materials is very important for understanding the geological history and evaluating the petroleum resource capacity of the basin. The volcanic rocks within the basin are highly magnetic. The average susceptibility of the lava in the basin is about 0.18 SI units. It has been demonstrated that highly magnetic rocks significantly affect the MT response. By simultaneously inverting MT data for electric resistivity and magnetic susceptibility estimate, we develop a new approach for mapping magnetic strata. We apply the approach to the interpretation of MT data collected at 3,243 sites within the basin, and obtain a volcanic rock distribution model characterized by high susceptibility. The model shows that volcanic rocks are predominantly located at the boundary and middle of the basin. The volcanic rocks located at the middle of the basin cut the basin into southern, middle and northern sub-depressions. The hydrocarbon source rocks should be buried in the sub-depressions, and the lava close to the

  3. Magnetotelluric investigation of the Alnö alkaline and carbonatite ring complex, central Sweden

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    Yan, Ping; Andersson, Magnus; Garcia Juanatey, Maria A.; Shan, Chunling; Malehmir, Alireza; Pedersen, Laust B.

    2014-05-01

    Alnö complex, 553-590 Ma, located in central Sweden, is one of the largest of few known alkaline and carbonatite ring intrusions in the world. The complex primarily consists of alkaline silicate rocks (ijolite, nepheline-syenite and pyroxenite) and a wide range of carbonatite dykes with different compositions (e.g., sövite). To better understand the intrusion mechanism(s) and the deeper structure of the intrusion, three high-resolution reflection seismic, gravity and magnetic profiles, crossing the main intrusion, were acquired in winter 2010. Together with these, petrophysical measurements on various rock samples have also been carried out. These data not only successfully showed the lateral extension of the intrusion at depth but also suggested a solidified saucer-shaped magma chamber at about 3 km depth that is associated with caldera-related ring-type fault systems. To further elucidate these interpretations, magnetotelluric (MT) data were acquired in summer 2013. The MT data were measured at 34 stations across the intrusion and designed so that a 3D conductivity model can be obtained. Most of the sites are located along the seismic profiles, while the rest is distributed over the intrusion area, to provide lateral and off-profile information. The time series were recorded with four broadband MT instruments simultaneously. The used sampling rates were 1000 Hz (two hours after midnight) and 20 Hz (a full day). The collected MT data are highly influenced by noise from cultural sources. Luckily, higher frequencies are less influenced providing a good coverage of the interest depth of about 5 km. Therefore, the data processing and analysis focused solely on the high frequency data. To decrease the effect of noise, the best quality site in one day was chosen for remote referencing the other three. Even if the sites were only 500 to 1000 m apart, better results were obtained, indicating very localized noise sources in the area. The strike analysis of the obtained

  4. Magnetotelluric study of the Pahute Mesa and Oasis Valley regions, Nye County, Nevada

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    Schenkel, Clifford J.; Hildenbrand, Thomas G.; Dixon, Gary L.

    1999-01-01

    Magnetotelluric data delineate distinct layers and lateral variations above the pre-Tertiary basement. On Pahute Mesa, three resistivity layers associated with the volcanic rocks are defined: a moderately resistive surface layer, an underlying conductive layer, and a deep resistive layer. Considerable geologic information can be derived from the conductive layer which extents from near the water table down to a depth of approximately 2 km. The increase in conductivity is probably related to zeolite zonation observed in the volcanic rock on Pahute Mesa, which is relatively impermeable to groundwater flow unless fractured. Inferred faults within this conductive layer are modeled on several profiles crossing the Thirsty Canyon fault zone. This fault zone extends from Pahute Mesa into Oasis Valley basin. Near Colson Pond where the basement is shallow, the Thirsty Canyon fault zone is several (~2.5) kilometers wide. Due to the indicated vertical offsets associated with the Thirsty Canyon fault zone, the fault zone may act as a barrier to transverse (E-W) groundwater flow by juxtaposing rocks of different permeabilities. We propose that the Thirsty Canyon fault zone diverts water southward from Pahute Mesa to Oasis Valley. The electrically conductive nature of this fault zone indicates the presence of abundant alteration minerals or a dense network of open and interconnected fractures filled with electrically conductive groundwater. The formation of alteration minerals require the presence of water suggesting that an extensive interconnected fracture system exists or existed at one time. Thus, the fractures within the fault zone may be either a barrier or a conduit for groundwater flow, depending on the degree of alteration and the volume of open pore space. In Oasis Valley basin, a conductive surface layer, composed of alluvium and possibly altered volcanic rocks, extends to a depth of 300 to 500 m. The underlying volcanic layer, composed mostly of tuffs, fills the

  5. Three-Dimensional Resistivity Model of the Mono Craters Region in Eastern California from Magnetotellurics

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    Peacock, J.; Mangan, M.; McPhee, D.; Ponce, D. A.

    2014-12-01

    The Long Valley volcanic region in eastern California contains three magmatic foci; Long Valley Caldera (760-50 ka), Mammoth Mountain (120-8 ka), and Mono-Inyo Craters (60-0.3 ka). Zones of partial melt and/or hydrothermal fluids are known to exist under all three systems, but are not well constrained. In 2013-2014, we collected 110 magnetotelluric stations within a 40km x 45km grid, from Mono Craters through Long Valley Caldera. To date, a 3-D resistivity model has been created for Mono Craters showing three distinct features. Best constrained is a 150±50 km3, near vertical conductive anomaly (0.1-3 Ω·m) located under the southeast margin of Mono Craters at depths from 10km to >35km, which may reflect the deep, partially molten source region for Holocene eruptions. Electrical resistivity calculations suggest temperatures of 775°C±50 and a partial melt fraction 0.2 ±0.1. The location, melt fraction, and volume estimated in this study are consistent with those from teleseismic experiments conducted by Archauer (1986) and Dawson et al. (1990). A second conductive anomaly (0.5-5 Ω·m) at 12km to >35km depths was found 10km west of the Mono Craters near the eastern front of the Sierra Nevada. This anomaly coincides with a zone of sporadic, long-period earthquakes interpreted as "fluid-driven" by Pitt et al. (1994). This anomaly may reflect a zone of hydrothermal fluid infiltration originating from the aforementioned magmatic region. The third feature identified in this study is a resistive anomaly (103-104 Ω·m) under Aeolian Buttes, a Cretaceous quartz monzanite outcropping within the Bishop Tuff between Mono Craters and the Sierran front. The anomaly, which fills a crustal volume of 1500 ±500 km3, balloons upward from a deep root at >30 km to within 2 km of the surface and is interpreted as a cold, granitic pluton as supported by gravity and magnetic data. Future work will extend our three-dimensional resistivity model southwards to Inyo Craters and Long

  6. Magnetotelluric Studies of the Laguna del Maule Volcanic Field, Central Chile

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    Cordell, D. R.; Unsworth, M. J.; Diaz, D.; Pavez, M.; Blanco, B.

    2015-12-01

    Geodetic data has shown that the surface of the Laguna del Maule (LdM) volcanic field in central Chile has been moving upwards at rates >20 cm/yr since 2007 over a 200 km2 area. It has been hypothesized that this ground deformation is due to the inflation of a magma body at ~5 km depth beneath the lake (2.8 km b.s.l.). This magma body is a likely source for the large number of rhyolitic eruptions at this location over the last 25 ka. A dense broadband magnetotelluric (MT) array was collected from 2009 to 2015 and included data from a geothermal exploration project. MT phase tensor analysis indicates that the resistivity structure of the region is largely three-dimensional for signals with periods longer than 1 s, which corresponds to depths >5 km. The MT data were inverted using the ModEM inversion algorithm to produce a three-dimensional electrical resistivity model which included topography. Four primary features were identified in the model: 1) A north-south striking, 10 km by 5 km, low-resistivity zone (<5 Ωm) northwest of the inflation centre at a depth of ~5 km (2.8 km b.s.l.) is interpreted as a zone of partial melt which may be supplying material via conduits to account for the observed ground deformation; 2) A shallow low-resistivity feature ~400 m beneath the lake surface (1.8 km a.s.l.) and spatially coincident with the inflation centre is interpreted to be a zone of hydrothermal alteration; 3) A thin, low-resistivity feature to the west of LdM at a depth of ~250 m (2.2 km a.s.l.) is interpreted to be the clay cap of a potential geothermal prospect; 4) A large, low-resistivity zone beneath the San Pedro-Tatara Volcanic Complex to the west of LdM at a depth of ~10 km (8 km b.s.l.) is interpreted to be a zone of partial melt. Further MT data collection is planned for 2016 which will expand the current grid of MT stations to better constrain the lateral extent of the observed features and give greater insight into the dynamics of this restless magma system.

  7. Three-dimensional magnetotelluric exploration of Tenerife geothermal field (Canary Islands, Spain).

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    Piña-Varas, Perla; Ledo, Juanjo; Queralt, Pilar; Marcuello, Alex; Bellmunt, Fabián; Hidalgo, Raúl

    2013-04-01

    Several magnetotelluric (MT) surveys have been carried out to investigate the geothermal system in Tenerife Island (Canary Islands, Spain). These data have been acquired since 1987 till 2012 by different agencies and institutions. In 1987 and 1991, two MT surveys were carried out by the Spanish Geological Survey (IGME). These data in paper format (129 MT sites in total) were collected and digitized. In October 2009, 83 stations were acquired for Petratherm Ltd., and 25 stations in March 2012 by the University of Barcelona. In total, 237 MT stations distributed around the island center are available for this study. A simplified conceptual model of the island using known geological and geophysical data has been created to identify the ocean and topography effects on the MT data. The typical conceptual model of a generic high temperature volcanic geothermal system (Cumming, 2009a; Pellerin, 1996) and the 1D models from the MT data have played a key role for the correct construction of this conceptual model. Synthetic forward modeling was performed on a set of models to determine the effect of topography and of the conductive Atlantic Ocean. Finally, a 3D resistivity model of Tenerife Island has been computed with modEM code (Egbert and Kelbert, 2012). Out of the 237 MT sites available, 87 stations were discarded because of computational capability problems. Thus, for this new 3D model, 150 MT sites have been taking into account from the different field surveys. The model is discrtized on 94x65x133-layer grid and the inversions are undertaken using the off-diagonal components (Zxy, Zyx) of the impedance tensor for 16 periods in the frequency range from 1000 to 0.1 Hz. In the inversion processing we assumed a 5% error floor in the impedance components and the final RMS is 3.5. The 3D inversion model shows the typical layered pattern expected from a volcanic complex (andesite, basalt) with a possible geothermal overprint; a resistive fresh volcanic structure near the

  8. Geoelectric structure estimated from magnetotelluric data from the Uttarakhand Himalaya, India

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    Miglani, Rohit; Shahrukh, M.; Israil, M.; Gupta, Pravin K.; Varshney, S. K.; Elena, Sokolova

    2014-12-01

    Geoelectric strike and resistivity structure of the crust have been estimated from 37 magnetotelluric (MT) data sites along a profile from Roorkee to Gangotri in Uttarakhand Himalaya. Impedance decomposition schemes based on Bahr's, Groom Bailey and Phase tensor were implemented in a MATLAB code for the average strike estimation. Geoelectric strike direction varies with period as well as in different litho-tectonic units along the profile. In the period band from 1 to 100 s average geoelectric strike in the southern end of the profile (Indo-Gangetic Plains) is N79°W, which is slightly rotated to the north in the Lesser Himalayan region and becomes N68°W whereas it is N81°W in the Higher Himalayan region. However, average strike is stabilized to N77°W for the entire profile in the long period band (100-1000 s). Geoelectrical structure of the crust has been obtained along the profile by 2D inversion of MT data. Major features of 2D resistivity model are: (i) southern part of the model is a low resistivity (<50 Om) zone at shallow depth (5-7 km) representing the loose sediments of the Indo-Gangetic Plains (IGP), whose thickness increases in the south; (ii) highly resistive (>1000 Om) layer below the IGP sediments is the basement rock, representing the resistivity of the top of the subducting Indian Plate; (iii) the Main Boundary Thrust (MBT) and the Main Central Thrust (MCT) zones can be seen in the electrical image. However, the Himalayan Frontal Thrust (HFT) could not be resolved and (iv) a low resistivity (<10 Om) feature in the MCT zone extending to the depth of 30 km is delineated. This low resistivity could be due to fluid-filled fractured rock matrix or partial melt zone. Hypocenters of many earthquakes are concentrated along the boundary of this low resistivity zone and relatively high resistivity blocks around it. The resulted model supports flat-ramp-flat geometry of the Main Himalayan Thrust along which the Indian Plate is subducting.

  9. Magnetotelluric Imaging of an Arc-Continent Collision Beneath Central Taiwan

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    Bertrand, E. A.; Unsworth, M. J.; Chiang, C.; Chen, C.; Turkoglu, E.; Hsu, H.; Hill, G. J.

    2007-12-01

    Arc-continent collisions are a fundamental part of the plate tectonic cycle and play an important role in mountain building and the growth of continents. Studying this process in ancient orogens is often hindered by tectonic overprinting and poorly resolved synorogenic plate kinematics and tectonic settings. The Taiwan arc-continent collision between the Luzon arc and the Eurasian continental margin is one of the most active arc-continent collisions in the world. The current plate motions and surface geology are well understood, making Taiwan an ideal location for geophysical investigations of this important tectonic process. The Taiwan Integrated Geodynamical Research (TAIGER) project was initiated in 2004 to image the lithospheric structure beneath Taiwan. The project includes the acquisition of both active and passive seismic data plus detailed magnetotellurics (MT) surveys. MT is a passive geophysical technique which records time variations of natural electromagnetic fields at the surface of the Earth and can determine the subsurface resistivity. This parameter can be used to constrain lithospheric composition and strength. Over the fall of 2006 and spring of 2007, 82 long-period MT soundings were acquired in Taiwan. The fieldwork was accomplished by collaboration between the University of Alberta and National Central University of Taiwan. In fall 2007, collection of additional broadband MT will complement these data. The long-period data were processed using robust techniques and remotely referenced with a station on the PengHu islands (~100km from the nearest site) to reduce the influence of cultural noise. The conductive Taiwan strait separating PengHu from the mainland acts as an effective attenuator of cultural EM fields. Two closely spaced parallel transects across central Taiwan are formed by 46 of these stations with a nominal spacing of 5km. Dimensionality analysis of these transects using the McNeice-Jones tensor decomposition algorithm reveal local 3

  10. Broadband Marine Magnetotelluric Exploration of the East Pacific Rise at 9 N

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    Myer, D. G.; Key, K.; Constable, S.

    2005-12-01

    In February 2004, we conducted the world's largest academic broadband marine magnetotelluric (MT) experiment at the RIDGE2000 integrated study site (ISS) on the East Pacific Rise (EPR). Forty broadband EM receivers were deployed a total of 72 times to yield 69 sites of data. Twenty instruments were deployed in a small aperture (30 km) transect of densely spaced MT sites across the ridge at the ISS ``bull's eye'' focus area at 9°50' N. Further south, 40 sites were collected along a 200 km aperture transect at 9°30'} N. This larger aperture transect was positioned to avoid 3D structure associated with the Lamont seamounts and the Clipperton transform. The site density in the middle 30 km of the longer transect matches the density of the smaller transect, providing two separate data sets for shallow imaging. Twelve additional MT sites were collected in a grid along the ridge axis just north of the longer transect. Robust multi-station MT processing has provided good quality MT impedance responses for most of the data. Eigenvalue analysis of the robustly estimated spectral density matrix for arrays of 3 to 4 MT sites show high signal-to-noise ratios for periods between about 20 s to 5000 s. Based on our earlier pilot MT experiment of 4 sites (Key and Constable, 2000), this bandwidth of data is sensitive to structures from the near surface to about 300 km depth. We will present pseudo-sections of both MT transects as well as 2D conductivity models computed using a new adaptive finite-element modeling technique. Key issues of the ridge magmatic and hydrothemal systems to be addressed by this experiment are: 1. The distribution, vertical extent and volume fraction of melt present in the mid to lower crust. 2. The extent that hydrothermal circulation plays a role in heat removal from the crust as well as the linkages between hydrothermal activity and crustal magma. 3. The extent of melt accumulation at the base of the crust. Does a relatively thin layer of concentrated

  11. Imaging the magmatic system of Mono Basin, California, with magnetotellurics in three dimensions

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    Peacock, J. R.; Mangan, M. T.; McPhee, D.; Ponce, D. A.

    2015-11-01

    A three-dimensional (3-D) electrical resistivity model of Mono Basin in eastern California, unveils a complex subsurface filled with zones of partial melt, fluid-filled fracture networks, cold plutons, and regional faults. In 2013, 62 broadband magnetotelluric stations were collected in an array around southeastern Mono Basin from which a 3-D electrical resistivity model was created with a resolvable depth of 35 km. Multiple robust electrical resistivity features were found that correlate with existing geophysical observations. The most robust features are two 300 ± 50 km3 near-vertical conductive bodies (3-10 Ω m) that underlie the southeast and northeastern margin of Mono Craters below 10 km depth. These features are interpreted as magmatic crystal-melt mush zones of 15 ± 5% interstitial melt surrounded by hydrothermal fluids and are likely sources for Holocene eruptions. Two conductive east dipping structures appear to connect each magma source region to the surface. A conductive arc-like structure (< 0.9 Ω m) links the northernmost mush column at 10 km depth to just below vents near Panum Crater, where the high conductivity suggests the presence of hydrothermal fluids. The connection from the southernmost mush column at 10 km depth to below South Coulée is less obvious with higher resistivity (200 Ω m) suggestive of a cooled connection. A third, less constrained conductive feature (4-10 Ω m) 15 km deep, extending to 35 km is located west of Mono Craters near the eastern front of the Sierra Nevada escarpment and is coincident with a zone of sporadic, long-period earthquakes that are characteristic of a fluid-filled (magmatic or metamorphic) fracture network. A resistive feature (103-105 Ω m) located under Aeolian Buttes contains a deep root down to 25 km. The eastern edge of this resistor appears to structurally control the arcuate shape of Mono Craters. These observations have been combined to form a new conceptual model of the magmatic system beneath

  12. Thermal and compositional constrains on the upper mantle beneath the northwestern Pacific imposed by marine magnetotellurics

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    Baba, Kiyoshi; Tada, Noriko; Matsuno, Tetsuo; Shimizu, Hisayoshi; Zhang, Luolei; Liang, Pengfei; Utada, Hisashi

    2016-04-01

    Oceanic upper mantle beneath the northwestern Pacific has large-scale lateral heterogeneity that is impossible to attribute to just an age-dependency of the thermal structure based on a cooling of homogeneous mantle with age. This surprising fact was revealed from seafloor magnetotelluric (MT) data collected in three areas, northwest (Area A) and southeast (Area B) of the Shatsky Rise, and off the Bonin Trench (Area C), through the Normal Oceanic Mantle Project and the Stagnant Slab Project. One-dimensional structures of electrical conductivity representing each area show significant difference in the thickness of the upper resistive layer that may be interpreted as cool lithosphere. The thickness of the layer that is more resistive than 0.01 S m‑1 is ˜90 km for Area A, ˜100 km for Area B, and ˜180 km for Area C. The conductivity below the resistive layer is similar to ˜0.03 S m‑1 for all areas. The thermal structures for the lithospheric age representing the areas (130, 140, and 147 Ma for Areas A, B, and C, respectively) predicted from a simple plate cooling model are almost identical and thus cannot reproduce such variations in electrical conductivity. Then, in this study, thermal and compositional states of the mantle beneath the three areas were investigated to discuss the cause of the variations. Combination of five model parameters, electrical conductivity of crust, mantle potential temperature, thickness of thermally conductive plate, and H2O and CO2 contents in the asthenospheric mantle were searched by forward modeling and the χ2 misfit between the MT responses observed and predicted were assessed with 95% acceptable level. The possibility of partial melting was taken into account by a self-consistent manner comparing to the solidus of peridotite that is reduced by H2O and CO2. We assumed that the mantle conductivity may be represented by the mixture of hydrous olivine and hydrous carbonated melt. This procedure enables us to discuss how water

  13. Physical properties of volcanic lightning: Constraints from magnetotelluric and video observations at Sakurajima volcano, Japan

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    Aizawa, Koki; Cimarelli, Corrado; Alatorre-Ibargüengoitia, Miguel A.; Yokoo, Akihiko; Dingwell, Donald B.; Iguchi, Masato

    2016-06-01

    The lightning generated by explosive volcanic eruptions is of interest not only as a promising technique for monitoring volcanic activity, but also for its broader implications and possible role in the origin of life on Earth, and its impact on the atmosphere and biosphere of the planet. However, at present the genetic mechanisms and physical properties of volcanic lightning remain poorly understood, as compared to our understanding of thundercloud lightning. Here, we present joint magnetotelluric (MT) data and video imagery that were used to investigate the physical properties of electrical discharges generated during explosive activity at Sakurajima volcano, Japan, and we compare these data with the characteristics of thundercloud lightning. Using two weeks of high-sensitivity, high-sample-rate MT data recorded in 2013, we detected weak electromagnetic signals radiated by volcanic lightning close to the crater. By carefully inspecting all MT waveforms that synchronized with visible flashes, and comparing with high-speed (3000 frame/s) and normal-speed (30 frame/s) videos, we identified two types of discharges. The first type consists of impulses (Type A) and is interpreted as cloud-to-ground (CG) lightning. The second type is characterized by weak electromagnetic variations with multiple peaks (Type B), and is interpreted as intra-cloud (IC) lightning. In addition, we observed a hybrid MT event wherein a continuous weak current accompanied Type A discharge. The observed features of volcanic lightning are similar to thunderstorm lightning, and the physical characteristics show that volcanic lightning can be treated as a miniature version of thunderstorm lightning in many respects. The overall duration, length, inter-stroke interval, peak current, and charge transfer all exhibit values 1-2 orders of magnitude smaller than those of thunderstorm lightning, thus suggesting a scaling relation between volcanic and thunderstorm lightning parameters that is independent of

  14. Distribution of melt beneath the Altiplano-Puna volcanic complex from magnetotelluric data

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    Unsworth, M. J.; Comeau, M.; Ticona, F.

    2013-12-01

    The Central Andes is magmatically very active and characterized by both a well defined volcanic arc and an igmimbrite flare-up over the last 10 million years. Recent geophysical and geodetic studies have shown that this region remains magmatically very active. The Altiplano-Puna magma body (APMB) is recognized as one of the largest magma bodies on Earth and is spatially associated with the major ignimbrite eruptions of the Altiplano-Puna Volcanic Complex (APVC). Volcan Uturuncu in Southern Bolivia is located near the centre of the APMB and has been inflating over the past two decades at rates of 1-2 cm/year. It has been suggested that this represents a location where pluton formation may be occurring in real time. The PLUTONS project is making a comprehensive set of geological and geophysical measurements to define the distribution of magma beneath Volcan Uturuncu, and also to understand how this is related to the APMB. This has included geological studies, seismic monitoring, and detailed geodetic measurements. Magnetotelluric (MT) data use passive electromagnetic signals to image subsurface resistivity from the surface to the upper mantle. Electrical resistivity is an important property because it is sensitive to the presence of partial melt and hydrothermal fluids in the crust. An extensive MT data set was collected at Volcan Uturuncu in 2011 and 2012. Broadband MT data in the frequency band 0.001-300 Hz were collected at 149 stations. These data have been used to generate both 2-D and 3-D resistivity models of the subsurface. The resistivity model shows a pronounced mid-crustal low resistivity layer that can be clearly identified with the APMB. Shallower zones of low resistivity connect this layer with the surface in the vicinity of Volcan Uturuncu. There is considerable non-uniqueness in interpreting zones of low resistivity in volcanic environments, as they can be due to aqueous fluids, partial melt or hydrothermal alteration. To address this problem, the

  15. Magnetotelluric imaging of the subducting slab in Cascadia with constraints from seismology

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    Yang, B.; Egbert, G. D.; Kelbert, A.; Humphreys, E.

    2015-12-01

    We present results from three-dimensional (3D) inversion of long-period magnetotelluric (MT) data from Cascadia, using seismological constraints on plate geometry and back-arc structure, to refine 3D images of electrical resistivity across this subduction zone. For this study we employed the impedances and vertical transfer functions from 144 sites from the EarthScope Transportable Array, along with data from previous higher density MT profiles from Cascadia (EMSLAB, CAFE-MT etc.). Morphological parameters for the subducting Juan de Fuca and Gorda plates (e.g. upper boundary and thickness) were extracted from McCrory et al (2012) and Schmandt and Humphreys (2010) seismological models and used to define a resistive subducting slab structure in 3D. This was then either used as a prior model, or fixed (both resistivity and geometry) during the MT inversion. By imposing constraints on the geometry of the slab (which is otherwise imaged as an amorphous broad resistive zone) we improve recovery and resolution of subduction related conductivity features. The constrained inversions also allowed us to test sensitivity of the MT data to variants on slab geometry, such as the proposed slab "tear" near the Oregon-Washington border suggested by some seismic tomography models, and to explore consistency of the MT data with seismic models, which suggest segmentation of back-arc upwelling. Three zones of substantially reduced resistivity were found, all exhibiting significant along-strike variability. In the forearc, an N-S stripe of high conductivity (10 ohm-m or less) was found just above the plate interface, near the tip of the mantle wedge. This conductive feature is spatially coincident with mapped locations of episodic tremor and slip, and likely represents aqueous fluids associated with slab dehydration. To the east, a second, clearly separated, N-S elongate zone of similarly high conductivity occurs in the mid-lower crust and upper mantle beneath the modern arc, again

  16. Three-dimensional inversion of seafloor magnetotelluric data collected in the Philippine Sea and the western margin of the northwest Pacific Ocean

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    Tada, Noriko; Baba, Kiyoshi; Utada, Hisashi

    2014-07-01

    report a result of three-dimensional (3-D) upper mantle electrical conductivity inversion of seafloor magnetotelluric data. We used existing data at 25 sites in the Philippine Sea and the western margin of the Pacific Ocean. In order to obtain a reliable model by 3-D inversion, we evaluated the large and small-scale topographic effects. We also conducted a comprehensive search of the one-dimensional (1-D) profiles of the study area in order to determine the best initial and prior models. A two-phase inversion method was applied so that the error floors for the diagonal and off-diagonal elements of the impedance tensor could be separately controlled. Through this first attempt at inverting real data, we obtained basic knowledge about tuning the inversion parameters and conditions. We also proposed a procedure to evaluate the reliability of the 3-D conductivity anomalies imaged by the inversion by conducting checkerboard and sensitivity tests. After the iterations converged, 13 distinct anomalies were found in the inverted 3-D conductivity model; four conductive and two resistive anomalies were confirmed to be resolved enough by the data through the checkerboard test. Then the sensitivity tests were conducted to quantify how each anomaly was required by the observed data, and we confirmed that the intensities of three conductive anomalies and one resistive anomaly were statistically significant. This paper presented an example of possible approach in 3-D seafloor electromagnetic inversion procedure for imaging reliable electrical conductivity structure of the oceanic mantle, which will be useful in understanding dynamics and evolution of solid Earth.

  17. Receiver function and magnetotelluric analysis to understand the first stage of a continental lithospheric break-up : case of the North Tanzanian Rift

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    Plasman, M.; Tiberi, C.; Tarits, P.; Hautot, S.; Gautier, S.; Ebinger, C. J.; Mulibo, G. D.; Khalfan, M.

    2015-12-01

    First stage of continental break-up, though intensively studied, is yet poorly understood. This is partly because actual rifting areas are either too mature (more than 10 My) or not easily accessible (thick sediment cover or under water). The North Tanzania part of the East African Rift is the place of a lithosphere's early break-up (less than 5My) in response to a combination of regional pulling forces and mantle upwelling. Deformation there results from complex interactions between magmatic intrusions, faulting, asthenospheric dynamics and far field stresses. CoLiBrEA (ANR) and CRAFTI (NSF) are two multidisciplinary projects which collaboratively focus on this area to understand the interactions between faults and magma, the role of inherited structures and rheological heterogeneities of the lithosphere. For that purpose, we deployed 38 broadband seismic stations in the Natron and Ngorongoro areas from January 2013 to December 2014 and carried out a 120 km East-West magnetotelluric (MT) profile to image the crustal and mantle structures. The 3D resistivity model, obtained from the inversion of the MT data along the profile, shows an highly heterogeneous crust with three-dimensional structures over a more homogeneous upper mantle. The first inversion result from the receiver function (RF) by the Zhu and Kanamori's inversion method show a thick crust (~35 km) with important variations (maximum 15km) especially in the Ngorongoro area, and an average Vp/Vs ratio of 1.75. We then completed this study by combining the MT data and the RF at the 11 sites of the EW profile. For each site, we built a 1D velocity model (Vs and VpVs) obtained by combining the Sambridge forward solution with a non linear descent research algorithm and constrained by the resistivity structure. The inversion shows an heterogeneous crust obviously dominated by the Moho interface at different depths, with low velocity layers mainly corresponding to low resistivity features.

  18. Polarisation filtering of magnetotelluric data - Using an advanced wavelet processing scheme to discriminate between contribution of signal and noise to the data

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    Schmoldt, J.; Jones, A. G.; Garcia, X. A.

    2009-12-01

    The magnetotelluric (MT) method investigates the structure of the Earth by studying its vertical and lateral electric conductivity distribution. For that purpose natural electromagnetic (EM) fields are measured at Earth’s surface, and thus derive a spatially and frequency dependent impedance response function that can be modelled in terms of Earth structure. Long period natural EM fields (>1 s) are generated by the interaction of electrical charged particles radiated from the Sun with the Earth’s magnetosphere and ionosphere. In phases of low solar activity the source signal for MT is weak, especially at longer periods (>1,000 s) and the effects of noise can result in poor response function estimates. A significant contribution to noise can be cultural sources fixed in space, such as mining areas, electric fences and television transmitters. Electromagnetic waves generated by such sources exhibit a preferential polarisation ellipticity and direction that differs from the natural signals generated at the Earth’s outer magnetosphere and ionosphere. In MT, the ellipticity and direction of the polarisation can be determined because the magnetic component of the electromagnetic field is measured in orthogonal directions. In addition, the continuous wavelet transform (CWT) analysis is an efficient way to localize segments of chosen polarisation in the recorded dataset in both time and frequency. We have developed an algorithm that selects data segments according to their polarisation properties allowing us to improve the signal-to-noise ratio of MT responses. After rejecting segments of certain polarisation direction and therefore low signal-to-noise ratio for the signals we wish to record, the remaining data can be used for subsequent conventional MT processing. Using synthetic data and a MT dataset collected during the PICASSO fieldwork campaign in Spain in 2007, we test our pre-processing algorithm. In this paper we present a comparative analysis and results

  19. Crustal properties in the continuum Baltic Shield-Scandinavian Mountains from seismic ambient noise and magnetotelluric analysis

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    Ben Mansour, Walid; England, Richard W.; Fishwick, Stewart; Köhler, Andreas; Moorkamp, Max; Ottemøller, Lars; Smirnov, Maxim

    2016-04-01

    The Scandinavian passive margin is a good example of a region where a Precambrian shield is directly in contact with a younger mountain belt. Located along the Atlantic coast, the Scandinavian mountains, formed 440 Ma ago, show high peaks (> 1 km from the sea level) due to an uplift event 12 Ma ago. This topography contrasts strongly with the low topography of the Baltic shield (around 500 m from the sea level). If the mountain shows high topography compared to the shield, P-receiver functions analysis indicates that the Moho is deeper beneath the shield than beneath the orogenic belt. This result is surprising, as simple crustal isostasy would produce the opposite result. It is therefore likely that there is further variation in crustal and lithospheric properties between the shield and the mountain belt. In this perspective, several geophysical experiments (SCANLIPS2, POLENET-LAPNET, SCANLIPS3D, Norwegian National Seismic Network) have been deployed in the region in order to better understand the lateral variation in the crustal properties. From these different seismic arrays, we used the technique of ambient noise cross correlation in order to reconstruct the Rayleigh wave Green's function (R-R and Z-Z components) and produced a new Vs model of the upper crust in the transition between the Scandinavian mountains and Baltic Shield. In addition of this study, a magnetotelluric survey was done in the framework of MaSCa (MAgnetotellurics in the SCandes) project between 2011 and 2013 in the same area of broadband seismic network (Northern Scandinavia Mountains and the Baltic Shield). This project shows higher resistivity in the crust beneath the Baltic shield than beneath the orogenic belt. The results of this study are used in a joint inversion with seismic ambient noise in order to improve existing models. We used the multi objective genetic algorithms (GA) to inverse in the same time seismological data (receiver functions and dispersion curves from seismic ambient

  20. Teaching Research Methods Courses in Human Geography: Critical Reflections

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    Crooks, Valorie A.; Castleden, Heather; Tromp-van Meerveld, Ilja

    2010-01-01

    The authors reflect critically on their experiences of teaching research methods/methodology/techniques (MMT) courses in human geography for the first time. Through a highly reflexive process involving journaling, they engage with the broader scholarship of teaching and learning approach. Three themes characterize commonalities in their…

  1. Identification of anisotropic geoelectric structures using dimensionality analysis of magnetotelluric data. Application to the Spanish Betic Chain

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    Martí, A.; Rosell, O.; Queralt, P.; Ledo, J.; Marcuello, A.

    2012-04-01

    In this work we investigate how to identify and characterise anisotropic structures in the Earth using the dimensionality analysis of the magnetotelluric (MT) responses, and apply it to the dataset from the Betics (SE Spain), which geoelectric lithospheric structure is well known from a 3D model. The methodology employed is based on a previous work (Martí et al., 2010), which extended the use of the rotational invariants of the MT tensor to define new criteria to identify anisotropic structures, based on 1D and 2D synthetic models. Now, we apply these criteria to a broad grid of MT sites which data are affected by 3D structures. In order to obtain as much information from the data as possible, we include the study of the induction arrows and compare the analysis with the phase tensor.

  2. Magnetotelluric observations over the Rhine Graben, France: a simple impedance tensor analysis helps constrain the dominant electrical features

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    Mareschal, M.; Jouanne, V.; Menvielle, M.; Chouteau, M.; Grandis, H.; Tarits, P.

    1992-12-01

    A simple impedance tensor analysis of four magnetotelluric soundings recorded over the ECORS section of the Rhine Graben shows that for periods shorter than about 30 s, induction dominates over channelling. For longer periods, 2-D induction galvanically distorted by surface heterogeneities and/or current chanelled in the Graben can explain the observations; the role of chanelling becomes dominant at periods of the order of a few hundred seconds. In the area considered, induction appears to be controlled by inclusions of saline water in a porous limestone layer (Grande Oolithe) and not by the limits of the Graben with its crystalline shoulder (Vosges). The simple analysis is supported by tipper analyses and by the results of schematic 2-D modelling.

  3. Mapping fractures using 1D anisotropic modelling of magnetotelluric data: a case study from the Otway Basin, Victoria, Australia

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    Kirkby, A.; Heinson, G.; Holford, S.; Thiel, S.

    2015-06-01

    We present 1D anisotropic inversion of magnetotelluric (MT) data as a potential tool for mapping structural permeability in sedimentary basins. Using 1D inversions of a 171 site, broadband MT data set from the Koroit region of the Otway Basin, Victoria, Australia, we have delineated an electrically anisotropic layer at approximately 2.5 to 3.5 km depth. The anisotropy strike is consistent between stations at approximately 160° east of north. The depth of anisotropy corresponds to the top depth of the Lower Cretaceous Crayfish Group, and the anisotropy factor increases from west to east. We interpret the anisotropy as resulting from north-northwest oriented, fluid-filled fractures resulting in enhanced electrical and hydraulic conductivity. This interpretation is consistent with permeability data from well formation tests. It is also consistent with the orientation of mapped faults in the area, which are optimally oriented for reactivation in the current stress field.

  4. Vertical collapse origin of Las Cañadas caldera (Tenerife, Canary Islands) revealed by 3-D magnetotelluric inversion

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    Piña-Varas, P.; Ledo, J.; Queralt, P.; Marcuello, A.; Bellmunt, F.; Ogaya, X.; Pérez, N.; Rodriguez-Losada, J. A.

    2015-03-01

    Tenerife island geology is one of the most complexes of the Canaries archipelago. This complexity is evidenced by the existing controversy regarding the lateral or vertical collapse origin of the Las Cañadas caldera. The resistivity structure of the Las Cañadas caldera has been determined by the 3-D inversion of 188 broadband magnetotelluric data. The resistivity distribution obtained in the final model shows clear evidences of the presence of a vertical structure under the Teide, associated to the buried northern wall of the caldera. Additionally, the characteristics of the main resistivity structure, a ring-shaped low-resistivity body (<10 Ω m) interpreted as a hydrothermal clay alteration cap, would point out the presence of a handwall for the Icod Valley lateral landslide located under the Teide, but not in the southern caldera wall (current wall). All these support the vertical collapse hypothesis to explain the origin of the Las Cañadas caldera.

  5. The upper crustal 3-D resistivity structure of the Kristineberg area, Skellefte district, northern Sweden revealed by magnetotelluric data

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    Hübert, Juliane; Juanatey, María de los Ángeles García; Malehmir, Alireza; Tryggvason, Ari; Pedersen, Laust B.

    2013-02-01

    A 3-D model of the crustal electrical resistivity was constructed from the inversion of magnetotelluric data in the Kristineberg area, Skellefte district, the location of one of Sweden's most successful mining activities. Forward modelling of vertical magnetic transfer data supports our model which was derived from the magnetotelluric impedance only. The dominant features in the 3-D model are the strong conductors at various depth levels and resistive bodies of variable thickness occurring in the shallower subsurface. The deepest conductor, previously associated with the Skellefte crustal conductivity anomaly, is imaged in the southern part of the area as a north-dipping feature starting at ˜4 km depth. Several shallow conductors are attributed to graphite in the black shales defining the contact between the metasedimentary rocks and the underlying metavolcanic rocks. Furthermore, an elongated intermediate depth conductor is possibly associated with alteration zones in the metavolcanic rocks that host the ore occurrences. The most prominent crustal resistors occur in the southern and northern part of the area, where their lateral extent on the surface coincides with the late-orogenic Revsund type intrusions. To the east, a resistive feature can be correlated to the early-orogenic Viterliden intrusion. The 3-D model is compared with two previous 2-D inversion models along two perpendicular profiles. The main electrical features are confirmed with the new model and previous uncertainties regarding 3-D effects, caused by off-profile conductors, can be better assessed in 3-D, although the resolution is lower due to a coarser model discretization. The comparison with seismic sections along two north-south profiles reveals structural correspondence between electrical features, zones of different reflectivity and geological units.

  6. X-ray fluorescence mapping and micro-XANES spectroscopic characterization of exhaust particulates emitted from auto engines burning MMT-added gasoline.

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    Mölders, N; Schilling, P J; Wong, J; Roos, J W; Smith, I L

    2001-08-01

    The elemental distribution and compositional homogeneity in auto exhaust particulates emitted from methylcyclopentadienyl manganese tricarbonyl-(MMT-)added gasoline engines have been investigated using a newly installed synchrotron X-ray microprobe. Two representative groups of exhaust particulate matter, as defined in a recent bulk X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) spectroscopic study at the Mn K-edge, were studied. The micro-X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectra indicate a relatively homogeneous distribution of phases within a given particulate sample, down to a spatial extent of 40 microm (the resolution of microprobe). The micro-XANES also enabled analysis of several areas which displayed compositions different from the bulk sample, supporting the general theory describing manganese species formation in the exhaust. The ability to evaluate small regions also enabled direct verification of manganese sulfate from the S XANES despite the vast excess of sulfur present in other forms. The presence of a chloride compound, introduced through the sample dilution air and engine intake air, was also revealed. The study demonstrates the value of the combined X-ray microfluorescence with excitation by polychromatic radiation for elemental mapping and micro-XANES spectroscopy for chemical speciation in the study of dilute environmental materials containing low-Z constituents such as Cl, S, and P. PMID:11505987

  7. Deep crustal structure between the Selkirk Crest, Idaho and the Whitefish Range, Montana from magnetotelluric imaging

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    Bedrosian, P. A.; Box, S. E.; Pellerin, L.

    2006-12-01

    The Middle Proterozoic Belt Basin, spanning parts of Montana, Idaho, Washington, and British Columbia, is one of the deepest basins in North America. More than 18 km of fine-grained sedimentary strata were deposited rapidly between 1.5-1.4 Ga and split by rifting during late Proterozoic development of the North American passive margin. Basin strata were relatively undeformed until Mesozoic Cordilleran thrusting and early Eocene extension. Many outstanding questions require an understanding of deep basin structure, including the flexural load of the Basin, its role during Cordilleran deformation, and controls on ore-forming fluids that produced stratabound Cu-Ag deposits within the Basin. Long-period (deep-crustal) and broadband (shallow-crustal) magnetotelluric (MT) data were collected in 2005 along a 140 km transect within the central Belt Basin, with an average site spacing of 4 km. A portion of the transect is coincident with two deep-crustal seismic reflection profiles (COCORP lines MT-2 and ID-2). The data generally confirm the NW strike of the Sylvanite anticline and Purcell anticlinorium and the more northerly strike of the Libby Thrust Belt. A best-fit, two-dimensional (2D) resistivity model was generated from the MT data down to 50 km. The model is characterized by two subhorizontal, highly conductive horizons. A shallow horizon at 10-15 km depth begins 10 km west of the Whitefish Range front and continues to the west for 60 km to an abrupt end beneath the Sylvanite anticline. A deeper highly-conductive, concave-up layer occurs at 25-35 km depth from just west of southern Lake Koocanusa to an abrupt end about 20 km east of the Purcell trench. From that point west to the Selkirk Crest, the entire crust is very resistive. A crude resistivity stratigraphy is delineated: highly resistive (>104 Ømega m) middle and upper Belt Supergroup (above the Prichard Fm.), moderately conductive (30-1000 Ømega m) Prichard Fm. (to the present depth of exposure), a highly

  8. Magnetotelluric images of the crustal structure of Chyulu Hills volcanic field, Kenya

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    Sakkas, V.; Meju, M. A.; Khan, M. A.; Haak, V.; Simpson, F.

    2002-03-01

    Electromagnetic experiments were conducted in 1995 as part of a multidisciplinary research project to investigate the deep structure of the Chyulu Hills volcanic chain on the eastern flank of the Kenya Rift in East Africa. Transient electromagnetic (TEM) and broadband (120-0.0001 Hz) magnetotelluric (MT) soundings were made at eight stations along a seismic survey line and the data were processed using standard techniques. The TEM data provided effective correction for static shifts in MT data. The MT data were inverted for the structure in the upper 20 km of the crust using a 2-D inversion scheme and a variety of starting models. The resulting 2-D models show interesting features but the wide spacing between the MT stations limited model resolution to a large extent. These models suggest that there are significant differences in the physical state of the crust between the northern and southern parts of the Chyulu Hills volcanic field. North of the Chyulu Hills, the resistivity structure consists of a 10-12-km-thick resistive (up to 4000 Ω m) upper crustal layer, ca. 10-km-thick mid-crustal layer of moderate resistivity (˜50 Ω m), and a conductive substratum. The resistive upper crustal unit is considerably thinner over the main ridge (where it is ca. 2 km thick) and further south (where it may be up to 5 km thick). Below this cover unit, steep zones of low resistivity (0.01-10 Ω m) occur underneath the main ridge and at its NW and SE margins (near survey positions 100 and 150-210 km on seismic line F of Novak et al. [Novak, O., Prodehl, C., Jacob, A.W.B., Okoth, W., 1997. Crustal structure of the southern flank of the Kenya Rift deduced from wide-angle P-wave data. In: Fuchs, K., Altherr, R., Muller, B., Prodehl, C. (Eds.), Structure and Dynamic Processes in the Lithosphere of the Afro-Arabian Rift System. Tectonophysics, vol. 278, 171-186]). These conductors appear to be best developed in upper crustal (1-8 km) and middle crustal (9-18 km) zones in the areas

  9. Detection and characterization of cultural noise sources in magnetotelluric data: individual and joint analysis of the polarization attributes of the electric and magnetic field time-series in the time-frequency domain

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    Escalas, M.; Queralt, P.; Ledo, J.; Marcuello, A.

    2012-04-01

    Magnetotelluric (MT) method is a passive electromagnetic technique, which is currently used to characterize sites for the geological storage of CO2. These later ones are usually located nearby industrialized, urban or farming areas, where man-made electromagnetic (EM) signals contaminate the MT data. The identification and characterization of the artificial EM sources which generate the so-called "cultural noise" is an important challenge to obtain the most reliable results with the MT method. The polarization attributes of an EM signal (tilt angle, ellipticity and phase difference between its orthogonal components) are related to the character of its source. In a previous work (Escalas et al. 2011), we proposed a method to distinguish natural signal from cultural noise in the raw MT data. It is based on the polarization analysis of the MT time-series in the time-frequency domain, using a wavelet scheme. We developed an algorithm to implement the method, and was tested with both synthetic and field data. In 2010, we carried out a controlled-source electromagnetic (CSEM) experiment in the Hontomín site (the Research Laboratory on Geological Storage of CO2 in Spain). MT time-series were contaminated at different frequencies with the signal emitted by a controlled artificial EM source: two electric dipoles (1 km long, arranged in North-South and East-West directions). The analysis with our algorithm of the electric field time-series acquired in this experiment was successful: the polarization attributes of both the natural and artificial signal were obtained in the time-frequency domain, highlighting their differences. The processing of the magnetic field time-series acquired in the Hontomín experiment has been done in the present work. This new analysis of the polarization attributes of the magnetic field data has provided additional information to detect the contribution of the artificial source in the measured data. Moreover, the joint analysis of the

  10. ON THE PHYSICS OF GALVANIC SOURCE ELECTROMAGNETIC GEOPHYSICAL METHODS FOR TERRESTRIAL AND MARINE EXPLORATION

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    David Alumbaugh and Evan Um

    2007-06-27

    A numerical study was conducted to investigate the governing physics of galvanic source electromagnetic (EM) methods for terrestrial and marine exploration scenarios. The terrestrial exploration scenario involves the grounded electric dipole source EM (GESTEM) method and the examination of how the GESTEM method can resolve a thin resistive layer representing underground gas and/or hydrocarbon storage. Numerical modeling studies demonstrate that the loop transient EM (TEM) and magnetotelluric (MT) methods are insensitive to a thin horizontal resistor at depth because they utilize horizontal currents. In contrast to these standard EM methods, the GESTEM method generates both vertical and horizontal transient currents. The vertical transient current interacts with a thin horizontal resistor and causes charge buildup on its surface. These charges produce a measurable perturbation in the surface electric field at early time. The degree of perturbation depends on source waveform. When the GESTEM method is energized with step-off waveform, the perturbation due to a thin horizontal resistor is small. This is because the step-off waveform mainly consists of low frequency signals. An alternative is taking the time-derivative of the step-off responses to approximate the impulse response which includes higher frequency signals. In order to improve degree of perturbation especially due to a localized small 3-D resistor, the diffusion angle of the vertical transient current, 45 should be considered to make vertical currents coupled to a resistive target efficiently. The major drawback of the GESTEM method lies in the fact that GESTEM sounding can not be interpreted using 1-D inversion schemes if there is near-surface inhomogeneity. The marine exploration scenario investigates the physics of marine frequency-domain controlled source EM (FDCSEM) and time-domain controlled source EM (TDCSEM) methods to explore resistive hydrocarbon reservoirs in marine environments. Unlike the

  11. A Combined Subaru/VLT/MMT 1-5 Micrometer Study of Planets Orbiting HR 8799: Implications For Atmospheric Properties, Masses and Formation

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    Currie, Thayne; Burrows, Adam; Itoh, Yoichi; Matsumura, Soko; Fukagawa, Misato; Apai, Daniel; Madhusudhan, Nikku; Hinz, Philip M.; Rodigas, T. J.; Kasper, Markus; Pyo, T.-S.; Ogino, Satoshi

    2011-01-01

    We present new 1-1.25 micron (z and J band) Subaru/IRCS and 2 micron (K band) VLT/NaCo data for HR 8799 and a rereduction of the 3-5 micron MMT/Clio data first presented by Hinz et al. Our VLT/NaCo data yield a detection of a fourth planet at a projected separation of approximately 15 AU--"HR 8799e ." We also report new, albeit weak detections of HR 8799b at 1.03 micron and 3.3 micron. Empirical comparisons to field brown dwarfs show that at least HR 8799b and HR 8799c, and possibly HR 8799d, have near-to-mid-IR colors/ magnitudes significantly discrepant from the L/T dwarf sequence. Standard cloud deck atmosphere models appropriate for brown dwarfs provide only (marginally) statistically meaningful fits to HR 8799b and c for unphysically small radii. Models with thicker cloud layers not present in brown dwarfs reproduce the planets' spectral energy distributions far more accurately and without the need for resealing the planets' radii. Our preliminary modeling suggests that HR 8799b has log(g) = 4-4.5, T(sub eff) = 900 K. while HR 8799c, d, and (by inference) e have log(g) = 4-4.5, T(sub eff) = 1000-1200 K. Combining results from planet evolution models and new dynamical stability limits implies that the masses of HR 8799b, c, d, and e are 6-7 M(sub j), 7-10 M(sub j), 7-10 M(sub j), and 7-10 M(sub j). "Patchy" cloud prescriptions may provide even better fits to the data and may lower the estimated surface gravities and masses. Finally, contrary to some recent claims, forming the HR 8799 planets by core accretion is still plausible, although such systems are likely rare.

  12. FOUR DECADES OF IRC +10216: EVOLUTION OF A CARBON-RICH DUST SHELL RESOLVED AT 10 {mu}m WITH MMT ADAPTIVE OPTICS AND MIRAC4

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    Males, Jared R.; Close, Laird M.; Skemer, Andrew J.; Hinz, Philip M.; Hoffmann, William F.; Marengo, Massimo

    2012-01-10

    The evolved carbon-rich asymptotic giant branch star IRC +10216 (CW Leo) is the brightest mid-infrared source outside the solar system, as well as one of the closest examples of an evolved star losing mass. It has a complex and variable circumstellar structure on small scales in the near-infrared, and mid-infrared interferometry has revealed a dynamic dust formation zone. We have obtained diffraction-limited imaging and grism spectroscopy of IRC +10216 at the 6.5 m MMT in the N band ({approx}8-13 {mu}m). These new observations show that a change has occurred in the dust shell surrounding IRC +10216 over the last two decades, which is illustrated by a change in the apparent shape of the well-known SiC spectral feature at {approx}11 {mu}m and a reduction in the continuum at 13 {mu}m. As expected, our diffraction-limited spatial information shows an extended circumstellar envelope. We also demonstrate that the dusty envelope appears to be {approx}30% larger at the wavelengths of the SiC feature, likely due to the increased opacity of SiC. The deconvolved full width at half-maximum of the object increases from 0.''43 ({approx} 56 AU) for {lambda} < 10 {mu}m to 0.''58 ({approx}75 AU) at 11.8 {mu}m, then decreases to 0.''5 ({approx}65 AU) at 12.7 {mu}m. Our estimates of IRC +10216's size allow us to plausibly tie the change in the spectrum over the last 12.5 years to the evolution of the dusty circumstellar envelope at speeds of 12-17 km s{sup -1}.

  13. Pattern of QTc prolongation in Methadone Maintenance Therapy (MMT) subjects receiving different methadone dosages: A prospective cohort study

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    Mohamad, Nasir; Abdul Jalal, Muhammad Irfan; Hassan, Azlie; Abdulkarim Ibrahim, Muslih; Salehuddin, Roslanuddin; Abu Bakar, Nor Hidayah

    2013-01-01

    Objectives: This study aimed to compare the QTc interval between low and high dose methadone groups and evaluate the pattern of QTc variation. Methods: This is a prospective cohort study conducted from December 2010 till August 2011 at Malaysian University of Science’s Hospital. Forty six subjects, grouped in high dose (>80mg) and low dose (<80mg) oral methadone, were followed-up at 4-weekly for QTc measurements. Relevant demographic and biochemical profiles were taken at intervals with concurrent QTc measurements. Results: No significant QTc differences between methadone dosage groups were found at Week 0 (434ms vs 444ms, p = 0.166) and week 8 (446.5ms vs 459ms, p = 0.076), but not at week 4(435ms vs 450ms, p = 0.029). However, there were significant associations between the groups with QTc prolongation at week 0 and 4 (OR 4.29(95% CI 1.01, 18.72) p=0.044 and OR 5.18 (95% CI 1.34, 20.06) p =0.013, respectively) but not at week 8 (OR 2.44 (95% CI 0.74, 8.01) p=0.139). On multivariate analysis, dose group was the sole significant factor for QTc prolongation for week 0 and 4 (p values 0.047 and 0.017, respectively), but not at week 8. Conclusion: High-dose methadone group is more likely to develop prolonged QTc than low-dose group. However, such effects were inconsistent and occurred even during chronic methadone therapy, mandating judicious QTc and serum methadone monitoring. PMID:24353706

  14. Three-dimensional magnetotelluric inversion including topography using deformed hexahedral edge finite elements, direct solvers and data space Gauss-Newton, parallelized on SMP computers

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    Kordy, M. A.; Wannamaker, P. E.; Maris, V.; Cherkaev, E.; Hill, G. J.

    2014-12-01

    We have developed an algorithm for 3D simulation and inversion of magnetotelluric (MT) responses using deformable hexahedral finite elements that permits incorporation of topography. Direct solvers parallelized on symmetric multiprocessor (SMP), single-chassis workstations with large RAM are used for the forward solution, parameter jacobians, and model update. The forward simulator, jacobians calculations, as well as synthetic and real data inversion are presented. We use first-order edge elements to represent the secondary electric field (E), yielding accuracy O(h) for E and its curl (magnetic field). For very low frequency or small material admittivity, the E-field requires divergence correction. Using Hodge decomposition, correction may be applied after the forward solution is calculated. It allows accurate E-field solutions in dielectric air. The system matrix factorization is computed using the MUMPS library, which shows moderately good scalability through 12 processor cores but limited gains beyond that. The factored matrix is used to calculate the forward response as well as the jacobians of field and MT responses using the reciprocity theorem. Comparison with other codes demonstrates accuracy of our forward calculations. We consider a popular conductive/resistive double brick structure and several topographic models. In particular, the ability of finite elements to represent smooth topographic slopes permits accurate simulation of refraction of electromagnetic waves normal to the slopes at high frequencies. Run time tests indicate that for meshes as large as 150x150x60 elements, MT forward response and jacobians can be calculated in ~2.5 hours per frequency. For inversion, we implemented data space Gauss-Newton method, which offers reduction in memory requirement and a significant speedup of the parameter step versus model space approach. For dense matrix operations we use tiling approach of PLASMA library, which shows very good scalability. In synthetic

  15. Three-dimensional electrical resistivity model of the hydrothermal system in Long Valley Caldera, California, from magnetotellurics

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    Peacock, Jared R.; Mangan, Margaret T.; McPhee, Darcy K.; Wannamaker, Phil E.

    2016-01-01

    Though shallow flow of hydrothermal fluids in Long Valley Caldera, California, has been well studied, neither the hydrothermal source reservoir nor heat source has been well characterized. Here a grid of magnetotelluric data were collected around the Long Valley volcanic system and modeled in 3-D. The preferred electrical resistivity model suggests that the source reservoir is a narrow east-west elongated body 4 km below the west moat. The heat source could be a zone of 2–5% partial melt 8 km below Deer Mountain. Additionally, a collection of hypersaline fluids, not connected to the shallow hydrothermal system, is found 3 km below the medial graben, which could originate from a zone of 5–10% partial melt 8 km below the south moat. Below Mammoth Mountain is a 3 km thick isolated body containing fluids and gases originating from an 8 km deep zone of 5–10% basaltic partial melt.

  16. Influence of a narrow strait connecting a large ocean and a small sea on magnetotelluric data: Gibraltar Strait

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    González-Castillo, Lourdes; Junge, Andreas; Galindo-Zaldívar, Jesús; Löwer, Alexander

    2015-11-01

    Long period magnetotelluric (LMT) data are generally used as the prime tool to shed light on the conductivity of the deep crust and upper mantle structure. Naturally, LMT data are sensitive to the influence of highly conductive bodies even at far distances. Sea water constitutes the main widespread electrical conductor at shallow levels of the Earth's crust. Its low resistivity values, around 0.25 Ωm, contrast sharply with most geological structures of solid earth. Consequently, the presence of irregular continental borders and varying bathymetries significantly influences LMT parameter, such as phase tensor and tipper vectors. This effect is especially important in areas where large and small oceans are connected by narrow gateways. The Gibraltar Strait (southern Spain) connects the vast Atlantic Ocean with the irregular and relatively small Mediterranean Sea. Several 3D models have been developed in the region nearby the Strait, some featuring a roughly simplified geological structure, to show the influence of seawater on tipper and phase tensor. Here, detailed bathymetry (General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans, GEBCO) including the coastline is considered in a model that enables us to analyze the influence of the Strait of Gibraltar on LMT data. We stress the significance of the Sea for LMT data interpretation and the development of 3D conductivity models, especially in regions involving complex coastline geometries and bathymetry near narrow straits. Forward modeling studies are essential to accurately appraise the sea influence, which may mask 3D geological structures.

  17. Deep electrical structure over the igneous arc of the Indo Burman Orogen in Sagaing province, Myanmar from magnetotelluric studies

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    Rao, C. K.; Selvaraj, C.; Gokarn, S. G.

    2014-11-01

    Magnetotelluric studies over the igneous arc of the Indo Burman range in the Sagaing province of Myanmar have delineated the high resistivity Indian plate subducting westwards beneath the Burmese block to depths of 30 km and beyond. The thick moderately resistive (20-100 Ω m) layer overlying the subducting Indian plate may be due to the low resistivity sediments. The entire region is covered with prominent sedimentary layer with a conductance varying between 20 and 3000 S showing a general increase from the east to west, suggesting that their thickness increases toward the west. The large unsystematic variations in the conductance are indicative of the widely varying depositional environments and also possible vertical block movements during the course of their deposition. A west dipping low resistivity zone to the east of Burmese block seems to demarcate its eastern limit, suggesting the possibility of a hitherto unknown deep seated fault, which is also supported by the several earthquake foci located over this zone. The nature of the crustal movements over this fault is not immediately apparent. Possibility exists that the Sagaing fault is an en echelon fault and the present feature observed here is a part of this en echelon fault. The possibility of channel flows of the weakened rocks in the deep crust observed in the vicinity of the eastern Himalayan syntaxis may also cause such low resistivity zones.

  18. Constraining the location of the Archean--Proterozoic suture in the Great Basin based on magnetotelluric soundings

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    Rodriguez, Brian D.; Sampson, Jay A.

    2012-01-01

    It is important to understand whether major mining districts in north-central Nevada are underlain by Archean crust, known to contain major orogenic gold deposits, or, alternatively, by accreted crust of the Paleoproterozoic Mojave province. Determining the location and orientation of the Archean-Proterozoic suture zone between the Archean crust and Mojave province is also critical because it may influence subsequent patterns of sedimentation, deformation, magmatism, and hydrothermal activity. In the Great Basin, the attitude of the suture zone is unknown because it is concealed below cover. A regional magnetotelluric sounding profile along the Utah-Nevada State line reveals a deeply penetrating, broad electrical conductor that may be the Archean-Proterozoic suture zone in the northwest corner of Utah. This major crustal conductor's strike direction is northwest, where it broadens to about 80 km wide below about 3-km depth. These results suggest that the southwestern limit of intact Archean crust in this part of the Great Basin is farther north than previously reported. These results also suggest that the major gold belts in north-central Nevada are located over the Paleoproterozoic Mojave province, and the Archean terrain lies northeast in the northwest corner of Utah. Rifted Archean crust segments south and west of the suture suggest that future mineral exploration northeast of current mineral trends may yield additional gold deposits.

  19. A large hydrothermal reservoir beneath Taal Volcano (Philippines) revealed by magnetotelluric observations and its implications to the volcanic activity

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    ALANIS, Paul K. B.; YAMAYA, Yusuke; TAKEUCHI, Akihiro; SASAI, Yoichi; OKADA, Yoshihiro; NAGAO, Toshiyasu

    2013-01-01

    Taal Volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines. The magnetotelluric 3D forward analyses indicate the existence of a large high resistivity anomaly (∼100 Ω·m) with a volume of at least 3 km × 3 km × 3 km, which is capped by a conductive layer (∼10 Ω·m), beneath the Main Crater. This high resistivity anomaly is hypothesized to be a large hydrothermal reservoir, consisting of the aggregate of interconnected cracks in rigid and dense host rocks, which are filled with hydrothermal fluids coming from a magma batch below the reservoir. The hydrothermal fluids are considered partly in gas phase and liquid phase. The presence of such a large hydrothermal reservoir and the stagnant magma below may have influences on the volcano’s activity. Two possibilities are presented. First, the 30 January 1911 explosion event was a magmatic hydrothermal eruption rather than a base-surge associated with a phreato-magmatic eruption. Second, the earlier proposed four eruption series may be better interpreted by two cycles, each consisting of series of summit and flank eruptions. PMID:24126286

  20. Deep structure of a major subduction back thrust: Magneto-telluric investigations of the Taranaki Fault, New Zealand

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    Stagpoole, V. M.; Bennie, S. L.; Bibby, H. M.; Dravitzki, S.; Ingham, M. R.

    2009-01-01

    A magneto-telluric (MT) pilot study is used to investigate the Taranaki Fault, a major thrust along the eastern margin of the Taranaki Basin, New Zealand. Analysis of the survey data (MT phase tensor analysis and 2D models), along a 25 km east-west oriented line perpendicular the fault, indicates the Taranaki Fault is the tectonic boundary between major Permian and Mesozoic basement terranes with differing resistivities. Models show the resistivity boundary at the fault dips eastward at about 45° to a depth of at least 12 km. These results suggest that the fault is a major long lived tectonic feature that formed in Mesozoic time during the terrane accretionary phase and has subsequently reactivated during the Cretaceous and Tertiary. At depths less than 5 km, MT models that use constraints from seismic and borehole data show low resistivity sediments extend about 4 km eastward, beneath the tip of the fault. The sedimentary succession beneath the thrust wedge is a petroleum exploration target and with a higher density of MT measurements, a better image of this region may be achieved.

  1. Magnetotelluric constraints on the fluid content in the upper mantle beneath the southern Canadian Cordillera: Implications for rheology

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    Rippe, Dennis; Unsworth, Martyn J.; Currie, Claire A.

    2013-10-01

    Long-period magnetotelluric data were collected on two parallel profiles extending across the southern Canadian Cordillera and used to derive models of the electrical resistivity of the crust and mantle from the Cascadia subduction zone to the Alberta Basin. In the fore arc, the resistivity models indicate an east dipping conductor and conductive mantle wedge, caused by the release of aqueous fluids from the Juan de Fuca plate. Low resistivities are also found beneath the volcanic arc, associated with water released from the subducting slab and mantle melts. Low resistivities in the back-arc upper mantle at depths less than 60 km suggest a shallow asthenosphere compared to the adjacent North American craton where the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary is at ~200 km. The resistivity of the back-arc upper mantle was interpreted using geotherms, laboratory studies of mineral properties and melting points to determine the type and quantity of fluids present. The low resistivities in the back-arc upper mantle require aqueous fluids, with water content increasing from 0.005 wt % at 50 km to 0.03 wt % at 150 km depth. In addition, melt fractions of up to 1.5% are required at depths less than ~135 km to explain the observed resistivities. The presence of these quantities of aqueous fluids and partial melt will lower the viscosity of the upper mantle, as required by geodynamic models that include vigorous convection in the back arc to explain the observed heat flow.

  2. Structures and geometries of the Tajo Basin crust, Spain: Results of a magnetotelluric investigation compared to seismic and thermal models

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    Schmoldt, J.-P.; Jones, A. G.; Rosell, O.

    2014-09-01

    The Tajo Basin and Betic Mountain Chain in the south central region of the Iberian Peninsula were chosen for investigation in the first phase of the magnetotelluric (MT) component of the PICASSO (Program to Investigate the Convective Alboran Sea System Overturn) project. The MT results provide information about the electrical conductivity distribution in previously unprobed subsurface regions, as well as complimenting and enhancing results of prior geological and geophysical investigations thereby enabling the definition of a petrological subsurface model and a comprehensive understanding about the tectonic setting. Two-dimensional (2-D) inversion of the MT data provides enhanced insight into Iberian subsurface geology in the crust. The most striking features of the final model are (i) a distinct vertical interface within the Variscan basement beneath the center of the Tajo Basin that is spatially associated with the boundary between regions with and without substantial Alpine deformation, and (ii) a middle to lower crustal conductive anomaly that can be related to remnants of asthenospheric intrusion in connection with Pliocene volcanic events in the Calatrava Volcanic Province. For the latter, effects of hydrous phases are inferred that may originate from dehydration processes within the subducting slab beneath Alboran Domain and Betic Mountain Chain.

  3. PDE-based geophysical modelling using finite elements: examples from 3D resistivity and 2D magnetotellurics

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    Schaa, R.; Gross, L.; du Plessis, J.

    2016-04-01

    We present a general finite-element solver, escript, tailored to solve geophysical forward and inverse modeling problems in terms of partial differential equations (PDEs) with suitable boundary conditions. Escript’s abstract interface allows geoscientists to focus on solving the actual problem without being experts in numerical modeling. General-purpose finite element solvers have found wide use especially in engineering fields and find increasing application in the geophysical disciplines as these offer a single interface to tackle different geophysical problems. These solvers are useful for data interpretation and for research, but can also be a useful tool in educational settings. This paper serves as an introduction into PDE-based modeling with escript where we demonstrate in detail how escript is used to solve two different forward modeling problems from applied geophysics (3D DC resistivity and 2D magnetotellurics). Based on these two different cases, other geophysical modeling work can easily be realized. The escript package is implemented as a Python library and allows the solution of coupled, linear or non-linear, time-dependent PDEs. Parallel execution for both shared and distributed memory architectures is supported and can be used without modifications to the scripts.

  4. A large hydrothermal reservoir beneath Taal Volcano (Philippines) revealed by magnetotelluric observations and its implications to the volcanic activity.

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    Alanis, Paul K B; Yamaya, Yusuke; Takeuchi, Akihiro; Sasai, Yoichi; Okada, Yoshihiro; Nagao, Toshiyasu

    2013-01-01

    Taal Volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines. The magnetotelluric 3D forward analyses indicate the existence of a large high resistivity anomaly (∼100 Ω·m) with a volume of at least 3 km×3 km×3 km, which is capped by a conductive layer (∼10 Ω·m), beneath the Main Crater. This high resistivity anomaly is hypothesized to be a large hydrothermal reservoir, consisting of the aggregate of interconnected cracks in rigid and dense host rocks, which are filled with hydrothermal fluids coming from a magma batch below the reservoir. The hydrothermal fluids are considered partly in gas phase and liquid phase. The presence of such a large hydrothermal reservoir and the stagnant magma below may have influences on the volcano's activity. Two possibilities are presented. First, the 30 January 1911 explosion event was a magmatic hydrothermal eruption rather than a base-surge associated with a phreato-magmatic eruption. Second, the earlier proposed four eruption series may be better interpreted by two cycles, each consisting of series of summit and flank eruptions. PMID:24126286

  5. New geoelectrical characterisation of a continental collision zone in the West-Central Pyrenees: Constraints from long period and broadband magnetotellurics

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    Campanyà, Joan; Ledo, Juanjo; Queralt, Pilar; Marcuello, Alex; Liesa, Montserrat; Muñoz, Josep A.

    2012-06-01

    Continental collision dominates the development of a large number of mountain ranges on Earth. Although the geological evolution of these regions is highly studied, lithospheric-scale physical processes are less well characterised and their interpretations frequently differ. A new magnetotelluric profile crossing the West-Central Pyrenees with broadband and long period magnetotelluric data constrains the geoelectrical features of this continental collision zone confining the geological and physical processes that take place at a lithospheric scale. Three geoelectrical structures associated with partial melting and its melt migration are imaged for the first time in the West-Central Pyrenees suggesting an Iberian subducted lower crust reaching the depth of 70 km. This result, supported by an analysis of the thermal evolution of the Iberian subducted lower crust, reinforces the hypothesis of partial melting in this region. From the long period magnetotelluric data, the asthenosphere has been imaged as a geoelectrical structure with electrical resistivity values between 20 Ω m and 70 Ω m. The lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary close to the collision zone has been constrained between 90 km and 110 km depth below the Iberian plate and between 120 km and 160 km depth below the transition zone between plates and the European plate, in agreement with the previous geophysical data. Additionally, other geoelectrical anomalies imaged have been associated with an unexpected major Variscan boundary located below the Ebro basin, Silurian sediments and free fluids in the Gavarnie thrust, and with a thick sequence of Jurassic and Early Cretaceous sediments situated below the North Pyrenean Thrust Sheet.

  6. IRECCSEM: Evaluating Clare Basin potential for onshore carbon sequestration using magnetotelluric data (Preliminary results). New approaches applied for processing, modeling and interpretation

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    Campanya i Llovet, J.; Ogaya, X.; Jones, A. G.; Rath, V.

    2014-12-01

    The IRECCSEM project (www.ireccsem.ie) is a Science Foundation Ireland Investigator Project that is funded to evaluate Ireland's potential for onshore carbon sequestration in saline aquifers by integrating new electromagnetic data with existing geophysical and geological data. The main goals of the project are to determine porosity-permeability values of the potential reservoir formation as well as to evaluate the integrity of the seal formation. During the Summer of 2014 a magnetotelluric (MT) survey was carried out at the Clare basin (Ireland). A total of 140 sites were acquired including audiomagnetotelluric (AMT), broadband magnetotelluric (BBMT) and long period magnetotelluric (LMT) data. The nominal space between sites is 0.6 km for AMT sites, 1.2 km for BBMT sites and 8 km for LMT sites. To evaluate the potential for carbon sequestration of the Clare basin three advances on geophysical methodology related to electromagnetic techniques were applied. First of all, processing of the MT data was improved following the recently published ELICIT methodology. Secondly, during the inversion process, the electrical resistivity distribution of the subsurface was constrained combining three different tensor relationships: Impedances (Z), induction arrows (TIP) and multi-site horizontal magnetic transfer-functions (HMT). Results from synthetic models were used to evaluate the sensitivity and properties of each tensor relationship. Finally, a computer code was developed, which employs a stabilized least squares approach to estimate the cementation exponent in the generalized Archie law formulated by Glover (2010). This allows relating MT-derived electrical resistivity models to porosity distributions. The final aim of this procedure is to generalize the porosity - permeability values measured in the boreholes to regional scales. This methodology will contribute to the evaluation of possible sequestration targets in the study area.

  7. Ionic, XRD, dielectric and cyclic voltammetry studies on PVdF-co-HFP / MMT clay intercalated LiN(C2F5SO2)2 based composite electrolyte for Li-ion batteries

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    Vickraman, P.; Purushothaman, K.; SankaraSubramanian, N.

    2014-04-01

    The composition dependence of plasticizer, (EC/DMC)(70-x(wt%)) and LiBETIx(wt%) salt for fixed contents on PVdF-co-HFP(25wt%)/surface modified(SM)-octadecylamine MMT(ODA-MMT) nanoclay(5wt%) host matrix by varying its compositions x=1.5, 3.0, 4.5, 6.0 wt% prepared via solution casting technique has been investigated by A.C. Impedance, Dielectric, XRD, and cyclic voltammetry(CV) studies. The enhanced conductivity 2.1×10-5 S/cm at 300C is observed for (EC/DMC)(70-6)wt%/LiBETI(x=6)wt%. The XRD at 2θ=20.9° confirms β-phase formation, and CV studies on membranes show cyclability and reversibility. The dielectric studies show increase in dielectric constant and dielectric loss with decrease in frequency is attributed to high contribution of charge accumulation at the electrode-electrolyte interface.

  8. Detection of partial melt in continental collision zones using different magnetotelluric tensor relationships: Results from synthetic models and real data

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    LLovet, Joan Campanya i.; Ledo, Juanjo; Jones, Alan G.; Queralt, Pilar; Marcuello, Alex; Liesa, Montserrat; Antón Muñoz, Josep

    2014-05-01

    Three magnetotelluric (MT) tensor relationships - the single-station MT impedance tensor (Z), the single-station vertical geomagnetic transfer function (GTF) and the multiple-station horizontal geomagnetic transfer function (HGTF) - were investigated for their effectiveness in detecting the presence of partial melt in continental collision zones. Realistic synthetic models, based on prior field studies, were used to characterize the sensitivity of each tensor relationship constraining the presence of partial melt at lower-crustal and upper-mantle depths. From the MT response of the synthetic models, each type of data was inverted separately and jointly with the others, thus determining the properties and advantages of each when modeling the subsurface. Non-linear sensitivity tests were carried out to determine the resolution that can be expected in constraining electrical resistivity anomalies associated with the presence of partial melt. Results obtained show which configuration of the HGTF is more sensitive to partial melt. The analysis of partial melt sensitivity was also performed using real data from a MT survey carried out in the Pyrenees. The data comprise a total of 82 broadband MT sites and 29 long period MT sites distributed along four profiles across the Pyrenean mountain range between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Using the results from the synthetic models, real MT data in the Eastern Pyrenees were used to constrain if the partial melting area associated with the Iberian subducted lower crust observed below the Western, the West-central and the Central Pyrenees continues to the East. A non-linear sensitivity test was undertaken to determine the boundary to the east of this geoelectrical anomaly associated with partial melt.

  9. A magnetotelluric exploration to reveal three-dimensional electrical conductivity distribution of the upper mantle beneath Tohoku district, Northeastern Japan

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    Ichiki, M.; Ogawa, Y.; Boonchaisuk, S.; Demachi, T.; Fukino, H.; Hirahara, S.; Kaida, T.; Kanda, W.; Kono, T.; Koyama, T.; Matsushima, M.; Nakayama, T.; Suzuki, S.; Toh, H.; Uyeshima, M.

    2011-12-01

    While plenty of three-dimensional (3-D) seismic tomographic images has been revealed (e.g. Zhao et al., 1992; Nakajima et al., 2001), only a few 3-D electrical conductivity distribution model has been proposed in terms of wedge mantle in subduction zones (e.g. Patro et al., 2007). Introducing the state-of-the-art mobile magnetotelluric (MT) observation systems (LEMI-417 and NIMS), we have acquired MT data at Tohoku district, northeastern Japan for the aim of 3-D electrical conductivity distribution in the wedge mantle. Typical observation duration are three months at each site, and MT response functions from 10 to 20000 seconds in period have succesfully collected with fine quality. The site location is arranged with ca. 20 km interval. The MT phase response functions at many sites show over 90 degrees over 5000 seconds and suggest that 3-D distribution beneath this area. Using twenty-three sites' data, we carried out the three-dimensional inversion analysis with WSINV3DMT code (Siripuvaraporn et al., 2005). Although the inversion process is still on the way and the conversion is not enough, the east-west profile (acrsss the Japan Arc) of the preliminary result shows that conductive region appears at about 120 km in depth beneath back-arc region and elongates obliquely towards the volcanic front. The north-south profile (along the Japan Arc) shows the vertical conductive and resistive columns appears alternatively. That basic images are well consisted with the seismic tomographic model (Nakajima, 2001), provided that conductive and low velocity zone should corresponds with each other. Obtained the final 3-D model, our final destination is to estimate the mantle geotherm and fluid distributions in the wedge mantle using seismic tomographic and electrical conductivity images.

  10. A Cross-Gradient Constrained Inversion of Seismic and Magnetotelluric Data in the Parkfield Region of California

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    Bennington, N. L.; Thurber, C. H.; Bedrosian, P. A.

    2009-12-01

    Model nonuniqueness and imperfect resolution are pervasive problems in the inversion of geophysical data. We are exploring the utility of structural constraints employing a cross-gradients penalty function to improve models of fault zone structure along the San Andreas fault in the Parkfield, California area. Previously, individual seismic and resistivity models at SAFOD were completed that showed significant spatial similarity between main features. We will capitalize on this likeness by developing a joint inversion scheme that uses the cross gradient penalty function to achieve structurally similar images that fit both the resistivity and seismic models without forcing model similarity where none exists. The new inversion code, tomoDDMT, which merges the seismic inversion code, tomoDD, and the magnetotelluric (MT) inversion code, Occam2DMT, will be used to carry out the inversion. Due to resolution differences, seismic and resistivity models are inverted for under varying gridding schemes. This difference in gridding will be overcome by projecting model values for both onto a regular, much finer grid thereby linking the two models. Calculation of the cross-gradient constraint will be completed on this “common” grid and these values will be projected back to the seismic and resistivity model spaces. A simultaneous solution will then be carried out for the seismic and resistivity models under application of the cross-gradient constraint. Inversions in Occam2DMT are solved using Cholesky factorization. To increase the speed of the inversion, tomoDDMT will employ the LSQR algorithm for the simultaneous solution of both models.

  11. Co-seismic EM signals in magnetotelluric measurement -- a case study during Bhuj earthquake (26th January 2001), India

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    Abdul Azeez, K. K.; Manoj, C.; Veeraswamy, K.; Harinarayana, T.

    2009-08-01

    Significant changes in amplitude and frequency characteristics were observed in the magnetotelluric (MT) time series recorded during Bhuj earthquake (˜7.6 Mw), at a site ˜350 km from the epicenter. The telluric and magnetic signals recorded in the frequency range (10-1-101 Hz) of MT spectrum show considerable variations in their spectral characteristics during the earthquake event compared to the data recorded before and after the earthquake. The spectral analysis brings out sharp changes in amplitude of low-frequency signals during the earthquake as compared to the typical flat spectrum observed before and after the earthquake. The wavelet analysis of the electric and magnetic field data reveals two different spectral regimes; (1) the flat spectrum related to the natural MT signals, and (2) localized, high amplitude signals (in time and frequency) related to the onset of main shock. Three more high amplitude events are noted in the wavelet spectrum, after the main shock event, and can be speculated to be associated with the after-shock events. The MT impedance estimates clearly show scattered apparent resistivity and phase values during the earthquake suggesting that the high amplitude electric and magnetic signals were not related by an MT transfer function. The MT impedance estimates made before and after the earthquake are strikingly normal and smooth. The Pearson's correlation coefficients between the orthogonal electric and magnetic fields show a drastic drop for the data measured during earthquake, while the MT fields recorded before and after the earthquake are well correlated. The observed MT signals during the seismic activity do not show any external geomagnetic origin and may be attributed to co-seismic EM phenomena. The probable mechanisms responsible for the co-seismic EM phenomena could be electro-kinetic and seismic dynamo effects.

  12. Joint Inversion of Seismic and Magnetotelluric Data in the Parkfield Region of California Using the Normalized Cross-Gradient Constraint

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    Bennington, Ninfa L.; Zhang, Haijiang; Thurber, Clifford H.; Bedrosian, Paul A.

    2015-05-01

    We present jointly inverted models of P-wave velocity (Vp) and electrical resistivity for a two-dimensional profile centered on the San Andreas Fault Observatory at Depth (SAFOD). Significant structural similarity between main features of the separately inverted Vp and resistivity models is exploited by carrying out a joint inversion of the two datasets using the normalized cross-gradient constraint. This constraint favors structurally similar Vp and resistivity images that adequately fit the seismic and magnetotelluric (MT) datasets. The new inversion code, tomoDDMT, merges the seismic inversion code tomoDD and the forward modeling and sensitivity kernel subroutines of the MT inversion code OCCAM2DMT. TomoDDMT is tested on a synthetic dataset and demonstrates the code's ability to more accurately resolve features of the input synthetic structure relative to the separately inverted resistivity and velocity models. Using tomoDDMT, we are able to resolve a number of key issues raised during drilling at SAFOD. We are able to infer the distribution of several geologic units including the Salinian granitoids, the Great Valley sequence, and the Franciscan Formation. The distribution and transport of fluids at both shallow and great depths is also examined. Low values of velocity/resistivity attributed to a feature known as the Eastern Conductor (EC) can be explained in two ways: the EC is a brine-filled, high porosity region, or this region is composed largely of clay-rich shales of the Franciscan. The Eastern Wall, which lies immediately adjacent to the EC, is unlikely to be a fluid pathway into the San Andreas Fault's seismogenic zone due to its observed higher resistivity and velocity values.

  13. Magnetotelluric measurements across the southern Barberton greenstone belt, South Africa: data improving strategies and 2-D inversion results

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    Kutter, S.; Chen, X.; Weckmann, U.

    2011-12-01

    Magnetotelluric (MT) measurements in areas with electromagnetic (EM) noise sources such as electric fences, power and railway lines pose severe challenges to the standard processing procedures. In order to significantly improve the data quality advanced filtering and processing techniques need to be applied. The presented 5-component MT data set from two field campaigns in 2009 and 2010 in the Barberton/Badplaas area, South Africa, was acquired within the framework of the German-South African geo-scientific research initiative Inkaba yeAfrica. Approximately 200 MT sites aligned along six profiles provide a good areal coverage of the southern part of the Barberton Greenstone Belt (BGB). Since it is one of the few remaining well-preserved geological formations from the Archean, it presents an ideal area to study the tectonic evolution and the role of plate tectonics on Early Earth. Comparing the electric properties, the surrounding high and low grade metamorphic rocks are characteristically resistive whereas mineralized shear zones are possible areas of higher electrical conductivity. Mapping their depth extension is a crucial step towards understanding the formation and the evolution of the BGB. Unfortunately, in the measurement area numerous noise sources were active, producing severe spikes and steps in the EM fields. These disturbances mainly affect long periods which are needed for resolving the deepest structures. The Remote Reference technique as well as two filtering techniques are applied to improve the data in different period ranges. Adjusting their parameters for each site is necessary to obtain the best possible results. The improved data set is used for two-dimensional inversion studies for the six profiles applying the RLM2DI algorithm by Rodi and Mackie (2001, implemented in WinGlink). In the models, areas with higher conductivity can be traced beneath known faults throughout the entire array along different profiles. Resistive zones seem to correlate

  14. Segmentation of plate coupling, fate of subduction fluids, and modes of arc magmatism in Cascadia, inferred from magnetotelluric resistivity

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    Wannamaker, Philip E.; Evans, Rob L.; Bedrosian, Paul A.; Unsworth, Martyn J.; Maris, Virginie; McGary, R. Shane

    2014-11-01

    magnetotelluric (MT) profiles have been acquired across the Cascadia subduction system and transformed using 2-D and 3-D nonlinear inversion to yield electrical resistivity cross sections to depths of ˜200 km. Distinct changes in plate coupling, subduction fluid evolution, and modes of arc magmatism along the length of Cascadia are clearly expressed in the resistivity structure. Relatively high resistivities under the coasts of northern and southern Cascadia correlate with elevated degrees of inferred plate locking, and suggest fluid- and sediment-deficient conditions. In contrast, the north-central Oregon coastal structure is quite conductive from the plate interface to shallow depths offshore, correlating with poor plate locking and the possible presence of subducted sediments. Low-resistivity fluidized zones develop at slab depths of 35-40 km starting ˜100 km west of the arc on all profiles, and are interpreted to represent prograde metamorphic fluid release from the subducting slab. The fluids rise to forearc Moho levels, and sometimes shallower, as the arc is approached. The zones begin close to clusters of low-frequency earthquakes, suggesting fluid controls on the transition to steady sliding. Under the northern and southern Cascadia arc segments, low upper mantle resistivities are consistent with flux melting above the slab plus possible deep convective backarc upwelling toward the arc. In central Cascadia, extensional deformation is interpreted to segregate upper mantle melts leading to underplating and low resistivities at Moho to lower crustal levels below the arc and nearby backarc. The low- to high-temperature mantle wedge transition lies slightly trenchward of the arc.

  15. Lateral inhomogeneity deduced from 3-D magnetotelluric modeling around the hypocentral area of the 1984 Western Nagano Prefecture earthquake, central Japan

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    Kasaya, T.; Oshiman, N.

    2004-05-01

    Earthquake swarms have been observed since 1976 in the southeastern region of Mt. Ontake, where the 1984 Western Nagano Prefecture earthquake (M6.8) occurred. Most earthquake swarm activities show a dense distribu-tion in a narrow area and at shallow depths. We have carried out forward 3-D magnetotelluric modeling for the data set observed around the focal region of the earthquake swarms. An initial 3-D image was constructed based on previous 2-D magnetotelluric analysis results. The resistivity structure shows remarkable lateral inhomogeneity: a low resistivity zone is located at shallow depth around the center of the study area and the low resistivity zone is surrounded by a high resistive structure and its shape is about a 4-km cube. This feature agrees well with the distribution of the degree of water saturation deduced from seismic information. Hypocenters of recent seismicity are distributed around an area between the resistivity boundary and the relatively high-resistance region. This fact strongly suggests that earthquakes in the study area are triggered by fluid (water) in the crust.

  16. Electrical resistivity structure under the western Cosmonauts Sea at the continental margin of East Antarctica inferred via a marine magnetotelluric experiment

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    Matsuno, Tetsuo; Nogi, Yoshifumi; Seama, Nobukazu

    2015-06-01

    The western Cosmonauts Sea, off the coast of East Antarctica, was a site of rifting of the Gondwana supercontinent and subsequent early seafloor spreading. To improve our understanding of the breakup of Gondwana, we conducted a marine magnetotelluric experiment to determine the electrical resistivity structure within the uppermost several hundred kilometers beneath the western Cosmonauts Sea. Magnetotelluric response functions at two sites, obtained after considering possible influences of non-plane magnetic field sources, suggest that these responses include distortions by topographic variations and conductive anomalies around the observation sites. Three-dimensional forward modeling confirmed that these distortions due to topographic variations and a thin (∼2-km thick) conductive layer immediately under the sites (mostly sediments) are severe. Furthermore, three-dimensional forward modeling to investigate the resistivity structure at deeper depths revealed an upper resistive layer (≥300 Ω-m), with a thickness of <100 km, and an underlying conductive half-space (∼10 Ω-m). The upper resistive layer and the underlying conductive structure most likely represent dry and water/melt-rich oceanic upper mantle, respectively. The upper resistive layer may be thinner than anticipated under the old seafloor of the study area (likely >90 Ma), and may suggest a conductive anomaly in the upper mantle produced by mantle convection and/or upwelling.

  17. Magnetotelluric 3-D inversion—a review of two successful workshops on forward and inversion code testing and comparison

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    Miensopust, Marion P.; Queralt, Pilar; Jones, Alan G.; 3D MT modellers

    2013-06-01

    Over the last half decade the need for, and importance of, three-dimensional (3-D) modelling of magnetotelluric (MT) data have increased dramatically and various 3-D forward and inversion codes are in use and some have become commonly available. Comparison of forward responses and inversion results is an important step for code testing and validation prior to `production' use. The various codes use different mathematical approximations to the problem (finite differences, finite elements or integral equations), various orientations of the coordinate system, different sign conventions for the time dependence and various inversion strategies. Additionally, the obtained results are dependent on data analysis, selection and correction as well as on the chosen mesh, inversion parameters and regularization adopted, and therefore, a careful and knowledge-based use of the codes is essential. In 2008 and 2011, during two workshops at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies over 40 people from academia (scientists and students) and industry from around the world met to discuss 3-D MT inversion. These workshops brought together a mix of code writers as well as code users to assess the current status of 3-D modelling, to compare the results of different codes, and to discuss and think about future improvements and new aims in 3-D modelling. To test the numerical forward solutions, two 3-D models were designed to compare the responses obtained by different codes and/or users. Furthermore, inversion results of these two data sets and two additional data sets obtained from unknown models (secret models) were also compared. In this manuscript the test models and data sets are described (supplementary files are available) and comparisons of the results are shown. Details regarding the used data, forward and inversion parameters as well as computational power are summarized for each case, and the main discussion points of the workshops are reviewed. In general, the responses

  18. Magnetotelluric and Surface Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Measurements of Regional and Local Variability of Deep Saline Permafrost in Adventdalen, Svalbard

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    Bense, V.; Binley, A. M.; Keating, K.; Van Dam, R. L.; Christiansen, H. H.; Cohen, S.; McGuffy, C.

    2014-12-01

    In most Arctic areas the interplay between permafrost and parameters such as climate variability and geological history is not well understood or documented. Nevertheless, knowledge on the thermal state of permafrost, its thickness and ice/water content is crucial for a credible assessment of the impacts of surface warming on a suite of environmental processes such as groundwater flow to riverbeds and the release of methane from areas of degrading permafrost. We carried out geophysical surveys using non-invasive Magnetotelluric (MT) and Surface Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (SNMR) techniques to map permafrost occurrence in Adventdalen, Svalbard, a river valley in a typical coastal Arctic landscape. MT, which is sensitive to changes in the electrical conductivity and can be used to distinguish saline, fresh, and frozen soils, was used to determine the total thickness of permafrost (potentially several 100s of meters). SNMR, which is directly sensitive the volume of liquid water, was used to determine the unfrozen water content and the heterogeneity of permafrost at depths of up to ~100 m. We collected measurements in transects across and along the valley which is filled with Holocene estuarine sediments. MT observations suggest that permafrost thickens substantially to up to several hundreds of meters along the ~12 km long transect from the coastal area inland. The electrical resistivities observed are relatively low (~200-400 Ωm) when compared to permafrost environments in Alpine settings, which is most likely attributed to a high salinity of pore waters in our study area. In the parts of the valley above the marine limit (~70 m above sea-level) SNMR did not detect any unfrozen water content. However, closely spaced SNMR transects across the valley several kilometers from the coast show a substantial signal, potentially due to unfrozen water content in supra-permafrost taliks near the main river channel. This is the first study to illustrate the ability of combining

  19. Application of 2-D Inversion, to Magnetotelluric data on the Newberry Caldera, Oregon, for Potential Geothermal Power

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    Martin, T. P.; Schultz, A.

    2012-12-01

    understand the existing baseline subsurface resistivity structure at the Newberry site prior to well stimulation, magnetotelluric (MT) data will be collected in late July 2012 using two long period (1 Hz sampling) Narod Geophysics NIMS MT instruments along with EarthScope MT data aligned in a ~210 km long N-S profile centered on the stimulation zone. A 2-D inverse model will be obtained from the MT data set. The goal of this investigation is to determine the variations in the electrical resistivity in the mid-to-lower crust beneath the western flank of the caldera, providing a deeper view of putative heat sources than existing studies in this

  20. Three-dimensional electrical resistivity of the north-central USA from EarthScope long period magnetotelluric data

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    Yang, Bo; Egbert, Gary D.; Kelbert, Anna; Meqbel, Naser M.

    2015-07-01

    We present initial results from three-dimensional inversion of long period EarthScope magnetotelluric (MT) transportable array data from 232 sites covering the north-central US. The study area covers the 1.1 Ga Mid-Continent Rift (MCR) system, which cuts across a series of Archean and Paleoproterozoic lithospheric blocks. The western arm of the MCR is clearly evident in shallow depth sections, with a narrow resistive core, flanked by elongate conductive basins. Other prominent upper-crustal features mapped include the moderately conductive Michigan and Illinois Basins, and extremely high conductivities in foreland basin rocks at the southern margin of the Superior craton. The most prominent conductive anomalies, in an otherwise relatively resistive mid-lower crust, are two elongate east-west oriented structures, which are closely aligned with previously inferred continental sutures. The first underlies the southern margin of the Superior craton just north of the Niagara Fault (NF), and can be associated with the ∼1.85 Ga Penokean Orogeny. A second, further south beneath Iowa and western Wisconsin, lies just south of the Spirit Lake tectonic zone (SLtz), and can be identified with Yavapai accretion at ∼1.75 Ga. Both of these conductive sutures are cleanly cut by the MCR, which is otherwise not clearly evident in the deeper parts of the resistivity model. The break in the anomalies is narrow, comparable to the surface expression of the MCR, indicating that rifting impacts on the entire crustal section were highly localized. Both suture-related anomalies are imaged as extending into, and perhaps through, the lithosphere as dipping diffuse zones of reduced mantle resistivity. Sense of dip of these structures (southward for the NF anomaly, northward for SLtz) agrees with previously inferred models for subduction and accretion, suggesting that a conductive phase (most likely carbon) has been thrust deep into the lower crust and uppermost mantle, providing a marker of

  1. Broadband Magnetotelluric Investigations of Crustal Resistivity Structure in North-Eastern Alberta: Implications for Engineered Geothermal Systems

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    Liddell, M. V.; Unsworth, M. J.; Nieuwenhuis, G.

    2013-12-01

    Greenhouse gas emissions from hydrocarbon consumption produce profound changes in the global climate, and the implementation of alternative energy sources is needed. The oilsands industry in Alberta (Canada) is a major producer of greenhouse gases as natural gas is burnt to produce the heat required to extract and process bitumen. Geothermal energy could be utilized to provide this necessary heat and has the potential to reduce both financial costs and environmental impacts of the oilsands industry. In order to determine the geothermal potential the details of the reservoir must be understood. Conventional hydrothermal reservoirs have been detected using geophysical techniques such as magnetotellurics (MT) which measures the electrical conductivity of the Earth. However, in Northern Alberta the geothermal gradient is relatively low, and heat must be extracted from deep inside the basement rocks using Engineered Geothermal Systems (EGS) and therefore an alternative exploration technique is required. MT can be useful in this context as it can detect fracture zones and regions of elevated porosity. MT data were recorded near Fort McMurray with the goal of determining the geothermal potential by understanding the crustal resistivity structure beneath the Athabasca Oilsands. The MT data are being used to locate targets of significance for geothermal exploration such as regions of low resistivity in the basement rocks which can relate to in situ fluids or fracture zones which can facilitate efficient heat extraction or het transport. A total of 93 stations were collected ~500m apart on two profiles stretching 30 and 20km respectively. Signals were recorded using Phoenix Geophysics V5-2000 systems over frequency bands from 1000 to 0.001 Hz, corresponding to depths of penetration approximately 50m to 50km. Groom-Bailey tensor decomposition and phase tensor analysis shows a well defined geoelectric strike direction that varied along the profile from N60°E to N45

  2. Magnetotelluric imaging of anisotropic crust near Fort McMurray, Alberta: implications for engineered geothermal system development

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    Liddell, Mitch; Unsworth, Martyn; Pek, Josef

    2016-06-01

    Viability for the development of an engineered geothermal system (EGS) in the oilsands region near Fort McMurray, Alberta, is investigated by studying the structure of the Precambrian basement rocks with magnetotellurics (MT). MT data were collected at 94 broad-band stations on two east-west profiles. Apparent resistivity and phase data showed little variation along each profile. The short period MT data detected a 1-D resistivity structure that could be identified as the shallow sedimentary basin underlain by crystalline basement rocks to a depth of 4-5 km. At lower frequencies a strong directional dependence, large phase splits, and regions of out-of-quadrant (OOQ) phase were detected. 2-D isotropic inversions of these data failed to produce a realistic resistivity model. A detailed dimensionality analysis found links between large phase tensor skews (˜15°), azimuths, OOQ phases and tensor decomposition strike angles at periods greater than 1 s. Low magnitude induction vectors, as well as uniformity of phase splits and phase tensor character between the northern and southern profiles imply that a 3-D analysis is not necessary or appropriate. Therefore, 2-D anisotropic forward modelling was used to generate a resistivity model to interpret the MT data. The preferred model was based on geological observations of outcropping anisotropic mylonitic basement rocks of the Charles Lake shear zone, 150 km to the north, linked to the study area by aeromagnetic and core sample data. This model fits all four impedance tensor elements with an rms misfit of 2.82 on the southern profile, and 3.3 on the northern. The conductive phase causing the anisotropy is interpreted to be interconnected graphite films within the metamorphic basement rocks. Characterizing the anisotropy is important for understanding how artificial fractures, necessary for EGS development, would form. Features of MT data commonly interpreted to be 3-D (e.g. out of OOQ phase and large phase tensor skew) are

  3. 3D structures of the crust and upper mantle in Atlas Mountains of Morocco from magnetotelluric data

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    Kiyan, D.; Jones, A.; Ledo, J.; Fullea, J.; Sinischalchi, A.; Romano, G.; Campanya, J.

    2012-04-01

    As a part of the PICASSO (Program to Investigate Convective Alboran Sea System Overturn) and concomitant TopoMed (Plate re-organization in the western Mediterranean: Lithospheric causes and topographic consequences - an ESF EUROCORES TOPO-EUROPE project) projects, a multi-institutional magnetotelluric (MT) experiment across the Atlas Mountains initiated in September 2009 and ended in February 2010. The overarching objective of the project is to provide new constrains on the lithospheric structure of the Atlas Mountains, and to aid in discriminating between competing models describing the tectonics of the region. The experiment comprised acquisition of broad-band (crustal probing) and long period (mantle probing) MT data along two profiles: a N-S oriented profile crossing the Middle Atlas through the Central High Atlas to the east (profile MEK) and a NE-SW oriented profile crossing the western High Atlas towards the Anti Atlas in the west (profile MAR). Our MT inversion results from the MEK profile (Ledo et al., 2011), assuming that the Earth can be validly represented by two-dimensional (2D) structures, reveal two major mid- to lower crustal scale conductive features. The first anomaly is stretching from the Middle Atlas southward towards the High Moulouya basin and the second one is located beneath the Anti Atlas. There is a gradual increase in mantle resistivity to the south which may indicate a thickening lithosphere beneath the Anti Atlas. To validate the 2D inversion results, the MT data on the same profile were inverted for 3D electrical resistivity structure using both WSINV3DMT (Siripunvaraporn et al., 2005a) and ModEM (Egbert et al., 2011). We ran inversions with the full impedance tensor and also with only the off-diagonal components. Following the paper of Patro and Egbert (2011), we are testing the effect of using different length scales in the along-strike and across strike directions. As expected, the 3D inversion results provide a better fit to the

  4. A magnetotelluric transect across the Dead Sea Basin: electrical properties of geological and hydrological units of the upper crust

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    Meqbel, Naser M. M.; Ritter, Oliver; DESIRE Group

    2013-06-01

    Oblique shear directions along the left lateral strike-slip Dead Sea transform (DST) fault caused the formation of the Dead Sea Basin (DSB), one of the world's largest pull-apart basins. The Dead Sea, which covers the northern part of the basin, is one of the most saline lakes in world. To understand interaction of saline water from the Dead Sea with the neighbouring hydrological system is an important geoscientific problem for this arid region. Here, we report on the first continuous magnetotelluric (MT) transect crossing the entire DSB, from the eastern to the western rift shoulders and beyond. 2-D inversion of the MT data reveals an unprecedented comprehensive picture of the subsurface structures from the basin and adjacent areas. Quaternary to recent sediments of the Al-Lisan/Samara formations are expressed as highly conductive structures reaching a depth of approximately 4 km. East and west of the rift valley layered sequences of resistive and conductive structures coincide with the sedimentary formations of the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic. Pre-Cambrian basement (crystalized igneous rocks) appears at depths >3 km beneath both rift shoulders as very resistive regions. The eastern boundary fault of the DST is associated with a sharp lateral conductivity contrast between the highly resistive basement structures and the conductive fill of the DSB. The transition to the western rift shoulder appears wider and smoother, in agreement with a broader fractured region, possibly caused by a combination of strong normal faulting and strike-slip activity. The very high conductivities of less than 1 Ωm of the Al-Lisan/Samara formations can be explained with hypersaline waters of the Dead Sea reaching depths of a few kilometres and porosities of at least 37 per cent. The regional Judea and Kurnub aquifers of the Cretaceous are imaged as conductive layers with resistivities of 1-20 Ωm and we infer porosities of 15 per cent. The low resistivities observed in the

  5. Geothermal and compositional variety of old oceanic upper mantle in northwestern Pacific: Insights from seafloor magnetotelluric experiments

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Utada, H.; Baba, K.; Tada, N.; Shimizu, H.; Zhang, L.; Liang, P.

    2014-12-01

    Oceanic upper mantle beneath the northwestern Pacific has large-scale lateral heterogeneity that is impossible to attribute to just an age-dependency of the thermal structure based on a cooling of homogeneous mantle with age. This surprising fact was revealed from seafloor magnetotelluric (MT) data collected in three areas, northwest (Area A) and southeast (Area B) of the Shatsky Rise, and off the Bonin Trench (Area C), through the Normal Oceanic Mantle Project and the Stagnant Slab Project. One-dimensional structures of electrical conductivity representing each area show significant difference in the thickness of the upper resistive layer that may be interpreted as cool lithosphere. The thickness of the layer that is more resistive than 0.01 S m-1 is ~80 km for Area A, ~110 km for Area B, and ~180 km for Area C. The conductivity below the resistive layer is similar to ~0.03 S m-1 for Areas A and C but a slightly higher than it for Area B. The thermal structures for the lithospheric age representing the areas (130, 140, and 147 Ma for Areas A, B, and C, respectively) predicted from a simple plate cooling model are almost identical and thus cannot reproduce such variations in electrical conductivity. Then, in this study, thermal and compositional states of the mantle beneath the three areas were investigated to discuss the cause of the variations. Combination of five model parameters, electrical conductivity of crust, mantle potential temperature, thickness of thermally conductive plate, and H2O and CO2 contents in the asthenospheric mantle were searched by forward modeling and the χ2 misfit between the MT responses observed and predicted were assessed with 95% acceptable level. The possibility of partial melting was taken into account by comparing to the solidus of peridotite that is reduced by H2O and CO2. We assumed that the mantle conductivity may be represented by the mixture of hydrous olivine and hydrous carbonated melt. The results suggest a possible

  6. Deep electrical resistivity structure of the northwestern U.S. derived from 3-D inversion of USArray magnetotelluric data

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    Meqbel, Naser M.; Egbert, Gary D.; Wannamaker, Philip E.; Kelbert, Anna; Schultz, Adam

    2014-09-01

    Long period (10-20,000 s) magnetotelluric (MT) data are being acquired across the continental USA on a quasi-regular grid of ˜70 km spacing as an electromagnetic component of the National Science Foundation EarthScope/USArray Program. These data are sensitive to fluids, melts, and other orogenic indicators, and thus provide a valuable complement to other components of EarthScope. We present and interpret results of 3-D MT data inversion from 325 sites acquired from 2006-2011 to provide a regional scale view of electrical resistivity from the middle crust to nearly the mantle transition zone, covering an area from NW Washington to NW Colorado. Beneath the active extensional subprovinces in the south-central region, on average we see a resistive upper crust, and then extensive areas of low resistivity in the lower crust and uppermost mantle. Further below, much of the upper half of the upper mantle appears moderately resistive, then subsequently the lower upper mantle becomes moderately conductive. This column suggests a dynamic process of moderately hydrated and fertile deeper upper mantle upwelling during extension, intersection of that material with the damp solidus causing dehydration and melting, and upward exodus of generated mafic melts to pond and exsolve saline fluids near Moho levels. Lithosphere here is very thin. To the east and northeast, thick sections of resistive lithosphere are imaged under the Wyoming and Medicine Hat Cratons. These are punctuated with numerous electrically conductive sutures presumably containing graphitic or sulfide-bearing meta-sediments deeply underthrust and emplaced during ancient collisions. Below Cascadia, the subducting Juan de Fuca and Gorda lithosphere appears highly resistive. Suspected oceanic lithosphere relicts in the central NW part of the model domain also are resistive, including the accreted “Siletzia” terrane beneath the Coast Ranges and Columbia Embayment, and the seismically fast “slab curtain” beneath

  7. Magnetotelluric imaging of anisotropic crust near Fort McMurray, Alberta: implications for engineered geothermal system development

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Liddell, Mitch; Unsworth, Martyn; Pek, Josef

    2016-03-01

    Viability for the development of an enhanced geothermal system (EGS) in the oilsands region near Fort McMurray, Alberta, is investigated by studying the structure of the Precambrian basement rocks with magnetotellurics (MT). MT data were collected at 94 broadband stations on two east-west profiles. Apparent resistivity and phase data showed little variation along each profile. The short period MT data detected a 1-D resistivity structure that could be identified as the shallow sedimentary basin underlain by crystalline basement rocks to a depth of 4-5 km. At lower frequencies a strong directional dependence, large phase splits, and regions of out-of-quadrant (OOQ) phase were detected. 2-D isotropic inversions of these data failed to produce a realistic resistivity model. A detailed dimensionality analysis found links between large phase tensor skews (˜15°), azimuths, OOQ phases, and tensor decomposition strike angles at periods greater than 1 s. Low magnitude induction vectors, as well as uniformity of phase splits and phase tensor character between the northern and southern profiles imply that a 3-D analysis is not necessary or appropriate. Therefore, 2-D anisotropic forward modeling was used to generate a resistivity model to interpret the MT data. The preferred model was based on geological observations of outcropping anisotropic mylonitic basement rocks of the Charles Lake shear zone (CLsz), 150 km to the north, linked to the study area by aeromagnetic and core sample data. This model fits all four impedance tensor elements with an R.M.S. misfit of 2.82 on the southern profile, and 3.3 on the northern. The conductive phase causing the anisotropy is interpreted to be interconnected graphite films within the metamorphic basement rocks. Characterising the anisotropy is important for understanding how artificial fractures, necessary for EGS development, would form. Features of MT data commonly interpreted to be 3-D (e.g. out of OOQ phase and large phase tensor

  8. Three-dimensional magnetotelluric imaging of crustal and uppermost mantle structures of the Atlas Mountains of Morocco

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kiyan, Duygu; Jones, Alan G.; Fullea, Javier; Ledo, Juanjo; Siniscalchi, Agata; Romano, Gerardo

    2013-04-01

    The primary goal of TopoMed (Plate re-organization in the western Mediterranean: Lithospheric causes and topographic consequences - an ESF EUROCORES TOPO-EUROPE Collaborative Research Project) project, is to define the geometries and determine the nature of the major crustal and upper mantle boundaries, through imaging electric structures, that provide information on understanding the tectonic evolution of the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. A multi-institutional magnetotelluric (MT) experiment across the Atlas Mountains region comprises the acquisition of broadband and long period MT data along two profiles: a N-S oriented profile through Middle Atlas to the east and a NE-SW profile through Marrakech to the west. The preliminary results of two-dimensional (2-D) interpretation of the MT data collected over the first profile were presented in the paper by Ledo et al. (2011). In this study, we present the results from three-dimensional (3-D) MT inversion using the codes WSINV3DMT (Siripunvaraporn et al., 2005) and Modular system for Electromagnetic Inversion (ModEM; Egbert & Kelbert, 2012). There is a general good agreement between the main features obtained from the 2-D models and the new results of the 3-D modelling. Models inverting for only off-diagonal tensor components showed a distinct conductivity contrast between Middle-High Atlas and Anti Atlas correlates with the South Atlas Front fault, the depth extent of which appears to be limited to uppermost mantle (approximately 55 km). The eastern Anti-Atlas is characterized by a resistive (i.e. cold) lithosphere. Beside this, a prominent conducting anomaly at the lower crust/uppermost mantle is imaged west of the profile in the junction between the High and Middle Atlas (Moulouya plain). The conductive body, which extends from northern boundary of Middle Atlas to the northern boundary of High Atlas, is interpreted as due to the presence of partial melt and/or migrated fluids. We can correlate this conductivity anomaly

  9. A seafloor electromagnetic receiver for marine magnetotellurics and marine controlled-source electromagnetic sounding

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Chen, Kai; Wei, Wen-Bo; Deng, Ming; Wu, Zhong-Liang; Yu, Gang

    2015-09-01

    In planning and executing marine controlled-source electromagnetic methods, seafloor electromagnetic receivers must overcome the problems of noise, clock drift, and power consumption. To design a receiver that performs well and overcomes the abovementioned problems, we performed forward modeling of the E-field abnormal response and established the receiver's characteristics. We describe the design optimization and the properties of each component, that is, low-noise induction coil sensor, low-noise Ag/AgCl electrode, low-noise chopper amplifier, digital temperature-compensated crystal oscillator module, acoustic telemetry modem, and burn wire system. Finally, we discuss the results of onshore and offshore field tests to show the effectiveness of the developed seafloor electromagnetic receiver and its performance: typical E-field noise of 0.12 nV/m/rt(Hz) at 0.5 Hz, dynamic range higher than 120 dB, clock drift lower than 1 ms/day, and continuous operation of at least 21 days.

  10. Three-Dimensional Forward Modeling of Magnetotelluric Data Over Cratonic Lithosphere and Attendent Geological Structures: Case Study of the Zimbabwe Craton

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    Miensopust, M. P.; Jones, A. G.; Farquharson, C. G.; MT Team

    2007-12-01

    The Southern African MagnetoTelluric Experiment (SAMTEX) is covering a huge area - containing parts of South Africa, Namibia and nearly the whole of Botswana - with acquisition of magnetotelluric (MT) data. The project's aim is to gain more information on the lithospheric geometries of the geological structures of this region which contains some of the oldest lithospheric pieces on Earth - the cratons (e.g. Kaapvaal and Zimbabwe cratons). Since the standard modeling of MT data is only in two-dimensions and the recently developed three-dimensional inversion programs require a lot of computation time and high speed computers with large memories, 3D forward modeling is a good compromise on the way to full 3D interpretation of MT data. Forward modeling of subsurface structures similar to the cratonic areas of study will give some indication of how the MT responses should look like and if they change significantly when the cratons have a different shape or extent or resistivity. The determined synthetic data then can be compared with the real data collected in the SAMTEX project. The area for the case study is the western edge of the Zimbabwe craton in eastern Botswana. The craton is surrounded by the Damara Mobile Belt and the Magondi Mobile Belt to the north and west and the Limpopo belt to the south. The giant northern Botswana dyke swarm is cross cutting the craton in about WNW to ESE direction. Based on this geological information, a 3D model was created to calculate synthetic MT responses using the forward modeling routine implemented in the 3D inversion program MT3Dinv (developed by the Geophysical Inversion Facility, University of British Columbia). We will show the results of this modeling exercise and compare them with the observations.

  11. Joint interpretation of seismic tomography and new magnetotelluric results provide evidence for support of high topography in the Southern Rocky Mountains and High Plains of eastern Colorado, USA

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Feucht, D. W.; Sheehan, A. F.; Bedrosian, P.

    2015-12-01

    A recent magnetotelluric (MT) survey in central Colorado, USA, when interpreted alongside existing seismic tomography, reveals potential mechanisms of support for high topography both regionally and locally. Broadband and long period magnetotelluric data were collected at twenty-three sites along a 330 km E-W profile across the Southern Rocky Mountains and High Plains of central North America as part of the Deep RIFT Electrical Resistivity (DRIFTER) experiment. Remote-reference data processing yielded high quality MT data over a period range of 100 Hz to 10,000 seconds. A prominent feature of the regional geo-electric structure is the Denver Basin, which contains a thick package of highly conductive shales and porous sandstone aquifers. One-dimensional forward modeling was performed on stations within the Denver Basin to estimate depth to the base of this shallow conductor. Those estimates were then used to place a horizontal penalty cut in the model mesh of a regularized two-dimensional inversion. Two-dimensional modeling of the resistivity structure reveals two major anomalous regions in the lithosphere: 1) a high conductivity region in the crust under the tallest peaks of the Rocky Mountains and 2) a lateral step increase in lithospheric resistivity beneath the plains. The Rocky Mountain crustal anomaly coincides with low seismic wave speeds and enhanced heat flow and is thus interpreted as evidence of partial melt and/or high temperature fluids emplaced in the crust by tectonic activity along the Rio Grande Rift. The lateral variation in the mantle lithosphere, while co-located with a pronounced step increase in seismic velocity, appears to be a gradational boundary in resistivity across eastern Colorado and could indicate a small degree of compositional modification at the edge of the North American craton. These inferred conductivity mechanisms, namely crustal melt and modification of mantle lithosphere, likely contribute to high topography locally in the

  12. Crustal structure of an intraplate thrust belt: The Iberian Chain revealed by wide-angle seismic, magnetotelluric soundings and gravity data

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    Seillé, Hoël; Salas, Ramon; Pous, Jaume; Guimerà, Joan; Gallart, Josep; Torne, Montserrat; Romero-Ruiz, Ivan; Diaz, Jordi; Ruiz, Mario; Carbonell, Ramon; Mas, Ramón

    2015-11-01

    The Iberian Chain is a Cenozoic intraplate thrust belt located within the Iberian plate. Unlike other belts in the Iberia Peninsula, the scarcity of geophysical studies in this area results in a number of unknowns about its crustal structure. The Iberian Chain crust was investigated by means of a NE-SW refraction/wide-angle reflection seismic transect and two magnetotelluric profiles across the chain, oriented along the same direction. The seismic profile was designed to sample the crust by means of three shots designed to obtain a reversed profile. The resulting velocity-depth model shows a moderate thickening of the crust toward the central part of the profile, where crustal thickness reaches values above 40 km, thinning toward de SW Tajo and NE Ebro foreland basins. The crustal thickening is concentrated in the upper crust. The seismic results are in overall agreement with regional trends of Bouguer gravity anomaly and the main features of the seismic model were reproduced by gravity modeling. The magnetotelluric data consist of 39 sites grouped into two profiles, with periods ranging from 0.01 s to 1000 s. Dimensionality analyses show significant 3D effects in the resistivity structure and therefore we carried out a joint 3D inversion of the full impedance tensor and magnetic transfer functions. The Mesozoic and Cenozoic basins along the Chain are well characterized by shallow high conductive zones and low velocities. Elongated conductors reaching mid-crustal depths evidence the presence of major faults dominating the crustal structure. The results from the interpretation of these complementary geophysical data sets provided the first images of the crustal structure of the Iberian Chain. They are consistent with a Cenozoic shortening responsible of the upper crust thickening as well as of the uplift of the Iberian Chain and the generation of its present day topography.

  13. Analysis of magnetotelluric profile data from the Ruby Mountains metamorphic core complex and southern Carlin Trend region, Nevada

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Wannamaker, Philip E.; Doerner, William M.; Stodt, John A.; Sodergen, Timothy L.; Rodriguez, Brian D.

    2002-01-01

    We have collected about 150 magnetotelluric (MT) soundings in northeastern Nevada in the region of the Ruby Mountains metamorphic core complex uplift and southern Carlin mineral trend, in an effort to illuminate controls on core complex evolution and deposition of world-class gold deposits. The region has experienced a broad range of tectonic events including several periods of compressional and extensional deformation, which have contributed to the total expression of electrical resistivity. Most of the soundings are in three east-west profiles across increasing degrees of core uplift to the north (Bald Mountain, Harrison Pass and Secret Pass latitudes). Two shorter lines cross a prominent east-west structure to the north of the northern profile. MT impedance tensor and vertical magnetic field rotations imply a N-NNE average regional geoelectric strike, similar to surface geologic trends. Model resistivity cross sections were derived using a 2-D inversion algorithm, which damps departures of model parameters from an a priori structure, emphasizing the transverse magnetic (TM) mode and vertical magnetic field data. Geological interpretation of the resistivity combines previous seismic, potential field and isotope models, structural and petrological models for regional compression and extension, and detailed structural/stratigraphic interpretations incorporating drilling for petroleum and mineral exploration. To first order, the resistivity structure is one of a moderately conductive, Phanerozoic sedimentary section fundamentally disrupted by intrusion and uplift of resistive crystalline rocks. Late Devonian and early Mississippian shales of the Pilot and Chainman Formations together form an important conductive marker sequence in the stratigraphy and show pronounced increases in conductance (conductivity-thickness product) from east to west. These increases in conductance are attributed to graphitization caused by Elko-Sevier era compressional shear deformation and

  14. New Insights into the Structure of the Northern Margin of the India-Asia Collision from Magnetotelluric Data across the Central Altyn Tagh Fault

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    Zhang, L.; Unsworth, M. J.; Jin, S.; Wei, W.; Ye, G.; Jones, A. G.; Jing, J.; Dong, H.; Xie, C.; Le Pape, F.; Vozar, J.; Fang, Y.

    2015-12-01

    The Altyn Tagh Fault (ATF) is a left-lateral, strike-slip fault that forms the northern margin of the Tibetan Plateau and plays a significant role in accommodating the convergence between the colliding Indian and Eurasian plates. As a part of the fourth phase of the INDEPTH project, magnetotelluric (MT) data were collected across the central segment of the ATF to determine the lithospheric-scale structure of the fault system. Dimensionality analyses demonstrated that the MT data can be interpreted using two-dimensional approaches, but some localized 3-D effects are seen. Consequently, both 2-D and 3-D inversions were carried out, and a joint interpretation was made on the basis of these two types of models. Inversion models revealed two major conductors beneath the Qaidam Basin (QB) and Altyn Tagh Range (ATR), respectively. The conductive region beneath the QB was interpreted as a ductile layer in the lower crust to upper mantle that might represent flow beneath the western margin of the QB, whereas the large scale south-dipping conductor beneath the ATR is interpreted as a region with high fluid content formed by metamorphism associated with the oblique underthrusting of the Tarim Block beneath the northern Tibetan Plateau. These fluids migrate upward through the fault system and have formed serpentinized zones in the crust. Combining these interpretations, a structural model compatible with diverse geophysical observations is proposed, in which we suggest the competing end-member rigid block model and continuum model are reconcilable with the continuum model locally dominant for the study region, as evidenced by a thickened crust. * This work was funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China (41404060, 40974058, 40904025) and Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (2652014016). Reference:Zhang, L., Unsworth, M., Jin, S., Wei, W., Ye, G., Jones, A.G., Jing, J., Dong, H., Xie, C., Le Pape, F., Vozar, J., 2015. Structure of the Central

  15. Combined magnetotelluric and petrologic constrains for the nature of the magma storage system beneath the Late Pleistocene Ciomadul volcano (SE Carpathians)

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    Harangi, S.; Novák, A.; Kiss, B.; Seghedi, I.; Lukács, R.; Szarka, L.; Wesztergom, V.; Metwaly, M.; Gribovszki, K.

    2015-01-01

    The Ciomadul is the youngest volcano of the Carpathian-Pannonian region, which erupted last time at 32 ka. It produced high-K dacitic lava domes and pumiceous pyroclastic rocks. The dacite is crystal-rich and contains plagioclase, amphibole in addition to biotite, titanite, apatite, zircon and occasionally quartz, K-feldspar as well as olivine, clinopyroxene and orthopyroxene. There are two groups of amphiboles, characterized by low-Al and high-Al, respectively. They occur in the same samples and also as different zones of the same crystals. Thermobarometric calculations suggest that the low-Al amphiboles were formed from a low temperature (< 800 °C) silicic magma, whereas the high-Al amphiboles crystallized at about 950 °C from a more mafic melt. A near-solidus silicic crystal mush body was stored at 7-14 km depth, where an eruptible magma batch was produced by major reheating (about 200 °C temperature increase) due to the intrusion of hot mafic magma into the silicic magma reservoir. A magnetotelluric survey was performed to reveal whether any melt-bearing magma body could presently reside beneath the volcano. Both the 2D and 3D inversion modeling calculations indicate low electric resistivity values in the depth interval of 5-25 km, just beneath the volcanic centers. This can be interpreted as implying a partially melted zone, i.e. a crystal mush body containing about 5-15% melt fraction. In addition, the 2D modeling calculation indicates also a deeper low resistivity anomaly at 30-40 km depth. The consistent petrologic and magnetotelluric constrains on the magma storage beneath Ciomadul are corroborated by the recent seismic tomography result, which pointed out a low-velocity anomaly at 8-20 km depth zone. Thus, results of independent models suggest the presence of a melt-bearing crystal mush body beneath the seemingly inactive volcano. Since there are implications for long repose periods during the lifetime of the volcano as well as for effective and rapid

  16. An emerging view of the crust and mantle of tectonic North America from EMScope: a mid- term progress review of Earthscope's magnetotelluric program

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    Schultz, A.; Bedrosian, P.; Evans, R.; Egbert, G.; Kelbert, A.; Mickus, K.; Livelybrooks, D.; Park, S.; Patro, P.; Peery, T.; Wannamaker, P.; Unsworth, M.; Weiss, C.; Woodward, B.

    2008-12-01

    EMScope, the MT component of the Earthscope project has completed its final year of infrastructure construction, and its third annual campaign of regional magnetotelluric array operations in the western USA. Seven semi-permanent "backbone" MT observatories have been installed in California, Oregon, Montana, New Mexico, Minnesota, Missouri and Virginia, designed through installation in 2 m deep, insulated underground vaults and with long, buried electric dipole detectors using stable electrodes, to provide extremely long-period magnetotelluric data meant to provide a set of regional, deep structural "anchor points" penetrating into the mid-mantle, in which a series of denser and more uniform regional, transportable MT networks can be tied. A total of 160 "transportable array" MT stations have been occupied in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, northernmost-California, and Montana. These were located on a 70 km quasi-regular grid, with coverage of Cascadia, parts of the Basin and Range, the Rockies and the Snake River Plain, the zone above a putative mantle plume that is hypothesized to serve as the magma source for both the Yellowstone supervolcano and a chain of volcanic features extending westward into Oregon. It is anticipated that in 2009 the transportable array will sweep eastward through the Yellowstone region, following which a set of regional transects at sites of special geodynamic interest will be staged. The transportable array stations are typically occupied for three weeks, providing MT response functions extending from 2-10,000 s or in cases as great as 20,000 s period. These stations are anchored at longer periods (extending as close to 100,000 s periods as possible) by the network of 7 backbone stations, to be operated continuously for up to five years. We present an initial set of 3-d inverse models from the EMScope data sets There is substantial coherence between the resulting 3-d conductivity model and the known boundaries of major physiographic provinces

  17. Crustal electrical structures and deep processes of the eastern Lhasa terrane in the south Tibetan plateau as revealed by magnetotelluric data

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Xie, Chengliang; Jin, Sheng; Wei, Wenbo; Ye, Gaofeng; Jing, Jianen; Zhang, Letian; Dong, Hao; Yin, Yaotian; Wang, Gang; Xia, Ruixue

    2016-04-01

    A 3D Magnetotelluric (MT) inversion for a 2D broadband MT profile along 92°E in the eastern Lhasa terrane was applied to understand the crustal electrical structures and deep processes in the India-Tibet continental collision zone. The middle and lower (- 20 to - 50 km) crust is distributed with conductors that are primarily concentrated north of the Yarlung-Zangbo sutures (YZS). The results imply that the hypothesis of middle (and/or lower) crustal flow between the Tethyan Himalaya and Lhasa terrane are not supported by the MT data within the profile area. We suggest that given the possibility of the existence of channel flow in the middle (and/or lower) crust extruding southward from Tibet, the southernmost portion should be limited in the northern YZS. The electric model also indicates that the primarily conductive region in the middle to lower crust can be imaged from the YZS to ~ 30.8°N, while the crust of the northern Lhasa terrane north of ~ 30.8°N has a higher resistivity. From this result, it can be inferred that the northern Lhasa terrane might have a cold and strong middle to lower crust and that the front of the India crust might be halted in the northern Lhasa terrane (~ 30.8°N) along 92°E.

  18. Investigating the Electrical Resistivity Structure at the Creeping Segment of the North Anatolian Fault near Ismetpasa by Wide-band Magnetotellurics

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    Tank, Bülent; Kandemir, Özgür; Akbayram, Kenan; Kanar, Fatih; Öztay, Erkan; Rıza Kılıç, Ali; Bakar, Levent; Tok, Turgut; Çobankaya, Mehmet; Aylan, Eşref; Karabulut, Gamze; Paker, Ercan

    2016-04-01

    More than hundred wide-band (360 Hz - 2000 sec.) magnetotelluric (MT) observations were performed and were utilized to decipher the electrical resistivity structure in two- and three- dimensions along a 320 km, northwest - southeast aligned profile that cuts through the Gerede - Ismetpasa segment of the North Anatolian Fault. Even though Gerede - Ismetpasa region has accommodated 1944, Gerede (Mw=7.2) and 1951, Kursunlu (Mw=6.9) events, seismically, this segment is considered as a relatively quiet portion of the North Anatolian Fault and is well known with its creeping behavior (approx. 7.6 mm/yr). In this study the aim is to compare electrical resistivity structure with the creep information. Several modeling attempts targeting different depths and portions of the profile were made for imaging different problems. Preliminary three-dimensional models that were developed by WSINV3DMT suggest that; (i) There is significant and deep extending fault zone conductor that might be related with the creeping segment and (ii) In the deeper levels high and low conductivity interfaces are present in and around the fault region, which might be related to the North Anatolian Fault and seldom earthquake activity.

  19. 2D magnetotelluric imaging of the Anqing-Guichi ore district, Yangtze metallogenic belt, eastern China: An insight into the crustal structure and tectonic units

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    Chen, Xiangbin; Yan, Jiayong

    2016-08-01

    Two parallel NW-trending magnetotelluric (MT) profiles were placed perpendicularly to the main structures of the Anqing-Guichi ore district, one of the seven ore districts in the middle-lower Yangtze River metallogenic belt of eastern China. In October-December 2013, the MT data acquisition was carried out at 117 sites with 0.5-1 km site spacing. The MT data has a good quality in the frequency range between 320 and 0.01 Hz. The dimensionality analysis and 2D resistivity inversion results indicate that: (1) the deep of the ore district with three-dimensional structural characteristics, but two-dimensional structural characteristics for shallow; (2) there is a clear correlation between resistivity and the main geological units of the ore district, as well as correlation with mapped surface faults; (3) the Gandan deep fault (GDF) and Jiangnan deep fault (JNF) extend from the surface to 10 km deep, with dip of NW45°, and dip angles larger than 60°. A series of NE-trending acidic intrusive rocks were controlled by the GDF.

  20. Deep-crustal magma reservoirs beneath the Nicaraguan volcanic arc, revealed by 2-D and semi 3-D inversion of magnetotelluric data

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    Brasse, Heinrich; Schäfer, Anja; Díaz, Daniel; Alvarado, Guillermo E.; Muñoz, Angélica; Mütschard, Lutz

    2015-11-01

    A long-period magnetotelluric (MT) experiment was conducted in early 2009 in western Nicaragua to study the electrical resistivity and thus fluid/melt distribution at the Central American continental margin where the Cocos plate subducts beneath the Caribbean plate. Strike analysis yields a preference direction perpendicular to the profile, with moderate deviation from two-dimensionality, however. Two-dimensional modeling maps the sediments of the Nicaraguan Depression and a high-conductivity zone in the mid-crust, slightly offset from the arc. Further conductors are modeled in the backarc. However, these features are probably artifacts when a 2-D program is applied to data which show moderate 3-D characteristics. 3-D inversion clarifies the situation, and the major remaining conductive structure is now quasi directly beneath the volcanic chain and interpreted as a deep-seated magma deposit. Conductivity in the backarc is also relatively high and may either be caused by still existing partial melts beneath the Paleocene to Miocene volcanic arcs or by related metallic deposits in the aureoles of hydrothermal alteration.

  1. STS-114: Discovery Post MMT Briefing

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    2005-01-01

    On flight day 13, Leroy Cain, STS-114 Ascent/Entry Flight Director, discusses the condition of the Space Shuttle Discovery, and the weather outlook for landing. He answers questions from the news media about his feelings about re-entry since the Columbia tragedy, possible new information during re-entry, critical moments in the Mission Control Room during landing, and differences between night landing and day landing. Footage of the Mission Control Room and a talk with Soichi Noguchi in orbit is shown. Also, footage of the truss structure of the International Space Station, Destiny Laboratory, crew cabin of Discovery, and the Orbiter Docking System linked up to forward docking port on Discovery is shown. Eileen Collins and Wendy Lawrence are shown in the flight deck of Discovery. Charles Camarda is also shown in the mid-deck. Downlink television from Discovery shows spacewalk choreographer Andy Thomas with Stephen Robinson and Soichi Noguchi preparing for depressurization and pre-breathing activities that will lead to the opening of the hatch. The installation of a replacement GPS antenna, images of the port wing of Discovery and Canadarm moving with the Orbital Boom Sensor System (OBSS) extension is shown.

  2. STS-114: Discovery Post MMT Press Conference

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    2005-01-01

    George Diller, NASA Public Affairs, introduces the panel who consist of: Bill Parsons, Space Shuttle Program Manager; Wayne Hale, Space Shuttle Deputy Program Manager; Ed Mango, Deputy Manager JSC Orbiter Project Office; and Mike Wetmore, Director of Shuttle Processing. Bill Parsons begins by expressing that he is still searching for the problem with the low level fuel sensor inside the external tank. Hale talks about more ambient tests that will be performed to fix this problem. Mango expresses his findings from tests in the aft engine compartment, point sensor box, orbiter wiring, and wire resistance. He also talks about looking in detail into the circuit analysis of the point sensor box. Questions from the news media about tanking tests and extending the launch window are addressed.

  3. STS-114: Discovery Post MMT Press Conference

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    2005-01-01

    Bruce Buckingham, NASA Public Affairs hosted this conference. Bill Parsons, Space Shuttle Program Manager; John Muratore, Shuttle System and Integration Manager; Mike Wetmore, Shuttle Processing Director were present. The Panel summarizes that thorough effort of analysis and test techniques and great amount of work is being done to fix the sensor problem and will be ready to call the stations for a launch countdown process after the trouble shooting is fully completed. Launch time, grounding problem, sensor failure, trouble shooting, tanking test, pin swap, and heaters were topics covered with the News media. For clarification, Bruce Buckingham provided information that preferred launch time is at 10:39am on July 26, Eastern Time.

  4. STS-114: Discovery Post MMT Press Conference

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    2005-01-01

    Bruce Buckingham of NASA Public Affairs hosted this press conference. Wayne Hill, Space Shuttle Deputy Program Manager; John Muratore, Shuttle Systems and Integration Manager; Mike Wetmore, Director for Shuttle Processing were present. Wayne started with a video from Shuttle Logistics Depot showing details of a point sensor box commonly named the black box. Work with the trouble shooting continues on a day to day basis, no definite launching date is set. John reports that they are in a mission support mode all over the country until the sensor problem is solved. Mike reports his team will complete scrub and securing tasks through the next day, restore the facility to its normal mode, and will start to a four day process of getting back to launch once trouble shooting is completed. Tanking test, thermal environment, problem identification, engine cut-off sensor problems, sensors, risk, design reviews, test and analysis, correlation of the problem with Columbia, are some of the topics covered with the News media.

  5. The role of different magnetotelluric tensor relationships in detecting partial melt in continental collision zones: Results from synthetic models and real data

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    Campanya i Llovet, J.; Ledo, J.; Jones, A. G.; Queralt, P.; Marcuello, A.; Liesa, M.; Muñoz, J.

    2013-12-01

    Three magnetotelluric (MT) tensor relationships - the single-station MT impedance tensor, the single-station vertical geomagnetic transfer function (GTF) and the multiple-station horizontal geomagnetic transfer function (HGTF) - were investigated for their role in detecting the presence of partial melting in continental collision zones. Synthetic models based on previous studies were used to characterize the sensitivity of each tensor relationship constraining the presence of partial melt at lower-crustal and upper-mantle depths. From the MT response of the synthetic models, each type of data has been inverted separately and jointly with the others, thus determining the properties and advantages of each when modeling the subsurface. Non-linear sensitivity tests have been carried out to determine the resolution that can be expected when constraining electrical resistivity anomalies associated with the presence of partial melt. The electrical resistivity anomalies associated with different amounts of partial melt were calculated using the two phases of Archie's law and Hashin Shtrikman extremal bounds. The results have been compared with the sensitivity of the MT tensor relationships, thus determining the resolution that can be expected in the detection of partial melt at lower-crustal and upper-mantle depths. Equivalent analyses have been performed using real MT data from a survey carried out in the Pyrenees. The data comprise a total of 82 broadband MT sites and 29 long period MT sites distributed along four profiles across the Pyrenean mountain range between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The results show the presence of a low-electrical-resistivity structure that has been associated with partial melting of the Iberian subducted lower crust. This anomaly has been constrained below three of the MT profiles but seems to be absent below the Eastern Pyrenees MT profile. A non-linear sensitivity tests was undertaken to ensure that the absence of this

  6. Subsurface structure and stratigraphy of the northwest end of the Turkana Basin, Northern Kenya Rift, as revealed by magnetotellurics and gravity joint inversion

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    Abdelfettah, Yassine; Tiercelin, Jean-Jacques; Tarits, Pascal; Hautot, Sophie; Maia, Marcia; Thuo, Peter

    2016-07-01

    In order to understand the subsurface stratigraphy and structure of the northwest end of the Turkana Basin, Northern Kenya Rift, we used 2-D joint inversion of magnetotelluric (MT) and gravity data acquired along 3 profiles perpendicular to the main Murua Rith-Lapur Rift Border Fault. The regional geology is characterized by a basement of Precambrian age overlain by a ≤500-m thick sandstone formation named the Lapur Sandstone of upper Cretaceous-lower Eocene in age, covered by thick rhyolitic and basaltic lavas of late Eocene-middle Miocene age, known as the "Turkana Volcanics". Final interpretation of the resistivity and density models, until 5 km depth, obtained by the joint inversion approach confirms the previous general knowledge about the half-graben geometry of the northern part of the Turkana Basin. The main Murua Rith-Lapur Rift Border Fault is well identified by both gravity and MT. At least, two other important secondary faults without surface expression are also identified. A new small half-graben basin, named the Kachoda Basin, parallel to the main Turkana Basin and filled by 1.5 km of sediments, has been also characterized. This study also highlights strong thickness variations of the three main geological units that could be expected in the subsurface of the Turkana Basin. For example, the sedimentary Nachukui and Kibish Formations reach up to >3 km in thickness at the eastern end of the north and central profiles. Lateral variations of the topography of the Precambrian basement are also evidenced. Conceptual geological models, which result from the combination of the obtained density and resistivity models as well as from geological and reflection seismic data, are proposed. In such an area of intensive and promising oil exploration, these models are essential in terms of identification of reservoirs, source rocks and trapping mechanisms.

  7. Imaging the hydrothermal system beneath the Jigokudani valley, Tateyama volcano, Japan: implications for structures controlling repeated phreatic eruptions from an audio-frequency magnetotelluric survey

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    Seki, Kaori; Kanda, Wataru; Ogawa, Yasuo; Tanbo, Toshiya; Kobayashi, Tomokazu; Hino, Yuta; Hase, Hideaki

    2015-01-01

    This study focuses on the results of an audio-frequency magnetotelluric (AMT) survey across the Jigokudani valley, Tateyama volcano, Japan, to investigate the spatial relationship between the distribution of electrical resistivity and geothermal activity and to elucidate the geologic controls on both its phreatic eruption history and recent increase in phreatic activity. The AMT data were collected at eight locations across the Jigokudani valley in September 2013, with high quality data obtained from most sites, enabling the identification of an underground 2D resistivity structure from the transverse magnetic (TM) mode data. The data obtained during this study provided evidence of a large conductive region beneath the surface of the Jigokudani valley that is underlain by a resistive layer at depths below 500 m. The resistive layer is cut by a relatively conductive region that extends subvertically toward the shallow conductor. The shallow conductive region is divided into an uppermost slightly conductive section that is thought to be a lacustrine sediment layer of an extinct crater lake containing hydrothermal fluids and a lower section containing a mix of volcanic gases and hydrothermal fluids. The low permeability of the clay zone means that the uppermost clayey sediments allow the accumulation of gases in the lower section of the conductive region, suggesting the existence of a cap structure. The deep resistive layer likely consists of units similar to the granitic rocks that are widely exposed throughout the Jigokudani valley. We suggest that the relatively conductive zone that separates these granitic rocks represents a high-temperature volcanic gas conduit, given that the most active fumarole in the Jigokudani valley lies directly along the trajectory of this path.

  8. Shallow Crustal Structure of Chicxulub Impact Crater Imaged With Seismic, Gravity and Magnetotelluric Data: Structure of the Central Uplift and Origin of the Cenotes Ring.

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    Campos Enriquez, O.; Chavez Garcia, F.; Cruz Jimenez, H.; Acosta Chang, J.; Takafumi, M.; Arzate, J.; Unsworth, M.; Ramos Lopez, J.

    2002-12-01

    The shallow crustal structure of the onshore portion of the Chicxulub impact structure (Yucatan, Mexico) has been studied with seismic, gravity and MT exploration. A dispersion analysis of Rayleigh waves along a 150-km long, east-west profile allowed to image the shallow Tertiary cover to a depth of 400 m. The thickness of the first layer increases towards the central basin, from less than 100 m immediately outside, to more than 200 m in the terrace zone. The second layer also increases its thickness from about 150 m outside the crater rim, to around 250 m in the vicinity of the rim. At the center of the crater the first layer is again about 100 m thick. The increase in thickness of the first two layers as we approach the sinkhole ring from the exterior of the crater is consistent with the existence of a central basin. The velocity distribution along our profile does not have low-velocity layers. Thus, a low velocity layer observed in the Tertiary cover in a previous study, may be delimited to a ring around the crater center. The inferred inward slope of the two shallow layers immediately outside the central basin correlates with a smooth gravity gradient. A gravity model based in detailed measurements along our profile enable us to associate the fracturing that favored the development of the sink holes at the eastern rim with the ring fracture mapped by offshore seismic line. Finally, preliminary results of ongoing magnetotelluric (MT) studies support the existence of the central structural high.

  9. Three-dimensional Magnetotelluric Inversion and Model Validation with Potential Field Data and Seismics for the Central Portion of Parana Sedimentary Basin in Brazil

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    La Terra, E. F.; Fontes, S. L.; Taveira, D. T.; Miquelutti, L. G.

    2015-12-01

    The Paraná basin, on the central-south region of the South American Plate, is one of the biggest South American intracratonic basins. It is composed by Paleozoic and Mesozoic sediments, which were covered by the enormous Cretaceous flood basalts, associated with the rifting of Gondwana and the opening of the South Atlantic Ocean. Its depocenter region, with a maximum estimated depth of just over 7000 m, was crossed by three magnetotelluric - MT profiles proposed by the Brazilian Petroleum Agency (ANP) aimed at better characterizing its geological structure, as the seismic images are very poor. The data include about 350 MT broadband soundings spanning from 1000 Hz down to 2,000 s. The MT data were processed using robust techniques and remote reference. Static shift observed in some stations were corrected based on Transient Electromagnetic - TEM measurements at each site. These models were integrated to existent gravity, magnetic and seismic data for a more comprehensive interpretation of the region. A pilot 3D model has also been constructed on a crustal scale covering the study area using four frequencies per decade in the 3D inversion scheme proposed by Siripunvaraporn et al. (2005). The inversion scheme produced a reliable model and the observations were adequately reproduced, with observed fitting particularly better for the deeper structures related to basement compared to the 2D results. The main features in the conductivity model correspond to known geological features. These included the conductivity structures obtained for the upper crust, i.e. the sedimentary sequences, underlain by more resistive material, assumed to be basement. Local resistive features in the near-surface are associated to volcanic basalts covering the sediments. Some highly resistivity horizontal and vertical bodies were associated to volcanic intrusion like dikes and sills. We observed depressions on basement consistent with half-graben structures possibly filled with sandstones.

  10. 3-dimensional magnetotelluric inversion including topography using deformed hexahedral edge finite elements and direct solvers parallelized on symmetric multiprocessor computers - Part II: direct data-space inverse solution

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    Kordy, M.; Wannamaker, P.; Maris, V.; Cherkaev, E.; Hill, G.

    2016-01-01

    Following the creation described in Part I of a deformable edge finite-element simulator for 3-D magnetotelluric (MT) responses using direct solvers, in Part II we develop an algorithm named HexMT for 3-D regularized inversion of MT data including topography. Direct solvers parallelized on large-RAM, symmetric multiprocessor (SMP) workstations are used also for the Gauss-Newton model update. By exploiting the data-space approach, the computational cost of the model update becomes much less in both time and computer memory than the cost of the forward simulation. In order to regularize using the second norm of the gradient, we factor the matrix related to the regularization term and apply its inverse to the Jacobian, which is done using the MKL PARDISO library. For dense matrix multiplication and factorization related to the model update, we use the PLASMA library which shows very good scalability across processor cores. A synthetic test inversion using a simple hill model shows that including topography can be important; in this case depression of the electric field by the hill can cause false conductors at depth or mask the presence of resistive structure. With a simple model of two buried bricks, a uniform spatial weighting for the norm of model smoothing recovered more accurate locations for the tomographic images compared to weightings which were a function of parameter Jacobians. We implement joint inversion for static distortion matrices tested using the Dublin secret model 2, for which we are able to reduce nRMS to ˜1.1 while avoiding oscillatory convergence. Finally we test the code on field data by inverting full impedance and tipper MT responses collected around Mount St Helens in the Cascade volcanic chain. Among several prominent structures, the north-south trending, eruption-controlling shear zone is clearly imaged in the inversion.

  11. On the sensitivity of long-term magnetotelluric monitoring in Southern Italy and source-dependent robust single station transfer function variability

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    Romano, Gerardo; Balasco, Marianna; Lapenna, Vincenzo; Siniscalchi, Agata; Telesca, Luciano; Tripaldi, Simona

    2014-06-01

    Since 2007, a permanent magnetotelluric (MT) monitoring station has been working in the seismic area of the Agri Valley (Basilicata region, southern Italy) in order to investigate the stability of the MT transfer function. The station was installed in a rural area near the supposed seismogenic fault of the strong earthquake (Mw = 6.9) that struck the Agri Valley in 1857. Analysing about 4 yr of MT data characterized by a low seismic activity, the long-term systematic variations of robust single station MT transfer function estimates were observed in two different sounding period ranges. First, a significant seasonal component of variability for short periods was noted; these short periods were up to 16 s and were linked to variations in wetting/drying of soil moisture in the shallower layers. Second, a connection between the monitored estimates and global geomagnetic activity, Ap index, was found, particularly in the [20-100 s] period range. Analysing remote reference results and tipper estimates in shorter monitoring window, it was shown that such effect cannot be explained by a local or incoherent noise, and a large-scale coherent source should be claimed. We show that this effect is subtle because it produces smooth estimates, satisfying the dispersion relationship between apparent resistivity and phase, with small error bars. As the global geomagnetic activity level increases, robust estimators, like the median value, can be considered as a representative of the estimates due to the natural source, and they tend to stabilize when the Ap index approaches 10. It is also worth noting that our monitored time window includes the recent global minimum of solar activity which occurred in 2009, thus enhancing the estimate dependence on the Ap index.

  12. From Archean to Present - Structure and Evolution of the North American Mid-Continent through the Lens of EarthScope Magnetotelluric Data

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    Bedrosian, P.

    2015-12-01

    The North American mid-continent presents a window into craton growth and stabilization as well as a 1.1 Ga rifting event that nearly tore Laurentia apart. Unique to this region is the preservation of this tectonic collage, largely unmodified by subsequent tectonic events, which permits examination of if and how such events are preserved in the continental lithosphere. I will present a three-dimensional lithospheric-scale resistivity model derived from EarthScope magnetotelluric data. I will discuss details of the resistivity model in relation to lithospheric sutures, defined primarily from aeromagnetic and geochronologic data, which record the southward growth of the Laurentian margin in the Precambrian. I will examine in detail the resistivity signature of the 1.1 Ga Mid-Continent Rift System as relates to rift geometry, extent, and segmentation. I further speculate that axial drainage along the southwest rift arm created an unrecognized expanse of (concealed) Precambrian deltaic deposits in Kansas akin to the Rio Grande delta that today drains multiple sub-basins within the Rio Grande Rift. The resistivity model also reveals the distribution of highly conductive Paleoproterozoic metasediments in Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin. The high conductivity is attributed to metallic sulfides and in some cases graphite. The former is considered a potential source of sulfur for multiple types of mineral deposits found in the region. Finally, I consider the imprint left within the mantle following the 1.1 Ga rifting event. Throughout the mid-continent, variations in lithospheric mantle conductivity are revealed, most likely reflecting variations in hydration (depleted versus metasomatized mantle). The spatial pattern of conductivity variations bears little resemblance to past tectonic events or to the direction of North American absolute plate motion.

  13. 3-D magnetotelluric inversion including topography using deformed hexahedral edge finite elements and direct solvers parallelized on SMP computers - Part I: forward problem and parameter Jacobians

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    Kordy, M.; Wannamaker, P.; Maris, V.; Cherkaev, E.; Hill, G.

    2016-01-01

    We have developed an algorithm, which we call HexMT, for 3-D simulation and inversion of magnetotelluric (MT) responses using deformable hexahedral finite elements that permit incorporation of topography. Direct solvers parallelized on symmetric multiprocessor (SMP), single-chassis workstations with large RAM are used throughout, including the forward solution, parameter Jacobians and model parameter update. In Part I, the forward simulator and Jacobian calculations are presented. We use first-order edge elements to represent the secondary electric field (E), yielding accuracy O(h) for E and its curl (magnetic field). For very low frequencies or small material admittivities, the E-field requires divergence correction. With the help of Hodge decomposition, the correction may be applied in one step after the forward solution is calculated. This allows accurate E-field solutions in dielectric air. The system matrix factorization and source vector solutions are computed using the MKL PARDISO library, which shows good scalability through 24 processor cores. The factorized matrix is used to calculate the forward response as well as the Jacobians of electromagnetic (EM) field and MT responses using the reciprocity theorem. Comparison with other codes demonstrates accuracy of our forward calculations. We consider a popular conductive/resistive double brick structure, several synthetic topographic models and the natural topography of Mount Erebus in Antarctica. In particular, the ability of finite elements to represent smooth topographic slopes permits accurate simulation of refraction of EM waves normal to the slopes at high frequencies. Run-time tests of the parallelized algorithm indicate that for meshes as large as 176 × 176 × 70 elements, MT forward responses and Jacobians can be calculated in ˜1.5 hr per frequency. Together with an efficient inversion parameter step described in Part II, MT inversion problems of 200-300 stations are computable with total run times

  14. Structure of the Central Altyn Tagh Fault revealed by magnetotelluric data: New insights into the structure of the northern margin of the India-Asia collision

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    Zhang, Letian; Unsworth, Martyn; Jin, Sheng; Wei, Wenbo; Ye, Gaofeng; Jones, Alan G.; Jing, Jianen; Dong, Hao; Xie, Chengliang; Le Pape, Florian; Vozar, Jan

    2015-04-01

    The Altyn Tagh Fault (ATF) is a left-lateral, strike-slip fault that forms the northern margin of the Tibetan Plateau and plays a significant role in accommodating the convergence between the colliding Indian and Eurasian plates. As a part of the fourth phase of the INDEPTH project, magnetotelluric (MT) data were collected across the central segment of the ATF to determine the lithospheric-scale structure of the fault system. Dimensionality analyses demonstrated that the MT data can be interpreted using two-dimensional approaches, but some localized 3-D effects are seen. Consequently, both 2-D and 3-D inversions were carried out, and a joint interpretation was made on the basis of these two types of models. Inversion models revealed two major conductors beneath the Qaidam Basin (QB) and Altyn Tagh Range (ATR), respectively. The conductive region beneath the QB was interpreted as a ductile layer in the lower crust to upper mantle that might represent flow beneath the western margin of the QB, whereas the large scale south-dipping conductor beneath the ATR is interpreted as a region with high fluid content formed by metamorphism associated with the oblique underthrusting of the Tarim Block beneath the northern Tibetan Plateau. These fluids migrate upwards through the fault system and have formed serpentinized zones in the crust. Combining these interpretations, a structural model compatible with diverse geophysical observations is proposed, in which we suggest the competing end-member rigid block model and continuum model are reconcilable with the continuum model locally dominant for the study region, as evidenced by a thickened crust.

  15. A Mixed-methods Evaluation of the Feasibility, Acceptability and Preliminary Efficacy of a Mobile Intervention for Methadone Maintenance Clients

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    Guarino, Honoria; Acosta, Michelle; Marsch, Lisa A.; Xie, Haiyi; Aponte-Melendez, Yesenia

    2015-01-01

    Despite the recent explosion of behavioral health interventions delivered on mobile devices, little is known about factors that make such applications practical, engaging and useful to their target audience. This study reports on the feasibility, acceptability and preliminary efficacy of a prototype of a novel, interactive mobile psychosocial intervention to reduce problematic drug use among clients in methadone maintenance treatment (MMT). A mixed-methods pilot study with new MMT clients (n=25) indicated that the mobile intervention approach was feasible, and that participants found the intervention highly acceptable and useful. On 100-point visual analog scale (VAS) items, participants reported high levels of liking the program (M=75.6), and endorsed it as useful (M=77.5), easy to use (M=80.7), and containing a significant amount of new information (M=74.8). When compared with 25 study participants who received standard MMT alone, pilot participants rated their treatment significantly higher in interestingness and usefulness, and were significantly more satisfied with their treatment. In qualitative interviews, participants reported using the mobile intervention in a range of settings, including during times of heightened risk for substance use, and finding it helpful in managing drug cravings. Additionally, pilot participants showed evidence of increased treatment retention and abstinence from illicit opioids (in terms of effect size) over a 3-month period relative to those in standard MMT, suggesting the application’s potential to enhance treatment outcomes. These promising findings suggest that an evidence-based mobile therapeutic tool addressing substance use may appeal to drug treatment clients and have clinical utility as an adjunct to formal treatment. PMID:26618796

  16. Structural influence on the evolution of the pre-Eonile drainage system of southern Egypt: Insights from magnetotelluric and gravity data

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    Roden, Jeff; Abdelsalam, Mohamed G.; Atekwana, Estella; El-Qady, Gad; Tarabees, Elhamy Aly

    2011-12-01

    The Wadi Kubbaniya in the Western Desert of Egypt north of the City of Aswan has been interpreted as the downstream continuation of the Wadi Abu Subeira, comprising an ancient W- and NW-flowing river system originating from the Precambrian crystalline rocks of the Red Sea Hills which were uplifted during the Miocene in association with the opening of the Red Sea. This drainage system is thought to have been active before the onset of the N-flowing Egyptian Nile which started ˜6 Ma with the Eonile phase; an event that resulted in carving of ˜1000 km long canyon (the Eonile canyon) extending from the Mediterranean Sea in the north to Aswan in the south due to the Messinian Salinity Crisis. This study utilizes geophysical data to examine the role of regional tectonics and local structures in controlling the evolution of the pre-Eonile drainage system. Magnetotelluric (MT) and gravity surveys were conducted along two ˜5 km-long profiles across the NW-trending Wadi Kubbaniya. Two-dimensional (2D) inversion of MT data and gravity models indicate the Wadi Kubbaniya is filled with loosely-consolidated sandstone and conglomerate that extend to a depth of ˜150-200 m into Cretaceous sandstone formations which overlie Precambrian crystalline rocks. These results were evaluated in terms of two end-member models; an incision model in which the 150-200 m thick sedimentary rocks were considered as being deposited within an incised valley that was carved into bedrock, or a structural model in which the sedimentary rocks are considered as filling a NW-trending graben controlled by normal faults that deform the Cretaceous sandstone formations and the underlying Precambrian crystalline rocks. Geological observations as well as supporting seismic data favor the interpretation that the Wadi Kubbaniya is a NW-trending graben similar to other extensional structures found 400 km northwest along-strike of Wadi Kubbaniya. These structures are impressively parallel to the western

  17. Crust and upper mantle electrical structure of Haiyuan-Liupanshan Thrust Belt and its vicinity revealed by magnetotelluric(MT) detection

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    Han, S.; Liu, G.; Han, J.

    2015-12-01

    Under the auspices of SinoProbe Project, an array of 91 broad-band magnetotelluric(MT) sites across the southern segment of the Haiyuan-Liupanshan Thrust Belt (HLTB) was occupied to determine the crust and upper mantle structure of the transition zone between the Ordos Block (OB) and the Qilian Orogenic Belt (QOB).An electrical structure model of the crust and the upper mantle was finally obtained after data processing, qualitative analysis and 2D inversion of the observed data.The model revealed the deep structure of the profile.The upper crust of the HLTB is modelled as resistive while the other two tectonic units are modelled as less resistive.The massive high resistive blocks in the upper crust are seen in the HLTB.On the contrast,the lower crust is revealed as conduvtive on the whole.Middle to lower crustal high conductive layers (HCL) are seen both in the QOB and the OB.A strong lower crust conductor is revealed in the HLTB.Electrical structure of the upper mantle is revealed as resistive,respectively.The wedge structure is seen in the uppermost mantle under the Liupanshan Mountain.According to the electrical structure of the profile,the study region can be divided into three tectonic units:the QOB,the Liupan Transition Zone (LTZ,expansion of the HLTB) and the OB.The tectonic deformation for the QB manifest as thrust nappe in the upper crust and shortening strain in the lower crust.The east-dipping conductor in the west of QOB may represent the accumulated weak material in the form of middle crust flow and the HCL of the QB may be the migration channel.The fluctuation of HCL may indicate interior deformation of the OB.The LTZ is quite different from the adjacent tectonic units that fragment structure exists in the upper crust and deep thrust faults cut through the upper crust.The conductor located in the lower crust is interpreted as partial melt zone as a result of the vertical decompression process.Joint interpretation of the electrical structure and the

  18. Topographic effect in marine magnetotelluric data and implications to the electrical conductivity structure of the mantle beneath the Tristan da Cunha hotspot area in southern Atlantic

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    Baba, K.; Chen, J.; Jegen, M. D.; Utada, H.; Kammann, J.; Geissler, W. H.

    2015-12-01

    Kiyoshi Baba1,2, Jin Chen2, Marion Jegen2, Hisashi Utada1, Janina Kammann3, and Wolfram H. Geissler4 1. Earthquake Research Institute, The University of Tokyo2. GEOMAR, Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel3. University of Hamburg4. Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine ResearchTristan da Cunha Island is one of the hot spots in the Atlantic Ocean. The discussion about its source have not reached consensus yet whether it is in shallow asthenosphere or deeper mantle, because of lack of the geophysical observations in the area. A marine magnetotelluric (MT) experiment was conducted together with seismological observations in the area in 2012-2013 by collaboration between Germany and Japan, in order to give further constraints on the physical state of the mantle beneath the area. A total of 26 seafloor stations were deployed around the Tristan da Cunha islands and available data were retrieved from 23 stations. The MT responses were estimated for those available sites. The detailed data processing will be presented by Chen et al. in this meeting. In this study, we report on the topographic effect on the observed MT responses. During the cruises for seafloor instruments deployment and recovery, detailed bathymetry data were collected around the stations by onboard multi-narrow beam echo sounding (MBES) system. We compiled the MBES data and ETOPO1 data to incorporate the local and regional topography. Then, we applied iterative topographic effect correction and one-dimensional (1-D) conductivity structure inversion. The MT responses of each station were simulated by three-dimensional (3-D) forward modeling. Preliminary results show the overall feature of the observed MT responses at some stations were qualitatively well explained by the seafloor topography included in the conductivity structure model over the 1-D mantle structure. An extreme example is the station near the Tristan da Cunha Island. The impedance phases varies ~300 degrees in

  19. Magnetotelluric and audiomagnetotelluric groundwater survey along the Humu'ula portion of Saddle Road near and around the Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii

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    Pierce, Herbert A.; Thomas, Donald M.

    2009-01-01

    The Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA), operated by the U.S. Army on the Big Island of Hawaii, is in need of a reliable potable water supply to sustain ongoing operations by staff and trainees. In an effort to acquire baseline hydrologic data with which to develop a plan for providing that water, a series of magnetotelluric (MT) geophysical surveys was performed that spanned the Mauna Loa/Mauna Kea Saddle region of Hawaii Island. These surveys provided electrical resistivity profiles and resistivity maps at several elevations along the axis of the field measurements that can be interpreted to yield information on the depth to the water table. In 2004 a preliminary sequence of 23 audiomagnetotelluric (AMT) soundings was collected along Saddle Road extending from the Waikii Ranch area, west of the PTA, to Department of Hawaiian Home Lands Humu'ula properties east of the Mauna Kea access road. The results of those soundings showed that highly resistive rocks, consistent with dry basalts, were present to depths of at least one kilometer, the maximum depth to which the AMT technique can reliably reach in Hawaii's rocks. A second survey was conducted in 2008 using MT instruments capable of recovering resistivity data to depths of several kilometers below sea level where saturated formations are known to exist. A total of 30 MT soundings was performed along a roughly east to west transect that extended from the (recently acquired) Keamuku PTA lands on the west to as far as the County of Hawaii's upper Kaumana water supply well to the east. Inversion and processing of the field data yielded an electrical cross-section following the Saddle that roughly parallels the geologic contact between the Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa lavas. Several additional electrical sections were constructed normal to the main transect to investigate the three-dimensional nature of the contact. These resistivity data and models suggest that the elevation of saturated rock in places are 400 to 600 meters

  20. Understanding hydrothermal circulation patterns at a low-enthalpy thermal spring using audio-magnetotelluric data: A case study from Ireland

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    Blake, Sarah; Henry, Tiernan; Muller, Mark R.; Jones, Alan G.; Moore, John Paul; Murray, John; Campanyà, Joan; Vozar, Jan; Walsh, John; Rath, Volker

    2016-09-01

    Kilbrook spring is a thermal spring in east-central Ireland. The temperatures in the spring are the highest recorded for any thermal spring in Ireland (maximum of 25 °C). The temperature is elevated with respect to average Irish groundwater temperatures (9.5-10.5 °C), and represents a geothermal energy potential, which is currently under evaluation. A multi-disciplinary investigation based upon an audio-magnetotelluric (AMT) survey, and hydrochemical analysis including time-lapse temperature and chemistry measurements, has been undertaken with the aims of investigating the provenance of the thermal groundwater and characterising the geological structures facilitating groundwater circulation in the bedrock. The three-dimensional (3-D) electrical resistivity model of the subsurface at Kilbrook spring was obtained by the inversion of AMT impedances and vertical magnetic transfer functions. The model is interpreted alongside high resolution temperature and electrical conductivity measurements, and a previous hydrochemical analysis. The hydrochemical analysis and time-lapse measurements suggest that the thermal waters have a relatively stable temperature and major ion hydrochemistry, and flow within the limestones of the Carboniferous Dublin Basin at all times. The 3-D resistivity model of the subsurface reveals a prominent NNW aligned structure within a highly resistive limestone lithology that is interpreted as a dissolutionally enhanced strike-slip fault, of Cenozoic age. The karstification of this structure, which extends to depths of at least 500 m directly beneath the spring, has provided conduits that facilitate the operation of a relatively deep hydrothermal circulation pattern (likely estimated depths between 560 and 1000 m) within the limestone succession of the Dublin Basin. The results of this study support the hypothesis that the winter thermal maximum and simultaneous increased discharge at Kilbrook spring is the result of rapid infiltration, heating and

  1. Magnetotelluric deep soundings, gravity and geoid in the south São Francisco craton: Geophysical indicators of cratonic lithosphere rejuvenation and crustal underplating

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    Pinto, Luis Gustavo Rodrigues; de Pádua, Marcelo Banik; Ussami, Naomi; Vitorello, Ícaro; Padilha, Antonio Lopes; Braitenberg, Carla

    2010-09-01

    In the south São Francisco craton a circular and 8-m amplitude geoid anomaly coincides with the outcropping terrain of an Archean-Paleoproterozoic basement. Broadband magnetotelluric (MT) data inversions of two radial profiles within the positive geoid and Bouguer gravity anomaly yield geo-electrical crustal sections, whereby the lower crust is locally more conductive (10 to 100 Ωm) in spatial coincidence with a denser lower crust modeled by the gravity data. This anomalous lower crust may have resulted from magmatic underplating, associated with Mesoarchean and Proterozoic episodes of tholeiitic dike intrusion. Long-period MT soundings reveal a low electrical resistivity mantle (20 to 200 Ωm) from depths beyond 120 km. Forward geoid modeling, using the scope of the low electrical resistivity region within the mantle as a constraint, entails a density increase (40 to 50 kg/m 3) possibly due to Fe enrichment of mantle minerals. However, this factor alone does not explain the observed resistivity. A supplemented presence of small amounts of percolated carbonatite melting (~ 0.005 vol.%), dissolved water and enhanced oxygen fugacity within the peridotitic mantle are viable agents that could explain the less resistive upper mantle. We propose that metasomatic processes confined in the sub-continental lithospheric mantle foster the conditions for a low degree melting with variable CO 2, H 2O and Fe content. Even though the precise age of this metasomatism is unknown it might be older than the Early Cretaceous based on the evidence that a high-degree of melting in a lithospheric mantle impregnated with carbonatites originated the tholeiitic dike intrusions dispersed from the southeastern border of the São Francisco craton, during the onset of the lithosphere extension and break-up of the western Gondwana. The proxies are the NE Paraná and Espinhaço (130 Ma, Ar/Ar ages) tholeiitic dikes, which contain (~ 3%) carbonatites in their composition. The occurrence of a

  2. Implications for the lithospheric geometry of the Iapetus suture beneath Ireland based on electrical resistivity models from deep-probing magnetotellurics

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    Rao, C. K.; Jones, Alan G.; Moorkamp, Max; Weckmann, Ute

    2014-08-01

    Broad-band and long period magnetotelluric (MT) data were acquired at 39 stations along five NNW-SSE profiles crossing the Iapetus Suture Zone (ISZ) in Ireland. Regional strike analyses indicate that the vast majority of the MT data is consistent with an assumption of a 2-D geo-electric strike direction. Strike is N52°E for the three easternmost profiles and N75°E for the two westernmost profiles; these directions correlate well with the observed predominant geological strike of the study region. 2-D inversions of the galvanic distortion-corrected TE and TM mode data from each profile are shown and discussed. As mapped geological variations between the neighbouring profiles suggest a heterogeneous subsurface, it is important to verify the robustness of the presence and geometries of prominent conductivity anomalies by employing 3-D forward and inverse modelling. A high conductivity layer (resistivity of 1-10 Ωm), found at middle to lower crustal depths and presumed to be indicative of metamorphosed graphitic sediments rich in sulphides deposited during the convergence of the Laurentian and Avalonian continents, essentially constitutes the electrical signature of the ISZ. Shallow conductors observed are probably due to black shales that were widely deposited within the sedimentary accretionary wedge during Ordovician time. We interpret the moderately low resistivity at shallow depths from west to east across Ireland as indicative of an increase in maturity of the black shales in the easterly direction. From our conductivity models the southern extent of the ISZ is inferred to lie between the Navan Silvermines Fault and the Navan Tipperary Line, and shows clear resistivity contrast along all the profiles at the southern MT stations. The change in resistivity deduced from the 2-D models is spatially related to the composition of Lower Palaeozoic Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian and Carboniferous rocks. At upper mantle depths of about 60 km, a high conductivity block

  3. Methods for enhancing mapping of thermal fronts in oil recovery

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    Lee, D.O.; Montoya, P.C.; Wayland, J.R. Jr.

    1984-03-30

    A method for enhancing the resistivity contrasts of a thermal front in an oil recovery production field as measured by the controlled source audio frequency magnetotelluric (CSAMT) technique is disclosed. This method includes the steps of: (1) preparing a CSAMT-determined topological resistivity map of the production field; (2) introducing a solution of a dopant material into the production field at a concentration effective to alter the resistivity associated with the thermal front; said dopant material having a high cation exchange capacity which might be selected from the group consisting of montmorillonite, illite, and chlorite clays; said material being soluble in the conate water of the production field; (3) preparing a CSAMT-determined topological resistivity map of the production field while said dopant material is moving therethrough; and (4) mathematically comparing the maps from step (1) and step (3) to determine the location of the thermal front. This method is effective with the steam flood, fire flood and water flood techniques.

  4. Regional conductivity structures of the northwestern segment of the North American Plate derived from 3-D inversion of USArray magnetotelluric data

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    Meqbel, N. M.; Egbert, G. D.; Kelbert, A.

    2010-12-01

    Long period (10-20,000 s) magnetotelluric (MT) data are being acquired in a series of temporary arrays deployed across the continental United States through EMScope, a component of EarthScope, a multidisciplinary decade-long project to study the structure and evolution of the North American Continent. MT deployments in 2006-2010 have so far acquired data at 237 sites on an approximately regular grid, with the same nominal spacing as the USArray broadband seismic transportable array (~70 km), covering the Northwestern US, from the Oregon-Washington coast across the Rocky Mountains, into Montana and Wyoming. Preliminary 3-D inversion results (Patro and Egbert; 2008), based on data from the 110 westernmost “Cascadia” sites collected in the first two years, revealed extensive areas of high conductivity in the lower crust beneath the Northwest Basin and Range (NBR), inferred to result from fluids (including possibly partial melt at depth) associated with magmatic underplating, and beneath the Cascade Mountains, probably due to fluids released by the subducting Juan de Fuca slab. Here we extend this study, refining and further testing the preliminary results from Cascadia, and extending the inversion domain to the East, to include all of the EarthScope data. Although site spacing is very broad, distinct regional structures are clearly evident even in simple maps of apparent resistivity, phase and induction vectors. For the 3-D inversion we are using the parallelized version of our recently developed Modular Code (ModEM), which supports Non-Linear Conjugate Gradient and several Gauss-Newton type schemes. Our initial 3-D inversion results using 212 MT sites, fitting impedances and vertical field transfer functions (together and separately) suggest several conductive and resistive structures which appear to be stable and required by the measured data. These include: - A conductive structure elongated in the N-S direction underneath the volcanic arc of the Cascadia

  5. Applicability of electrical methods in deep detection and monitoring of conductive lixiviants

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    Hanson, J.C. )

    1993-01-01

    Various electrical and electromagnetic (EM) geophysical techniques are currently being evaluated by the US Bureau of Mines for their effectiveness in the detection and monitoring of electrically conductive (1 to 5 S/m) lixiviant (leach solution) to depths of 600 m, either above or below the water table. These techniques include magnetotellurics (MT), controlled source audiofrequency magnetotellurics (CSAMT), resistivity and focused resistivity, ground-penetrating radar (GPR), frequency-domain electromagnetics (FEM), and time-domain electromagnetics (TEM). Of these techniques, TEM may be the most effective, but CSAMT and focused resistivity also hold promise. Geophysical computer modeling of the borehole TEM technique was conducted based on an idealized geoelectric section (layered earth) with characteristics based on the Santa Cruz porphyry copper deposit near Casa Grande, AZ. Layer resistivities and thicknesses were obtained from geophysical data and geologic logs available from the site. Modeling of borehole TEM in both preleach and during leach situations was conducted. Simulating the TEM method using computer modeling proved to be encouraging since there were substantial differences between leached and nonleached responses. The modeling does not prove the effectiveness of TEM in the field, but does indicate that detection of deep lixiviant zones is theoretically possible.

  6. Assessment of geothermal energy potential by geophysical methods: Nevşehir Region, Central Anatolia

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    Kıyak, Alper; Karavul, Can; Gülen, Levent; Pekşen, Ertan; Kılıç, A. Rıza

    2015-03-01

    In this study, geothermal potential of the Nevşehir region (Central Anatolia) was assessed by using vertical electrical sounding (VES), self-potential (SP), magnetotelluric (MT), gravity and gravity 3D Euler deconvolution structure analysis methods. Extensive volcanic activity occurred in this region from Upper Miocene to Holocene time. Due to the young volcanic activity Nevşehir region can be viewed as a potential geothermal area. We collected data from 54 VES points along 5 profiles, from 28 MT measurement points along 2 profiles (at frequency range between 320 and 0.0001 Hz), and from 4 SP profiles (total 19 km long). The obtained results based on different geophysical methods are consistent with each other. Joint interpretation of all geological and geophysical data suggests that this region has geothermal potential and an exploration well validated this assessment beyond doubt.

  7. Realizing 2D magnetotelluric inversion in the case of divergent geoelectric strike directions in the crust and mantle - Case study using synthetic models and real data from the Tajo Basin (Spain)

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    Schmoldt, J.; Jones, A. G.; Muller, M. R.; Kiyan, D.; Hogg, C.; Rosell, O.

    2010-12-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) inversions of magnetotelluric (MT) data are presently far more commonly used than three-dimensional (3D) inversions as they still significantly outperform 3D inversions in terms of speed, thus allowing for much better resolution of the subsurface through a larger feasible number of grid cells. The suitability of 2D inversion needs thereby to be tested for cases where the electric resistivity structure of the subsurface is potentially 3D to some extent. One particular case of a 3D subsurface structure consists of lateral interfaces with varying orientations at crustal and mantle depths. Such a case might emerge, for instance, where crustal faulting, originating from present day tectonics, is situated above a mantle where structures are dominated by earlier or current plate tectonic processes. Those plate tectonic processes could comprise continental collision from an oblique direction, or lattice preferred orientation in the lithosphere-asthenosphere transition zone due to an oblique relative motion between lithosphere and asthenosphere. Whereas recovery of crustal structures can usually be achieved in a straightforward manner by confining the modelled frequency range to the crustal depths, deriving mantle structures is more challenging. Different approaches for this case have been investigated here using synthetic model studies as well as inversion of a real MT dataset collected in southern Spain as part of the PICASSO fieldwork campaign. The PICASSO project intends to enhance knowledge about the geological setting of the Alboran Domain beneath the western Mediterranean Sea and its surrounding regions, and through that knowledge to understand processes related to continent-continent collision. The Iberian Peninsula is the focus of the first phase of DIAS’s PICASSO efforts, and comprised a magnetotelluric profile crossing the Tajo Basin and Betics Cordillera. Analyses of MT responses and seismic tomography data indicate varying geologic strike

  8. Crustal architecture and deep structure of the Namibian continental shelf and adjacent oceanic basins around the landfall of Walvis Ridge from wide-angle seismic and marine magnetotelluric data

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    Planert, L.; Behrmann, J.; Jegen, M.; Heincke, B.; Jokat, W.; Bialas, J.; Marti, A.

    2012-12-01

    The opening of the South Atlantic ocean basin resulted in voluminous magmatism on the conjugate continental margins of Africa and South America, including the formation of the Parana and Entendeka large igneous provinces (LIPs), the formation of up to 100 km wide volcanic wedges characterized by seaward dipping reflector sequences (SDRs), as well as the formation of paired hotspot tracks on the rifted African and South American plates, the Walvis Ridge and the Rio Grande Rise. Hence, the passive margins bordering the South Atlantic are today considered as type examples for models involving hotspot related continental break-up. However, the presence of volcanic features (SDRs, LIPs) appears to be limited south of the hotspot trails. The resulting segmentation of the margins offers a prime opportunity to study the magmatic signal in space and time, and investigate the interrelation with rift-related deformation. A globally significant question to be adressed here is whether magmatism is the driving force for continental break-up, or whether even rifting with abundant hotspot related magmatism is in principle in response to crustal and lithospheric stretching. In 2010/11, a combination of on-/offshore wide-angle seismic, marine magnetotelluric and on-/offshore seismological data were acquired around the landfall of Walvis Ridge at the Namibian passive continental margin. The set of experiments was designed to provide crustal velocity and conductivity information and to investigate the structure of the upper mantle. In particular, we aimed at identifying deep fault zones and variations in Moho depth, the presence of interleaved sediment layers in SDR sequences as well as magmatic intrusions and underplated material near the continent-ocean transition. The sedimentary portions down to the igneous basement were additionally constrained by coincident single-channel reflection seismic data. Here, we present preliminary results for two wide-angle seismic transects and first

  9. Metasomatism and current state of the lithospheric mantle beneath the Nógrád-Gömör Volcanic Field constrained by trace element modelling and magnetotelluric survey

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    Klébesz, Rita; Patkó, Levente; Novák, Attila; Wesztergom, Viktor; Szabó, Csaba

    2016-04-01

    The Nógrád-Gömör Volcanic Field (NGVF) is one of the five mantle xenolith bearing alkali basalt locations in the Carpathian-Pannonian Region, where Plio-Pleistocene alkali basalt brought to the surface lherzolite and wehrlite xenoliths. Petrographic and geochemical signature (i.e. newly formed clinopyroxene and olivine grains, Ti, Al, Fe, Mn and LRRE enrichment in rock-forming minerals) of the wehrlite xenoliths suggest that a portion of the upper mantle was transformed to wehrlite beneath the NGVF by upward migrating mafic melt agents. Based on trace element modelling, we argue that the metasomatic agent had an OIB-like trace element composition, similar to the host alkali basalts. In order to study the current state of the lithospheric mantle and to test whether the spatial distribution of the metasomatism can be imaged, magnetotelluric (MT) survey was carried out. Long period MT data were collected at 14 locations along a ~50 km long NNW-SSE profile in the NGVF. The lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary was detected at 70-90 km of depth. A low resistivity anomaly (~5-10 Ωm) was observed at 30-45 km in depth below the central part of the NNW-SSE profile, indicating the presence of a conductive body barely below the Moho. We suggest that the low resistivity body is related to the presence of residual, connected melt and/or the conductivity differences between the lherzolitic and wehrlitic mantle domain due to different chemical composition and ratio of the rock-forming minerals.

  10. Efficiency of Pareto joint inversion of 2D geophysical data using global optimization methods

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    Miernik, Katarzyna; Bogacz, Adrian; Kozubal, Adam; Danek, Tomasz; Wojdyła, Marek

    2016-04-01

    Pareto joint inversion of two or more sets of data is a promising new tool of modern geophysical exploration. In the first stage of our investigation we created software enabling execution of forward solvers of two geophysical methods (2D magnetotelluric and gravity) as well as inversion with possibility of constraining solution with seismic data. In the algorithm solving MT forward solver Helmholtz's equations, finite element method and Dirichlet's boundary conditions were applied. Gravity forward solver was based on Talwani's algorithm. To limit dimensionality of solution space we decided to describe model as sets of polygons, using Sharp Boundary Interface (SBI) approach. The main inversion engine was created using Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) algorithm adapted to handle two or more target functions and to prevent acceptance of solutions which are non - realistic or incompatible with Pareto scheme. Each inversion run generates single Pareto solution, which can be added to Pareto Front. The PSO inversion engine was parallelized using OpenMP standard, what enabled execution code for practically unlimited amount of threads at once. Thereby computing time of inversion process was significantly decreased. Furthermore, computing efficiency increases with number of PSO iterations. In this contribution we analyze the efficiency of created software solution taking under consideration details of chosen global optimization engine used as a main joint minimization engine. Additionally we study the scale of possible decrease of computational time caused by different methods of parallelization applied for both forward solvers and inversion algorithm. All tests were done for 2D magnetotelluric and gravity data based on real geological media. Obtained results show that even for relatively simple mid end computational infrastructure proposed solution of inversion problem can be applied in practice and used for real life problems of geophysical inversion and interpretation.

  11. Effect of clay surface silylation and dispersion method on the mechanical properties of epoxy-clay composites

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    Romeo, V.; Piscitelli, F.; Scamardella, A. M.; Amendola, E.; Lavorgna, M.; Mensitieri, G.; Acierno, D.

    2010-06-01

    Epoxy-clay nanocomposites were prepared dispersing both pristine and functionalized sodium montmorillonite powders (1 and 3 wt%) in epoxy resin by means of sonication and sonication/ball-milling high energy mixing processes. Silylation reaction of sodium montmorillonite (Na-MMT) was performed by using 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (A1100) and N-2-aminoethyl)-3-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane (A1120) as coupling agents. Morphological investigations showed that the MMT stacks are only slightly intercalated. However the surface modification of MMT clays improves the interfacial interaction with epoxy resins and the nanocomposites obtained through sonication exhibit enhanced mechanical properties compared to the nanocomposites prepared from pristine Na-MMT.

  12. Geothermal investigations in Idaho, Part 2, An evaluation of thermal water in the Bruneau-Grand View area, southwest Idaho - with a section on a reconnaissance audio-magnetotelluric survey

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    Young, H.W.; Whitehead, R.L.; Hoover, Donald B.; Tippens, C.L.

    1974-01-01

    The Bruneau-Grand View area occupies about 1,100 square miles in southwest Idaho and is on the southern flank of the large depression (possibly a graben) in which lies the western Snake River Plain. The igneous and sedimentary rocks in the area range in age from Late Cretaceous to Holocene. They are transected by a prominent system of northwest-trending faults. For discussion purposes, the aquifers in the area have been separated into two broad units: (1) the volcanic-rock aquifers, and (2) the overlying sedimentary-rock aquifers. The Idavada Volcanics or underlying rock units probably constitute the reservoir that contains thermal water. An audio-magnetotelluric survey indicates that a large conductive zone having apparent resistivities approaching 2 ohm-metres underlies a part of the area at a relatively shallow depth. Chemical analysis of 94 water samples collected in 1973 show that the thermal waters in the area are of a sodium bicarbonate type. Although dissolved-solids concentrations of water ranged from 181 to 1,100 milligrams per litre (mg/l) in the volcanic-rock aquifers, they were generally less than 500 mg/l. Measured chloride concentrations of water in the volcanic-rock aquifers were less than 20 mg/l. Temperatures of water from wells and springs ranged from 9.5 to 83.0 degrees C. Temperatures of water from the volcanic-rock aquifers ranged from 40.0 to 83.0 degrees C, whereas temperatures of water from the sedimentary-rock aquifers seldom exceeded 35 degrees C. Aquifer temperatures at depth, as estimated by silica and sodium-potassium-calcium geochemical thermometers, probably do not exceed 150 degrees C. However, a mixed-water geochemical thermometer indicates that temperatures at depth may exceed 180 degrees C. The gas in water from the volcanic-rock aquifers is composed chiefly of atmospheric oxygen and nitrogen. Methane gas (probably derived from organic material) was also found in some water from the sedimentary-rock aquifers. The thermal waters

  13. Magnetotelluric characterization through the Ambargasta-Sumampa Range: The connection between the northern and southern trace of the Río de La Plata Craton - Pampean Terrane tectonic boundary

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    Peri, V. Gisel; Barcelona, Hernan; Pomposiello, M. Cristina; Favetto, Alicia

    2015-04-01

    The South American Platform was part of the Western Gondwana, a collage of plates of different ages assembled in late Neoproterozoic to Cambrian times. The Transbrasiliano Lineament, a continental shear belt that transversely intersects this platform from NE to SW, has its southern expression in the tectonic boundary between the Río de La Plata Craton and the Pampean Terrane. Magnetotelluric long-period data in a W-E profile (29°30‧ S) that crosses the Ambargasta-Sumampa Range and the Chaco-Pampean Plain were obtained to connect information of this mostly inferred tectonic boundary. A 2-D inversion model shows the Chacoparanense basin, Río Dulce lineament, Ambargasta-Sumampa Range and Salina de Ambargasta in the upper crust. At mid-to-lower crust and 40 km to the east of the Ambargasta-Sumampa Range, a discontinuity (500-2000 Ω m) of 20-km-wide separates two highly resistive blocks, the Río de La Plata Craton (6000-20,000 Ω m) in the east, and the Pampean Terrane (5000-20,000 Ω m) in the west. This discontinuity represents the tectonic boundary between both cratons and could be explained by the presence of graphite. The geometry of the Pampean Terrane suggests an east-dipping paleo-subduction. Our results are consistent with gravimetric and seismicity data of the study area. A more conductive feature beneath the range and the tectonic boundary was associated with the NE-SW dextral transpressive system evidenced by the mylonitic belts exposed in the Eastern Pampean Ranges. This belt represents a conjugate of the mega-shear Transbrasiliano Lineament and could be explained by fluid-rock interaction by shearing during hundreds of years. The eastern border of the Ambargasta-Sumampa Range extends the trace of the Transbrasiliano Lineament. The electrical Moho depth (40 km to the west and 35 km to the east) was identified by a high electrical contrast between the crust and upper mantle. The upper mantle shows a resistive structure beneath the Río de La Plata

  14. A comparative study of results obtained in magnetotelluric deep soundings in Villarrica active volcano zone (Chile) with gravity investigations, distribution of earthquake foci, heat flow empirical relationships, isotopic geochemistry 87Sr/ 86Sr and SB systematics

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    Muñoz, M.; Fournier, H.; Mamani, M.; Febrer, J.; Borzotta, E.; Maidana, A.

    The first magnetotelluric deep soundings in Chile were carried out during 1986 in the Villarrica active volcano zone (39°25'S, 71°57'W). In the TM mode of polarization, the curves show a distorted segment with dispersion. A static distortion at long periods is observed in curves in the TE mode of polarization; the segment was shifted vertically to fit the geomagnetic global model values at daily periods. This modified curve was used for 1D modelling to determine the electrical structure in the study area. The upper level of the intermediate conducting layer of resistivity 20-60 ω m is found to be at 35-50 km depth. A higher resistivity layer (600 ω m), starting at 100 km depth, may be resolved in the intermediate conducting layer. A sharp decrease in the resistivity is shown by the model at 500 km. Large heterogeneities at the level of the conducting layer encountered in the 1D modelling, and increased resistivity of the ultimate layer, may account for distortion observed at long periods. Two-dimensional test models show that the conducting layer in the area of Villarrica volcano may be an anomalous heated layer surrounded by rocks of higher resistivity of about 2 × 10 3 ω m. These features correspond to the interaction with a subsiding oceanic lithosphere resulting in a complex thermal structure and perturbed resistivity distribution in transition zones of the Pacific type such as Chile, and to the existence of a megafault and a system of fractures in the sounding area. These facts make it difficult to determine the conductance of the electrical asthenosphere. The parameters of the model structure correlate well with geophysical and geochemical results obtained in the area by other workers. Gravity studies indicate a maximum crustal thickness of about 37 km, which implies a non-full compensation according to the Airy hypothesis. The morphology of the Wadati-Benioff zone clearly shows a sharp decrease of earthquake foci at 50 km depth, and a reinitiation of

  15. Combination of Geophysical Methods to Support Urban Geological Mapping

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    Gabàs, A.; Macau, A.; Benjumea, B.; Bellmunt, F.; Figueras, S.; Vilà, M.

    2014-07-01

    Urban geological mapping is a key to assist management of new developed areas, conversion of current urban areas or assessment of urban geological hazards. Geophysics can have a pivotal role to yield subsurface information in urban areas provided that geophysical methods are capable of dealing with challenges related to these scenarios (e.g., low signal-to-noise ratio or special logistical arrangements). With this principal aim, a specific methodology is developed to characterize lithological changes, to image fault zones and to delineate basin geometry in the urban areas. The process uses the combination of passive and active techniques as complementary data: controlled source audio-magnetotelluric method (CSAMT), magnetotelluric method (MT), microtremor H/V analysis and ambient noise array measurements to overcome the limitations of traditional geophysical methodology. This study is focused in Girona and Salt surrounding areas (NE of Spain) where some uncertainties in subsurface knowledge (maps of bedrock depth and the isopach maps of thickness of quaternary sediments) need to be resolved to carry out the 1:5000 urban geological mapping. These parameters can be estimated using this proposed methodology. (1) Acoustic impedance contrast between Neogene sediments and Paleogene or Paleozoic bedrock is detected with microtremor H/V analysis that provides the soil resonance frequency. The minimum value obtained is 0.4 Hz in Salt city, and the maximum value is the 9.5 Hz in Girona city. The result of this first method is a fast scanner of the geometry of basement. (2) Ambient noise array constrains the bedrock depth using the measurements of shear-wave velocity of soft soil. (3) Finally, the electrical resistivity models contribute with a good description of lithological changes and fault imaging. The conductive materials (1-100 Ωm) are associated with Neogene Basin composed by unconsolidated detrital sediments; medium resistive materials (100-400 Ωm) correspond to

  16. MMT HYPERVELOCITY STAR SURVEY. II. FIVE NEW UNBOUND STARS

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    Brown, Warren R.; Geller, Margaret J.; Kenyon, Scott J. E-mail: mgeller@cfa.harvard.edu

    2012-05-20

    We present the discovery of five new unbound hypervelocity stars (HVSs) in the outer Milky Way halo. Using a conservative estimate of Galactic escape velocity, our targeted spectroscopic survey has now identified 16 unbound HVSs as well as a comparable number of HVSs ejected on bound trajectories. A Galactic center origin for the HVSs is supported by their unbound velocities, the observed number of unbound stars, their stellar nature, their ejection time distribution, and their Galactic latitude and longitude distribution. Other proposed origins for the unbound HVSs, such as runaway ejections from the disk or dwarf galaxy tidal debris, cannot be reconciled with the observations. An intriguing result is the spatial anisotropy of HVSs on the sky, which possibly reflects an anisotropic potential in the central 10-100 pc region of the Galaxy. Further progress requires measurement of the spatial distribution of HVSs over the southern sky. Our survey also identifies seven B supergiants associated with known star-forming galaxies; the absence of B supergiants elsewhere in the survey implies there are no new star-forming galaxies in our survey footprint to a depth of 1-2 Mpc.

  17. STS-114: Mission Status/Post MMT Briefing

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    2005-01-01

    Paul Hill, STS-114 Lead Shuttle Flight Director, and Wayne Hill, Deputy Manager for the Space Shuttle Program and Chair of the Mission Management Team, discusses with the News media the complete operational success of the STS-114 Flight. Paul Hill mentioned the undocking and flight around did occur right on time that day, and checking out Discovery's entry system in preparation for de-orbit on Monday morning. He summarized the long list of flight operations and activities demonstrated like various forms of inspections on RCC and tile, gap fillers and blanket, imagery and photography, three space walks and re-supply. Wayne Hill talked about flight control check out, pre-entry plans, opportunity landing in Cape Carneval, Florida and back-up landing operations in Edwards Air Force Base, California. He emphasized the concern for crew and public safety during landing. News media focused their questions on public expectations and feelings about the return of the Shuttle to Earth, analysis of mechanical and technical failures, safety of dark or daylight landings.

  18. STS-114: Discovery Day 6 Post MMT Meeting

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    2005-01-01

    Wayne Hale, Space Shuttle Deputy Program Manager and Steve Poulos, Orbiter Program Manager, discuss the damage assessment from the tiles that came off the Space Shuttle Discovery during launch. Poulos presents charts and discusses in detail the following topics: 1) Composite Tile Damage/Gap Filler Sites Evaluation; 2) Protruding Ceramic Shim Aft of the Nose Landing Gear Door (NLGD); 3) Protruding Chine Gap Filler; 4) RH NLGD Tile Damage; 5) RH NLGD Damage Analysis; 6) Left Wing Tile Damage; 7) Comparison of Ground Test Results vs. FD5 Focused Inspection; 8) Current Status: Focused Inspection 721L07-01 ITVC FD5 Image of Panel 7L Apex 9) Current Status: Focused Inspection Lower Panel 7L721L07-02; 10) Current Status Focused Inspection 721L10-02 Lower Panel 10L Close-up view; and 11) Window 1 Blanket. The presentation ends with a question and answer period from the news media.

  19. `Earth-ionosphere' mode controlled source electromagnetic method

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    Li, Diquan; Di, Qingyun; Wang, Miaoyue; Nobes, David

    2015-09-01

    In traditional artificial-source electromagnetic exploration, the effects of the ionosphere and displacement current (DC) in the air were neglected, and only the geoelectrical structure of the earth's crust and upper mantle was considered, such as for controlled source audio-frequency magnetotelluric (CSAMT). By employing a transmitter (less than 30 kW) to generate source fields, the CSAMT method overcomes the problems associated with weak natural electromagnetic (EM) fields used in magnetotellurics. However, the transmitter is moved and the source-receiver offset is approximately less than 20 km, because of the limitation of emission energy. We put forward a new idea, that is, a fixed artificial source (greater than 200 kW) is used and the source location selected at a high resistivity region (to ensure a high emission efficiency), so there may be a possibility that as long as the source strength magnitude is strong enough, the artificial EM signal can be easily observed within a distance of several thousand kilometres. Previous studies have provided the evidence to support this idea; they used the `earth-ionosphere' mode in modeling the EM fields with the offset up to a thousand kilometres. Such EM fields still have a signal/noise ratio over 10-20 dB; this means that a new EM method with fixed source is feasible. However, in their calculations, the DC which plays a very important role for large offsets was neglected. This paper pays much attention to derive the formulae of the `earth-ionosphere' mode with a horizontal electric dipole source, and the DC is not neglected. We present some three layers modeling results to illustrate the basic EM field characteristics under the `earth-ionosphere' mode. As the offset increases, the contribution of the conduction current decreases, DC and ionosphere were taken into account, and the EM field attenuation decreases. We also quantitatively compare the predicted and observed data. The comparison of these results with the

  20. Joint inversion of 3-D seismic, gravimetric and magnetotelluric data for sub-basalt imaging in the Faroe-Shetland Basin

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    Heincke, B.; Moorkamp, M.; Jegen, M.; Hobbs, R. W.

    2012-12-01

    Imaging of sub-basalt sediments with reflection seismic techniques is limited due to absorption, scattering and transmission effects and the presence of peg-leg multiples. Although many of the difficulties facing conventional seismic profiles can be overcome by recording long offset data resolution of sub-basalt sediments in seismic sections is typically still largely restricted. Therefore multi-parametric approaches in general and joint inversion strategies in particular (e.g. Colombo et al., 2008, Jordan et al., 2012) are considered as alternative to gain additional information from sub-basalt structures. Here, we combine in a 3-D joint inversion first-arrival time tomography, FTG gravity and MT data to identify the base basalt and resolve potential sediments underneath. For sub-basalt exploration the three methods complement each other such that the null space is reduced and significantly better resolved models can be obtained than would be possible by the individual methods: The seismic data gives a robust model for the supra-basalt sediments whilst the gravity field is dominated by the high density basalt and basement features. The MT on the other hand is sensitive to the conductivity in both the supra- and sub-basalt sediments. We will present preliminary individual and joint inversion result for a FTG, seismic and MT data set located in the Faroe-Shetland basin. Because the investigated area is rather large (~75 x 40 km) and the individual data sets are relatively huge, we use a joint inversion framework (see Moorkamp et al., 2011) which is designed to handle large amount of data/model parameters. This program has moreover the options to link the individual parameter models either petrophysically using fixed parameter relationships or structurally using the cross-gradient approach. The seismic data set consists of a pattern of 8 intersecting wide-angle seismic profiles with maximum offsets of up to ~24 km. The 3-D gravity data set (size :~ 30 x 30 km) is

  1. Ted Madden's Network Methods: Applications to the Earth's Schumann Resonances

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    Williams, E. R.; Yu, H.

    2014-12-01

    Ted Madden made clever use of electrical circuit concepts throughout his long career in geophysical research: induced polarization, DC resistivity, magnetotellurics, Schumann resonances, the transport properties of rocks and even elasticity and the brittle failure of stressed rocks. The general methods on network analogies were presented in a terse monograph (Madden, 1972) which came to be called "The Grey Peril" by his students, named more for the challenge of deciphering the material as for the color of its cover. This talk will focus on Ted's first major use of the transmission line analogy in treating the Earth's Schumann resonances. This approach in Madden and Thompson (1965) provided a greatly simplified two-dimensional treatment of an electromagnetic problem with a notable three-dimensional structure. This skillful treatment that included the role of the Earth's magnetic field also led to predictions that the Schumann resonance energy would leak into space, predictions that have been verified nearly 50 years later in satellite observations. An extension of the network analogy by Nelson (1967) using Green's function methods provides a means to treat the inverse problem for the background Schumann resonances for the global lightning activity. The development of Madden's methods will be discussed along with concrete results based on them for the monitoring of global lightning.

  2. Advanced methods for depth-to-basement estimation using gravity, magnetic, and electromagnetic data

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    Cai, Hongzhu

    There is a strong interest in developing effective methods to estimate the depth-to-basement. Potential field methods have already been widely used in this application by parameterizing the earth's subsurface into 3D cells. I introduce a new method of solving this problem based on the 3D Cauchy-type integral (CTI) method which makes it possible to represent the potential fields as surface integrals and the density or magnetization contrast surface needs to be discretized only for the calculation of the potential fields. Another significant objective is the development of a novel method for inversion of potential field data to recover the depth-to-basement using 3D Cauchy-type integral representation. Numerical studies show that the new method is much faster than the conventional method to compute the potential field. My synthetic model studies also show that the developed inversion algorithm is capable of recovering the geometry and depth of a sedimentary basin effectively with a complex density profile in the vertical direction. By nature, the recovered model from potential field inversion is usually very diffusive. Under these circumstances, one has to consider some other geophysical methods, such as electromagnetic (especially the magnetotelluric) methods, which have higher resolution and acceptable exploration cost. Conventional inversion of magnetotelluric (MT) data is aimed at determining the volumetric conductivity distribution. This dissertation develops a novel approach to 3D MT inversion for the depth-to-basement estimation. The key to this approach is selection of the depth-to-basement being the major unknown parameter. The inversion algorithm recovers both the thickness and the conductivities of a sedimentary basin. The sediment-basement interface is usually characterized by density, magnetization, and electrical conductivity contrasts. This makes realistic the joint inversion of potential field and MT data to recover the depth-to-basement. I have

  3. Terrain effects in resistivity and magnetotelluric surveys

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    Holcombe, H.T.

    1982-12-01

    A three-dimensional finite element computer algorithm which can accommodate arbitrarily complex topography and subsurface structure, has been developed to model the resistivity response of the earth. The algorithm has undergone extensive evaluation and is believed to provide accurate results for realistic earth models. Testing included comparison to scale model measurements, analytically calculated solutions, and results calculated numerically by other independent means. Computer modeling experiments have demonstrated that it is possible to remove the effect of topography on resistivity data under conditions where such effects dominate the response. This can be done without resorting to lengthy and costly trial and error computer modeling. After correction, the data can be interpreted with confidence that the anomalies are due only to subsurface structure. The results of case studies on resistivity field data measured in high relief topography are discussed.

  4. Magnetotelluric Measurements in the Alboran Sea

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    Evans, R. L.; Jegen, M. D.; Garcia, X. A.; Matsuno, T.; Elsenbeck, J.; Worzewski, T. W.

    2010-12-01

    The PICASSO program aims to understand the tectonic history of the western Mediterranean, between Spain and Morocco, where conflicting models have suggested that the region is either a relict subduction system or a zone of mantle delamination. As part of this program we successfully deployed 12 seafloor MT instruments in water depths greater than 800m in the Alboran sea. We plan to deploy additional instruments in the fall of 2010. An initial analysis of the data shows complex MT response functions with strong distortion due to seafloor topography and coast effect. This coast effect suggests a fairly resistive lithosphere beneath the seafloor, which is confirmed after inspection of the preliminary responses. We will present the data collected thus far, along with preliminary models of the profiles collected.

  5. MTpy: A Python toolbox for magnetotellurics

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    Krieger, Lars; Peacock, Jared R.

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, we introduce the structure and concept of MTpy  . Additionally, we show some examples from an everyday work-flow of MT data processing: the generation of standard EDI data files from raw electric (E-) and magnetic flux density (B-) field time series as input, the conversion into MiniSEED data format, as well as the generation of a graphical data representation in the form of a Phase Tensor pseudosection.

  6. Geophysical Monitoring Methods Evaluation for the FutureGen 2.0 Project

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    Strickland, Chris E.; USA, Richland Washington; Vermeul, Vince R.; USA, Richland Washington; Bonneville, Alain; USA, Richland Washington; Sullivan, E. Charlotte; USA, Richland Washington; Johnson, Tim C.; USA, Richland Washington; et al

    2014-12-31

    A comprehensive monitoring program will be needed in order to assess the effectiveness of carbon sequestration at the FutureGen 2.0 carbon capture and storage (CCS) field-site. Geophysical monitoring methods are sensitive to subsurface changes that result from injection of CO2 and will be used for: (1) tracking the spatial extent of the free phase CO2 plume, (2) monitoring advancement of the pressure front, (3) identifying or mapping areas where induced seismicity occurs, and (4) identifying and mapping regions of increased risk for brine or CO2 leakage from the reservoir. Site-specific suitability and cost effectiveness were evaluated for a number ofmore » geophysical monitoring methods including: passive seismic monitoring, reflection seismic imaging, integrated surface deformation, time-lapse gravity, pulsed neutron capture logging, cross-borehole seismic, electrical resistivity tomography, magnetotellurics and controlled source electromagnetics. The results of this evaluation indicate that CO2 injection monitoring using reflection seismic methods would likely be difficult at the FutureGen 2.0 site. Electrical methods also exhibited low sensitivity to the expected CO2 saturation changes and would be affected by metallic infrastructure at the field site. Passive seismic, integrated surface deformation, time-lapse gravity, and pulsed neutron capture monitoring were selected for implementation as part of the FutureGen 2.0 storage site monitoring program.« less

  7. Geophysical Monitoring Methods Evaluation for the FutureGen 2.0 Project

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    Strickland, Chris E.; USA, Richland Washington; Vermeul, Vince R.; USA, Richland Washington; Bonneville, Alain; USA, Richland Washington; Sullivan, E. Charlotte; USA, Richland Washington; Johnson, Tim C.; USA, Richland Washington; Spane, Frank A.; USA, Richland Washington; Gilmore, Tyler J.; USA, Richland Washington

    2014-12-31

    A comprehensive monitoring program will be needed in order to assess the effectiveness of carbon sequestration at the FutureGen 2.0 carbon capture and storage (CCS) field-site. Geophysical monitoring methods are sensitive to subsurface changes that result from injection of CO2 and will be used for: (1) tracking the spatial extent of the free phase CO2 plume, (2) monitoring advancement of the pressure front, (3) identifying or mapping areas where induced seismicity occurs, and (4) identifying and mapping regions of increased risk for brine or CO2 leakage from the reservoir. Site-specific suitability and cost effectiveness were evaluated for a number of geophysical monitoring methods including: passive seismic monitoring, reflection seismic imaging, integrated surface deformation, time-lapse gravity, pulsed neutron capture logging, cross-borehole seismic, electrical resistivity tomography, magnetotellurics and controlled source electromagnetics. The results of this evaluation indicate that CO2 injection monitoring using reflection seismic methods would likely be difficult at the FutureGen 2.0 site. Electrical methods also exhibited low sensitivity to the expected CO2 saturation changes and would be affected by metallic infrastructure at the field site. Passive seismic, integrated surface deformation, time-lapse gravity, and pulsed neutron capture monitoring were selected for implementation as part of the FutureGen 2.0 storage site monitoring program.

  8. Development of methods for the speciation of metals in atmospheric particulate matter

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    Majestic, Brian J.

    2007-12-01

    This study focuses on advancing methods to measure and speciate trace-elements in atmospheric particulate matter (PM) to support human exposure and health studies. Methods were developed to measure Fe(II) and Fe(III) in PM samples using samplers collecting daily average particulate matter samples and personal exposure samples. Low-cost wet-chemical methods were also developed to measure the oxidation state of leachable iron, chromium and manganese present in low-volume PM samples. In addition, a study was conducted to determine if metals collected by different personal exposure samplers currently used in exposure and health studies were comparable. Results from the intercomparison study between co-located personal and fixed-site ambient samplers showed that different personal sampler designs display biases that are largest for metals predominating in the super-micron fraction. Using one consistent personal exposure sampler, a pilot study was conducted to examine trace-metal concentrations in personal exposure samples from individuals residing in an assisted-living home. These results were compared to ambient outdoor and fixed-indoor concentrations, and generally, outdoor > indoor > personal exposure concentrations. The pilot study demonstrated that adequate tools exist to measure trace-element exposures under real-world conditions. Using the methods developed in the study, labile Fe(II) and Fe(III) as well as total soluble manganese and soluble oxidized manganese from atmospheric PM were routinely detected in ambient and personal exposure samples. Samples extracted in a variety of environmentally and biologically relevant fluids showed that leachable iron and manganese strongly depends on the extractant. Atmospheric samples from a residential location in Toronto (which uses the fuel additive, MMT) showed that a significant fraction of oxidized labile manganese is present in the PM2.5 fraction, in contrast to US cities that do not use MMT. Both the wet-chemical and

  9. Case studies of geophysical search methods relevant to the continuation phase of an on-Site inspection

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    Sweeney, J J

    1999-04-20

    Part II of the Protocol of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty prescribes the use of geophysical methods such as active seismic surveys and electrical conductivity measurements to search for and locate underground anomalies, including cavities and rubble zones, during the continuation phase of an on-site inspection. In this paper the application of spontaneous potential, magnetotelluric, active seismic, and gas sampling studies at the US Nevada Test Site associated with underground nuclear explosions will be described and discussed in the context of on-site inspections. Spontaneous potential and E-field ratio telluric methods were found to be effective in some geologic settings but not in others. An example of gas sampling is shown for which radiogenic gas was detected several years after detonation. The case study of the application of active seismic methods illustrates limitations imposed by the use of relatively simple systems in the field. Detection of a deeply-buried cavity or rubble zone will be difficult; results from the application of only a single method will likely be ambiguous. Best results will come from the synthesis of results from a number of widely-varying methods.

  10. Constant-current control method of multi-function electromagnetic transmitter.

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    Xue, Kaichang; Zhou, Fengdao; Wang, Shuang; Lin, Jun

    2015-02-01

    Based on the requirements of controlled source audio-frequency magnetotelluric, DC resistivity, and induced polarization, a constant-current control method is proposed. Using the required current waveforms in prospecting as a standard, the causes of current waveform distortion and current waveform distortion's effects on prospecting are analyzed. A cascaded topology is adopted to achieve 40 kW constant-current transmitter. The responsive speed and precision are analyzed. According to the power circuit of the transmitting system, the circuit structure of the pulse width modulation (PWM) constant-current controller is designed. After establishing the power circuit model of the transmitting system and the PWM constant-current controller model, analyzing the influence of ripple current, and designing an open-loop transfer function according to the amplitude-frequency characteristic curves, the parameters of the PWM constant-current controller are determined. The open-loop transfer function indicates that the loop gain is no less than 28 dB below 160 Hz, which assures the responsive speed of the transmitting system; the phase margin is 45°, which assures the stabilization of the transmitting system. Experimental results verify that the proposed constant-current control method can keep the control error below 4% and can effectively suppress load change caused by the capacitance of earth load. PMID:25725863

  11. Constant-current control method of multi-function electromagnetic transmitter

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    Xue, Kaichang; Zhou, Fengdao; Wang, Shuang; Lin, Jun

    2015-02-01

    Based on the requirements of controlled source audio-frequency magnetotelluric, DC resistivity, and induced polarization, a constant-current control method is proposed. Using the required current waveforms in prospecting as a standard, the causes of current waveform distortion and current waveform distortion's effects on prospecting are analyzed. A cascaded topology is adopted to achieve 40 kW constant-current transmitter. The responsive speed and precision are analyzed. According to the power circuit of the transmitting system, the circuit structure of the pulse width modulation (PWM) constant-current controller is designed. After establishing the power circuit model of the transmitting system and the PWM constant-current controller model, analyzing the influence of ripple current, and designing an open-loop transfer function according to the amplitude-frequency characteristic curves, the parameters of the PWM constant-current controller are determined. The open-loop transfer function indicates that the loop gain is no less than 28 dB below 160 Hz, which assures the responsive speed of the transmitting system; the phase margin is 45°, which assures the stabilization of the transmitting system. Experimental results verify that the proposed constant-current control method can keep the control error below 4% and can effectively suppress load change caused by the capacitance of earth load.

  12. EM Methods Applied for the Characterization and Monitoring of the Hontomin (Spain) CO2 Storage Pilot Plant

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    Ledo, Juanjo; Queralt, Pilar; Marcuello, Alex; Ogaya, Xenia; Vilamajo, Eloi; Bosch, David; Escalas, Lena; Piña, Perla

    2013-04-01

    The work presented here correspond to an on-going project in the frame of the development of a pilot plant for CO2 storage in a deep saline aquifer funded by Fundación Ciudad de la Energía-CIUDEN (http://www.ciuden.es/) on behalf of the Spanish Government. The main objective of the research Project is to monitor the CO2 migration within the reservoir during and after the injection as well as testing and evaluating different EM monitoring methods. In this way, a good characterization of the zone is imperative to perceive and quantify, as soon as possible, any change owing to the CO2 injection. Among all geophysical techniques, electrical and electromagnetic methods are especially useful and meaningful to monitor the CO2 plume since these methods are sensitive to the electrical conductivity of the pore fluid. The presence of CO2 inside the pore will replace a fraction of saline fluid within the storage aquifer, reducing the effective volume available for ionic transport. As a consequence, the bulk electrical resistivity of the rock is expected to increase significantly. The proposed EM techniques are the following: 1- Magnetotelluric method, 2-Cross-hole electrical resistivity tomography, 3- Control source electromagnetics. Moreover laboratory experiments are being carried out to monitor the CO2 flux inside sample cores using ERT.

  13. Effect of clay concentration on morphology and properties of hydroxypropylmethylcellulose films.

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    Mondal, Dibyendu; Bhowmick, Biplab; Mollick, Md Masud R; Maity, Dipanwita; Mukhopadhyay, Asis; Rana, Dipak; Chattopadhyay, Dipankar

    2013-07-01

    Hydroxypropylmethylcellulose (HPMC)/montmorillonite (MMT) nanocomposite films are prepared by solution intercalation method. Mechanical, thermal, moisture absorption, optical clarity and water vapor permeability of HPMC/MMT nanocomposite films are measured. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopic (TEM) results establish formation of partially intercalated and partially exfoliated HPMC/MMT nanocomposite films. In presence of MMT, the tensile strength, tensile modulus and elongation at break of HPMC films are improved. The thermal stability of HPMC/MMT nanocomposites is better than pure HPMC. The moisture absorption of HPMC film measured in 75% of constant relative humidity is reduced with loading of MMT. Optical clarity of HPMC film is almost unaffected in presence of MMT. Water vapor permeability of HPMC decreases in presence of nanoclay due to increasing tortuous path for diffusion. PMID:23688454

  14. Infusion Methods for Continuous Interscalene Brachial Plexus Block for Postoperative Pain Control after Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair

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    Byeon, Gyeong Jo; Yoon, Ji Uk; Kim, Eun Jung; Baek, Seung Hoon; Ri, Hyun Su

    2015-01-01

    Background Infusion methods during regional analgesia using perineural catheters may influence the quality of postoperative analgesia. This study was conducted to compare the effects of combined or bolus-only infusion of 0.2% ropivacaine on the postoperative analgesia in interscalene brachial plexus block (ISBPB) with perineural catheterization. Methods Patients scheduled for arthroscopic rotator cuff repair were divided into two groups, one that would receive a combined infusion (group C, n = 32), and one that would receive intermittent infusion (group I, n = 32). A perineural catheter was inserted into the interscalene brachial plexus (ISBP) using ultrasound (US) and nerve stimulation, and 10 ml of 0.2% ropivacaine was administered. After the operation, group C received a continuous infusion of 4 ml/h, and a 4 ml bolus with a lockout interval of 60 min. Group I received only a 4 ml bolus, and the lockout interval was 30 min. Postoperative pain by the numeric rating scale (NRS) and the forearm muscle tone by the manual muscle test (MMT) were checked and evaluated at the following timepoints: preoperative, and postoperative 1, 4, 12, 24, 36, and 48 h. Supplemental opioid requirements, total consumed dose of local anesthetic, and adverse effects were compared between the two groups. Results Sixty-four patients completed the study and the postoperative values such as operation time, time to discharge, and operation site were comparable. There were no differences in NRS scores and supplemental opioid requirements between the two groups. The MMT scores of group I at 4 and 12 h after surgery were significantly higher than those of group C (P < 0.05). The total consumed dose of local anesthetic was significantly lower in group I than in group C (P < 0.05). The adverse effects were not different between the groups. Conclusions The bolus-only administration of 0.2% ropivacaine provided a similar analgesic effect with a lower total volume of local anesthetic and decreased

  15. Drug Craving Terminology among Opiate Dependents; A Mixed Method Study

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    Maarefvand, Masoomeh; Ghiasvand, Hamid Reza

    2013-01-01

    Objective Drug craving is defined as an urge to continue substance abuse. Drug dependents use different terms to express their subjective feeling of craving. This study was an attempt to generate an understanding of craving terminology among different groups of Persian speaking Iranian opiate dependents. Method Terms used for the meaning of drug craving were listed by 36 ex-opiate dependents in focus group discussion meetings in the first phase of the study. These terms were composed from Craving Terms Questionnaire. In the second phase, 120 subjects in 3 groups of opiate dependents and a group of Current Opiate Abusers rated usage frequency of each term in the questionnaire under a Twelve-Step Program, Methadone Maintenance, and Other Abstinence-based Programs. Results Eighty nine terms were categorized in stimulation and triggering, attention bias and obsession, decision making difficulty, information processing impairment, withdrawal induction, drug euphoric experience, mental urge, motor control problem, negative valancing and stigmatizing. Terms for the three categories of mental urge, attention bias and obsession and motor control problem were used more than others. Patients in Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT) group used different categories of craving terms in comparison to other groups. Abstinent cases reported higher total score for craving terms in comparison to other groups in Twelve-Step Program and other abstinence-based programs. Conclusion Each craving-related term is associated with some aspects of the multidimensional concept of craving. A drug-craving thesaurus could provide a better understanding of craving nature from a drug dependent point of view. There are differences among abstinence vs. maintenance based treated opiate dependents in using craving terms. Addiction therapists will benefit from accessing drug dependents’ lexicon to assess and create therapeutic alliance with their clients. PMID:24130609

  16. Methadone maintenance treatment in China: perceived challenges from the perspectives of service providers and patients

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    Wu, Fei; Peng, Ching-Yi; Jiang, Haifeng; Zhang, Ruimin; Zhao, Min; Li, Jianhua; Hser, Yih-Ing

    2013-01-01

    Background China has recently adopted methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) as a national strategy to address the problem of drug abuse and related public health issues such as HIV and HCV infections. However, low enrollment and retention rates suggest that barriers may exist in MMT utilization. This study examined both patients’ perceptions and service providers’ perceptions of challenges in MMT implementation in China. Methods Four focus groups were conducted in two Chinese cities, Shanghai and Kunming, to explore the perceived and experienced barriers in MMT participation in China. All focus group discussions with participants were audio taped and transcribed. Atlas.ti 5.1 was used to analyze data. Results Service providers and patient participants reported positive experiences (e.g. effects of MMT in curbing withdrawal symptoms) but also expressed concerns about side effects and continued heroin use during MMT. They also identified barriers in participating and remaining in MMT, including affordability (fee requirement), acceptability (methadone as a substitution, dose, long-term nature), accommodation and accessibility (inconvenient operation hours, lack of transferability to other MMT clinics during travel) and competition between public health and public security. Conclusions The present findings have implications for reconsidering the current MMT policies and practices in order to improve access, utilization and, ultimately, the effectiveness of MMT in China. PMID:22997278