3D geological mapping and potential field modelling of West Arnhem Land, Northern Territory
Richard Lane, Geoff Beckitt and Mark Duffett
ASEG Extended Abstracts
2007(1) 1 - 9
A regional scale 3D geological map of the upper crustal sequence in the West Arnhem Land region, Northern Territory, was compiled from surface mapping, limited drilling information, and liberal amounts of geological inference. Modelling of the gravity and magnetic field response of this map was proposed as a means of evaluating the viability of this geological hypothesis. A relatively large number of mass density and magnetic property measurements were available to constrain the transformation of 3D geological maps into property models in preparation for potential field modelling. The presence of numerous magnetic dykes, sills, and stratigraphic horizons provided many challenges for producing geologically-realistic magnetic property models at a regional scale. Modelling of the gravity field at this scale was far more straight forward and successful. After completing various forward modelling experiments, a stochastic procedure will be used to derive a large number of geological maps by making small changes to the highly uncertain interpretive parts of the original 3D geological map. It is expected that a subset of these derived geological maps will have associated mass density models that can adequately reproduce the gravity field observations. The common characteristics of the geological models in this subset will be isolated using statistical techniques and used to refine our representation of the regional scale 3D geological features.
Full text doi:10.1071/ASEG2007ab072
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