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Applying FALCON® gravity gradiometry to hydrocarbon exploration in the Gippsland Basin, Victoria

M. Rose, Y. Zeng and M. Dransfield

Exploration Geophysics 37(2) 180 - 190
Published: 2006


The Bass Strait FALCON airborne gravity gradiometer (AGG) survey was flown over an area of the Gippsland Basin in Bass Strait in July 2002. The survey, centred on the gas-producing Marlin and Snapper fields, coincided with a contemporary, detailed marine gravity survey. These marine gravity data, as well as pre-existing data from satellite gravity and sparse marine gravity surveys, were used in comparisons with the FALCON data. The vertical gravity gradient data outlined a major Eocene channel. Interpretation, including modelling of representative seismic lines, revealed the particular usefulness of these data for mapping shallow faults. Conventional vertical gravity from the FALCON survey was better at the longer wavelength features, typically the major tectonic elements such as basin bounding faults, and relative sediment thickness. Comparisons with the marine and satellite gravity data showed that the FALCON gravity reproduced all the information available in the other surveys at wavelengths up to the survey size. At shorter wavelengths, the FALCON data had higher sensitivity than all other datasets, including the detailed marine gravity. Incorporation of longer wavelengths from the satellite or other gravity into the FALCON gravity proved successful in improving the longer wavelength information and regional context. As a result of this study, the standard FALCON processing has been improved to allow such incorporation on all surveys where separately acquired sparse gravity data are available.

Full text doi:10.1071/EG06180

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