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Comparison of induced polarization and controlled-source audio-magnetotellurics methods for massive chalcopyrite exploration in a volcanic area
Ankara Universitesi.
University of Uppsala, Solid Earth Physics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1629-2920
MTA Genel Mudurlugu .
Demir Export A.S.
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1997 (English)In: Geophysics, ISSN 0016-8033, E-ISSN 1942-2156, Vol. 62, no 4, p. 1087-1096Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper, we compare and contrast the results of field experiments with the dipole-dipole-induced polarization (IP) and controlled-source audio-magnetotellurics (CSAMT) methods, along the same survey profiles, at a test area that was subject to extensive drilling and detailed geological investigation. The ore bodies are interbedded between two series of dacitic tuff. The depth and thickness of the massive chalcopyrite-pyritesphalerite body vary between 25 and 100 m and 0.5 and 16 m, respectively. Resistivity and IP phase measurements on the core samples collected from the test area provide some idea of the relative differences between the background rock units and the target. The resistivity of the chalcopyrite samples varies between 0.6 to 2 ohm-m and provides sufficient resistivity contrast with surrounding volcanic rock units for target detection. The results of dipole-dipole IP profiling with a 50-m dipole length conducted along two profiles are presented in the form of apparent resistivity and phase pseudosections. CSAMT measurements were made at 13 frequencies from 2 Hz to 8192 Hz along three profiles. The receiver dipole length was 25 m. The CSAMT data are presented in the form of pseudosections using conventional and new definitions of apparent resistivity. The elliptical contours of low apparent resistivity generated by the transition-field notch can be misleading with respect to the real anomaly of the ore body. These artificial anomaly patterns are suppressed by making use of an alternative apparent resistivity definition derived from the frequency-normalized impedance. The qualitative interpretation based on the IP and CSAMT pseudosections shows that the location and the extension of the ore body are indicated better in the CSAMT apparent resistivity data computed from the alternative definition. The qualitative interpretation of the IP data is difficult because of the 3-D effect arising from the neighboring thicker parts of the ore body and pyrite particles within the basement. At the final stage, the far-field range of the CSAMT apparent resistivity and phase data is identified by the visual inspection of the individual sounding diagrams. The models derived from the 2-D Occam inversion carried out on the far-field data are compared with the drill-hole information and are found to describe the actual geological situation.

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Society of Exploration Geophysicists , 1997. Vol. 62, no 4, p. 1087-1096
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Exploration Geophysics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-68305DOI: 10.1190/1.1444209Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-0031180203OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-68305DiVA, id: diva2:1197157
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