Published by ASEG


Geological Interpretation of Aeromagnetic Data

by Dave Isles and Leigh Rankin

This book is a practical manual for aeromagnetic interpretation written primarily for geologists.

As well as covering the basic physics of magnetic anomalies and chemistry of magnetisation in rocks, it features three expansively worked examples illustrating the integration of aeromagnetics and geology in terrains ranging from Archaean ‘granite-greenstone’ to Phanerozoic sedimentary basins.

It generously illustrates modern imagery and the basic steps in the integration and interpretation process.Based on the short course “Geological Interpretation and Structural Analysis of Aeromagnetic Data”   conducted by the authors since 1995, the book aims to provide readers with the basic qualitative observation and interpretation skills necessary for integration of aeromagnetics with geology.

It is suited to both explorers and mappers, and covers the basic targeting concepts used in mineral, hydrocarbon and groundwater exploration.

The manual covers the following topics with numerous colour illustrations and images:

  • Basic Physics

  • Magnetisation of Rocks

  • Structural Analysis from Aeromagnetic Data

  • Data Acquisition and Processing

  • Observation Methodology

  • Integration Methodology

  • Quantitative techniques and their role in interpretation

  • Interpretation Strategies

  • Aeromagnetics in Sedimentary Basins

  • MENZIES - COMET VALE - GOONGARRIE Case Study - archaean granite-greenstone terrain

  • PINE CREEK - GOLDEN DYKE Case Study - folded sedimentary Sequence with Mineralising Granites

  • AMADEUS BASIN Case Study - Palaeozoic Sedimentary Basinwith Complex Thrust Margin

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