Sources of Magnetic Anomalies over a Sedimentary Basin: Preliminary Results from the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska*
Jeffrey D. Phillips, Richard W. Saltus, Richard L. Reynolds, 1998. "Sources of Magnetic Anomalies over a Sedimentary Basin: Preliminary Results from the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska", Geologic Applications of Gravity and Magnetics: Case Histories, Richard I. Gibson, Patrick S. Millegan
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As part of tectonic studies by the Energy Program of the U.S. Geological Survey, we have modeled aeromagnetic anomalies over the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), Alaska. Preliminary models indicate that the lineated, moderate-intensity anomalies produced by shallow sources within the coastal plain are best fit by a series of stratigraphic layers with both normal and reversed remanent magnetization. The layers follow seismically determined stratigraphic and structural boundaries from near the surface to depths of 1 to 2 km. The modeled total magnetic intensities range up to .115 A/m for the reversely magnetized units and up to .069 A/m for the normally magnetized units. Based on these models, we suspect that the magnetic anomalies are primarily the result of detrital remanent magnetization that formed as the sediments were deposited. Another plausible explanation involves chemical remanence, acquired rapidly with respect to geomagnetic polarity reversals, as the marine turbidite sediments accumulated, thus producing a stratigraphically ordered polarity sequence. The high total magnetizations and reversed polarities leave open the additional possibility that thick sequences of originally reversed magnetization were overprinted by normal remanence through some stratigraphically controlled mechanism.
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The idea for this book came from a perceived lack of recent, instructive examples of exploration-oriented interpretations of gravity and magnetic data. The Society of Exploration Geophysicists two volumes, Geophysical Case Histories, are probably closest in philosophy to this book. Published in 1948 and 1956, many of the examples in the Case Histories are relatively dated and specific to particular areas. We hope this new book provides an update that includes lessons about gravity and magnetic exploration that can be applied to many parts of the world. The Utility of Regional Gravity and Magnetic Anomaly Maps (SEG, 1985, W.J. Hinze, editor) contains some excellent papers dealing with tectonics that have clear bearing on hydrocarbon exploration, but no paper shows the relationships among hydrocarbon accumulations, exploration, gravity, and magnetics. Geophysical texts focusing on gravity and magnetics, including L.L. Nettleton's classics, include only a few (albeit often excellent) case histories, and many are dated.
Thus, this book's target audience is geologists and geophysicists in operations offices, actively involved in exploration at any level from basin analysis to prospect generation. Although most of the papers deal with hydrocarbon exploration, several papers relate to gravity and magnetic data in mining and environmental applications. A final section is included on new developments, the state of the art.
The book is not intended for gravity and magnetics specialists (although we hope they will find it interesting), or for geophysicists interested in theory, acquisition, and processing, unless those aspects are important to the geologic exploration problem and to the decisionmaking process.
We believe that the philosophical approach to interpretation is almost as important as some aspects of a technical interpretation itself. This book reveals the diversity of philosophies that gravity and magnetic interpreters embrace, as well as the common threads to which all interpreters aspire.
This book is not a textbook, although we have tried hard to highlight the exploration lessons inherent in each technical paper. Additional instructional aspects of the book are the glossary of gravity and magnetic terms, provided by Integrated Geophysics Corporation (with assistance from Richard Hansen of Pearson, DeRidder & Johnson) and an annotated bibliography, which has pointers to the rich literature of gravity and magnetics. Other short "lessons" can be found in stand-alone illustrations or short features throughout the book.
We thank Ray Thomasson for continual encouragement, suggestions, and prodding. Reviewers, whose efforts are appreciated greatly, include Dale Bird, Bill Pearson, Mark Odegard, and several anonymous reviewers. We appreciate the help of the AAPG, especially Ken Wolgemuth, in this, the first effort at serious book publication by the coeditors.