Abstract

In this paper a new, efficient method is worked out for the interpretation of self-potential field data. Interpretation of location, depth and dip of the ore body is made, using a pattern of equipotential lines. The negative center and the positive maximum of the potential are found and also the so-called “mid-value” point. The dip α, can be determined accurately for values between 5° and 85°. The method cannot be used for vertical polarization. The depth and location can be found with relative accuracy for α>10°. The main advantage of this new method is the ease of interpretation and a greater accuracy for the high-dip angles. It should be stressed that, for correct and accurate interpretation, the positive maximum is as important as the negative center. Therefore, it should be carefully sought during the field work, and mapped to its full extent.

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