Abstract

A dyke of sulfide ore may be geophysically prospected by observing its response to a slowly oscillating magnetic dipole source. To a first approximation the field produced by a thin dyke is given by a dyke of infinite conductivity and vanishing thickness in a vacuum (Wesley, 1958, Geophysics, v. 23, p. 128). In order to identify the ore and to estimate the size of the deposit, it is necessary to consider further approximations involving the conductivity and thickness of the dyke. By a type of analytical continuation an approximation is found which agrees both with the exact solution for a dyke of infinite conductivity and vanishing thickness and with the exact solution (approximated only for ωσ large and also for ωσ small) for an infinite slab of finite conductivity and nonvanishing thickness, the dyke appearing as an infinite slab when both source and observer are near the dyke but far removed from the edge. The solution is very good provided the dyke is geometrically thin.

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