Abstract

A straightforward mathematical procedure allows the calculation of the isogeothermal pattern in and about a salt intrusion. Temperature anomalies are controlled not only by the thermal properties of the media, but also are indicative of the geometry and history of the system. As a simple example, an axially symmetrical structure was chosen to illustrate the kind of inferences one can make from the temperature data, such as discrimination between connected and disconnected domes, and the estimation of the vertical velocity of the intrusion. The numerical results confirm and extend the observations in electrolytic scale models (Hubert Guyod, 1946), and augment W. Heroy's comments on thermal properties of salt, given at the International Conference on Saline Deposits, Houston, 1962.

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