Abstract

Geophysical inversion methods are most effective when applied to linear functionals: it is therefore advantageous to employ linear models for geophysical data. A two-dimensional linear model consisting of many horizontal prisms has been developed for interpretation of gravity profiles. A Backus-Gilbert inversion which finds the acceptable model 'nearest' to an initial estimate can be rapidly computed; iterative application of the technique allows a single-density model to be developed at a modest expense in computer time. Gravity data from the Guichon Creek batholith were inverted as a test of the method, with results comparable to those from a standard polygon model.

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