Abstract

A new method for determining regional strikes from the magnetotelluric impedance tensor Z and tipper T is presented. It involves the minimization of weighted sums of the squared magnitudes of elements of Z or T over all frequencies and all stations of interest. When applied to data from the Mexicali Valley, Baja California around the Cerro Prieto geothermal field for a particular weighting function, the method yielded orientations that agree to within 2.9 degrees for three lines with a total of 16 stations. The consistency of orientations can be attributed in part to the pronounced two-dimensional (2-D) geologic characteristics of the area, but the techniques also proved stable at stations near three-dimensional (3-D) inhomogeneities.

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