Xia et al. (1993) offer an excellent method for potential-field continuation between irregular surfaces by applying the equivalent source technique. This method has proven to be the fastest and most stable procedure for solving the problem of reducing potential-field data to a constant datum (e.g., Pail, 1995) as long as no sources exist between observation surface and the equivalent stratum. The authors suggest using special equations for the continuation of magnetic fields. Theoretically this is correct, but neither necessary nor well suited, because of the characteristics of the operator for magnetic fields applied in the wavenumber domain.

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