ABSTRACT

We have developed a simple iterative gravity-inversion approach to map the basement and Moho surfaces of a rift basin simultaneously. Gravity anomalies in rift basins commonly consist of interfering broad, positive crustal-thinning anomalies and narrow, negative sedimentary-basin anomalies. In our model, we assumed that the Moho and basement surfaces are in Airy isostatic equilibrium. An initial plane-layered model was iterated to fit the gravity data. We applied the process to a model in which the inverted basement and Moho surfaces matched the model surfaces well and to a gravity profile across the Kosti Basin in Sudan.

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