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Geologically driven 3D modelling of physical rock properties in support of interpreting the seismic response of the Lalor volcanogenic massive sulphide deposit, Snow Lake, Manitoba, Canada

Ernst Schetselaar, Gilles Bellefleur, James Craven, Eric Roots, Saeid Cheraghi, Pejman Shamsipour, Antoine Cate, Patrick Mercier-Langevin, Najib El Goumi, Randolph Enkin and Matthew Salisbury
Geologically driven 3D modelling of physical rock properties in support of interpreting the seismic response of the Lalor volcanogenic massive sulphide deposit, Snow Lake, Manitoba, Canada (in Characterization of ore-forming systems from geological, geochemical and geophysical studies, K. Gessner (editor), T. G. Blenkinsop (editor) and P. Sorjonen-Ward (editor))
Special Publication - Geological Society of London (April 2017) 453 (1): 57-79

Abstract

3D lithofacies and physical rock property models were generated to interpret 3D seismic data acquired over the Lalor volcanogenic massive sulphide deposit, Manitoba, Canada. The lithofacies model revealed that strong seismic reflectivity is associated with ore-host rock and mafic-felsic lithofacies contacts, including their hydrothermally altered equivalents. Different physical rock property models were subjected to 3D seismic forward modelling using the SOFI3D finite difference code. Seismic synthetics from discrete and interpolated models in which kriging of P-wave velocity and density was conditioned by curvilinear grids conformable to the 3D-modelled geological structure showed a much better match to the seismic data in comparison with those generated by kriging in Cartesian space. Synthetics from these curvilinear grid models corroborate the origin of seismic reflectors, as qualitatively inferred from the lithofacies model. Seismic synthetics generated from physical rock property models in which physical rock properties were augmented by densely sampled secondary variables, such as FeO percentage, enhanced lateral continuity of seismic reflectivity, although these co-kriged petrophysical models were not more accurate than their kriged equivalents. The physical rock property modelling methodology was also useful for testing the utility of passive interferometric seismic surveys, as this highlighted the limitations of the discrete physical rock property model.


ISSN: 0305-8719
Coden: GSLSBW
Serial Title: Special Publication - Geological Society of London
Serial Volume: 453
Serial Issue: 1
Title: Geologically driven 3D modelling of physical rock properties in support of interpreting the seismic response of the Lalor volcanogenic massive sulphide deposit, Snow Lake, Manitoba, Canada
Title: Characterization of ore-forming systems from geological, geochemical and geophysical studies
Affiliation: Canadian Geological Survey, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Pages: 57-79
Published: 20170428
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of London, London, United Kingdom
References: 55
Accession Number: 2017-039896
Categories: Economic geology, general, depositsApplied geophysics
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. sect., 2 tables, geol. sketch map
N54°55'60" - N54°55'60", W100°00'00" - W100°00'00"
Secondary Affiliation: Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, CAN, CanadaInstitut National de la Recherche Scientifique, CAN, CanadaBedford Institute of Oceanography, CAN, Canada
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2019, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from The Geological Society, London, London, United Kingdom
Update Code: 201722
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