Abstract

The unexplored South Purulia Shear Zone (SPSZ) at the north of Singhbhum Shear Zone (SSZ) in Eastern India is a prospective zone for structural-guided hydrothermal mineralization. We carried out an integrated geophysical study using self-potential (SP), gradient-resistivity profiling (GRP), and gravity study across the SPSZ to identify the near-surface structural features and probable correlation with the uranium mineralization of the region. We studied a broad low SP, anomaly zone correlated with corresponding low-gravity and low-resistive zone across the same part of the study area. This conductive and low-density zone was identified as the width of the brittle-to-ductile and highly altered SPSZ. The 2D modeling of SP and residual gravity data along a northeast–southwest profile across the shear zone between Raghunathpur and Barabazar localities revealed the northerly dipping shear zone with an average width of 4.5km. However, the 2D modeling of the SP data suggested numerous thick, sheet-type vertical and/or inclined structures intervening the shear zone, which were well correlated with the vertical structures delineated by the 2D gravity inverse model. The vertical alteration zones (density and conductivity) at 40-, 200-, and 400-m depths have been identified over this region. These alteration zones are likely to be mineralized zone because a hydrouranium anomaly has also been reported from those locations earlier. We studied the efficacy of an integrated approach using GRP, SP, and gravity surveys for the investigation of near-surface vertical to dipping conducting structures associated with uranium mineralization in such shear zone regions.

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