Abstract

The North Delhi Fold Belt (NDFB) exposure of the Delhi Supergroup of rocks is significant for its structurally controlled uranium mineralization. The Narnaul-Palsana tract within the Khetri subbasin of the NDFB comprises the arenaceous Alwar and argillaceous Ajabgarh Groups of the Delhi Supergroup. The metasedimentary sequence has been subjected to polyphase deformation and igneous intrusion. We used heliborne magnetic data to enhance our geologic understanding of the area. Total magnetic intensity data are gridded and enhanced to resolve the magnetic anomalies. The regional magnetic signature reveals a deep-seated fracture. Varying concentrations of magnetic minerals in different lithologies are reflected in the magnetic response and provide clues to the formational trends. Trend lines and breaks are extracted from the magnetic signature. Thematic analysis of trend lines reveals formational trends that indicate an antiformal and synformal fold pattern in different sectors of the study area. The spatial correlation of the fold patterns is used to decipher the tectonic sequence. Superimposition of antiformal folding over earlier antiform-synform structure and displacement due to later faulting is inferred. Magnetic data analysis is used as a tool to unravel the regional structural fabric of the area that is widely concealed below soil cover.

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