ABSTRACT

A short, waterborne streamer resistivity survey was conducted on Mono Lake in California. The lake, located on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, contains a significant amount of dissolved solids due to being a terminal lake with no outlet. The survey was conducted to determine if the method could be used to define subbottom sediments and other geological features to answer questions related to recent-past volcanic and tectonic events. The survey used a 15-meter dipole-dipole array towed at approximately 2 mph behind a small flat bottomed boat. The survey was limited in scope to collecting approximately 6,000 m of data within the western cove, where substantial core sampling has taken place. Comparison of the methods indicates the towed array can obtain good quality data despite the lake's conductivity being in excess of 84,000 uS/cm. The resistivity models reconstructed geological material upwards of 400 ohm-m to depths of 35 m, which likely represent hard rock below the lake. We conclude that the method could be used to map most of the shallow areas of the lake, where the water column is less than 20 m. The deepest areas of the lake, south of Paoha Island, would require streamer resistivity cables with an electrode spacing of at least 60 m.

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