Abstract

The mapping of complex salt, subsalt sediments, and basement structures in the Red Sea was addressed through the integration of coincident high-resolution wide-azimuth (WAZ) 3D seismic data, full tensor gravity gradiometry (FTG), and MT/CSEM techniques. The data acquisition was designed to enable advanced multi-geophysical integration schemes to image the subsalt geologic structures. Multi-offset, multicomponent electromagnetic measurements were recorded for both MT and CSEM with overlapping frequency bands. The analysis of the data and the preliminary 3D inversion results indicate that the two methods provide coherent information for the evaporitic overburden and the subsalt sediment sections. In addition, the MT data also show sensitivity to the deep basement structures. The obtained resistivity distributions strongly correlate with imaged seismic events from the 3D migrated seismic volumes and with the lateral- and vertical-velocity variations in the salt and presalt sections. These data suggest that the acquired electromagnetic data set can support the interval velocity-depth model building in areas of low seismic sensitivity such as the intrasalt and subsalt sections.

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