Digital image processing of airborne geophysical data for uranium- mineralized breccia pipes exploration in northwestern Arizona

A. Y. Kwarteng, P. S. Chavez

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Digital image processing and integration of data sets have been used to develop exploration models from airborne electromagnetics (EM), magnetics, and very-low-frequency electromagnetics (VLF-EM) data collected over an area in northwestern Arizona. Apparent resistivity and overburden thickness were derived from the EM measurements using half-space models. The general relationships between the geophysical variables/parameters and their ability to detect metallic deposits were used as guides in selecting digital number ranges that were used as input into various models. One of the best models incorporated apparent resistivity and total-field magnetics; the results of this model outlined 13 anomalous combinations in the survey area. Field checking confirmed that two of the anomalies were previously known orebodies, and most of the other anomalies corresponded to suspected pipes that were under evaluation by the group that is exploring the property. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)965-976
Number of pages12
JournalGeophysics
Volume55
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1990

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Geophysics

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