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Tilt-Depth Method: A Simple Depth-Estimation Method Using First Order Previous HitMagneticNext Hit Derivatives

James D. Fairhead, Ahmed Salem, and Simon Williams
GETECH, Leeds, United Kingdom

The Tilt derivative (or angle) is a generalized definition for the local phase. Mapping the Previous HitmagneticNext Hit Tilt angle, has the advantage of enhancing weak Previous HitmagneticNext Hit anomalies compared to stronger Previous HitmagneticNext Hit anomalies due to the effective automatic gain control (AGC) imposed by the arctan function that restricts the Tilt angle to within the range -90 deg to +90 deg, irrespective of the amplitude or wavelength of the Previous HitmagneticNext Hit field. We have found that it is possible to simply use the Tilt angle contours of the reduced to pole (RTP) data to estimate both the location and depth of Previous HitmagneticNext Hit sources. The method assumes the source is a buried vertical contact model. The zero contours indicate the location of source edges and the half distance between the -45 deg and +45 deg contours provides an estimate of the depth to top of the buried contact. We present synthetic and field examples to demonstrate the method. When the mapped region between the -45 deg and +45 deg contours is high-lighted in grey or in colour, the resulting map provides an intuitive means of spatially identifying the location and depth of the Previous HitmagneticTop sources. Advantages of the method, called here the ‘Tilt-Depth’ method, are discussed as well as the effect of errors in RTP and dip-of-contact have on the resulting depth estimates.

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