Conference / Tradeshow

ASEG Forum on the Application of Remanent Magnetization: Magnetic Vector Inversion

August 11, 2013
1-5 Spencer St
Crowne Plaza Hotel - Bridge 2, Melbourne, Australia | Website






Ian MacLeod, Geosoft Chief Technologist, will be presenting his talk, Magnetic Vector Inversion, a simple approach to the challenge of varying direction of rock magnetization, during the ASEG conference & exhibition 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.

Ian's presentation is part of the Forum on the Application of Remanent Magentization and Self-Demagnetization Estimation to Mineral Exploration and 
will discuss the modelling of local magnetic field anomalies, and in particular 3D voxel-based modelling, is now a primary tool in exploration targeting. The majority of current voxel-based magnetic inversions assume anomalous magnetization in the direction of the inducing earth's field as described by Li and Oldenberg (1993). However, as noted in numerous studies and the practical experience of many modellers, the direction of rock magnetization, particularly in strongly magnetized rocks, is often in a direction different from the primary geomagnetic field. This may be due to any combination of remanent magnetization, demagnetization, anisotropy of magnetic minerals or perhaps other phenomena not yet understood.

Ellis et al (2012) developed the Magnetic Vector Inversion (MVI) method to directly model the vector of magnetization based only on anomalous TMI data. The method allows the modelling optimization process the freedom to orient the direction of magnetization to best fit the observed data. Notably, the MVI method does not concern itself with the reason for varying magnetization direction, which is left to the interpreter to ponder together with other information that may be at hand.

In this case-study work we demonstrate the application of MVI to particularly challenging and well known magnetic anomalies in both Brazil and Australia.

Read the paper on Magnetic Vector Inversion, a simple approach to the challenge of varying direction of rock magnetization.

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