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Geological Interpretation of Geophysical Magnetics  Geomagnetic reference field  Tectonics, sea-floor spreading and age of ocean basin  Near surface.

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1 Geological Interpretation of Geophysical Magnetics  Geomagnetic reference field  Tectonics, sea-floor spreading and age of ocean basin  Near surface structural geology  Mineral and petroleum exploration; depth of sediments  Environment and engineering

2 We can resolve any function over the line interval [0, 1] in terms of coefficients of a Fourier Series: 01 All a n = 0; b 2 = 1 Add b 4 = 1/4 All a n = 0; b 2 = 1 Add b 8 = 1/8 Add b 16 = 1/16 We can build up our square- wave function coefficient by coefficient. We can construct any function on the interval by adding up the Fourier components scaled by the appropriate coefficient. Harmonic functions -- I

3 We resolve the magnetostatic potential at any place over the nearly spherical Earth in terms of coefficients g l m and h l m of an expansion in Spherical Harmonics:. Harmonic functions -- II Example of the forms of the harmonics: g l m =1, h l m =0, for l = 4, m = 0, 1,...4 at radius r = a

4 Harmonic functions -- III

5 Several satellite missions, most recently, the Øersted and Champ missions, have mapped the Earth's geomagnetic field from altitude and then downward continued the measurements to a sphere of average Earth radius. The spherical harmonic coefficients obtained from these missions construct the IGRF (International Geomagnetic Reference Field) – that field that is taken as the datum field against which anomalies are measured.ØerstedChamp Øersted Champ Mapping the IGRF

6 The IGRF - I The radial (local vertical) component B z – dipole components only

7 The IGRF - II The total field |B| – degree 13 (i.e. all l = 0 to 13 coefficients) IGRF calculator for any place on the Earth's surface: IGRFWMM-NOAA-NGDCIGRFWMM-NOAA-NGDC

8 Global Magnetic Anomaly – B z Residual to the IGRF

9 Elsewhere in the Solar System Can we detect a tectonic history written into the crust?  Most space missions are launched with probes carrying magnetometers.  The first interest is in the character of the global magnetic fields surrounding planets and moons that might suggest an internal magneto-dynamic dynamo.  Where among the rocky bodies: Mercury, Earth, Io, Ganymede have dynamos.  Perhaps Mars and Earth's Moon once had dynamos that have imprinted a paleomagnetic record into crustal rocks.

10 Lunar Magnetic Anomaly -- |B| The Apollo astronauts returned rocks from the Moon which showed very high remanent magnetism – Lunar Prospector mapped the field. Lunar Prospector

11 Mars' Magnetic Anomaly Reveals tectonic history? Mars Global Surveyor MissionGlobal Surveyor

12 Venus' Magnetic Anomaly? A tectonic history written into the crust?  No geomagnetic field has been detected on Venus – probably no convecting core.  The surface temperature is 740K; most minerals are well above their Curie temperature at 740K – no field imprinted in crustal rocks.  What we can say about the surface is that it is very “young” -- completely resurfaced within the past million years.  We must infer tectonic history based on surface topography and gravity.

13 Mercury's Magnetic Anomaly? The Messenger mission should reveal tectonic historyMessenger The story will be told within the next year

14 Plate tectonics  Morley and Larochelle (1964) And, following, Vine and Matthews (1963) recognize paleomagnetic banding across ocean ridges was due to sea-floor spreading. Morley and Larochelle (1964) Vine and Matthews (1963)  During the late 1950s, Edward (Ted) Irving had been mapping paleomagnetic pole paths to show the history of continental drift.Edward (Ted) Irving  The age of the sea-floor basins has been established by magnetic surveying since the original recognition of spreading.

15 Sea-floor spreading revealed by paleomagnetic anomalies Plate tectonics – The theory is demonstrated by paleomagnetic evidence for sea-floor spreading

16 Fault mapping – San Andreas transform The San Andreas Fault System, California USGS link USGS link

17 Fault mapping – NY-Alabama transform

18 Mineral and petroleum exploration I Mineral Deposits of Canada -- GSC (Ford et al.)GSC (Ford et al.)

19 Mineral and petroleum exploration II Mineral Deposits of Canada -- GSC (Ford et al.)GSC (Ford et al.) Lac de Gras

20 Mineral Deposits of Canada -- GSC (Ford et al.)GSC (Ford et al.) Lac de Gras Mineral and petroleum exploration III

21 Alberta Geological Survey Ross et al. AGSRoss et al. AGS Mineral and petroleum exploration IV

22 Abandoned oil wells: aeromagnetic map over part of the Coon Creek oil field near Arcadia, Oklahoma. USGS Environomental - magnetics surveys

23 Defense – MAD in anti-submarine warfare In the 1950s, Canada's NATO responsibilities included detection of Soviet submarines. This much stimulated scientific developments in geophysical magnetics in Canada. MAD US Navy SH-60B SeahawkCF-140 Aurora patrol aircraft

24 Instruments – I The Flux-gate magnetometer The flux-gate magnetometer measures that component of the field aligned with the ferrite core and coil.

25 Instruments – II Proton-precession magnetometer The proton-precession magnetometer measures the magnitude of the field rather than just one vector component.


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