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Airborne magnetic and radiometric survey, Boulder Batholith region, Montana, 2022

August 30, 2023

This data release provides digital flight line data for a high-resolution airborne magnetic and radiometric survey over parts of Montana in the vicinity of the Boulder Batholith. The airborne survey was jointly funded by the Earth Mapping Resources Initiative and Kennecott Exploration Company. The survey was designed to meet complementary needs related to geologic mapping and characterization of mineral resource potential. A total of 34,041-line km of magnetic and radiometric data were acquired over an irregular-shaped area of 6178 km2. Data were collected from a helicopter flown at a nominal terrain clearance of 100 meters (m) above topography along E-W flight lines spaced at 200 m intervals. Tie lines were flown in an N-S direction every 2000 m. Data were collected by Sander Geophysics Limited (SGL), and Dewberry Engineers, Inc. under contract with the USGS using a helicopter with a magnetometer mounted in a stinger and a fully calibrated gamma-ray spectrometer. The survey operated out of the Butte, Montana, airport from June of 2022 to August of 2022. Files that are available in this publication include flight line data for the magnetic survey, flight line data for the radiometric survey, and a report describing the survey parameters, field operations, quality control, and data reduction procedures. A zip file is provided that contains the contractor's deliverable products that includes Geosoft databases and grids for the magnetic and radiometric survey and the report describing the survey and data reduction.

Publication Year 2023
Title Airborne magnetic and radiometric survey, Boulder Batholith region, Montana, 2022
DOI 10.5066/F7MK6C6K
Authors April D Allen Langhans, Benjamin J Drenth, Dylan M Connell
Product Type Data Release
Record Source USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog
USGS Organization Geology, Geophysics, and Geochemistry Science Center