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Aeromagnetic survey over U.S. to advance geomagnetic research

January 1, 1996

A proposed high‐altitude survey of the United States offers an exciting and cost effective opportunity to collect magnetic‐anomaly data. Lockheed Martin Missile and Space Company is considering funding a reimbursable ER‐2 aircraft (Figure 1) mission to collect synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery at an altitude of about 21 km over the conterminous United States and Alaska. The collection of total and vector magnetic field data would be a secondary objective of the flight. Through this “piggyback approach,” the geomagnetic community would inherit invaluable magnetic data at a nominal cost. These data would provide insight on fundamental tectonic and thermal processes and give a new view of the structural and lithologic framework of the crust and upper mantle.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1996
Title Aeromagnetic survey over U.S. to advance geomagnetic research
DOI 10.1029/96EO00187
Authors T. G. Hildenbrand, R. J. Blakely, W. J. Hinze, Gordon R. Keller, R.A. Langel, M. Nabighian, W. Roest
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union
Index ID 70018976
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Volcano Hazards Program