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A terracing operator for physical property mapping with potential field data

January 1, 1989

The terracing operator works iteratively on gravity or magnetic data, using the sense of the measured field's local curvature, to produce a field comprised of uniform domains separated by abrupt domain boundaries. The result is crudely proportional to a physical-property function defined in one (profile case) or two (map case) horizontal dimensions. This result can be extended to a physical-property model if its behavior in the third (vertical) dimension is defined, either arbitrarily or on the basis of the local geologic situation. The terracing algorithm is computationally fast and appropriate to use with very large digital data sets. The terracing operator was applied separately to aeromagnetic and gravity data from a 136km x 123km area in eastern Kansas. Results provide a reasonable good physical representation of both the gravity and the aeromagnetic data. Superposition of the results from the two data sets shows many areas of agreement that can be referenced to geologic features within the buried Precambrian crystalline basement. -from Authors

Citation Information

Publication Year 1989
Title A terracing operator for physical property mapping with potential field data
Authors L. Cordell, A. E. McCafferty
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Geophysics
Index ID 70015911
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse