Erck, Eric Stephenson (2004-08). Subsurface conductive isolation of refraction correlative magnetic signals (SCIRCMS). Doctoral Dissertation. Thesis uri icon


  • Isolation of terrestrially-observed magnetic signals by restoring their diffusive loss due to subsurface electrical conductivity sufficiently correlates these signals with those derived from the Alfven ionospheric electron movement of refraction variation. Temporary magnetic observatories were established on a conductive sedimentary basin (with a sampling interval of 5 s) and on a resistive large igneous intrusion (with a sampling interval of 10 s). Conventional modeling techniques estimate and remove the effects of the magnetometer, geomagnetic diurnal changes, whorls (solar quiet current vortices), and some bays from the acquired signals. Conventional one-dimensional skin depth modeling estimates the diffusive attenuation. The residual magnetic signal and the diffusive filter (as applied to the topography) become quantities in the linear system estimation of the geoelectric subsurface. Angular frequency domain least squares solution of the equations yields an isolated magnetic anomaly spectrum. Interpretive refinement, by selection of the zero or near zero curvature onset of either the spectrum's real or imaginary component, critically prepares the signal solution for correlation to a pseudomagnetic anomaly signal. This is an independently-derived sequence of anomalous values derived from Global Positioning System (GPS) refracted ranges. Detailed application of the Biot-Savart law provides independent anomaly signals to which the magnetic anomalies correlations show great correlation improvement by the isolation. These correlation improvements are from 2% to 83% and 9% to 91% for the sedimentary basin and from 2% to 96% and 24% to 78% for the igneous intrusion.

publication date

  • August 2004