Lower crust and upper mantle electrical anisotropy in southeastern Australia

Zara Rachel Dennis, Stephan Thiel, James Phillip Cull

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    Abstract

    The dominant north-south strike of the Palaeozoic outcrop of central Victoria has been well documented, but to the north, these rocks are covered by the Cainozoic sedimentary deposits of the Murray Basin. Two magnetotelluric surveys were completed to assist in extrapolation of the known structure and to identify possible new targets for mineral discovery. Supporting the results from previous seismic interpretations for the region, the 2D MT inversion models substantiate an intrazone thrust fault system of listric geometries in the Bendigo Zone connected in the mid-crust. With the zone boundary clearly defined the electrical resistivity structure is distinct between the major subdivisions, indicating a different tectonic evolution for the Bendigo and Melbourne Zones.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)228 - 241
    Number of pages14
    JournalExploration Geophysics
    Volume43
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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