Correction for the static shift in magnetotellurics using transient electromagnetic soundings

B. K. Sternberg, J. C. Washburne, L. Pellerin

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Shallow inhomogeneities can lead to severe problems in the interpretation of magnetotelluric (MT) data by shifting the MT apparent resistivity sounding curve by a scale factor, which is independent of frequency on the standard log-apparent-resistivity versus log-frequency display. The amount of parallel shift, commonly referred to as the MT static shift, cannot be determined directly from conventionally recorded MT data at a single site. One method for measuring the static shift is a controlled-source measurement of the magnetic field. Inversions of the static shift-corrected MT data provide a much closer match to well-log resistivities than do inversions of the uncorrected data. Central-induction TEM measurements were made adjacent to over 100 MT sites in central Oregon. The complete data base of over 100 sites showed an average static shift between 0 and 0.2 decade. However, in the rougher topography and more complex structure of the Cascade Mountain Range, the majority of the sites had static shifts of the order of 0.3 to 0.4 decade. The static shifts in this area are probably due to a combination of topography and surficial inhomogeneities. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1459-1468
Number of pages10
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 1988

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  • Geochemistry and Petrology


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