Geophysical prospecting

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Geophysical prospecting

  1. 1. SPONDAN BORA
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION  Definition Geophysical prospecting is the study of the structure of the earth’s crust by physical methods for the location and surveying of minerals and ores. It is an integral part of geophysics.
  3. 3. OBJECTIVES  To determine lithology of the area.  To identify and locate exploitable reservoirs.  To detect and delineate geothermal resources.  Estimate geophysical properties of the geothermal system.  To determine the ground water conditions in the regions.
  4. 4. METHODS  Electrical Resistivity Method   Resistivity Profiling Resistivity Sounding  Seismic Refraction Method  Gravity Geophysical Method  Magnetic Method  Geothermal Method
  5. 5. RESISTIVITY EXPLORATION  It is a sub surface exploration based on the measurement of apparent resistivity of subsurface materials.
  6. 6.  Electrode arrangement • Four metal spikes driven into the ground along a straight line serve as electrodes. • While using direct current, the potential electrodes must be of non-polarizable type. • For ensuring proper contact with the ground a little water is poured in the pits a few minutes before measurement is made.
  7. 7. TYPES OF RESISTIVITY SURVEY  Resistivity profiling  Used when lateral variation of soil is to be investigated.  Keeping the electrode spacing constant, readings are taken either along a single line or along several parallel lines.  It is use determine the changes in the resistivity characteristics of materials from one location to another.  It is used to distinguish between layers of different resistivity.  Uses o Prospecting for sand and gravel deposits. o Prospecting for ore bodies.
  8. 8.  Resistivity sounding  Used when variation with depth is required.  Keeping the centre of the electrode spread fixed, the electrode spacing is increased from one reading to the next.  The sounding data may be plotted either on ordinary graph paper or on a log-log graph paper.  Uses o Estimation of thickness of layer. o Estimation of depth of sand gravel. o Estimation of the variation of resistivity with depth.

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