Course Module: 09 – Normal Faults Signature: an exercise in pattern recognition

Each geologic province may have unique geological or geophysical parameters. Therefore the prospective anomaly signature associated with each individual province will vary accordingly. Pattern recognition of anomaly signature is of vital importance to all interpretation sciences. The following discussion is one of a series of six on the importance of pattern recognition for geophysicists and geologists interested in obtaining a working knowledge of what type of signal patterns are valuable for the purpose of integrating gravity and magnetic data with seismic and geological data to develop exploration targets. The incorporation of the integration process in exploration is known to reduce risk and therefore reduce the total cost of exploration.

Learning objectives
After completing this module you’ll be able to:

  • Identify anomaly signature of faulted structures in profile and map view
  • Correctly place faults on gravity and magnetic maps
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