The magnetotelluric method: Theory and practice

Alan D. Chave (Editor), Alan G. Jones (Editor)

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    The magnetotelluric method is a technique for imaging the electrical conductivity and structure of the Earth, from the near surface down to the 410 km transition zone and beyond. This book forms the first comprehensive overview of magnetotellurics from the salient physics and its mathematical representation, to practical implementation in the field, data processing, modeling and geological interpretation. Electromagnetic induction in 1-D, 2-D and 3-D media is explored, building from first principles, and with thorough coverage of the practical techniques of time series processing, distortion, numerical modeling and inversion. The fundamental principles are illustrated with a series of case histories describing geological applications. Technical issues, instrumentation and field practices are described for both land and marine surveys. This book provides a rigorous introduction to magnetotellurics for academic researchers and advanced students and will be of interest to industrial practitioners and geoscientists wanting to incorporate rock conductivity into their interpretations.

    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherCambridge University Press (CUP)
    Number of pages584
    ISBN (Electronic)9781139020138
    ISBN (Print)9780521819275
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2012


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