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Magnetotelluric imaging of Precambrian lithosphere beneath southern Alberta

  • Author / Creator
    Nieuwenhuis, Greg
  • Magnetotelluric (MT) data were collected at 67 stations during the 2008, 2009, and 2010 field seasons in southern Alberta. These have been combined with more than 300 MT stations previously collected in Alberta, allowing a three dimensional electrical resistivity model of the lithosphere to be developed to depths of 250 km. Initial modelling attempts of the MT data in southern Alberta showed that two dimensional data analysis could not be used to model these data. Therefore this study was undertaken to determine a three dimensional model that fits the data. The resulting 3-D resistivity model has shown a regionally pervasive conductor in the upper mantle below the Loverna Block, coincident with a north dipping reflector. A similar regional conductor and north dipping reflector occurs below part of the Medicine Hat Block, further characterizing the Precambrian subduction zones below southern Alberta.

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  • Graduation date
    2011-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3BS99
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Physics
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Unsworth, Martyn (Physics, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Heaman, Larry (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences)
    • Currie, Claire (Physics)
    • Chacko, Thomas (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences)