A new method for extracting near-surface mass-density anomalies from land-based gravity data, based on a special case of Poisson’s PDE at the Earth’s surface: A case study of salt diapirs in the south of Iran
Tuesday, 15 December 2015
Poster Hall (Moscone South)
The current research provides a method for tracking near-surface mass-density anomalies via using only land-based gravity data, which is based on a special version of Poisson’s Partial Differential Equation (PDE) of the gravitational field at Earth’s surface. The research demonstrates how the Poisson’s PDE can provide us with a capability to extract the near-surface mass-density anomalies from land-based gravity data. Herein, this version of the Poisson’s PDE is mathematically introduced to the Earth’s surface and then it is used to develop the new method for approximating the mass-density via derivatives of the Earth’s gravitational field (i.e. via the gradient tensor). Herein, the author believes that the PDE can give us new knowledge about the behavior of the Earth’s gravitational field at the Earth’s surface which can be so useful for developing new methods of Earth’s mass-density determination. In a case study, the proposed method is applied to a set of gravity stations located in the south of Iran. The results were numerically validated via certain knowledge about the geological structures in the area of the case study. Also, the method was compared with two standard methods of mass-density determination. All the numerical experiments show that the proposed approach is well-suited for tracking near-surface mass-density anomalies via using only the gravity data. Finally, the approach is also applied to some petroleum exploration studies of salt diapirs in the south of Iran.