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    Publication Date: 2017-06-02
    Description: Author Posting. © Elsevier B.V., 2009. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of Elsevier B.V. for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Lithos 112 (2009): 83-92, doi:10.1016/j.lithos.2009.06.011.
    Description: Southern Africa, particularly the Kaapvaal Craton, is one of the world’s best natural laboratories for studying the lithospheric mantle given the wealth of xenolith and seismic data that exist for it. The Southern African Magnetotelluric Experiment (SAMTEX) was launched to complement these databases and provide further constraints on physical parameters and conditions by obtaining information about electrical conductivity variations laterally and with depth. Initially it was planned to acquire magnetotelluric data on profiles spatially coincident with the Kaapvaal Seismic Experiment, however with the addition of seven more partners to the original four through the course of the experiment, SAMTEX was enlarged from two to four phases of acquisition, and extended to cover much of Botswana and Namibia. The complete SAMTEX dataset now comprises MT data from over 675 distinct locations in an area of over one million square kilometres, making SAMTEX the largest regional-scale MT experiment conducted to date. Preliminary images of electrical resistivity and electrical resistivity anisotropy at 100 km and 200 km, constructed through approximate one-dimensional methods, map resistive regions spatially correlated with the Kaapvaal, Zimbabwe and Angola Cratons, and more conductive regions spatially associated with the neighbouring mobile belts and the Rehoboth Terrain. Known diamondiferous kimberlites occur primarily on the boundaries between the resistive or isotropic regions and conductive or anisotropic regions. Comparisons between the resistivity image maps and seismic velocities from models constructed through surface wave and body wave tomography show spatial correlations between high velocity regions that are resistive, and low velocity regions that are conductive. In particular, the electrical resistivity of the sub-continental lithospheric mantle of the Kaapvaal Craton is determined by its bulk parameters, so is controlled by a bulk matrix property, namely temperature, and to a lesser degree by iron content and composition, and is not controlled by contributions from interconnected conducting minor phases, such as graphite, sulphides, iron oxides, hydrous minerals, etc. This makes quantitative correlations between velocity and resistivity valid, and a robust regression between the two gives an approximate relationship of Vs [m/s] = 0.045*log(resistivity [ohm.m]).
    Description: We especially thank our academic funding sponsors; the Continental Dynamics programme of the U.S. National Science Foundation, the South African Department of Science and Technology, and Science Foundation Ireland.
    Keywords: Sub-continental lithospheric mantle ; Cratonic lithosphere ; Electrical conductivity ; Kaapvaal Craton ; Zimbabwe Craton ; Diamond exploration
    Repository Name: Woods Hole Open Access Server
    Type: Preprint
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    Publication Date: 2020-02-01
    Description: The systematic biases and errors associated with gravity data in Ireland and Northern Ireland and the conversion of gravity to a consistent and unified system are analyzed. The gravity data in Ireland and Northern Ireland are given in different coordinate systems (Irish Grid and Irish Transverse Mercator), different gravity base stations (Dunsink and Cambridge), and different vertical datums (Malin Head and Belfast tide gauge). The conversion of the gravity data to a consistent system, which refers to unified coordinates, base station, and vertical datum, is essential in geophysics and geodesy, especially in geoid determination. A new standardized and unified data format is computed and proposed for the supply of gravity data for Ireland and Northern Ireland to minimize the potential of misinterpreting the data. As part of this study, simple Bouguer and free-air gravity anomaly maps are produced for Ireland and Northern Ireland to give an example of how to integrate the data.
    Print ISSN: 1070-485X
    Electronic ISSN: 1938-3789
    Topics: Geosciences
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