Methodology Of The Indirect Temperature Estimation Basing On Magnetotelluric Data- Northern Tien Shan Case Study

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Journal Article: Methodology Of The Indirect Temperature Estimation Basing On Magnetotelluric Data- Northern Tien Shan Case Study

Abstract
Electrical conductivity of rocks being closely related to their temperature could serve as a proxy parameter to be used for indirect temperature estimation from the surface electromagnetic (EM) data. Studies are carried out aimed at estimating the feasibility of indirect temperature estimation in the geologically complicated areas of the Earth crust from the electromagnetic data collected at the surface. Basing on the neuronet analysis of magnetotelluric (MT) and temperature data measured at the Bishkek geodynamical testing ground in the northern Tien Shan, optimal methodologies for calibration and application of indirect electromagnetic geothermometer are developed. It is shown that the temperature estimation my means of the EM geothermometer calibrated by 6-8 temperature logs results in 12% average relative error (instead of 30% achieved using only temperature logs). The availability of prior geological information about the region under study and preliminary analysis of the local heterogeneities' indicators determined from the available MT data make it possible rejection of inappropriate site locations that may, in turn, decrease average error to only 11%. The results of the electromagnetic temperature extrapolation in depth indicate that the extrapolation accuracy essentially depends on the ratio between the well length and the extrapolation depth. In particular, in extrapolation to a depth twice as large as the well depth the relative error is 5-6%, and in case of its threefold excess the error is around 20%. This result makes it possible to increase significantly the deepness of indirect temperature estimation in the Earth interior (in particular, for geothermal exploration) based on the available temperature logs.

Authors 
Viacheslav V. Spichak, Olga K. Zakharova and Anatolii K. Rybin








Published Journal 
Journal of Applied Geophysics, Date Not Provided





DOI 
10.1016/j.jappgeo.2010.12.007


 

Citation

Viacheslav V. Spichak,Olga K. Zakharova,Anatolii K. Rybin. . Methodology Of The Indirect Temperature Estimation Basing On Magnetotelluric Data- Northern Tien Shan Case Study. Journal of Applied Geophysics. (!) .