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A lithological assessment of the resistivity data acquired during the airborne geophysical survey of Anglesey, North Wales

White, James C.; Beamish, David. 2014 A lithological assessment of the resistivity data acquired during the airborne geophysical survey of Anglesey, North Wales. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, 125 (2). 170-181. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pgeola.2014.01.003

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Abstract/Summary

A recent airborne geophysical survey has provided high resolution estimates of the electrical resistivity of the near-surface and deeper (bedrock) formations found across Anglesey and a portion of the coastal area of North Wales. This single small survey provides new geophysical information on both the complex configuration of the Neoproterozoic and Cambrian bedrock units and the shallow near-surface geology and glacial features. The correlation between the specific rock lithologies (bedrock and sub-glacial) and the derived bulk resistivities are examined. The geological classification of the geophysical data provides an assessment of 16 lithological units and allows baseline resistivity maps at a range of investigation depths to be constructed at 1:250k scale. The study indicates a broad age-dependence with the Palaeozoic (Carboniferous) bedrock units being the most conductive formations. More detailed studies are performed using statistical departures from the norms. The data have been used to identify sub-zones, within the existing lithological classification, that define statistically distinct groupings. The study shows that the Anglesey Blueschists of the Aethwy Complex are dissimilar (displaying higher resistivities and greater dispersion) to the main schistose zones within the survey area. In the near-surface, the data map surprisingly continuous conductive and resistive zonations. Some of the conductive zones are shown to coincide with the mapped sub-glacial landforms (drumlins) deposited during the Devensian glaciations.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pgeola.2014.01.003
ISSN: 00167878
Date made live: 11 Apr 2014 13:34 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/507024

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