nerc.ac.uk

Marine mineral exploration with controlled source electromagnetics at the TAG Hydrothermal Field, 26°N Mid‐Atlantic Ridge

Gehrmann, R. A. S.; North, L. J.; Graber, S.; Szitkar, F.; Petersen, S.; Minshull, T. A.; Murton, B. J.. 2019 Marine mineral exploration with controlled source electromagnetics at the TAG Hydrothermal Field, 26°N Mid‐Atlantic Ridge. Geophysical Research Letters, 46 (11). 5808-5816. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019GL082928

Before downloading, please read NORA policies.
[img] Text
Gehrmann_et_al-2019-Geophysical_Research_Letters.pdf
Restricted to NORA staff only until 25 December 2019.

Download (1MB)

Abstract/Summary

Seafloor massive sulfide (SMS) deposits are of increasing economic interest in order to satisfy the relentless growth in worldwide metal demand. The Trans‐Atlantic Geotraverse (TAG) hydrothermal field at 26°N on the Mid‐Atlantic Ridge hosts several such deposits. This study presents new controlled source electromagnetic, bathymetric, and magnetic results from the TAG field. Potential SMS targets were selected based on their surface expressions in high‐resolution bathymetric data. High‐resolution reduced‐to‐the‐pole magnetic data show negative anomalies beneath and surrounding the SMS deposits, revealing large areas of hydrothermal alteration. Controlled source electromagnetic data, sensitive to the electrical conductivity of SMS mineralization, further reveal a maximum thickness of up to 80 m and conductivities of up to 5 S/m. SMS samples have conductivities of up to a few thousand Siemens per meter, suggesting that remotely inferred conductivities represent an average of metal sulfide ores combined with silicified and altered host basalt that likely dominates at greater depths.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1029/2019GL082928
ISSN: 0094-8276
Date made live: 07 Aug 2019 12:31 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/524660

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Document Downloads

Downloads for past 30 days

Downloads per month over past year

More statistics for this item...