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Metal Earth Geophysics: Magnetotelluric (MT) 


Project Information


Project Title:

Magnetotelluric (MT) subproject at Metal Earth.  

Research Location:


Research Team: 

Ademola Adetunji, Research Associate,

 Laurentian University.

Eric Roots (PhD Candidate Laurentian University).


Project Status:



Dr. Richard Smith,

Professor of Geophysics, 

Mineral Exploration Research Centre,

Laurentian University 

Academic Collaborators:

Mr James Craven, MT data acquisition, processing and inversion -- Geological Survey of Canada.

Dr David Snyder, Seismic interpretation – Geological Survey of Canada/Laurentian University.

Dr Saeid Cheraghi, Seismic interpretation, Harquail School of Earth Sciences, Laurentian University.

Dr Mostafa Naghizadeh, Seismic interpretation, Harquail School of Earth Sciences, Laurentian University.

Former collaborators:

Prof Phillip Wannamaker, MT data inversion – University of Utah.


Scope of Project:

The purpose of the geophysical work involving non-seismic / magnetotelluric (MT) methods is to collect and compile geophysical and petrophysical data along, and around, the Metal Earth traverses. Questions being addressed are:


1.          Can a petrophysical section of the Metal Earth traverses be built, that is consistent with the known geology (surface mapping and any drill holes) and the geophysical data, including the seismic data?

2.          If this section can be built, does it provide indicators about the crustal structures and how they extend to the Earth’s mantle?

3.          Do these structures reveal a potential source of metals to endow mineral deposits in critical areas of the traverses?


Anticipated Outcomes:

The anticipated outcomes are sections showing the conductivity variations as a function of depth and distance. The sections will be interpreted in a manner consistent with the other geophysical data (gravity, magnetics and seismic) and the known geology. 


Transect Research Projects

Project Title:


Magnetotelluric data processing and inversion along Metal Earth’s transects.


Eric Roots, PhD student, Laurentian University