Comparison of “Maxwell” Plate Electromagnetic Modelling and General, Full-Physics Modelling for Thin, Conductive Mineral Exploration Targets

This proposal outlines research work that will compare the capabilities and accuracy of
a common, fast but approximate approach to computer modelling of geophysical electromagnetic (EM) data with an approach that considers a much more complete description of the modelling problem. The primary goal is to determine
for what situations the plate-based modelling is adequate and for which it is not, with the
secondary goals of improving our understanding of the physics involved in geophysical EM
surveys for mineral exploration targets, and to try to identify tell-tale signs that might
indicate when plate-based modelling is starting to fail. The research will be carried out
in partnership with Crone Geophysics & Exploration Ltd.

Faculty Supervisor:

Colin Farquharson


Jianbo Long


Crone Geophysics & Exploration Ltd.


Geography / Geology / Earth science




Memorial University of Newfoundland



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