The search for crustal resources: MAGSAT and beyond

P. T. Taylor, W. J. Hinze, D. N. Ravat

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In the decade since global satellite magnetic field data have been available from MAGSAT, notable progress has been made in processing these data for purposes of mapping crustal anomalies. Several regional magnetic anomaly maps compiled using these new techniques (e.g. Kursk region, U.S.S.R.; central Africa; Kiruna, Sweden; and the U.S.A. midcontinent) provide insight into the nature and tectonic evolution of the crust that contribute to conceptual crustal models useful in regional resource exploration. A recent mail survey of geopotential-field specialists involved in resource exploration indicates interest in MAGSAT data and future satellite missions with improved resolution. It is apparent that magnetic anomalies derived from satellite observations can aid in the search for crustal resources.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-15
Number of pages11
JournalAdvances in Space Research
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1992

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors acknowledge the partial support of NASA RTOP 677-45—03 (PTT) and NASA Grant NAGW-18l9 (WJH and DNR) in the preparation of this report.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Geophysics
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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