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TITLE Geophysical Techniques 1

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Geosciences

DESCRIPTION - Basic concepts of geophysical exploration;
- Physical properties of minerals and rocks - density, magnetic susceptibility, resistivity, velocity of acoustic waves in rocks, acoustic impedance, radioactivity;
- Gravity Method - Stable and unstable gravimeters, field procedure and reduction of gravity data, basic models & interpretation;
- Magnetic Method - magnetometers, field procedure and corrections, basic models & interpretation;
- Electrical Method - SP, IP and resistivity methods, electrode configurations, methods of resistivity profiling and sounding, theory of images, interpretation;
- EM Method;
- Radiometric Method – principle, radioactive disintegrations and equilibrium conditions, counter, scintillation counter and gamma ray spectrometer;
- Remote sensing techniques, principles, classification, sensors, thermal infrared, microwave, radiowave & microwave, visible & UV, radiometric techniques.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit aims to provide the student knowledge of the physical properties of minerals and rocks and how these properties influence geophysical fields such as gravity, magnetic, and electrical fields that can be measured and used to to explore the subsurface for geological structural and stratigraphic features that can hold petroleum accumulations.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to Understand the:
- Principles of non-seismic geophysical investigations and the relationships between the various techniques;
- Application of each techniques (excluding seismic) covering data acquisition, instrumentation, processing and analysis of data.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Conceive and formulate a geophysical investigation in a variety of geological environments;
- Select the appropriate geophysical technique and procedure in a variety of situations;
- Research and synthesise geophysical information relevant to the investigation from a variety of sources;
- Plan and conduct the appropriate geophysical survey (excluding seismic) and interpret the data in terms of the surface and subsurface geology.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- P Kearey, M Brooks, I Hill (2002 ) An Introduction to Geophysical Exploration, Wiley – Blackwell.
- W M Telford, L P Geldart, R E Sheriff (1990), Applied Geophysics, Cambridge University Press.
- C Elachi, J Jakob (1987) Introduction to the Physics of Remote Sending, Wiley - Interscience.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Qualifications: Honours degree, 2nd upper or above, in Science, Engineering or a related discipline

Co-requisite Study-unit: GSC5206


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 20%
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 80%

LECTURER/S Sebastiano D'Amico
Godwin Debono
Pauline Galea (Co-ord.)

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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
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