JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting 2020

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[E] Oral

S (Solid Earth Sciences ) » S-EM Earth's Electromagnetism

[S-EM20] Electric and Electromagnetic survey technologies and the scientific achievements: Recent advances

convener:Kiyoshi Baba(Earthquake Research Institute, The University of Tokyo), Tada-nori Goto(Graduate School of Life Science, University of Hyogo), Toshihiro Uchida(National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology), Toru Mogi(Faculty of Science, Tokyo Institute of Technology)

[SEM20-02] Carbonate Imaging with Magnetotellurics in a Shallow-Water Environment, South Yellow Sea, China

*Shuangmin Duan1, Yuguo Li1, Jianxin Pei1, Tiehu Zhao2, Zhiqiang Wu2, Bo Han3, Xinsheng Yu1, Lanjun Liu1, Jialin Chen1 (1.Ocean Univ. of China, 2.Qingdao Inst. of Marine Geology, 3.China Univ. of Geosciences (Wuhan))

Keywords:Marine magnetotelluric, Shallow water, Carbonate imaging, Ocean water motion

Complex structure distribution and wide-spread Meso-Paleozoic carbonate strata have limited the use of the seismic investigation in the South Yellow Sea, China. To figure out the carbonate strata distribution, we conducted magnetotelluric data acquisition in the Central Uplift of the South Yellow Sea Basin at a water depth of ~20 m. Novel receivers with a smaller size and a lower center of mass has been developed to reduce the instability caused by the shallow water motions. Magnetic fields associated with the ocean motions, mainly tides and gravity waves, have been identified and segmentation multi-station processing was applied to the data. We have conducted 1-D and 2-D inversions to derive the resistivity models. Significantly elevated resistivity zone has been obtained at depths between 3 and 8 km. Combining the seismic data, drilling well and local geology, we have concluded that the marine carbonate strata at the Central Uplift holds a thickness of over 7 km which starts from the Indo-Chinese unconformity surface at a depth of ~ 650 m and extends to the metamorphic basement at a depth of ~ 8 km.