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Authors: Faggioni, O.* 
Caratori Tontini, F.* 
Stefanelli, P.* 
Carmisciano, C.* 
Cocchi, L.* 
Giori, I.* 
Title: A topographic surface reduction of aeromagnetic anomaly field over the Tyrrhenian sea area (Italy)
Issue Date: 2005
Series/Report no.: 24 (2005)
Keywords: Potential methods,marine geomagnetism,downward continuation,Tyrrhenian Sea
Subject Classification04. Solid Earth::04.02. Exploration geophysics::04.02.04. Magnetic and electrical methods 
Abstract: This paper shows the results of a detailed reprocessing of aeromagnetic data,obtained by the downward projection to the seabed. The area of interest is centered over the Tyrrhenian Basin,whose bathymetric –topographic lay-out is characterized by a somewhat irregular trend.The origin of the intense depth variations depends on the Tyrrhenian structural setting,that is associated with the presence of several tectonic lineaments,seamounts or volcanic islands.The data were characterized by good quality and dense sam- pling,but they have been reprocessed in order either to solve some problems in the original compilation,and to reduce the distor- tion of the geomagnetic anomaly field caused by the difference of distance between the survey level and the magnetic source.The reprocessed magnetic map is proposed as an e ffective analysis tool for the Tyrrhenian area that is characterized by high susceptibility lithotypes.Downward projection of the aeromagnetic data by BTM algorithm increases the de finition of the anomalous magnetic signal without distortions in the geometric pattern of the field,thus showing a more stable and effective association between the magnetic anomalies and their geological sources.This effect is particularly true for high frequency anomalies that are directly comparable after the topographic projection because the depth filtering effect is attenuated.Moreover,the BTM method has been applied for the first time to a regional scale survey that shows substantial advantages because no fictitious anomalies in the high frequency sector of the spectrum were generated.This has been a typical effect of the traditional downward projection methods widely used before.The final result is a BTM anomaly map that is able to show the structural connections between the geological magnetic sources of the Tyrrhenian Sea area.
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