An Audio-Magnetotelluric Investigation In Terceira Island (Azores)

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Journal Article: An Audio-Magnetotelluric Investigation In Terceira Island (Azores)

Ten audio-magnetotelluric soundings have been carried out along a profile crossing the Serra do Cume caldera in the eastern part of the Terceira Island (Azores). The main objectives of this investigation were to detect geoelectrical features related with tectonic structures and to characterize regional hydrological and hydrothermal aspects mainly those related to geothermal fluid dynamics. Three-dimensional numerical investigation showed that the data acquired at periods shorter than 1 s are not significantly affected by ocean effect. The data was analysed using the Smith's decomposition method in order to investigate possible distortions caused by superficial structures and to estimate a global regional strike. The results suggest that in general the soundings were not distorted. A regional N55 degrees W strike was chosen for the two-dimensional data inversion. The low-resistivity zones (10-30 ohm-m) displayed in the central part of the 2-D geoelectrical model have been interpreted as caused by hydrothermal circulation. The low-resistivity anomalies at the ends of the profile might be attributed to alteration zones with interaction of seawater intrusion. High-resistivity (>300 ohm-m) values have been related with less permeable zones in the SW of Cinco Picos and Guilherme Moniz caldera walls. (C) 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

F. A. M. Santos, A. Trota, A. Soares, R. Luzio, N. Lourenco, L. Matos, E. Almeida, J. L. Gaspar and J. M. Miranda

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Journal of Applied Geophysics, 2006

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F. A. M. Santos,A. Trota,A. Soares,R. Luzio,N. Lourenco,L. Matos,E. Almeida,J. L. Gaspar,J. M. Miranda. 2006. An Audio-Magnetotelluric Investigation In Terceira Island (Azores). Journal of Applied Geophysics. (!) .