Interpretation of magnetic anomalies and estimation of depth of magnetic crust in Slovakia

Rozimant K., BÜYÜKSARAÇ A. , Bektas Ö.

Pure and Applied Geophysics, vol.166, no.3, pp.471-484, 2009 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 166 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00024-009-0447-8
  • Title of Journal : Pure and Applied Geophysics
  • Page Numbers: pp.471-484
  • Keywords: Magnetic anomalies, neogene volcanics, power spectrum, Curie point depth, Magnetized crust, CURIE-POINT DEPTH, WESTERN CARPATHIANS, GRAVITY-DATA, HEAT-FLOW, ISLAND, ANATOLIA, TURKEY, GREECE, JAPAN, EAST


The magnetic map of Slovakia used in the paper was compiled as part of a project titled Atlas of Geophysical maps and profiles in 2001. The residual magnetic data were analyzed to produce Curie point estimates. To remove distortion of magnetic anomalies caused by the Earth's magnetic field, reduction to pole transformation was applied to the magnetic anomalies using the magnetization angle of the induced magnetization. Anomalies reduced to the pole tend to be better correlated with tectonic structures. We applied a 3-km upward continuation to the residually compiled magnetic anomalies in order to remove effects of topography. The depth of magnetic dipoles was calculated by an azimuthally averaged power spectrum method for the entire area. Such estimates can be indicative of temperatures in the crust, since magnetic minerals lose their spontaneous magnetization according to Curie temperature of the dominant magnetic minerals in the rocks. The computed Curie point depths in the Slovakia region vary between 15.2 km and 20.9 km. Heat flow higher than 100 mWm(-2) occurs at the central volcanics and eastern part of Slovakia, where the Curie point depths values are shallow. The correlation between Curie point depths, heat flow and crust depth was investigated for two E-W cross sections. Heat flow and Curie point depth values are correlated with each other however, these values could not be correlated with crust depth. The Curie point isotherm, which separates magnetic and non-magnetic parts of the crust, is represented in two cross sections.