CURIE POINT DEPTHS OF ALBANIA INFERRED FROM GROUND TOTAL FIELD MAGNETIC DATA


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Abstract

Ground total magnetic field data of Albania were used to produce estimates of the Curie point isotherm. The strategy followed was to estimate the depth to the bottom of the deepest magnetic sources. Firstly, the average depth to the top of the deepest crustal block, zt, was computed by linear fitting to the second lowest-frequency segment of the azimuthally averaged power spectrum of the total magnetic field data. Then, the depth to the centroid of the deepest crustal block, z0, was computed by linear fitting to the lowest-frequency segment of the azimuthally averaged power spectrum of a distribution of magnetic dipoles. Finally, the depth to the bottom, the inferred Curie point depth, zb, was calculated from zb=2z0zt. Curie depth estimates for Albania vary from about 17 to 25.5 km (below sea level). These results are consistent with the depths inferred by extrapolating geothermal gradient and heat-flow values, suggesting that the Curie point depth analysis is useful to estimate the regional thermal structure. It also suggests that the approach was valid and that ground total magnetic field data can be used for this purpose.

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