TERRAPUB Earth, Planets and Space

Earth Planets Space, Vol. 57 (No. 8), pp. 755-760, 2005

Subsurface structural mapping of Gebel El-Zeit area, Gulf of Suez, Egypt using aeromagnetic data

Essam Aboud1, Ahmed Salem2, and Keisuke Ushijima1

1Earth Resources Engineering Department, Kyushu University, Fukuoka 812-8581, Japan
2Airborne Geophysics Department, Nuclear Materials Authority, Cairo, Egypt

(Received January 30, 2004; Revised May 12, 2005; Accepted May 12, 2005)

Abstract: The Gebel El-Zeit area is located on the western coast of the Gulf of Suez, Egypt. The areas in/and around the Gulf of Suez are generally important due to their hydrocarbon resources. In this study, we have applied gradient interpretation techniques (Euler deconvolution and analytic signal) to the aeromagnetic data of the Gebel El-Zeit area. The main objective of this study is to identify and delineate the possible subsurface structure of the area that may assist in locating new hydrocarbon prospects. Results of Euler method suggested that, on the eastern and western parts of the area, the basement could be observed on the ground (~50 m over the ground) and became more deeper on the central part to reach depth of 5 km (from the ground level). Results from the analytic signal method indicated that, the depth to the basement has an average value of 156 m on the eastern side and 758 m on the western side. Generally, the area is characterized by a graben structure bounded by major faults striking in the NW-SE direction.
Key words: Gebel El-Zeit area, magnetic, euler deconvolution, analytic signal, Gulf of Suez, Egypt.

Corresponding author E-mail: e.aboud@mine.kyushu-u.ac.jp

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