Accession Number : ADA190478

Title :   Geophysical Investigations at Pahute Mesa, Nevada.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 1 Feb 85-31 Jan 87,

Corporate Author : TEXAS UNIV AT DALLAS RICHARDSON

Personal Author(s) : Ferguson, John F ; Reamer, Sharon K

PDF Url : ADA190478

Report Date : 12 Aug 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 132

Abstract : The seismic response of underground nuclear explosion tests at Pahute Mesa, NV displays variations which correlate with the geologic/geophysical structure. Investigations have been performed using borehole, gravity and wide angle seismic observations, with the aim of producing a geophysical model of the Silent Canyon caldera structure at Pahute Mesa. Empirical models of the density and seismic velocity have been formulated based on well logs. New gravity stations were obtained in 1985 and merged with older, lower quality data. A new gravity modeling technique was developed and applied to the modeling of a transect across the area. The resulting model supports the hypothesis that a high density and velocity blanket at a depth of a few kilometers. In 1986 a wide angle seismic reflection/refraction survey was completed near the gravity profile. The 15 km long line crossed the buried caldera boundary as well as important normal faults. The shot point was located on outcropping basement. Future interpretation of the combined gravity and seismic data should permit the construction of a predictive geophysical model. Keywords: Structural geology, Gravity modeling; Seismic exploration at Nevada test site.

Descriptors :   *GEOLOGIC MODELS, *STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY, *SEISMIC DETECTION, BOUNDARIES, BURIED OBJECTS, CANYONS, FAULTS(GEOLOGY), GEOPHYSICS, GRAVITY, HIGH DENSITY, HYPOTHESES, METHODOLOGY, NEVADA, NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS, QUALITY, RECORDS, RESPONSE, SEISMIC DATA, SEISMOLOGY, TEST FACILITIES, UNDERGROUND EXPLOSIONS, VELOCITY, VOLCANOES, WELL LOGGING, DENSITY, BOREHOLES, SEISMIC REFLECTION, WIDE ANGLES

Subject Categories : Geology, Geochemistry and Mineralogy
      Seismic Detection and Detectors

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE