Articles | Volume 20, issue 3
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 20, 287–291, 2013
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-20-287-2013

Special issue: Nonlinearity, scaling and complexity in exploration...

Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 20, 287–291, 2013
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-20-287-2013

Research article 06 May 2013

Research article | 06 May 2013

The scaling behaviour of the edges of gravity data

G. R. J. Cooper G. R. J. Cooper
  • School of Geosciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Abstract. Measurements of the earth's gravity field are widely used in geophysical exploration programs. The geological interpretation process often involves the identification of the boundaries, or edges, of different regions. This can be achieved through a variety of techniques. This paper examines the statistical distribution of the size of the edges produced by a synthetic gravity model, and compares the results with those obtained from a gravity dataset from South Africa.