Articles | Volume 20, issue 4
Research article
03 Jul 2013
Research article |  | 03 Jul 2013

Application of singularity theory and logistic regression model for tungsten polymetallic potential mapping

Y. Liu, Q. Xia, Q. Cheng, and X. Wang

Abstract. Geo-anomalies with complex structures in the earth's crust may be defined as preferable hydrothermal ore-forming targets. The separation and explanation of anomaly from geological background have a profound influence on the analysis of geological evolution and the ore-forming process. Usually one of the key steps to identify favorable exploration targets is to determine the threshold to separate anomaly from geological background. In this paper, the singularity theory and concentration–area (CA) fractal method was applied in determination of the threshold of geo-anomalies. According to the thresholds, four singular maps can be each divided into two segments. Each of them is correlated to the anomaly and background of the geological objects (e.g., faults, fault intersections and contacts), which reveals that the various geo-anomalies can be characterized by the singularities. The results indicate that the local singularity method can be used to identify the weak anomalies in a low background. Logistic regression model was used to combine geo-singularity maps for mineral potential mapping, which provides a useful input for further mineral exploration in the Nanling tungsten polymetallic belt, South China.