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Open-File Report 2014–1248

Magnetotelluric Data Collected to Characterize Aquifers in the San Luis Basin, New Mexico

By Chad E. Ailes and Brian D. Rodriguez

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The U.S. Geological Survey is conducting a series of multidisciplinary studies of the San Luis Basin as part of the Geologic Framework of Rio Grande Basins project. Detailed geologic mapping, high-resolution airborne magnetic surveys, gravity surveys, magnetotelluric surveys, and hydrologic and lithologic data are being used to better understand the aquifers in the San Luis Basin. This report describes one north-south and two east-west regional magnetotelluric sounding profiles, acquired in June of 2010 and July and August of 2011, across the San Luis Basin in northern New Mexico. No interpretation of the data is included.

First posted February 10, 2015

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Suggested citation:

Ailes, C.E., and Rodriguez, B.D., 2015, Magnetotelluric data collected to characterize aquifers in the San Luis Basin, New Mexico: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2014–1248, 9 p., https://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20141248.

ISSN 2331-1258 (online)



Contents

Abstract

Introduction

Electrical Properties of Rock

Magnetotelluric Method

Magnetotelluric Survey Across the San Luis Basin

Magnetotelluric Data Collected in the San Luis Basin

References Cited

Appendix—Magnetotelluric Data Diagrams


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