Dataset: Total Magnetic Intensity (TMI) grid of Melville Island, NT, 1963 survey


Total magnetic intensity (TMI) data measures variations in the intensity of the Earth's magnetic field caused by the contrasting content of rock-forming minerals in the Earth crust. Magnetic anomalies can be either positive (field stronger than normal) or negative (field weaker) depending on the susceptibility of the rock. The data are processed via standard methods to ensure the response recorded is that due only to the rocks in the ground. The results produce datasets that can be interpreted to reveal the geological structure of the sub-surface. The processed data is checked for quality by GA geophysicists to ensure that the final data released by GA are fit-for-purpose.
This magnetic grid has a cell size of 0.002 degrees (approximately 220m). The data used to produce this grid was acquired in 1963 by the NT Government, and consisted of 3595 line-kilometres of data at 1600m line spacing and UNKNOWNm terrain clearance.

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