Several mathematical models were investigated to determine the capa-bilities of the magneto-telluric method for determining the resistivity structure of the earth's crust. The model parameters were based on the crust model proposed by Keller (1963). The mathematical technique used was developed by Cagniard (1953). The investigations indicate that a three-layer model approximation of the crust and mantle is the most detailed model warranted in inter-preting the information provided by the magneto-telluric method about the lower crust. Only the thickness of the lower crust can be determined, and not the resistivity.
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USGS Unnumbered Series
A final report on computed magneto-telluric curves for hypothetical models of crustal structure
Crustal Studies Technical Letters
U.S. Geological Survey
Menlo Park Science Center, Earthquake Science Center