Digital aeromagnetic anomaly data from eastern-most Guyana

Open-File Report 95-590

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The Center for Inter-American Mineral Resource Investigations (CIMRI) supported distribution and analysis of geoscientific and mineral resource related information concerning Latin America. CIMRI staff digitized aeromagnetic data for eastern-most Guyana as part of a preliminary regional assessment of minerals in the Guyana Shield, South America. The data were digitized from 145 aeromagnetic contour maps at a scale of 1:50,000 and merged into a single digital data set. The data were used to examine the Precambrian shield, greenstone belts, and other tectonic boundaries as well as explore ideas concerning mineral deposits within the area. A subset of these digital data were presented to the Guyanan government during early 1995 (Pierce, 1994). This Open-File report, consisting of this text and seven (7) 3.5" IBM-PC compatible ASCII magnetic disks, makes the digital data available to the public. Information regarding the source of data and subsequent processing is included below.

The data were collected in Guyana by two contractors at different times. The first data were collected from 1962 to 1963. These data are several aeromagnetic surveys covering parts of 12 quadrangles funded by the United Nations and flown by Aero Service Corporation. The second and more extensive data set was collected from 1971 to 1972 by the Canadian International Development Agency flown by Terra Surveys Ltd. under a contract with the Geological Survey of Guyana. The Guyana Government published the data as contour maps that are available in Georgetown through the Guyana Government. Coverage extends from about 2°45*N to 8°30*N latitude and from 60°0'W to 57°0'W longitude (see Figure 1.). The contour maps were digitized at points where the magnetic contours intersect the flight lines.

The data files include XYZ ASCII files, XYZ binary files, ASCII grids, and binary "standard USGS" grids. There are four grids consisting of the following data types:

  • unprotected raw data grid
  • unprotected residual or International Geomagnetic Reference Field (IGRF) removed grid
  • UTM projected residual (IGRF removed) grid
  • UTM projected residual with a second order surface removed

These data files were transferred to 3.5" 1.44 megabyte floppy disks readable on IBM-compatible personal computers. These data are also available from the Department of Commerce National Geophysical Data Center.

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Digital aeromagnetic anomaly data from eastern-most Guyana
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Report: 12 p.; 1 Diskette ZIP file