Pure and Applied Geophysics

, Volume 175, Issue 10, pp 3569–3589 | Cite as

Magnetotelluric Investigations in Tuwa-Godhra Region, Gujarat (India)

  • Kapil MohanEmail author
  • Peush Chaudhary
  • G. Pavan Kumar
  • Girish Ch. Kothyari
  • Virender Choudhary
  • Mehul Nagar
  • Pruthul Patel
  • Drasti Gandhi
  • Dilip Kushwaha
  • B. K. Rastogi


Magnetotelluric (MT) data have been acquired at 40 locations in Tuwa and its surrounding region (200 km east of Ahmedabad and 15 km north–northwest of Godhra) in the Mainland Gujarat with an average station spacing of 1.5 km. MT impedance tensors have been estimated in the period range of 0.001–100 s. The data have been modeled using non-linear conjugate gradient scheme taking both apparent resistivity and phase into account. From the 2D models of the MT data, the weathered granite with Quaternary sediments (with resistivity of < 700 Ω m) have been inferred up to a depth of 500 m followed by Godhra granite (having resistivity up to 105 Ω m) with a thickness 6.5 km. The Aravalli supergroup has been inferred below Godhra granite. The Lunavada group of rocks have been inferred in the eastern part of the study area (having resistivity value ranging from 103 to 104 Ω m) separated from the Godhra granite by a contact zone. The comparatively very low-resistivity rocks (< 400 Ω m) of Udaipur formation followed by Paleoproterozoic carbonate rocks with fluid have been inferred below 8–10 km depth. The percolation of water from the surface through the contact zone of Lunavada and Champaner groups has been suggested. The presence of hot water springs in 10 km SW from the center of the study area (at the contact zone of Godhra granite and basalt) might be due to the western trending lithostratigraphic slope, hydrostatic pressure generated due to heat produced from interaction of water with the carbonate rocks at deeper depth and high subsurface temperature due to high geothermal gradient. The segmented nature of Himmatnagar Fault (HnF) is identified in the central portion of the study area.


Magnetotellurics Himmatnagar Fault Godhra granite geothermal spring 



The authors are thankful to the Director General, Institute of Seismological Research (ISR) for his permissions to publish the present work. Authors are also thankful to Gujarat Power Corporation Limited (GPCL) for providing fund to conduct this study.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kapil Mohan
    • 1
    Email author
  • Peush Chaudhary
    • 1
  • G. Pavan Kumar
    • 1
  • Girish Ch. Kothyari
    • 1
  • Virender Choudhary
    • 1
  • Mehul Nagar
    • 1
  • Pruthul Patel
    • 1
  • Drasti Gandhi
    • 1
  • Dilip Kushwaha
    • 1
  • B. K. Rastogi
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Seismological ResearchGandhinagarIndia

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