Applied Geophysics

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 291–300 | Cite as

Three-dimensional tomography using high-power induced polarization with the similar central gradient array

  • Jun-Lu Wang
  • Pin-Rong Lin
  • Meng Wang
  • Dang Li
  • Jian-Hua Li


Induced polarization (IP) 3D tomography with the similar central gradient array combines IP sounding and IP profiling to retrieve 3D resistivity and polarization data rapidly. The method is characterized by high spatial resolution and large probing depth. We discuss data acquisition and 3D IP imaging procedures using the central gradient array with variable electrode distances. A 3D geoelectric model was constructed and then numerically modeled. The data modeling results suggest that this method can capture the features of real geoelectric models. The method was applied to a polymetallic mine in Gansu Province. The results suggest that IP 3D tomography captures the distribution of resistivity and polarization of subsurface media, delineating the extension of abrupt interfaces, and identifies mineralization.


3D IP tomography central gradient inversion visualization 


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We acknowledge support by the National High Technology Research and Development Program (863 Program: Number: 2014AA06A610), special funds for basic scientific research business expenses of the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences (serial number: YYWF201632), and the National Major Scientific Instruments and Equipment Development Projects (serial number: 2011YQ050060). We are grateful to Dr. Zhang Jifeng, Chang’an University, for help. We also wish to thank everybody involved in data collection and processing, and the editors and reviewers for comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jun-Lu Wang
    • 1
  • Pin-Rong Lin
    • 1
  • Meng Wang
    • 2
  • Dang Li
    • 1
  • Jian-Hua Li
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Geophysical and Geochemical ExplorationCAGSLangfangChina
  2. 2.China Aero Geophysics Survey & Remote Sensing Center foe Land and ResourcesBeijingChina

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