Aeromagnetic study of buried basement structures and lineaments of Sahel region (Eastern Tunisia, North Africa)

  • H. Azaiez
  • H. Gabtni
  • M. Bédir
  • S. Campbell
AGIC 2017
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Geology of North Africa and Mediterranean regions


This study presents original results regarding the use of aeromagnetic to explore deep subsurface structuring in southern part of Tunisian Sahel petroleum province (Eastern Tunisia, North Africa). Several filters and techniques were applied to the total magnetic intensity (TMI) grid. First, an adequate reduce to the pole (RTP) grid was generated. The RTP map shows 17 positive and negative anomalies associated with short- and long-wavelength amplitude anomalies. Positive anomalies correspond to high magnetic basement structures estimated from seismic lines in the area. Circular anomalies are also distinguished locally and can be explained by Cretaceous magmatic rocks recognized in numerous petroleum wells. Second, specific qualitative and quantitative filters (e.g., residual-regional separation, horizontal tilt angle (TDX), tilt angle (TILT), total horizontal derivative of tilt angle (THDTILT)) were applied to elucidate the form and the extent of buried magnetic anomalies and lineaments. The resulting deep structural map revealed the presence of NW-SE, N-S, and E-W regional magnetic basement structures and lineaments and a regional tectonic node surrounding Henchir Keskes-Agareb-Mahres-Hachichina area. Two magnetic inversion models calculated across the study area highlight west to east crustal thinning trend and permit depth to basement estimation. These results are valuable for future conventional and unconventional petroleum exploration in this underexplored southern part of Sahel plain.


Aeromagnetic Tunisia Sahel Basement Anomalies Lineaments Structuring Modeling 



This research was supported by the Centre de Recherches et des Technologies des Eaux (CERTE; Borj Cedria Technopark, Tunisia). We are very grateful to the Getech group plc (license agreement A14013) for the scientific support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratoire de GéoressourcesCentre de Recherches et des Technologies des Eaux (CERTE)SolimanTunisia
  2. 2.Getech Group plc, Kitson House, Elmete HallLeedsUK

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