Contribution of the Airborne Magnetic Field to the Structural Study of the Variscan Granitoid of Rehamna, Morocco

  • Kawtar Benyas Laboratory of Analysis and Modelling of Water and Natural Resources. University Mohammed V- Rabat. Morocco
  • Abdellatif Aarab Laboratory of Analysis and Modelling of Water and Natural Resources. University Mohammed V- Rabat. Morocco
  • Abdellah Lakhloufi Laboratory of Analysis and Modelling of Water and Natural Resources. University Mohammed V- Rabat. Morocco
  • Abdelmounim Qarbous Scientific Institute. Department of Earth Sciences, Rabat, Morocco
  • Ahmed Manar Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Sustainable Development, Geology Directorate, Applied Geology Division. Morocco
  • Mounir Amar Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Sustainable Development, Geology Directorate, Applied Geology Division. Morocco
  • Assia Idrissi Mohammed V University. Faculty of Sciences. Department of Earth Sciences, Rabat, Morocco
  • Mohamed Elmimouni Laboratory of Analysis and Modelling of Water and Natural Resources. University Mohammed V- Rabat. Morocco
Keywords: Geophysics, Airborne magnetic field, Structural geology, Variscan granitoid, Rehamna, Morocco

Abstract

At the Moroccan Western Meseta, the study of airborne magnetic data from the Rehamna massif, using the aeromagnetic potential methods, has allowed us to improve and describe the geometry of the geological structures of the Rehamna variscan granitoids and their subsurface components. These methods have proven to be an adequate geophysical technique to study the deep and subsurface structures of this area covered by a thick Mesozoic-Cenozoic sedimentary cover. The calculation of the reduced map to pole and upward continuation of the reduced residual magnetic field to the pole at 2 km to 30 km shows the close relationship between the positive anomalies and the deep magma bodies that outcrop locally in the tectonic contacts; thus, a strong correlation between the aeromagnetic lineaments and the regional crustal-scale faults-oriented N-S to NE-SW. The calculation of the Euler deconvolution of these lineaments, using the different structural indices, shows a depth of aeromagnetic lineaments about ten kilometers, due to the presence of a very thick sedimentary layer. The final structural map reveals four groups of faults oriented respectively NNW-SSE, N-S, NNE-SSW, NE-SW and E-W.

Published
2022-01-21