Document Type: Case Study


1 School of Mining, Petroleum & Geophysics Engineering, Shahrood University of Technology, Shahrood, Iran

2 School of Mining Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

3 Department of geothermal energy, Renewable Energy Organization of Iran, Ministry of Energy, Tehran, Iran


The Ardabil geothermal area is located in the northwest of Iran, which hosts several hot springs. It is situated mostly around the Sabalan Mountain. The Sabalan geothermal area is now under investigation for the geothermal electric power generation. It is characterized by its high thermal gradient and high heat flow. In this study, our aim is to determine the fractal parameter and top and bottom depths of the magnetic sources. A modified spectral analysis technique named “de-fractal spectral depth method” is developed and used to estimate the top and bottom depths of the magnetized layer. A mathematical relationship is used between the observed power spectrum (due to fractal magnetization) and an equivalent random magnetization power spectrum. The de-fractal approach removes the effect of fractal magnetization from the observed power spectrum, and estimates the parameters of the depth to top and depth to bottom of the magnetized layer using the iterative forward modelling of the power spectrum. This approach is applied to the aeromagnetic data of the Ardebil province. The results obtained indicated variable magnetic bottom depths ranging from 10.4 km in the northwest of Sabalan to about 21.1 km in the north of the studied area. In addition, the fractal parameter was found to vary from 3.7 to 4.5 within the studied area.


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