Article Number: DRJA17087471


ISSN: 2354-4163

Vol.2 (2), pp. 21-26, June 2014

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Original Research Article

Basement depth estimates of Sokoto sedimentary basin,Northwestern Nigeria,using spectral depth analysis.

Bonde, D.S1*

Rai J.K.1

Joshua, B.W1

Abbas M2.


Basement depth estimation of Sokoto sedimentary basin was carried out to determine the sedimentary thickness in all parts of the basin, The total magnetic field values of the basin, obtained by digitizing the contour maps of the basin, which was used to produce the composite map of the area. The Sokoto basin is situated between latitudes 10o 30³ N to 14o 00³ N and longitude 3 o 30³ E to 7o 00³ E with an estimated area of 59,570 km2.Spectral depth analysis was carried out on each of the twenty nine aeromagnetic sheets covering the basin, to estimate the depths to basement. The results of the spectral studies indicate an increase in sedimentation northwards, with several depressions on the basement rock. Two prominent magnetization layers of depths varying from 0.04 km to 0.95 km and 0.36 km to 2.88 km were observed. The areas, where higher sedimentary thicknesses are observed such as sheets No. 31(Talata Mafara), sheet No.10 (Sokoto) and sheet No.51(Gummi) are the most probable sites for prospect of hydrocarbon accumulation in the basin.

Key words: Geophysical investigation, Basement depth, composite map, sedimentary thickness, anomalies

 Received: May 6, 2014  Accepted: May 31, 2015  Published: June 30, 2014

Bonde Et Al

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