Geophysical Journal | 2012 volume 34 4

Notes on geoelectrics

© Rokityanskiy I.I.

Unlike practical science - electrical prospecting, geoelectrics is regarded as a fundamental science, which sets the task of an honest, reliable study of the objective reality - the Earth. Since observation of electromagnetic fields is possible only on/above the Earth in a limited number of sites with limited accuracy, the conclusions of geoelectrics are always ambiguous. Providing only a single solution, especially resulting from the use of regularization, can lead to false conclusions, and regarded as a manipulation of facts, that discredits both the authors and the whole science of geoelectrics. So, many products of inversion (especially 2D) should be regarded not as a well proven geological result but as one of possible transformation of response functions.

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