Marine Minerals

Allton is a member of the Atlantic Laboratory (ATLAB) Consortium led by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). 

ATLAB’s primary aim is to investigate the nature, dynamics, diversities and resources of mid-ocean ridges and oceanic plates using state-of-the-art equipment and methodologies.

Our participation included the provision of a high resolution near surface inversion which gives critical insight into the search for marine minerals at Mohn’s Ridge located offshore Norway. The results from the ATLAB inversion demonstrate that EM data is better at identifying minerals than seismic. Minerals are conductive and the rocks at the ridges are normally much more resistive.

Allton has designed a towed CSEM system specifically for the acquisition of mineral data close to the seabed for high resolution near surface imaging to map mineral distribution.

2.5D Gauss-Newton EM inversion (Allton) co-visualised with depth converted seismic (Shearwater). Data acquired by EMGS and PGS for NTNU.