Submit an Article
Become a reviewer
Vol 243
Download volume:

Study of the technogenesis of the Degtyarsky mine by audio-magnetotelluric express sounding

Vadim A. Davydov
About authors
  • Ph.D. Senior Researcher Bulashevich Institute of Geophysics UB RAS
Date submitted:
Date accepted:
Date published:


The audio-magnetotelluric express sounding was performed at four sections crossing the mine field of the currently not functioning Degtyarsky mine. Field measurements were carried out by a universal broadband receiver “OMAR-2m” with active electromagnetic field sensors developed at the Institute of Geophysics UB RAS. Based on the obtained data, deep sections of the electrophysical parameters of the medium – apparent resistivity and effective longitudinal conductivity – are drawn. The nature of the geoelectric structure of the section allows mapping of the major lithochemical contamination plume and identifying the tectonic disturbance zones that drain aggressive mine waters. The mine waters of the Degtyarsky mine are a source of dangerous technogenic pollution. Despite the neutralization of surface runoff, underground routes of acidic water migration occur along tectonic cracks, primarily in the zone of the regional Serovsko-Mauksky fault. Tectonic zones in the mine area contain contaminated fissure-vein water, which is transited at a depth of 70 to over 200 m. Discharging ascending springs of such waters can be located at a great distance from controlled hydrological objects and pollute sources of drinking and household water supply. Urban development in the western and eastern parts of Degtyarsk does not fall within the distribution zone of polluted water. The southern part of the city is located beyond the watershed of the mine water flow area, but a danger of local contamination by tectonic disturbance zones remains possible. The worst environmental situation is observed in the northern outskirts of Degtyarsk, which falls into the area of heavy pollution of underground and surface waters. Besides, acidic fumes from the flooded Kolchedanny quarry can affect the health of city residents when emitted to the atmosphere.

geoecology mine drainage technogenic pollution AMS longitudinal conductivity tectonic zones
Go to volume 243


  1. Androsova N.K. Geochemistry of technogenesis in areas of working out of mineral deposits. Zapiski Gornogo instituta. 2013. Vol. 203, p. 35-38 (in Russian).
  2. Berdichevskii M.N., Dmitriev V.I. Models and methods of magnetotellurics. Moscow: Nauchnyi mir, 2009, p. 680 (in Russian).
  3. Kalugina R.D., Kopanev V.F., Storozhenko E.V., Lukin V.G., Stepanov A.E., Rapoport M.S., lyasova G.A., Suslov D.L., Mikhaleva E.N., Shub I.Z., Glazyrina N.S., Stratovich V.I., Chernyak Z.B., Mikhailov A.P., Gerasimenko B.N. State geological map of the Russian Federation. Scale 1:200000. The Middle Urals Series. List O-41-XXV. Explanatory note. Moscow: Moskovskii filial FGBU “VSEGEI”, 2017, p. 156 (in Russian).
  4. Gryaznov O.N., Elokhina S.N. Geoecological problems of mining technogenesis in the Urals. Izvestiya Uralskogo gosudarstvennogo gornogo universiteta. 2017. N 2 (46), p. 28-33. DOI: 10.21440/2307-2091-2017-2-28-33 (in Russian).
  5. Davydov V.A. Audio-frequency magnetotelluric survey on the run. Geofizika. 2014. N 2, p. 47-53 (in Russian).
  6. Davydov V.A. New electromagnetic sensors for mid-frequency electrical exploration. Datchiki i sistemy. 2017. N 11, p. 58-62 (in Russian).
  7. Davydov V.A. Application of audiomagnetotellurics express-sensing in the study of the engineering-geological conditions deposits. Razvedka i okhrana nedr. 2016. N 6, p. 32-36 (in Russian).
  8. Davydov V.A. Audio magnetotelluric data transformation using a priori information. Geofizicheskie issledovaniya. 2016. Vol. 17. N 4, p. 57-66 (in Russian).
  9. Davydov V.A. Universal field geophysical receiver OMAR-2. Pribory i tekhnika eksperimenta. 2016. N 6, p. 127-128. DOI: 10.7868/S0032816216060252 (in Russian).
  10. Elokhina S.N. Role of technogenesis in the structural transformation of the underground hydrosphere. Geoekologiya. Inzhenernaya geologiya, gidrogeologiya, geokriologiya. 2007. N 6, p. 494-505 (in Russian).
  11. Elokhina S.N., Arzamastsev V.A., Borich S.E., Sotova E.M., Shchapov V.A. Zoning of natural-technogenic hydrogeological systems (using Krylatsky mine as an example). Izvestiya vuzov. Geologiya i razvedka. 2010. N 1, p. 57-66 (in Russian).
  12. Opekunov A.Yu., Opekunova M.G. Technogenic geochemistry in the development of Sibai chalcopyrite field. Zapiski gornogo instituta. 2013. Vol. 203, p. 196-204 (in Russian).
  13. Elokhina S.N., Kindler A.A., Sharaev R.N., Tsaregorodtseva A.A. Parameters of the mining post-operational technogenesis in the zone of influence of the Degtyarsky mine. Sergeevskie chteniya. Ustoichivoe razvitie: zadachi geoekologii (inzhenerno-geologicheskie, gidrogeologicheskie i geokriologicheskie aspekty). Moscow: Rossiiskii universitet druzhby narodov, 2013, p. 249-254 (in Russian).
  14. Singh S., Maurya V.P., Singh R.K., Srivastava S., Tripathi A., Adhikari P.K. Audio-magnetotelluric investigation of sulfide mineralization in Proterozoic – Archean greenstone belts of Eastern Indian Craton. Journal of Earth System Science. 2018. Vol. 127(34), p. 1-18. DOI: 10.1007/s12040-018-0938-z
  15. Tarabees E.A., Tewksbury B.J., Mehrtens C.J., Younis A. Audio-magnetotelluric surveys to constrain the origin of a network of narrow synclines in Eocene limestone, Western Desert, Egypt. Journal of African Earth Sciences. 2017. Vol. 136, p. 168-175. DOI: 10.1016/j.jafrearsci.2017.03.001
  16. Elokhina S.N., Ryzhenko B.N. Secondary mineral-forming processes in natural-anthropogenic hydrogeological systems at sulfide deposits. Simulation of the origin of the phase (Fe,Mg)SO4 7H2O in the course of sulfide oxidation at the Degtyarka copper sulfide deposit. Geochemistry International. 2014. Vol. 52. N 2, p. 162-177. DOI: 10.1134/S0016702914020050
  17. Lahti I., Kontinen A., Nykänen V. AMT survey in the Outokumpu ore Belt, Eastern Finland. Exploration Geophysics. 2019. Vol. 50(4), p. 351-363. DOI: 10.1080/08123985.2019.1606200
  18. Carlson N.R., Paski P.M., Urquhart S.A. Applications of controlled source and natural source audio-frequency magnetotellurics to groundwater exploration. Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems 2005. Society of Exploration Geophysicists, 2005, p. 585-595. DOI: 10.4133/1.2923511
  19. Blake S., Henry T., Muller M.R., Jones A.G., Moore J.P., Murray J., Campanyà J., Vozar J., Walsh J., Rath V. Understanding hydrothermal circulation patterns at a low-enthalpy thermal spring using audio-magnetotelluric data: A case study from Ireland. Journal of Applied Geophysics. 2016. Vol 132, p. 1-16. DOI: 10.1016/j.jappgeo.2016.06.007

Similar articles

Geochemical approach in assessing the technogenic impact on soils
2020 Galina I. Sarapulova
Mathematical model of the liquefied methane phase transition in the cryogenic tank of a vehicle
2020 Otari N. Didmanidze, Alexander S. Afanasev, Ramil T. Khakimov
Justification of stripping and development of a modular mine site for a combined coal mining method in Kuzbass on the example Baikaimskaya mine site
2020 Roman I. Shishkov, Valerii A. Fedorin
Features of permeability anisotropy accounting in the hydrodynamic model
2020 Roman I. Yermekov, Vitaly P. Merkulov, Oksana S. Chernova, Mikhail O. Korovin
Improving the geological and hydrodynamic model of a carbonate oil object by taking into account the permeability anisotropy parameter
2020 Dmitry A. Martyushev
Non-destructive testing of multilayer medium by the method of velocity of elastic waves hodograph
2020 Aleksandr I. Potapov, Artem V. Kondratev