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Application of surface geophysics to ground-water investigations

Techniques of Water-Resource Investigation 02-D1

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Abstract

This manual reviews the standard methods of surface geophysics applicable to ground-water investigations. It covers electrical methods, seismic and gravity methods, and magnetic methods. The general physical principles underlying each method and its capabilities and limitations are described. Possibilities for non-uniqueness of interpretation of geophysical results are noted. Examples of actual use of the methods are given to illustrate applications and interpretation in selected geohydrologic environments. The objective of the manual is to provide the hydrogeologist with a sufficient understanding of the capabilities, imitations, and relative cost of geophysical methods to make sound decisions as to when to use of these methods is desirable. The manual also provides enough information for the hydrogeologist to work with a geophysicist in designing geophysical surveys that differentiate significant hydrogeologic changes.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Application of surface geophysics to ground-water investigations
Series title:
Techniques of Water-Resource Investigation
Series number:
02-D1
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1974
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Geological Survey : U.S. Govt. Print. Off.,
Description:
viii, 116 p. :ill., maps ;26 cm. Reprinted in 1980, 1984, 1990.