STP1118: The Use of Geophysics in the Detection of Buried Toxic Agents at a U.S. Military Installation

    Allen, RP
    Senior GeophysicistProject Manager, ABB Environmental Services, Inc.E.C. Jordan Company, Portland, ME

    Seelen, MA
    Senior GeophysicistProject Manager, ABB Environmental Services, Inc.E.C. Jordan Company, Portland, ME

    Pages: 10    Published: Jan 1992


    Abstract

    In 1989 personnel at a U.S. Army base in the southeastern U.S. discovered a 1945 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Water Distribution System Map identifying an area as “Toxic Agents Buried”. The date of the handwritten inscription is unknown; however, a study of several aerial photos of this area revealed a disturbed area in approximately the same location dating back to the early 1940's. A geophysical study was conducted in this general area in an attempt to pinpoint this location so that the materials could be exhumed and properly disposed of, and to provide a preliminary indication of the distribution of any potential contaminants in shallow soils and shallow ground water.

    Keywords:

    geophysics, magnetometer, gradiometer, terrain conductivity, ground penetrating radar, chemical agents, landfill


    Paper ID: STP19119S

    Committee/Subcommittee: D18.01

    DOI: 10.1520/STP19119S


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