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Ground-based electromagnetic survey, Shellmound, Mississippi, October 2018

February 25, 2020

Shallow soil characteristics were mapped near Shellmound, Mississippi, using the DualEM 421 electromagnetic sensor in October 2018. Data were acquired by towing the DualEM sensor on a wheeled cart behind an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), with the sensor at a height of 0.432 meters (m) above the ground surface. Approximately 175 line-kilometers of data were acquired over an area of nearly four square-kilometers, with 25 m separation between survey lines. Data were manually edited for noise sources such as powerlines or other buried structures and averaged to regular output soundings every 5 m along survey lines. The processed data were inverted to recover models of electrical resistivity structure as a function of depth at each sounding location using a spatially constrained inversion. This data release contains the raw and processed data, as well as inverted resistivity models. Model results show typical depth of investigation from about 4 - 6 m, with spatial variability in mapped electrical resistivity characteristic of fluvial deposition of sediments in channels and scroll bar features adjacent to the Tallahatchie River and nearby abandoned meander channels.