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Geophysical assessment of a proposed landfill site in Fredericktown, Missouri

May 31, 2019

In June 2018, U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) collected geophysical measurements to help evaluate the suitability of a proposed landfill site for disposing mine-waste materials in Fredericktown, MO. The geophysical investigation included electromagnetic induction, electrical resistivity tomography, horizontal-to-vertical spectral ratio passive seismic, and shear-wave refraction to characterize the unconsolidated sediment or regolith above the bedrock and the depth to crystalline bedrock. Water-based electromagnetic surveys and forward looking infrared imagery were used along the lake shoreline to identify potential groundwater-surface water interactions. Nested piezometers were installed at two locations along the shoreline to further characterize and validate the groundwater-surface water interactions identified with geophysical methods. Collectively, geophysical surveys were used to evaluate the overall suitability of the proposed site for use as a mine waste-soil and sediment repository and to evaluate this suite of geophysical methods for rapid collection and assessment of very shallow sediments.

Publication Year 2019
Title Geophysical assessment of a proposed landfill site in Fredericktown, Missouri
DOI 10.4133/sageep.32-031
Authors Carole D. Johnson, Eric A. White, Dale D. Werkema, Neil Terry, Stephanie N. Phillips, Robert Ford, John W. Lane
Publication Type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Index ID 70216749
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization WMA - Earth System Processes Division