Date of Award

12-1985

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Geosciences

First Advisor

Dr. W. A. Sauck

Second Advisor

Dr. R.N. Passero

Third Advisor

Dr. W.T. Straw

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

Contamination of groundwater with oil field brines was reported in the Walker Oil Field, Michigan. An electrical resistivity survey utilizing the Vertical Electrical Sounding method was conducted to test the method as an exploratory tool for delineating brine contamination in glacial deposits. The method was successful in defining the subsurface geology and delineating a shallow, confined aquifer, but the presence of extensive, conductive clays effectively masked the presence of brine contamination. The method was shown to be an effective exploratory tool for shallow investigations.

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