Chapter 18: Indication of Groundwater Contamination with the Induced-Polarization (IP) Method
Draskovits et al. (1990) presented a case history for a nontraditional application of the IP method in groundwater studies. It could be called nontraditional, because this was the only one from among the case histories in the volume that did not deal with prospecting for ore minerals using the IP method.
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Near-surface geophysics uses the investigational methods of geophysics to study the nature of the very outermost part of the earth’s crust. Man interacts with this part of the earth’s crust: he walks on it; he drills and excavates into it; he constructs structures on and in it; he utilizes its water and mineral resources; and his wastes are stored on and in it and seep into it. The very outermost part of the Earth’s crust is extremely dynamic-in both technical (physical properties) and nontechnical (political, social, legal) terms-which leads to both technical and nontechnical challenges that are much different than the challenges faced by “traditional” applications of geophysics for regional geologic mapping and for oil and gas exploration (see Chapter 2).