Chapter 28: Seismic Techniques to Detect Dissolution Features (Karst) at a Proposed Power-Plant Site
Population growth in southern Alabama and in the panhandle of northwestern Florida has taxed the current electric grid to the point that many critical services could be in jeopardy during peak demand times. Surplus or overflow electric power generation facilities are critical to small power cooperatives that must buy power when peak demand exceeds their maximum production capacities. Locating sites for power generation facilities has historically relied on the convergence of three things: fuel delivery system (pipeline, railroad, harbor, etc.), water (river, lake, etc.), and power grid (high-tension regional distribution electric lines), with concerns for the site geology being secondary or not considered at all.
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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).