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An introduction to ground penetrating radar (GPR)

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Gregory S. Baker
Gregory S. Baker
Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, The University of Tennessee, 1412 Circle Drive, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-1410, USA
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Thomas E. Jordan
Thomas E. Jordan
Key Environmental, Inc., The Hutchinson Group, 4280 Old William Penn Highway, Murrysville, Pennsylvania 15668, USA
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Jennifer Pardy
Jennifer Pardy
Hydrogeologist, Golder Associates Inc., 3730 Chamblee-Tucker Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30341, USA
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Published:
January 01, 2007

Ground penetrating radar (also referred to as GPR, ground probing radar, or georadar) is a near-surface geophysical tool with a wide range of applications. Over the past 30 years, GPR has been used successfully to aid in constraining problems in diverse fields such as archaeology, environmental site characterization, glaciology, hydrology, land mine/unexploded ordinance detection, sedimentology, and structural geology. In many cases, however, GPR surveys have been planned or executed with little or no understanding of the physical basis by which GPR operates and is constrained. As a result, many unsuccessful GPR studies have also been presented or published over the past 30 years. The objectives of this primer are to (1) provide an introduction to the important variables pertinent to GPR and (2) to explain the relevant aspects of these variables in GPR acquisition, in an attempt to provide fundamental knowledge for improving GPR usage in the future.

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GSA Special Papers

Stratigraphic Analyses Using GPR

Gregory S. Baker
Gregory S. Baker
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Harry M. Jol
Harry M. Jol
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Geological Society of America
Volume
432
ISBN print:
9780813724324
Publication date:
January 01, 2007

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