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Appropriate geophysics technology: Inexpensive instruments for water exploration at a local level in developing nations

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James A. Clark
James A. Clark
Department of Geology and Environmental Science, Wheaton College, 501 College Avenue, Wheaton, Illinois 60187, USA
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Richard T. Page
Richard T. Page
Wheaton, Illinois 60187, USA
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Ryan Franklin
Ryan Franklin
Physics Department, Wheaton College, 501 College Avenue, Wheaton, Illinois 60187, USA
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Noah M. Miller
Noah M. Miller
Department of Geology and Environmental Science, Wheaton College, 501 College Avenue, Wheaton, Illinois 60187, USA
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Michael O. Morken
Michael O. Morken
Physics Department, Wheaton College, 501 College Avenue, Wheaton, Illinois 60187, USA
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Published:
May 01, 2016

Inexpensive geophysical instruments can help meet a need for cost-effective siting of water wells in developing nations. We have developed resistivity, induced polarization, and seismic-refraction instruments that are useful in shallow hydrogeology studies. In addition, our free software can be used to interpret the data recorded by the instruments and produce predictions of subsurface lithologies. This entire suite of geophysical instruments, including a laptop computer for analysis and reports, can be assembled for less than US$600. It is hoped that trained indigenous well drillers and aid workers will use these instruments in support of their efforts to provide water to rural regions of the world that lack safe water.

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GSA Special Papers

Geoscience for the Public Good and Global Development: Toward a Sustainable Future

Gregory R. Wessel
Gregory R. Wessel
Geology in the Public Interest, P.O. Box 1135, Vashon, Washington 98070, USA
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Jeffrey K. Greenberg
Jeffrey K. Greenberg
Department of Geology and Environmental Science, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois 60187, USA
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Geological Society of America
Volume
520
ISBN print:
9780813725208
Publication date:
May 01, 2016

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