Abstract

The microtremor method was trialed on soft Holocene sediments overlying glacial gravels near the Hutt River, Wellington New Zealand. A triangular four-station array of radius 40 m, processed using a modified spatial autocorrelation (SPAC) method was sufficient to establish shear velocity for sediments and gravels, and a thickness of 21.8 m for the soft sediments. The interpretation was performed blind to geological and geophysical data, and subsequent comparison with seismic cone penetrometer and seismic refraction data shows the accuracy from the SPAC interpretation to be better than 5%. Interpretation of horizontal:vertical spectral ratio data assists with estimates of thickness of the glacial gravels (hundreds of meters) but accuracy in thickness is poor, perhaps due to uncertainty in the 2D nature of the base of the gravel-filled glacial valley.

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