Mercury contamination of the fish population in a freshwater lake north of San Francisco is the kind of thing that generates bad publicity for industries involved in exploration for and development of natural resources. However, technology developed by these industries, geophysical technology in particular, is probably the best way to find out the source of the problem—an unavoidable first step for any clean-up efforts to have a chance at success.

In the case study described in this article, faults that served as conduits for contaminated groundwater were identified by airborne geophysics.

The Sulphur Bank Mercury Mine (SBMM) is an abandoned...

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