Abstract

We have investigated potential rockslides in Western Norway using a time- and cost-efficient airborne electromagnetic (AEM) survey approach. The study area comprises phyllite, a low-grade metamorphic rock type that tends to be reworked to clay in disturbed zones. Mapping these electrically conductive clay zones was the aim of the AEM survey. Based on indications that precipitation drives the reported rockslide movements, the local municipality and regional hydroelectricity company are evaluating the option of draining the unstable area to a nearby hydropower reservoir using a drainage tunnel of more than 10 km. We conducted the AEM mapping survey to locate the sliding planes and to investigate the tunnel corridor for areas with potential tunneling hazards. Spatially constrained inversion of the data set (250 km) reveals extended conductive zones interpreted as sliding planes and/or gneiss/phyllite interface. Detailed follow-up of these initial results is planned with targeted percussion drilling and ground resistivity surveys.

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