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Mapping fly-ash water pond leakage with TEM and IP data at Loy Yang coal-mine (Australia)Normal access

Authors: A. Viezzoli, J.P. Cull and D. Massie
Journal name: Near Surface Geophysics
Issue: Vol 4, No 5, October 2006 pp. 305 - 311
DOI: 10.3997/1873-0604.2006005
Language: English
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Price: € 30

The fly-ash water pond at the Loy Yang power station (Latrobe Valley, Victoria, Australia) seeps and therefore presents a hazard to the local environment from its high total dissolved solids content. A transient electromagnetic survey (TEM) was completed to investigate the contaminant plume in more detail. The contaminate plume was successfully delineated; however, multiple contiguous soundings featured late-time negative decays not typically recorded in coincident-loop TEM surveys. This indicates that conductivity is frequency-dependent. These anomalous soundings suggested the presence of a shallower contaminate plume than that mapped by the boreholes and therefore further analysis was required. An induced polarization survey revealed that the area where the late-time negative responses were recorded coincided with a shallow conductive and extremely chargeable anomaly. A simple power-law relationship holds between the negative transients decay rates and normalized apparent chargeability. Analysis on soil samples obtained from auger holes related the polarization anomaly to clay-, organic- and metal-rich layers of fill material.

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