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Magnetic soil properties in Ghana
Author(s): Jan M. H. Hendrickx; J. Bruce J. Harrison; Remke L. van Dam; Brian Borchers; David I. Norman; Christian D. Dedzoe; B. O. Antwi; R. D. Asiamah; Charles Rodgers; Paul Vlek; Jan Friesen
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we present the results of a study of some soil magnetic properties in Ghana. The soils sampled formed in different parent materials: Granites, Birimian rocks, and Voltaian sandstones. We discuss the role of environmental controls such as parent material, soil drainage, and precipitation on the magnetic properties. The main conclusion of this reconnaissance study is that the eight different soil types sampled have their own unique magnetic signature. Future research will have to confirm whether this conclusion holds for other soils in Ghana. If it does, the measurement of magnetic soil properties may become a viable complement for the investigation of soil erosion, land degeneration, and pedogenesis. The magnetic soil properties measured would probably not pose any limitations for the use of electromagnetic sensors for the detection of land mines and UXO.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 June 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5794, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets X, (10 June 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.603416
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Jan M. H. Hendrickx, New Mexico Tech (United States)
J. Bruce J. Harrison, New Mexico Tech (United States)
Remke L. van Dam, New Mexico Tech (United States)
Brian Borchers, New Mexico Tech (United States)
David I. Norman, New Mexico Tech (United States)
Christian D. Dedzoe, Soil Research Institute, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (Ghana)
B. O. Antwi, Soil Research Institute, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (Ghana)
R. D. Asiamah, Soil Research Institute, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (Ghana)
Charles Rodgers, Bonn Univ. (Germany)
Paul Vlek, Bonn Univ. (Germany)
Jan Friesen, Bonn Univ. (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5794:
Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets X
Russell S. Harmon; J. Thomas Broach; John H. Holloway, Editor(s)

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