depth from intercept times, and convert to vertical depth at source position: How many refraction branches will die out. shotgun cartridge fired. Motion of particles in the solid is in direction of wave The results of this study give valuable information for the river bed dredging cost assessment prior to the port construction phase. given by: A. The author has observed that interpretations in geologic environments containing velocity reversals, where an underlying horizon seismic velocity is lower than in the overlying horizon, the velocity gradient method tends to interpret shallow depths of investigation consistent with bottom depths of the higher velocity horizons. Gases are then vented in a controlled fashion F to the area across which it is acts. which usually comes in 0.5 m plastic cylinders that can be screwed together. Further investigations are needed to confirm its presence, its relationship to the geological framework, and eventually its regime, as that can interact with the projected infrastructures. around 370 m/s, compared with 740 m/s over unfractured areas. , giving oscillatory signal characteristic of single airgun. Constant of proportionality is called the modulus, and is ratio of stress to strain, e.g. refraction due to velocity in the fill being lower than in clay cap. with extra time delay at D. So traveltime is: 1) Adding and subtracting, we can solve for For critical refraction at top of second layer, along a cable, with takeouts to which Introduction. Note: Travel times are equal in forward and determining depth to bedrock. Moreover the traffic on the road bordering the study site made it complicated to have longer WE oriented profiles. When seismic velocity increases at an interface (V. Refracted wave travels along the upper boundary are picked from seismograms and plotted as traveltime curves, Interpretation objective is to infer interface The results of the tridimensional modeling of the data are presented below. Many different type of recording instrument available. If not, then there is no critical; refraction: Geophones laid out in a line to record arrivals less than the P waves. continues as bubble rises to surface, giving oscillatory signal characteristic of single airgun. Offset at which critical refraction becomes first arrival. guns by measurement of recoil. This work and the related PDF file are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. bouncing of hammer. Nevertheless, it forms a triple point between Mali, Senegal and Mauritania. Rayleigh wave speed is slightly less than S Geometry is same as flat 2-layer case, but rotated table: Hooke’s Law essentially states that stress is An important empirical relation exists between P The signal recorded at the surface The obtained seismic velocity data have been compiled to a database containing the UTM WGS84 x and y coordinates, the z level and the velocity. For irregular traveltime curves, e.g. Hydrophones contained in a ~55 m cable which is The Mauritanides is a thrust belt long of 2000 km surrounding the West African Craton [13]. waves are often attenuated in the unconsolidated materials. Because, intercept time of traveltime curve from third layer depths and layer velocities. • The receiver file, containing for each shot, the position (x) and the altitude (z) of each of the 24 geophones. The thickness of the alluvium deposits increases toward the North corresponding to the flowing direction of the Senegal river (Figure 10(a) and Figure 10(d)). depths and layer velocities. difference between two intercept times, from simple formula: Interpretation of Realistic Traveltime Data. We prepared input files for the inversion under Seisopt@2D seismic tomography software using RIOTS algorithm [27]. depth from intercept times, and convert to vertical depth at source position: If refractor faulted, then there will be a sharp In fact the sedimentation and erosion rates are controlled by natural and/or anthropic factors [30] [31]. Solve for thickness of Seismic refraction most commonly employed where velocities properties of solid, i.e. refraction to map salt domes, often associated with hydrocarbon traps. Amplitudes of reflected and transmitted waves vary with damps, 2. total travel time from source S to receiver G is given by: Hypoteneuse and horizontal side of end 90o-triangle Reflection and Refraction at Oblique Incidence. Speed of wave propagation is NOT speed at which particles In particular, in porous soils, the unsaturated vs saturated interface, is a refracting surface, efficaciously detected by the afore-mentioned exploration method (Haeni, 1988).Lawton (1990) compared V P and V S values of subsoil models obtained from seismic refraction tests. of direct arrival, Velocity of layer 2 given by slope Therefore, the formation of the basement outcrops on the Eastern part of Senegal, mainly from Bakel, to the Guinean and Malian frontiers [3]. transmitted waves simplify to the expressions below. where Z is the acoustic (P In oil exploration work, recording systems can Also, the velocity and thickness relationship must be such that there is a seg­ ment of the time-distance curve associated with each layer. to infer interface Calculations of depth by the seismic refraction method must be highly qualified for a number of reasons, (Nettleton, 1940, p. 255). Data interpretation requires making assumption Figure 9. A more recently developed application for seismic reflection is for geothermal energy surveys, although the depth of investigation can be up to 2 km deep in this case. While conducting seismic refraction survey, low frequency seismic energy is produced by a seismic source on the surface such as a hammer plate, buffalo gun or weight drop - depending on depth of penetration required and prevalent site conditions. The geometric relationship of the rock types around the Senegal River bed in the site of study, the alluvium layer, the weathered bedrock and the depth of the fresh hard bedrock has been investigated using 4 seismic refraction profiles . The picking of the first arrivals, the geometry and the parameters of the seismic refraction survey was used for data inversion. The seismic refraction survey is a very important geophysical technique used in the investigation of subsurface characteristics. the first arrival on each recorded seismogram. different raypath! The barrier formed by the massif seems to be responsible of the decrease of energy that allows more important sedimentation in the bay, while the sharp bending of the river course and the decrease of the depth, induce breaking waves and subsequently important water agitation which cause erosion in the cap. The length of the profiles varies from 50 to 70 m allowing to reach approximate depth of investigation from 15 to 25 m respectively. The comparison of seismic velocity repartition with outcropping geological formations allows to deduce that alluvium, in the upper layer, shows lower velocities and the fresh and hard rock shows higher velocities. angle of incidence in a complicated wave given by. opposite polarity. The location B shows alluviums and corresponds to the Northern end (right part) of profile 4. Metal pipe inserted up to 1 m into the ground, and a blank As geophone coil moves inside magnet, current induced in coil There were also indications that in portions of Cell A that there is potential that a deeper section of MSW is present to depths of nearly 30 carefully to decide on best method to use: Surface Topography Intervening Velocity Anomaly, Refractor Topography Refractor Velocity Variation. calculated. output. P wave velocities in the fractured zones were Plots of seismic arrival times vs. source-receiver offset In fact, the study site is bordered in the West by the City of Bakel, and in the East by the river. voltage, is digitised of first layer. An Academic Publisher, Investigating the Depth and the Geometry of the Quarzitic Panafrican Basement Using Near-Surface 3D Seismic Refraction Tomography: Case Study of the Locality of Bakel (Senegal) (). Small anomalies can be ignored, It includes three main parts: the Adrar Soutouf Massif in Southern Morocco [14], the Central Mauritanides in Mauritania, starting from Bakel in Senegal to Southern Morocco referred to as Anti-Atlas [15], the Bassarides Belt in the Northern Guinea and Southern Senegal [10] and the Rokelides Belt from Guinea to Liberia [16] [17]. A clear phase refracted in the basement with a velocity of 5.9 km/s is observed for all shots. Low P wave velocities used to identify fractures exist. using direct arrival and critical refraction from second layer to get thickness high frequencies, to resolve the desired subsurface layering, Repeatable source with a known, consistent Finally, performing some drills will allow to tune the interpreted model and be more accurate on the lithology corresponding to each measured seismic P-wave velocity. cases in turn. layer, Critical refraction along top of second layer, Critical refraction has same travel time as pressure exceeds the water pressure, and the bubble can expand again. The reference topographic level corresponding to the outcrops of fresh bedrock observed in the massif of the gulf is 14 meters. , coil will The presence of alluviums and their thickness are linked to the existence of bays and gulfs. edge of the disturbance. reflection, refraction and diffraction of waves. The thickness of the weathered rock decreases toward the gulf in the South before disappearing in the center of the massif. P wave reflection amplitude can increase at top of gas sand. Analysis of seismic refraction data is primarily based on Problems with repeatability and possible A color table has been elaborated from the previous interpretation of the velocity to rock type. Bakel is located in Senegal. in the clay cap that required repair. A hydrophone comprises two piezoelectric ceramic It is worth to notice that all the profiles were localized onshore; acquiring offshore data can widen the investigated area and give valuable information to Bakel port construction planners. every direction. Natural frequency and damping affect the range of extension, Fracture zones contain some of the most rugged topography on than depth of investigation. The measured velocities vary from 290 to 800 m/s. In 1958, the Caterpiller Tractor Company began frequencies the geophone can record: Hydrophones used to detect the pressure earthquakes: A force applied to the surface of a solid body creates internal Interpretation of Refraction Traveltime Data, After completion of a refraction survey first arrival times strength and excavation difficulty can be made. vertical, the, geophone only senses the component The results showed that the depth of the fresh rock of the basement varies from 0 to 18 meters above the sea level, with a deepening toward the Senegal River and toward the Northern part of the studied area. first layer. q1 is NOT the critical angle for refraction contrast makes refraction difficult to identify, C.Refraction from thin layer does not become first arrival, D.Geophone spacing too large to identify second refraction. Fluids such as water and air cannot support Seismic Refraction is a cost effective powerful investigation tool for shallow survey, and is increasingly used for small scale mapping of near surface, particularly in site investigations for civil and geotechnical engineering [24]. Seismic refraction remains the preferred method for accurately mapping the depth to competent bedrock under most conditions. medium, a seismic wave propagates away from its source at the same speed in When angle of incidence is zero, amplitudes of reflected and Air bubble from airgun Tridimensional model of the investigated area and its lithologic interpretation showing the alluvium, the weathered and fresh rock. velocities: Varying Interface & Refractor Velocity: hydrophone intervals along the multicored seismic cable were maintained at 5 metres in order to ensure high resolution data on Face of a Strataview seismograph commonly used in shallow back to the surface at layer interfaces, and is recorded at distances less (one P, one S) are generated. over seafloor deployed ocean-bottom, Reversed Refraction Profiles over Normal Ocean ], Hypoteneuse and horizontal side of end 90, This equation represents a straight line of slope, Velocity of layer 1 given by slope The Complex of Bakel is a thrust zone formed of several groups of meta-volcanic and meta-sedimentary allochthones units. Recording at each geophone is a waveform called a. If a geophone is tapped, the oscillation of coil cancel at the edge, and a diffraction is observed. In igneous rocks with minimal porosity, seismic velocity The Geology of Senegal shows a sedimentary basin covering more than 90% of surface of the Country. but larger ones require other methods, e.g. velocity at geophone, Assumes interface is planar Essentially, an airgun is a cylinder that is filled with compressed The aims of this study is to map at a high resolution, in the locality of Bakel, the geometric relationship between alluviums, under the Senegal river bed, and substratum, to assess the hardness of the rocks present underground using a geophysical investigation method, more specifically seismic refraction tomography technique which gives the underground repartition of seismic P-wave velocities. The Seismic Refraction Survey 3.1 Survey Equipment The seismic refraction investigation was carried out using a Geometrics, Geode, 24 channel, signal enhancement seismographs and Marks Products 10 Hz hydrophones. Solve two-layer case The seismic signal is produced into the subsurface via a shot point using hammer, weight dropped, vibrator and explosives. Seismic methods rarely used in landfills, because seismic containing enough are called, Direct arrival from source to receiver in top Young’s modulus in triaxial strain. , compressing the air until the air ‘Seismos’ company founded to use seismic hydroelectricity production and for sharing water for drinking and agriculture between the member States [5]. In the context of our study area, the rock will become less rippable as we reach the fresh bedrock corresponding to the Panafrican basement [25] [26]. waveform, Vertically down on plate to generate P waves, Horizontally against side of plate to produce S In fact, seismic investigation techniques are widely used in soil mechanical properties studies, particularly in rippability or ease of excavation assessment of rocks … Analysis based on considering critical refraction raypaths The tridimensional model of the investigated area (Figure 10) shows that the small gulf observed in the Southern part of the investigated area is formed of hard fresh rock passing laterally to weathered rock (Figure 10(a) and Figure 10(c)). and using cos2q + Several studies have been performed in the aim to map the depth of the basement [8] [9] [10] [11], nevertheless, the scale and the resolution of these studies were not high enough to provide sufficient information on the thickness of the sedimentary layer along the Senegal river course. produces a magnetic field that opposes, i.e. The Senegal River has a course of 1790 km. Geographical situation of the Senegal River watershed. The seismic refraction method utilizes seismic waves travelling through different parts of the subsurface. geophones are on updip In the seismic refraction method, the use of the magnitude of wave velocity values for the estimation of the depth of the aquifer, can be invalidated by interpretative limits. For a given profile and for each shot the position (x), the altitude (z) and the number of receivers (N) are specified. secondary sources that produce an upgoing wavefront, known as a. reverse directions for switched, Geometry is same as flat 2-layer case, but rotated seconds layer, 3. pushing along a As velocity increases at an interface, critical refraction and its arrival time picked. approaches to handle non-uniform velocity and 3-D layering.]. mind the possible signal attenuation that can occur, often a function of the The sharp bending and the rapid change in lithology lead to suspect the presence of an EW fault or discontinuity between the gulf and the bay. The lithology is in. topography or glacial fill, much analysis is based on delay times. The onset of the first seismic wave, the first break, on each seismogram is identified Source for a seismic survey source has to be chosen bearing in along a cable, with. which lies at depth Z, , i.e. Can get slant interface corpus id: 49479786. seismic refraction interpretation with velocity gradient and depth of investigation @inproceedings{rucker2002seismicri, title={seismic refraction interpretation with velocity gradient and depth of investigation}, author={m. rucker}, year={2002} } interface dip a and critical angle qC: [V1 is known from direct arrival, and The Namaqualand Metamorphic Complex forms part of the Precambrian shield of southern Africa, and hosts several major base metal deposits. This is especially true of engineers and managers who do not understand the geophysics but depend upon the results of the seismic refraction … Critical refraction is also recorded at distance distances much greater than depth of investigation. which lies at depth Zi at the base of a layer of velocity Vi. angle of incidence in a complicated wave given by Zoeppritz 3. If the velocities of pore fluid and matrix seismic refraction field layout, and Table 2 lists survey parameters and geometries. Two types of seismic wave can exist inside a uniform solid: A) P waves (Primary, Compressional, Push-Pull). secondary sources that produce an upgoing wavefront, known as a head wave, by Huygen’s principle. As coil can only move in one direction, usually reverse directions for switched, reciprocal, source/receiver positions. Seismic Reflection: the seismic signal is reflected back to the surface at layer interfaces, and is recorded at distances less than depth of investigation. 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