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The Application of Geophysical Investigations to Urban Landforms: An Investigation of the Geologic Setting of Hillview Road Landfill in Danby, NY

EPA Grant Number: U915589
Title: The Application of Geophysical Investigations to Urban Landforms: An Investigation of the Geologic Setting of Hillview Road Landfill in Danby, NY
Investigators: Ede, Alissa M.
Institution: Cornell University
EPA Project Officer: Boddie, Georgette
Project Period: August 1, 1999 through July 1, 2001
Project Amount: $68,000
RFA: STAR Graduate Fellowships (1999)
Research Category: Fellowship - Geology , Academic Fellowships , Ecological Indicators/Assessment/Restoration

Description:

Objective:

The objectives of this research project are to: (1) investigate the geologic setting of a landfill that is leaking a contaminant (the leachate plume has not yet been contained); and (2) compare the application of different geophysical techniques to delineate the subsurface in glaciated terrain.

Approach:

Data have been collected in the vicinity of the landfill using various geophysical methods—seismic refraction, seismic reflection, electrical resistivity, ground-penetrating radar, and gravity. Site visits have included an investigation of the local geologic terrain. Literature on the local geologic history and the previous engineering investigation have influenced the design of the surveys. Data from existing wells and from geophysical investigations in the same glacial valley (with less complication) also will be used in the analysis of the various geophysical techniques, and in understanding the geologic setting of the landfill.

Supplemental Keywords:

fellowship, geophysics, landfill, glacial terrain, ground-penetrating radar, seismic refraction, seismic reflection, gravity, Valley Heads Moraine, electrical resistivity., Scientific Discipline, Waste, Municipal, Geochemistry, Environmental Engineering, geotechnical properties, plume containment, landfill design, seismic refraction, evaluation of leaching, ecological assessment, municipal solid waste landfills

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