Tag Archives: geologic materials

Porosity and Permeability

Porosity is the number of pores per unit of volume in soil. Porosity may decrease through packing or compaction, increase through dilation during shear, or change when fines are transported from one area to another. Materials with higher porosity have … Continue reading

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Geotechnical Properties

Some physical properties of geologic materials are important in geotechnical engineering, but are not useful for geophysical interpretation. These properties are the dry strength, dilatancy plasticity, and toughness of the material. All four properties may be easily quantitatively categorized in … Continue reading

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Detecting Physical Properties (Fieldwork)

Geophysical field surveys are used to investigate the subsurface. Geophysics may utilize passive techniques, measuring and mapping changes in the ambient field, or as active techniques that measures how the geological environment responds to an input signal. In either instance, … Continue reading

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Characterizing Physical Properties (Labwork)

Measurements are made to determine the physical characteristics of geological materials. This is done by placing a homogeneous sample in specialized equipment designed to measure that particular property under either controlled or in-situ conditions. Extracting an intact sample is essential … Continue reading

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How Physical Properties relate to Geological Materials

The physical properties of geological materials are what link geophysical data gathered at the surface to interpretation of subsurface geology. These properties are determined by the microscopic and macroscopic characteristics of the materials and their environments. Measurements of physical characteristics … Continue reading

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Physical Properties of Geologic Materials

As Sedimentation Saturday was a lovely way of teaching myself more sedimentation and stratigraphy than I had previously known, for 2014, I’m taking the same route to look at the most fundamental concept in geophysics: the physical properties of geological … Continue reading

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