Geophysical investigation using resistivity and GPR: A case study of an oil spill site at Seberang Prai, Penang

Zaw Win, Umar Hamzah, Mohd Azmi Ismail, Abdul Rahim Samsudin

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Abstract

Subsurface contamination by light non-aqueous phase liquids (LNAPLs) is one of the most pressing environmental issues in the industrialized and developing world. Non-invasive geophysical techniques have proven to be effective in identifying contaminated areas. In this study, a 2D electrical resistivity imaging and ground penetrating radar (GPR) survey has been carried out at a site to investigate the nature and extent of an oil spill into sandy soil and groundwater from old transformersat an abandoned power station. Hand-augered boreholes revealed that the water level was at 1.5 m and shallower towards the coastline, which is about 100 m from the site. The presence of several oil plumes were detected at the top of the water table in 2D resistivity sections as a zone of high resistivity with values ranging from 450 to 1000 Ωm. The low resistivity zones below the water table are interpreted as saline water. In the GPR section, the oil contaminated layer exhibits discontinuous, shadow and chaotic high amplitude patterns.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-25
Number of pages7
JournalBulletin of the Geological Society of Malaysia
Issue number57
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011

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Keywords

  • Electrical resistivity imaging
  • Ground penetrating radar
  • Oil spill

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  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)

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Geophysical investigation using resistivity and GPR : A case study of an oil spill site at Seberang Prai, Penang. / Win, Zaw; Hamzah, Umar; Ismail, Mohd Azmi; Samsudin, Abdul Rahim.

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