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Shallow Geophysics

Shallow Geophysics (GEOL 4660/6660)

A regular semester course that introduces many of the principal geophysical techniques used by today’s  environmental geologists, archaeologists, hydrologists, architects, engineers, and all who deal with Earth's near-surface

Course Format: The course is offered over a 15 week period and focuses on the basic theory and application of those geophysical techniques that are particularly well suited to the characterization of near surface geological, sedimentological and hydrological features. Many of these features may be of environmental, archaeologic al or engineering significance.

The students will attend a once-a- week, 3 hours/day lecture and practicum that will deal with the use of instrumentation for:

Electrical – resistivity (RES)

Magnetic (MAG)

Electromagnetic (EM)

Electromagnetic - radar (GPR)

The Geology Department owns various instrumental systems in all of these techniques.

Students will learn to process geophysical data using a variety of software.

One significant learning objective is to create in the student a basic competence in the use of modern systems used in near-earth surface geophysics.

Course Setting: The students will alternate between lecture and field practicum settings. Lecture periods will be held in the Geography- Geology Building as a rule. In addition there are field exercise locations on the UGA campus just minutes from the classroom building. Transportation will be provided for field exercise sessions.

Credit: 3 semester hours

Tuition and fees:       Regular semester credit hour rates plus a $50 laboratory fee.

Instructor:                  Dr. Ervan Garrison, Professor, Geology & Anthropology

Request information from:

Dr. Ervan Garrison

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