VLF Surveying to Delineate Longwall Mine-Induced Fractures

Publication Abstract:

Very low frequency (VLF) surveying is an effective method for detecting long, straight, electrically charged conductors, and it has been used to locate fractures, image subsurface voids, map landfill margins, and to delineate buried conductive utilities. High-powered military transmitters operating in the 15-30-kHz range propagate far-field planar electromagnetic waves that can induce secondary eddy currents in electrically conductive linear and planar targets. VLF meters record responses to the induced current and, through filtering, can accurately locate linear and steeply dipping planar subsurface anomalies. VLF surveying is easy to use, deploy, and process.

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