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Book: Soil Survey Techniques
Published by: Soil Science Society of America

 

This chapter in SOIL SURVEY TECHNIQUES

  1.  p. 11-32
    SSSA Special Publication 20.
    Soil Survey Techniques

    W. U. Reybold and G. W. Petersen (ed.)

    ISBN: 978-0-89118-915-2

     

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doi:10.2136/sssaspecpub20.c2

Using Ground-penetrating Radar to Increase the Quality and Efficiency of Soil Surveys 1

  1. J. A. Doolittle2

Abstract

Ground-penetrating radar (GPR) systems specifically designed for soil reconnaissance can chart the depth and extent of diagnostic subsurface horizons. During the past 5 years, the USDA Soil Conservation Service has tested GPR on a wide variety of soils in diverse geographic locations, principally to estimate the composition of map units and to check the accuracy of soil mapping by traditional sampling procedures. The tests show that, alone or used with other techniques such as computer graphics or density slicing, the GPR can improve the quality of soil survey operations. Ground-penetrating radar requires fewer people and less time and money than traditional methods to obtain infinitely more transect data. While manufacturers continue to develop new ideas, the relative success of the GPR remains highly site and interpreter dependent.

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