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Title: Geophysical investigation at Fort Detrick, Maryland
Authors: U.S. Army Environmental Center.
Llopis, José L.
Simms, Janet E.
Keywords: Geophysics
Geophysical exploration
Geophysical surveys
Ground penetrating radar
Seismic refraction
Environmental monitoring
Hazardous waste sites
Fort Detrick (Frederick, Md.)
Soil surveys
Publisher: Geotechnical Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical report (U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station) ; GL-93-14.
Description: Technical Report
Abstract: Results of a comprehensive, integrated geophysical investigation of 15 suspected disposal areas at Area B, Fort Detrick, Maryland, are presented. Between 1943 and 1969, Fort Detrick served as the nation's center for military offensive and defensive biological research. As a result of this activity, chemically and biologically contaminated materials were generated and disposed in burial pits at Site B. Based on historical and visual information, 15 sites suspected of containing burial pits were selected to be examined in greater detail using geophysical methods. The geophysical investigations were designed to detect anomalous conditions indicative of past disposal activities. The geophysical program included electromagnetic (EM), magnetic, ground penetrating radar (GPR), and seismic refraction methods. Anomalous conditions were found at several of the sites tested and noted. The anomalous conditions may have resulted from the presence of buried material or from physical and/or chemical soil changes caused by disposal activities.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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