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Title: Cavity detection and delineation research. Report 4, Microgravimetric survey, Manatee Springs Site, Florida
Authors: Butler, Dwain K.
Whitten, Charlie B.
Smith, Fred L.
Keywords: Cavities (Underground)
Subsurface exploration
Geophysical exploration
Gravimetric surveys
Manatee Springs, Florida
Publisher: Geotechnical Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical report (U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station) ; no. GL-83-1 rept. 4.
Description: Technical Report
Abstract: Results of a microgravimetric survey at Manatee Springs, Levy County, Fla., are presented. The survey area was 100 by 400 ft, with 20-ft gravity station spacing, and with the long dimension of the area approximately perpendicular to the known trend of the main cavity. The main cavity is about 80 to 100 ft below the surface and bas a cross section about 16 to 20 ft in height and 30 to 40 ft in width beneath the survey area. Using a density contrast of -1.3 g/cm^3 , the gravity anomaly is calculated to be -35 μGal with a width at half maximum of 205 ft. The microgravimetric survey results clearly indicate a broad negative anomaly coincident with the location and trend of the cavity system across the survey area. The anomaly magnitude and width are consistent with those calculated from the known depth and dimensions of the main cavity. In addition, a small, closed negative anomaly feature, superimposed on the broad negative feature due to the main cavity, satisfactorily delineated a small secondary cavity feature which was discovered and mapped by cave divers.
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