Combined three-dimensional electric and seismic tomography study on the Aknes rockslide in western Norway.

Heincke, Björn, Günther, Thomas, Dalsegg, Einar, Rønning, Jan Steinar, Ganerød, Guri Venvik and Elvebakk, Harald (2010) Combined three-dimensional electric and seismic tomography study on the Aknes rockslide in western Norway. Open Access Journal of Applied Geophysics, 70 (4, SI). pp. 292-306. DOI 10.1016/j.jappgeo.2009.12.004.

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Abstract

We present a combined 3-D geoelectric and seismic tomography study conducted on the large Aknes rockslide in western Norway. Movements on the slope are strongly influenced by water infiltration, such that the hydrogeological regime is considered as a critical factor affecting the slope stability. The aim of our combined geophysical study was to identify and visualize the main shallow tension fractures and to determine their effect on hydraulic processes by comparing the geophysical results with information from borehole logging and tracer tests. To resolve the complex subsurface conditions of the highly fractured rock mass, a three-dimensional set-up was chosen for our seismic survey. To map the water distribution within the rock mass, a pattern of nine intersecting 2-D geoelectric profiles covered the complete unstable slope. Six of them that crossed the seismic survey area were considered as a single data set in a 3-D inversion. For both methods, smoothing-constraint inversion algorithms were used, and the forward calculations and parameterizations were based on unstructured triangular meshes. A pair of parallel shallow low-velocity anomalies (<1400 m/s) observed in the final seismic tomogram was immediately underlain by two anomalies with resistivities <13 k Omega m in the resistivity tomogram. In combination with borehole logging results, the low-velocity and resistivity anomalies could be associated with the drained and water-filled part of the tension fractures, respectively. There were indications from impeller flowmeter measurements and tracer tests that such tension fractures intersected several other water-filled fractures and were responsible for distinct changes of the main groundwater flow paths. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Geodynamics; rockslides, 3-D seismic tomography, 3-D electrical resistivity tomography
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB4 Dynamics of the Ocean Floor > FB4-GDY Marine Geodynamics
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1016/j.jappgeo.2009.12.004
ISSN: 0926-9851
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2010 15:13
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2017 09:56
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/185

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