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10 June 2005 Magnetic soil properties in Ghana
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In this paper we present the results of a study of some soil magnetic properties in Ghana. The soils sampled formed in different parent materials: Granites, Birimian rocks, and Voltaian sandstones. We discuss the role of environmental controls such as parent material, soil drainage, and precipitation on the magnetic properties. The main conclusion of this reconnaissance study is that the eight different soil types sampled have their own unique magnetic signature. Future research will have to confirm whether this conclusion holds for other soils in Ghana. If it does, the measurement of magnetic soil properties may become a viable complement for the investigation of soil erosion, land degeneration, and pedogenesis. The magnetic soil properties measured would probably not pose any limitations for the use of electromagnetic sensors for the detection of land mines and UXO.
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Jan M. H. Hendrickx, J. Bruce J. Harrison, Remke L. van Dam, Brian Borchers, David I. Norman, Christian D. Dedzoe, B. O. Antwi, R. D. Asiamah, Charles Rodgers, Paul Vlek, and Jan Friesen "Magnetic soil properties in Ghana", Proc. SPIE 5794, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets X, (10 June 2005);

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