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Title: Limitations of the gravity technique when investigating a possible ground zero
Authors: Fourie, CJS
Murdie, R
Gaya-Pique, LR
Keywords: Gravity technique
Ground zero
Nuclear test
Atmospheric nuclear test
Marine nuclear test
Underground nuclear test
Mafic geology
Issue Date: Jun-2009
Citation: Fourie, CJS, Murdie, R and Gaya-Pique, LR 2009. Limitations of the gravity technique when investigating a possible ground zero. CTBTO, Hofburg Congress Center in Vienna, Austria, 10-12 June 2009, pp 1
Abstract: Three possible nuclear test scenarios can be employed: Atmospheric, Marine and Underground. If nuclear tests are performed in the Atmospheric or Marine environments, it is very difficult to hide. Countries that consider doing a secret nuclear test will most probably choose an underground location. The suitability of the underground location will depend on the geology. Hard rock geology with a high density is a prerequisite to perform such tests to contain the explosion. Suitable mafic geology includes basalt (2.55 g/cm3) and granite (2.75 g/cm3). Suitable sedimentary geology includes massive limestone (2.65 g/cm3) and sandstone (2.3 g/cm3).
Description: 2009 CTBTO, Hofburg Congress Center in Vienna, Austria, 10-12 June 2009
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/4023
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