Application of non-desructive geophysical techniques for risk evaluation (Sannour protected area, Beni Suef, Egypt)

Sherif Mahmoud*, Essam A. Mors

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Abstract

A large cavity was recently discovered in the Wadi Sannour area, near Beni Suef City, Upper Egypt, in the same general area in which alabaster is known to have been quarried since approximately 200 years ago. This cave has a span of up to 300m, is 10-30m in width, reaches a height of 15m, and generally forms a crescent cross section. The opening is situated on a raised outcrop approximately 39.5m below the original ground surface. In order to evaluate the site for potential risks, to protect the cave features from irreversible damage, and to make the site more secure for visitors, a Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) study was conducted inside, over, and in areas adjacent to the cavity. Here, twenty GPR reflection lines were acquired uniformly over a 35 x 11m area in front of the cave's entrance, and during the course of this survey a new subsurface cavity was discovered. The depth and dimensions of this new cavity were determined from the acquired radar data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication18th Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems, SAGEEP 2005
Subtitle of host publicationGeophysical Solutions for Today's Challenges
Pages586-598
Number of pages13
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
Event18th Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems: Geophysical Solutions for Today's Challenges, SAGEEP 2005 - Atlanta, GA, United States
Duration: Apr 3 2005Apr 7 2005

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Symposium on the Application of Geophyics to Engineering and Environmental Problems, SAGEEP
Volume1
ISSN (Print)1554-8015

Other

Other18th Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems: Geophysical Solutions for Today's Challenges, SAGEEP 2005
CountryUnited States
CityAtlanta, GA
Period04/3/0504/7/05

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Environmental Engineering

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