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Geophysical surveys at Machu Picchu, Peru: Results for landslide hazard investigations
Proceedings of SAGEEP, 2008
Geophysical methods are being used more frequently to assess slopes for landslide hazard potential, especially in areas where traditional methods such as trenching and drilling are either difficult to employ or not allowed. This paper presents the results of joint DC resistivity and EM surveys to map fractures and zones of weakness in crystalline bedrock at Machu Picchu, Peru. DC resistivity surveys were carried out along the upper 8 switchbacks leading to the sanctuary as well as across the sanctuary. EM-34 surveys were carried out along the upper 3 switchbacks and across the sanctuary. Inversion of the resistivity data located several lower resistivity zones along the switchbacks. These zones were associated with water seeping out of the rock in ditches. The water is confined to the upper switchbacks which is consistent with the disappearance of lower resistivity zones in the lower switchbacks. EM-34 results along the switchbacks, although more subtle to recognize, located several coincident zones of lower resistivity. The DC resistivity data across the sanctuary located a lower resistivity zone on the east side of the main plaza. There is presently no information on whether any of these fractures have been active in the recent past. Consequently the results from this study are still under investigation.
Environment and Engineering Geophysical Society
Best, M.; Bobrowsky, P.; Douma, M.; Carlotto, V. & Pari, W. (2008) - Geophysical surveys at Machu Picchu, Peru: Results for landslide hazard investigations. Proceedings of the Symposium on the Application of Geophyics to Engineering and Environmental Problems, SAGEEP 2008: 348-365. Doi: 10.4133/1.2963275
pp. 348-365

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