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TitleThe application of ground penetrating radar (GPR) at Machu Picchu, Peru
AuthorMamani, R M; Caillaux, V C; Pinto, W P; Oviedo, M J; Douma, M; Best, M; Bobrowsky, P T
SourceLandslides; by Sassa, K (ed.); Fukuoka, H (ed.); Wang, F (ed.); Wang, G (ed.); 2005 p. 55-59, 5
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 2005278
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
File formatpdf
AreaMachu Picchu; Peru
Subjectsground probing radar; faults; bedrock geology; landslides; Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)
ProgramGlobal Opportunities Program
AbstractA ground penetrating radar survey was conducted in the spring of 2005 at the archaeological site of Machu Picchu, Peru by INGEMMET and the Geological Survey of Canada. The aim of the study was to evaluate the nature and characteristics of the shallow surficial sediments and uppermost bedrock at the citadel. Results of the survey permit a high level of resolution indicating that the surficial deposits consist of two separate unconsolidated facies. The uppermost part of the bedrock surface was also captured during the survey imaging. There is no evidence to support the presence of an extensive north-south trending fracture, fault or failure plane crossing the citadel.