Delineation of soil and groundwater contamination using geophysical methods at a waste disposal site in Canakkale, Turkey

Kaya M. A., Oezuerlan G., Senguel E.

ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT, vol.135, pp.441-446, 2007 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 135
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10661-007-9662-x
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED)
  • Page Numbers: pp.441-446
  • Keywords: groundwater contamination, waste disposal site, geophysics, resistivity, acanakkale, Turkey
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


Direct current (DC) resistivity, self potential (SP) and very low frequency electromagnetic (VLF-EM) measurements are carried out to detect the spread of groundwater contamination and to locate possible pathways of leachate plumes, that resulted from an open waste disposal site of Canakkale municipality. There is no proper management of the waste disposal site in which industrial and domestic wastes were improperly dumped. Furthermore, because of the dumpsite is being located at the catchment area borders of a small creek and is being topographically at a high elevation relative to the urban area, the groundwater is expected to be hazardously contaminated. Interpretations of DC resistivity geoelectrical data showed a low resistivity zone (< 5 ohm-m), which appears to be a zone, that is fully saturated with leachate from an open dumpsite. The VLF-EM and SP method, support the results of geoelectrical method relating a contaminated zone in the survey area. There is a good correlation between the geophysical investigations and the results of previously collected geochemical and hydrochemical measurements.