Muskeg (peat) Mapping

Shallow Earth Technologies recently collected a sample data set with our GPR and capacitively-coupled systems.

The goal was to demonstrate how geophysics can be used to:

  • Measure thickness of peat (muskeg)
  • Determine thickness variations between probe locations
  • Investigate thickness and strength of the underlying material
Joseph Gouthro setting up the GPR system to be towed behind an ATV.

Ground penetrating radar (GPR) provides a reliable tool to rapidly measure the thickness of peat in remote locations.

Collection of high density GPR data provides interpolation between muskeg probe locations where significant variations in peat thickness can occur.

GPR sensors can be towed behind a small all-terrain vehicle, snowmobile or by hand.

GPR Figure

Peat Depth

Combined Capacity-Coupled and GPR Figure

Capacity-coupled resistivity