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Gravity and seismic refraction measurements for deep groundwater search in southern Darfur region, Sudan

Auther : H A M l D O. ALI

Department of Geology, University of Kuwait, PO Box: 5969, Safat, Kuwait

 

ABSTRACT

 

In the wake of the unfavourable drought conditions in northern Darfur region (Sudan) the search for groundwater from deep sources has greatly intensified especially in southern Darfur. where appreciable thickness of Tertiary-Cretaceous sediments exists. To determine the lateral and the vertical extents of these sediments gravity measurements were made along profiles oriented perpendicular to the general structural trend of the area. Gravity measurements were supplemented by seismic refraction profiles to provide depths at specific control points. These depths were used to interpolate the regional-residual gravity components along the profiles to allow for accurate quantitative interpretation. The rneasurements have revealed a deep sedimentary basin that attains a maximum depth of 4.0 km and is hound by steep sides. The result of this study has highlighted the suitability of combining gravity and seismic refraction techniques for regional groundwater exploration in arid and semiarid zones similar to Darfur region.

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