Acoustical penetration and shear strength in gas-charged sediment
Methane concentrations and sediment shear strengths were measured in three foundation borings taken from areas of variable acoustical penetration in the Mississippi river delta front. Acoustically impenetrable or "turbid", zones were associated with sedimentary methane concentrations above about 30 ml/liter, measured at atmospheric pressure. Sediments in the high-gas, acoustically turbid zones demonstrated a smaller percentage increase in shear strength with depth than in zones of low gas concentration. The results indicate that a 3.5-kHz system used for sub-bottom profiles is unable to determine the thickness of gas-charged sediments. © 1977 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
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Whelan, T., Coleman, J., Suhayda, J., & Roberts, H. (1977). Acoustical penetration and shear strength in gas-charged sediment. Marine Geotechnology, 2 (1-4), 147-159. https://doi.org/10.1080/10641197709379776