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Horizontal-to-Vertical Spectral Ratio (HVSR) Passive Seismic at the Callahan Mine Superfund Site in Brooksville, Maine: October 2016 to July 2018

Metadata Updated: October 28, 2023

The horizontal-to-vertical spectral ratio (HVSR) method is a passive seismic technique that uses a three-component seismometer to measure the vertical and horizontal components of ambient seismic noise. Seismic noise in the range of ~0.1 to 1 Hertz (Hz) is caused by ocean waves, large regional storms, and tectonic sources. A resonance frequency (f0) is induced in the unconsolidated when there is a substantial contrast (greater than 2:1) in shear-wave acoustic impedance between the overburden and the bedrock. The f0 is determined from the analysis of the spectral ratio of the horizontal and vertical components of the seismic data. The thickness of the overburden can be related to the f0. In general, lower f0 relates to thicker sediments, and higher f0 relates to relatively thinner overburden. At the former Callahan MIne site the resonance frequency can be related to the depth of the overburden using an average shear-wave velocity that is measured or estimated from locations where there is a known depth to rock and/or using a direct measurement of the shear-wave velocity.

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Metadata Created Date June 1, 2023
Metadata Updated Date October 28, 2023

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Metadata Updated Date October 28, 2023
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