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Ground penetrating radar (GPR) systems utilized in studies of sedimentary deposits generate wavelengths (tens of centimeters) that are commonly much longer than the thickness of bedding (often millimeters to centimeters) within the target strata. Where this is the case, radar profiles represent interference patterns. Simple models of radar response to sequences of thin beds such as those found in coastal deposits show potentially detectable spectral shifts toward higher frequencies in radar returns. Spectral analysis of radar data over barrier beach deposits at Waites Island, South Carolina, shows that returns from packages with heavy mineral laminations are shifted toward higher frequencies relative to returns from more isolated contacts. Such spectral shifts may be useful as an indicator of fine-scale layering on radar profiles.

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Geophysical Research Letters, v. 32, issue 23, art. L23304

© Copyright 2005, American Geophysical Union.

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