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Title: Investigations into reconnaissance techniques for sand and gravel resource evaluation and their application to north east Scotland
Author: Chester, David Kenneth
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 1978
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The aims of this thesis are threefold, to develop a set of reconnaissance techniques to allow the determination of the size and location of sand and gravel deposits in recently glaciated lowland areas, to construct predictive models of quality parameters, including rock type, particle size distribution and aggregate shape and to set these essentially supply orientated estimates - within the context of regional demand forecasts and planning constraints. North East Scotland is chosen as an area in which to develop these procedures, but it is hoped that the methodological nature of the thesis will allow similar exercises to be performed in other recently glaciated lowland areas. Hence, while the specific parameters of each predictive technique are unique to the study area, the general approach is of wider applicability. In general, all three aims of the thesis are fulfilled, with the exception of a few techniques developed with the intention of predicting aspects of the particle size characteristics of the sand fraction. The reasons for this difficulty being fully discussed in Chapter 4 and the Conclusion. The main finding of the thesis is that, in contrast to previous methodologies, it is possible to estimate the location, size and quality of sand and gravel deposits with a speed and cost commensurate with the budget usually available to consultants from either local authority planning departments or private commercial firms. Despite substantial cost and time savings, predictions are only marginally poorer than those achieved using more conventional techniques such as borehole drilling and geophysical procedures. However, it is stressed throughout the present work that the proposed techniques are only applicable at the reconnaissance scale and more detailed investigations are essential at individual sites before extraction of minerals can take place. The model of regional demand prediction, discussed in Chapter 4, presents the first technique of its kind and in spite of the need for more refinement and empirical testing in other areas, should be of value to regional planners throughout Britain provided similar data sets are available.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.451327  DOI: Not available
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