Detection and Delineation of Faults by Surface Resistivity Measurements, Conda Mine, Caribou County, Idaho.
Comprehensive field tests were made by the federal Bureau of Mines at the Conda Open Pit Mine near Soda Springs, Idaho, to determine whether surface geophysical techniques could be used to detect and delineate faults in phosphate deposits. The tests included seismic refraction, magnetometry, electrical resistivity, and airborne photography. Of the several geophysical techniques tested in the field, horizontal resistivity profiling was the most effective method for diagnosing faults. The method is quick, inexpensive, accurate, and can be easily used by mining company personnel to detect and delineate faults.