Resistivity of partially saturated Triassic Sandstone

S Taylor, Ronald Barker

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The variation in resistivity with saturation of poorly cemented. Triassic Sandstone samples from a site in the English Midlands has been measured. The measurements were obtained using an adapted four-electrode technique, which utilizes conductive gelling agents between electrodes, avoiding the need to sputter electrodes directly on to samples - a difficult process with such friable samples. The measurements provide important information regarding the way in which resistivity varies with saturation in the Triassic Sandstone. The resulting variation in the observed resistivity versus saturation curves indicates the presence of significant pore-scale variation between samples. Measurements have also been conducted on fully saturated samples. These indicate significant variation in the matrix conductivity between samples. The results have important implications for field-scale monitoring of the unsaturated zone.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)603-613
Number of pages11
JournalGeophysical Prospecting
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2002


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