Integrated geophysical study for landfill mining: A case study in Denmark

A. Sandrin, J. Keiding

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In the last years the discipline of Urban Mining has been established, and the existing landfills may be now considered as a source of valuable commodities. For the estimation of the presence and amount of recyclable materials, a thorough exploration approach is strongly recommended. Non-invasive investigation methods are obviously preferred, due to the potentially high environmental impact of invasive methods in case of accidents. In this paper it is presented a case history from a landfill in Denmark. A set of geophysical surveys was performed to determine the presence of metals within the waste, and possibly define their location and depth. The integration of magnetic, geoelectric, and seismic data seem to be able to provide a reliable assessment of the presence of magnetic metals at around 8 m depth in the westernmost part of the landfill. More detailed exploration methods and modelling techniques will be required for a quantitative evaluation of the valuable volumes in place.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication82nd EAGE Conference and Exhibition 2021
PublisherEuropean Association of Geoscientists and Engineers
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-171384144-9
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event82nd EAGE Conference and Exhibition 2021 - Virtual, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 18 Oct 202121 Oct 2021


Conference82nd EAGE Conference and Exhibition 2021

Programme Area

  • Programme Area 4: Mineral Resources


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