Exploring Peat Thickness Variability Using VLF Method
 
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Department of Agro-Ecotechnology, Agriculture Faculty of Jambi University, Jambi, Indonesia
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Faculty of Agriculture, Sriwijaya University, Palembang, Indonesia
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Faculty of Math and Natural Science, Sriwijaya University, Palembang, Indonesia
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Faculty of Math and Natural Science, Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology, Surabaya, Indonesia
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Mohd. Zuhdi   

Department of Agro-Ecotechnology, Agriculture Faculty of Jambi University, Jambi, Indonesia
Publish date: 2019-05-01
 
J. Ecol. Eng. 2019; 20(5):142–148
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This paper tried to prove the capability of a geophysical method, called VLF (very low frequency) for peat thickness variability exploration. The method involved using the VLF receiver to measure the VLF properties emitted by the ground from the study area. The study was carried out in Jambi Province of Indonesia in three different depths of peat area, i.e.; very deep (8-15 m), deep (3-8 m) and shallow (0-3 m) peat. The depth was confirmed by direct measurement. The VLF measurement was done along transects on each areas. The data was processed using NAMEMD (Noise Assisted Multivariate Empirical Mode Decomposition) method and converted into value and depth of resistivity using Inv2DVLF software. The study indicated that the resistivity, shows significant difference (F(2,6317) = 4.525, p = 0.011) between the area of very deep peat and the shallow peat. The resistivity varies according to peat thickness. In the very deep area, it tends to be statistically similar until 7.32 meter depth and starts to differ significantly at the depth of 11.46 meters. In turn, in the area of deep peat, it is statistically similar until 4.72 meter and starts to show differences at 7.32 m depth. However, in shallow area, it does not exhibit the differences as in the area of deep peat. This proved that the VLF method works properly in deep and very deep peat and is capable of indicating the peat thickness.