Contribution of Geo-electrical Soundings and Pedological Wells to the Estimation of the Tonnage of Laterite Gravels of the Northwestern Flank of Mount Bangou: Implication in Road Construction [post]

FOKO TAMBA Carlos, KENGNI Lucas, TEMATIO Paul, Bertile Ilalie MANEFOUET, Jean Victor KENFACK
2021 unpublished
The increasing demands on lateritic gravels in road construction nowadays make it necessary to quantify the available resources that can be used in road construction. The aim of this study is to estimate the tonnage and to valorize the lateritic gravels of the North flank of Mount Bangou (West, Cameroon) in road construction. Interpretation of 48 vertical electrical soundings coupled with 20 pedological wells from 05 lateritic gravel sites was carried out to determine the thickness of the
more » ... ly horizon. The thickness of the gravelly horizon obtained from the geo-electrical soundings is the highest (8.88 to 12.45 m) compared to that obtained from the pedological wells (1.23 to 1.98 m) and thus shows the inadequacy of the pedological wells for the determination of the thickness of the lateritic gravels. Thus, the electrical resistivity method is appropriate to estimate the thickness of the gravelly horizon. The lateritic gravels studied are characterized by the electrical resistivity curves of type K, HK, Q, QH, KQ, HKH, H and KH. The medium (8 to 36 m) and thick (13 to 44 m) zones are areas of high potential lateritic gravels. The proven reserves of lateritic gravels at the Chenye, Sekakouo, Bamendjou 1, Bamendjou 2 and Bangam sites are respectively 3479 003 t, 1 389 522 t, 5 002 505 t, 839 455 t and 2 663 105 t and can build respectively 539 298 m; 226 167 m; 131574 m; 778314 m and 401068 m of road, either as a form layer or sub-base.
doi:10.21203/ fatcat:4b5rg6rwbzeyfaxfxvtpnsmjr4