The report gives the results of a research project undertaken to locate sources of base course materials in the Gulf Coastal regions of Texas. The sites that were found are used as case studies to illustrate the principles of exploration for each of the different types of aggregate that were found, including sandstones, river gravels, and high gravels. The exploration always starts on a broad scale using maps, aerial photographs, and color-infrared images to delineate areas with a high potential for producing aggregates. The forms and shades of color that these deposits take on are different in wet, east Texas than they are in dry, southwest Texas. A more refined invstigation is undertaken in the more promising areas using either seismic or resistivity techniques are explained so that the way they operate can be easily understood and put into practice. The final steop in the exploration process is an actual drilling, coring, sampling, and testing program which will prove out the deposit. This report does not contain sufficient detail to provide a strong working knowledge of some of the remote sensing methods. However, the references necessary to gain this working knowledge are included in this text.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Texas Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System, 1600 E Lamar Boulevard
    Arlington, TX  United States  76011

    Texas State Department of Highways & Public Transportation

    Transportation Planning Division, P.O. Box 5051
    Austin, TX  United States  78763

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Mathewson, C C
    • Lytton, R L
    • Cason, C L
    • Gowan, S W
    • Brotherton, M A
  • Publication Date: 1985-8

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 109 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00451715
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/TX-83/31+267-1F, Res Rpt. 267-1F
  • Contract Numbers: Study 2-9-79-267
  • Created Date: Aug 27 2004 9:13PM