Environmental Earth Sciences

, Volume 59, Issue 6, pp 1319–1326 | Cite as

Estimation of soil weathering degree using electrical resistivity

  • Younghwan Son
  • Myounghak OhEmail author
  • Seunghak Lee
Original Article


In this study, the electrical resistivity of soil having different chemical weathering index (CWI) was measured, and the correlation between CWI and the electrical resistivity was estimated. The electrical resistivity of soil varies with CWI of soil. The difference in the electrical resistivities of soils having different weathering degrees is clear at lower water contents. At the volumetric water contents estimated in this study, CWI could be described by a linear equation of electrical resistivity with the constants related to the volumetric water content. The findings in this study suggest that the electrical resistivity could be used as an effective alternative for estimating the weathering degree of soil.


Electrical resistivity Weathering degree Volumetric water content Weathered soil Chemical weathering index 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA
  2. 2.Coastal Engineering and Ocean Energy Research DepartmentKorea Ocean Research and Development InstituteSeoulKorea

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