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Method for Determining Petroleum Saturation in a Subsurface

Abstract: 

A device and method for determining the depth of contaminant of petroleum based products in a subsurface, such as after an oil spill. The device is implemented either as a manual probe or as attachment to excavating equipment. The device has an ultraviolet radiation source for irradiating waves into the subsurface, and a visible-light detector for receiving fluorescence, which is induced by the contaminant when the contaminant is exposed to the ultraviolet radiation.

Patent Number: 
5,065,019
Date Of Issue: 
11/12/1991
Inventors: 

Glenn T. Darilek;Dewey B. Keeton, III