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Scholarly Journal of Scientific Research and Essay (SJSRE) Vol. 6(2), pp. 27-33, July 2017
Available online at http:// www.scholarly-journals.com/SJSRE
ISSN 2315-6163 © 2017 Scholarly-Journals

Economic applications of geological signatures to the development of Eia In Katsina Suburb, Nigeria

Kankara, I.A.*1 and Mubarak, N.M.2

1Department of Geography and Regional Planning, Federal University Dutsin-Ma
2School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University, United Kingdom



Ordinarily, for over a couple of decades EIA’s are only done for surface areas/conditions with regard to Nigerian context, without consideration for the geological structures or conditions of the earth’s surface. These have serious implications for the survival of the building structures, underground water supply and the environment as a whole. This paper examines the economic applications of geological signatures to the development of EIA within Katsina metropolis. Data for the study were collected through field work that involves physical on-sight assessment of building structures, use of sub-surface thermometer for finding sub-surface, infiltration and underground water depletion conditions. The results indicated that the frequency of instability of building structures is on the increase, lowering of the ground water table and contamination are also identified within the study area. This paper therefore recommends the involvement of geologists in the conduct of EIA’s for optimum land use.


Key words: EIA, Geological Signatures, Economic Applications, Katsina State-Nigeria.

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