Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Schmitz, Darrel W.

Committee Member

Cooke, William H., III

Committee Member

Corcoran, Maureen K.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Arts and Sciences


A comprehensive study of the subsurface geology in the Tara Wildlife Lodge area in Mississippi was undertaken to identify seepage pathways that lead to sand boils. After completing and reviewing drilling logs, geophysical surveys, and cone penetrometer test results, the subsurface in the Tara Wildlife area was better characterized with the creation of cross sections and imagery. Cross sections and imagery of the data helped to better understand the geologic phenomena that were occurring and causing sand boils. Results suggest that the Tara Wildlife Lodge area in the Talla Bena Quadrangle consists of point bar deposits consisting of noncohesive sands that are pervious with little to no overburden resistance.