# Can a rock have a Vp of less than 1000 m/s and need blasting to excavate?

I have run a 60 m refraction seismic line on a mountain summit. The environment was noisy (wind would be the principal agent) and quite difficult to pick first arrivals. It resulted in 800 m/s.

A borehole has shown the profile stands the same after 0.5 m depth of biologic weathering with no fault nor joints to 10 m. Sample taken only at 1 m shows UCS 5 MPa, 10% water absorption which leads to 0.16 porosity, 17.5 kN/m$$^3$$ bulk density. My geologist partner has identified it as rhyolite or andesite, and attributes the low density to weathering action that can extend to several meters.

A backhoe couldn't excavate more than 1.0 m. So my concern of rippability expected based on Seismic velocity Vp.

Can an igneous rock have a Vp of less than 1000 m/s on this situation and need blasting?