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Site Characterization in Karst and Pseudokarst Terraines

Practical Strategies and Technology for Practicing Engineers, Hydrologists and Geologists

  • Richard C. Benson
  • Lynn B. Yuhr

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. A Brief Overview Karst and Pseudokarst

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Richard C. Benson, Lynn B. Yuhr
      Pages 3-5
    3. Richard C. Benson, Lynn B. Yuhr
      Pages 7-15
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      Pages 35-40
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      Pages 41-43
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      Pages 45-47
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      Pages 67-74
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  3. The Strategy and Methods for Site Characterization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Richard C. Benson, Lynn B. Yuhr
      Pages 99-106
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  4. Case Histories

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 331-331
    2. Richard C. Benson, Lynn B. Yuhr
      Pages 333-363
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      Pages 365-384
    4. Richard C. Benson, Lynn B. Yuhr
      Pages 385-416
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 417-421

About this book

Introduction

This book provides a practical strategy for obtaining a more complete and accurate geologic site characterization. The strategy and methods to characterize complex geologic settings are readily available. The strategy utilizes readily available technology, basic science and good, old-fashioned common sense resulting in a solid understanding of geologic and even karst or pseudokarst conditions. We provide an introduction to many off-the-shelf methods available for site characterization as well as examples of their application throughout the book.

The purpose of a geologic site characterization is to understand the 3-dimensional geologic framework, along with the engineering and hydrologic properties of a site including any man-made impacts.  A well-done site characterization is the cornerstone of all geotechnical, groundwater and environmental projects.  The geologic conditions, particularly karst conditions, can significantly impact a site including its structural stability, groundwater pathways and potential for rapid transport or traps for contaminants. Once we have adequately characterized the geologic conditions can we carry our remediation, design and construction, model flow, and make risk assessments that are accurate and reliable.

Keywords

Karst and pseudo-karst Karst risk assessment Sinkholes Site characterization Subsidence

Authors and affiliations

  • Richard C. Benson
    • 1
  • Lynn B. Yuhr
    • 2
  1. 1.Technos, Inc.MiamiUSA
  2. 2.Technos, Inc.MiamiUSA

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