Shallow Seismic Investigation of the Yangtze River Fault at Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province, China

  • Guang-ya Wang
  • Greg YouEmail author
  • Ming-zhu Chen
  • Guo-xing Zhou
  • E. Jian
Conference paper
Part of the Sustainable Civil Infrastructures book series (SUCI)


Debates on the Yangtze River Fault at Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province, China have lasted for a long time. In order to clarify the stratigraphy, characteristics and activity of the fault, a large-scale shallow seismic investigation was conducted on the site. It involved 10 onsite field experiments, 5715 m long shallow seismic exploration and five geological drill holes, and consequent data processing and interpretation of the shallow seismic time profiles in combination with one geological profile and a satellite image. It was found that the loose Quaternary strata present good continuity in the area. Four pre-Cenozoic faults present in the bedrock (including the Yangtze River Fault), and two Quaternary faults cut the Quaternary sediments. Therefore, the existence of the Yangtze River Fault is verified, and its activity and characteristics are analyzed in this study.



The authors gratefully acknowledge the supports of China Geological Survey Project (1212010914005).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guang-ya Wang
    • 1
  • Greg You
    • 2
    Email author
  • Ming-zhu Chen
    • 1
  • Guo-xing Zhou
    • 3
  • E. Jian
    • 1
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Earth Fissures Geological DisasterMLR (Geological Survey of Jiangsu Province)NanjingChina
  2. 2.Mining EngineeringFederation University AustraliaBallaratAustralia
  3. 3.Jiangsu Coal Geophysical Prospecting and SurveyingNanjingChina

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