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Foundations of Engineering Geology

Now in full colour, the third edition of this well established book provides a readable and highly illustrated overview of the aspects of geology that are most significant to civil engineers. Sections in the book include those devoted to the main rock types, weathering, ground investigation, rock mass strength, failures of old mines, subsidence on peats and clays, sinkholes on limestone and chalk, water in landslides, slope stabilization and understanding ground conditions. The roles of both natural and man-induced processes are assessed, and this understanding is developed into an appreciation of the geological environments potentially hazardous to civil engineering and construction projects. For each style of difficult ground, available techniques of site investigation and remediation are reviewed and evaluated. Each topic is presented as a double page spread with a careful mix of text and diagrams, with tabulated reference material on parameters such as bearing strength of soils and rocks. This new edition has been comprehensively updated and covers the entire spectrum of topics of interest for both students and practitioners in the field of civil engineering.
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Table of Contents

Geology Igneous Rocks Surface Processes Sedimentary Rocks Metamorphic Rocks Geological Structures Geological Maps Map Interpretation Tectonics Boundary Hazards Rocks of Britain Rocks of the US Weathering and Soils Floodplains and Alluvium Glacial Deposits Climatic Variants Coastal Processes Groundwater Ground Investigation Desk Study Ground Investigation Boreholes Geophysical Surveys Assessment of Difficult Ground Rock Strength Rock Mass Strength Soil Strength Ground Subsidence Subsidence on Clays Subsidence on Limestone Subsidence Over Old Mines Mining Subsidence Slope Failure and Landslides Water in Landslides Soil Failures and Flowslides Landslide Hazards Slope Stabilization Ground Conditions Rock Excavation Tunnels in Rock Stone and Aggregate Appendices Rock Mass Quality Q System Abbreviations and Notation Further Reading Index

About the Author

Tony Waltham lives in Nottingham, UK, having now retired from many years as a university lecturer in engineering geology.


"A useful source for a quick insight into the subject or a reminder for the practising engineer when difficult ground is encountered." Ground Engineering

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