Avoiding gypsum geohazards : guidance for planning and construction

Cooper, A.H.; Calow, R.C.. 1998 Avoiding gypsum geohazards : guidance for planning and construction. British Geological Survey, 57pp. (WC/98/005) (Unpublished)

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This information details the occurrence and characteristics of the rock and mineral gypsum, its highly soluble nature and the types of problems associated with it. These include subsidence, which can affect all construction including buildings, roads, railways and canals. Water leakage beneath dams is also described along with the aggravation of dissolution and subsidence caused by water abstraction. The financial losses caused by gypsum geohazards can be large and considerable cost savings can be generated by avoidance planning and the use of protective construction measures such as those detailed. This report is has been prepared for planners, geologists and geotechnical engineers, throughout the world, to raise their awareness of gypsum geohazard problems and to help with local and national planning.

Item Type: Publication - Report
Programmes: BGS Programmes > Geology and Landscape Southern
Funders/Sponsors: Department for International Development
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: This item has been internally reviewed but not externally peer-reviewed
Additional Keywords: Gypsum, subsidence, hazards, planning, karst, hydrogeology, caves, building damage, dams, cost benefit analysis,
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Date made live: 06 May 2011 13:46 +0 (UTC)

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