Engineering Properties of Submarine Soils: State-of-the-Art Review

by Iraj Noorany, (M.ASCE), Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; San Diego State Coll., and Consultant Woodward-Clyde & Assoc., San Diego, CA,
Stanley F. Gizienski, (F.ASCE), Exec. Vice Pres.; Woodward-CLyde & Assoc., San Diego, CA,

Serial Information: Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division, 1970, Vol. 96, Issue 5, Pg. 1735-1762

Document Type: Journal Paper


The slope of the application of soil mechanics to ocean engineering is reviewed. Topographic features of the oceans are briefly analyzed and methods of sampling sea-floor deposits as well as in-situ testing procedures are presented. The available data on index properties, shear strength and consolidation characteristics of near shore and deep-sea submarine soils are presented. Comparison is made between engineering properties of submarine soils and terrestrial soils.

Subject Headings: Soil properties | Field tests | Shear strength | Soil strength | Consolidated soils | Submerging | Slopes | Topography

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