Identification and Characterization of the Collapsing Alluvial Soils of the Western United States

by George H. Beckwith, Sergent, Hauskins & Beckwith, Geotechnical Engineers Inc, United States,
Lawrence A. Hansen, Sergent, Hauskins & Beckwith, Geotechnical Engineers Inc, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Foundation Engineering: Current Principles and Practices

Abstract: Suggested procedures for the identification and characterization of the collapsing alluvial fan, mudflow and debris flow deposits of the arid and semi-arid parts of the western United States are presented. The processes of formation are described in relation to case records of failures. The identification of collapsing soil landforms and field and laboratory testing methods for geotechnical characterization are reviewed.

Subject Headings: Soil surveys | Alluvium | Collapsible soils | Arid lands | Alluvial channels | Field tests | Laboratory tests | Debris | Solids flow | Landslides | North America | United States

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