Foundation Engineering Constraints in Karst Terrane

by Joseph A. Fischer, Geoscience Services, United States,
Robert Canace, Geoscience Services, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Foundation Engineering: Current Principles and Practices


Cavity-prone carbonate rocks are found in many Appalachian valleys and represent a poorly recognized hazard. This paper reviews the nature of the problem of founding above these Cambro-Ordovician carbonates and the geotechnical investigative procedures that are necessary. Possible foundation solutions are presented. A Township of Clinton ordinance which addresses these geotechnical concerns is summarized as an example of the legal process available to reduce construction related hazards.

Subject Headings: Foundations | Karst | Geohazards | Foundation design | Geological surveys | Soil surveys | Subsurface investigation | Cavitation | Appalachian

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