A Moving Mystery

by David K. Lynch, Ph.D., Physicist and consulting geologist for Shannon & Wilson Inc., Los Angeles, CA,
Travis Deane, P.E., Vice president for Shannon & Wilson Inc., Los Angeles, CA,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2019, Vol. 89, Issue 7, Pg. 54-63


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Along the southeastern edge of California’s Salton Sea, there are areas that contain geothermal mud pots and mud volcanoes—Geological features that may change shape, but never location. In 2016, a large, muddy CO2-driven mud spring in Imperial County, California, developed—and in a completely unexpected way, began moving southwest. By early 2018, the mud spring threatened local infrastructure.

Subject Headings: Mud | Light rail transit | Seas and oceans | Thermal power | Volcanoes | Infrastructure | California | United States

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