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Engineering Geology and Geomorphology of Glaciated and Periglaciated Terrains: Engineering Group Working Party Report

Product Code: SPE28
Series: GSL Engineering Geology Special Publications
Author/Editor: Edited by J.S. Griffiths and C.J. Martin
Publication Date: 18 October 2017
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Engineering Geology Special Publication 28

The Engineering Group of the Geological Society Working Party brought together experts in glacial and periglacial geomorphology, Quaternary history, engineering geology and geotechnical engineering to establish best practice when working in former glaciated and periglaciated environments.  The Working Party addressed outdated terminology and reviewed the latest academic research to provide an up-to-date understanding of glaciated and periglaciated terrains. This transformative, state-of-the-art volume is the outcome of five years of deliberation and synthesis by the Working Party.  
This is an essential reference text for practitioners, students and academics working in these challenging ground conditions. The narrative style, and a comprehensive glossary and photo-catalogue of active and relict sediments, structures and landforms make this material relevant and accessible to a wide readership.


Print copies published 18/10/2017. Published online 02/11/2017.

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Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN:
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 9781786203021
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 953
Weight: 2.3 kg





Chapter 1 Introduction to engineering geology and geomorphology of glaciated and periglaciated terrains

1.1 Introduction

1.2 A history of engineering difficulties in formerly glaciated and periglaciated terrain

1.3 The Working Party

1.4 Scope of the report

1.5 Structure of the book and its contents

1.6 Using the Working Party book


Chapter 2 The Quaternary

2.1 Introduction

2.3 Resulting subdivision and timing of the Quaternary

2.4 The depositional record of sea-level changes in glaciated terrains

2.5 Terrestrial sedimentary response to Quaternary climatic fluctuations

2.6 Implications for engineering geology


Chapter 3 Geomorphological framework: glacial and periglacial sediments, structures and landforms

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Terrain evaluation

3.3 Terrain classification

3.4 Engineering geological, glacial and periglacial ground models

3.5 Glaciogenic sediment descriptors

3.6 Periglacial sediment descriptors

3.7 Macrostructural, erosional and sediment architectural element descriptors

3.8 Microstructures in glacial and periglacial sediments

3.9 Terrain unit descriptors

3.10 Glacial landsystems

3.11 Periglacial landsystems

3.12 Slope failures in glaciated and periglaciated terrains

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Chapter 4 Conceptual glacial ground models: British and Irish case studies

4.1 Introduction and rationale

4.2 Ice-sheet-related landsystems

4.3 Upland glacial landsystems (hard bedrock terrain)

4.4 Glaciofluvial sediment–landform associations

4.5 Subaqueous glacial depositional sequences

4.6 Conclusions: reconciling landsystems and domains


Chapter 5 Periglacial and permafrost ground models for Great Britain

5.1 Introduction and rationale

5.2 Lowland periglacial terrains

5.3 Upland periglacial terrains

5.4 Conclusions


Chapter 6 Material properties and geohazards

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Ice-related terrains: subglacial, supraglacial and glaciated valley

6.3 Water-related domains (fluvial, lacustrine and marine): glaciofluvial, glaciolacustrine and glaciomarine

6.4 Ice-front-related terrains: glaciotectonic and ice marginal

6.5 Upland periglacial terrains

6.6 Lowland periglacial terrains

6.7 Local geohazards

6.8 Regional geohazards

6.9 Summary and conclusions

Appendix 6.1 Summary description of British till formations and members

Appendix 6.2 Additional Geotechnical Plots

Appendix 6.3 Particle Size Distribution and SPT ‘N’ Value Depth Plots by 100 km Grid Square


Chapter 7 Engineering investigation and assessment

7.1 Introduction

7.2 Preliminaries

7.3 Near-surface geophysics

7.4 Soil and rock descriptions

7.5 Ground investigation

7.6 Hydrogeological investigation

7.7 Engineering ground model

7.8 Conclusion


Chapter 8 Design and construction considerations

8.1 Introduction

8.2 Earthworks and man-made slopes

8.3 Tunnels and underground structures

8.4 Dams and reservoirs

8.5 Foundations

8.6 Offshore engineering and installation

8.7 Summary and key conclusions


Chapter 9 Conclusions and illustrative case studies

9.1 Introduction

9.2 Case studies

9.3 Conclusions




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