RockTalk: Ground Subsidence and Settlement Hazards

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Citation: Colorado Geological Survey. “RockTalk V04N04, October 2001 - Ground Subsidence and Settlement Hazards.” RockTalk, October 2001.

Description

This edition of RockTalk covers the destructive nature of ground subsidence and collapsible soils in Colorado. Digital PDF download. RT-04-04D

From the Introduction:

Because of our environment, history, and geology, Colorado has conditions where ground movements can costs millions of dollars in annual property damage from repair and remediation, litigation, required investigations, and mitigation. There has been recent attention to swelling clay soils and heaving claystone bedrock, and the media has helped publicize these problems, which are predominant along the Front Range. But that’s only half the story. Geologic hazards in Colorado also include ground that sinks. Ground subsidence and soil settlement pose significant hazards in Colorado in many areas throughout the state. A variety of causes, some human-made and others inherent to the geology and geomorphology of Colorado, cause these sinking problems.