Hot deserts [electronic resource] : engineering, geology and geomorphology : Engineering Group Working Party report / edited by M.J. Walker.

London : Geological Society, 2012.
1 online resource (xiv, 424 p.) : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.).


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This volume provides an authoritative and comprehensive state-of-the-art review of hot desert terrains in all parts of the world, their geomaterials and influence on civil engineering site investigation, design and construction. It primarily covers conditions and materials in modern hot deserts, but there is also coverage of unmodified ancient desert soils that exhibit engineering behaviour similar to modern desert materials. Thorough and up-to-date guidance on modern field evaluation and ground investigation techniques in hot arid areas is provided, including reference to a new approach to the desert model and detailed specialized assessments of the latest methods for materials characterization and testing. The volume is based on world-wide experience in hot desert terrain and draws upon the knowledge and expertise of the members of a Geological Society Engineering Group Working Party comprising practising geologists, geomorphologists and civil engineers with a wealth of varied, but complementary experience of working in hot deserts. This is an essential reference book for professionals, as well as a valuable textbook for students. It is written in a style that is accessible to the non-specialist. A comprehensive glossary is also included.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Description based on online resource; title from PDF t.p. (Lyell Collection, Geological Society of London, viewed Aug. 22, 2012).
  • Introduction
  • Desert environments
  • Processes and landforms in deserts
  • Hazards and the desert ground model
  • Soil and rock description and characteristics
  • Desk study, remote sensing, geographical information systems and field evaluation
  • Ground investigation, testing and interpretation of results
  • Engineering behaviour of desert soils
  • Materials for construction in deserts
  • Engineering design and construction
  • Glossary of some engineering and geological terms
  • Appendix A : Desert model.
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