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

London : Geological Society, 2012.
xiv, 424 pages : illustrations (some color, 1 folded), maps (some color, 1 folded) ; 25 cm.


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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 specialised assessments of the latest methods for materials characterisation 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. It 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. The Geological Society of London. Founded in 1807, the Geological Society of London is the oldest geological society in the world, and one of the largest publishers in the Earth sciences. The Society publishes a wide range of high-quality peer-reviewed titles for academics and professionals working in the geosciences, and enjoys an enviable international reputation for the quality of its work.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • 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
  • Materials for construction in deserts
  • Engineering design and construction.
Other title(s)
Engineering Group Working Party report
  • 9781862393424
  • 1862393427
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