Distribution and assessment of expansive clay soils in the Tucson Basin, Arizona

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Title:
Distribution and assessment of expansive clay soils in the Tucson Basin, Arizona
Author:
Brooks, Mark Whitfield, 1964-
Issue Date:
1989
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Expansive soils contain clay minerals that undergo a change in bulk volume in response to variances in environmental conditions. The ability to predict the occurrence and geotechnical behavior of swelling soils with a known degree of certitude would allow engineers to take measures to limit the damage resulting from these metastable soils. Research was conducted to investigate the regional distribution, mineralogy, and engineering properties of expansive soils in the Tucson Basin. Mineralogic studies employed X-ray diffraction procedures for the identification of clay mineralogy. The compilation of expansion-related soil parameters, from the geotechnical job-files of a local engineering consulting firm, allowed the development of an engineering database. The application of geostatistical analysis for the cartographical representation of mineralogic and geotechnical data permitted a regional characterization of expansive clay soils. Clay mineralogy was found to be directly related to the volumetric stability displayed by native soils, as well as the geology of the Tucson Basin.
Type:
text; Thesis-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Soil surveys -- Arizona -- Tucson Basin.; Clay soils -- Arizona -- Tucson Basin.; Swelling soils -- Arizona -- Tucson Basin.; Soil mechanics -- Arizona -- Tucson Basin.
Degree Name:
M.S.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Nowatzki, Edward A.

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dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.titleDistribution and assessment of expansive clay soils in the Tucson Basin, Arizonaen_US
dc.creatorBrooks, Mark Whitfield, 1964-en_US
dc.contributor.authorBrooks, Mark Whitfield, 1964-en_US
dc.date.issued1989en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractExpansive soils contain clay minerals that undergo a change in bulk volume in response to variances in environmental conditions. The ability to predict the occurrence and geotechnical behavior of swelling soils with a known degree of certitude would allow engineers to take measures to limit the damage resulting from these metastable soils. Research was conducted to investigate the regional distribution, mineralogy, and engineering properties of expansive soils in the Tucson Basin. Mineralogic studies employed X-ray diffraction procedures for the identification of clay mineralogy. The compilation of expansion-related soil parameters, from the geotechnical job-files of a local engineering consulting firm, allowed the development of an engineering database. The application of geostatistical analysis for the cartographical representation of mineralogic and geotechnical data permitted a regional characterization of expansive clay soils. Clay mineralogy was found to be directly related to the volumetric stability displayed by native soils, as well as the geology of the Tucson Basin.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeThesis-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectSoil surveys -- Arizona -- Tucson Basin.en_US
dc.subjectClay soils -- Arizona -- Tucson Basin.en_US
dc.subjectSwelling soils -- Arizona -- Tucson Basin.en_US
dc.subjectSoil mechanics -- Arizona -- Tucson Basin.en_US
thesis.degree.nameM.S.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineCivil Engineering and Engineering Mechanicsen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorNowatzki, Edward A.en_US
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dc.identifier.oclc22521508en_US
dc.identifier.bibrecord.b23319094en_US
dc.identifier.bibrecord.b17450809en_US
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