Enhancing understanding of breakdown and collapse in the Yorkshire Dales using ground penetrating radar on cave sediments

P. Murphy, A. R. Westerman, R. Clark, A. Booth, A. Parr

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    Abstract

    Historical evidence shows block breakdown and collapse are actively occurring in large fault aligned caverns in the Yorkshire Dales karst. Deployment of ground penetrating radar at two such sites has provided detailed images of the sedimentary sequences below the present day cavern floor but no large blocks are imaged within the sediments. Solutional processes must be removing limestone from the sediment to allow continued cavern growth. Possible mechanisms to account for the lack of large blocks within the sediment fill are discussed. © 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)160-168
    Number of pages9
    JournalEngineering Geology
    Volume99
    Issue number3-4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 23 Jun 2008

    Keywords

    • Cavern
    • Collapse
    • Ground penetrating radar
    • Karst
    • Sediments

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