Articles | Volume 10, issue 5
Research article
11 Oct 2019
Research article |  | 11 Oct 2019

Subsurface characterization of a quick-clay vulnerable area using near-surface geophysics and hydrological modelling

Silvia Salas-Romero, Alireza Malehmir, Ian Snowball, and Benoît Dessirier

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Land–river reflection seismic, hydrogeological modelling, and magnetic investigations in an area prone to quick-clay landslides in SW Sweden provide a detailed description of the subsurface structures, such as undulating fractured bedrock, a sedimentary sequence of intercalating leached and unleached clay, and coarse-grained deposits. Hydrological properties of the coarse-grained layer help us understand its role in the leaching process that leads to the formation of quick clays in the area.