Urban geology

Case study of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Boon Kong Tan Boon Kong, Ibrahim Komoo

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Several aspects of the urban geology of Kuala Lumpur, the principal metropolis of Malaysia, are discussed. The topics of discussions range from problematical soils to foundations in limestone as well as landslides in hilly terrains. Problematical soils comprise mine tailings, municipal wastes and the collapsed soil zone above limestone bedrock. They are characterised by very poor engineering properties and have been responsible for various incidences of ground settlements and failures. Foundation problems in limestone are attributed to the various solution features that are inherent and are especially well developed in tropical karst, namely the pinnacled bedrock profile, cavities, overhangs, thin limestone slabs and boulders. Landslides in hilly terrains can be related to various geologic features such as the nature and orientation of the rock joints, the soil-rock interface, the thin residual soil cover, seepage and the grades of weathering. The influence of grades of weathering on various physical properties of the rocks are also discussed. The various topics of discussions are illustrated with actual examples or case histories in the Kuala Lumpur area, based mainly on the authors' experiences or personal involvements with the construction industry in the last decade.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-94
Number of pages24
JournalEngineering Geology
Volume28
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1990

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Limestone
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limestone
Soils
Rocks
Landslides
landslide
bedrock
Weathering
weathering
soil
solution feature
rock
ground settlement
residual soil
construction industry
soil cover
geotechnical property
tailings

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Urban geology : Case study of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. / Tan Boon Kong, Boon Kong; Komoo, Ibrahim.

In: Engineering Geology, Vol. 28, No. 1-2, 1990, p. 71-94.

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Tan Boon Kong, Boon Kong ; Komoo, Ibrahim. / Urban geology : Case study of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In: Engineering Geology. 1990 ; Vol. 28, No. 1-2. pp. 71-94.
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