The topography of Taiwan is dominated by the Central Mountain Range, which has steep, densely vegetated slopes, deeply incised valleys and fractured, unstable rock masses. Although most of the population is located on the low-lying coastal plains, there is a need in this rapidly developing island to construct transportation links through the mountains. Unfortunately, the steep topography makes development difficult and there have been many instances in which poor terrain evaluation has led to inappropriate engineering solutions.
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This volume presents a collection of papers on techniques and case studies in land surface evaluation for engineering practice written by specialist practitioners in the field. The volume arose out of deliberations by the Second Working Party on Land Surface Evaluation set up by the Engineering Group of the Geological Society in January 1997 and chaired by Dr. J. S. Griffiths. The book examples of cost-effective methods for collecting land surface and near surface data prior to carrying further detailed ground investigations of engineering geologist, geotechnical engineers, geomorphologist and planners who have the responsibility for planning a designing investigations of potential sites of development.