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Abstract

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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