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Landslide at North Abutment of Lookout Point Dam, Oregon

Lloyd W. Staples
Lloyd W. Staples
(University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon)
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January 01, 1957


In the preparation of a trackway for a movable tail tower for pouring concrete for the spillway of the Lookout Point Dam, a trench 1500 feet long, 30 feet deep, and 100 feet wide was dug in a slope which shows signs of previous sliding. The waste material was placed on the downhill side of the cut. Following a period of exceptionally heavy rainfall the ground started to slump in two places on the hill. The lower slide was a short distance above the Southern Pacific railroad right of way and threatened the tracks. In an effort to control the slide the toe was cut away, with a resulting increase in slumping. Eventually the slide reached a point of equilibrium. The cause of the sliding is ascribed to overloading an already delicate state of balance followed by a period of excessive rainfall.

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GSA Engineering Geology Case Histories

Engineering Geology Case Histories Number 1

Parker D. Trask
Parker D. Trask
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Geological Society of America
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