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Engineering geology approach to the effects of land subsidence in Mexico City

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Mariano Cerca
Mariano Cerca
Laboratorio de Mecánica Multiescalar de Geosistemas, Centro de Geociencias, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Campus Juriquilla, Blvd. Juriquilla 3001, 76230, Querétaro, México
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Dora Carreón-Freyre
Dora Carreón-Freyre
Laboratorio de Mecánica Multiescalar de Geosistemas, Centro de Geociencias, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Campus Juriquilla, Blvd. Juriquilla 3001, 76230, Querétaro, México
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Penélope López-Quiroz
Penélope López-Quiroz
Centro de Investigación en Geografía y Geomática “Ing. Jorge L. Tamayo,” A.C., Contoy 137 Lomas de Padierna, CP 14240, México, D.F., México
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Efraín Ovando-Shelley
Efraín Ovando-Shelley
Instituto de Ingeniería, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Ciudad Universitaria, Col. Copilco, 04510, México D.F., México
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Marie Pierre Doin
Marie Pierre Doin
Laboratoire de Geologie, École Normale Supérieure, CNRS UMR 8538, Paris, France
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Raúl Gutierrez-Calderón
Raúl Gutierrez-Calderón
Centro de Evaluación del Riesgo Geológico, Delegación Iztapalapa, Gobierno del D.F., Aldama 63, Barrio San Lucas, 09000, México D.F., México
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Marcos González-Hernández
Marcos González-Hernández
Centro de Evaluación del Riesgo Geológico, Delegación Iztapalapa, Gobierno del D.F., Aldama 63, Barrio San Lucas, 09000, México D.F., México
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Alejandra Jimenez-Sánchez
Alejandra Jimenez-Sánchez
Centro de Evaluación del Riesgo Geológico, Delegación Iztapalapa, Gobierno del D.F., Aldama 63, Barrio San Lucas, 09000, México D.F., México
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Daniel Blancas-Dominguez
Daniel Blancas-Dominguez
Centro de Evaluación del Riesgo Geológico, Delegación Iztapalapa, Gobierno del D.F., Aldama 63, Barrio San Lucas, 09000, México D.F., México
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Published:
January 01, 2012

Abstract

The modern Mexico Megacity occupies almost a third of the surface of the Valley of Mexico, and it is exposed to natural and man-induced hazards affecting many aspects of urban development. Land subsidence is a geo-hazard imposing important constraints in the urban development by the gradual decrease in elevation of the land surface. This is caused either naturally, by the extraction of water, oil, minerals, or gas from the subsurface, or by the interaction between natural and anthropogenic forces. In this field trip guide we examine regional land subsidence and the vulnerability to fracturing of the lacustrine soils. Groundwater has been over-exploited for human consumption in Mexico City during the past 70 years, leading to a dramatic decline of piezometric levels and the associated land and subsoil deformation. Interdisciplinary research from geologists and engineers may play an important role in understanding the relationship between geological processes and the suitability of land for urban use.

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The Southern Cordillera and Beyond

José Jorge Aranda-Gómez
José Jorge Aranda-Gómez
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Centro de Geociencias Campus Juriquilla Querétaro Qro. 76230 México
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Gustavo Tolson
Gustavo Tolson
Instituto de Geología Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México México D.F. 04510 México
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Roberto S. Molina-Garza
Roberto S. Molina-Garza
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Centro de Geociencias Campus Juriquilla Querétaro Qro. 76230 México
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Geological Society of America
Volume
25
ISBN electronic:
9780813756257
Publication date:
January 01, 2012

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