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Ground investigations in hot deserts require an approach that takes account of the special environmental and ground conditions, as well as recognizing the scale, nature, cost and extent of the project in question. For example, the objective of a rapid reconnaissance of a wide area of terrain is to provide coverage at relatively low cost, using techniques such as normal observation, field mapping, geophysics or trial pitting. Whereas, by contrast, the requirements of a design-stage investigation are much more specific and detailed, focusing on individual structures or potential geotechnical hazards. To be cost-effective, the design of such an investigation...

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