Whitehall quarry, Northern Wedge failure: 22 years of investigation
Published:January 01, 2016
The Northern Wedge Failure (NWF) is a complex failure mass within Whitehall Quarry, Cambridge, New Zealand. Initiation of failure of the c. 500 000 m3 mass occurred during spring of 1988. Complete failure was expected following displacement recordings of 2.3–5.6 m a−1; however, this did not eventuate. By the mid 1990s, the failure mass was deemed stable. In 2010, an engineering geological investigation was conducted to assess the stability of the NWF at that time. The rock mass that failed comprises moderately dipping interbedded feldspathic sandstone and argillaceous mudstone below a thin alluvial cover. It is...
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