Masters Theses


"Fractures, sinkhole, building cracks, and ground subsidence have spread in many regions of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, some of which are related to seismic activity, others due to the presence of unstable soils (collapsing soils and Expansive soils) and others because of faults, while others result from drawing groundwater at great rates. The current study has several facts related to the formation of cracks and landslides, including:
1) A general study of geomorphology and geology of the study areas.
2) The causes affecting the formation of cracks and subsidence.
3) Detailed geomorphological and geological studies of the locations of fissures and subsidence.
4) Geotechnical studies to the work of some trenches and boreholes in the locations of Fractures, sinkhole, building cracks, and ground subsidence, collecting samples and conducting some laboratory experiments to determine the properties of the soil and subsurface rocks in these sites.
5) Determining the causes of ground cracks through analyzes of samples and proposing them required to reduce them in the future, and clarifying the main causes for the appearance of these cracks and landslides.
6) Recommendations to reduce the occurrence of cracks and ground subsidence in the future, the most important of which are: Measure of water pumping, drainage operations from the surface and underground reservoir in the affected areas.
7) Through an evaluation of the properties of soils, it was found that most of the factors prove that this soil has a potential for swelling ranging from weak to high"--Abstract, page iii.


Rogers, J. David

Committee Member(s)

Liu, Kelly H.
Gao, Stephen S.


Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Geological Engineering


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Spring 2020


x, 127 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographic references (pages 123-126).

Geographic Coverage

Al Qassim Region, Saudi Arabia; Hail, Saudi Arabia


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Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

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Thesis Number

T 11690

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