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Catastrophic sinkhole formation in Kansas: A case study

Leading Edge (Tulsa, OK)

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DOI: 10.1190/1.2184103

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Abstract

Sinkholes represent a hazard to property and human safety in a wide variety of geologic settings across the globe. In most cases, the subsidence rate of a sinkhole represents the most significant potential impact and risk to public safety. Since 1979, the Kansas Geological Survey has studied numerous sinkholes using high-resolution seismic reflection in an attempt to better understand the mechanisms that control their formation. Most sinkholes in central Kansas form as a result of dissolution of the Permian Hutchinson salt (Figure 1). The fluid source and associated pathway responsible for leaching these bedded evaporites have been natural, anthropogenic, and a combination of both. Sinkholes have been a part of the landscape in the North American midcontinent long before modern oil, gas, and mineral exploration, but clearly the activities of man have played a significant role in both increasing the number of sinkholes and affecting their subsidence rates.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Catastrophic sinkhole formation in Kansas: A case study
Series title:
Leading Edge (Tulsa, OK)
DOI:
10.1190/1.2184103
Volume
25
Issue:
3
Year Published:
2006
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Leading Edge (Tulsa, OK)
First page:
342
Last page:
347
Number of Pages:
6