Map showing slope movements in the Oak Forest Quadrangle, Greene County, southwestern Pennsylvania

Miscellaneous Field Studies Map 1794



This map is the first example in the eastern United States of a 1:24,000-scale 7.5– minute quadrangle map that identifies areas with slope—stability problems in detail. Such a map enables the user to make a rapid evaluation of the potential for mass movement. Furthermore, detailed slope movement inventory of this type can serve as a framework for statistical analyses of several factors that cause slope failures, such as the effects of bedrock lithology, soil and slope characteristics, and precipitation. Planners, engineers, soil scientists, geologists, and elected officials should find the map useful in the assessment of slope hazards and planning for future land use. Final evaluation of any site within the quadrangle should be based on an examination by a soils engineer or an engineering geologist.

Field investigations in the springs of 1981 and 1982 and the fall of 1981 involved nearly 60 days of traverses. The foot traverses were supplemented by the interpretation of the land surface on vertical black-and-white aerial photography flown in January and February of 1973 at a scale of nearly 1:24,000. Earlier aerial photography flown in June and July 1939 at a scale of 1:20,000 and more recent but significantly smaller scale photography (1:80,000) flown in June 1977 supplied additional documentation. More than 1,200 active or recently active and 900 older slope movements were identified.

The geologic map of the Oak Forest quadrangle (Roen, 1972) is one of several geologic maps at a scale of 1:24,000 in eastern and central Greene County. Stone (1932) wrote an earlier report of the geology and mineral resources of Greene County. A series of reconnaissance landslide maps at 1:24,000 scale based mainly on aerial photographic interpretation included Greene and adjacent counties (Hackman and Thomas, 1978).

Selection of the Oak Forest quadrangle for a more comprehensive study of the slope movements was based on the existence of a recent geologic map (Roen, 1972), sizeable tracts of both forested and non-forested land, nearby precipitation record stations, a large number of pipelines which could offer pertinent data, and good accessibility of terrain from secondary roads. Finally, Hackman and Thomas (1978) showed that the area was representative of any quadrangle in the northern part of the Dunkard basin in its distribution and density of slope movements.

The quadrangle is located about 65 km southwest of Pittsburgh, Penn. (fig. 1). Three distinct drainage systems (north, east, and south trending) are represented within the quadrangle (fig. 2).

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Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Map showing slope movements in the Oak Forest Quadrangle, Greene County, southwestern Pennsylvania
Series title Miscellaneous Field Studies Map
Series number 1794
DOI 10.3133/mf1794
Year Published 1986
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Description Plate: 47.33 x 41.52 inches
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Greene County
Other Geospatial Oak Forest Quadrangle
Scale 0
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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