Saline-marsh materials, known in the Arabian peninsula as sabkhas, are used locally for road construction because of the lack of conventional road-building materials in the area. The identification and selection of sabkhas that are suitable for road construction present many problems because the moisture environment to which they are subjected greatly affects their field performance. This report describes an investigation into the chemical and physical properties of these materials and suggests tentative criteria for the selection of sabkha for road construction on the basis of its chemical composition and particle size distribution. However, more experience of the performance of the material in controlled road trials is required before firm criteria can be established. A method for the quantitative chemical analysis of sabkha is also given. /Author/TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)

    Wokingham, Berkshire  United Kingdom 
  • Authors:
    • Russell, RBC
  • Publication Date: 1974


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 24 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00096024
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TRRL SR 79 UC
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Sep 10 1975 12:00AM