The behaviour of salt-cemented sabkha soil was investigated by considering the effect of brine and distilled water on its properties. Laboratory and field testing programmes were conducted to examine the effect of soaking and leaching on the structure, compressibility, collapse, permeability, load-carrying capacity and settlement of sabkha soil. Results indicate that the percolation of distilled water through the sabkha causes destruction of the natural cementation, leading to collapse, increase in permeability, reduction in strength and increase in settlement. Dissolution and leaching of halite, gypsiferous and calcarenite cements occur, leaving the quartz particles covered by a thin loose mat of illitic clay with large voids. The collapse deformation of sabkha is inclusively linked to the ambient salt complex, which determines the structural properties of the soil and promotes the development of collapse on wetting. The soaking of sabkha produces practically negligible collapse; leaching causes a significant collapse, due to the softening, dissolution and effusion of salts from the soil skeleton. (A)

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    Thomas Telford Limited

    London,   United Kingdom 
  • Authors:
    • Abduljauwad, S N
    • Al-Amoudi, OSB
  • Publication Date: 1995-9


  • English

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 425-45
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 45
    • Issue Number: 3
    • Publisher: Thomas Telford Limited
    • ISSN: 0016-8505

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  • Accession Number: 00714444
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 27 1995 12:00AM