(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2012)

Document title

Geomorphological and geotechnical causes of anthropogenically induced rock-mass falls in the Wachau-Danube Valley (Bohemian Massif, Lower Austria)

published at : Concepts and implications of environmental change and human impact : studies from Austrian geomorphological research

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

LAIMER H.J. (1) ; MÜLLEGER M. (2) ;
(1) Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB), Infrastruktur AG, Salzburg, AUTRICHE
(2) iC consulenten Ziviltechniker GesmbH, Bergheim, AUTRICHE


The Wachau-Danube Valley represents a transverse valley, intersecting the Variscian Bohemian Massif. The exceptional cultural position of the region generated an increasing demand for building materials. Over the centuries quarrying had a sizeable impact on slope morphology. Interdependences between quarrying and construction caused unstable rock slopes and 4 rock-mass falls have occurred at 2 quarries near Spitz (1961, 1984, 2002) and Dürnstein (2009). Rock mechanical analysis at these quarries has shown that the combination of existing geological discontinuities and artificially modified morphology is fatal in terms of slope stability. Remedial measures for both locations are essential to maintain transport infrastructure. Sufficiently stable conditions can only be achieved by extensive reshaping of the mining faces, which involves adapting slope geometries to naturally stable joint faces


Thematical fascicle

published at : Geografiska annaler. Series A. Physical geography / ISSN 0435-3676 / CODEN GAPGAP

Editor : Svenska sällskapet för antropologi och geografi, Stockholm - SUEDE (1965)

Millesime : 2012, vol. 94, no 1 [pp. 157-174]

Bibliographic references : 33 ref.

Collation : fig., tab.




Digital Object Identifier

Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.1111/j.1468-0459.2012.00451.x

Tous droits réservés © Prodig - Bibliographie Géographique Internationale (BGI), 2012
Refdoc record number (ud4) : 26391021 : Permanent link - XML version
Powered by Pxxo