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Rock Slope Stability

Author: Charles Kliche
Published by Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration - 1999
272 pages

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Whether you're involved in surface mine design or production, construction, education, or regulation, this is an important new book for your library. It describes the basic rock slope failure modes and methods of analysis--both kinematic and kinetic techniques.

Chapters include

  • geotechnical and geomechanical analysis techniques
  • hydrology
  • rock slope stabilization techniques
  • geotechnical instrumentation and monitoring

Numerous examples, drawings, and photos enhance the text.

The book is organized in a logical sequence to help the reader identify the potential failure modes(s), conduct appropriate tests for important geotechnical and geological parameters, analyze the stability of the rock slope, and design an appropriate monitoring system.

Rock slope stability and the design of the appropriate slope angle is extremely important for surface mining in these difficult economic times. The design of too flat of a highwall angle means considerable additional mining costs; the design of too steep of a highwall angle poses additional safety hazards.

Rock slope stability is also an important consideration in the design of transportation corridors, such as roads, highways, and rail lines. The design engineer and the regulator must be familiar with the concepts to choose the best design at the lowest cost.


The emphasis of this book is on rock slope stability, with various sections on geological data collection, geotechnical data collection and analysis, surface water and ground water effects, kinematic and kinetic stability analysis, rock slope stabilization techniques, and rock slope instrumentation and monitoring. The text is intended to be a reference and guide for mining and construction engineers responsible for rock slope stability, therefore the text includes not only mining engineering and geological engineering applications, but also civil engineering applications. The book is divided into ten chapters. The tiles of the individual chapters are: Basic Concepts; Rock Mass Properties; Groundwater; The Rockfall Hazard Rating System; Kinematics Slope Stability Analysis, Kinetic Lope Stability, Analysis of Planar Failure; Kinetic Slope stability Analysis of Toppling Failure; Kinetic Slope Stability Analysis of Wedge Failure; Rock Slope Stabilization Techniques; Geotechnical Instrumentation and Monitoring. International Journal of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Environment Vol. 14, No. 1 2000


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