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dc.contributor.author Boylan, Noel
dc.contributor.author Jennings, Paul
dc.contributor.author Long, Michael (Michael M.)
dc.date.accessioned 2011-08-25T16:01:36Z
dc.date.available 2011-08-25T16:01:36Z
dc.date.copyright 2008 Geological Society of London en
dc.date.issued 2008-02
dc.identifier.citation Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology en
dc.identifier.issn 1470-9236
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/3096
dc.description.abstract Recent peat failures in Ireland in the autumn of 2003 at Pollatomish, County Mayo and Derrybrien, County Galway have focused attention on such events. However, peat failures are not a recent phenomenon with possible evidence of peat failures in Ireland having been identified as far back as the Early Bronze Age. This paper summarises the issues surrounding peat failures in Ireland that would be of interest to an engineer\engineering geologist assessing this geohazard. The distribution of peat throughout Ireland, its formation, and its typical characteristic properties are discussed. A review of historical failures shows that there is a relationship between run out distance and failure volume and that the majority of the failures are clustered at slope angles between 4º and 8º. It seems that the risk of fatalities from peat slides is relatively low. The likely casual factors attributed to peat failures are presented using examples of failure, including the recent failures at Pollatomish and Derrybrien both of which have been investigated by the authors. Particular attention is paid to shear strength properties of peat and the applicability of traditional soil mechanics. Given the uncertainties which exist about peat strength, a cautious approach to slope stability assessment is advocated together with identification of potential causal factors to mitigate against this geohazard. en
dc.description.sponsorship Not applicable en
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dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Geological Society of London en
dc.relation.requires Architecture, Landscape & Civil Engineering Research Collection en
dc.relation.requires Critical Infrastructure Group Research Collection en
dc.relation.requires Urban Institute Ireland Research Collection en
dc.subject Peat en
dc.subject Landslides en
dc.subject Hazard en
dc.subject Risk assessment en
dc.subject Shear strength en
dc.subject Slope stability en
dc.subject.lcsh Peatlands--Ireland en
dc.subject.lcsh Landslide hazard analysis--Ireland en
dc.subject.lcsh Slopes (Soil mechanics)--Stability en
dc.subject.lcsh Shear strength of soils en
dc.title Peat slope failure in Ireland en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.internal.webversions Publisher's version en
dc.internal.webversions http://dx.doi.org/10.1144/1470-9236/06-028 en
dc.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.volume 41 en
dc.identifier.issue 1 en
dc.identifier.startpage 93 en
dc.identifier.endpage 108 en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1144/1470-9236/06-028
dc.neeo.contributor Boylan|Noel|aut| en
dc.neeo.contributor Jennings|Paul|aut| en
dc.neeo.contributor Long|Michael (Michael M.)|aut| en


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