GEOLOGY OF EMBANKMENT DAMS

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Dams, which are constructed of earth and rock materials, are generally referred to as embankment dams or fill-type dams. Embankment dams are classified into two main categories such as earthfill dams and rockfill dams. The dam type in a project is determined by considering various factors associated with topography and geology of the dam site

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DELTA STATE UNIVERSITY, ABRAKADEPARTMENT OF GEOLOGYFACULTY OF SCIENCEGEOLOGY OF EMBANKMENT DAMSBYMORRISON OMOKINIOVO SOPHIAFOS/10/11/ 183350ABSTRACTDams, which are constructed of earth and rock materials, are generally referred to as embankment dams or fill-type dams. Embankment dams are classified into two main categories such as earthfill dams and rockfill dams. The dam type in a project is determined by considering various factors associated with topography and geology of the dam site, and quality and quantity of construction materials available. Most of catastrophic failures of embankment dams are caused by overtopping of the reservoir water due to flooding or loss of free board. Despite embankment dams should not be designed to withstand erosive action of water flow over the crest, case histories reveal that inadequate capacity of spillway, that is, insufficient estim

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