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Environmental Geotechnics has been an established branch of Geotechnical Engineering for about 40 years. The contribution from Brazilian practitioners and researchers is meaningful in the many activities in this field. This paper proposes to discuss three topics of relevance to modern sustainability in Brazil, in which Geotechnicians could have an even greater i...
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<p>South Americas topographic characteristics and available materials have led engineers to select earth or rockfill material for dams construction. However, there are tropical regions with high annual rainfall where the soil compaction above the optimum moisture must be studied in detail. This research presents the results of tests performed on compacted ...
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<p>Mass movements are one of the main causes of loss of people and environmental assets. Several factors contribute to mass movements, such as terrain morphology, rainfall regime, soil properties, land use and occupation. Studies showed that in the Northeast region of Brazil, between the years of 1991 and 2012, 38 events related to mass movements were reco...
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The destabilizing effect of groundwater is one of the major causes for landslides, which represent a major hazard to human life and the environment. Groundwater lowering is of ten the most efficient way to stabilize large unstable ground masses. Among groundwater lowering measures, drainage tunnels have several advantages, although construction costs may be prop...
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