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Group starts work on hot deserts handbook

THE ENGINEERING Group of the Geological Society has started work on a report on the engineering geology of hot deserts.

The report will include an international review and handbook on hot desert terrains, their geomaterials and their influence on civil engineering design and construction. It will cover:

lGeological and geomorphological processes involved in creating deserts, their characteristic features and potential hazards.

lModern field and laboratory techniques for assessment of desert environments and their interpretation.

lEngineering design and construction issues in hot desert conditions, with particular attention to minimising environmental impact.

lAn international glossary, new collations of technical data and comprehensive references to other sources of information.

The small team of engineering geologists, geomorphologists and civil engineers expect to spend about four years compiling the report.

They hope to produce a reference book for professionals that will also be a textbook for students and digestible for the non-specialist.

lAnyone working in relevant disciplines who is interested in getting involved with the Engineering Group working party should contact the secretary Ian Sims, email: ian@simsdoc. com or ian. sims@stats. co. uk; tel:

+44 (0)1727 798622.

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