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Marine Geology and Geotechnology of the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait

ISBN 9780367608729
Published November 25, 2020 by CRC Press
264 Pages 170 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The waters and rich resources of the South China Sea are claimed by seven different countries, and it is estimated that approximately 40% of the world’s trade moves through the area. Marine Geology and Geotechnology of the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait examines the physiology, geology, and potential development of this important portion of the western Pacific Ocean’s largest marginal sea. The book covers multiple oceanographic topics, and further discusses topography, sedimentation, wave generation, and hazards such as earthquakes, storm surges, and tsunamis. In addition, it explains the engineering issues and design considerations involved regarding a potential Taiwan Strait Crossing, as well as the development of near-shore communities.


  • Examines seabed material, such as clays, calcareous, siliceous, and various other organic sediments

  • Presents different potential routing strategies for sea crossings using tunnels, bridges, or a combination of both

  • Provides bridge design recommendations considering aesthetics, seismic and wind issues, potential vessel collisions, and more

  • Includes a historical timeline and useful maps regarding the political complexity of the area and the various territorial claims made by different nations 


Marine Geology and Geotechnology of the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait serves as a valuable resource for geotechnical engineers, marine geologists, civil engineers, and professionals concerned with the region.

Table of Contents

POLITICS AND RESOURCES. Introduction: geography, history, and politics. TECTONICS/GEOLOGY. Geology. OCEANOGRAPHIC FACTORS. Oceanographic Factors. Wave Characteristics. TERRESTRIAL AND SEABED SEDIMENTS. Characterization of Marine Sediments. Index, Compressibility, and Strength of Marine Sediments. Behavior of Marine Sediments Under Sustained, Dynamic and Cyclic Loading. Sedimentation. CIVIL ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT. Taiwan Strait Transportation (TST) Corridor.

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Ronald C. Chaney, PhD, is emeritus professor of environmental resources engineering and former director of the Telonicher Marine Laboratory and head of vessel operations at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. Previously, he was an associate professor of civil engineering and associate director of the marine geotechnical laboratory at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He earned his PhD in engineering from the University of California-Los Angeles in 1978. Dr. Chaney is a licensed civil and geotechnical engineer in California. He was the editor of the following journals: International Journal of Marine Geotechnology, Journal of Marine Georesources and Geotechnology and the American Society for Testing and Materials's Geotechnical Testing Journal. He is a fellow of both American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). He is also the co-author of the books Seafloor Processes and Geotechnology and Introduction to Environmental Geotechnology 2nd edition. Both published by CRC Press.