Characterization of land subsidence in the Choshui River alluvial fan, Taiwan

Chih Hsi Liu*, Yii-Wen Pan, Jyh-Jong Liao, Chen Tair Huang, Shoung Ouyang

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Land subsidence in Taiwan has increased rapidly over the past four decades, owing to heavy withdrawal of groundwater. Leveling surveys, layer compressions and groundwater level in individual layers were continuously monitored in the Choshui alluvial fan, western Taiwan. It was found that ground subsidence and layer compression were consistent with the variation of groundwater level. From multi-level compression monitoring, the layers with major compression deformation were identified. Clayey and sandy layers exhibited significant compression deformation. Conceptual models of compression behavior for clays and sands were studied based on the field data. The compression behavior of clays agreed with the Terzaghi consolidation theory. Notable, irrecoverable volumetric strains were also observed in sandy layers. They exhibited obvious elastoplastic mechanical behavior. The high compressibility of the sand layer in the alluvial fan was attributed to the flaky sand grains in this geological region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1154-1166
Number of pages13
JournalEnvironmental Geology
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2004


  • Aquifers
  • Aquitards
  • Land subsidence
  • Taiwan

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