Articles | Volume 17, issue 12
Research article
19 Dec 2017
Research article |  | 19 Dec 2017

Structural analysis of S-wave seismics around an urban sinkhole: evidence of enhanced dissolution in a strike-slip fault zone

Sonja H. Wadas, David C. Tanner, Ulrich Polom, and Charlotte M. Krawczyk


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ED: Publish as is (09 Nov 2017) by Mario Parise
Short summary
In 2010 a sinkhole opened up in the urban area of Schmalkalden, Germany. Shear-wave reflection seismic profiles were carried out around the sinkhole to investigate the reasons for the collapse. A strike-slip fault and a fracture network were identified that serve as fluid pathways for water-leaching soluble rocks near the surface. The more complex the fault geometry and interaction between faults, the more prone an area is to sinkhole occurrence.
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