Defining the Subterranean Joint Pattern of North Alabama

Authors: Jessica Coffey*,
Topics: Geomorphology, Environmental Science, Sustainability Science
Keywords: Geomorphology, Caves, Speleology, Physical Geography
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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"Defining the Subterranean Joint Pattern of North Alabama"
Research Question: Are we able to determine, through speleological data and GIS analysis, whether a joint pattern in the geomorphology of North Alabama exists, and furthermore, what are the implications specific to this joint patter?
The process consists of collecting the azimuthal data of local caves which formed within the Tuscumbia limestone. Next, the project requires GIS to collaborate these azimuths onto a map of North Alabama. Upon examination, if an azimuthal pattern is evident, then it could potentially reveal the nature of the local joint pattern. Acquiring this data will aid in tracking how pollution can be distributed through hydraulics as well as the implications of subterranean karst formation on human development. The next step is to use mapping technology to convey this data to the public through ArcGIS maps, 3D cave mapping, and 3D printing. This project is applicable to society because it provides information useful for smart city planning, sustainability, eco-friendly human development, safety, and delivers insight to the behavior of groundwater networks.

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