NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY - FARGO, N D

BRIEF INSIGHTS ON THE GEOLOGY OF THE FARGO-MOORHEAD REGION
NORTH DAKOTA - MINNESOTA


  • An Overview of the Geology of the Fargo-Moorhead Region - A history of the landscape and its significance.

  • Geology Under Fargo - What holds the cities of Fargo and Moorhead up? How deep is it to bedrock? Why does this region present some challenging engineering conditions?

  • A City Built on "Stilts" - Because Fargo rests on clays of extremely low strength, most of the city's heavier structures are supported by concrete piers or steel pilings that extend >100 feet below the surface.

  • That Sinking Feeling - What happens when heavy structures are not properly supported on these weak clays? Grain elevators topple . . . and a "mountain" sinks!


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