Geological Aspects of Landslides in Volcanic Rocks in a Geothermal Area (Kamojang Indonesia) Open image in new window

  • I. Putu Krishna WijayaEmail author
  • Christian Zangel
  • Wolfgang Straka
  • Franz Ottner
Conference paper


This Kamojang area is an Indonesian geothermal field that produces electricity since 1983. As many other geothermal fields in Indonesia, Kamojang area is located in high relief volcanic terrain where landslides frequently occur. Hydrothermal alteration of volcanic rocks is an important geological process which reduce slope stability due to the reduction of the rock mass strength properties. Landslides in a geothermal area are hazards that can adversely affect roads, pipelines, as well as injection and geothermal wells. The aim of this study is to enhance the understanding of landslide processes in highly weathered and hydrothermal altered volcanic rock masses based on field, laboratory and numerical modelling studies. Exemplarily for this geological situation, the study site of the geothermal area of Kamojang in Indonesia was chosen. This article presents an overview of the study area and some preliminary results from a data compilation study and a field survey during this summer.


Landslide Volcanic rock Hydrothermal alteration Clay minerals 



We would like to thanks PT Pertamina Geothermal Energy for the permission to study landslide events in the Kamojang area.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • I. Putu Krishna Wijaya
    • 1
    Email author
  • Christian Zangel
    • 1
  • Wolfgang Straka
    • 1
  • Franz Ottner
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Applied GeologyBOKU-WIENViennaAustria

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