Impact of Structural Damage Zones on Slope Stability: A Case Study from Mandakini Valley, Uttarakhand State (India)

  • Mohit KumarEmail author
  • Ramesh Chander Joshi
  • Pitamber Dutt Pant
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We map structural damage zone along the Mandakini River from Sonparyag to Kund, Higher Himalaya. We present the relationship between structural damage zones and slope stability. Different kind of shear zone rocks/damage zone rocks; mylonitic gneiss, mylonitic augen gneiss, ultramylonite, protomylonite and phyllonite are present. A major tectonic structure: the Munsiari Thrust (MT) or Main Central Thrust-1 (MCT-1) passes near the Kund village and that thrust zone is more prone for landslides. Damage zone areas are more unstable and vulnerable for landslides. To confirm our field observation, slope kinematics analysis for type of failure and slope mass rating (SMR) are performed.


Damage zone Shear Kinematics Slope mass rating (SMR) Slope etc. 



Authors are very thankful to the Department of Geography, DSB Campus Kumaun University Nainital to provide the necessary facility for the research. Authors are also very thanking to the NRDMS, Department of Science and Technology to the financial assistance in the project no. NRDMS/06/11/015 (G) Dt. 11.08.2015 “Large Scale Geological-Geomorphological Mapping of Rudraprayag-Sonprayag Area, Mandakini valley National highway No.109. Reviewing and editorial handling by Soumyajit Mukherjee. This work is summarized in Mukherjee (2019). The Springer team is thanked for assistance in proofreading.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mohit Kumar
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ramesh Chander Joshi
    • 2
  • Pitamber Dutt Pant
    • 3
  1. 1.National Geotechnical FacilitySurvey of IndiaDehradunIndia
  2. 2.Department of GeographyKumaun UniversityNainitalIndia
  3. 3.Department of GeologyKumaun UniversityNainitalIndia

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