Marine Geotechnical Properties: Interrelationships and Relationships to Depth of Burial

  • George H. Keller
Part of the Marine Science book series (MR, volume 2)


Marine Geotechnique is a relatively new field which attempts to define and understand the mass physical and chemical properties of sea-floor deposits and the reponse of these materials to applied static and dynamic forces. Although only a relatively small portion of the ocean floor has yet been studied, it appears that it is feasible at this stage of our knowledge to define certain interrelationships among a number of the physical, electrical, and acoustical properties of these deposits. Most prominent of these correlations are unit weight (density) with water content, porosity with resistivity, mean grain size with porosity and density, sound velocity with unit weight and porosity, and reflectivity with porosity and unit weight. In some cases where a relatively large number of analyses have been made it has been possible to formulate predicting equations for such properties as unit weight, water content, void ratio, and shear strength. At best, most of the correlations provide only an approximation and are restricted to the sediment type or local area from which the basis for the correlation was developed.


Shear Strength Specific Gravity Marine Sediment Sound Velocity Void Ratio 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • George H. Keller
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  1. 1.Atlantic Oceanographic & Meteorological LaboratoriesUSA

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