General Geology

1988 Edition

Blasting and related technology

  • Robert R. SharpJr.
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Uses of Explosives

Military uses of explosives are legion. In civil projects, they are utilized for fragmentation or displacement of geologic materials in surface, underground, and underwater construction (Langefors and Kihlstrom, 1978); in quarrying and mining (Lewis and Clark, 1964); in the stimulation of water (Walton, 1970), oil, and gas wells (McLamore, 1973); and in the preparation of ore for in situ leaching (Navarro, 1974) or of oil shale for in situ retorting (Miller et al., 1974). For these applications, nuclear as well as conventional blasting has been proposed (Teller et al., 1968). Other uses are in controlling avalanches (La-Chapelle, 1966); breaking ice and log jams; removing sunken vessels from shipping channels; cutting timbers, steel plate, and structural shapes; demolishing brick, concrete, or steel structures, heavy industrial equipment, and castings; and preparing land for agricultural use (du Pont, 1969).

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