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TitlePreliminary investigations of unconsolidated sediments overlying the Leech River fault zone, southern Vancouver Island, British Columbia
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AuthorBednarski, J M
SourceGeological Survey of Canada, Open File 8046, 2016, 29 pages, https://doi.org/10.4095/298809
Year2016
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Documentopen file
Lang.English
Mediaon-line; digital
File formatreadme
File formatrtf; pdf; kmz
ProvinceBritish Columbia
NTS92B/05NE; 92B/05NW; 92B/06NE; 92B/06NW; 92B/11; 92B/12; 92B/13; 92B/14; 92C/08; 92C/09
AreaVancouver Island; Leech River; Jack Lake; Esquimalt
Lat/Long WENS-124.5000 -123.1667 49.0000 48.4500
Subjectsgeophysics; surficial geology/geomorphology; structural geology; faults; fault zones; seismicity; seismic interpretations; slope stability; slope stability analyses; landslides; remote sensing; terrain sensitivity; terrain types; terrain analysis; LIDAR; Leech River Fault; digital elevation models
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ProgramWestern Canada Geohazards Project, Public Safety Geoscience
Released2016 06 28
AbstractThe Leech River fault zone lies near the city of Victoria, British Columbia. Although this fault zone has been considered to be inactive for millions of years, two large paleo-earthquakes have been identified on its eastern extension, only 40 km from the city. Confirmation of an active fault in proximity to an urban centre or a part of critical infrastructure would fundamentally change the analysis of seismic hazard. To determine the occurrence of more recent faulting, younger sediments overlying the faulted bedrock were surveyed by high resolution Lidar topography, ground penetrating radar, electrical resistivity, and shallow seismic reflection lines. Targeted areas included surface scarps and transects crossing the bedrock structure in search of disturbed sediment that may be attributed to recent faulting. Preliminary results do not find conclusive evidence of active faulting in the youngest sediment dating from postglacial time, at least in the upper 5 to 10 m; however, the seismic reflection survey found deeper, faulted deposits dating from at least the last glaciation and warrant further investigation.
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The Leech River fault zone lies near the city of Victoria, British Columbia. Although this fault zone is considered to be inactive for millions of years, confirmation of an active fault in proximity to an urban center or critical infrastructure would fundamentally change the analysis of seismic hazard. To determine the possibility of more recent faulting, younger sediments overlying the fault zone were surveyed by high-resolution topography, ground penetrating radar, electrical resistivity and seismic reflection lines. Targeted areas included surface scarps and transects crossing the bedrock structure in search of disturbed sediment that may be attributed to recent faulting. Preliminary results do not find conclusive evidence of any faulting in the youngest sediment (dating from postglacial time), however, the seismic survey found faults through deeper deposits dating from at least the last glaciation, which warrant further investigation.
GEOSCAN ID298809