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We have had a bunch of Dam failures!. 1972- Buffalo Creek Dam, West Virginia-125 dead, $400 million in damages 1976- Teton Dam, Idaho-14 dead, over $1 billion in damages 1977- Laurel Run Dam, Pennsylvania-40 dead, $5.3 million in damages

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1972 buffalo creek dam west virginia 125 dead 400 million in damages

We have had a bunch of Dam failures!

1972- Buffalo Creek Dam, West Virginia-125 dead, $400 million in damages

1976- Teton Dam, Idaho-14 dead, over $1 billion in damages

1977- Laurel Run Dam, Pennsylvania-40 dead, $5.3 million in damages

1977- Kelly Barnes Dam, Georgia-39 dead, $30 million in damages

1982- Lawn Lake Dam, Colorado-3 dead, $25 million in damages

1989- Quail Creek Dam, Utah-no deaths, $12 million in damages


1972 buffalo creek dam west virginia 125 dead 400 million in damages

Hoover/Boulder Dam

Completed 1936


1972 buffalo creek dam west virginia 125 dead 400 million in damages

For what purposes are dams constructed?

Provide a measure of flood control

Provide a source of water for towns and cities

Provide a source for generating electricity

Provide a recreation area

What is the “life expectancy” of a Dam/Reservoir?


1972 buffalo creek dam west virginia 125 dead 400 million in damages

Quail Creek Dam and Lake


1972 buffalo creek dam west virginia 125 dead 400 million in damages

Eroded Anticline

Quail Lake

Photo courtesy

of Paul Furr

(from our class).


1972 buffalo creek dam west virginia 125 dead 400 million in damages

Geologic map of the Quail Creek

Area.


1972 buffalo creek dam west virginia 125 dead 400 million in damages

TrCp = Chinle Petrified Forest Member

TrCs = ChinleShinarump Member

TrMu = Moenkopi Upper

TrMs =Moenkopi Shnabkaib Member GYPSUM

TrMm = Moenkopi Middle

TrMv = Virgin Limestone Member

TrMl = Moenkopi Lower

Pk = Kaibab Ls.

Pt =Toroweap Ss.

Pq =Queantoweap Ss.

Gypsum (CaSO4)

(soft and dissolves

in water)


1972 buffalo creek dam west virginia 125 dead 400 million in damages

Quail Creek Dam and

Reservoir

Earth fill Dam

Completed 1984

Failure 12:30 am,

January 1, 1989


1972 buffalo creek dam west virginia 125 dead 400 million in damages

Geological Road Guide To Quail Creek State Park

Utahgeology.org

Utah Geological Publication #29


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