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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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
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?
Quail Creek Dam and Lake
of Paul Furr
(from our class).
Geologic map of the Quail Creek
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.
(soft and dissolves
Quail Creek Dam and
Earth fill Dam
Failure 12:30 am,
January 1, 1989
Geological Road Guide To Quail Creek State Park
Utah Geological Publication #29