Characterisation of the weathering profile developed over an amphibole schist bedrock in Peninsular Malaysia


Author : J.K. RajPublication : Bulletin of the Geological Society of MalaysiaVolume : 35Page : 135-144Year : 1994


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Bulletin of the Geological Society of Malaysia, Volume 35, July 1994, pp. 135-144

 

Characterisation of the weathering profile developed over an amphibole schist bedrock in Peninsular Malaysia

J.K RAJ

Department of Geology, University of Malaya, 59100 Kuala Lumpur

 

Abstract: Five stages of weathering of an amphibole schist bedrock material were distinguished on the basis of differences of colour, texture and the extent of alteration of original mineral grains. These stages of weathering are of a gradational nature except for the abrupt transition between unweathered bedrock material, and bedrock material weathered to the condition of an engineering soil. These stages of weathering are differently distributed within the weathering profile and determination of their distribution pattern allowed for the recognition of several morphological horizons. These morphological horizons are considered to represent different stages of weathering of the bedrock on the scale of the mass and can be assigned rock mass weathering grades.