Sensitive pyroclastic-derived halloysitic soils in northern New Zealand: interplay of microstructure, minerals, and geomechanics

Vicki G. Moon, David J. Lowe, Michael J. Cunningham, Justin B. Wyatt, Willem de Lange, G. J. Churchman, Tobias Mörz, Stefan Kreiter, Max O. Kluger, M. Ehsan Jorat

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Abstract

Sensitive soils in the Bay of Plenty in North Island occur within weathered, rhyolitic pyroclastic and volcaniclastic deposits, with hydrated halloysite (not allophane) as the principal clay mineral. We evaluate the development of sensitivity and characteristic geomechnical behaviours for sequences of the silt-rich, halloysitic soils. Morphologically the halloysite comprises short tubes, spheroids, plates, and, uniquely, books. Key findings include (i) the varied morphologies of halloysite minerals within the microstructure create an open
network with small pores and predominantly point contacts between clay particles; (ii) low plasticity, high natural water contents, low cohesion, low CPT tip resistance, and low permeability are attributable to the dominance of halloysite; (iii) boundary effects between pyroclastic units amplify Earth tide effects; and (iv) large spikes in pore water pressures follow rainfall events. The regular deposition since c. 0.93 Ma of siliceous pyroclastic deposits from ongoing explosive rhyolitic volcanism in TVZ, together with high natural water content and low permeability, have created a locally wet environment in the stratigraphic sequences that generates Si-enriched pore water from the weathering mainly of rhyolitic volcanic glass shards and plagioclase, providing conditions suitable for halloysite formation. Initial hydrolysis of glass shards also releases cations that promote cohesion between clay minerals. Eventual enleaching of these cations reduces cohesion between clay minerals, resulting in sensitive behavior.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVolcanic rocks and soils
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the International Workshop on Volcanic Rocks and Soils Lacco Ameno, Ischia Island, Italy, 24-25 September 2016
EditorsTatiana Rotonda, Manuela Cecconi, Francesco Silvestri, Paolo Tommasi
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherCRC Press
Pages3-22
Number of pages20
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9781315647913
ISBN (Print)9781138028869
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Workshop on Volcanic Rocks and Soils - Ischia Island, Lacco Ameno, Italy
Duration: 24 Sep 201625 Sep 2016
Conference number: 4

Workshop

WorkshopInternational Workshop on Volcanic Rocks and Soils
CountryItaly
CityLacco Ameno
Period24/09/1625/09/16

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Moon, V. G., Lowe, D. J., Cunningham, M. J., Wyatt, J. B., de Lange, W., Churchman, G. J., ... Jorat, M. E. (2015). Sensitive pyroclastic-derived halloysitic soils in northern New Zealand: interplay of microstructure, minerals, and geomechanics. In T. Rotonda, M. Cecconi, F. Silvestri, & P. Tommasi (Eds.), Volcanic rocks and soils: proceedings of the International Workshop on Volcanic Rocks and Soils Lacco Ameno, Ischia Island, Italy, 24-25 September 2016 (1 ed., pp. 3-22). London: CRC Press.
Moon, Vicki G. ; Lowe, David J. ; Cunningham, Michael J. ; Wyatt, Justin B. ; de Lange, Willem ; Churchman, G. J. ; Mörz, Tobias ; Kreiter, Stefan ; Kluger, Max O. ; Jorat, M. Ehsan. / Sensitive pyroclastic-derived halloysitic soils in northern New Zealand : interplay of microstructure, minerals, and geomechanics. Volcanic rocks and soils: proceedings of the International Workshop on Volcanic Rocks and Soils Lacco Ameno, Ischia Island, Italy, 24-25 September 2016. editor / Tatiana Rotonda ; Manuela Cecconi ; Francesco Silvestri ; Paolo Tommasi. 1. ed. London : CRC Press, 2015. pp. 3-22
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Moon, VG, Lowe, DJ, Cunningham, MJ, Wyatt, JB, de Lange, W, Churchman, GJ, Mörz, T, Kreiter, S, Kluger, MO & Jorat, ME 2015, Sensitive pyroclastic-derived halloysitic soils in northern New Zealand: interplay of microstructure, minerals, and geomechanics. in T Rotonda, M Cecconi, F Silvestri & P Tommasi (eds), Volcanic rocks and soils: proceedings of the International Workshop on Volcanic Rocks and Soils Lacco Ameno, Ischia Island, Italy, 24-25 September 2016. 1 edn, CRC Press, London, pp. 3-22, International Workshop on Volcanic Rocks and Soils, Lacco Ameno, Italy, 24/09/16.

Sensitive pyroclastic-derived halloysitic soils in northern New Zealand : interplay of microstructure, minerals, and geomechanics. / Moon, Vicki G.; Lowe, David J.; Cunningham, Michael J.; Wyatt, Justin B.; de Lange, Willem; Churchman, G. J.; Mörz, Tobias; Kreiter, Stefan; Kluger, Max O.; Jorat, M. Ehsan.

Volcanic rocks and soils: proceedings of the International Workshop on Volcanic Rocks and Soils Lacco Ameno, Ischia Island, Italy, 24-25 September 2016. ed. / Tatiana Rotonda; Manuela Cecconi; Francesco Silvestri; Paolo Tommasi. 1. ed. London : CRC Press, 2015. p. 3-22.

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Moon VG, Lowe DJ, Cunningham MJ, Wyatt JB, de Lange W, Churchman GJ et al. Sensitive pyroclastic-derived halloysitic soils in northern New Zealand: interplay of microstructure, minerals, and geomechanics. In Rotonda T, Cecconi M, Silvestri F, Tommasi P, editors, Volcanic rocks and soils: proceedings of the International Workshop on Volcanic Rocks and Soils Lacco Ameno, Ischia Island, Italy, 24-25 September 2016. 1 ed. London: CRC Press. 2015. p. 3-22