Prediction procedure for sinkholes in terms of the Upper Kama potassium–magnesium salt deposit

Authors: Tatarkin A. V. 

Underground mineral mining under conditions of the industrial (or urban) development often induces hazards which can result in deformation of ground surface and in alteration of near surface geological and geotechnical conditions during operation of buildings. This article discusses a methodological framework for assessment of geological and geotechnical conditions, and the prediction procedure of sinkholes during underground mining of potassium–magnesium salts. The research methods include electrical profiling, vertical electric sounding and high-precision monitoring of electrical resistance. The research results are based on the constructed geo-model, its in-situ testing and the revealed objective laws. From the objective laws, the criteria are determined for zoning based on risk of change in the geotechnical conditions and sinkhole hazard. These criteria are waterproof strata quality calculated from digital models, change in the specific electrical resistance from high-precision monitoring and the ground surface subsidence velocity from plane surveying. As a result of the implemented research, the sinkhole prediction procedure has proved its applicability in the tests on forecasting sinkholes at production objects within the Upper Kama potassium–magnesium deposit.

Keywords: Salt deposits, hazardous processes, geological and geotechnical conditions, resistivity prospecting, procedure, prediction, risks, undermined areas, safety.
For citation:

Tatarkin A. V. Prediction procedure for sinkholes in terms of the Upper Kama potassium–magnesium salt deposit. MIAB. Mining Inf. Anal. Bull. 2020;(1):121-132. [In Russ]. DOI: 10.25018/0236-1493-2020-1-0-121-132.

Issue number: 1
Year: 2020
Page number: 121-132
ISBN: 0236-1493
UDK: 550.837
DOI: 10.25018/0236-1493-2020-1-0-121-132
Article receipt date: 01.10.2019
Date of review receipt: 14.11.2019
Date of the editorial board′s decision on the article′s publishing: 20.12.2019
About authors:

A. V. Tatarkin, Cand. Sci. (Eng.), Head of Department of Geophysical Research,
LLC NIPPPD Nedra, 614064, Perm, Russia, e-mail

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A. V. Tatarkin, e-mail


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