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U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011–1281

Cone Penetration Tests and Soil Borings at Mason Road, Green Valley, Solano County, California

By Michael J. Bennett, Thomas E. Noce, and James J. Lienkaemper

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In support of a study to investigate the history of the Green Valley Fault, 13 cone penetration test soundings and 3 auger borings were made at the Mason Road site in Green Valley, Solano County, California. Three borings were made at or near two of the cone penetration test soundings. The soils are mostly clayey with a few sandy layers or lenses. Fine-grained soils range from low plasticity sandy lean clay to very plastic fat clay. Lack of stratigraphic correlation in the subsurface prevented us from determining whether any channels had been offset at this site. Because the soils are generally very clayey and few sand layers or lenses are loose, the liquefaction potential at the site is very low.

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Bennett, M.J., Noce, T.E., and Lienkaemper, J. J., 2011, Cone penetration tests and soil borings at the Mason Road site in Green Valley, Solano County, California; U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011–1281, 52 p. and 3 data tables, available at




Field and Laboratory Methods

Liquefaction Susceptibility





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