There are many consequences of land subsidence and earth fissures. The associated elevation and slope change can affect the natural floodplain drainage and the flow within canals and drains. It can also damage intermodal infrastructure (roads, bridges, railways, etc.), water-retention and retarding structures (dams, levees, floodways, etc.) and private properties (homes, driveways, fences, etc.).
Earth fissures are identified by using the ground and aerial monitoring techniques. The Arizona Geological Survey (ASGS) started an intensive earth fissure mapping program in 2006. The goal of this program is to survey and record each known earth fissure around the State and provide this data to the public.