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When Soil Acts Like Water (24 pics)

Posted in Lifestyle » Nature   17 Jul 2012   / 9188 views

A stress from the earthquake may cause a phenomenon called soil liquefaction.

 

A soil loses its density and stiffness and starts to act like a liquid. It can no longer support weight, so all the objects sink in it. Dangerous quicksand traps may appear as well as the “sand volcanoes” – the cones on the ground surface with a crater on the top that are formed by the liquefied sand forcing its way from below the ground.

 



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S_M_I_T_H 2 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
It is called mud
       
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DarkWolf 2 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
It's called liquefaction...
       
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gigantes 2 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
darkwolf, that doesn't happen to any old soil, does it? looks like a specific kind of sand / soil they're talking about...
       
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