Hydration shattering

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Term: Hydration shattering
Definition: A form of weathering that affects all rocks; water freezes in pores and cracks, which leads to an increase in specific volume (vol/unit mass) of the water, producing stress that is greater than the tensile strength of all common rocks; ultimately leads to shattering and fracturing of the rocks.
Created 2022.03.08
Last Modified 2023.03.27
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