Soil: its geology and use

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Proceedings titleGeological Society of America Bulletin
Conference79th Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America: 14 November 1966, San Francisco, CA, USA
Pages14331460; # of pages: 28
SubjectPermafrost; Soils; geology; soil tests; history; Sol; sol (terre); geologie; essai de sol; histoire
AbstractIt is estimated that at least 72% of the surface of the globe, excluding the area covered by ice, permafrost and fresh water, is covered with soil. In agricultural studies great advances have been made in the investigation of the soil in which crops grow, pedology being now a well- established branch of science. Engineers, correspondingly, have had to use soil and to move it in large quantities in the course of their utilitarian operations. The science of soil mechanics is now well established. The engineering use of soil has been revolutionized, typified, perhaps, by the fact that there is now under construction a dam consisting of nothing but soil 924 ft high, with completion and safe performance assured. Behind such achievement lies the great body of knowledge and theory of soil action, a well developed expertise in the taking of so-called "undisturbed samples" from great depths, and a continually developing " suite of tests" without the results of which no civil engineering project today would be complete.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number9988
NPARC number20375850
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