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Theoretical Soil Mechanics

Soil mechanics is the application of the laws of mechanics and hydraulics to engineering problems dealing with sediments and other unconsolidated accumulations of solid particles produced by the mechanical and chemical disintegration of rocks, regardless of whether or not they contain an admixture of organic constituents. In geology such accumulations are called mantle or regolith. The term Boil is reserved for the decomposed upper layer which supports plants. On the other hand, in civil engineering the material which the geologist calls mantle is commonty known as soil or earth. The soil of the geologist and agronomist does not receive any consideration in this book, because it can be used neither as a basis for structures nor as a construction material. Since this book deals with a. branch of civil engineering it is unfortunately necessary to retain the
ambiguous terms soil and earth for material which should appropriately be called mantle.

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